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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Alison,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge was the most rewarding and life changing trip I’ve ever had the opportunity to go on. Now that I’m home, all I think about is the trip, almost as if it never ended. I think about what I did, how I felt, and the friends I’ve made.

Before the trip, I was extremely worried about making friends. I didn’t think I would make any friends, so part of me just went into loner mode. I thought to myself, “When everyone starts forming cliques, I’ll detach myself entirely.” The trip came closer and closer, while that main worry grew larger and larger. I’d had plenty of bad experiences at camps, but I figured I shouldn’t go in with expectations. To stay neutral, I thought about myself making amazing new friends, and I thought about everyone hating me. This balance somehow kept me from worrying too much. But, the moment I got into the van with everyone else, I got such a bad feeling. It was just the sheer act of seeing the actual people going on this trip that made me feel uneasy.

The first night was the hardest, because it was the adapting time. I just wanted to go home, until I realized that all those actual people were the kindest, most genuine, most beautiful, funniest, and most amazing people I’d ever met. I can’t even express through words how they’ve helped me. They were all so unique and I still can’t believe that I got the chance to know all of them. Each and every one of them made me feel special, and it feels amazing knowing I’m in the Girl Scout sisterhood with them.  Over the trip, we met many more amazing people and did so many amazing things. In Talamanca, the BriBri community surprised me. I didn’t know how people with such seemingly hard lifestyles could be so kind and helpful in their community and so welcoming to strangers. It felt so good to know that the BriBri were very appreciative of our help, but it felt even better that I was helping such a kind community. In Panama, it was really cool for me to see all the kind people in San San Pond Sak that were taking the initiative to help the sea turtles and manatees, especially to see how committed they were to this cause. I really enjoyed being able to participate and help them.

Over the course of this trip, I experienced the most amazing opportunities and met the most amazing people. I am extremely grateful to have gone on this trip and to all who helped me go on it. Now that I’m home, I will try my hardest to help everyone on Earth take the time to learn about one another. Maybe then, all of our problems would disappear. Maybe if everyone was together like the BriBri, generous like the people in Panama, and kind like the girls on the trip, we wouldn’t have many problems. So I’m asking that you’re open, because if you’re open, your life could change for the better. I know that after this trip, I strive to be kinder, more helpful, and more open every day. If you welcome someone in like everyone on this trip did to me, you will be welcomed and you’ll have hope and happiness for the world and its people.

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“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.

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Jump into your next adventure

Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls 11 and older! Destinations brings together Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more! Any girl in grade 6–12 can apply.

With a ton of different trips to apply for every year, from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Dreaming of kayaking to an island campsite? Let’s do it! Want to explore the cobblestone alleys of Europe? We’re totally there! Passionate about protecting wildlife habitats? Yes, yes, yes! On a Girl Scout Destinations trip you can do all that and so much more. Interested? Here are the easy steps to get started:

1. Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/ to learn about trips that are offered for 2019-2020.

2. Choose up to four trips that spark your interest.

3. Applications are open now! Submit your application for Round One by December 1, 2018. Round Two are due by February 15, 2019.

Insider tip: Heart set on a particular trip? Get everything in during Round One- these incredible adventures fill up fast!

“Want more information? Check out our Destinations eLearninghttp://training.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/login/index.php

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

 

Hamp Hut: An amazing experience for our troop

Submitted by Shelby, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop 177

Oklahoma City

Our Girl Scout troop stayed at Hamp Hut in Garden of The Gods for a week this summer and it was so fantastic for the girls!

We were thrilled to stay in the heart of the park where we could enjoy all the trails, horseback riding, and become Junior Rangers. We went to all the suggested attractions, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where we got to feed the giraffes, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and so many more amazing places!

During our stay at Hamp Hut, we realized that there were some appliances that needed to be replaced. We couldn’t find a service project while we were in Colorado, so we decided to donate a new teapot and toaster instead.

Now, when another troop decides to come in and enjoy themselves, they have a toaster and teapot to enjoy as well! We really appreciate the hospitality of Girl Scouts of Colorado and we are honored to use part of our cookie money as thanks to them. This week was an amazing experience for our troop, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to stay at this Girl Scout cabin.

We hope many other troops will come and enjoy it too!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too

Safety Activity Checkpoints: New rules impacting girl travel

Attention Girl Scout volunteers and families: Safety Activity Checkpoints has been updated. The revised version is available on our website at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org under “Forms,” or click here to go directly to the guidebook. This resource provides instructions and recommendations for girls and adults to stay safe while participating in various activities.

Two new guidelines to be aware of regarding travel with girls are:

Transportation

Uber, Lyft, Curb, and similar ridesharing companies are not permitted to transport girls because the safety, credibility, and insurance of the drivers is far more difficult to qualify than that of traditional or well-known charter and rental companies. Complete auto insurance coverage is often not available or not sufficient for the majority of rideshare drivers. (SAC, Page 10)

Overnight Accommodations

The use of Airbnb and other private rentals is not permitted. The safety, credibility, and insurance requirements of private rentals are difficult to qualify compared to traditional commercial properties. For these reasons, the guideline is to stay away from private rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, Romana, Homeaway, VayStays, Tripping, Wimdu, and Couchsurfing. (SAC, Page 11)

Read pages one-three in Safety Activity Checkpoints, to see which activities are included in the guide. It’s a good way to get ideas about different options for your troop or group. Once you decide what you are going to do, you can then consult the relevant section, and share the instructions with the other adults and the girls in your group before planning and engaging in the activity. For an overview of general safety rules for all Girl Scouts activities, review pages 4-15 in SAC.

