Local girl visits space academy as part of Girl Scouts travel opportunity

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 4, 2018

GREENSBORO — Girl Scout Allie Klass, of Clemmons, who is a member of Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 40232, traveled to Huntsville, Ala., this summer as part of the Advanced Space Academy Destinations trip.

“Most mornings, we spent time working on our specific mission,” said Klass. “In the afternoons, we had opportunities to see rockets and other space equipment that has been used in previous launches, as well as train in the gravity chair or on the multi-Axis trainer.”

Klass chose to participate in this program because she is interested in astronomy and is even considering it for her future career. She also said going on a Destinations trip was something she was excited to do because it gave her a chance to do something she had never done before.

“I got the chance to scuba dive in a large tank that simulated weightlessness. I was nervous at first, but once I got in the tank, I loved it,” said Klass. “I was also part of the team that won the Commander’s Cup for the best performance of the week. That is something I will never forget!”

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.

Klass is the daughter of Steve Klass and Tammy Parks and a student at West Forsyth High School, where she is involved in the Concert Choir, Key Club and French Club. She is also a Girl Scout Bronze Award recipient, one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards, and is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award.