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Spring, Kingwood Girl Scout travels paths of adventure with destinations trips across globe
HOUSTON, Texas – Two north Houston area Girl Scouts participated in Girl Scouts of the USA’s destinations program over the summer, traveling to Minnesota and China. destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 13-18 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.
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 destinations, 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 destinations, Girl Scouts are responsible for raising the funds to go on the trip through selling cookies, money earned at a job or personal savings.
Michelle B., a senior at Kingwood High School, traveled to Beijing, China for the destination The Great Panda Adventure. Michelle spent 10 days learning about pandas and volunteering alongside panda caretakers at the Ya’an Conservation Center. She also had the opportunity to explore historical landmarks in Beijing.
"This destination challenged me to get out of my comfort zone – quite literally," said Michelle. "The language barrier was especially difficult, but learning to function and communicate effectively without the help of a common language is an invaluable tool that I can now implement in other areas of my life."
Dana W., en eighth grader at Edward Roberson Middle School, traveled to Minnesota for the destination North Country Rock 'N' Wilderness. Dana enjoyed visiting the North Shore of Lake Superior, testing her limits on a high ropes course, sea kayaking in the evening on Lake Superior and even canoeing to Canada!
"My favorite parts were meeting new people, swimming in Louisa Falls and visiting Canada," said Dana. "The most challenging part was portaging, or carrying over land, our gear, food and canoes."
For more information on destinations, visit girlscouts.org/destinations.
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 girls 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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