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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout travels path of adventure with destinations trip to Costa Rica

  • HOUSTON (November 2011) - Girl Scout Cadette Caroline B. traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica June 18 - July 3 for the Rainforest, River and Reef destinations trip. destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 13-18 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 event to broaden my horizons, says Caroline, a freshman at Westchester Academy. I wanted to meet new people, explore another country, make lasting memories and practice my Spanish!

    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.

    Caroline and more than 10 fellow Girl Scouts backpacked through lush tropical rainforests, went white water rafting, surfing and on a canopy tour, explored the culture and history of San Jose, Costa Rica, and participated in a project. The destinations trip was sponsored by the Outward Bound Program.

    During the backpacking trip, the girls stayed with indigenous families, were able to practice their Spanish, picked and ground sugar cane, made tortillas and learned to play soccer with local children.

    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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