Girl Scout travels path of adventure with destinations trip to Panama
HOUSTON (November 2011) - Girl Scout Cadette Audrey B. traveled to Panama July 6-18 for the “Underwater Explorers” 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 have always wanted to be a certified Scuba diver, and I love to travel,” says Audrey, a freshman in high school, when asked why she applied for the trip.
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.
Audrey and fellow Girl Scouts explored the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro, became SCUBA certified, learned about reef and costal ecology, snorkeled with colorful reef life, wake boarded and knee boarded, sailed in a catamaran, and went sea kayaking.
In addition, the girls also had the opportunity to explore the rainforests of nearby Costa Rica where they ziplined through the tree canopy and enjoyed white water rafting.
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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