Really Cool Girl Scout Trips in Texas

by Goody Clairenstein

Texas has a wide variety of cultural, educational and adventurous trips to offer local and visiting Girl Scout troops. What makes Texas' Girl Scout trips really cool is their ability to introduce Girl Scouts to whole new experiences, interests and passions. Girl Scouts can also organize their own really cool trips by brainstorming with their troops and troop leaders, then organizing and fundraising to make their dream trips a reality.

Cultural Activities

Cultural activities in Texas range from performance art to institutes and exhibits dedicated to the state's cultural history. One really cool Girl Scout trip is an outing to the Alamo (thealamo.org), the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. The Alamo still stands today, and offers Girl Scout troops a glimpse to Texas' cultural history -- and admission is free. Another cultural mainstay in Texas is the Institute of Texan Cultures (texancultures.com) in San Antonio. The Institute of Texan Cultures hosts exhibits and programs that explore the rich cultural heritage of the state, with major influences from Mexican, Native American and European cultures. The Forbidden Gardens (forbidden-gardens.com) in Katy, Texas, offer visitors a glimpse into Chinese culture and history, complete with a miniature reproduction of the Forbidden City.

Educational Activities

The major urban centers of Texas are home to some excellent museums. Educational Girl Scout trips in Texas can be really cool because they can teach visitors about new subjects and create new interests and hobbies. The Amarillo Museum of Art (amarilloart.org) is home to a collection of American Modernist and European paintings, which the museum has been gathering for its permanent collection since 1979. Visit the Austin Nature and Science Center (ci.austin.tx.us/ansc) for an outdoor experience that offers visitors an immersive education in one of Texas' ecosystems. Take your troop to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (fwmuseum.org) for exhibits that run the gamut from dinosaurs and cattle herding to the physics of energy.

Outdoor Adventures

Rock climbing, horseback riding and zip lines are all found in Texas, as well as hiking trails and kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Outdoor adventures in Texas get your heart rate up and your adrenaline flowing. Head to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/enchanted_rock) in Fredericksburg for some rock climbing. Hire an advanced rock climber to guide your troop as you learn the basic ropes of knotting, harnessing, first ascents and repelling. The Salado Creek Ranch in San Antonio (saladocreekranch.com) offers a one-hour guided trail ride for $40 per person. Major zip line and canopy courses in Texas include the Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour in Jacksonville (daretozip.com), where adventurous Girl Scouts hop into a harness and zoom along above trees, ponds and sky bridges.

Girl Scout Camps

Camp is part of the quintessential Girl Scout experience, so any official day or residential camp run by the Girl Scout councils of Texas offers a multitude of really cool activities and opportunities. Girl Scout camps provide lodging and meals for Girl Scouts, as well as activities from target sports to swimming and aquatic small craft to arts and crafts. In Central Texas, there are three Girl Scout camps -- Camp Kachina, Camp Texlake and Camp Wood Lake (gsctx.org/?nd=girl_scout_camps). Northeast Texas is home to Camp Bette Perot, Camp Gambill, Camp Kadohadacho, Camp Rocky Point, Camp Whispering Cedars and Camp Whispering Oaks (gsnetx.org/Default.aspx?tabid=113). Check with your local Girl Scout Council for the official Girl Scout camp nearest your troop's location.

About the Author

Goody Clairenstein has been a writer since 2004. She has sat on the editorial board of several non-academic journals and writes about creative writing, editing and languages. She has worked in professional publishing and news reporting in print and broadcast journalism. Her poems have appeared in "Small Craft Warnings." Clairenstein earned her Bachelor of Arts in European languages from Skidmore College.