Oh, what a girl can do! And we can't wait to see where they go.
Girl Scout Destinations has provided Girl Scouts opportunities to travel for years, and 2016 is no different. Will they escape to Iceland, bike through Denmark, climb Du Mont Blanc or feed Pandas in China? Girl Scout Destinations provides girls ages 11 and older with the ultimate adventure.
Last year, Ashley Ripple, a ninth-grader at Glenda Dawson High School, experienced the marvels of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons during a Girl Scouts Destinations trip to Wyoming.
“I really wanted to see the wonders of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with new friends,” said Ripple.
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.
Surrounded by mountains, geysers and North America’s most magnificent wildlife, Ripple had the opportunity to improve her naturalist and leadership skills by working with and learning from instructors at the Teton Science Schools and the Rocky Mountains. She also explored the Grand Teton National Park on foot and canoe, camp in Yellowstone National Park and explore careers that promote sustainable ecosystems.
“When I saw Old Faithful erupt, I knew that it was the highlight of my trip,” said Ripple. “What made it memorable was sharing the experience with the friends that I made.”
For more information on Girl Scout Destinations visit girlscouts.org.