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Posted October 26, 2010

Every girl deserves a chance to see the world. Girl Scouts offers opportunities for girls to travel to new places, both domestic and international, meet new people and learn about different cultures. Girls in the Katy area interested in travel and exploration activities can join the Area 17 Travel Club. The first interest meeting is Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center (20370 Franz Road) and is open to interested girls in grades ninth through 11th and their parents.

“This is a great way for girls to enjoy the benefits of Girl Scouting, while they explore their passion for travel and exploration,” says Linda Craft Area 17 Travel Club volunteer group advisor. “These girls will be surprised at how much they will learn about their own capabilities when they are budgeting and planning these wonderful excursions to some of the most wonderful places in the US and abroad.”

As part of this girl-led Travel Club, girls will learn about different regions and cultures and use their findings to determine what places they’d like to travel. They will work to develop a budget and develop fundraising opportunities, including the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, to raise money for their trips. Ultimately, the girls will travel to a destination that they have selected. Local experts will be invited to speak to the girls about travel conscious topics such as how to pack a suitcase, how to obtain a passport and how to be safe during traveling.

The group is also seeking volunteers, who consider themselves experts in the travel industry or travel connoisseurs, who can serve as specialists in different travel destinations and who would be willing to educate the girls on a number of travel topics.

The Girl Scout Travel Club serves as a component of the travel segment of the six Girl Scout Pathways, flexible ways in which girls and adults can participate in Girl Scouting. This option gives girls the freedom to explore the skills and interests that are most important to them and encourages learning by doing and cooperative educational processes.  Annual dues for the travel club are $12, the same as Girl Scout membership dues.

For more information on how to join the Area 17 Travel Club or to volunteer as a travel expert, contact Kathy Denton, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Region 7 Membership Manager at 713-292-0300 or kdenton@sjgs.org.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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