Girl Scout Abigail Peebles, Greensboro, and a member of Girl Scout Senior Troop 41685, traveled to Wyoming this summer as part of the Wildlife, Geysers and Mountains 2018: The Teton Science School Destinations trip.
Peebles was one of 25 girls who headed to Wyoming and Yellowstone Park to experience the Teton Science School, which has been teaching students about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967.
“We spent the majority of the week camping in Yellowstone National Park. We would wake up around 6:30 a.m. in the morning, eat breakfast and get ready for a day of adventures. Whether it was seeing wildlife or exploring many natural wonders, every day was different.”
Every year, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 can apply to attend a Girl Scout Destinations trip. Sponsored by Girl Scouts of the USA, Destinations allow girls to pick from a variety of travel locations, immersing themselves in a new environment, developing leadership skills and confidence all while taking action outside of their normal communities.
Although Peebles was able to see unique wildlife like bison and black bears up close and personal, her favorite part about her experience was getting to know all the other girls on the trip.
“This experience helped me grow as a Girl Scout because it gave me a safe environment to meet other Girl Scouts from all over the country and talk about the different experiences we’ve had,” said Peebles. “One thing I won’t forget, is how one morning I got up earlier than usual with a couple of girls to watch the sun rise over the mountains.”
Peebles is the daughter of Benjamin and Amy Peebles and is a sophomore at Cornerstone Charter Academy, where she is involved with volleyball, cheerleading, track and field and theatre. She has earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award and is working toward completing her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
“I would recommend this trip or any Destinations trip to other Girl Scouts because not only did I learn more about the environment, but I also saw new places and met new people. I got to learn more about what I love and also discovered more about Girl Scouts and myself.”