Monroeville Girl Scout’s summer stay offers protected space for kids with autism – Tribune

July 26, 2017 - summer camp

Updated 13 hours ago

Victoria Huff of Monroeville had countless surgeries flourishing up.

The 17-year-old Girl Scout envoy has Charge syndrome, a genetic commotion that affects several tools of a body, including a heart, eyes, ears and reproductive organs.

The surgeries have left a series of malformations on a teen’s body, and some of Huff’s peers have been reduction than kind about it — generally during summer camps, she said.

“I would go to summer camps, and we wouldn’t feel gentle around other kids,” she said. “I went to a YMCA for a integrate weeks and we had a feeding tube. … Kids would collect on me for that.”

So when Huff had to rise a plan that would acquire her a top respect in a Girl Scouts — a Gold Award — she wanted to offer other children with debilitating diseases a summer stay only for them.

“I wanted them to have a improved knowledge than we had when we was flourishing up,” Huff said.

From Jun 26 to 30, she hosted a day stay during Cleveland Steward Elementary and Gateway Heights Swim Club for 3 boys and one lady with autism.

“They all had a blast,” she said, adding a activities were directed during kids who have been diagnosed with varying degrees of a disorder. Most of a activities, Huff said, concerned feeling stimulation.

“It was geared toward them. We had things for them to do that they would enjoy,” Huff said. “If they indispensable a break, they got a break. It was something for them to do where they felt gentle and weren’t scared, Huff said.

“We had shred cream; we done Jello and pudding, slime. The scholarship core did rocket activities, and we done an Alka-Seltzer rocket. Gateway Robotics came out. … On Monday, we had a K-9 officer and they schooled about a dog — and afterwards they all attempted on a bulletproof vest.”

The Gold Award, according to a Girl Scouts website, represents a top feat in a organization. It is a plan that is meant to leave a durability impact on a Girl Scout’s community.

For now, she said, a stay focused on kids with autism, though she hopes it expands to embody others with opposite disorders in years to come.

She’s available word from a Girl Scouts of Western PA if her plan deserved a Gold Award, expected in a winter, when Huff will be a comparison during Gateway High School. With a prestigious award, she hopes to mount out to colleges when she applies.

She pronounced she wants to investigate delegate preparation and history.

“I wish to teach, do tours in a summer and work during museums maybe. we also wish to go abroad if we can,” she said. But she will always be partial of a Girl Scouts, she said.

“After we graduate, I’ll join a life membership (of a Girl Scouts),” she said.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him during 412-871-2325, or around Twitter @dillonswriting.

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