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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout travels path of ecology with destinations trip to Ireland

HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Jessica H. traveled to Ireland June 19-27 on the “Ireland Multisport 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 the outdoors and sports, so I wanted to do an outdoor event,” says Jessica, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. “Ireland is one of the places I’ve always wanted to go, so it seemed like the perfect choice.”

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.

Jessica joined 23 other Girl Scouts for a full week of adventure with an environmental theme. After traveling to Dublin, Ireland, the girls headed north to the Irish Mountain Centre, their base camp for the week. Jessica and her fellow Girl Scouts climbed cliffs, kayaked in the ocean and loughs, and enjoyed the enchanting forests of Tollymore. The group discussed how small things can make a big difference and why conservation of resources is so important.

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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