Memories- Debbie Kramer
Girl Scouting was an important part of Debbie's life as she grew up. As a young adult, she embraced service in and through Girl Scouting as a troop leader and working a variety of roles at summer camp from 1984, through the final days of Lake Erie Council in and beyond.
It was during her time as Director of the resident camp program in 1991 that Debbie reflected on the changes in camp programming. "...restructuring the camp in the next few years because 'parents want it' is not a good idea. With 994 girls applying and only 878 getting placed, it seems like there is a demand for the type of program we are offering. I don't think our accountability to parents includes letting them choose the structure of the program It includes running a program which can be administer in a way that enables staff to take care of their kids. If camp is going to be reorganized because the council feels that it would be a better program, then fine. Disregard all previous statements. But, that's not was has been indicated to me."
In spite of her doubts, Debbie continued her dedication to outdoor experiences for girls. Among other programs, she served as director of the Wilderness Trek based out of Camp Lejnar (1996-2000), and as director of Discovery Days at Hilaka (2002-2007).