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Walnut Springs Press
"Girls Camp: Ideas for Today's Leaders" is edited by Marci McPhee and Julia B. Blake.

"GIRLS CAMP: Ideas for Today's Leaders," edited by Marci McPhee and Julia B. Blake, Walnut Springs Press, $15.99, 141 pages (nf)

“Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders,” edited by Marci McPhee and Julia B. Blake, is filled with practical as well as inspiring ideas based on experiences of leaders at girls’ camps put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Everything from food to fun to near disasters to spiritual experiences and life lessons learned is covered in nine short, easy-to-read chapters that take readers from laughter to tears and back again.

Contributions of tips, insights and inspiration from more than 31 seasoned girls’ camp and priesthood leaders are offered through topics such as: “Why Girls’ Camp? Or ‘Is All This Work Worth It?’”; “Different Styles of Camps”; “From Priesthood Leaders to Craft-Barn Mavens and Everyone In Between”; and “Ready-to-Use Ideas.”

In chapter five, titled “If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Keeping Your Cool in the Kitchen,” shares a few crowd-tested recipes that include: Camp Chicken Taco Pie (serves 100), Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole (serves 10 or 140), and Cinnamon Rolls (makes 12 dozen).

In this valuable resource for Young Women and priesthood leaders, the writers have captured the multi-dimensional experience that is girls’ camp from the leaders' viewpoints.

McPhee joined the LDS Church in Texas when she was 16. She is a mother and author currently living in the Boston area where she served as a girls’ camp unit leader for a year and then as a girls’ camp cook for over 15 years.

Blake is an award-winning artist who also lives in the Boston area with her husband and children. She experienced girls’ camp as a youth in Utah and as a leader and stake camp director for six years in New Hampshire.

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.