Monday, October 17, 2016

Girl Scout Destinations: Canoeing in Canada

In July, Laurel Sullivan, an eighth grade student at Seabrook Middle School, visited the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada during a Girl Scouts Destinations trip.  Destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 11 and older that take them to places all over the world and give girls the chance to meet other Girl Scouts from different states, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities.


Sullivan said she applied for the trips because she wanted to do something that was out of her comfort zone.

During her Destinations expedition -- North country Rock N’ Wilderness -- Sullivan traveled to the north shore of Lake Superior where she and up to 20 Girl Scouts from across the country enjoyed rock climbing and kayaking. After, she headed to Girl Scout’s Northern Lakes Canoe Base on Moose Lake to train, pack and plan a paddle trip north to Canada. When she arrived in Canada, she spent 7-10 days paddling and portaging through the wilderness.

“My favorite part of the destination was probably being the only girl from Texas to go, so I was kind of forced to talk to everyone and make friends,” said Sullivan.


How You Can Travel Too

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.

To learn more about Girl Scouts’ travel programs, visit: www.girlscouts.org. Or, if you are a Girl Scout in GSSJC, visit our Activity page at www.gssjc.org for information about our next Destinations Orientation.