One of the reason is our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
"American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members."
Another reason is because we wanted a place where Marebear could belong. I did not want just any troop of girls, I wanted her to have true friends. This request can be extremely hard to achieve with all that Marebear faces (she is living with Rett syndrome. See her page to learn more).
At the end of the night I was emotionally exhausted. I could not help but ask myself if what I did made any difference.
This last weekend we were set to go to American Heritage Girls Camporee at a local Boy Scout camp for the weekend. Marebear loves to camp, but I was worried about how we were going to manage. I was even more worried when I found out our campsite was the farthest away from all the activities. Marebear can walk, but not for long distances, and not on uneven ground. My hubby and I called the American Heritage Girls coordinator for the camp and the Boy Scout of America (BSA) ranger to see if we could switch with a closer troop. It took some time, but they were able to accommodate our needs. The BSA ranger found us a place to park that was closer to the activities so we would have access to our car should we need it. He also made sure we had access to electricity too. He even got down on one knee looking Marebear in the eyes as he talked to her . He could see she was excited and happy to be there.
At the campout Marebear was so excited. She loved seeing all the girls in her troop. As we were setting up our tent, many of the girls came by and talked to her. They asked her questions, and told her stories. She squealed in delight. That night we had a camp fire and she was so excited she could hardly sleep. The next day she was so tired we had to let her sleep most of the day( to insure she would not have any seizures). Many of the girls came by during the day asking where Marebear was and how she was doing. She ended up sleeping through all the stations, but it was alright, most of the stations were a little advance for her ( compass, backpacking, first aid, ect. ).