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Happy and Sane Sunday

Categories: Xiv Happy And Sane Sunday In Camp

It is a good idea to carefully plan for your Sundays in camp, have every

hour mapped out and never allow the time to drag. Make special effort

and determine that the day shall be the very happiest day of each week,

a day in which every one of the campers will be especially interested

and will look forward to with genuine pleasure.

Sit down quietly and think it all out. You will want the day to differ

week-days; you will want it filled with the real life, not

half-life, the life only of the physical and mental, but the true,

entire life for each camper; you will want to emphasize this higher,

inner life, which is the spiritual.

To this end, when you arise in the morning, form the resolution that the

day shall be a peaceful, enjoyable one for all the girls. When you take

your morning plunge resolve that not only will you be physically clean,

but you will also be both mentally and spiritually clean; then all

through the day keep in mind that you _can_ rule your thoughts and that

you _will_, for power to do this will be given to you from the source of

all power. Allow not one thought to remain which is not kind, friendly,

cheerful, and peaceful. Should other thoughts intrude be firm and severe

with them, have no mercy on them, talk to those thoughts as you would to

robbers and thieves, tell them to go, _go_, GO, BEGONE, that you have

nothing in common with them and you _command_ them to _go_; then

immediately busy yourself with active work, building the fire, cooking,

tidying up the camp, etc.

Have your Sunday breakfast especially nice, with a few flowers, vines,

leaves, or grasses on the table for a Sunday centrepiece, and keep the

conversation on wholesome, happy topics.

After breakfast is over and the camp in order, with all the campers go

for a short walk to some attractive spot either by the water or inland,

and when the place is reached, having previously selected certain songs

containing cheerful, religious elements, ask the entire camp to join in

the singing. If one of the girls can sing a solo, let her do so, or it

may be that two can sing a duet; then sit quietly while one of the group

reads something helpful, interesting, and beautiful, which will be

verses from the Bible probably, but may be one of Emerson's essays, or

extracts from other thoughtful and helpful writers.

Close the simple exercises with another hymn and return to camp.

In addition to the camp dinner prepare some one dish as a pleasant

surprise for the other girls. When dinner is over, the dishes washed,

and camp again in order, the girls should have one hour of quiet, to

read, write letters, sketch, or lie down and rest. Each camper should

respect the demands of the hour for quiet and rest and _not talk_, but

leave her companions to their own thoughts and occupations. If you

should see your special friend seated off by herself, do not disturb her

during the rest hour; it is each girl's right to remain unmolested at

that time.

When the hour is up, the campers can each pack her portion of the

evening meal, and in a moment's time be ready to hit the trail, or take

the canoe for a paddle to the place previously selected where supper is

to be enjoyed, and if the trip be on land, all may play the observation

game while on the way.