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Camp Timber Trails receives American flag from Afghanistan

November 14, 2012

Camp Timber Trails recently received a special gift from a military father who appreciated what Girl Scout camp meant to his daughter and himself.

Lt. Col. James Works of the Connecticut Air National Guard is a recently retired Leader of Junior Troop 10966 in Suffield. His support of Girl Scouting was clear in his regular attendance at the “Someone Special & Me” weekends, which he spent at Camp Timber Trails with his daughter.

After a recent tour of duty in Afghanistan, he wanted to give something back to the camp that had made such an impact on his family. He presented Timber Trails Camp Director Valorie Rykowski with an American flag flown at Camp Rodriguez at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

“As a father of someone who loves Camp Timber Trails summer camp program and as a frequent attendee of the Someone Special and Me weekends, I know you will use this as a symbol to help Girl Scouts, their families, and fellow Americans remember that the freedom we have as United States citizens is not free and that the rights and responsibilities, secured by those who have sacrificed all, must be exercised on a regular basis,” Lt. Col. Works wrote in a letter to Rykowski.

The flag was raised over the 2012 Someone Special and Me weekend and properly retired during a ceremony that Lt. Col. Works was able to attend.

“The participants of the program, including myself, were emotionally touched by the presentation of this special flag to Camp Timber Trails,” Rykowski said.

The flag will be available on display during each summer at Camp Timber Trails for future campers to view.

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