Pella Girl Scouts Troop #122 launched a balloon with the Pella Amateur Radio club that recently ended its course after several trips around the globe. In August, the two groups launched an amateur radio GPS receiver attached to a balloon, as often happens in area classrooms throughout the academic year at Pella and Pella Christian. This project served as part of their Girl Scout Cadette Citizen Scientist Journey on August 3, 2021 and they were able to track the balloon on their computers and smart phones where ever it traveled ever since. Their balloon went around the world almost three and a half times, before it tried to fly over the top of a hurricane on October 1st

Major land masses that the balloon traveled over:

Round 1
Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Quebec, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel ,Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, China, North Korea, South Korea, Sea of Japan, Japan, Pacific Ocean, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba, Hudson Bay. ________________________________________________________________
Round 2
Hudson Bay, South Hampton Island, Quebec, Labrador, New Foundland, Atlantic Ocean, Greenland, Jan Mayen, North Sea, United Kingdom, English Channel, France, Mediterranean Sea, Italy, Adriatic Sea, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, Mongolia, China, North Korea, Sea of Japan, Japan, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii British, Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Baja California, Gulf of California, Mexico, Texas, Louisiana
Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Pacific Ocean, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Atlantic Ocean

Girl Scout Troop #122 includes: Morgan McAninch, Nora Paxton, Olivia White, Evie Beal, Isabella Smith & Marlet Gonzalez. Leaders are Melissa McAninch & Julie Paxton.

Currently, there are seven Girl Scout troops in Pella with 72 registered participants.