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Generations of Impact: How 25 years of services led to $20,000 for girls

June 11, 2014

Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

Girl Scouts Pinning AlumnaeThe day before Mothers’ Day had me driving up to Annapolis, Maryland for a very special reason. Friends of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, Bob Schmitz and Amy Csorba, had made a gift in honor or Amy’s 80-year-old mother, Sue, and we were about to surprise her with a small celebration in her honor.

The story of this visit traces back to Amy and Bob sorting through Mrs. Csorba’s things after the death of her husband in January 2014. Among the many family heirlooms, Amy found photographs, mementos, and badges – Girl Scout memorabilia that reminded Amy of her mother’s passion for the organization.

Sue “Skipper” Csorba was a Girl Scout leader in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in Annapolis. During her almost 25 years of involvement, Sue led her daughters’ troops and later helped other troops organize camping, hiking, and outdoor adventures. She served with a cadre of co-leaders, many of whom were to join us in the celebration.

Honoring Sue’s passion to provide outdoor experiences for all girls was very important to Bob and Amy. Sue was committed to giving girls outdoor experiences, and determined to have an inclusive troop of girls from all races, incomes, and family situations – even going so far as to provide transportation to girls who needed it. With a $20,000 gift, Bob and Amy established the Sue “Skipper” Csorba Scholarship Fund to send 80 girls to NC Coastal Pines summer camps over the next 10 years. These full scholarships would go to girls with the greatest financial need, and preference would be made for girls who had never been to camp before.

Sue now lives in a retirement community, outside of Annapolis, where the celebration was to be held. The small gathering included the family, co-leaders from Sue’s troops, and friends from the Central Maryland Girl Scout Council.

proclamationMany tears were shed and memories shared, as the scrapbooks and memorabilia were passed around. My favorite was an official proclamation written to look like the Declaration of Independence by Troop 231 in 1967 that claimed Sue to be the GREATEST Girl Scout Leader A Girl Ever Had. The proclamation goes on to say:

“She taught us all about arts & crafts, first aid, singing, dancing, hiking, nature trails, the fun of camping, and the good feelings of sharing a campfire with friends. She brought out the best in us, as an individual and as a member of a troop and prepared us to do our best as we grew to adulthood. Her actions exemplified the ideals of the Girl Scout Motto & Laws, to her troop and to the community.”

With these summer camp scholarships, Sue will continue to make a big impact on girls for many more years. We are so grateful to her, to Bob and Amy, and to all the Girl Scout leaders who help grow our girls into amazing women.

To make a gift in honor of the leader that inspired you, or to find out more about the Sue “Skipper” Csorba Scholarship Fund, please contact me via email or 1-800-284-4475. Thanks.

 

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Why I Became a Girl Scout Summer Camp Counselor

August 25, 2013

By Victoria D., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

IMG_2959Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I’m one of the six Girl Scout Girl Board Members! I’m excited to be blogging for the council and sharing my experiences as a Girl Scout.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons as it usually consists of lots of time by the pool and attending my favorite Girl Scout camps! However, this summer that all changed. I had the pleasure of going from a camper to a camp counselor at Camp Mary Atkinson, a beautiful resident camp owned by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

A Girl Scout summer camp attendee for almost a decade, I had always dreamed of becoming a counselor and helping other girls create memorable camp experiences. I vividly remember, at seven years old, being dropped off for my first Girl Scout camp session, “Here Comes the Sun.” I was nervous and scared, but my camp counselors put me right at ease. One week later when my parents came to pick me up, the first words out of my mouth were “When can I come back?” Girl Scout camp became everything and more to me!

I wanted to create these same kinds of experiences for fellow Girl Scout campers, which is why I enrolled in the CIT (Counselor-In-Training) sessions that would prepare me for a counselor role at summer camp. These three weeks of training were awesome! Everyone in my training group instantly gelled and I knew it was going to be a great summer.

After training I was hired as Staff-In-Training or SIT, which is the title used for counselors under eighteen. As I prepared to greet the first wave of campers for the summer I took a moment to remember what I had loved most about my camp counselors when I was young.  All my former counselors had been enthusiastic and ready for anything and everything. They were energetic, fun, and made me feel right at home. They were a big part of why my camp experience was so great and I knew I wanted to embody those traits as well.

By the end of the summer I had achieved these goals and more. Not only had I helped girls have a great time at summer camp, but I realized that I had also pushed myself out of my comfort zone and even gotten over my fear of spiders! I learned to listen to others more and learned my strengths as a leader. However, the two most important things I learned this summer is that patience is truly a virtue and that learning how to adapt to new ways and ideas is a really useful skill!

This summer was one of the best of my life and I highly recommend Girl Scout camp as a camper and a counselor. Both experiences help you strengthen your leadership skills while having a blast and also help you discover things you never knew about yourself!

What have you learned by attending Girl Scout summer camp? Any young campers out there want to become counselors one day?

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