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“Girl Scout camp is my life!”

April 28, 2015

Camp Mary Atkinson Girl Scouts North Carolina NC Coastal Pines

By Deanna Ludwick, Senior Camp & Outdoor Program Director      

This year not only marks my eighth year at Camp Mary Atkinson, but my 20th summer at Girl Scout camp. Yes, that’s right – 20! 20 extraordinary summers filled with girls canoeing and kayaking in lakes, trying their hand at archery, challenging their fears, learning to swim, spending the night away from home the first time, singing silly camp songs, eating gooey S’mores, making new friends… the list goes on and on.

It truly has been 20 FUN years! Seeing campers return year after year and seeing many become counselors and camp staff, means I’m not the only one having a great time at camp! One of our former campers and now camp staff truly says it best – “a world without summer camp is just not as great.” And here’s more about what camp has meant to her:

Camp has had and continues to have such a profound impact on who I am and who I strive to be. Camp is the most amazing place where you can gain the most valuable experiences and lessons you need in the real world.

It was at camp where I first learned how to be independent from my parents and friends. I learned how important it is to make decisions for myself, but also how to cooperate and work together in groups. I learned how to love and appreciate all of nature, I learned the importance of being kind to everyone no matter what, and most importantly I learned how important it is to be unapologetically myself and to be comfortable with whom I am.

Both as a camper and as a staff member I have made timeless friendships with people from all different walks of life, and the most amazing part of camp friendships is that no matter how long it has been since you saw each other last, it seems like no time apart has passed at all. I can, without a doubt in my mind, say that without Girl Scout camp I do not know who I would be today, and honestly I am very proud of whom I have become. Girl Scout camp is my life!

As this story highlights, camp provides an opportunity for girls to build confidence, learn real-world lessons, and become a part of a supportive community of friends and mentors. In addition, spending time in the outdoors helps girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop an appreciation for nature. And we can’t forget about the FUN – girls greatly enjoy the outdoor experiences they have in Girl Scouts!

So why wait? Extend your Girl Scout experience this summer at Camp Mary Atkinson. Not only we will celebrate a new summer at Girl Scout Camp, we will celebrate our campers as they grow and learn, try new things in a safe environment, make new friends, and have FUN!

Did you know, more than 90 girls will be spending a week at Camp Mary Atkinson at little or no cost to them because of support of people like you? Tax-deductible donations to the Campership Fund help us send hundreds of girls to camp every summer who might not otherwise be able to afford to go. And now through June 1st, your gift is worth DOUBLE because of five generous community members who have pledged to match your gift dollar-for-dollar until we reach our fundraising goal. Make your gift today!
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Rain Garden in Time for April Showers

February 27, 2014

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp Staff

Rain Garden ProjectThe rain garden designed as part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science Series continues to take shape with the engineers at Grounded Engineering of Raleigh. Set to be unveiled during the Good Earth Adventures event at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA) on April 26, the ten Girl Scouts participating in the design and construction process anxiously await to see their hard work come to fruition.

When asked about their experience with the project, the participants had many things to say:

“We get to make our designs as a group and it’s a very useful experience; educational as well. We have got to use a lot of different technologies that most people haven’t even seen or heard of. We used the 3D simulator and Kinect to try out different rain gardens for CMA. It was so cool!” ~ Abby, Girl Scout Senior

“Dirt and Tigger (a.k.a. the program staff) have made it so not only is it a fun learning experience for us to create this rain garden, but they have also given us the responsibility and treated us like adults in allowing us to create the rain garden with our own thoughts and ideas while guiding us along the way.” ~ Nicole, Girl Scout Ambassador

“All the technology we get to experience is really neat. I also love how hands-on it has been!” ~ Alyssa, Girl Scout Senior

“We were able to mess with technology and the Kinnect was kind of like something you would see in movies. We also got to use augers to take soil samples from CMA, and see a rain simulator. These are the types of things that you get out of an agricultural experience like Citizen Science with really cool people!” ~ Janelle, Girl Scout Ambassador

How awesome is that?  Thanks to support from Duke Energy Foundation, Girl Scouting is able to provide this opportunity for girls to become savvy, innovative, aspiring science and engineering leaders.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines strives to provide opportunities for girls that enhances exposure and deepens engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM.

Interested in careers which focus on science or technology? Watch our Inner-views podcast series focuses on North Carolina women in STEM.

Tell us what you love about girls and STEM?

 

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