The vastness of time and space is so large our feeble minds can’t even begin to process it. Trillions of stars and galaxies, planets and asteroids, all moving silently through a black void in a cosmic dance of beauty and perfected harmony. All is balanced. To us, living on what seems like a mere speck, an insignificant blip in the gaze of the stars above us, we must feel very small indeed. Our world is tiny. But it is just as beautiful and strange as all the cosmos. Complex, unique, and amazing, our world is something that can be explored and treasured. There are few humans, however, that ever get an opportunity to do so. It must not seem very important to those who have traveled often, but to me, my experience on a trip to China was one I can never forget.
Last summer, my mother suggested the idea of going on a destination trip. I looked carefully through the list, choosing from the trips I knew would take me out of the United States of America. I finally settled on four to apply for, got accepted to go on three, and chose to go on one: The Great Panda Adventure. It would take me to China with fourteen other girls to work at a panda base and explore several of the cities there. I was excited and I was nervous. I would have to meet my group in San Francisco, and then fly with them all the way to Beijing. Then from Beijing, we would fly to Chengdu. I would have to go on my first flight alone to make it to San Francisco.
Despite my qualms, the flights went smoothly and we were in Chengdu before I knew it. Exhausted from flying, my new friends and I dropped our things off in our rooms and hit the streets of Chengdu. I immediately forgot how tired I was. There were so many new things to look at. I could barely turn my head fast enough as the tour bus drove us to lunch and then to an older part of the city preserved for tourists. We charged through the gates and emerged in a dazzled place of elegant buildings and sizzling food stands. Gavin, our leader, gave us permission to separate and explore on our own, and so we did. I took more pictures than I could ever need. When the group finally made it back onto the bus, it was time to go to the panda base. It gave us exactly what we wanted to see: cute pandas. When we had seen all the pandas we could for the day, we went to our first dinner in China. The food was much different than anything I’ve ever eaten before. I cautiously nibbled on each dish that was presented to us before deciding on something and going with it. Full of heavy Chinese food and weary from the two days of excitement, I finally got back to hotel and stumbled into bed.
The next morning, it was time for the panda base. Before we even got on the bus, sweat was dripping down my face and back. A hot, humid climate is no place for me. I promised myself I wouldn’t let it get to me as the bus rumbled to the panda base. The bus pulled in, we rolled out, and the two days of work began. They had us sweep and hose down the pen, clean the enclosures, feed the pandas, and even pet them. I got many pictures to show off to my friends back home. I found out that pandas are not actually all that interesting. They eat, shamble around, and for the most part are lazy, spoiled, and grumpy creatures. They eat and sleep. Pandas are, however, still adorable. People enjoy them, and it is with the help of that appeal to human emotion that they have survived this long. Of course, it is humans who are putting them in danger. The great panda has few enemies, but the most powerful of these enemies is the destruction of their homes and our inability to coexist with these gentle, intelligent creatures. Through my journey to the panda research center, I have learned much about how we hurt pandas, but I have also learned how we can help them. True to what has been told to me throughout my years as a girl scout, we must be aware of the world around. Every move we make has an impact, positive or negative. We have to be sure our impact on this world is positive. As Girl Scouts, it is our duty to take care of the Earth and all creatures on it, including humans. Treating each other right is just as important as treating the environment right. I hate to sound preachy, but I want all who read this to understand how hurt the Earth is, and how our behaviors towards it and each other has to change. It’s the only way.
I have experienced so much through this trip. I am not the same teenager who anxiously awaited her first flight alone. Because of Destinations, and because of Girl Scouts, I am more confident in everything I do. My trip to China changed my life. It made me stronger, more open-minded, and less afraid. I owe my growth over the summer to Destinations. I strongly believe that every Girl Scout should go on one of these ATS Destinations at least once in her life. The world will be open to her, and the adventures she will have will change her life forever.
It took a year of planning, but we got a few Girl Scouts from different parts of Colorado to Belize this summer of 2015!
