Purpose of Girls Camp
As young women of the Church strive to draw closer to God, an increased awareness of His creations can strengthen their testimonies and be a witness to them of the Supreme Creator. The following words of the Prophet Joseph Smith describe the scriptural foundation for Young Women camp:
Theme: Shout For Joy!
Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!
This passage expresses the joy that all of God’s creations felt when the gospel was restored with its blessings and promises for each child of God.
A camping experience can help young women become more aware of God’s creations and the blessings the gospel brings into their lives. They can find joy in an outdoor setting that will strengthen their love for each other and the gospel and their commitment to stand together as “witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9)