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Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Friday, July 31, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Today, July 31 , Our Chalet celebrates its 88th birthday! How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Our Chalet is 88 years old this year! Could you put 88 candles on a cake? That would be dangerous. So, let’s do a chocolate or a cheese fondue instead. Your girls can do these with a little help from an adult. So, have fun and celebrate Our Chalet’s big birthday!

Hope you have enjoyed the week of visiting Our Chalet and Switzerland.

Now, here are eight more reasons why EVERYONE should visit Switzerland and the Swiss Alps!

  1. Skiing — top spots for skiing in the world. The World Cup has been held on the slopes just outside Adelboden.
  2. Scenery — Mountains, lakes, blue skies. 38 peaks more than 13,000 feet
  3. Culture —
    1. Alpenhorns, yodeling, cows and cowbells, cuckoo clocks
    2. Yodeling has evolved from a way to communicate between goat herders in the mountains to a form of music often associated with Switzerland. The alpenhorn was also used by shepherds and almost disappeared but is now a national symbol and entertainment for tourists
  4. Hiking — Lots of trails measured by the time it takes to hike from one place to another not measured in miles
  5. Quaint Alpine Villages
  6. Food — Cheese fondue, Chocolate
  7. Matterhorn — World’s most photographed mountain
  8. Top of Europe — To get to the top of the mountain, one takes a train to the highest railway station in Europe to view the two peaks — the Jungfrau and Monch

Travel

Now, maybe you have gotten the travel bug yourself! Did you know that you can travel with Girl Scouts? It’s a big world. Girl Scouts love to dream about where they can travel—from the field trips they might take as Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to the global adventures available as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. If you love exploring different places and cultures, you can experience all that our country has to offer, and you can plan even bigger adventures around the world, traveling with other Girl Scouts who share your dreams and love of adventure. Interest in the world has been an integral part of our movement since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA stated:

“Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.”

If you would like to know more about travel and adventures go to: forgirls.girlscouts.org /travel

This blog has been brought to you by the members of the Girl Scout of Colorado Global Action Team.  If you have any questions or comments please direct them to gscoloradoglobal@gmail.com.

RESOURCES FOR MORE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUTING INFORMATION

WAGGGS website

World Centres Websites

World Centres Facebook

GSCO website

GSCO Global Action Team Video

GSCO Global Girl Scouting Flyer

Destinations, Getaways, and International Events

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Thursday, July 30, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

On our fourth day, we would also like to mention the July birthdays of two other World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Our newest World Centre is Kusafiri in Africa, which moves around from country to country for different events. Kusafiri celebrated its ninth birthday on July 15. To learn more about Kusafiri, watch a video about the Centre’s history and learn some African dances. You can also visit Kusafiri’s Facebook Page and see some of their activities! Kusafiri means “to journey” in Swahili, one of the many languages of Africa.

Our Cabana in Mexico is the second oldest World Centre. It celebrated its 63rd birthday on July 24. Let’s go a little closer to home and travel to Mexico and Our Cabana. Here is a great tour of the buildings and the gardens and the pool. Need a swim today?

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Let’s learn a bit about the languages of Switzerland. There are actually four major languages for the country, but we will look at only three of them. (French, German, Italian)

                      FRENCH             GERMAN        ITALIA

Blue                  Bleu                   Blau                    Azzumo

Yellow            Jaune                 Gelb                   Giallo

White             Blanc                  Weiss                Blanca

Hello              Bonjour             Guten Tag       Salve or Ciao

Thank you  Merci                   Danke               Grazie

Can you try to use one of the languages as you make your friendship necklace today?

Make a craft – Our Chalet Friendship Necklace

It is always fun to have a new Girl Scout necklace! When you wear this one, you will remember your fun visit to Our Chalet and celebrating its birthday!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Activities from Monday, July 27, 2020

Welcome to our second fun day of exploring Our Chalet and Switzerland! You can review a little of the Our Chalet history by doing this word search. There are 16 statements with words bolded that you must find. How many can you find?

You can find out much more about Our Chalet if you go to their web site at www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/world-centres/our-chalet/. What was most interesting to you? Do you want to go to a session at Our Chalet?

