Camp: May 2014 Archives

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This week and next week as I drive to and from work I'll play Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance Marches.   It is a time of exhilaration and tears.   Commencement's definition, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is "a time when something begins."   I realize we sometimes see this as an ending, when, in fact, it is the beginning.

On behalf of all of GSSA's staff, I would like to congratulate the class of 2014.   What an accomplished group of girls, soon to be young women that we have had amongst us.   I have had the privilege of attending ceremonies where these girls have been honored.   They will change the world, and they have learned how to do this through Girl Scouts.   They are headed in many different directions, but all are aimed at making a difference in the lives of others.

Hopefully, this transition to the next phase of life, the new beginning, will continue to include involvement in Girl Scouts.   We work with many collegiate women through programs facilitated partnership with us, especially those involved in the Kappa Delta Sorority, but we are not limited to that partnership.  If your Girl Scout experience has been a good one, consider remaining involved, even if it is the occasional assistance to a troop where you are living.   Many of you might remember how great you thought college girls were; remember that now you are, too, for younger girls.

Also a reminder, there is a large discount when you become a lifetime member of Girl Scouts upon graduation from high school.   I urge you to consider taking advantage of that.

On behalf of the more than 10,000 girls and volunteers involved in GSSA, we wish you every success in your future endeavors.   You will have times of frustration and times of great joy in your journey ahead, but we know you will do well because of the life skills you have developed through your many experiences and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

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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.

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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.

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