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Still time to apply for a gsDestination

Still thinking about going on a Girl Scout Destination? You’re in luck! There are still many Destinations that still have availability. As the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older, you have the opportunity to explore amazing locations around the world with Girl Scouts from different states and have life-changing experiences. Applications for these unique opportunities are open through April 2019 at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel:

  •  Advanced Space Academy, 6/16/19-6/21/19
  • Archaeology & Culture: Uncovering the Mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo Communities, Durango, CO, 6/30/19-7/6/19
  • Ashland- Art of Theatre, 6/23/19-6/29/19
  • Athens and the Islands, 7/22/20-8/2/20
  • Biking Denmark and Sweden: Cycle the coast and castles of Scandinavia, 7/17/19- 7/24/19
  • CampHERO: Wisconsin, 7/21/19- 7/26/19
  • Caribbean Land and Sea: Puerto Rico, 7/28/19- 8/3/19
  • Catching Waves: Costa Rica, 6/29/19- 7/13/19
  • Channel Island Adventure: California, 7/7/19- 7/15/19
  • Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge, multiple dates summer 2019
  • Curtain Call in London, 7/25/20- 8/5/20
  • Discover South Africa, 7/25/19- 7/7/19
  • Equitation Challenge: Georgia, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Escape to Iceland, 6/11/19- 6/18/19
  • Ethiopia: An African Mountain Adventure, 6/11/19- 6/21/19
  • Germany- Castles in the Sky, 7/15/19- 7/24/19
  • Grand Tour of Italy, 7/21/20- 8/3/20
  • Greece- See Kayaking Kefalonia and Ionian Islands, 6/23/19- 7/2/19
  • Happy Trails: Georgia, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Hollywood Dreamin’, 6/30/19- 7/6/19
  • Horseback Riding Mongolia, 7/3/19- 7/12/19
  • Japan- Land of the Rising Sun, 7/6/20- 7/16/20
  • Lake Erie Island Exploration, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Majestic Alps: France, Switzerland and Italy, 7/26/19- 8/3/19
  • Native New Mexican Adventure, 6/1/19- 6/10/19
  • North Country Rock n Wilderness: Minnesota & Canada, several days July 2020
  • Orlando Adventure Quest, 8/4/19- 8/11/19
  • Rainforest, River & Reef: Costa Rica, 7/27/19- 8/10/19
  • Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure: Costa Rica and Panama, several dates summer 2019
  • Space Academy: Alabama, 6/16/19- 6/21/19
  • STEM: Energy Solutions in Germany, 7/19/20-7/30/20
  • The Great Panda Adventure- China, 7/2/19- 7/11/19
  • Wilderness Adventure Photography- Yosemite, 6/23/19- 6/29/19

Questions about paying for the trip or what an individual travel experience is like? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

Still room to explore Costa Rica

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

If you or your Girl Scout will be entering 6th grade or higher at travel time in June of 2020, there is still room for you! Check out the amazing, educational itinerary by emailing Jody Clair at girlscoutjody@gmail.com. I am so excited we have eight people signed up at this time and would love to get to 14 or more! Please email me BEFORE registering with EF Tours.

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Uncover the mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo communities

Want to experience a Destination, but not quite ready to travel out of the state? You are in luck! This year, GSUSA is hosting an AMAZING Destination in Cortez from June 30- July 6, 2019.

Join archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez to take part in hands-on fieldwork. You’ll help excavate great houses on a site located nearby on private land. When you’re not busy digging into the past of ancestral Pueblo great houses, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, going to restaurants, museums, and sites such as Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park.

On the day you arrive, researchers will conduct an orientation and brief you on the work you’ll be doing. Fieldwork will begin on the second day, where you will:

  • Excavate ancient households and public architecture: Most days, you’ll arrive at the dig immediately after breakfast and spend much of the day working with hand trowels, brooms, buckets, and screens to remove and identify artifacts and other archaeological finds. Your work may focus on the excavation of homes, middens (trash deposits), and the great houses.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Help with remote sensing surveys that identify likely areas of archaeological significance. Remote sensing tools are used to identify features beneath the ground that may have been overlooked by standard survey techniques.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Excavate a site of the ancient Pueblo II community.
  • Lab Analysis: Process artifacts recovered from excavations—pottery, lithics (stone tools), ground stone, and animal bone—which includes washing, sorting, cataloging, and labeling them.

