Girl Scout travels path of adventure with destinations trip to Ireland
HOUSTON (November 2011) - Girl Scout Senior Michelle B. traveled to Ireland June 20-28 for the "Ireland MultiSport Adventure" 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.
"This trip was a big step for me," says Michelle, a sophomore at Kingwood High School. "I’ve been wanting to step out of my comfort zone to enjoy challenging adventures, and this provided the perfect opportunity. There was also a focus on conservation, which is something I was very interested in."
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.
Michelle and more than 20 other Girl Scouts enjoyed kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and adventure ropes courses in Ireland. They had the opportunity to visit a castle and see the countryside while focusing on the importance of conservation. The girls also kayaked to an island where they spent one night.
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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