Girls from Shelters Learn Lessons, Enjoy Camp

Thanks to the help of the community... 10 Midlands girls living in homeless shelters are getting the chance to go to camp this week.

Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Girls from different Midlands homeless shelters are getting the chance to go to camp this week.

With the help of the community, Girl Scouts provided 10 camp scholarships to girls at St. Lawrence Place, Family Promise and Family Shelter.

Girls who otherwise may not have been able to go are experiencing some things they have never done before.

“Making friends, being kind to each other, working as a team,” 12-year-old Tina Stocker said. “It seems pretty different without my parents but it seems pretty cool because I feel free.”

“Kayaking, swimming in a lake, sleep in a sleeping bag probably. I haven't done a lot of stuff here,” 11-year-old Zyah Rivers explained. 

They are getting to horseback ride, kayak, swim and brush up on their archery skills.

The campers are having fun and learning team building, innovation and independence at the same
time.

“This week we have girls visiting camp that otherwise may have never been able to get to camp,” Karen Kelly with Girl Scouts South Carolina Mountains to Midlands.

Kelly says thanks to the community, scholarships are provided for the girls.

“Camp is important for every girl it creates leadership activities it teaches girls to be problem solvers and this is what we need in our communities, these are our future leaders and we need more women in leadership,” Kelly said.

Community members also helped the girls get things like bug spray, sun glasses and sleeping bags for their camping adventure.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gssc-mm.org/en/camp/summer-program.html

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