Each year troops and service units kindly donate funds to the council for camp equipment, other items for broader Girl Scout use, and current initiatives. We are grateful for these donations and appreciate the thought that goes into them.
This year Troop 8442 of Fairhope has taken the spirit of giving one step further, and created a lasting memorial to a one of their own. The remaining members of the troop are graduating, so they are disbanding. They had funds left in their troop account, so they decided to honor one of their troop members, Emily Dunnam, who was killed in an accident a number of years ago. They have established a camp scholarship fund in her name to fund girls who cannot afford to attend Girl Scout camp.
Emily was always proud to be a Girl Scout. Even when the troop was in middle school, she wasn't ashamed to be a Girl Scout. Cori Yonge, one of her troop leaders, describes Emily as one of the girls at every troop activity. She was a great soccer player, so she would come to Girl Scouts from soccer practice, and Emily enjoyed all camping outings. Judy Hale, her other Girl Scout leader, said at the troop's ending luncheon that she would have stayed a Girl Scout until she graduated.
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama has approved the establishment of the Emily Dunnam Camp Scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to girls who otherwise could not afford to attend camp. The first camp scholarships will be awarded for the 2014 camp scholarship season.
Emily was an inspiration to her troop.
Troop 8442 has has continuously illustrated the power of what girls can do through Girl Scouts. Thank you to them for remembering one of their own by establishing a camp scholarship fund. Thank you to all the other troops of the council who have also made the world a better place in sharing their resources with their fellow Girl Scouts.