REMEMBERING CAMP DIRECTOR MARGIE GOULDMAN
It is with great sadness that we must share that on November 15, our dear friend and lifetime camp director Margie Gouldman passed away in her sleep.
Before she passed, we were able to spend a few minutes with her virtually. Valerie played and sang some favorite camp songs for her, Jeannie spoke the ideals, and Anna said a few words. We ended our time with her by singing our goodnight circle, Taps, and simply saying “Goodnight.”
She was 98 years young and had lived an extraordinary life. A celebration of her life will be held when it is safe for us to congregate once again. We are grateful for who she was and for her undying passion for camp.
We invite you to light a candle in Margie’s memory, remembering the ideals of the camp she loved so much:
“To make girls so happy they will share their happiness with others.
To create friendships that will last through life.
To develop strong, healthy bodies through regular exercise, good food, and rest in the pure mountain air.
To create a love for God’s out-of-doors and a reverence for his handiwork.
To bring out the hidden possibilities that lie within each girl, and to help her find herself.”
We know that this has been a difficult year for everyone. Margie wanted Strawderman to continue, and it will. Let us hope that camp in 2021 will heal us all with the Strawderman Spirit that Margie has given to each one of us.