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Girl Scouts alumnae tour to India

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.

We hope to see you soon!

 

Boulder Girl Scout explores Greece

Submitted by Molly M., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

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!

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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 at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Are you an experienced Girl Scout traveler?

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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.

 

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gscotravelambassadorsignup

 

Questions? Contact Anna Danila Outdoor & Travel Program Manager at http://anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Visiting Sangam on the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Submitted by Krista B., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

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…”

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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 atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Possible price change for trip to Puerto Rico

Submitted by Jody Clair, (719) 433-8489

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

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:

Check out our tour website at: www.efexploreamerica.com/1969665EW

To Enroll Online:
www.efexploreamerica.com/enroll 
Enter Tour Number – 1969665EW

To Enroll by Phone:
Call EF Explore America’s Traveler Support at 888-333-9756 and reference our tour number.

Many thanks for your interest in this educational travel opportunity! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the trip or enrollment process.

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

Apply NOW for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

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Annie, from Boulder, went on a European Adventure to Our Chalet in Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.  Emily, from Howard, explored Sydney, Australia on the destination “Adventure Down Under”. Ashley, from Lafayette, conquered Tollymore, Ireland on the destination “Ireland Multi-Sport Adventure”. All of these trips were made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling and meeting their sister Girl Scouts like Annie, Emily, and Ashley did should apply today for the 2017 “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: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html Deadline for application: February 26, 2017. 

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.

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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 Scout Destinations: First round of applications are due Nov. 1

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s always something amazing for you to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states; see and learn new things; and pack your bags full of inspiring,  life-changing experiences and memories.

For a look at 2016 trips, use this link:

http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/

Be sure to click on the “gstravel” logo to see important application dates. If you have your heart set on a particular trip, make sure to apply by November 1, 2015!

Here are three reasons why you should you apply for Girl Scout Destinations:

  1. DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO. On Destinations trips, you get to try things you’ve always wanted to do—and do things you never imagined you would! There are so many different Destinations to explore that will offer the challenge you’ve been waiting for!                  GSports14_UT_-4157-Edit
  2. EXPERIENCE A NEW CULTURE.                                                                 Girl Scouts really ARE global. We love to get out there and connect with new people; try new food; and take in new sights, sounds, and stories.  Destinations trips also offer you a chance to use what you’ve been learning in school, too! You can immerse yourself in a new culture—and learn about yourself and your own culture in the process. camel
  3. MAKE NEW FRIENDS FROM NEAR AND FAR!                           You’ll arrive at the airport as girls from different states and countries, but you’ll end your trip as lifelong members of the Destinations Crew. Destinations trips are unique Girl Scout experiences because you travel with Girl Scouts from all over the country, and even with Girl Scouts from overseas. In short, the Destinations program is an awesome way to connect with your national and international Girl Scout sisters!            se;foe                                                                                                                                                                                           Once again, the deadline for the first round of applications is Nov. 1, 2015!

You don’t have to currently be a Girl Scout to take part in Destinations—you can become one when you apply! And if you have a friend who is interested in Destinations, tell her she, too, can register for Girl Scouts and apply for a trip!

Girl Scout travels to Uganda on “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Submitted by Samantha, a senior at Legacy High School in Broomfield. She spent seven days serving others in the rural village of Zziba, Uganda in East Africa.

Over the past twelve years, being a Girl Scout has exposed me to a wide variety of unique and unusual experiences that have helped shape my values, perspective, and priorities. The Girl Scout Promise and Law are more than words; they are a way of life. I am honored and humbled to have been able to travel to a small village in Uganda last month, made possible in part by the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship.

It was important to me to travel to a developing country to learn what the people’s needs are and how I can help in a meaningful way. We have so much in America, while in many other parts of the world people work to survive each day. It’s one thing to read stories or see pictures of people trekking to a well a mile or more away to get water our EPA would consider far from safe; it’s another thing to actually walk the worn dirt path and carry the water myself. To visit families living in rudimentary huts and to see starving livestock, yet to be on the receiving end of genuine kindness and generosity are memories that will be with me the rest of my life.

The Ugandan people are friendly, welcoming, and much less inhibited than Americans. From the time I arrived in Zziba, they expressed their affection toward me and were very happy I’d come to spend some time with them. I had the privilege of working with orphaned teenagers while they were on break from school, visiting families throughout the village, and helping to run a kids’ camp for 250 children from Zziba and the surrounding villages.

Despite a slight language barrier since Ugandans’ English has a very heavy accent, I quickly learned that smiles and laughter are universal and instantaneously cut across cultural boundaries. I also learned how precious food is as the children patiently lined up at the end of camp each day to receive a bowl of rice, beans, and a root called matoke. To watch them carefully carry their bowl, filled with food cooked over an open fire, and then eat the precious meal with their hands was humbling.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is intended to do just that – to help girls to look wider. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment for their support. I would also like to encourage all 12-year-old and older Girl Scouts to consider international travel as part of their Girl Scout experience. Explore other parts of the world, learn about other cultures, and never stop looking wider.

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello London!

Our Dove group
Our Dove group
Pinning ceremony
Pinning ceremony

Submitted by LeEllen Condry

During the week of June 17-23, 2015, Troop #561 from Granby, Colorado, plus Marlene Logan and I from Denver, traveled to London, England to experience the British culture. We joined a troop from St. Paul, Minnesota and as one large Girl Scout troop we traveled throughout London.

London is a fabulous city. There was so much planned on our agenda. Our group saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; visited Kensington Palace and saw the rooms which contained Queen Victoria’s dresses; had tea at The Orangery which is located on the grounds of Kensington Palace; rode the London Eye; attended a theatre show called 39 Steps; painted a canvas; walked around the East End of London to see street art from artists such as Banksy; toured the National Gallery which housed works of art from Monet; walked through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana Memorial; and shopped in wonderful areas of London.

The highlights of the trip were visiting Pax Lodge and having a Harry Potter Tour at Warner Brothers outside of London. At Pax Lodge, I truly enjoyed watching the girls experience the pinning ceremony under the beautiful tree. For dinner, we had a British delicacy of fish and chips. The Harry Potter tour included viewing the costumes worn by the actors, and visiting the sets that were used in the movies. The Hogwarts Express train, the Knight Bus, and Buckbeak, Hagrid’s pet were also on display. The gift shop also was incredible. Anything and everything about Harry Potter was in there. After the Harry Potter tour was over, I felt that I had personally connected with Harry Potter.

For summer of 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be hosting our first Destination trip to Ireland, Wales, and England. I hope you will be able to join us. Please check out our trip on the Destination page of GSUSA on August 15, 2015. All details including registration will be included. If you have any questions please contact LeEllen Condry at nemoursLM@yahoo.com.

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