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Meet the Rangers: David Auman, Camp Mu-Sha-Ni

June 1, 2015

MSN David's Bridge

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

The last time you visited one of our Council camps you may have hiked the trails, learned to identify animal tracks, shot a bow and arrow, or cooked dinner over a fire ring. You may not realize it, but there is someone who makes all those adventures possible for Girl Scouts, someone who works behind the scenes to ensure our campers have everything they need.

At Camp Mu-Sha-Ni, that person is David Auman. People know Ranger David for his nature hikes and comprehensive lessons in identifying all the flora and fauna on the 850-acre property. He is also a proud Girl Scout Dad whose two daughters not only grew up in the program but got married at camp! Recently, Ranger David took a break from his winter activities to talk to us about his job.

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

A: I did some part-time work for Girl Scouts before starting full-time. I was a farmer before I became a ranger, and I let rangers use my equipment, so I got to know them. When I heard one of them was going to retire, I applied for the position.


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

A: I started 27 years ago. The first summer I was here part-time. I built the stage before the one we have now, the fire ring at Chalfant before the current fire ring (same footprint), and the bridge close to Chalfant. They’ve lasted quite a while, but there have been a lot of changes.


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

A: Camp Mu-Sha-Ni has the most acreage of any Girl Scout camp in North Carolina with 850. You could put all of our other camps on top of this one and still not cover it all.


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

A: Too many things to mention! I like seeing the girls have fun, seeing them worn out at the end of the day and not mind being dirty! I like the outdoor work.


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

A: This makes me grin. I was actually cleaning the toilets one day at camp and got a call that a foundation was coming to visit – so I had to stop cleaning the toilets, get changed and be ready to meet the foundation all in the same day! We got the funding, too!


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

A: To be a good steward of the land. Hopefully the people skills would come naturally, but the stewardship piece might take a little longer to come along.


Q: What do you do in the winter?

A: I like to do the building projects and the forestry work – commercial thinning, planting, duck boxes, the outdoor stuff.


Q: What do you like best about Girl Scouts?

A: I like the outdoors part! I like the camp, the property. The fact that Girl Scouts teaches to leave things better than you found them. I went to school in Rockingham and saw the race track after Jamboree and after a race.  After a race, there would be just a sea of garbage left. When the Girl Scouts did Jamboree, you could not tell that over 2,000 people had been camping there. That was always impressive to me.

Not long after I started working with the council, a leader had me help build bluebird boxes. All these girls were pounding and nailing these bird boxes together. Later in the paper, I saw a girl presenting a bluebird box to a library.   There is a girl who came back with her child and she has her own bluebird box kit. Some Girl Scouts have come back to get married here! Lots of great memories.


Q: Do you have a favorite Girl Scout camping tip/story?

A: My girls were in Girl Scouts and I did the camping part. My wife did the troop part. I was proud to be there to observe Yellow Feather!


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

A: I was in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and did family camping and Boy Scout camporees. We camped on private property and went to get water from a stream, saw an arrowhead on the ground and took it to the Scoutmaster. Before long we all picked up arrowheads that day. That memory jumps out.

Girl Scouts visiting Camp Mu-Sha-Ni have a great friend in Ranger David. On your next visit, be sure to thank him for the stage he recently upgraded, the wonderful fire circle and the time he takes to teach us all about nature. Got a question for our rangers? Leave one in the comments!



5 Tips for Happiness at Camp Hardee

May 18, 2015


Camp Hardee

Kristi Doebler, Camp and Outdoor Program Director

Having spent many summers at a wide variety of camps, I am so excited to spend my summers on the Pamlico River as the camp director for Camp Hardee. I grew up as a Girl Scout, earning my Silver and Gold Awards, and truly believe in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.

While each of our camps here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines offers something special, we believe Camp Hardee is especially well suited for first time campers. Our small campus, along with air conditioned cabins and family like atmosphere, allows girls an opportunity to be away from home in an environment that offers a lot of support.

Once a girl has spent part of her summer with us on the Pamlico, she’ll have an idea if Camp Hardee is just right for her. She might even be ready to explore any of our larger camps. For our first time campers in particular, here are a few things to get you ready for a great week at Camp Hardee this summer!

  1. Register for camp – Girls can only join us this summer if they are registered! (Register here!) Once registration has been completed, we’ll send a confirmation email plus a link to our confirmation packet which includes all of the important paperwork and details for the week.
  2. Spend some time away from your home – Have your girl visit grandma for the weekend or have a slumber party with her best friends. Spending time away from her parents will help a girl feel comfortable going to camp without them.
  3. Come to our open houseJoin us on March 8th from 1-4pm and explore Camp Hardee, meet staff, and see what the excitement is all about. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Pamlico as you eat.
  4. Pack your things – The week before the scheduled session of camp is a great time to do your packing. The confirmation packet includes a helpful packing list. And don’t forget to have your camper bring a costume or outfit that fits in with the theme for the week. Help her pack stationary or postcards so she can let everyone at home know how much fun she’s having!
  5. Come to camp – You’ve signed up, visited camp, bags are packed, and now it’s finally here! We’re going to be busy all week having so much fun, so make sure you camper gets a good night’s rest before arrival. Our counselors will be her new role models, and she’ll make great friends with her cabin mates.

I can’t wait to meet each of our campers this summer at Camp Hardee. We’re going to have a blast and make she has a camp experience she’s wild about! See you this summer.

Girl Scouting is for every girl, and we are committed to making summer camp accessible to all girls who want it, regardless of their background or financial situation. This is why – for every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the full cost we incur to deliver their week of camp adventures, and we provide financial aid for the families for whom $250 is still a stretch. This year, over 200 families applied to the Campership Fund for financial aid. You can help send these girls to camp by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Campership Fund. Click here to learn more or to make your gift today.



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