Girl Scout Marissa Vernon, Lewisville, a member of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2385, traveled to Huntsville, Alabama this summer as part of the Space Academy Destinations trip.
During her trip, Vernon learned about space, gravity, stars, space missions, astronauts and everything in between. She was also able to experiment with model rockets and participate in a simulated space mission, something Vernon says she never thought she would do.
“This trip was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me to try something new, travel independently from my parents, learn about the space program and just have fun,” said Vernon. “It was also great to meet girls from other states and talk with female role models at the space academy.”
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.
Vernon is the daughter of Chris and Maria Vernon and a student at Calvary Day School. She is active with several community organizations, as well as plays basketball and runs cross-country. She is also a Girl Scout Bronze Award recipient, one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards.