Girl Scout travels down path of adventure with destinations trip to Michigan
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Cadette Julia T. traveled to Howell, Mich. July 18-31 for the “Mission Impossible” destinations trip. destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 11-17 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 destination because I wanted to explore new things and see a new part of the country,” says Julia, who enters seventh grade at St. Agnes Academy this fall. “I love to meet other people and make new friends.”
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.
Julia dared to dangle and walk on air at Timbers Girl Scout Camp’s double-decker Challenge course. During her out-of-camp excursion, she spent five days decoding secret text messages that led her to destinations all around Michigan. She had the opportunity to try her hand at rock climbing, geo-caching, log rolling and horseback riding. Julia also surfed the sands of Silver Lake Sand Dunes, tested her technical tree climbing ability, climbed an ‘iceberg’ in the lake, and participated in many other high adventure activities during the two-week, one of a kind experience. The trip also included a day sightseeing in Lansing and Ann Arbor.
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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