On Saturday, Nov. 14, Team BaseCamp celebrated a terrific fall season with a strong 5K finish! The day brought together a team of girls celebrating their unlimited potential as they were joined by parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and a ton of volunteers---each one a reminder of the power of connections, community, and character.
The day recognized the confidence that comes with learning new things, meeting new friends, setting goals and accomplishing them. Team BaseCamp (for girls in grades 3-5) met weekly throughout the fall to develop life skills which included learning the importance of communication, positive self-talk, finding balance, exploring emotions, making friends, and making healthy choices...to name a few.
At BaseCamp, we witnessed this team of girls identifying their strengths not only to improve on their running goals week after week, while developing new relationships, but they used their strengths to choose, plan, and execute a community impact project, which required compromise, commitment, and collaboration. (The girls used recycled materials such as old clothes and craft items to make toys for animals in local shelters. Lots of cats and dogs are feeling the love that went into this service project!)
During a year of quarantine challenges, Team BaseCamp, discovered that they are even stronger than they think they are. While each girl ran the 3.1 miles and crossed the finish line with amazing success, they also finished the season with the ability to define winning as “supporting others, being a part of team, and doing things you didn’t think you could do.”
Congratulations girls on your winning season of confidence, character, connections, compassion, competence, and community contribution! You are a group of Girls on the Run towards greatness!
(BaseCamp 31 is a host site for Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks, & Warren County. Registration for Spring 2021 opens in February.)