By Mr. Robert H Mcelroy (IMCOM)April 7, 2010
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The three new Camp Adventure interns who began working at U.S. Army Garrison Brussels, Belgium Child, Youth and School Services recently have a couple of things in common-they are all from the West Coast of the United States and they believe in helping others.
Mallory Christianson is from San Diego, Calif. and graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a degree in English.
Before coming to Brussels Christianson completed tours of duty with Camp Adventure at Yokosuka, Japan; Daegu, South Korea; and Ramstein, Germany.
"This is my fifth Camp Adventure, I like it," Christianson said. "It's always a unique experience. It's cool meeting people from different cultures. This is like nothing I'd done before. "This is going to be a cool experience."
Christina Edwards, from Hayward, Calif. is a third-year Biology major at California State University, Sacramento.
Edwards comes to Brussels with a solid background helping others; during the summer she works at an interpretive center in Hayward Marsh, on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, next to the San Mateo Bridge.
Edwards works with kids from three to 12, taking them on hikes and teaching them about animals that live at the marsh.
This is Edwards' first time with Camp Adventure and she chose to do it because she wants to help military children.
"I know military family living is hard, my dad was in the military," Edwards said. "I saw a flyer for Camp Adventure and my mom encouraged me to do it. I thought it would be a way to gain experience, meet new people and help kids."
Amanda Grimm is senior at Portland State University in Oregon majoring in Child and Family Studies. This tour marks her fifth with Camp Adventure and she still loves doing it.
Before Brussels she served in Aviano, Italy; Spangdahlem, Germany; Atsugi, Japan and Daegu, South Korea.
Grimm taught swimming and lifesaving at a YMCA residential camp before she tried Camp Adventure.
"I talked about it (Camp Adventure) with a college friend and thought I'd expand my horizons," Grimm said.
And now, in her fifth tour she's sold on the Camp Adventure experience.
"I just like doing it," she said.
Christianson, Edwards and Grimm will complete their Brussels internships in about six weeks.