Girl Scout travels path of adventure with destinations trip to Sequoia National Park
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Cadette Claire H. traveled to Sequoia National Park in California July 11-17 for the “Multi-Sport Adventure” 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 national parks and have never been to California,” says Claire, a freshman at Clear Lake High School this fall. “I couldn’t wait to see the biggest tree in the world and meet girls from all over the country.”
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.
Claire and 17 other Girl Scouts will explored leadership, communication and team building skills by working and living together in the outdoors. The girls spent a day rock climbing outside of Sequoia National part before venturing into the vast wilderness. They saw giant sequoia’s, including the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman, and took an overnight backpacking trip to see granite vistas, high Sierra lakes and Crystal Cave.
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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