Girl Scout travels path of adventure with destinations trip to Puerto Rico
HOUSTON (August 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Marcia K. traveled to Puerto Rico Aug. 22-28 for the “Carribean Land and Sea Adventure” 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 discover different cultures and experience new adventures,” says Marcia, a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University this fall.
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.
Marcia and 19 other Girl Scouts spent their week in Puerto Rico exploring one of the largest cave systems in the world, hiking through an endangered rainforest, seeing the world heritage sites of San Juan and learning about the universe at the largest radio telescope on the planet.
The trip also included learning the basics of caving, basic first aid, Leave No Trace ethics and environmental conservation. Throughout the trip, Marcia and her fellow Girl Scouts also learned about sustainability and the importance of preserving natural areas for future generations.
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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