The Girls Inc. of Hamblen County summer camp had been on a long hiatus due to the pandemic, but in summer 2022, the girls were welcomed back in Dandridge, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, and White Pine. Through the camp, Girls Inc. of Hamblen County staff learned the tremendous value of getting kids outside as part of overall child development and wellbeing, especially given the stress caused by the pandemic. Simply put, the day camps make learning fun in unique ways and encourages physical activity in the beauty of nature.
In a recent summary report provided to East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), Girls Inc. of Hamblen County Executive Director, Lise Bender, wrote, “Our staff was greeted with joy by the girls who attended, some who had brought little sisters who were finally old enough to participate. Our program had been absent but not forgotten and conversation with parents led us to believe that we had become an important and anticipated fixture in the summer for many girls.”
“It is always a joy to direct these competitive grant programs, working with volunteers, fundholders, and grantees alike, to see firsthand the impact of our collaboration in service to this incredible region,” said Ashley Siferd Butler, ETF Director of Competitive Grants.