The Summer of her Life and the Leadership to Last a Lifetime

Camp is about more than just friendship bracelets and bonfires. Camp is a place where girls can truly learn how to be independent, take risks in a safe environment, and practice the everyday leadership skills that are the cornerstones of success. Every girl deserves this kind of opportunity to grow, learn, and lead. Unfortunately, sometimes families are unable to afford the cost of camp, or even the Girl Scout membership- this is where our Outreach Program comes in.

Our Outreach Program takes the Girl Scout Experience to community centers, Title 1 schools, and public housing authorities. Because of generous grants, and donations from partners like YOU, girls in our underserved communities have the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts- and that includes Girl Scout Camp. Take a look at some of their stories:

CAPTURING A SPARK

Trinity wants to be a photographer when she grows up. As soon as her camp group would take a break from the trails, horseback riding, or canoeing, Trinity would pull out her small silver camera to snap a few photos. The snapshots she captured weren’t just of her friends, but of a butterfly perched on a petal, an intricately woven spider web, or a salamander lying in a creek. Trinity has real talent. The excitement on her face when she saw a new creature, beautiful flowers, or a small creek was contagious.

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Trinity practicing her photography skills

With the view finder of her camera up to her eye, Trinity said,” I love to take pictures. I usually take pictures of people, but I really love taking pictures of the woods and animals. There are so many pictures I want to take here. I want to remember all this when I get home!” Camp may just seem like a lot of summer fun, but this short time at Camp WaBak ignited the spark of curiosity and passion for a little girl named Trinity. Because of her enthralling adventure at WaBak, Trinity aspires to be a nature photographer.

 

BUILDING CONFIDENCE AT CAMP

Tatiana is a shy 4th grader with impeccable manners and kind demeanor. You can often find her gazing off in thought or writing down her ideas in a small pink notebook. This summer was a season of “firsts” for Tatiana. Her first experience camping. The first time she rode a horse. The first time she jumped into a pool without holding her nose. Tatiana’s favorite first was canoeing, even though she really didn’t think she would like it at first. The canoe

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Tatiana getting ready for her turn on the lake

seemed larger than life, and she was wary about working on a team. Worried she may be left out because she is so quiet. But when she stepped aboard the canoe, with paddle in hand, she took a chance. Once the canoe set off on the lake at Camp WaBak, the other girls began to praise Tatiana on guiding them. In an instant, the girl who was afraid and timid on the shore became confident and sure on the lake. Once Tatiana returned to the dock, she grinned ear to ear, “I really hope I get to come back next year. I didn’t think I would like canoeing, but I really want to do it again now!”

 

MAKING NEW FRIENDS: TWO- AND FOUR-LEGGED

Maritza has been a Girl Scout for quite a while now. The Outreach Team comes to her school at least once a month to meet and teach the girls how to lead with courage, confidence, and character. Maritza counts down the days until she can meet with her Girl Scout sisters again. She is extremely proud to recite the Girl Scout Promise for anyone who will listen. This summer was Maritza’s first summer camp experience. She loved the swimming, canoeing, and hiking, but she was set on riding a horse for the first time.

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Maritza preparing to ride a horse for the first time

When it was finally time for her group to head to the stables, her feet couldn’t move fast enough. Maritza listened to the instruction with all the focus she could muster. She tugged on the helmet and buckled the strap. Then the time came. Maritza walked into the riding ring. It was her first time riding a horse, but she was absolutely fearless. She reached out her palm to the horse’s nose and let out a jubilant giggle as the horse gave a little nudge. Maritza made a new friend that day, “I’ve always wanted to ride a horse. It was even more fun that I thought it would be! I just want to hug him!”

 

These are real stories, of real girls who have experienced new adventures, gained confidence, and have been given the opportunity to lead because of Girl Scouts. When you give to Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands, girls like Maritza, Tatiana, and Trinity get to have life-changing experiences. They get to experience Girl Scouts.

Want to sponsor a girl and prepare her to empower herself through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Click here to be her hero.

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Being a Go-Getter: A Guest Post Written by Sierra Hollinsed from Troop 1605

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about being a Go-Getter- someone who is bold, motivated, persistent, and determined. Why? Because without the Go-Getters, where would we be? The phrase, “Go-Getter”, immediately makes me think of inspiring women like Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightengale, and Juliette Gorden Low who blazed the path before them and were never afraid to take the lead. Bold leaders do so much more than unite a group towards a purpose- they lay the foundation for new generations to build upon.

I would like you to meet a very young Go-Getter. Her name is Sierra Hollinsed and she is part of Troop 1605. When U.S. karate champion, Sabrina Martinez spoke at Sierra’s troop meeting she found herself inspired. No one told or asked her to write about what she had heard, but using her own initiative, Sierra wrote an article telling Martinez’s story.

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Just telling you about Sierra’s everyday leadership does her an injustice. Read Sierra’s article below and see exactly what the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is doing for our girls.


Who Inspires Me: The Sabrina Martinez Story

Written by Sierra Hollinsed

“Sabrina Martinez is a young lady who has exceeded all expectations when it comes to wado-ryu, the type of karate she competes in. Her career has been successful and she is currently on the U.S. karate team, a team that looks forward to the 2020 Olympics. Martinez is an athlete worthy of recognition and will most definitely succeed in karate.

Martinez started karate in middle school when her little brother partnered with her in karate buddy week. She is trained in wado ryu by sensei Hood. When Martinez got her green belt she participated in a South Carolina open, but lost to someone in her dojo. This however, was against the rules and wasn’t counted. Later on, Martinez made it to the finals and was tied. She was punched in the throat by her opponent and ended up winning the competition. In 2015, Martinez competed in the nationals in Fort Lauderdale and finished 3rd out of 20 competitors. Her first match was against a girl who had trained forever, but Martinez won. She won her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (semi final) matches that included a cocky girl, a girl whose mom told her everything to do, and a girl whose mother attacked Martinez (with words) after she won. In the finals, Martinez was up against a girl who won gold in the last year. Martinez stated that the girl said “good luck” to her before the match began. The girl was obviously confident that she would win… but she lost: 9-1. Because Martinez won, she had to start raising money for a competition in Bolivia. While in Bolivia, Martinez’s team did not have to fight the first day. The first match that Martinez fought in was “against a girl from Canada who was probably 6 feet tall, but fouled herself out in about 10 seconds” says Martinez. Her second match was against a girl from Brazil who had a lack of stamina and of course, Martinez won. Martinez’s last match (4th) was against Venezuela and no points were scored on her thanks to her dads’ supportive cheers.

“You need to be focused… it’s learned”. Martinez says,” in order to be a good teammate you need to reflect on yourself.” (This helps your sportsmanship increase) Martinez’s story is about perseverance and how you can achieve great things with it. Since Martinez was confident as well as a good teammate, she was able to achieve wonderful things. In turn, you can see what good sportsmanship and effort can do for you!”sierra-h-written-by


It’s clear to see how Sierra is a Go-Getter. She found herself inspired, she took the initiative, and she pursued her goals. How are you a Go-Getter Innovator, Risk-Taker, or Leader? We want to hear about your everyday leadership! Email me at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org to share your story. You could be featured on our blog too!

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