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Blasingame's camp fills area need, scouting requirement

Mary Beth Blasingame turned an idea into reality last week.

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Brook Stewart winds up to throw.

She saw that girls in McDuffie County didn't have enough opportunities to attend camps during the summer that allow them to be with their friends.

Coupled with her love for the game of softball and her progress in the Girl Scouts, noticing this lack of camps led Mary Beth to organize a softball clinic at Sweetwater Park last week for girls ages seven and older. Fourteen girls attended the free clinic, which ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 6-8.

"This would allow the girls to talk to friends they haven't seen in a while," Mary Beth said, "and also meet new girls."

Mary Beth also said that she wanted to achieve the normal goals of a sports camp or clinic, which is to teach the skills of the sport. She sought to help the girls learn to hit, catch, field and throw.

"I wanted to teach the girls the basic skills they would need to play the game," she said.

Another of Mary Beth's purposes for the clinic was a project for her Gold Award. This award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Mary Beth's mother, Janie Blasingame - who assisted with the clinic - said that it is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts.

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Samantha Sims takes a swing.

"I was basically just the adult supervisor," Mrs. Blasingame said, "and I did help with some of the techniques and skills being taught."

Mary Beth, who is 15 years old and has been playing softball since she was five, is as qualified as any her age to teach the fundamentals. She is a rising junior on the Thomson High School varsity softball team, for which she pitches and plays second base. She also plays for a travel team out of Augusta called the Georgia Rockers.

As far as safety is concerned, Mrs. Blasingame was officially in charge of first aid, but she said that Mary Beth was also trained in first aid and CPR.

She said Mary Beth has worked hard with both the clinic and Girl Scouts, which she has been involved in for 11 years.



Web posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005











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