By: Pooja D., Jessica C. & Hayley P.
A destination is a trip a Girl Scout can participate in if she chooses. There are many different categories of destinations like outdoors, science, and even international. Destinations take place all over the country. Some destinations even take place in other countries. The number of participants for each trip and the length of the adventure vary for each destination.
Read on to learn about three destinations from 2011.
By: Jessica C.
After spending two weeks in Costa Rica, coming home to two-way streets, American food and fancy shopping malls was a culture shock.
I went on the Girl Scout Costa Rican Service Challenge, July 16th-31st. During my destination adventure, I no longer had my pink, ultra-plush mattress, but instead I slept in hammocks and on sleeping pads.
Personal hygiene is always a must and it can get a bit extreme in Costa Rica. Toilet paper cannot be disposed in the toilets ever; it must always be thrown in a trashcan. While staying in an indigenous village, I took showers in a fresh-water river using biodegradable soap and shampoo. During our visit at the beach, I had a semi- indoor shower but I always had to keep an eye on the many crabs who thought it would be a good idea to shower with me. While at the beach, I learned how to surf and practiced everyday. My routine: fall off, get back on, hit my head, get back on, see an eel, and get right back on the board.
The sun is extremely hot in Costa Rica and even with applying one layer of sunscreen; I got rash guard shaped sunburn.
We cooked our own meals on an outdoor fire pit that mainly consisted of rice, beans, chicken, vegetables, and fruit. Some of the best fruits were the plantains, mangoes, and coconuts knocked down from the tree.
We sanded a school near the beach for one of our service projects. The woman who owned the school had worked for four-years to get all the paperwork from the government to create the school. It was her dream to finally start a schoolhouse that included more than one room. In Costa Rica, most kids go to school for two hours a day and quit school early.
The second half of my trip was spent at the indigenous village of Talamanca. I took an eight-hour car ride then a boat, a truck, and finally a walk to get to this village. In Talamanca, we stayed in a hut made of bamboo walls, leaves for the ceiling, and dirt for the floor. I helped teach English in the schools, and in return the children taught me Bri-Bri, their native language. I played games of soccer with the school kids everyday and tried teaching them the game ‘Duck, duck, goose.’ Unfortunately, no one knew how to say ‘goose’ so every kid in Talamanca was taught to play ‘Duck, duck, crow’. As our service project, we spent three days building a garden in the village for them to grow their crops.
Back in the cities, I went rock climbing at a local Boy and Girl Scout camp, zip lined through the treetops of Tres Rios, and shopped at the National Market of Costa Rica.
By the time I came home I felt that I could do things I’d never tried before, have a stomach strong enough for rice and beans every meal, and I felt humbled and encouraged to give more to my community and communities around the world.
By: Hayley P.
When fellow LGG-staffer, Hunter F. and I got to the airport in Atlanta, it was so big and overwhelming to us. There were so many people. We were unaccompanied minors, so we had to get on the plane early. I was terrified about take-off but it is really not that bad.
When we arrived in Michigan for our destination Cowgirl U, we were the last ones off the plane. We met people from camp at the airport and then we met-up with the other girls. The leaders then call out names and some of us went to the camp while others stayed at the airport. I went on to the camp and Hunter stayed at the airport.
When I get to the lodge there was no AC! There were also deer flies. They are yellow and the bite.
When I met my horse, Fin, he was short and fat. I didn’t like that he was short but I didn’t complain about it. After horses, we went swimming. There is this Saturn thing, you get on it and try to tip it. It was really fun. After that we all went back to the lodge and made pizza. After we ate, we all had phone time.
On July 21st we couldn’t ride because it was too hot but that didn’t stop us from riding something. We rode a mechanical bull!! It was so much fun!
On the Overnight we had to hurry because there was a storm coming. Just my luck when I went to set up my tent it had a rip in it. That was not cool at all!
