Meet Anna Claire T.! A member of Troop 4372 in Fort Smith, Council Advisory Team (CAT) and a Program Aide (PA). After witnessing her older sister have fun with her troop, Anna Claire joined Girl Scouts. Nearly ten years later she is making the most of her Girl Scout experience and accrediting a lot of her personal and professional development to the program.
“I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for Girl Scouts,” Anna Claire says. “Girl Scouting has given me a platform to build courage, confidence and character that girls can’t receive anywhere else.”
Anna Claire is very involved with the organization as she is a member of CAT, a group of girls elected to discuss future council activities with the council President and CEO, as well as a program aide, a Girl Scout trained to work with younger Girl Gcouts and assist leaders in daily activities.
“I knew I wanted to be involved outside of just my troop because of the leadership opportunities I’d have,” says Anna Claire. “I am interested in a career in government and CAT has helped me gain communication and reasoning skills that will help me in my future, and as a PA I am babysitter and CPR-certified which is beneficial in all aspects of life.”
Because of her Girl Scout experiences, Anna Claire has been able to make priceless memories and has gained valuable skills that have benefited her at school, with friends and even in the workplace. In fact, she landed her dream summer job through her volunteer work with Girl Scouts.
“I volunteered at an event in downtown Fort Smith teaching younger girls about the Wild West history of Fort Smith,” says Anna Claire. “While there, one of the park rangers from the Fort Smith National Historic site reached out to me about becoming a park volunteer. Last summer I volunteered and this summer I have a job through the Youth Conservation Corps—all because of Girl Scouts!”
Anna Claire has also traveled on Girl Scouts Destinations trips to parts of the world she never imagined she’d see.
“Girl Scouts Destinations are a wonderful but often overlooked part of Girl Scouting,” Anna Claire says. “Through Girl Scouts, I’ve been to Space Camp twice, and more recently, Switzerland.”
While in Switzerland, Anna Claire stayed at one of the Girl Scouts World Centers, Our Chalet, ziplined, hiked to the peak of a Swiss Alp, swam in a freezing cold glacier lake, ate her weight in Swiss chocolate, went whitewater rafting, and even taught the girls how to call the Hogs earning her a feature on several media outlets across the state. If you missed it, you can watch it here: http://bit.ly/2z5Ngm9
“Everyday I thought to myself ‘This is the best day of my life!”, she says. “And the next day I would top myself.”
When she’s not taking advantage of all that Girl Scouts has to offer, Anna Claire enjoys hiking, kayaking and hanging out with friends. She is involved in quiz bowl, band, student council and FBLA at her high school.