Grant funds available for 2018- 19 Destinations

Girl Scouts of Colorado has received a grant from Girl Scouts of the USA to support girls traveling on upcoming Destinations trips!

Girls must first apply to a Destination trip before apply for D-Pass grant funding. Grant Funds can be used for Destination trips occurring in Summer 2018, Winter 2018 or Summer 2019. In order for the D-Pass grant funds to be used for a Summer 2019 Destination, the grant funds must be applied to a trip balance by December 31, 2018.

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate travel adventure for girls 11-years-old and older. Girls apply individually for trips sponsored by Girl Scout councils or Girl Scouts of the USA  to join Girl Scouts from around the world in the trip of a lifetime! Destinations for Summer 2018 still have girl spaces!  Try Native New Mexican Adventure, Saddle up Sycamore, Discover Cambodia, Rainforest, River & Reef, Germany- Castles in Sky, and many more! Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/ for more information and to apply.

D- Pass Grant Timeline

  • April 23: Application closes
  • April 30: Funding decisions announced
  • Post Destination: Applicant agrees to write a blog post, and create a short presentation about her Destination

Apply for the D Pass Here! https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp_copy_copy

Questions? Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Apply NOW for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Kathleen, from Centennial, traveled to Mongolia.  Krista, from Fort Collins, visited Sangam World Centre in Pune, India. Allie made lifelong friends during an adventure in Costa Rica . All of these trips and many more have been made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling the world and meeting their Girl Scout sisters should apply today for the 2018 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

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 “girl” members only (based on WAGGGS guidelines – between the age of 12 and 30 at the time travel is completed).
  • The scholarship supports only individual girl, 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 agree to share stories and testimonials about the trip after their return to inspire girls to pursue similar adventures.
  • Must meet all application deadlines. Funds must be used for travel in the year in which the scholarship is received.
  • Must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council.

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

The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are meant for individual girl travel. They’re 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 and girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Look Wider Scholarship Flyer

So, you want to travel?

Submitted by Carla Kia

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

A growing number of Girl Scouts are thinking about traveling abroad and for good reason! Traveling is a fun experience, provides the opportunity to learn about new cultures, allows you to see some amazing sites, and provides a plethora of experiences for growth and self-improvement, so all people need to travel is to be ready for it, which they can prepare using quality calpak suitcases buying guides and sites to find the best travel rates.

You might be telling yourself it is way too big of a goal to travel; many travel trips with a professional touring company can cost over $4,000 after all.

I am here to tell you it IS achievable. With budgeting, money generating opportunities, and careful planning you can make it happen!

I am planning a trip for July of 2019. You can check out the details at this link:
https://girltrips.eftours.com/tour-website/2041619BW

To plan for this trip, for example, you would need to save about $250 a month beginning now.

It is a good idea to break this up into thirds. So, let’s say you will need $83 a month to earn through babysitting, pet sitting, or other self-employed opportunities. That is an earning potential of around $21 per week. Think about ways you can “earn” that amount. Helping neighbors with yard work, helping around the house through “chores,” and of course, you can also babysit, pet sit, or even tutor. Are you a MATH genius? So many students struggle with this subject. Do you know a second language? Maybe you can teach that language to school age children, many parents want their children to learn a second language.

The second “third” can come from family support. You can write letters asking for sponsorship to your families and friends. Ask for donations each year in lieu of Christmas or birthday gifts. See if your parents are willing to pledge a support of $83 per month.

The last “third” is your opportunity to utilize your Girl Scout Credits earned with cookies and nuts toward travel, perhaps work as a camp counselor to earn monies over the summer and also to seek outside employment like a part-time job. Perhaps planning a kid camp over the summer is your thing. Invite neighborhood kids to your summer adventure camp. If you are a STEM girl the camp theme could be science experiments, or an ART camp or even cooking. You could host a learn a language camp! So many parents would encourage their younger children to come to a 2 or 3-hour camp for a week. My daughter did this one summer and it was a big hit!

I hope I have given you some ideas to dream BIG. And I hope you decide to join me for Italy-Greece and a Greek Island cruise July 2019.

You may contact me at 720-273-4889 or carlalkia@gmail.com with any questions.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

G.I.R.L. Stories: Berthoud Girl Scouts travel to Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Genia Babyak

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

Troop 71126 has seven girls (high school freshmen and sophomores) and was busy this past year with the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie programs. Our girls worked very hard and earned enough money to fund their own trip to Washington, D.C. That trip was a great cultural, educational, financial, travel, and bonding experience. After hosting the “Mission Sisterhood” and “Cadette Amaze!” Journeys on October 29, 2017, the girls of Troop 71126 will each be focusing on their Gold Awards and building up their travel funds.

