Girl Scout Caroline Trollinger of Hendersonville and a member of Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 1901, traveled to Seattle, Washington this summer as part of the San Juan Bay Kayak Trip, a Girl Scout Destinations program.
Trollinger was one of 12 girls who headed to the San Juan Islands off the coast of the Pacific Northwest to learn about marine ecology and conservation.
“We spent the majority of the week camping, kayaking and exploring the islands. We got to go sightseeing in Seattle, which was a great way to get to know the city.”
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. Applications for 2020 trips are due November 15 and can be found at http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/.
Although Trollinger loved getting to adventure across the beautiful scenery, one of her favorite parts about her experience was getting to know other Girl Scouts. “It was really nice to meet and bond with other Girl Scouts from all over the country. I’ll never forget the friends that I made during my trip,” said Trollinger.
Her favorite moment? “Definitely visiting the llama farm,” she added.
Trollinger is the daughter of Greg and Elanor Trollinger and a junior at East Henderson High School where she is involved with field hockey, environmental club and volunteering with an adult day camp. She has earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards and is working toward completing her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. She also earned the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving a life.
“I would recommend this trip or any Destinations trip to other girls because it was such a great way to explore and try new things while getting to know girls from all across the country. This trip taught me so much about myself and the sisterhood of Girl Scouts.”