Why is it important to YOU that we support Camp Wa-Thik-Ane? Here’s what Guider Lori Labelle had to share:
People have been asking me a lot lately why it is so important to ME that we support Girl Guide Camp Wa-Thik-Ane and VOTE. My own mom asked me just last night why I was “stressing” about the whole thing.
Most of you know I spent over 12 years of my life calling Wa-Thik-Ane home and poured a lot of sweat equity into those sites and trails. My love affair with WTA is old news to most in Guiding and camping circles, perhaps because those individuals truly understand finding the meaning in a campfire’s glow (cheesy I know). BUT to all those countless others out there who do not understand or appreciate the value of just one day at camp and more specifically Girl Guide camp, consider this your enlightenment!
Camp Wa-Thik-Ane is much more than old red stained wood buildings. And Girl Guides is much much more than dancing around a toad stool and selling cookies. Both are a place where girls can come together and safely express themselves in a non-threatening, non-judgmental, environment. At Wa-Thik-Ane it doesn’t matter what your skin colour is, your sexual orientation, your age, your weight, or your religion. Wa-Thik-Ane is a safe haven. It’s a chance for girls (and women) to ditch the make-up, unplug their iPods, and get a little dirty. New skills, new friends, fresh air, exercise, good food, and a chance to feel like you belong. Sure you can get all those things at any good summer camp, but at Girl Guide camp… It’s AMPED up!
For the last few years I have been somewhat removed from Wa-Thik-Ane as my personal and professional life have taken a bit of a dipsy doodle, but my heart has remained. The Aviva Community Fund presented me with an avenue to try and give back to a fantastic cause in desperate need. This is why “the whole voting thing” is so important to me. Please help me help Girl Guide Camp Wa-Thik-Ane and in turn help thousands of young girls and women find their safe haven!
By guest blogger Lori Labelle. Lori is a Guide and Ranger Guider in Northshore District. Thanks to Lori we’ve entered the Aviva Community Fund competition for a chance to win funding for the Camp Wa-Thik-Ane waterfront. Read more here and please vote every day until November 25! If you are interested in guest blogging, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.