“Not all those who wander are lost…” The famous quote written by J. R. R. Tolkien for the series Lord of the Rings, resonates with every Girl Scout who has a love for exploration. While Girl Scout Destinations are not nearly as challenging as the great journey from the fantasy series, they are opportunities for girls to create bonds with friends, discover new worlds, and find the courage in themselves to achieve anything.
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year planned just for Girl Scouts, there’s something amazing for everyone. This past summer, two girls from our council participated in Destinations of a lifetime! Read more about their adventures.
Emma Selby, age 15, of Iowa City, Iowa, traveled to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. She had previously visited the National Parks on a family vacation, but couldn’t wait to return to the beautiful landscapes. “I loved every part of it,” Selby says. “Going back with Girl Scouts sounded amazing.”
After being selected for the Destination program, she made the trip to meet her new friends in the program. She didn’t know any other girls going in, but created bonds that will last a lifetime before returning. She’s already gone to visit a new friend from St. Louis she met on the trip. During her experience, she camped in tents in the beautiful wilderness and put to the test her outdoor skills.
“You meet so many new people and learn so many new things. It is truly a great experience to get out and know your country and experience the beauty of other countries,” recommends Selby to other girls thinking about joining a Destination or travel program.
Waveland Rushton, age 16, of Davenport, Iowa, spent 15 days in Costa Rica. She camped on the beach, learned to surf, zip lined through the rainforest, and white water rafted during her Destination.
“My favorite memory was when were all in the ocean on our surf boards. If there was a giant wave, my instructor would yell, ‘PARTY WAVE’ and we would all try and ride the wave,” says Rushton.
She credits her time in Girl Scouts as creating a solid foundation for traveling alone. She learned to be assertive, confident in her strength, and how to just be a good person, starting at age five when she joined the program. She believes all Girl Scouts should travel at some point because it’s a great opportunity to not only see the world, but realize their potential and put their courage to the test.
“You can learn many skills while traveling and meet some amazing people on the way. We are young and may never have this chance again in life, so take advantage of it while we can!”
What’s next for these experienced travelers? Both Selby and Rusthton are making plans to check Europe off their bucket lists!
Learn more about upcoming Destinations and council trips. We are planning the ultimate G.I.R.L. experience at the 2020 Girl Scout Convention in Orlando, Florida.