On the 22nd I go a new horse named Ario. He was so sweet. I had Ario for a couple days. For those couple days we did the usual; we walked and trotted. I then got a new horse. Her name was Valley. She was abused before she came to the camp. Her face was broken during the abuse and she had some cuts that had been sewed up. I barrel raced with Valley. I also raced her on the pole pattern and rode her bareback. Valley was awesome to me and everybody else.
She was named Valley because when she arrived at camp, she looked like she had survived the Valley Of Death.
One day during Cowgirl U, we went to the fair and watched cart racing. On another one of the days we went to the farmers market. Everyone at the market was so nice. They told Hunter and I that we had an accent.
On the last day, we received our awards I got the Cow Whisper award because, there was a calf at camp and I was the only one of the girls who knew how to make his bottle by myself. I was also the best at cleaning out his pin.
When we got to the airport to go back to Atlanta, I was both sad and happy. I was sad because I was leaving my new friends behind but I was also happy because I was going home. During the plane ride back home, there was a lot of turbulence it wasn’t very fun. When I got back to Atlanta I was so happy to see my parents but I will always miss my friends. I am glad to be home!
By: Pooja D.
The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s Get Global committee hosted a destination this summer in Atlanta. The Get Global Leadership Summit 2011 took place in June. Four girl staff members and 14 girls from five states and three countries participated in this destination.
Get Global Leadership Summit focused on educating girls about the barriers to education for young women around the world. The weeklong event also focused on gender equality and environmental sustainability. The girls participated in workshops led by CARE and Teach For America. They also participated in community service projects with the Woodruff Park Reading Room and with KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy.
One really amazing thing these girls did besides helping out the community was to write their own proclamation and read it to the governor of Georgia’s wife during a meeting with her. They also delivered the proclamation asking for an education awareness day in Georgia to the Statehouse.
Besides working hard the girls had fun too. While in Atlanta they went to the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN center, and the Braves game.
For tips on getting in shape for your destination, check out the Workouts! article in the Did U Know section of this issue of the Lime Green Giraffe.
By: Emily S.
Hi LGG readers and Girl Scouts!
I’ve got a scoop on a new way of communicating without using a computer or cell-phone! It is…(drum roll please) having a postcard pal or pen pal! For those who love to write, this is the perfect opportunity to make new friends.
There are 6 reasons why you should have a pen pal in another country across the globe.
- It is a spectacular experience for you to learn about people from around the world.
- It is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to make new friends!
- You can gain new knowledge about Girl Scouts in different countries.
- You can introduce new cultures to your family and friends.
- You can dazzle your teachers and friends with new writing skills that you can learn by writing to your pen pal.
- I, for one, know that you can also discover what kids your age in different countries do for fun.
So what are you waiting for? If you are bored, this is something you can do. Who knows? You might even be able to learn even more fun-filled facts. For more on a postcard exchange with other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides check out, http://www.mythinkingday.com
This is reporter Emily S. signing out.
Girl Scouts are heading to Houston, Texas for the 52nd National Convention in November and the Lime Green Giraffe will be there! Get an LGG-ers take on all the action at the National Council Session in our February issue!
Until then, take a look at this convention commercial and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Lily & Helga the “Happy Birthday” Hippo
By: Pooja D.
Hi! I am Lily, GiGi’s little sister, and this is my best friend Helga. We are on our way to visit GiGi for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. It is going to be so much fun. Helga and I cannot wait to see GiGi again because we have not seen her since she became the mascot for the Lime Green Giraffe.
We want to see the look on her face when she sees us in front of her door! It is going to be the best time ever. Helga is telling me we must keep walking if we want to be in Atlanta time, so, we will see you in the February edition of the Lime Green Giraffe and will catch you up on all of the fun times are having with GiGi.
By: Makenzi P.
Hi! My name is Makenzi and I am a Girl Scout out of Cumming Georgia in
Troop13839. Have you ever volunteered at a Senior Citizen Center? I have volunteered at a few different Senior places in my community with different things. I love the feeling I have in my heart after spending time with Senior Citizens. They are so appreciative and caring.
