My name is Kim Shaw. Many of you may know me as SPORT.
I have been a Girl Scout for the past 21 years, and one of my favorite places to be is Kamp Kiwanis. I attended K.K. as a camper from 1992-1998 and was on staff from 1999-2007 as a unit counselor, assistant unit leader, lifeguard, waterfront director and most recently as assistant camp director to former Camp Director Cathy Whigham. During my time as a camper, I worked tirelessly each year to sell enough cookies to earn a council campership. As I got older, I not only sold cookies to go to camp, but I babysat to earn money, so that I could go for more than one week! While attending camp, I completed much of the badge work required to earn my Silver and Gold awards. I'm sure my counselors got tired of watching me perform certain skills and signing off on them, but they always encouraged me and they are the reason I was able to achieve such goals.
For as long as I can remember, Kamp Kiwanis has been a part of my life. I am SO EXCITED to be able to go back this summer as your camp director. I want to be able to give to girls what my counselors gave to me. Ask any former camper, and they will tell you that they are who they are today because of the experiences they had a Kiwanis. Our goal is to provide fun and safe opportunities for girls to try new outdoor activities like canoeing, swimming, kayaking, paddle-boating, sailing, and riding the banana boat to name a few! There is so much Kamp Kiwanis has to offer. This summer, we will be learning to read a map and compass and try our hand at a competition that is known throughout the world as orienteering. Orienteering requires leadership and team work. In fact, it is so popular that it is even an Olympic sport!
Our staff is committed to making Kamp Kiwanis a place where a girl can find herself away from Mom and Dad, brother and sister; a place where she is responsible for herself, but is strong in her ability to work with others as a team. Kamp Kiwanis builds capable, courageous, strong, compassionate leaders. I can't wait for all the fun to begin!
See you in June!