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Being New to “The Heart”

Trying new things can be scary for everyone.  Oh, but the sense of accomplishment when you learn a different skill! Coming to camp for the first time is no different.  But there are lots of things you can do before arrival to ease the transition.  Come visit!  We love to give tours to familiarize folks with our facilities.  In late …

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What camp means to me: A Homebase

 “If you ever change your mind, come back to camp and you will find us waiting here at your command, we understand …. We understand” Staff sing the above song lyrics to campers on Final Mountain Top every term of every summer of every year.  It’s a promise that has been upheld in my lifetime more times than I can …

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Things I Learned at Heart O’ the Hills

Things I Learned at Heart O’ the Hills As a camper, I never realized how many things I was learning while having so much fun. And the things I was learning weren’t the obvious things like swimming, riding a horse, archery, or learning to shoot a rifle. The things I am referring to could be considered ‘soft skills’ or ‘intangible …

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Camperships: Helping Campers Get to Camp

Camperships: Helping Campers Get to Camp one dollar at a time, and how you can help! Have you ever been somewhere so amazing and special then wished that everyone else in the world could go there too? In my life, that place is Heart o’ the Hills Camp for Girls. I wish I had enough money to send every young …

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Purity: Overflowing with Joy and Kindness

“The candle of PURITY signifies one of the many high moral values set fourth in the Jo Jones sportsmanship award.  As it’s light rises in a single flame, our Jo Jones Girl strives for integrity in thought and in action.  Integrity gives that sense of cleanliness and innocence, which is true PURITY.” Before I was old enough to go to …

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Trust: The next of the eight traits

“This candle symbolizes the TRUST found in the girl we are honoring tonight.  Our Jo Jones Girl strives to be dependable and thus to be capable in all situations.  She seeks to do what is right, even in the face of temptation; therefore, she is worthy of TRUST.” Trust is one of the of the eight traits of the Jo …

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Unselfishness: An Intriguing Trait

This candle burns to signal UNSELFISHNESS, a characteristic living in the girl we honor here tonight.  We give very little when we give away our possessions; it is when we give of ourselves that we truly give.  We can buy for ourselves the material things in life, but it is when we give our time, our pleasures, and our love …

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Goodness: A Quality Overlooked and Oversimplified

“This candle’s warmth reminds us of the quality of GOODNESS.  The GOODNESS we recognize in this girl is an inner spiritual health, which enables her to do good for others.  It is the example of GOODNESS she sets that is a constant blessing to those around her.” As goodness is one of the eight traits for the Jo Jones Sportsmanship …

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Truthfulness: The First of our 8 Traits

“For truthfulness, this candle’s glow reaches deep within the heart of our Jo Jones Girl.  This trait gives the clarity of vision that enables her to see the TRUTH.  She grows toward wisdom, knowledge, and the understanding of humanity because of this unique virtue.  The light of TRUTH guides our Jo Jones Girl to the awareness of an inner peace.” …

A Healthy Camper is a Happy Camper!

            Hello from Orenda! My name is Toots McCoy Hake. I am a former camper, mother of a camper. This summer I am lucky enough to be the nurse in Orenda for 1B. Between my last two weeks as the camp nurse, and my 10 years as a camp mom; I have learned a few things that can help the …