Our Stepping Stones Coming of Age groups are enjoying their summers with adventures all around the Bay Area and beyond. Please enjoy this sweet summary from a girls group recent campout at China Camp State Park...
"What a wonderful 24 hours we spent with your girls this week!! After a short drive to China Camp, we met Leader A and Elder J at the site, and brought our stuff to camp,
We came back, were starting to get hungry, so began to get ready for dinner, create our space for the evening, and still more connecting with trees, lizards and now deer.
We shared our meal together, including bringing in gratitude before our meal, and allowed ourselves to sink into the evening where we got tired quickly. Casually weaving in themes we were hoping to touch on the next day, such as growing up, being a girl vs. being a woman, our favorite things to do and see as youth and the solstice/equinox time, the markings throughout the year.
Just as we were all ready for bed, the fire called us and we took turns offering some herbs to the fire, which brought our second wind, as we all stood around, watching the glitter of the coals, and dropping in together, bringing up real feelings and ponderings.
Just before sunrise, we woke the girls up, to take a walk. It took some time to get moving but once we did, walking in the first light of morning, we fell into a natural quiet, which only shifted once we found a family of deer to observe. Seeing our first glimpse of the sun for the day was a beautiful moment.
We continued walking for a bit around a hill over the water, and eventually found a spot for some solo time. The girls didn't go far, but had a moment to be quiet in themselves. We came back together and shared our noticings while sipping hot chocolate, which flowed smoothly into a casual Council space, creating a center altar together with the nature that was around us.
We brought back in the themes that were woven into our weekend, how things have changed in the past year, thinking back to where we were a year ago, and what this transition between youth/girl and adult/woman is about for them and recognizing the blessings of being awake for every second of the longest day of the year.
Closing our sacred time together with sacred giggles we brought in a hilarious game that had us all laughing hard together and recalling moments later on in the day.
Exploring a different part of the beach, we noticed the water was much colder; there was less mud and rocks, and many more people/young children. Elder J had left, the girls sat together in the waters edge, the leaders sat on a rock. The group came back together, sharing a snack of pb&j all together and then eventually packing up and going on our way back to our homes.
Being so grateful for our time spent together, we are still feeling the echoes of the sun, the mud, and the laughter.
Leaders C & A