Girl Destinations Experts!
2014 Travel Adventures
Natasha attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Natasha went to camp where she was able to explore the possibilities of becoming an aeronautical scientist or an astronaut.
Tamara & Heather participated in the destination “Midwest Madness”. They traveled to Minnesota & Wisconsin to explore the countryside, the Mall of America, museums, and the subject of positive body image.
Tamara said, “At Midwest Madness I learned that it’s okay to be yourself, it actually made me feel better not having to put makeup on all the time… I loved my counselors and the girls there, too. I could keep going on about it, but I’d have to write a book for it because it’s so much! It was the best Girl Scout experience I’ve had in forever, and I highly suggest to other girls that are looking into destinations to sign up for this one!”
And Heather shared, “I hadn’t been on an airplane since I was in first grade and never without my family, so I was a little nervous. In the end, it was pretty easy to do that and the airline staff took good care of me… We got to sleep at the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America. The area we got to sleep in had the shark exhibit and I woke up during the night to see a shark above me!”
Rebecca attended “FLI – Girlz” – a Destination that focused on self-purpose, creating your vision for the future, and identifying barriers and solutions.
Rebecca had this to say about her Destination: “During this Destination, I learned that I’m not alone with all the things I battle within myself which was probably one of the best feelings ever to know I’m not alone… The leadership program was one of the best parts of the whole trip because I finally realized what I need to do in my life and what is holding me back from doing everything I am capable of doing in my life. The program made me realize that there are different types of leaders and it doesn’t really matter what kind of leader you are just that there is a leader inside every single person…”
Alex went to Sydney, Australia for her Destination, “Adventure Down Under”. There, she took in the sights and sounds of the big city and navigated the culture, history, and biological diversity of the countryside.
Alex said, “On the trip, we did so many amazing things that It’s hard to pick out a favorite. One highlight was the trip to the Blue Mountains where we went to a wildlife park where we got to pet a koala and feed wallabies and kangaroos… I am typically very shy but always willing to meet people and try new things. A Destination puts me out of my comfort zone and helps me be more outgoing. I will definitely apply for Destinations in the future!”
Christine traveled to the Destination “Adrenaline Rush” in Atlanta, Georgia where she climbed, sailed, spelunked, and enjoyed a theme park, a ropes course, a whitewater rafting trip, and an action-packed mountain bike ride. Christine remembered, “On Wednesday, I went caving in Raccoon Mountain. There were a lot of tight spaces I had to crawl through. I had to maneuver through a hole on my back and head first. This was a little scary not knowing where I was going. At another point, everybody turned off their headlamps so we could experience complete darkness. I learned that in total darkness some people can wave their hand in front of their face and “see” it because their hand is sending signals to their brain saying it is waving in front of their face.”
2013 Travel Adventures
1. Emily’s destination was Wilderness Adventure Photography! Emily traveled to Yosemite National Park for her wilderness adventure.“My adventures included … taking pictures of beautiful scenery. The instructors taught us very useful information on how to properly use a digital camera, adjust settings to get different effects, and how to edit the pictures once they were taken…our days were full of activities…my favorite part of the trip was hiking to a waterfall and getting drenched in the mist. Although I’ve been to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Yosemite has many distinct features that served as excellent backdrops for our photography.”
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2. Kariann and Sarah went to Space Academy!
Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is home of the Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. For 6 days, 16 participants were challenged to step up as leaders and work together and communicate as a team. They launched into space on out of this world missions on astronaut training simulators.
