I can sigh a nice sigh of relief now that the Liberty Girl Retreat is over for this year. Yesterday we held our 3rd annual Retreat with 135 girls. Our focus this year was on the Great Depression era. In preparation for this most of the chapters of Liberty Girls had one of their semesters focused on this time period with the Kit books from the American Girl series as the reading material.
The girls were split up into 5 groups and rotated through 5 activities. We focused on 4 different virtues that were important during that time period. The virtues were Cooperation, Thrift, Service, and Positive Attitude. They learned about Elinor Roosevelt, and listened to some stories from some families who pretended they were hobo families, had a hoe down, tied quilts for Primary Children’s Hospital, started making their own rag rugs, and helped make the soup for the family dinner in the evening while they were told the story of stone soup and played some cooperation themed games. They had a blast, as far as I could tell, and it all went over very well. Alena was thrilled with everything that she did, and told me in detail about her day, including her pride in helping make the soup by chopping carrots and not even “cutting myself with that very sharp knife!”
The girls all got a t-shirt and then the families went through a soup line for dinner. We had a lot of soup left over, but better too much than too little. And now I have quite a few bags of yummy soup in my freezer.
Next year we are focusing on the Pioneers by going on a trek at Martin’s Cove in Wyoming. I am very excited about this. It is going to mean a completely different Retreat than what we have done for the past 3 years, but I think it will make it a little easier all in all.
Meanwhile I know one thing for certain. the 2009 Liberty Girl Retreat is DONE and, in my opinion, a complete success. Hooray!
Stand for Something.