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A camping they will go

T.T.T. Club sends four girls to Camp Wyoming for a week
Jun 11, 2018
Photo by: Gretchen Teske Emily Wibstead, Ali DeFour, Tia Willey and Raeleigh Beauchamp stand with their bags packed and ready for camp. The girls will be gone from Sunday to Friday at Camp Wyoming.

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Four fourth-grade girls were all smiles, and giddy with excitement, as they packed their bags before boarding a bus this weekend to Camp Wyoming in Jones County where they will spend a week meeting new friends and making new memories.

The T.T.T. Club, which stands for time, talent and treasure, was created in 1911 by six women from Mt. Pleasant who wanted to see more opportunities for girls. “This group of women felt that girls didn’t have enough opportunities,” said Althea Weems, a club member. “So they decided they were going to send girls to camp.”

The girls they choose must be completing fourth grade and be nominated by a teacher, pastor or other community member.

Twice a year, the camp, Camp Wyoming, a former T.T.T. camp, holds a week long opportunity for T.T.T. sponsored girls to go to camp and meet. Over 100 campers from across southern Iowa will be in attendance this week.

The only thing the girls need to provide is a positive attitude. “As an organization, we provide everything the girls need to go to camp,” she said. T.T.T. members take the girls on a shopping spree to purchase items from a set list. Among the girls’ favorites are a stuffed animal so they can have a friend, and a windup film camera for capturing memories.

On Thursday evening, the girls and members of T.T.T. gathered in the fellowship room of Faith Luthern Church to pack their bags and get ready for a life changing weekend. To be able to provide for the girls, the club hosts a tour of homes and sells pecans every fall. Previously, the camp has sent two girls at a time but has been able to double that number.

Weems hopes to see the girls develop leadership skills and learn life lessons they can carry with them. “We hope they come back a little more confident, too,” she adds.

Throughout their stay, the girls have no contact with family or other friends as they are all separated and put into different bunks with other campers. Camper Tia Willey is looking forward to making new friends and meeting people along the way. “I have a lot of friends that are going,” she said. “(I’m most excited) to see my friends.”

Emily Wibstead has never been to sleep-away camp before but was looking forward to going swimming.

Among their activities are creek stomping, cave exploring and archery, which Raeleigh Beauchamp was most excited for. Her sister attended camp last year and told her about it. “My sister told me a lot about archery, so I really want to do it,” she said. Ali DeFour hadn’t looked that far into the future yet but decided the first thing she would do when she got to camp was make her bed.

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