Dear Girl Scout Friends and Family,
There are days, and weekends, when I can’t believe what our Movement does for girls, and how lucky we are to be part of it. TAMBU in late September was just such a weekend. It has been awhile since I’d visited Camp Lakota and it took only a few minutes, passing through the gate, to remember what a treat it is to find blue sky, tall trees, and warm meadows just two hours away from the urban jungle.
While I have been a frequent visitor to GAM (Gathering All Mariners) on the water each spring, this was my first visit to TAMBU (translation: Circle of Tents). This gathering, which has written tests and competitions between troops, was started in 1964 in Pasadena and has been growing ever since. Our own Teri Proffitt, Director of Product and Retail Sales, has been a key player in the Blue Madonna troop for many years and has a passion for orienteering.
A primarily volunteer-run event, TAMBU welcomed 200 girls this year for a variety of activities, including a relay to set up tents under time constraints. Volunteer extraordinaire John Bodi put me to work as a relay timekeeper.
What is most extraordinary about this gathering is the spirit, the older girl participation, and the unbridled joy and energy I experienced all day. Lakota provides the perfect environment for TAMBU, and our adult volunteers were so thrilled to know that we will be working to make improvements to this property and programs delivered there.
The indelible memories I take with me are hanging out with the girls in their camps—like when I saw the expression on first-time camper Cierra’s face as she made a bullseye on her first try at archery!
As I headed home, I reflected on how fortunate we are to be in this exact spot, with the gifts of these properties, these programs, and these girls. But none of this would be possible without our volunteers’ expertise, creativity, and dedication to our mission. Please take a bow and accept my thanks for a great job!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Lise L. Luttgens