Submitted by Kayden Manning, Relationship Manager, EF Tours For Girl Scouts
Namaste from EF Tours for Girl Scouts!
We are thrilled to announce a new Girl Scouts Alumnae Tour to India in 2018! Come and experience the best that India has to offer with your sisters in scouting from across the country.
Reminisce, reunite, and make new friends on this unique trip. We are inviting Lifetime Girl Scouts and alumnae to take a special tour of India with us! We’ll connect with scouts from around the globe at Sangam WAGGGS Centre, marvel at the Taj Majal, and experience the rich and diverse culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
If you are interested and would like to inquire for more information on this incredible opportunity, please reach out to EF Tours for Girl Scouts directly at 800-457-9023 or contact us online and we will be happy to provide you with further information.
In July 2017, eight girls from Troop 2904 in Littleton traveled to California. We went to the San Diego Zoo, ocean kayaking in La Jolla, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That is where NASA built the Mars rovers and are currently working on the rover for the Mars 2020 project. We also saw the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier; the Endeavor Space Shuttle; spent an ENTIRE day at Universal Studios (We love Harry Potter); visited the La Brea Tar Pits; Santa Monica Pier; and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We had a great time and made lots of memories!
Submitted by Molly M., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship winner
Northern & Northeastern CO
Traveling around the world has always been a dream of mine since a very young age. When I came to a realization that I am growing up, and becoming more independent, traveling became a priority. For my parent’s honeymoon, they traveled all around the world for a whole year! I just finished my senior year of high school, and I will be heading off to Fort Lewis College next year. It was decided that it was time for me to have my own experience unique to myself. I decided to join the “Greece Sea Kayaking” Girl Scouts Destination Trip.
Greece has been a place my parents have spoken highly of, and I thought the trip in itself looked incredible. I was able to use most of the money I have saved up in my Girl Scout account from selling more than 600 packages of Girl Scout Cookies for the past seven years, and I also worked on saving money from my job, working as a shift lead in a local ice cream store. The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship has helped so that I didn’t have to dig into my college savings that I also worked hard to earn.
We arrived in Kefalonia, Greece after a long day of traveling on June 22, 2017. We started our kayaking adventure bright and early the next morning. We kayaked for six-days straight, covering about 100 km around the coast of Kefalonia and crossing over to Ithaca. We camped three of those nights, and stayed in nice hotels the other two nights. For me, this trip wasn’t far out of my comfort zone because I have gone on many multi-day rafting/camping trips in Colorado. However, for other girls it was different. Some girls on the trip had never camped before. This allowed a leadership position for me. I was there to help with efficiently packing camping gear for other girls, warding off bugs, and helping with cooking and cleaning more. Each girl had their own unique skills, and personality to add to the group, which made us work well as a team.
Between all the girls, we have all agreed to stay in touch after this trip. Each girl had hugely different personalities, which came together perfectly. We got to partner up with somebody new in the kayaks and tents every night, so I was able to form personal connections with each and every girl. It was interesting to see how different each girl was. Some had huge personalities. They would tell you exactly what they were thinking all the time. While some girls were more shy, go with the flow kind of people. Some were super positive, and some were more negative, especially when it came to trying new foods. Each girl was completely different, but when we were put in this group, we all got along so well. We had this vibe in the group that I have never experienced before. A few of the girls with big personalities would crack some hilarious jokes, and we would all add to them and laugh about them. We formed many inside jokes between all of us. There was never any time in which any girl felt left out, or there was any drama between the girls. We all recognized how equal we were in this group, and respected and admired each girl’s differences. We would often split up into groups of three or four girls, and we had girls that we hung out with more than others, but it never interfered with the group dynamic, there were no cliques that formed. We worked together as a team, encouraging girls who got tired from kayaking, helping keep the negative ones to stay positive, and giving us some humor when we needed it the most. Our group had a unique style, that I greatly miss, but is apart of my incredible memory from this trip! I would never had met this incredible group of girls if it wasn’t for our similar love and curiosity of adventure and traveling.
The guides were also beyond helpful and supportive, and it was exciting getting to meet them and know them better! The two ATS leaders, Christine and Gavin, were really great at introducing us in the culture of Greece, giving us enough freedom to roam around towns, but still kept an eye on us, and were always there if anything wrong happened. Our tour guides for the kayaking adventure were some of the coolest people I have ever met. Their names were George and Vanilla. George was a Greece local, and was able to teach us about authentic Greek culture, while Vanilla was a fantastic kayaker from Sweden always coming up with games for us to play that included everyone and made everyone feel very important.
The last part of our trip was a day of exploring in 100-degree weather in Athens. We shopped for hours and then visited the Acropolis. The exposure to the different culture in the huge city was eye opening and exciting!
