Did you know you can take your family to Girls Camp? No? Me neither! I just found out a few weeks ago. Today I want to share with you our family’s adventures this last weekend and also to share some resources so you can take advantage of this really special experience.
About two months ago I was asked to go to Young Women’s camp as a substitute Stake Nurse for a couple of days. It had been 10 years since I had last been to Camp Mia Shalom, and I jumped at the chance when I got the call. Since the age of twelve I have been to Camp Shalom about 14 times. There is something special about spending time away from the distractions of normal life and experiencing a simplified week in the woods. This particular camp has been a place that has renewed my spirits and given me spiritual strength for many years.
As I was preparing to go to camp a few weeks ago I came across a scripture in Mosiah that reminded me of my feelings about this special place. In Mosiah 18:30 it says, “How beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer.” This is how I feel about Camp Shalom. It is a beautiful place!
A few days into my girls camp experience I was talking to one of the sister missionaries that, along with her husband, helps to run the camp through the summer months. I asked her about her mission and how long they would be up there. She said, “Well this is the last week that we will have Young Women here. Next week we open the camp up for family reunions and some scout camps.” WHAT? You can take your family to Girls Camp? I asked her a few more questions and then let her know that she would be seeing us in the next few weeks. Well, we did it! We ended going up this past weekend and had a great experience.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints owns or manages over 100 campgrounds. During the summer months they host Young Women’s and Scout camps all over the world (mostly in the US). These camps are also available for family groups at very reasonable prices during certain weeks and weekends of the summer. We rented a rustic cabin that fits up to 16 people for $15 per night. Each campground varies on price, availability, and amenities.
This is an opportunity not many people know about. For instance, this week at our campground there was a family reunion going on in one of the areas, but the rest of the area was completely empty except for our family of 5. I hope that in the future more people get the opportunity to experience this greatness with their families! Most camps will be open through September.
If you are interested in finding a campground near you click here to see the list of all the campsites.
At some point you will be prompted to log in with your LDS membership ID.
To register, find the campsite that you are interested in reserving and go through the online registration process. If you do not receive an email regarding your registration and details about the camp, call the camp scheduler whose contact information is on the right side of the specific campground you are interested in reserving.
We had such a great experience. I was able to take my husband and kids to one of my very favorite places on earth. I was so grateful for the chance we had to take our family to Girls Camp!