trust it is a fitting tribute, and an accurate reflection
of Mrs. Kauth's vision and
generosity of spirit, that the first piece published in the
Articles section is a letter
to new staff written by Mrs. Kauth for the Girls' Vacation
Fund, Inc. Counselor Handbook, circa 1950
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our staff
this year. We feel very confident that you will be richly
rewarded in your endeavors. But what you receive will
depend greatly upon what you give to our little girls.
You will have the challenge of enriching the lives of
many children who will be benefited by association with
you for many years to come. Impressions of camp life are
lasting ones, especially if they are marked with the greatness
of spirit that you can give. You will meet co-workers
who are interesting and open hearted. They will be from
many parts of the country, and even from other lands;
they will have diversified skills, many of which you will
learn in living with us.
Because of your specific skills, you will be able to show
others how to enjoy them. You will be able to reveal a
lovely world, peopled with those who are kind, and understanding
and interested. You can open a door to a better world
Working with our counselors who have been on staff last
year and many previous years, I am sure that your contribution
to this staff would be mutually beneficial.
You, too, can become a part of our great family which
is rather binding because of the human interest which
holds us together. We have always aimed for the finest
standards in camping. We shall always strive to better
our programs, and make the highest ideals of living a
part of our goals. We shall need your best efforts to
make these aims a reality.
We sincerely look forward to a wonderful summer together.
We want this to be the best ever.
(signed) Ruth Z. Kauth
Mrs. Willard L. Kauth
Girls Vacation Fund