Girl Scout gallops down path of adventure with destinations trip to Georgia
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Cadette Karoline H. traveled to Atlanta, Ga. July 12-24 for the “Happy Trails” destinations trip. destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 11-17 that take place all over the world and give girls the chance to meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities.
“I applied for this destination because I love horses and riding and thought it would be a great experience,” says Karoline, who enters eighth grade at Pershing Middle School this fall.
To go on a destinations trip, girls must submit an application, two personal references and an essay explaining why they want to participate in the event and what skills or talents they can contribute to the group. Girl Scouts can apply for up to four trips per year. A limited number of girls are chosen for each destination, and no more than two girls from one Girl Scout council are chosen to encourage attendees to make new friends. After being chosen for a destination, Girl Scouts are responsible for raising the funds to go on the trip through selling cookies, money earned at a job or personal savings.
Karoline and 23 other Girl Scouts who are passionate about horses gathered at Camp Misty Mountain to explore the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. With over 800 acres of field and forest, the secluded property is a perfect Girl Scout mountain getaway.
Karoline began her equestrian adventure by planning and preparing for an overnight trail ride to the Misty Mountain Outpost. She had the chance to care for her horse in an open meadow, setting up camp and cooking meals over a campfire. She also ventured away from camp on an all-day trail ride in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
The girls also had a chance to explore Georgia. They planned a day trip to Atlanta to discover the sites and sounds of our southern city. During their trip, the girls also had time to swim, climb the challenge tower and enjoy other outdoor activities at Misty Mountain.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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