Girl Scout travels path of service with destinations trip to Galapagos Islands
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Melanie G. traveled to the Galapagos Islands June 25-July 5 for the Environmental Service Program 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 try something new and adventurous,” says Melanie, who will attend her first year of college this fall. “This event caught my eye because of my interest in the environmental service project.”
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.
Melanie and 13 other Girl Scouts made a difference by helping plant native trees in the highlands with a local conservation organization. They also learned about ecotourism and conservation in the fragile Galapagos archipelago and enjoyed snorkeling and boat trips to see amazing wildlife.
The Girl Scouts stayed in hotels while in Quito and Puerto Ayora, on the island of Santa Cruz. Two full days were spent doing service work and interacting with the local community, followed by day trips by boat to neighboring islands and remote beaches.
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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