By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

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It’s an opportunity not many people are offered. Traveling abroad not as a vacation but as a service opportunity giving back to those less fortunate.

For Greta Lorey, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Corning, it is an experience that she will never forget. She was able to visit both Costa Rica and Panama.

On the Girl Scout Destination last month she traveled to Talamanca in Costa Rica where she spent about a week, with other Girl Scouts from around the world, painting three of the buildings at a school they stayed at while lorey4there. They also worked on building a shower and laying the foundation for a new building. She spent a lot of time with the kids there, playing soccer and talking in Spanish to them as well as exploring the community and getting to know the community members.

The next week the group traveled to San San in Panama where they stayed at a turtle hatchery where the girls walked the beeches for about three or four hours every night looking for turtle eggs. It wasn’t all hard work. The girls also enjoyed canoeing, ziplining through the canopy of Costa Rica and going to local markets. They also tried white water rafting!

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“I learned a lot about the people, animals and environment of Costa Rica and Panama,” Greta said. “I learned how to work with new people and encounter new and possibly difficult situations.”

When asked how Girl Scouts prepared her to go on this Destination she stated: “Through my troop and Girl Scout camp I gained appreciation for the outdoors as well as a comfort with it. That and the skills Girl Scouts gave me about living in the outdoors helped me greatly because our accommodations on this Destination were not amazing, but because of the skills Girl Scouts gave me, they were not a problem. Girl Scouts also gave me the desire to try and experience new things and to work through possibly difficult situations.

Greta says these Girl Scout Destinations are amazing opportunities for girls and encourages other girls to take part.

“I gained so much new knowledge as well as new friends and I met some amazing people. I am so thankful Girl Scouts allowed me to have this experience and am endlessly grateful.”

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To find out more about Girl Scout Destinations, click here.

Have an amazing Girl Scout experience you want to share with us? E-mail nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

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