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Local Woman Continues Tradition, Brings Scouting, Patriotism Together
Most people agree that children need extracurricular activities in their lives that provide structure and guidance to see the bigger world beyond themselves. One Lone Grove woman has risen to the task of providing that guidance by leading a group of second- and third-grade members of Camp Fire For Boys and Girls in activities that have recently focused on patriotism.
Debbie Rose has had a long history of being involved in scouting-type activities. She raised three daughters, one of whom participated in Girl Scouts and the other two in Camp Fire For Boys and Girls. Now she is leading her grandchildren in the same path. Debbie’s new troop is composed of her grandson Adam, her granddaughter Maddie, her great neice Riley, and several other little girls.
Her current crop of Camp Fire kids is getting a great look at the lives of others and learning what they can do to help. For example, in a recent meeting, Debbie provided them with an address and helped them to write get-well letters to wounded American soldiers. Last week, the group was scheduled to participate in Valentines for Veterans by handing out cards and singing songs at the Veterans’ center before the snow interfered.
Now the Camp Fire members are nearing the end of their annual Candy Sale, which also provides a way for the kids to see other people showing their patriotism. Mrs. Rose and other Camp Fire leaders have made it possible for folks to support the children and the troops at the same time! If someone wants to buy candy, but for health or other reasons, doesn’t really want to eat the candy, he or she can pay the purchase price, and the candy will be shipped to a soldier at no additional cost to the Camp Fire supporter.
Mrs. Rose says she “just thought it was really important to help the kids see that supporting their country and the soldiers is something that even they can do. Campfire’s colors are Red, White, and Blue, so I thought they should see that those colors really mean something.” Mrs. Rose has long been an example of giving and loving in this community. With luck she will be guiding children for as long as they are blessed to have her still among them. Anyone interested in purchasing candy, either for yourself or to be shipped to a soldier, can contact her at 580-657-4297.