In the evenings, you’ll head back to the field station for dinner and time to relax. Additionally, you may attend programs, including an introduction to research at Crow Canyon, presentation by staff archaeologists, and guest lectures on current research in Southwestern archaeology.

Find more information and apply by March 31, 2019: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/archaeology-culture-uncovering-the-mysteries-of-colorados-pueblo-communities/

Cost Rica: A Touch of the Tropics 2021

Submitted by Nicole Harmon

Metro Denver

Aurora

Hello families and friends,

I have an amazing opportunity that I would like to share with your Girl Scouts and parents. I have been awarded an opportunity to lead a 10-day trip to Costa Rica in July of 2021. I am allowed to share this once in a lifetime opportunity with local Girl Scouts in Colorado. Spaces are limited. Registration is $95 and there is an option to pay $57 every two-weeks per person or $112 per month or to pay manually, which is what many Girl Scouts do in order to pay the money needed for their trip. The manual payment plan has made it so the troop leader can directly apply cookie money earned from the individual girls directly to their trip fund. Insurance is highly recommended in case someone gets sick or something happens.If a girl or parent cannot come, they are given a refund of all their money except the 95$ registration, of course.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the girls to visit another county and experience these kinds of excursions. Here is the link as well to our personal website for this tour where you can find much more information: girltrips.eftours.com/2218043ye.

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2021 Costa Rica Girl Scout EF Tour informational meeting

Submitted by Josie Hamm

Metro Denver

Greenwood Village

Hello Girl Scouts!

Will your Girl Scout be between the ages of 11 to 20 in July 2021? Are you ready for adventure? Want to travel abroad? Want to learn about a different culture, do a service project to help them, and have the time of your life while doing so?

Then, please join us on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the SouthGlenn Library. We ask that you please use the SignUpGenius link to let us know who is joining us to find out more about this wonderful travel opportunity: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E44AAA72FA1F49-costa

POC is Josie Hamm from Troop 60008

Cell: (757) 268 – 5971

Email: hammjosie@yahoo.com

Want more information? Visit the tour website: eftours.com/2222311RA

Please note there is a $200 educational scholarship offered by EF Tours, if you register for the trip by April 14, 2019. Don’t miss out on this great adventure!

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QuestFest Savannah: July 18-21, 2019

Girl Scouts from across the country are invited to Savannah, Georgia, where Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in 1912, to use their smart phones to navigate through the historic district with their team to solve clues, complete challenges, carry out random acts of kindness, and give back to the community. Girl Scouts capture their experiences in photos and videos and submit them for points using the exclusive QuestFest app. The team with the most points wins AMAZING prizes!

*NEW FOR 2019 – A QUESTFEST TRACK FOR ALUMS!*

It doesn’t matter whether you were a Girl Scout for one year or 10 years! You’re invited back to the historic home of Girl Scouting in Savannah, Georgia for this exciting one-of-a-kind opportunity to reconnect with past troop members and make new Girl Scout connections! “Quest” throughout Savannah with the girls, participate in separate events just for adults, or do it all!

Learn more at: https://gsquestfest.org/

New Deadline for Costa Rica 2020

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Hello Girl Scouts!

Are you interested in the Costa Rica 2020 trip? The new deadline is February 26, 2019 to get a deposit in. This allows plenty of time to make all the payments and have the fun meetings with all the other Girl Scouts going too! Would you like an application? Would you like more information? Girl Scouts need to be entering 6th grade to 12th grade or a graduation trip, at travel time. Please email the leader, Jody, at Girlscoutjody@gmail.com  with questions.

