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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout travels cultural path with destinations trip to India

HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Ana S. traveled to India June 14-25 on the “Essence of India” 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 exploring other cultures and have a fascination with India,” says Ana, a senior home school student.

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.

During her trip, Ana enriched her experiences with an international perspective as she shared her culture in the global atmosphere of Sangam, India. She had the chance to experience Indian culture through dance, music, crafts, fashion and more.

Ana also visited historical sites and experienced the ‘emerging’ India, while learning about everyday challenges and successes in one of the world’s oldest civilizations. She also learned how India’s many and varied religions co-exist side by side in Sangam neighborhoods.

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

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