Girl Scout gallops down path of adventure with destinations trip to Michigan
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Cadette Jo Lee S. traveled to Howell, Mich. July 18-30 for the “Cowgirl U” 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 because I love horses and wanted to learn more about them,” says Jo Lee, who enters sixth grade at St. Mary Madgalene this fall. “I live in the suburbs and don’t have a place for a horse. I wanted to ride and meet other girls who love horses too.”
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.
Jo Lee spent 12 days at the Innisfree Equestrian Center exploring what it means to be a cowgirl. The Girl Scouts hit the trail for an overnight camping experience and tried their hand at dummy roping and saw how long they lasted on a bucking barrel.
During their stay, Jo Lee also learned about barrel racing, pole bending, steer dobbing, goat tying and more. They spent time sightseeing in downtown Lancing, tested her limits on a high element Challenge course, played on the lake and more.
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