the ocean floor to the mountains of Colorado, high school graduate and
soon-to-be freshman geology major Amy Allbritton, a 2013 National Ground
Water Research and Educational Foundation Len Assante Scholarship Fund
Award winner, is all about adventure.
It doesn’t hurt that her father and brother are Eagle Scouts. “I’ve
grown up with Scouts my whole life. I always just tagged along. I tried
the Girl Scouts for a while, but I wasn’t as interested in what they
were doing,” Allbritton said.
At the age of 14 she enrolled in the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing
Program, a youth development program for young men and women that
provides positive experiences to help them mature and become
responsible, caring adults. It took.
Her very first year, the inaugural year of the local program, Allbritton
was elected president, and then reelected for the next three years. “I
grew up with all the kids in the program. I guess they respected me.
They just kept reelecting me.” Or maybe “They were happy to let someone
else do it,” she said with a giggle. “It was really easy for me because
my dad was the Scoutmaster. Most of the communication could be done at
Continued Allbritton, “The coolest part about ‘venturing’ is that you
can actually see what effect you are having on people. When I started, I
was the only girl. I really had to work to get involved. As I worked
through different levels of camps, and got to the staff and counseling
levels, I watched all the other girls come in and also have an impact.”
For Allbritton, adventure leads to discovery. For instance, her interest
in geology was piqued by scuba diving, which was one of the activities
she experienced in Scouts. “All my dive masters were geologists. They’d
talk about all they know about geology. It was really neat.”
Then on a 21-day backpacking trip with 10 other girls—none of whom she
knew—Allbritton had one of her most memorable outdoor experiences in two
ways. First, “From one day to the next, we didn’t know what we were
going to do or where we were going. It really honed our skills because
we had to depend on people we didn’t know. I learned so much about the
It was also during that trip that she and another girl got hooked on
going to Western State Colorado University after another girl, a student
there, talked it up. The other girl who decided to go to Western State
will now be Allbritton’s roommate when she begins in the fall. She says
it was a sweet, unexpected discovery especially as “I was so stressed
before the trip about where I would be going to college.”
Allbritton does not know if she‘ll pursue a graduate degree or what
specific job she wants. So, she plans to do what she does best—explore
the options. “I’m hoping to talk to other people in other programs and
explore what might interest me,” she said.
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