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July 13, 2014

Volunteers accept Over the Edge challenge to raise money for Girl Scout storm shelter at Camp E-Ko-Wah

NORMAN — When Brenda Wheelock talks about rappelling 16 stories over the edge of the Leadership Square building in downtown Oklahoma City, she gets a little nervous. But then she realizes it’s for a good cause.

“At one point, I decided, I can’t do this I am too afraid to do this and I don’t want to spend my entire summer being sick because I was really seriously having trouble sleeping at night thinking about this. But then I thought, ‘I have to do this,’” Wheelock said.

Wheelock, along with the girls and alumnae of Norman Girl Scout Troop 241, have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma to launch a fundraising campaign to build a storm shelter at Camp E-Ko-Wah, the organization’s camp near Marlow.

The high point of the campaign will be Aug. 23 when Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma hosts Over the Edge, giving volunteers who raise $1,000 or more in pledges an opportunity to rappel 16 stories over the edge of Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City. The activity will be led by Over the Edge USA.

“Hopefully on that day when we are on top of that building, I’ll be thinking about my girls and all the girls that we are doing this for. It’s for them,” Wheelock said. “My goal as a Girl Scout leader through the years has been to teach them that you can do anything you dream of doing, even if it seems scary and crazy — as long as you are willing to prepare yourself and make it happen.

“I think the Over the Edge challenge is the perfect example of that: Facing your fears and doing something to really make a difference. And this is what it’s going to do, it’s going to make a safe place.”

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