Claire, a Brownie Girl Scout who just finished her third summer at Camp Whispering Pines, has learned that with a little encouragement from your Girl Scout friends and a lot of hard work, you can tackle even your biggest challenges head first.
“When I first started camp I wasn’t a strong swimmer. I tried to become a ‘dolphin,’ but I didn’t pass the swimmer’s test,” Claire says. Encouraged by camp staff and her new Girl Scout friends, she pushed forward, taking swimming lessons in her aunt’s pool.
She spent the year practicing her swimming and her hard work paid off. The following summer, she confidently dove head first into Lake Winnipesaukee, and aced her swim test. “I became a dolphin. I felt really, really happy when I did it,” she says. “Now I jump off the dock all the time.”
“Claire truly exemplifies what it means to be a Girl Scout—embracing risks without the fear of failure and persisting through challenges,” says Carrie Green, director of Girl Scout leadership experience at Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “Every day, Girl Scouts gives girls opportunities to take risks and try something new—even it means failing—in a safe and nurturing environment,” she adds.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 78% of girls surveyed said that Girl Scouts increased their willingness to face their fears and take on new challenges.
The precocious eight-year-old continues to challenge herself and advance her swimming skills. While swimming has become Claire’s favorite activity, the lessons she learned in Girl Scouting have gone well beyond the pool.
“After I got into Girl Scouts, I took that to school with me. I learned how important it is to be nice to everybody,” says Claire, who hopes to become a doctor or scientist when she grows up. “It’s made me into a nicer person,” she adds. “Girl Scouts is my life!”
For information on joining a Girl Scout troop or becoming a volunteer, visit girlscoutsgwm.org or call 888.474.9686.