Patricia Kemp, Oklahoma City
Hello, my name is Tricia Kemp and I am 18 years old. This fall, I will be attending Texas Christian University to earn a degree in Communications. My Gold Award project is very special to me and the skills I learned will benefit me the rest of my life. I have always enjoyed being around kids of all ages and volunteering to help others. When I found out about Camp Shiloh, and how they were in need of a sand volleyball court, I knew that was the project God wanted me to undertake. I am a huge fan of sports and bringing joy and happiness through a sand volleyball court was just the project for me. First, I raised money through my church, All Soul’s, by mailing fundraising letters to family and friends, hosting a dinner at the church, promoting through our church bulletin and speaking to the congregation one Sunday morning. It was amazing to see the outpour of generosity from others to help fund this project. Secondly, I enlisted the help of contractors and purchased the supplies needed. Thirdly, I gathered volunteers to help me build the court. It was truly a blast to work on the sand volleyball court. I learned the importance of teamwork, organizational skills, patience and to persevere when you encounter problems. I am so glad to be able to provide Camp Shiloh with another sporting activity. I am a huge fan of sports and I hope the court brings joy and happiness to the campers. Camp Shiloh is a great place filled with amazing people. I would like to thank my family, friends, All Soul’s Church, the staff at Camp Shiloh, especially (Camp Director) Stephan Moore, and contractors (Tom and Toby) who helped me achieve my goal. Without them, I would not have been able to accomplish this project.