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“I Camp too!”

May 9, 2016

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By Margaret Hartzell, Individual Giving Director

“You camp?! You don’t look like you camp.” said a former coworker to me once when I mentioned an upcoming camping adventure.

At first it surprised me. Does someone who camps look a certain way? Was it because I was a woman? Couldn’t I wear dresses and love the outdoors?

But then it made me proud! I DO camp!

Because, the truth was, I never went to summer camp. I didn’t start camping until my late 20’s and early 30’s. When I finally discovered it though, camping became our preferred method of vacationing. We camped with our three dogs all over North Carolina, spending nights in places like Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke. The big adventure was a road trip up the California coast camping along the way—Joshua Tree National Park, Big Sur, Bodega Bay, and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The first time I ever saw the Milky Way was as I laid in my tent. Even as an adult I’m proud of the dirt line left by my sandals after days of camping. Or the scrapes and bruises that come with a difficult hike.

My first trip to Girl Scout Camp was Camp Mary Atkinson for an all-staff meeting last month. Even without the girls singing camp songs in the dining hall or counselors herding girls for the next activity, I could feel the magic of it all. It’s a magic I want all girls to experience.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that any of these young girls love the outdoors. I want them to proudly say “I camp too!”

Unfortunately for many girls in under-resourced communities across North Carolina Girl Scout camp isn’t a reality. The Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Campership Fund provides financial assistance so that any girl can have the life-changing outdoor experience that Girl Scouting provides. For every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the cost we incur to bring them a week of camp adventures.

This month we are raising money for Camperships so we can deliver the gift of the great outdoors to every girl. With your help, more girls will say “I CAMP TOO!” because of their time spent at Graham, Hardee, or Mary Atkinson this summer.

Donate here.

P.S. Thanks to our community partners, Carolinas IT and Great Outdoor Provision Co., your gift to the Campership Fund will be matched, allowing more girls to find adventure and friendship at Girl Scout Camp this summer.

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Meet Our New Fund Development Team Members!

April 25, 2016

By the Fund Development Team

We’re excited to welcome to our Girl Scout family Margaret Hartzell and Shinica Thomas, who will be serving as Individual Giving Directors on the Fund Development Team. Since highlighting diversification of funding in our Strategic Learning process, we have seen growth in the fund development arena. We are eager to welcome these two new staff to continue to help donors feel the impact of their investment in girls.

GSNCCP Fund Development TeamMargaret Hartzell comes to us from the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in Raleigh where she helped execute the Center’s signature fundraising event A Toast to the Triangle. Prior to that, she spent six years as a policy advocate for Environment North Carolina, a statewide environmental advocacy organization where she executed the organization’s legislative advocacy in the North Carolina General Assembly and U.S. Congress. Margaret was not a Girl Scout – it’s never too late – but she believes passionately in building girls into confident women of character who will make the world a better place.

Fund Dev Team Shinica Thomas was a Girl Scout as a girl, and when her military family finally settled in the Fayetteville area, she attended Fayetteville University for her BA in political science and Regent University for a master’s in government. She has a strong background in the corporate and political sector, serving as Executive Director at IMI Association Management, as Human Resources Program Specialist for Wake Tech, and in executive support roles for North Carolina Community College System and on many statewide political campaigns. Shinica has a passion for nonprofit work, and she’s excited to bring this passion to her  work with Girl Scouts.

Margaret and Shinica joined us for their first day at our Annual Meeting on March 12, and we asked them to share their reaction to their first day.

What was it like for your first day to be an event with 300 strangers?

Shinica: It was amazing! While I certainly won’t remember the name of everyone that I met, I will always have the memory of my first day being the Birthday of Girl Scouts and the celebration to go along with it.

 

What was the highlight of the day for you?

Margaret: I loved hearing our keynote speaker, Hannah Ubl. She spoke about how different generations relate to one another, and I can’t think of a better place for her to bring that message. I saw Daisies alongside women being awarded for the 55 year commitment to the Girls Scouts-all in the same room.

  

Was there something that piqued your interest that you can’t wait to learn more about?

Shinica: For me, it was the personal stories that I heard all day about Girl Scout Camp. I can’t wait to get OUTDOORS! Do we have camp sessions for ME?!

 

Did you have a grand take-away?

Margaret: I was struck by one quote-“You can always do something for one more girl.” I am looking forward to being a part of a mission that inspires one more girl. Then another! And another after that!

 

Shinica, how about you – any big take-aways?

Shinica: I have been talking to anyone that will listen about the stories shared by Girl Scouts during the meeting! I was super impressed, and I loved hearing about and seeing the fruits of their Girl Scout experience. Although I was a Daisy and a Brownie, I still can’t even comprehend the depth and breadth of it all! There are so many things to see, share, and be a part of and I’m just ready to be an impactful part of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

 

Please feel free to reach out to Margaret and Shinica to say “Hi!” or if you ever have a question about the impact your gift makes on girls. They are ready and waiting to meet you.

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