Some of Sarah’s thoughts…“…I met up with Kariann [in Denver] from Great Falls and we flew to camp together…My first day of Space Camp a person who works there did a short demonstration on the pressure in space and how they have to keep the cabin in the shuttles a certain pressure and temperature. She showed us what happens if the pressure and temperature are not kept at an acceptable level for astronauts. The pressure would crush them and the temperature would freeze them. The second day we watched a movie in the IMAX Theater. It was about different tests the astronauts conducted on the moon, how long they were on the moon, and what they discovered. Later that day we did team building exercises on the “rope course”. This helped us learn how astronauts need to work as a team…Later in the week we did an activity in the water where we had to put a cube together that was made out of plastic pipes. We did this in the water to simulate experiencing zero gravity…” Sarah adds, “This was a GREAT Destination! I enjoyed the staff and all the campers which literally were from all four corners of the United States. I would go on this destination again. I had a lot of fun! Thank you Girl Scouts!”
Some of Kariann’s thoughts…“I went to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama for SPace Camp. It was an experience I will never forget. This was my first time away from home without any friends or family that I knew. I got to meet a lot of new people from all over the place and make some new friends. I was able to try new things and learn a lot of new stuff. During my trip I got to do many cool things. I did a walk on the moon. You sit in a seat and you go up until only your toes touch the edge of the moon platform. Then you can walk, jump or leap. It is so fun because it feels like you don’t weigh anything.” Kariann reported they sat in a 1/6th gravity chair, got spun in a Multi-Axis trainer, went swimming and built a cube in the water, did a shuttle mission, talked to people in a shuttle, went on a mission to fix a satellite, and many more adventures. She adds, “While I was there I learned a lot of things. I learned about teamwork and leadership. I also learned a lot more about space, rockets, stars, planets, and the moon. Since I went on this destination I would tell other Girl Scouts to do the same thing. I learned a lot, had fun, and got independent, and met new people and had new experiences. I would love to go on another destination someday.”
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3. Dusty’s Destination was to the Global City of London!“Over the week of July 19-27, I had the incredible opportunity to partake in the Destination to London: The Global City. While we were there we got to experience what life was like to live in London, we rode the underground and overground, took buses, and walked everywhere. Sometimes crossing the street got confusing because they drive on the opposite side of the road! …we also got to see so many great sites including Big Ben, riding on the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. While doing those things we learned a lot of great facts about them as well. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower, the tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower. The bell is also cracked, much like our Liberty Bell. One day the mallet went through the bell but all they did was rotate the bell and continue to use it. The famous red telephone booths were also everywhere. During our stay at Pax Lodge we got to participate in their London Challenge, a service project, and had a special pinning ceremony.” Dusty writes about her “Dream Green” challenge, making a human pyramid, and visiting Hyde Park. Dusty says they visited a retirement home, played games with the elderly, drank tea, did puzzles, played chess and had “lovely conversations”. She finishes with, “It was quite an experience but we all got along great and are practically best friends now.”
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4. Nicollette’s adventure was, Adrenaline Rush!
This adventure was created for girls who crave high adventure. The adventure included locations in the greater Atlanta, GA area and Ocoee, TN.Nicollette remembers highlights from her destination. On “day 3 [we] got to be more exciting [when] we did ropes courses and got to try a huge swing. Day 4 we rode canoes and paddle boards and then we got to do archery. Day 5 we moved camps and did riflery with bb guns and then got to go on a hike. Day 5 we went mountain biking then shopping at the Tennessee mall after we went caving and stayed the night in the cave! When we woke up we headed for the Ocoee River to go whitewater rafting which was a blast! After we dried off and changed we headed back to our first camp and for the next day we did some games and packed…I had a great experience rafting the Ocoee River the same river the Olympics took place. I also thought caving was an amazing experience. Some of the lessons I learned were you can make friends with anyone! I also learned that I can overcome sickness if I do stuff I love. [Nicollette shared in her letter that she was sick the first 2 days]…”I had a great destination all around and would definitely do it again!”
Photos from Nicollette:
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Destinations for 2014 look awesome! Morocco, Maui, and Japan. Scotland, Alaska, and Australia. Acting, Photography, and Mountaineering. Surfing, Service, and Scuba. Turtles, Pandas, and Kangaroos! These Destinations have it all!