Archive for the ‘Camp’ Category


Meet the Rangers: Don Perry, Camp Mary Atkinson

June 22, 2015
Camp Ranger Don

Camp Ranger Don

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Your camp experience is made up of so many different things. Maybe you hiked the trails, made s’mores over a campfire or enjoyed a meal or activity in the dining hall. In all those experiences, there is someone behind the scenes who makes adventures possible for Girl Scouts by ensuring campers have everything they need.

At Camp Mary Atkinson, Don Perry not only maintains the property, he is known as a historian of the community surrounding this beautiful camp. One conversation with Don can reveal all sorts of fun and little-known facts, which makes him a fantastic resource for visiting troops! Recently, Don took a short break from his winter duties to visit with us about his job.

Q: How did you get started being a camp ranger?

A:   By working part time at Camp Graham in 1999. I was there for five years and Camp Mary Atkinson needed a ranger. I thought I’d like to try it, so I did, and got the job. I used to work full-time as a materials manager for a plastics company in Granville County.

Q: How long have you worked with Girl Scouts/and our council?

A: Five years part-time before being full-time ranger at CMA in 20015.



Q: What’s a fun fact about the camp you manage?

A: The history of the families who lived here: the Richardsons and the Atkinsons.  It surprises everyone that this was the birthplace of the creator of Vicks VapoRub, and that he was living around here when he did that – he had a drugstore in downtown Selma. His name was Lunsford Richardson II.


Another fun fact about the camp; it’s like Noah’s ark. I’ve seen at least two of everything out here. There’s a lot turkeys out here, even if you’ve never seen them.



Q: What do you love best about being a camp ranger?

A: I like so much it’s hard to say! I get a chance to be outside and experience so many different things. My job is so varied.



Q: What’s the ONE thing you do around camp that no one would expect that you do?

A: They probably don’t know I spend a long time walking the property, especially in the woods, to ensure everything looks how it should.



Q: If you could teach someone something about your job, what would it be?

A: I’d teach them how rewarding it is to see the kids enjoy learning and having fun from the land. I’ve been around long enough that there are former Girl Scouts who are now mothers bringing their kids here and that’s something to see!



Q: What do you do in the winter?

A: Forestry work. Landscaping, making improvements or changes for the upcoming year that needs to be done.



Q: What do you like best about Girl Scouts?

A: I like the opportunity it allows the girls. It’s a great organization because there’s so much there for them to take advantage of.



Q: Do you have a favorite camping tip/story for Girl Scouts reading this blog?

A: Remember you’re living in the woods and it’s a bit different than being at home. So, be prepared. I like the buddy system, and I think that’s the greatest invention in the world for Girl Scouting.



Q: What’s your earliest memory of camping as a kid?

A: I camped a whole lot with my family. I grew up camping on Kerr Lake. My fondest memory is the campfires. It seems to make it all special. I like to camp in the mountains when I go on vacation. I still love it. You’d think with a job like this, you’d get tired of it and want to go to a hotel, but I still love to be outside.


Girl Scouts visiting Camp Mary Atkinson have a great friend in Ranger Don. Next time you see him, please be sure to thank him for the fun stories, the safety of the property and the firewood! Do you have any questions for our rangers? Leave one in the comments!


Leadership Grows at Summer Camp

June 15, 2015

Girl Scout Leadership Camp - North Carolina

By Tracy Sternberg, Chief Development Officer

I was fortunate to attend several different resident camps growing up. My experiences were life changing and many of my summer camp pals have become lifelong friends. I gained confidence and learned that I could try anything and succeed – or fail – and that was OK.

Join me in raising your hand if you too spent some amazing summers at camp during your youth. Since I can’t see your hands, I will assume many of you shared in memorable camp experiences and understand the benefits of outdoor and camp experiences.

Unfortunately, many girls in our community are not able to raise their hands with us. As each school year comes to a close, many girls see the excitement of their classmates who can’t wait to go to summer camp. They dream of what camp is like, and wish they could share their own camp story when the new school year begins. But when paying the bills is challenge enough for their families, they know that summer camp is out of the question.

But this is where Girl Scouting comes in. Each year, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines holds Summer Leadership Camp for under-served girls. Our Summer Leadership Camp program provides the opportunity for girls from low-income families to attend a week of resident camp at no cost to them. Filled with traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, and archery – activities many of these girls will experience for the first time – this week-long camp is unique in its focus on building life and leadership skills. Campers take part in sessions that help them build their self-confidence, learn how to form and maintain healthy relationships, define their value system, and understand the importance of giving back to their communities.

In addition to a camp group service project, each camper creates an independent project during the week through which she will “Take Action” in her community after camp ends. To help inspire the girls to achieve goals made during camp, area businesswomen and community volunteers mentor the girls on their Take Action projects. The camp culminates in a day-long visit to a college campus, where the campers engage with students and faculty.

Summer Leadership Camp doesn’t just teach – it activates! By providing this unique summer camp experience, girls having the opportunity to explore beyond their communities and can dream big.

You can help a girl create her summer camp story to share with classmates. Give her the opportunity to grow in confidence and know that her voice matters!

DONATE NOW to send a girl to Summer Leadership Camp.

Questions? Contact Emily Hill at to learn ways you can help a girl discover that anything is possible.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 75 other followers

%d bloggers like this: