BENEFITING: GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC
ORGANIZER: GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
Thank you for visiting my GSEM Marathon page!
I'm running for Girl Scouts, because Girl Scout camp has had a huge impact on my life. My aunt gave me the gift of Girl Scout Camp at age 7. It was my birthday present. For me, the gift of sleep-away camp meant packing up my things and heading into the woods without siblings or friends. At first a little scary, in the end completely empowering. Camp was an escape. A week on my own and I loved it!
Camp was a chance to make new friends and try new things without risk. Camp gives a girl the chance to step out of their comfort zone in a supportive environment without the fear of failure. I returned summer after summer after summer, eventually working at camp. It slowly developed me into an adult with a backpack full of skills I never would have had. The most important of which was the ability to make friends, join a community, and live on my own.
Today, I am Director of Outdoor Program for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. I oversee 14 Girl Scout camps and all year-round outdoor education and program at Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. This is what we call the Camp Pathway. Girl Scout Camp is an environment specifically built for girls. In the Camp Pathway, girls get to play, live and spend their days in a beautiful outdoor space. At camp, every girl has adventures to remember for a lifetime. Girl Scout Camp is a safe and nurturing environment, staffed with trained, caring role models.
Discover, connect, and take action! At camp we use hands on methods of experiential learning and outdoor education to fill in gaps beyond academic instruction. Camp is a caring community for everyone. Girls do more than enjoy activities, at Camp. They join a community. This summer 7000 girls will go to Girl Scout camp in Eastern Massachusetts. At camp they will learn skills to resolve conflict, accept differences, get along with others, and work together. The atmosphere of acceptance and sharing at Camp prompts girls to try out new positive behaviors.
There is a place for every girl at Camp. Camp is a place for athletes, performers, artists, thinkers, explorers, and friends. Our community needs them all to thrive. Most of all Girl Scout Camp is FUN! Every girl should have the chance to go to camp. Last year, GSEM awarded $150,000 to over 400 girls in Eastern Massachusetts. These girls used that money to go to camp and have fun, discover their inner-leader, and connect with a large and supportive all-girl community.
Please take a moment to donate whatever amount you can to help me reach my goal of raising $5000 to support the Campership fund. Give the gift of camp to a girl in Eastern Massachusetts. With your donation together we will send as many girls to camp this summer as possible.