Passionate and dedicated are two words to describe Brady and Cindy Brownlow. They have been with GSNETX maintaining all facets of Camp Bette Perot in Palestine, Texas for more than 25 years. With camp programs such as horseback riding, archery, swimming, and nature exploration, Brady and Cindy are helping build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Camp Bette Perot has been a staple for GSNETX since 1970, thanks to the generosity of Ross Perot and the Tejas Girl Scout Council. The camp provides Girl Scouts with a multitude of outdoor experiences. Each year, girls enjoy Camp Bette Perot’s nature trails, wildlife, ropes course, Equestrian Center, Olympic size pool, as well as other amenities that help girls discover the great outdoors. GSNETX’s Equestrian Program is led by Brady, a certified equestrian director, and focuses on leadership, growth, and equestrian skills.
The camp runs efficiently because of the hard work of Brady and Cindy Brownlow. Living on site, Brady and Cindy have a seven days a week job maintaining the camp and ranch. As a team, the Brownlows make sure all facilities, barns, trails, etc. are ready for the girls. Brady uses his expertise with horse care, ranch management, and safety to instruct the girls in the program. Cindy does everything from office maintenance, camp logistics, and planning activities. Cindy also works closely with the Tejas Riders, a group of Girl Scouts who have advanced equestrian skills and represent GSNETX at rodeos and stock shows, receiving countless trophies and honors in state and national competitions. The Tejas Riders volunteer their time to the camp’s Equestrian Program to assist Brady and Cindy as they train, teach, and help girls become confident in their abilities so they can one day teach other Girl Scouts.
When asked what they enjoy most about working with GSNETX and living at camp, the Brownlows gave heartfelt responses.
“What I’ve enjoyed the most over the past few years is watching these girls develop into awesome leaders,” Brady said.
Cindy followed with, “Watching the girls learn and have fun outside and get dirty and do things for the first time and succeed is really rewarding.”
Brady and Cindy know Camp Bette Perot, the Equestrian Program, and the Tejas Riders are making a difference in girls’ lives. According to Brady the camp creates a support system between the girls and mentors, and a value system is instilled. Camp Bette Perot and the Brownlows provide a safe place for girls to learn, interact, and participate in camp programs, which Cindy believes “are really going to take the girls to the next level, because there are no other programs like Girl Scouts.”
To learn more about Camp Bette Perot, the Equestrian Program, or any other camp program, visit www.gsnetx.org.
Blog written by Alexandra Dailey