For the youth of Alexander City and Tallapoosa County, finding one's potential and gaining a greater understanding of what it means to serve others can be an important goal to reach.
One organization helping young people achieve this is the local Camp Fire chapter, led by Brandy Galvan.
Since the national Camp Fire organization was founded in 1953, children and teenagers going through the program have had a number of opportunities to explore their full potential and also learned to effectively function as caring, self-directed and responsible individuals.
Throughout the year, Camp Fire participants take part in a number of community service projects. These include volunteering with the Salvation Army during the holiday season to ring the bell next to the group’s iconic red kettles, collecting canned goods for the local food bank and school supplies for those in need, and visiting places such as the Lake Martin Animal Shelter, Bill Nichols State Veterans Home and many of the local nursing homes.
Camp Fire members also participate in fundraisers throughout the year and enjoy a campout every spring at Wind Creek State Park.
Galvan gave a shining example of how the local Camp Fire chapter showed a caring spirit for one of its own in a time of need.
“We had a very sweet second-grader, Breck Mobley, last year that had a very serious spinal brain condition that required her to travel to New York City for a surgery,” Galvan said. “She had to stay in New York City for a month. We held a candlelight prayer circle in the parking lot beside the Camp Fire hut the night before her surgery. We had it on Facebook Live with her mother. Her mother knew about it but Breck was completely surprised.”
During the circle, Mobley’s church pastor joined the Camp Fire while her fellow members shared how much they loved her. The circle offered special prayers for not only Mobley and her family but also the doctors and hospital staff involved in the surgery and recovery process.
“Breck came through the surgery like a champ and her Camp Fire family was praying for her, sending her cards and encouraging her the whole time,” Galvan said. “She was able to come home from New York, start going back to school and coming back to her Camp Fire meetings. Her parents said it meant so much to her and to them to have that support from all the Camp Fire girls the night before her surgery.”
The local Camp Fire organization — which averages 150 members every year — is always looking for new participants interested in finding their potential and serving others at the same time.
For more information about the group, its Facebook page is “Camp Fire Alabama- Alexander City.” Registration for Camp Fire is held every August, and meetings are held at the Camp Fire hut in the Sportplex in Alexander City.