AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps will be working hard all summer to provide a new look to the Girl Scout Camps. The Cedar 1 Team will consist of seven people completing tasks to help Camp Conestoga get ready for innovation. The team will also be completing other service activities in Camp L-Kee-Ta this summer, as well as in Camp Little Big Cloud and Camp Tahigwa in the fall. According to the AmeriCorps website, the AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time residential program for men and women ages 18-24. Members are based in one of the five regional campuses- one of which is in Vinton, IA – and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions.
The members of the Cedar 1 Team Valley are Ben Quimbly, Ryan Cuttler, Bell Kiley, Ben Rosel, Robin Philips and Amber Sproles. They are from Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Indiana and Pennsylvania and served in Michigan and South Dakota before coming to Iowa.
Ben, the leader of the Cedar 1 team, is looking forward to learning more about the Girl Scouts and the work that they do, as well as getting to see some of the communities in Iowa. Ryan, a former Boy Scout himself, says he’s looking forward to seeing how the Girl Scout camps run and operate from a new perspective. Bell has always been interested in helping the younger generation. “It’s a great feeling knowing that by cleaning the camp, it’s affecting young girl’s lives,” she says. Amber says that it’s been great serving and giving what she can to people.