This past week I experienced the power of the Girl Scout program. I had the privilege of working with the Camp Sunshine staff and watching the girls of Camp Sunshine learn, grow, and prosper because of their efforts.
Laurie Weil and Kathy Sawyer founded Camp Sunshine more than 25 years ago in Montgomery. Its mission is to provide an OPPORTUNITY for girls to experience the power of a wonderful summer camp. These girls have the same dreams, hopes, and desires that all girls possess. But many don't have the opportunity to visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival or the Montgomery Museum of Art. They certainly don't spend their summer time shooting off bottle rockets or learning to play tennis. What fun they had trying new things! They even learned about bullying through modern interpretive dance.
Girls from Camp Sunshine spend the night at Kamp Kiwanis each year. Some have never been to the woods; others have never been swimming in a lake. They ride the zip lines, spend the night in a tent, and ride on the pontoon boat. This part of their experience really moves them from their comfort zone. Many of these girls, sadly, live in areas where playing outdoors are dangerous. So the opportunity to experience the woods and all the outdoors has to offer is a wonderful gift for summer.
Camp Sunshine has provided these opportunities, and more, for thousands of girls in the Montgomery area for over 25 years. It continues to be a resource for the girls of the Montgomery community. More importantly, the volunteers who generously give of their time have given girls the courage, confidence, and character to make their world a better place.
Thanks to Laurie Weil and Kathy Sawyer for their unflagging generosity for so long; they have changed the world.