100 Years of Camp Fire First Texas Nostalgia Celebrates Texas Council's Past, Present and Future
Camp Fire First Texas in Fort Worth is celebrating 100 years of youth development and community impact. "A Century of Sparking Discovery," a historic collection of Camp Fire First Texas artifacts and memorabilia dating back to 1914, opened at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with a ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP reception on March 6.
Camp Fire alumna Mayor Betsy Price welcomed the crowd and presented Camp Fire with a proclamation recognizing the council's centennial. Joining in the celebration were Cathy Tisdale, CEO of Camp Fire National Headquarters; Elizabeth Darling, Camp Fire National Board Chair; and Katherine Gulick Fricker and Charlotte Gulick Hewson–granddaughters of Dr. and Mrs. Luther Gulick, founders of Camp Fire–who helped cut the ribbon to the exhibit.
Spanning 10 decades of Camp Fire First Texas' positive impact on North Texas youth and their families, the exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to experience both the history and the vision of Camp Fire.
"This exhibit will be an opportunity for Camp Fire volunteers and alumni to reminisce and look back on all that Camp Fire has been and has meant to them, but it is my desire that it does much more than that," said Zem Neill, President and CEO of Camp Fire First Texas. "The core values of the organization remain constant, even though the ways we accomplish them have changed over time. This exhibit allows Camp Fire to demonstrate its connection and relevancy to children, youth and families today and our dedication to evolve to serve our communities to remain relevant into the next 100 years."
The centennial exhibit is scheduled for display through October 12 and features the ceremonial gown and other items of Camp Fire founder Charlotte Gulick, on-loan from the Wohelo Camps in Sebago, Maine. This is the first time such artifacts have left the camp in more than 100 years.
"The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is so very proud to be a part of the Camp Fire First Texas Centennial Celebration," said Van A. Romans, President of the Museum of Science and History. "We believe their centennial exhibit at the museum will be an incredible asset for our communities. We were very honored to be asked to design, build and showcase their artifacts and wonderful story. The Museum extends its deepest congratulations to the Camp Fire Board of Directors, the Camp Fire Foundation, staff, volunteers, supporters and the thousands of Camp Fire alumni who have been impacted by their Wohelo spirit."
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