One of the great things about what I do is getting to know some of the girls we have the privilege of serving. Spending the summer at camp has provided me with a good opportunity to meet some of the great staff we have. I spent 30 years working with college students at a university, so I was delighted to spend some time with the summer camp staff during their training. Since then, I've been watching them interact with the campers, which is a beautiful thing.
Many of these girls have gone to camp in our council and are the product of your hard work and efforts. They are leaders. I see them teach, counsel, correct, nurture and work with their charges. The girls, in return, follow them around, look up to them, and find role models to emulate. It's something I wish you could all witness, because it proves the power of what a girl can do. And the time you invested in these girls proves it was time well spent.
These girls laugh, sing, hike, swim, paddle, and eat with our camper girls. And I can assure you they sweat with these girls. Last week, I was sitting down from the rec hall at Scoutshire, trying to get some work done and someone I was with noticed there was a black snake at the steps of the building. We checked it out, and decided it was a rat snake or maybe a black racer. There was a group of Brownies just coming out of the water from boating, so we asked them if they wanted to see the snake. They all said they did, so we let them walk where they could see it, but not too close. No one shrieked, ran, or did anything that indicated they were afraid of it. The whole interaction with the counselors, the girls, and watching the snake was amazing. Girls in the woods who go to camp tend to appreciate the beauty of the nature that surrounds them, soaking in all that the great outdoors has to offer.