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Girl Scouts Go Arctic

Feb 29, 2012

When Chantelle Rose boarded a United States Coast Guard ship last fall, she knew she was about to face two months freezing cold temperatures, torrential waves, and harsh winter storms. But Rose, a Girl Scout volunteer and high school science teacher from Ohio, couldn’t have been happier. 

For 38 days, Rose worked as a member of the first PolarTREC Arctic Expedition. She lived and worked on the Healy, a research ship designed to break through ice and equipped for polar research.

The crew’s mission? To travel across the Bering Seas and reach the ice-packed Beaufort and Chucki Seas, while collecting data about marine life in order to monitor climate change.

Rose was paired with a female oceanographer from Woods Hole Institute. She wrote daily journal entries and lessons for her students back in Ohio. “We also hosted two live events with more than 700 students from seven different states,” she said.

The avid nature enthusiast was lucky enough to spot whales, walruses, polar bears, and seals. But for Rose, the best part of the trip was being surrounded by a team of impressive women.

“I am so passionate about girls in science,” she said. “The captain and number one engineering, medical, and food officers were all women, as well as the chief scientist. I want girls to understand that they can be prominent, pioneering scientists, too.”