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One Volunteer Makes the Difference at Day Camp

Sharon Bryzek admits that volunteering for the vacant role of day camp kitchen coordinator was a quick decision. A role that big could be intimidating for many volunteers, especially for her since she rarely created a grocery list or cooked family meals. But it didn’t matter to her.

 Sharon took on the job of kitchen coordinator so every girl could have the full day camp experience.

She volunteered because she wanted girls to have the full day camp experience.

Sharon was a Girl Scout as a girl and has been volunteering over the years; as a cookie mom and camp volunteer with her daughters’ troops. She had no plans to volunteer last summer, but when she heard that brown bag lunches were going to be the fare otherwise, she stepped up. She felt that cooking at camp created fun memories and didn’t want the girls to miss out.

Sharon’s husband, Joe, the family’s shopper and cook, was baffled when he heard the news because of her lack of experience. Her twenty-plus years with Delta Airlines didn’t allow her time to fill that family role, but she didn’t let that stop her from volunteering.

The position proved to be more challenging than she thought, but each time she rose to the challenge. The biggest test came a few weeks prior to camp when she had shoulder surgery and the recovery time was longer than she planned. In order to tackle the hands-on aspects she recruited more volunteers for the kitchen, one of whom was her dad. At first he encouraged her to resign, but after seeing her determination he agreed to help. By the end of camp her dad enjoyed it so much that he’s planning on coming back this summer!

Lunch time!

Sharon’s love of camp isn’t the only reason why she wanted to help. Her youngest daughter, Tabitha, was diagnosed with Arteriovenous malformation or AVM several years ago. This disease causes an abnormal connection between her arteries and veins. Through all the various surgeries and treatments, Tabitha’s sister Girl Scouts, leaders, and parents in Girl Scouting have supported and encouraged her and her family. Sharon remarks, “After all they’ve done for me, I can’t let them down.”

Looking back, Sharon says, “I’m so grateful I did it because it really empowered me. I made it through it. I didn’t just make it through it, I excelled at it.” Because of this experience, she freely shares with girls that Girl Scouting can change your life, even as an adult.

What are some new ways that you could make an impact in a girl’s life? Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers for camp, special events, and more. Click here to see all the ways you can volunteer.

-Marcia Lilley,
Development Assistant

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