Girl Scout Avery James of Madison and member of Girl Scout Troop 2171 traveled to Huntsville, Alabama over the summer to participate in the Space Academy as part of the Girl Scouts Destinations program.
James was one of 12 girls who got to experience the Space Academy where she learned about the different activities astronauts do a daily basis and even got to try out the Gravity Chair.
“I love space, and this trip made me think about my future career and how to explore and find opportunities in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math),” said James. “I hope to work for NASA one day.”
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 meeting girls from across the country.
James encourages other Girl Scouts to take advantage of this opportunity if they can. “It’s an experience that you can’t have anywhere else,” she said.