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How Many Tie Dye T-Shirts Does a Girl Scout Volunteer Need?

February 9, 2015

By Peggy Anglin, Leader of Troop #1034

Camp Graham - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

The perfect NC summer get away for some would certainly be the beach- but not me. My favorite summer retreat (since my first experience in 1997) is Camp Graham surrounded by giggling girls, enthusiastic camp staff and other Girl Scout leaders and moms who volunteer to trade their usual routines for 6 days of Troop/Group Camp.

I never went to summer camp as a child – wanted to – but I wasn’t a Girl Scout back then. Maybe it was that unfulfilled longing that inspired me to get involved with my two daughters’ Girl Scout troops and recruit them and their fellow troop members for group camp every summer. What I discovered is that I had as much (or more) fun as the girls! It was and is rewarding to watch the bonds of Girl Scouting strengthen among the troop members that share the group camp experience.

Camp Graham becomes our temporary home away from home where we can sing silly songs at the top of our lungs, take part in all the waterfront has to offer with swimming, boating, and in recent years enjoying the thrill of going down inflatable slides out in the deeper part of the lake. The girls especially enjoy time spent with the counselors as they instruct us in archery and field games — and one of my most favorite activities – tie dye!

It’s like making a present for yourself! So many choices of colors – of designs – the anticipation that this year might be the year you make your most beautiful tie dye ever – or conquer that more challenging design that will be greatly admired by all who see it.

It’s the chance for the girls who aren’t into “arts and crafts” as much as others to create a thing of beauty and make a personal statement all their own. Unless they happen to mix up all the colors into a muddy combination – and the group leaders are there to see that they don’t – all tie dye T-shirts are beautiful and become a remembrance of the special, perhaps extraordinary, week spent at camp.

Extend your troop’s Girl Scout year by signing up for a week-long or mini-session (3 days) of Troop Camp at Camp Graham. Girl Scouts can never have too many Tie Dye T-shirts, right?!

A troop/group must have at least 6 girls and 2 adult participates to register for troop camp. All registered adults pay a reduced session fee of 50% per session. Meals are prepared in the dining hall. Groups will spend time exploring Camp Graham while enjoying all the waterfront of Kerr Lake has to offer, archery, arts & crafts, and much much more!

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Why I Can’t Wait to be a Volunteer at Camp Graham this summer!

August 4, 2014

By Marsha Kitter, Lifetime Member, Alumnae, Juliette Low Planned Giving Society member

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines VolunteerIn 1969 when I was 15 years old, I had my choice of going to Europe or going to Girl Scout camp. I choose Girl Scout camp.   Camp was the most fantastic experience I had ever had. We slept on army cots in round-up tents with dirt floors. My favorite parts were making new friends and singing songs at meals and around campfires. Many of the camp counselors played guitars as we sang. After two sessions of camp, I knew two things – I wanted to learn to play the guitar and I wanted to work at Girl Scout camp the next summer.

Buying the guitar and teaching myself to play was easy! By the time I went to the camp reunion that December, I was able to join in with the other guitar players as we sang our favorite camp songs.

Working at Girl Scout camp proved harder. Where I lived in New Jersey, you had to be 17 to work at camp.

I shared my disappointment with my high school French teacher. She promptly replied that her sister directed a Girl Scout Camp in New York and she was looking for camp staff. A few weeks later, I wore my Senior Girl Scout uniform to an interview at Girl Scouts of Greater New York. I got the job! I was going to work at Camp Andree Clark in Briarcliff Manor New York as a “Pack Out Clerk”.

The 1970s were thriving years for Girl Scouting’s membership. There were over 300 campers and staff and the dining hall was not large enough to accommodate all the people so two units had to cook out breakfast, lunch and dinner one day a week. As the Pack Out Clerk, it was my job to fill all cookout requests. I also assisted with dining room setup and cleanup. I loved it.

The following summer I returned to Camp Andree Clark as a unit assistant, working full time in a Brownie unit. I spent a total of seven summers working at camp from high school through graduate school. After finishing graduate school, I thought finding a full time job meant my camp counselor days were over …

Flash forward 38 years, and I’m back at Girl Scout camp!

Welcome back, Critter!Last week, I spent a week at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Camp Graham assisting with the Babysitting/First Aid, CPR and AED leadership unit. If it indicated how excited I was, I took a week of vacation from my full time job to do this!

I used the same camp name “Critter” from my summer camp days. I lived and slept in the unit with 29 girls in the Babysitting & First Aid/CPR group and 3 girls in the Lifeguarding Group. There were 3 other camp staff in my tent. During the first night’s “Meet the Counselor’s” event, I taught my all-time favorite camp song, “The Cat Came Back”. It was an instant hit and was sung at least two times a day for the rest of the week.

So in case you are wondering if going back to camp was all I expected, it was even more. As far as the campers were concerned, I was a counselor just like everyone else. At the closing ceremony in front of the parents, I was presented with a homemade plaque signed by all the camp staff and the girls in my unit that said “Critter, the cat who came Back.”

I can’t wait to volunteer again next year!

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