It is always nice to be up close and personal with volunteers over a sustained period of time. I have many opportunities to interact with volunteers, but not over days or weeks. A shout out to the volunteers who were wonderful and worked at resident camp this summer, doing all sorts of great things and made camp that much better this year. Rusty and Gwen Black, Caroline Breshears, Elizabeth Conner, Vivian Martin, Tina Savell, and Dana Jones were so very helpful during the camp season. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the girls.
It is always interesting during the summer to listen to the girls talk about their troop experiences and Girl Scout experiences. I am always amazed at the wide variety of experiences and adventures these girls have with your planning and assistance. I found the girls at resident camp this summer to have a high sense of exploration, confidence to get out of their comfort zone, and knowledge about the natural world. I listened to some girls talk about different types of bugs. We had another girl who wore her cowboy boots because she was fearful of snakes. Then when PANDA had a small chicken snake, she decided she would face her fears. Later she told me she wanted to "kiss it" which we didn't let her do. But the difference between hot boots to thinking the snake was really cool convinced me of the capacity for girls to grow and learn through these experiences. Most of their Girl Scout experiences are within your trusty care.
As the summer winds down and we start to turn our attention to fall it is good to be reminded why working with girls pays such tremendous dividends. The girls I saw all summer were curious, happy, brave, and inquisitive. Thank you for all you do to make this possible for all the girls we have the privilege of serving.