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Girl Scouts Explore Travel Destinations Near and Far

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council are exploring new adventures throughout the country and abroad through the Girl Scout destinations program. Girl Scout destinations is any experience, regardless of distance or length of time, which provides an opportunity for girls to expand their personal experience beyond their everyday environment.

Girl Scout destinations can range in length from a weekend get away to a 10-day visit. The girls may focus on a variety of topics including: heritage and history, culture, careers, wilderness, adventure, the arts or science. The destination may also involve community development or sports. Girls can connect to travel opportunities anytime, from anywhere at: www.studio2b.org where new destinations are added regularly.

The number of participants for travel destinations varies from a very small group that works closely together on a project to a group of hundreds or even thousands. A network of caring adults is there to guide them. This past year Girl Scouts traveled near and far to see new sights, explore life’s options and learn new things.

Here are some of the girls’ experiences in their own words.

Tarah J., 11th Grade at Dulles High School who worked at the Juliette Low Camp, a camp in Missouri for girls with physical disabilities and their non-disabled peers operated by Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council and Rotary Club No. 13 said, “Prior to actually going to work with the campers, I attended in-town training. Each day we arrived at the Girl Scout building. The first thing we did was change our given names. For the rest of July, I would be known as “Pinky”. During training, we were instructed on how to meet the needs of campers with disabilities. This training was in addition to the preparation we had to do before going to camp. We were mailed a list of 30 different disabilities from the host Council. We did research on each disability to be able describe it in our own words. We experienced what it was like for campers with disabilities through role-play. I got to do things that I wanted to do thanks to my wonderful host family. I had never been to a baseball game before, but I got the opportunity to see a Kansas City Royals game. Even though the Royals lost, there was an explosion of fireworks at the end of the game. I’ve seen many fireworks shows before but I’ve never seen a sky so filled with light as that night.”

Christine J., 10th Grade at Kingwood Park High School who was a camp counselor at the Juliette Low Camp said, “Camp was held in two sessions. Before and after each camp session I stayed with a host family in Kansas City. At camp, I helped the campers with daily needs, activities, and meals. After every meal they would sing while clearing the tables. There was a different activity to do everyday-like making pillowcases, canoeing in the pool, a snack food party, and much more. My favorite was the square dance and swimming in the pool afterwards. For me, the best part of the camp was seeing all the smiles 24/7.”

Charlotte T., 8th grade at St. Anne’s School went to Astronaut Fast Track - U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Thornton said, “The U.S. Space and Rocket Center was an experience of a lifetime. Each day you were assigned a position on the shuttle ranging from flying the shuttle to creating the experiments. Each morning, we woke up early ready for a busy day. One of my favorite activities was the simulator! They ranged from spinning through the air to bouncing on the moon! We got to be submerged in the water in a helicopter and practiced safety and survival. We also got be lifted up in the air by the actual baskets they use when you are stuck in the ocean. Later on, we got to see the World's Best Space Museum. FUN! The rides were amazing. They have a zero gravity spin top and a drop off ride. We got to go there two times in that week! The best part overall was meeting Major Jill Long! She taught me to never give up and to reach for my dreams! Girls can do anything they desire. She flies fighter jets. Overall I learned Dream Big, Anything can happen even if you are a girl!”

Lauren Christina V., 11th grade of Williams P. Clements School who explored rainforests in Costa Rica said, “I had never been hiking before, and so this was way outside my comfort zone; however, from the first few moments of finding my group, my fears were instantly assuaged. Throughout our hiking days, we saw a variety of wildlife from monkeys playing in the trees and a silent jaguarondi to crocodiles that were about twice as big as I am (We kept more of a distance from them). At night, we either camped under tarps or did home stays with local families. One of the families we stayed with had 18 kids! During the home stays, we learned about daily life in Costa Rica.”

Girls thrive when they have opportunities to explore their interests, goals and dreams in a safe environment with their peers and adult mentors. Daily life does not always supply this setting, but Girl Scouts does.

Girl Scouts of the USA, (GSUSA) is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as 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 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information on Girl Scouts, membership or volunteer opportunities, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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