Jun 13, 2019
By Ella Jacobs
“Heck ya we did.”
“How many do you have now?”
“I think that was eight. Plus one first place overall ribbon.”
Some asked, “Can the girls really do it? Can they keep up with the boys?” I am very happy to say that I can now answer, “Yes!”, with much pride in my voice. When I was in fifth grade, the original Unicorns and I won second overall at Camporee. This year, I was a little nervous going into the weekend of competitions because I was hungry to come back and prove that we did have what it takes to win once again. However, this year I was coming back with a whole new group of girls and the title of officially being a Scout. I had a whole new set of things to accomplish and an entire new thing inside of me saying, “We have to do this. Not just for me but for everyone out there. For all of the little girls in Cub Scouts watching us. We have to do this for everyone who said we couldn’t. For everyone who said we could. We have to. It’s go time. It’s time to prove to people that we indeed can be one of the boys.”
I am not sure how to describe how it felt when they announced that we had won first place overall. I mean, how does one describe a dream coming true besides the absolute best thing in the world? It turns out that with just a little bit of running from station to station, and quite a bit of encouragement and yelling on my part, the new Unicorns could indeed do it once again. Well, we actually did it better. First place overall. First. I have always kept a quote in my mind: “If a dream doesn’t scare you then it’s not big enough.” My dream of actually being a Scout and fighting for that for sure did scare me. But I know now it was worth it. Every single bit of what I went through was worth it. And it always will be. I will never forget what I have accomplished.
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