Our first camp alum story is from none other than GSSNE CEO Pam Hyland!
Q: What is your favorite camp memory or experience?
A: I loved working with the girls and helping them develop their independence. I loved singing around the campfire. I loved walking the trails at camp. I loved the friendships I developed with other staff.
As a girl member I also attended and helped troop leaders plan campfire programs when I was in high school. I would stay at camp all weekend, help the leaders out during the day and stay up late with my friends at night.
I have been part of many camps during my tenure as a staff member and I am always drawn to the camps because they are special places. One of my favorite Girl Scout songs is "I Know a Place" and this perfectly sums up the joy I have being outdoors thanks to Girl Scouting!
Q: How did your experience at camp help inform who you are as a person today?
A: Well, I care about the environment for one thing, and I still find great joy in being outdoors.
Camp also taught me resilience because you always had to figure out a way to solve the many little (and big) problems that surfaced at camp.
Camp taught me the importance of teamwork—there was a theme I always loved called "find the Gift in Every Child" and I find that true for adults as well. We need our collective gifts to make anything work well!
Camp and the outdoors is where I find peace...