Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Meet GSCCC's NEW Outdoor Adventure Manager!

Meet Chaquita, also known as Leigh, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s new Outdoor Adventure Manager! She joined GSCCC’s program team last month and brings both experience and enthusiasm about the outdoors to her new position. Her journey outside began when she was a lifeguard and she worked her way up to becoming an assistant resident and day camp director.

Leigh, a Gold Award Girl Scout, knew at a young age that she wanted to be a camp director. She recalled singing songs with her Girl Scout sisters at camp and thinking ‘I want to do this all the time.’ She pursued her dream job as she worked toward her bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Western Carolina University and master’s degree in environmental education from Antioch University of New England.

At camp, she found her safe place on the water.

“I remember when the other campers would go sailing, all I wanted to do was get in my canoe,” she said.

With experience at three different Girl Scout camps, Leigh is now excited to bring her expertise to the Girl Scouts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina this summer. She knows the benefits of unplugging and getting outdoors which is what she hopes will happen for more girls in our Council this summer and in the years to come.

“You’ve got to disconnect and get outside. I think nature provides great things for anyone who is outside, whether it’s girls or adults. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of real life, even if you’re five years old,” she said.

As for the thing she is most excited for this summer…

“It’ll be nice to be back in a place where the water is actually warm,” she said, laughing.

GSCCC offers camp options for girls entering grades 1-12 with leadership opportunities available for girls entering grades 6-12. Click here to view the 2019 camp guide. Camp registration is open until May 15.