With summer fast approaching, girls are dreaming of days outside, trips to camp, and some are gearing up for an exciting swim team season. Girl Scouts Swim Team is a great opportunity for girls in southwestern Minnesota to work with experienced coaches and learn new skills, from diving into the pool, to practicing new strokes, to competing in meets and cheering friends on from the sidelines.
Megan is a swim coach in Fairfax, MN and has a passion for working with girls as they have fun and try new things. Here she tells us a little bit about why she loves being a swim coach and how she got started. (Hint: it was in the pool!)
How did you become involved as a Girl Scouts Swim Team coach?
Prior to when I became a Girl Scout Swim Team coach, I swam on the Girl Scout Swim Team for 10 years. Ever since I was little, I had an aspiration to become the coach one day. I always looked up to the coaches that I had, and I wanted to be like them. I am starting my second year as the coach for the Fairfax Swim Team.
Why should girls be a part of the Girl Scout Swim Team?
I would recommend the Girl Scout Swim Team to all girls. It is an excellent experience in which you get the opportunity to meet other girls, stay active, and learn new skills. It’s fun to be a part of a local team in the summer!
What is something you enjoy about being a coach and working with the girls?
Working with girls of all ages on the Swim Team has been an awesome experience. I love using the skills that I have to teach girls new swimming techniques. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that I am helping girls learn and grow.
Is there a favorite memory or anecdote you would like to share that you have from being a coach?
My favorite moments are when I see the girls get excited about swim practice and swim meets. When I see the smiles on the girl’s faces, I know that I am making an impact on their lives. Being one of the coaches for the Girl Scout Swim Team has made me realize that I have the best job!
Is there a favorite memory or something you learned from being a girl participant in Swim Team?
Girl Scout Swim Team has shown me the proper swimming techniques from an early age. I have continued my love of swimming by swimming with a swim club throughout the year. One of my absolute favorite memories from being a participant on the swim team was being surrounded by girls who were such wonderful teammates. Many of the girls who I grew up swimming with on the swim team are some of my best friends to this day. My assistant coach swam with me on the team for multiple years. It is such a rewarding experience to know that we worked our way to becoming the coaches for the team in which we grew up swimming on.
Ready to hop in the pool and spend the summer with a coach like Megan? We would love to see you out there! Head over to our camp website to learn more and sign up for a team!
Emily Burck – Emily has worked at River Valleys for nearly seven years in many roles, including Product Program, Service Unit Support, and Troop Support, and she is now the Senior Director of Council Program. Before River Valleys, Emily worked in youth programming in the YMCA Beacon’s program, the Minneapolis school district, three social housing communities, and Camp Menogyn, where she first realized the profound impact of girl-specific programming. Minneapolis born and raised, Emily loves to travel, get outside and explore, and camp in Yellowstone, California, and the BWCA.