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Iconic Women of Camp
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Camp Alice Pittenger

On February 14th, 1940, Mrs. Alice Pittenger donated land for a new Girl Scout camp as a surprise Valentine gift. She felt the picturesque setting on Payette Lake would be a place where girls from all over the state would be able to camp and call their own. 81 years later, Camp Alice Pittneger (CAP) is still going strong, even after a pandemic. To celebrate this special milestone, Horizon Credit Union and Girl Scouts of Silver Sage launched a council-wide storytelling campaign to honor CAP and the thousands of campers she has welcomed. Meet our six Iconic Women of Camp!

Monkey

CIT (Counselor in Training) Camp was a game changer for Monkey! Rainy storms didn’t keep her and her friends from heading to the island for a camp out – memories & laughs she will never forget.

Here’s what Camp means to hear and how it helped her become an Iconic Woman of Camp,

Monkey

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“Camp is such a fun experience and you can learn a lot of new things. You will go on so many fun adventures. When you go to CAP you will always be excepted for who you are. CAP has given me so many chances to try new things and find out what I like to do and who I am as a person.”

Taylenn “Monkey” W.
CAP Camper 2015-2019

Dewi

Meet Judy, or Dewi as she is known at Camp Alice Pittneger (CAP)!

How CAP Changed her Life: CAP has been a formative part of her life and loved every part of it – even going up prior to camp beginning to help get it ready for opening! She was part of a special group called “The 5 of Us” who learned to harmonize on Girl Scout songs. To this day, when the “5” gather, they instantly break into song and harmonizing. Her passion for Girl Scouts is everlasting, as she led a troop in California and they went camping all the time.

Her Favorite Memory: My first year at Pioneer Point we decided to go backpacking (Doc & Slim were counselors). We didn't have any regular backpack so we made our own with pillow cases, twine and fat sticks. Fortunately, Doc carried extra twine because our backpacks broke down repeatedly and we'd have to stop and rope them back together.  The next year I had a regular backpack, but the year with pillowcases was really special.

What she would say to others about camp: 

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“You will have the time of your life and will have all sorts of adventures, meeting a bunch of really neat girls, and singing (that is priceless). Camp Alice Pittenger was one of the most important influences in my life.

Judy “Dewi” R.
CAP Camper 1954 -1957 (then in 1964 as a counselor at Pioneer Point)

Maya

"I tried new things such as paddle-boarding and rock painting. We also played Quidditch. I was shy in the beginning of making new friends but soon everyone was making it so easy and I made so many new friends. Together we did a lot of exciting things.  

Go! I was so scared of going and almost did not go. From the day one everyone was so caring and helpful. I did not want to go home. I got a letter from a fairy on my last day :) I was proud that I could stay by myself at a camp with other girls and without my parents or my brother. It was my first girl scout camp and I want to go again."

Maya P.
CAP Camper 2019

I was so scared of going and almost did not go From the day one everyone was so caring and helpful. I did not want to go home.

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“I was so scared of going and almost did not go. From the day one everyone was so caring and helpful. I did not want to go home.

Maya P.
CAP Camper 2019

Brook

We asked, and our campers answered: What's your favorite Camp memory?

For camper Brook, she said, "Bunny's dog chased a skunk through the waterfront tent and everything we owned smelled terrible for weeks!"

While that memory may have been a little bit stinky, the laughs have never ended!

Bunny's dog chased a skunk through the waterfront tent and everything we owned smelled terrible for weeks!

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Bunny's dog chased a skunk through the waterfront tent and everything we owned smelled terrible for weeks!

Kelly "Brook" J.
CAP Camper 1975-1985

Cedar

As we all know, Girl Scouts isn’t just a few years, it’s for life! Our own Membership Manager, Terri “Cedar” Mudd, shared how Girl Scouts and camp changed her life. 

“Some of my favorites would be when the counselors would go around to our tents at night and sing to us so we would feel safe and welcomed. We also canoed across the lake and spent the night under the stars for three nights. We canoed those four days, hiked, chased Boy Scouts off from our camp site, and cooked on an open fire. It was some of my greatest memories growing up and kept me interested in finishing my First Class Award and staying in Girl Scouts.”

Cedar takes her passion for our sisterhood by now supporting Service Units and Troops on their adventures today as a staff member of the Silver Sage Council.

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"We also canoed across the lake and spent the night under the stars for three nights. We canoed those four days, hiked, chased Boy Scouts off from our camp site, and cooked on an open fire."

Terri “Cedar” M.
CAP Camper 1974-1976

Starry

During last year’s CAP 80 Celebration, we got to meet Stormy. She shared her moving story about how camp changed her life. Stormy’s experience about learning to paddle board resonates with all of us. Yet most importantly, this is what she said about her Girl Scout Camp experience, 

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Image Text: Camp has given me a sense of belonging, community, and has lifted each sister to expand our horizons. Camp is family to me.

I sat nervously on the sandy beachfront at  Camp Alice Pittenger in McCall, talking to a camp counselor and watching the other girls gleefully jumping from the dock and dancing on their paddle boards. A Girl Scout sister, “Sunrise,” saw my sadness, fear and desire to try something new and came to my rescue. She softly said to me,  “If you are willing, we can start in the shallow end. I’ll be right here with you ."

Her care and compassion inspired me to try – but only if I could grasp her board whenever I needed. As I stepped onto the paddle board, I felt it wobble under my feet. I clutched my paddle and slowly made progress, yet never without Sunrise in the corner of my eye.

Two days later, I went to the lagoon again, but without Sunrise. I went further out to join my peers and they excitedly greeted me, as I nervously waved to them. The sisterhood of camp and Sunrise has given me the resilience to try new things, overcome my fears and truly enjoy all that Girl Scouts has provided me as a young woman. Camp has given me a sense of belonging, community, and has lifted each sister to expand our horizons. Camp is family to me.

Savannah “Starry” W.
2018 – Present

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