Archive for the ‘Volunteer Services’ Category

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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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‘Thanks,’ Senator Barringer, for 45 years and counting…

July 20, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern

State Senator Barringer and Girl Scouts CEO Lisa JonesForty-Five years. That’s how long North Carolina State Senator Tamara Barringer has been a Girl Scout. At this year’s annual meeting, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines had the honor of presenting her with a 45-Year Membership Pin and also awarded her the Girl Scout Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a really big deal. It’s a national award that honors a volunteer for going way beyond expectations in serving their Girl Scout Council.

You go, Girl Scout!

Senator Barringer has contributed to Girl Scouting in many different ways. So many ways, in fact, that it would be easier to list the positions she hasn’t held! She has served as a Troop Leader, Adult Learning Facilitator, Service Unit Manager, Board of Directors member, and has chaired or served on numerous other committees.

We recently asked Senator Barringer about her Girl Scout experience. Read on to learn what she shared.

How long have you been a volunteer and what has your favorite role within Girl Scouts been?

I’ve been an active volunteer since 1977. It would be hard to say what my favorite role has been. Each has had its own challenges and rewards. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve in so many different ways.

What can you tell us about your experience as a young Girl Scout?

Girl Scouting has had a profound influence on my life since I was very young. My original Girl Scout leaders in Shelby, North Carolina, taught me through their words and deeds that people are inspired by and respect leaders who challenge them.

Do you think being a Girl Scout had any influence on your becoming a Senator?

Through Girl Scouting, I learned to be a leader. Now, more than 40 years later, I continue to experience the life-enriching joy of service to others. The Girl Scout mission is at the heart of my service to others.

Do you ever hear from the girls who were in the troops you led?

Oh, yes. I try to stay in contact with them. When I am able, I especially enjoy attending their weddings, baby showers, and other important events. I am so proud of them all.

Are you still active in Girl Scouts?

Absolutely! I keep my certifications up to date so that I can continue to train leaders and girls, and supervise troop events. I also am a member of the Gold Award Committee, which reviews and approves girls’ Gold Award projects.

Hats off and congratulations to Senator Barringer for being honored with the Thanks Badge for being such a vital Girl Scout volunteer, for completing 45 years as a Girl Scout, and being such an incredible role model!

Being a Girl Scout volunteer can change your life, and your service can change the lives of girls. Start the fun today — click here to explore the many ways you can help shape girls of courage, confidence and character.

 

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