Girl Scout catches a wave with destinations trip to Costa Rica
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Emma B. traveled to Costa Rica July 6-16 on the “Catching Waves” destinations trip. destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 11-17 that take place all over the world and give girls chance to meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities.
“I applied for this destination because I enjoyed the same event last year,” says Emma, a sophomore at Houston Christian High 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. 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.
Emma joined 14 other Girl Scout surfers and experienced a variety of water and beach-based activities against the backdrop of Costa Rica’s tropical beauty. She learned about surf dynamics and philosophy, coastal ecology, environmental conservation. She also traveled to several of Costa Rica's world-famous beaches.
Instructors provided the Girl Scouts detailed and holistic instruction about how to read waves, tides, and currents. They gave group and personal instruction on surfing. In addition, Emma participated in beach activities such as volleyball, soccer, and yoga. She learned about endangered species and volunteered with a sea turtle conservation project. The last day of the trip included an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting and a San Jose city tour.
Girl Scouts were also introduced to Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound’s unique approach to outdoor education and personal development. Weaved into all activities were discussions and meetings about leadership. The girls explored how the challenges you meet in and out of the Costa Rican waves help you confront other challenges that life presents.
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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