Golden Pond is not only a place in the middle of the woods, it is the only camp that I have known. It is a place where I found more about myself. It lead me to being a great friend and a great leader. Being able to go to Golden Pond ever since I was young has been life changing for me. I used to go to camp with my mom and sister before I was actually old enough to go and I was referred to as the mascot.

When I was about eight years old, and old friend rewarded me on the dock by the pond with a time capsule. It was full of Girl Scout memories from that time. We did this because it was the hundredth year birthday of Girl Scouts. I got the time capsule because I was the youngest girl at camp. She told me that it was my job to hide it and make sure nothing happened to it.

When I became older, I was already excited to go to camp and learn things on my own. I’ve made lots of new friends, many good memories, and learned many, many, many new things. The very first camp I remember attending as an actual camper, I slept out in Wald by the mushroom cabin and I met my best friend. We wanted to do everything together – from being canoeing buddies, to being sleeping buddies at another camp we attended.

With her help, and other girls help, I have learned how to canoe, shoot a bow, make and start a fire, basic survival skills, and how to be a leader. By helping to save this camp, it is not only giving me more of a chance to learn new things, but it’s giving the generations to come a chance to learn.

I am hoping that when I grow up, I have a chance to bring girls back to this beautiful place so that they can make memories of their own and I can add to my memories. This camp is such a big part of my life. It’s made me who I am today.