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Destinations Travel Spotlight: MadelynnMae
Destinations Trip: North Country Rock 'n Wilderness
Destination, Minnesota and Canada, July 22-August 5, 2017
MadeMae, a Girl Scout Senior from Troop 1264 in Redfield, took part
in a high adventure trip this summer as part of the Girl Scouts
Destinations program. MadeMae and six other Girl Scouts from all over
the country hiked, rock-climbed, kayaked and canoed through the
Boundary Waters area in Minnesota and Canada, gaining skills,
friendships and memories that will last them a lifetime.
Here's a little more about her trip, in her own words:
The Destinations I took part in was North Country Rock N’ Wilderness
in Ely MN and the Boundary Waters/Quetico, where I met six new Girl
Scouts from all over the country.
When everyone had finally arrived at the airport that first day
there was a gaggle of girls from all over America, nervous and
fidgety, a long way from home. I don’t think any of us left as the
same person we arrived; we’ve all left a piece of ourselves in each
other. We set out to a cabin, going from there to kayak and rock climb
for two days. The third day, we set out on the adventure of a
lifetime. When we returned to the airport fifteen days later, we moved
as a single unit.
While I walked to the car, I couldn’t help but compare the ease of
carrying the bag to the struggle it was that first day. I am so much
stronger now than I was at the start of the summer. Paddling 82 miles
in just 10 days, portaging all of our gear, food, and clothes over
2,000 rods (a rod is the length of a canoe, about 16 feet), and doing
it all day everyday really makes for a full body workout!
Each afternoon we found an island, unloaded the canoes, set up our
tents, started a fire and made dinner. We’d all pitch in with dishes
and cleanup, then head in and sleep. Every morning we woke up at the
crack of dawn, put on our gear, packed our bags and tents, made
breakfast, loaded the canoes, and left to do it all again.
It’s comforting to know that even thousands of miles from home with
a group of complete strangers I can survive—thrive even. I learned new
skills, new songs, and discovered an even deeper love for Girl Scouts,
the community it creates, and canoeing. The way it feels to glide
across the water in a canoe and watching the scenery change as you
paddle during the day, hearing the loons in the late afternoon, seeing
the arms of the galaxy in a sparkling sky, and laying down knowing the
next day held a new adventure are what I’ve taken with me.
The night we stayed up to watch the stars, I couldn’t help but think
how so few people get to see this. Light pollution constantly
decreases the chances of future generations seeing the far reaches of
the galaxy with their naked eyes. How much of this is due to me and my
actions? How can I help preserve the beauty I’ve seen here, and how
can I take action to share it with those around me?
The world no longer seems the same. It’s so much bigger, so much
more unpredictable, yet I feel more confident in my ability to
navigate it—though maybe it’s me that’s changed.