Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois hosted 46 Girl Scouts from around the nation for a Girl Scouts Destination, or organization-wide travel experience, centered around the total solar eclipse on August 21. This program was funded by a grant from NASA. See photos
Named “Total Eclipse of the Heartland,”girls spent four days engaging in space science activities that included visiting Challenger Learning Center & Saint Louis Science Center, stargazing at camp with River Bend Astronomy Club, learning how animals react to an eclipse with TreeHouse WildlifeCenter and making eclipse-ready tools such as spectrometers made from Girl Scout Cookie boxes.
Activities culminated with a trip to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for eclipse viewing near the location of the longest duration of total eclipse. Along with participating in in a massive Science & Tech Expo, Girl Scouts on the Destination trip also worked with SIU and NASA on NASA's live megacast to viewers across the globe.