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Cameron Manor, 2010 Discovery Girls Magazine Top 12 Role Model in America


HI!  I’m Cameron Manor.  This is me:


My favorite project is hatching butterflies.  I love watching them change from coffee-colored cocoons so translucent you can see their wings to living works of art.  Most people look at butterflies and say, “Wow, that’s beautiful,” but what they don’t realize is that if you were to grow 2,000 times your size as butterflies do, you would be as tall as a twenty story building.

                                                                   These are painted lady butterflies I raised.


I have hatched seventy butterflies in the last six months, and have just found out that I am the new Butterfly Caretaker at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.  Here is the ENC:




I am really excited about my caretaker internship because when I visited the ENC Butterfly House, there were only five butterflies.  I had more butterflies in my garden at home.  This is because the Butterfly House is in the shade where no light can reach the flowers from which the butterflies drink.  Sadly, the Butterfly House is full of plants that are struggling to stay alive, but it could be really beautiful.  There’s even a stream with a waterfall inside, but unfortunately, the butterflies keep drowning in it.  The ENC is planning to remodel the butterfly house, and I get to help with this!  I will also get to help come up with solutions to grow more butterflies and keep them alive so that other people will learn about the beauty and fragility of these creatures I love. 


Here is a link to a short film I created that features my favorite creatures:



Another interesting service project I began is making fun educational science videos.  My first video is all about germs!  I hope that by making important but boring subjects like this fun, kids will remember to wash their hands and sneeze into their elbows.  In the meantime, I’m having a blast learning science and shooting films.  Here’s the film:

All About Germs

My last service project is called Cam’s Caring Cakes,

in which I create and deliver free cupcakes to elderly people.  This project taught me to be stronger and more confident.  At first, it took courage to do something outside of my comfort zone, but once I did, I was happy that I kept trying.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the projects that mean a lot to me.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through my teacher at


By the way, I just found out that I am one of the winners of Discovery Girls’ Top Twelve Role Model Contest.  There were 2,000 entries in North America and twelve winners who were picked based on their service projects, blogs, films, crafts, personality, and continent-wide popular vote.  I’ll be flying to San Francisco in December for the photo shoot!  Discovery Girls is a preteen magazine that chooses 12 girls in a different state every month to write the content for and be featured in the magazine’s photo shoots.  Besides this experience, one of my best memories is seeing the story I wrote about my sister and me on the cover of an international kids’ magazine:



I have many things I would like to do in my lifetime--create nature films, get my pilot’s license, write children’s books, continue to raise butterflies, become a doctor, and be a mother.   I have learned many things from participating in the Discovery Girl Role Model Contest, the most important being that the secret to confidence is to find something that you are good at and run with it.  Also, that it’s important to give back to others, because when you know that your life makes a difference to other people, you experience true joy.



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