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Swift Water Paddlers embody Girl Scout DNA


Girls are encouraged to take on challenges through Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

BEDFORD, NH | Through Girl Scouts, girls will discover their unique talents, try new things, build new skills, take on leadership roles, and, most importantly, have fun with their Girl Scout sisters – all in a safe, no-limits place designed with, by and for girls.

Girls can participate in a variety of ways, whether in a troop, individually, as a traveler, or as part of a canoe team! Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) offers a competitive canoe race team called the Swift Water Paddlers.

About two dozen Girl Scouts throughout New Hampshire and Vermont make up the team, which practices at Camp Kettleford in Bedford each spring. They race competitively each May in Wolfeboro at the Smith River canoe race. The course is roughly 5 miles long with two portages, and includes a stretch of white water. It begins in Crescent Lake, continues into the Smith River, and finishes in Lake Winnipesaukee.

Each Memorial Day weekend, the team ventures out to Bainbridge, New York, for the General Clinton Canoe Regatta on the Susquehanna River. Girl Scouts compete in a variety of events, including a 15-mile course, 5-mile sprints, or relay teams of four or six girls breaking up the 15-mile course into 5-mile stretches with in-water canoe switches.

These girls are dedicated to the sport of competitive canoeing and practice hard. They are strong and determined young ladies showing that their hard work more often than not results in a top finish against impressive competitors.

Troops are forming now. It’s a great time for girls to join and for adults to volunteer. To learn more about Girl Scouts and all the activities they do, see or call 888-474-9686.

About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our innovative leadership programs help girls discover, connect, and take action as they develop strong values, a social conscience, and a deep sense of self and their potential. Through our exciting and challenging programs, Girl Scouts not only participate but also take the lead in a range of activities—from kayaking, archery, and camping, to coding, robotics, financial literacy training, and beyond! Serving more than 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Visit