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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.


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!



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