Do you like to color pictures? Here are some pictures from Our Chalet and Switzerland that you might choose to color. Grab your crayons, colored pencils or markers and get started. You can do them all if you want!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Monday, July 27, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Switzerland, a small mountainous country located in central Europe, is a lot like our home state of Colorado! While we are well-known for the Rocky Mountains, Switzerland is well known for their snow-covered mountains called the Swiss Alps. Like Colorado, most of their mountain peaks are more than 13,000 feet with the most famous one (The Matterhorn) standing 14,692 feet tall!

High up in these Swiss mountains, there lies a Girl Scout World Centre called Our Chalet. Our Chalet opened its doors in 1932 and has been providing adventure and friendship to Girl Scout troops, groups, families, and individuals of all ages ever since. Guests come from all of over the world to participate in activities like skiing and ice skating in the winter and hiking and climbing in the summer. Girl Scouts can even attend special programs throughout the year which focus on outdoor adventures, leadership development, and international friendship.

Traveling to Switzerland also brings opportunities to try many specialties including fondue, swiss chocolate, and more than 450 different kinds of cheeses! You might also get to see Black Nose Sheep high up in the Alps or hear Alphorn blowing or yodeling in a local mountain town. Did you know that the children’s book “Heidi” was from Switzerland? What fun facts do you know about Switzerland?

We are off on a great adventure this week at Our Chalet in Switzerland! First, we will take a virtual tour of the Centre. Watch at least the first 20 minutes of this video as they tour you around the chalet (house) and the grounds. The rest of the video is showing you what to take in your backpack for a week’s trip to Our Chalet.

Now, do you know where in the world Switzerland is? Check out this link and you will find the flag and map of Switzerland with an arrow to the general location of Our Chalet. For fun, check out the Switzerland Maze and see if you can find your way through the country! Can you locate Our Chalet on this map?

Did you know that each World Centre has its own special song? Well, Our Chalet’s song tells about the mountains and the big sloping roof on the building. Listen to the song here and then sing along. 

You can stay at Our Chalet for just one night or several weeks. No matter how long your stay, you’ll meet people from all over the world and experience Girl Scouting like never before. How exciting to know that Our Chalet has just been opened to a limited number of guests as restrictions are starting to be lifted in various countries of Europe. Get your passports ready and meet us at Our Chalet in Switzerland!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

World Center Tour of Our Chalet and the Tale of Vogellisi

UPDATE: This experience is now open to Girl Scouts of all ages.

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join Our Chalet WAGGGS World Centre high up in the mountains of Switzerland for a tour of the site followed by the story of local legend Vogellisi on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. MDT. Vogel means bird in German and this mythical tale tells of a young woman named Lisi who was best friends with a bird. The story is well-known in the valley and has inspired a famous song known throughout Switzerland and sung every year at the World Cup ski races. Join us for an action packed re-telling with costumes, singing, and lots of moving around! There will also be a chance to ask questions about Our Chalet, what life is like here in Switzerland, and how you can come and visit us.

Register online: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5160966150375121933

*We recommend that you participate using a computer so you can see the presenter’s webcam.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Ambassador Troop 62662 visits Europe

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Submitted by Kathy Nester

Littleton

Metro Denver

Two years ago, Ambassador troop 62662 began discussing a trip to Europe to visit the two World Centers there. In the end, four members of Troop 62662 and one girl from another troop went on this adventure.

We started in Switzerland at Our Chalet, spending two nights. Our Chalet was a big hit. From Our Chalet, we traveled to Lucerne and explored the city. The next day, we were off to Italy to spend time in Verona, Vienna, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, and Rome. Then it was off to London for the last 3 days of our trip, concluding with a visit to Pax Lodge.

It was a nonstop 14-day trip that the girls will never forget!

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Europe World Center Travel 2016

Submitted by Kathy Nester

Littleton

Denver Metro

On June 14th 2016, girls from Troop 52662 will be traveling to the Pax Lodge and Our Chalet, as well as other parts of London, Switzerland and Italy. This is a 19-day tour for only around $5000 and there is still time to join them. Contact tour group leader for further information, Kathy Nester at nesterestate

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