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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout travels path of service with destinations trip to Peru

HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Kendra D. traveled to Peru July 6-16 for “Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley” 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 love to hike and backpack in the mountains,” says Kendra, a senior at Hastings High School this fall. “I studied Spanish for three years and visited Costa Rica on a destination and loved it. I was excited to hike in the Andes Mountains and see a new culture and environment.”

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.

Kendra and 14 Girl Scouts engaged in thoughtful conversations, self-discovery activities and hands-on, community service projects. They also hiked one of the most famous trails in the world. The girls experienced the magical city of Cusco and the cultural riches of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, learned about the history of the Inca, listened to traditional music, shopped for handicrafts and visited astounding archaeological ruins.

After acclimating to the altitude, the girls embarked on a four-day hike through the highlands. During the hike, they passed vistas and ancient Inca ruins, arriving at the spectacular ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. There, the girls learned about the history and traditions associated with this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arriving, Kendra spent a day with a local community working on a service project located in the buffer zone of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. She worked side-by-side with locals on a community-wide project which they have identified as important to their livelihood.

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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