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If you were an LDS young woman within the ages of 12 and 18, chances are you went to girls camp. You slept in a tent for four or five nights, sang camp songs, roasted marshmallows, performed skits and played pranks.
I speak from experience. I was one of those young women.
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Some of us loved it, and some of us hated it. However, the irony of it all is that for some reason, it seems that in that one short week during the summer, many of us figured out who we really were.
Without makeup on our faces, we were able to look in the mirror and really see ourselves. But possibly even more important, we were able to see the girls around us for who they really were, daughters of God.
On Aug. 14, the producers of "The Saratov Approach" will release a movie — "Once I Was a Beehive" — all about the phenomenon that is girls camp. According to the film's producers, it is "based on thousands of true stories."
But what are the true stories of girls camp? What are the things that stick with you after all of the ashes of the campfire have settled? Here are nine moments you likely remember if you were lucky enough to go to camp.
The skit that made you completely step outside of your comfort zone
There is a tradition at girls camp of skit night. Sometimes you are assigned a theme, other times you are given a bag of props you have to use and sometimes you just have to be creative with little to no direction.
No matter the skit directions, remembering these five-minute performances of years long past can probably still make you laugh out loud. The shy girls often surprised you with dynamic performances, and you probably did something in front of everyone that you never would've done in any other setting. But it felt good and you subconsciously recognized that maybe being cool wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Maybe it was just better to be yourself.