As we proceed through this quiet summer underneath Old Bald, our thoughts turn to the early days of Merrie-Woode and its founder, Dammie Day.
We know that Dammie Day was a woman ahead of her time, and she lived her life with high expectations for herself and for others. She was a pacifist, a progressive, and a visionary. Dammie could see clearly what she wanted for the next generation of women, and she used her voice and her influence to educate and empower the girls of Merrie-Woode. Campers of the day returned to their towns and cities with a greater understanding of women’s rights and global citizenship, not merely the skills of archery or horseback riding. Dammie wanted her campers to grapple with hard truths and real life lessons and to understand the importance of caring for others, not just for themselves.
Each summer, Dammie’s campers participated in a service project. Dammie spoke openly about current events and global concerns, allowing her girls to internalize their responsibility to the world around them. Her campers knew they had a voice and could enact change, when given the chance.
This summer through our virtual programming, we launched Dammie’s Service Project to spread positivity and compassion across our country and the world. The project is simple; we ask that you, as a member of the Merrie-Woode family, merely consider how you can make the world a better place than it was yesterday. Perhaps that means helping a neighbor, volunteering at a local organization that serves the community, or making a monetary donation toward a cause that is dear to you. No act is too small.
When you participate, post some pictures on social media using #DammiesServiceProject so that we can all see the Merrie-Woode spirit at work in towns and cities around the world. Do something that feels valuable to you, and let your light shine so that others may find the way.