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Bay Area Girl Scouts travel paths of adventure with destinations trips across globe
HOUSTON, Texas – Six Bay Area Girl Scouts participated in Girl Scouts of the USA's destinations program over the summer, traveling everywhere from Georgia and Wisconsin to Iceland and Peru. 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.
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 destinations, 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 destinations, Girl Scouts are responsible for raising the funds to go on the trip through selling cookies, money earned at a job or personal savings.
Meredith N., a sophomore at Brazoswood High School this fall, traveled to Iceland in late July for the destinations Icelandic Exploration. While in Iceland, she had the opportunity to learn about Icelandic culture and geography, see puffins up close, learn about Vikings, canoe and more.
Shelby P., an eighth grader at Clear Creek Intermediate, traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota for the destinations Midwest Madness. Shelby visited Camp Ehawee in western Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Fair, Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, the Minnesota Science Museum and Mall of America.
Savannah L., a freshman at Clear Falls High School, and Nicole D., a sophomore at Clear Creek High School both traveled to Georgia for the destinations Happy Trails. The girls explored the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains during an overnight trail ride from the Misty Mountain Outpost, enjoyed an all-day trail ride in the Chattahoochee National Forest and more.
Lauryn H., a senior at Clear Lake High School, traveled to Peru for the destinations Andres Trekking. On her trip, Lauren explored the Inca ruins, visited a traditional weaving school and local schools before spending four days trekking through the Andres Mountains on foot.
Elizabeth B., an eighth grader at McAdams Junior High, traveled to Huntsville, Ala. for the destinations Space Academy. Elizabeth attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center where she experienced astronaut training simulators, visited the Area 51 Leadership Reaction Course and more.
For more information on destinations, visit girlscouts.org/destinations.
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 girls 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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