We had a wonderful time. We visited Mayan Ruins, trekked through the jungle, learned some jungle survival skills, went on a riverboat tour, snorkeled in the second largest barrier reef, swam with nurse sharks and huge stingrays and we went scuba diving under the sea. We took many modes of transportation: planes, water taxis, ferry, coach buses and more! We also had the opportunity to visit a Belizian school and took them much-needed supplies as community service.
Looking for a fun trip? Call or email Jody about The California Adventure coming in summer of 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-433-8489
London Calling! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting the first Girl Scout Alumnae trip to London in 2016. Come join us as we celebrate New Years in London, and visit sites such as Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We will ride the London Eye and attend a theatre performance. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Stratford are also on the itinerary. The trip is catered to alumni between the ages of 18-28, but all are welcome.
Here is information about the trip.
London in Depth Tour
When: December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017
Cost: Under age 20- $3,504; over age 20-$3,779 (the price of the trip excludes tips, lunches, and additional fees)
To enroll: http://girltrips.eftours.com. Scroll down to where it states “enter a tour number” and please enter the code 1678221FW and click “view tour”.
If interested in this trip, please email me and I will send you a London in Depth itinerary for your review.
If you have any further questions, please contact me at nemoursLM.
I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate our first Girl Scout Alumnae trip in London, England in 2016.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting its first Destination Council Trip to Ireland, Wales, and England from July 13-24, 2016. Our itinerary begins in Boston as we join the rest of the Girl Scout travelers from around the United States. On Day 3 of our trip, we will fly to the UK. During our trip, we will visit cities such as Dublin, Holyhead, Stratford, and London. We will return to Boston for one night on our way back from the UK. The cost for this trip is $3,950 (excluding airfare to Boston, lunches, tips, and additional fees).
Ever dream of going to Europe and seeing the Girl Scout World Centers there? Well, now you can: June 19th – July 3rd, 2016. Colorado Girl Scout Council is planning a trip with EF Tours called London to Lucerne with an extension into Italy (if there is not an adult who want to end the trip in Lucerne, the extension will be required for all girls) We will begin touring London (visiting Pax Lodge), then Paris and on to Switzerland (My Chalet where we will spend the night!) (end 11 day tour). After Switzerland, the tour extends to Florence and Rome (15 days).
Join other Colorado Girl Scouts for this wonderful trip almost everything is included. Lunch is not included to allow individuals to decide what type of lunch they want to have, as well as a few other small expenses.
So, come join us for a wonderful trip at great price! We’re going to have a great time!!
Girl Scouts of Colorado has expanded our social network! While in the past, we have focused primarily on Facebook and Twitter, we are happy to announce an increased presence on both LinkedIn and Instagram. Both of these outlets will give members and those interested in joining our organization new ways to engage with us and stay up to date on Girl Scout news, activities, and support opportunities.
Instagram allows users to capture and share moments with both pictures and video. Recent research indicates Instagram has as many as 200 million monthly active users. More than 75 million use it daily, making Instagram one of the fastest growing social networking services. Under the username GSColo, we will share photos and videos of Girl Scouts participating in Take Action projects, community events, enjoying camp, selling cookies, and much more. Wherever Girl Scouts and volunteers are, GSColo will be. Instagram will also allow us to simultaneously post pictures and videos to Twitter and Facebook, so those who continue to follow us on those sites won’t have to miss any of the action.
By its own definition LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service, mainly used by professionals. With more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. For these reasons, the Girl Scouts of Colorado LinkedIn page will focus on making connections with volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors by showcasing how our organization gives young girls the confidence to become tomorrow’s leaders. We will also use this social network to spread the word about the latest research regarding the health and well-being of girls in Colorado and across the country.
We encourage current members to connect and engage with us on both LinkedIn and Instagram. This will help spread the word about our organization, how we impact the lives of girls and adult volunteers, and all the fun we have.
For more information on how you can become part of our social network, contact AnneMarie Harper, Public Relations Director for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, at email@example.com