By Michelle Sheena
Former Girl Scout, MarComm intern
the RCBSers and I rigged the sunfishes, |
carried them to the water and finally set sail!
Experienced sailors helped us sail on Sunfishes: small, two to three person sailboats. As soon as my skipper and I had wind in our sail I was in love. The smell of the bay didn't even bother me – I was so absorbed in the horizon and my new-found freedom. That was the moment I knew I wanted to come back and get my certifications.
Unfortunately Dana (though she loved the experience) could not return with me, so I enlisted the company of my younger sister Brittney. I lured her to Camp Casa Mare with anecdotes full of excitement and passion, and we soon embarked on our journey to get Red Cross Basic Sailing certified.
working hard to complete various requirements, the other |
girls and I let loose by rolling around on a giant ball.
There were many good days, but both Brittney and I failed to complete all of the requirements by the time the session was over. This did not stop either of us though, and we returned with more fervor the next summer. We were more than ready to get back on the water and enjoyed attempting to re-complete our requirements.
Finally, years after the first time I sailed in a Sunfish, I earned my Red Cross Basic Sailing certification. I even went on to become a Girl Scout Mariner and have the ability to sail wherever the opportunity presents itself. If it weren't for Girl Scouts, I would not have had the option to learn how to sail and I am so glad I did.
Stay tuned - Michelle has one more camp experience post coming next week on Camp Agnes Arnold and why it holds a special place in her - and her former troop member's - heart.