Most of the girls are passionate about performing and are involved in their upcoming high school musical, “The Wiz,” and the Berthoud High School Bridge Between Show Choir. Two girls are members of the Berthoud Youth Advisory Commission and all are actively involved in sports and community service projects.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Experience the world with Girl Scouts: Visit Italy and Greece

Submitted by Carla Kia

Italy and Greece | 13 days

Tour date range:* 7/17/19 – 7/29/19

Discover the magic of the Mediterranean and immerse yourself in ancient culture, amazing art, and rich history. Experience the world’s best collection of Renaissance art in Florence, uncover Rome’s ancient ruins, Athens’ famed Acropolis, and explore the wonders of Capri and Delphi. Extend your tour by setting sail with your troop to the Greek Islands — a journey you will never forget.

 

See what you’ll experience at eeftours.com/itgj

How to enroll:

Lock in your price and enroll for $95.

Phone: 800-457-9023, Online: eftours.com/gsenroll

Tour details:

  • Tour number: 2041619BW
  • Current price:** $4,810 valid through 10/31/2017
    Adult Supplement: $810
    Monthly payment (student): $225

Janae Englert, EF Tour Consultant – janae.englert@ef.com or 617-619-1139

 

·       Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

·       Day 2: Rome

Meet your Tour Director at the airport

·       Day 3: Rome

Take a guided tour of Vatican City

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Peter’s Basilica

Add This In Depth Excursion

Roman Catacombs

·       Day 4: Rome • Florence

Take a guided tour of Rome

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum

Travel to Florence

·       Day 5: Florence

Take a guided tour of Florence

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Gates of Paradise

Visit the Duomo

·       Day 6: Florence • Ancona • Night ferry

Travel to Ancona

Board a night ferry to Igoumenitsa

·       Day 7: Igoumenitsa • Meteora region

Travel to the Meteora region

Tour a Meteora monastery with an expert local guide

·       Day 8: Meteora region • Delphi • Athens

Travel via Delphi to Athens

Take a guided tour of Delphi

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Temple of Apollo
  • Delphi Archaeological Museum

Add This In Depth Excursion

Greek evening

·       Day 9: Athens

Take a guided tour of Athens

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis

Visit the Acropolis Museum

Take a walking tour of Athens

With your Tour Director you will see:

  • Plaka district
  • Temple of Zeus

·       Day 10: Greek island cruise: Mykonos

Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands

(You may pre-book shore excursion packages for two or three islands)

Add This In Depth Excursion

Shore Excursion Package 1: Samos and Knossos Palace

Add This In Depth Excursion

Shore Excursion Package 2: Samos, Knossos Palace, and Oia Village

·       Day 11: Greek island cruise: Samos • Patmos

·       Day 12: Greek island cruise: Crete • Santorini

·       Day 13: Depart for home

 

EVERYTHING YOU GET

Airfare and transportation; Full-time Tour Director; Hotels; Breakfasts and dinners; Entrance fees; Expert local guides; weShare.

*EF strives to keep departure dates within one to two days of the requested date for tours departing October through April, and within four days of the requested date for tours departing May through September. Your final tour itinerary and travel dates will be confirmed approximately two months prior to departure.

**Prices are reevaluated at the end of each month. Prices are for students younger than 20 at time of travel room in triples or quads. Minimum participation is required. Change and cancellation fees of up to the total price will apply. Applicable airline baggage fees are not included and can be found at eftours.com/baggage. Copyright © 2016 EF Education First International, Ltd

 

Connections: September 2017

Kick off your next Girl Scout year with access to brand new, girl-tested and approved programming! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Learn more.

If you’re having trouble accessing these new resources, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

New Online Resources 

We’ve been updating some resources to make your life easier. Check them out:

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2017-18 membership year to participate.

Our popular S’mores Club is back, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie programs will receive special rewards!

S’more details

Travel the world with Girl Scouts

Are you interested in learning more about all the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our upcoming travel webinars! Register today to be on the email list to receive the webinar link sent out one week before the webinar date. Can’t make it? We will record them and post to the GSCO blog.

Our most successful summer camp session yet

GSCO had an amazing summer camp season this year, with more than 2,000 campers at overnight and day camps! Visit our Flickr page to see fun photos.

Thinking of renting a GSCO property? Our policies have changed, so make sure you’re up to date.

Share you G.I.R.L. story

Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Share your G.I.R.L. story on the GSCO blog »

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupon applies to in-stock merchandise only, and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires on 10/15/2017, so join today!

Join Today

Upcoming Events

Sept. 9: CU Football Scout Day
Come cheer on the Buffs in Boulder as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats.

Sept. 16: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Rockies play the San Diego Padres and get a fun event patch.

Sept. 23: Fall Product Program Begins
Participate to earn start-up funds for your troop this year, and for the chance to join the S’mores Club.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: SHR Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High with our zipline, low ropes course, archery, and more!

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Camp Out
Root for the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels and camp out after the game.