As we say goodbye to one of our program staff, Amy Farrar (camp name "Sunny"), who has done a great job at summer resident camp and programs, we welcome Amanda Abercrombie. Amanda comes to us with program and camp experience from Girl Scout councils in Mississippi and Tennessee. Our fantastic program staff has been developing camp programming throughout the cookie program, and Amanda has jumped right in! We anticipate another fun summer this year! Please check our website (www.girlscoutssa.org/camp) to learn more about our summer camp sessions.
Amanda was happy to answer some questions so we can get to know more about her.
What do you hope to bring to your role as STEM and Outdoor Program Manager?
I hope I can translate my love, knowledge, and appreciation for outdoors, camp, and STEM into fun and exciting programs that will capture the girls' interest and inspire them to want to continue to learn more.
What's your favorite part of camp life?
My favorite part of camp is the camaraderie that is fostered in a camp environment. Camp is a very unique environment that encourages fast friendships that can last a lifetime. Additionally, I enjoy the comfortable atmosphere that comes with working at camp. At camp you are encouraged to be a version of yourself that you don't always get to show in the seriousness of everyday life. Camp is the only place I know where it is perfectly acceptable to run around in a pirate hat, sing camp songs as loudly and off-key as possible, walk around all day smelling like campfire smoke, and still have the respect/admiration of your campers and fellow staff members.
What do you want girls to take away from their camp or outdoor experience?
My main goal is to help girls grow on the inside by being outside. Camp, as well as other programs, is a wonderful opportunity for girls, staff and volunteers to grow and expand, not just their knowledge of the outdoors, but their confidence, self-esteem, and comfort zones. I feel that everyone who comes to camp or participates in a program takes something away from the experience and with each year they build on the foundation of the year before.
Thanks, Amanda, and welcome to the GSSA team!