CampFire USA strives to servePublished 7:24am Saturday, September 15, 2012
By Laura Pemberton, Staff WriterSkill
Camp Fire USA is teaching Alexander City girls how to serve.
“We try to instill values so the girls become good community leaders as adults,” said Alexander City’s Camp Fire USA Executive Director Mary Boos.
Camp Fire USA is one of the 23 agencies funded by the Lake Martin Area United Way and impacts approximately 200 girls in the Alexander City area.
Boos said the organization is similar to the Girl Scouts and has approximately 175 members in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Members are grouped together by age and perform a variety of activities.
The girls participate in community service activities such as recycling initiatives, work with the Salvation Army and the humane society.
In addition to community service, the groups also take part in council-wide events with all 13 groups and 26 volunteers.
The council camps out at Wind Creek State Park in the spring, and Nov. 3 the girls will sleep over at the Georgia Aquarium for their fall event.
Boos said the most beloved event is the annual father/daughter dance held in February.
“It’s a tradition,” Boos said.
Boos said without United Way funding Camp Fire USA activities in Alexander City would not be possible.
“We could not exist without the United Way,” Boos said. “We depend on their funding tremendously.”
To learn more about CampFire USA visit their website at www.campfireusa.org