Recently members of Girl Scout Troop 879 of Waxahachie, composed of sixth- and seventh-grade Girl Scout Cadettes, visited Johnson Space Center in Houston for a fun-filled overnight adventure.

The activities for the evening were centered on the Aware award from the Breathe leadership journey which focuses on engaging the girls in many aspects of air.

The girls were able to explore the power of air with wind tunnels and predict how various objects would react when they were placed in the tunnel. They followed the wind tunnel experiments by building and testing their own aerodynamic vehicle.Then they had a question and answer session about air understanding air pressure

and air movement as well as a demonstration with a balloon and vacuum. This was followed by further discussion of what they can hear, smell, taste and feel in the air. The last of the evening activities consisted of making their own scented lotion using beeswax, coconut oil and olive oil followed by exciting air pressure demonstrations that were partially based on the air questions they discussed earlier in the evening.

After spending the night among the incredible exhibits at the center, the girls were able to take a tram tour the next morning to visit Mission Control, the Space Vehicle Mock up Facility and the Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park.

At the conclusion of the tram tour, the girls were able to spend the rest of the day enjoying the various attractions and exhibits in the center.

Many Girl Scout troops from Waxahachie have attended these camp-ins in the past several years and this was Girl Scout Troop 879s second time to attend Space Camp.

These overnight adventures are not available to everyone. At this time, Space Center Houston only reserves this experience for the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. So not only do the campers work on their badge requirements, but they also experience hands on activities not available to the general public.

For more information about Johnson Space Center, visit http://www.spacecenter.org/.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas in Waxahachie, visit www.gssu251.org or www.facebook.com/gssu251