Application: Jody Clair Enrollment Flyer COSJ (1)

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Apply now for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Trekking through the Central American rainforest. Backpacking in Europe.  Cultural exchange in India. All of these trips and many more have been made possible over the last five years, thanks, in part, to Look Wider International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling and meeting Girl Scout sisters around the world should apply today! Awards range from $100 – $500 and support approved travel. Requirements:

  • Trip must be sponsored or endorsed by Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • The scholarship is for a girl or young woman member who is a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) and between the ages of 12 and 30 (aligned with WAGGGS guidelines) at the time travel is completed.  Volunteers and staff members can also apply.
  • The scholarship supports only individual, not troop, travel.
  • The scholarship should support international travel, although a compelling domestic trip may be considered.
  • Girls who have earned (or are working toward) a Girl Scout Highest Award will be given preference.
  • Recipients must submit a short report, with at least three photos, upon their return home.
  • Must meet all application deadlines.
  • Must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council and a resident of Colorado.

Apply here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html

Look Wider International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard E Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships for girls and young women to explore the world and the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts. Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel.

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Costa Rica 2020: Join us

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

It is OFFICIAL! June 2020 there will be a trip to Costa Rica for Girl Scouts in 6th grade and up at travel time!

DO NOT sign up a Girl Scout until they have done an application here girltrips.eftours.com/2217515ss and been accepted to the trip. Adult space is VERY limited. Please fill out the application and then we will discuss the need of adults. This is a Girl Scout trip, not a family trip. It is super exciting, to finally have dates set. Pricing, dates (including a 4 day window on each side, as we may be paired with another group) and itinerary are in the link above.

Here are a few notes:

  • DO NOT ENROLL UNTIL YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE GROUP LEADER, FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FIRST AND EMAIL IT TO GIRLSCOUTJODY@GMAIL.COM
  • Deposit is NON-refundable once you enroll
  • Insurance is included in the cost of the trip and NON-refundable
  • Girl Scout must be in or entering 6th grade through 12th grade at travel time. If this is your senior trip, you may still attend as a Girl Scout if you are under the age of 20.
  • We will have three mandatory meeting of all attendee’s before the trip to learn about different things such as budget, meals, packing and more.
  • This will be a no cell phone trip for Gil Scouts
  • If there are any medical conditions, please discuss before enrollment
  • Paperwork will have a deadline
  • Troop does not need to travel, it may be individual Girl Scouts, since this trip will be open council wide
  • Cookie Credits may be used (they will be NON-refundable)
    and council rules for these will apply

Contact/Group Leader: Jody Jody Perry Clair
girlscoutjody@gmail.com

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Meet the Global Action Committee: Alisha Davis

The Global Action Committee works to incorporate the Global Girl Scouts ideals. Global Girl Scouts is a way to interact with girls and communities around the world through participation in cross-cultural learning opportunities. Whether traveling internationally or working on project in their local community with a worldwide impact, Girl Scouts are learning leadership skills while making the world a better place.

How long have you been associated with Girl Scouts? The Global Action Committee?

I have been a Girl Scout for 19 years.

How long have you been with the Global Action Committee? What is your role on the Global Action Committee?

I am a new member to the Global Action Committee and am just a regular member.

Why did you join the Global Action Committee?

I joined because I am passionate about travel and how it expands knowledge and teaches so much about ourselves and others. I also think it’s important to spread the word about how Girl Scouts can help achieve travel goals as well as have global impacts in making the world a better place.

What World Centers have you visited or participated in a session with?

I actually just returned from Sangam this summer and it was my first world center.

What is your fondest memory or experience at this center?

My fondest memory was going to a women’s shelter and singing “Make New Friends” to the ladies and children there.

What is one piece of advice you would give to girls wanting to learn about or become involved with Global Girl Scouting?

My advice is to not be scared of visiting new places and trying all the activities that come with that, it will only grow you as person.

Do you like these answers and think you’d say a similar thing? Want to be involved with the Global Action Committee? Email us at gscoglobal@gmail.com.