My first experience helping Senior Citizens was through a Great Day of Service. I helped a couple residents clean their apartments; we planted a memory garden and created scrapbooks for the organization where they live. My favorite resident was Ms.Trudy. I helped her clean her art room. She was 93-years-old and was a Girl Scout when she was younger. She loved to hear about the activities we do now as Girl Scouts.
I also helped the Senior Citizen Center start a recycling program for their
residents. I did this by informing them what was recyclable. I then created flyers to give to the residents. Then for about six-months I picked up the recycling and took it to our local recycling center. The program went so well that they had to contact a local sanitation company to take over their recycling program.
My Girl Scout Troop participates several times a year with different things at our local Senior Center in Cumming. Sometimes, our volunteering doesn’t require us to be at the Senior Center. There are often times when we call the center and ask if they need our help with any upcoming special events.
During Thanksgiving they were having a special Thanksgiving lunch and
My troop created their napkin rings. We took paper towel rolls and cut them into one and a half inch sections and then we glued popcorn kernels to them. Our troop leaders delivered the napkin rings to the center so they could be used for the Thanksgiving lunch.
My favorite experience at our local Senior Center was a special event at
Christmas time. We brought cookies, sang Christmas carols, and played Christmas trivia. We divided into teams with one Girl Scout and four seniors per team. We played against each other. The seniors laughed and sang with us. I think they appreciated having us there so much. I can’t wait to go back again. I hope you will consider going to your local Senior Center and volunteer very soon.
By: Mykela C.
“…make the world a better place.” -Girl Scout Law
As Girl Scouts, it is in our DNA to give back to our communities. I know we all want to make positive change but sometimes it is hard to find that right place to volunteer. Well, guess what? There is a super cool spot on the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta website that you can use to find fun places to volunteer! You can find the list by going to the Events and Activities tab and clicking Take Action Partners. Have fun and let GSGATL know about your volunteer projects. Send an email and some photos of you in action to ProgramResources@gsgatl.org
By: Liz W.
Announcing…a new and exciting program...a way to meet other girls with the same interests as you...a program that allows you to participate as much or little as you want...a fun way to learn new skills and discover hidden talents…
Announcing…(drum roll, please)…Interest Groups!
This is a new program exclusive to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Interest Groups are a way to get out and have fun doing what you want to do. An Interest Group is a small, short-term group designed for a specific talent or hobby, whether that be snorkeling, hiking, sailing, sewing, zip lining, or writing. The group of Girl Scouts are led by experts in the area, so whatever you do, you’re bound to learn something new.
A Hiking and Backpacking Interest Group was among the first Interest Groups, beginning back in April. It consisted of six events, with the last one being the “grand finale” backpacking trip, which is scheduled to take place in early November. The other five events included two hikes at Stone Mountain Park, an orienteering course at Red Top Mountain State Park, and two campouts at Chattahoochee National Forest and Vogel State Park.
That sounds fun, but isn’t it a lot to do? What about my troop? Can I be in an Interest Group and a troop at the same time?
You don’t officially “join” an Interest Group; it is not a replacement for your troop, instead you sign-up for one or more Interest Group events in addition to your troop activities. Each Interest Group has about six events, all of them optional. For example, I only attended the orienteering event of the Hiking and Backpacking Interest Group. However, some groups require a certain amount of attendance in order to take part in the final event; in the Hiking and Backpacking Interest Group, you need to go on at least one campout and one hike in order to go on the final backpacking trip.
Can I earn badges while in an Interest Group?
The great thing about an Interest Group is that you make of it what you want. You attend as many events as you like. You take part in as many Interest Groups as you like. You can sign up to take part in an Interest Group either individually or with a troop, making it great for Juliettes. Interest groups are totally independent from badges and journeys. Which means that you can participate in an event just for the fun of it, or to work towards earning a requirement for a badge or journey.
I missed all but one of the events in an interest group that I really wanted to participate in, and I found out that the last event is full. Will there be another interest group like this one?
Don’t worry; an interest group isn’t a one-time deal. When the Hiking and Backpacking Interest Group ends, soon a new one will form. Check the council’s website and e-mails often to learn about new interest groups in your area.