Eating the delicious Greek cuisine, discovering the clear blue water, and exploring the unique little towns of Greece are memories I will forever cherish! It was hard saying goodbye to the friends I made, but I will never forget them. I’m so glad that this was my first adventure out of the country without my family, because I now feel more confident about traveling independently in the future. For I know, there will be many more adventures to come!
The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.
Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.
Calling all travel experts! We are seeking girls, adult leaders, or troops to be GSCO “travel ambassadors” and share their knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned through Girl Scout travel. If you are an expert in money-earning ideas for travel, World Centers, girl-led travel planning and logistics, destinations, or anything else related to Girl Scout travel- we want to hear from you!
If you have traveled through Girl Scouts and are interested in being a resource to other girls and leaders, or helping to promote Girl Scout travel in general, please sign up through the link below. We will then reach out to you with upcoming travel ambassador opportunities.
Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.
Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.
Submitted by Krista B., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship winner
Northern & Northeastern CO
Girl Scouts has been a part of my life since I was nine-years-old and trying on my first Brownie uniform. The opportunities afforded me by Girl Scouts have shaped my life and who I am. Through Girl Scouts, I have been able to do a significant amount of international travel and on these trips I have made lasting friendships with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to visit Sangam World Centre in Pune, India with the assistance of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. Ever since returning home from a stint as the Programme Intern at Pax Lodge, I have been itching to visit another World Centre. The World Centres (there are five in all: Pax Lodge, Our Cabaña, Our Chalet, Sangam, and Kusafiri) have a peculiar magic about them. I have stayed in many international youth hostels, but I have found that the World Centres are so much more than a hostel. They are a welcoming environment that values international perspectives. The diverse staff, volunteers, and guests create an amazing and unique place. One of the best parts about Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is how easy it is to make friends. Despite different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, we are all connected by our passion for moulding young women of courage, confidence, and character.
The event I attended at Sangam was a week-long event called “Be the Change: International Women’s Day.” The event was concerned with giving its participants the tools and knowledge to be the change they wish to see in the world. We also got to celebrate International Women’s Day with one of Sangam’s community partners, Maher, which is a home that takes care of orphans, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence, women with mental disabilities, and women who have been rejected by their families for any reason.
The participants represented five countries: India, Albania, Rwanda, Ireland, and the United States. I absolutely loved meeting the Guides and learning about their organizations and about amazing women from their countries. We explored Pune in small groups and Lata (from India) made sure that Viviane (from Rwanda) and I made it where we were supposed to go and didn’t overpay for rickshaws. I learned from Ardita (from Albania) that Albania’s Girl Guide organization is very new, and she is one of the first Guide leaders in her country. Manisha (from India) taught me to count to 10 in Hindi and showed us all a thing or two about Bollywood dancing. Viviane (from Rwanda) showed me the traditional dress from her country and Fiona (from Ireland) shared stories from her Guides in Dublin.
I found India to be an incredible place, nothing like I had experienced before. The culture is so rich and the country is thick with colors and scents that I found I didn’t have the vocabulary to name. I was struck most by the sense of community, both within Sangam and within the community partners they support. With the Green Tara Foundation, we visited one of the many slums in Pune and I loved learning songs and games from the young women they work with there. Green Tara focuses on educating young women, although they do not turn away anyone who wants to learn. I taught one of my favorite camp songs, Fred the Moose, and learned a new game from them.
At the end of the week, I was sad to leave. I had come 8,040 miles from my university to Sangam and now it was time to return so I could go class bright and early Monday morning. I loved the time I spent in India and I only wish I had been able to spend more time there. At Sangam’s gate, I leaned out the car window and waved to all of my new friends as they sang me off with “Happy journey, happy journey, happy journey, on you go…”
“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.
Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.
This trip is open to Girl Scouts and one adult as paid participants. The Girl Scout MUST be in 4th grade or higher (through 12th) at time of travel. That means anyone finishing 3rd grade now can apply. The closing date for new participants is June 5, 2017. Don’t delay! Send your deposit and the applications in ASAP before time runs out! See the flyer for more information: Marine_Life_tour
Hello Colorado Girl Scouts! Marine Life Tour is open to Girl Scouts grades 4th and up as of travel time. Leaders, you do NOT have to attend, but each Girl Scout is permitted to bring one adult at the same cost as Girl Scouts. All attendees must be registered and pass a background check. We will have four fun filled days in Orlando, Florida. Please share the flyer below with all of your Girl Scouts. If you have further questions, please feel free email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I am sure most of you know, I am organizing a tour to Puerto Rico in March 2018! We already have students signed up and I encourage you to enroll now as well. As of Monday, May 1, 2017, pricing for this tour will increase.
To enroll, you only need to put down your $95 deposit with EF Explore America, which will lock in the current pricing. In addition, the sooner you enroll, the more flexibility you will have with payment plans and options. I have included the enrollment instructions below: