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The National T .T.T. Society (pronounced "Tri-T") is a non-profit philanthropic organization of women focusing on one national project: to provide an educational camping experience for young girls who might not otherwise have the opportunity. This has remained the T.T.T. mission for over 100 years. We believe a summer camp experience provides each girl with the opportunity to learn her own worth, develop initiative, learn self-expression, and live in harmony with others. Camp has a profound and lasting effect on these girls, and makes an authentic difference in their lives.
There are 146 chapters in 13 states and D.C. sending approximately 500 fourth-grade girls to summer camps annually. Chapter Iowa Bl Ames was installed in April 1950 at the Iowa State Memorial Union with eight charter members from Ames, Nevada and Story City.
Iowa BI sends four to six area fourth-grade girls to the Y-Camp in Boone each year. We work primarily with local schools to identify deserving girls, but also have received candidates' names from churches, families and our members.
Our chapter's major focus is raising funds to fully cover all the camping expenses of the girls selected, including camp fees, camp clothing, camp supplies, and transportation to and from camp each year. Members serve as friends and mentors, getting to know the girls, helping prepare them for camp and celebrating when they return.
In 2015, Chapter Iowa Bl wanted to extend involvement with campers by establishing a "Camper Club" for former campers still living in the local area. Camper Club engages with campers by offering social activities, recognizing birthdays and graduations, publishing a Camper Club Newsletter, providing an annual "Pay it Forward" service project, and supporting older campers' participation in local educational opportunities, such as college/university career workshops. Camper Club is a rewarding and positive experience for campers and members alike.
T.T.T. members are unified by common ideals of love, loyalty and charity, giving freely of their "Time, Talent and Treasures," and forge strong bonds of friendship with each other working together to make a difference in local young girls' lives. Women who are interested in helping in our mission are encouraged to learn more at www.nationaltttsociety.org or by calling the National Office at 319-385-7246.