We need to Start our Own FCF Family Camp.
Here is a report from our Brothers and Sisters in Texas!
Family camp is the best camp of our District.
The men get to cook for the wives & show them what they do when they go
camping. I like the trace we do, I have started a fire with flint & steel,
hit a potato & target with black powder gun, hit an animal target with a
rock & stuck the tomahawk. Not any good at shooting arrows or throwing a
knife. The family get double points when the lady makes it.
I have won women's tomahawk contest the first
time I tried at a family camp in New Mexico. I have my own tomahawk &
sheath which I won. I have won my own lantern too.
I had one outfit then we planned to go the week
long Territorial camp in New Mexico a few years ago & I realized I didn't
have a thing to wear, ha ha.
So I got two skirts with matching tops & vest
made. Jeff had made an Indian dress years ago for our daughter & I took that
over when we started going to the rendezvous together.
I get to relax & let Jeff feed me & cook on the
open fire. Now my parents go too since my brother is the FCF president in
We play a game every year called the skillet
toss. We use small cast iron skillets, the woman tosses it & the husband has
to stand where it lands. then the next wife takes a turn, if the husband
moves to dodge a skillet he is out. We go till everyone takes 3 turns. It
is so much fun for the ladies. ha ha
Jeff had me a special fancy Spanish dress made
for our Christmas FCF Banquet, this was my surprise Christmas present one
year. We go to a Civil War type ball now too every year. We have been 3
years now & have increase every year taking FCF friends with us. It is a
secular event held at Naverro College in Corsicana TX. I will send you a
pic of us at that. This year my brother rented him a long tails tux, his
wife had a dress made, the other guys wear their dress uniforms, one wife
rented a gown, others had them made. I think this is so much fun especially
for a lady raised in the Assemblies of God where I didn't even go to my own
prom. This is my prom now, dancing called dances with my husband.
Back to the family camp. It makes the wives
realize the importance of what her husband is doing at all these camps & the
money he spends. When I went to my week long family camp we had no table &
chairs. Well I took care of that, there was one in an auction their hand
made, I bought it. Since Jeff has made me a kitchen cabinet. He has bought
a bigger tent, had it special order made. I have my own trunk that I
painted, my cloths stay in it along with my lantern, tomahawk, & bed pan.
Another item I decided was a must on the way home from the week long camp.
Stopped at a flea market before I even got home. No body messes with mamas'
lantern & tomahawk. I have bought lantern hangers, found a cut out tin
chandelier in the trash that Jeff converted from electric to candles, works
so nice hanging from our awning ceiling. I bought a canvas trash container,
putter plates, mugs, dessert plates, & pitcher. I bought Jeff a canvas
awning for Christmas one year too, surprised him. Well he has sure
benefited from taking me camping. ha ha
We have won best camp too. Ya'll really need to
get the ladies involved in camping. We have a ladies tea on Sat. morning of
our camp. It is a general question & answer time for ladies asking about
FCF & what they need to be involved. We don't require full dress. We have
a modern camp area & our FCF village. We had over 300 people last year. It
grows every year. We have a Friday night auction to raise money for FCF
projects. It started out to be a pie auction, now it is all kinds of FCF
stuff. I donate shirts or ladies outfits for that. Last year I made 2
ladies & let the back up bidder take the second one. Sat. night we have a
pot luck supper with judged foods with prizes for that. We have service
each night & a devotion on Sat. morning. Last year we had a pioneer wedding
with Jeff performing it. I made the wedding cake & decorated the marque
tent. Well it is getting late, I could go on & on about what fun we have.
You get my point & maybe you can talk someone into planning a family event
in your area. I will send you some pictures. Ellrena
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