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Spaces still open for Costa Rica 2020

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Hello, I am a 16 year leader and looking to fill six spaces for Girl Scouts. These prices will go up any day. The girl can be 6th grade-12th grade at travel time. Since it is summer, graduates may attend as a their senior trip. We will leave out of Denver. The dates are in flux until EF Tours sets us with another group. We are looking at the second and third week of June 2020. Please feel free to share with families, troops, and more! This does NOT have to be the whole troop. Individual Girl Scouts are welcome. Please email me at girlscoutjody@gmail.com and I will send you an itinerary and more information.

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

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

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

This summer, my troop and I completed the Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge. After almost three years of working to earn the funds, we finally had enough and couldn’t wait to travel to Costa Rica. We had a really amazing time, except for all of the bugs.

Once we arrived, we spent two days at base camp, just outside of the capital. After that, we took a seven-hour car ride into the rainforest. We all thought we were getting close to our destination, only to find that we still had to cross a river, and hike uphill. We brought with us many of the supplies that we needed for our service projects, including paint, cement, and tools. We had to carry all of our stuff up a hill. Finally, we had a break.

For the next three days, we worked on our projects, which were repainting their lunchroom, fence, and bathrooms. While we were in Talamanca, we also played soccer with the local kids and swam in the river. The river was bright blue and looked like it came out of a travel magazine.

After our time in Talamanca, we crossed the border into Panama and traveled up a river for a while to arrive at San San Pond Sac, a remote area that helps protect sea turtles and Mantatees. On our first and last nights there, we were able to release baby sea turtles into the ocean. That was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to partake.

During the day in Panama, we stayed inside where there were no bugs and talked, made pineapple marmalade, and played on the beach. To further protect the wildlife, we also cleaned up the beach. Finally, we left Panama, crossed back into Costa Rica, and spent a day at their rainforest base. At last, the trip was over, we had to say goodbye to all of the amazing people that we had met throughout the trip, and went to the airport.

If I were to do the trip again, I would pack more bug spray, and lots of longs sleeves and long pants (not because it was cold, but to protect me from the bugs). Overall, this was an outstanding experience, and I would recommend it to every Girl Scout.

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

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

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

While on this life-changing experience to Costa Rica and Panama, I was able to have an eye-opening two weeks with some of the best people ever. Not only, the people on the trip with me, but all the kind and inspirational people we met along the way. I was able to put myself in a whole other world while on this trip. I was able to not just learn about other cultures, but be able to live in it. Cultures that consisted of fresh plantain mornings, soccer afternoons, and rice and bean nights.

When in Talamanca, I feel I became a completely different person. I became part of the Bri Bri’s community and everyday lives. What I found the most different from my hometown was the feeling of community in being able to work, welcome, and entertain with one another. They didn’t even ask if we wanted their help, they automatically rolled up their sleeves and assisted. Every morning, we would start our service, weather it be painting, more painting, or carrying sand to make new stairs, the Bri Bri helped. They welcomed us with open arms and not just in letting us in, but having us join their family. We were complete strangers to them, but without any hesitation they lended a hand. That and they had no hesitation in kicking our butts in soccer.

It was also crazy to see how happy the Bri Bri were. They had practically nothing, but were always smiling. Before we were even ready for breakfast, the school kids would be outside playing soccer. So different from the United States, we will wake up, do our own things, and possibly meet up with people later, sometimes through a screen. That is what we call being a community. In Talamanca, the first thing they do is saying hi to, not just their community, but their family.

In the United States, we have the ability to have everything we want, but we are always still so downcast. Going to Talamanca made all of us so happy. We knew that the work we were doing wasn’t self beneficial. We had a cause that wasn’t going to be spent the next day. It was earned in the work, the smiles, the laughs. Knowing that we were changing the lives of people that didn’t even know our names. It’s impossible to learn what people like the Bri Bri lives are like, you have to experience it. Thank you so much Look Wider for helping me in opening my eyes, and looking wider.

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

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

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to go on a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and Panama for a service challenge. I was able to go on this trip thanks to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. As a 13-year-old Girl Scout, this trip was a big deal to me and has changed my life and understanding of the world in many ways.

I am from Steamboat Springs, which is a small town with not a lot of diversity. This trip was a big deal for me because I got to experience so many different cultures from all around the world. Not just from the people who lived there, but the people who went to the same course I did. That was many of the great things I learned during my trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

One of the other great things I learned on my trip was about food. We got to try different dishes that I have never eaten. It was another way we got to experience their culture. In addition to eating local foods, we got to learn how to cook them. We got to help in the kitchen and learn new ways to cook things. For example, over a fire or with different ingredients than we would normally use.  It was very educational.

One of the most memorable things I remember learning is about all of the biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama. They had many different types of wildlife from little frogs and lizards to manatees and leatherback sea turtles. As a part of trying to save the sea turtles, we got to learn about them, their life cycle, and many other facts about them. We also got to learn a lot about manatees which was also very educational.

On Outward Bound Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge, I learned and experienced many things that many people can’t in their lifetime. This trip was very life-changing and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you “Look Wider” for for the scholarship, which helped me go on this life-changing trip.

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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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“Look Wider” scholarship winner travels to Costa Rica

Submitted by Allie H., 2016 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

While in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to work with some of the most incredible and unique people I’ve ever met.  Although I only interacted with other Girl Scouts from the United States, I also had the pleasure of becoming friends with my guides, who were all Costa Rican born and raised.  All three of them are amazing people whom I learned so so much from.  Not only did I learn more about Costa Rican Spanish, I also learned about myself and the world around me.  The girls I met there I still talk to today and one of them is one of my best friends ever.  I miss many of them more than I can say.  Allow me to recount the departure of one friend, Alyssa.  Her flight left around seven in the morning.  Mine was closer to noon.  Because there were so many girls that had to go to the airport that day, we were taken to the airport in groups.  Alyssa was assigned to the first group, and I the second.  I talked to a couple people and managed to wedge my way into the first group with Alyssa.  This, unfortunately, meant that I had to wake up at 3:45 a.m.  Although the thought of waking up that early kind of made me want to throw myself off a cliff, I still did it, because I wanted to spend more time with Alyssa.  The drive up was somber, as none of us wanted to leave.  Finally, when we got to the airport, Alyssa and I checked in, went through security and ended up at an Asian restaurant that served very American breakfast, oddly enough.  We played some cards after finishing our breakfast, and that was the last card game we played together.  We had two hours to kill so we walked around, colored a page of a coloring book, read some, bought gifts for our families, and, although neither of us mentioned it, thought a lot about what it would be like to return to our lives without each other and the other girls we had met.  Finally, the time came for her flight to board, so I waited in line with her as long as I could, but all good things must come to an end.  We hugged for much longer than is socially acceptable, especially with people in line behind you.  We told each other how much we loved each other and that we’d be sure to plan a trip together sometime soon.  I cried many, many tears.  Eventually, it was time for her to go.  The relationship that I formed with Alyssa is one of the most meaningful ones I’ve ever had, and I spent less than two weeks with her.  Life is all about forming important relationships with incredible people.  I more than accomplished that while I was in Costa Rica.  If you’re considering going, go.  It’s worth it.

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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 atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

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View more photos of the check presentation 

Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.