Troop 40713 from Elizabeth just returned from a fantastic trip to Iceland! The Senior/Ambassador troop spent seven days in this beautiful country. They spent one day in the capital city of Reykjavik, then headed to camp at the Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre. The next three days were on-site doing archery, rock wall climbing, team building games, obstacle courses (one over water!), canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and a campfire. They also participated in two service projects, planting about 350 tree saplings and laying a concrete paver patio. The last three days were on off-site excursions, including horseback riding, caving through a 9,000-year-old lava tube, visiting a geothermal-heated spa, hiking on a glacier, and ending with a 15-mile hike to a geothermally heated river. The girls planned and saved for the trip for three years prior to traveling.
There is still room for 7 or more Girl Scouts to attend an amazing trip to Costa Rica with me as the main leader! The girl should have completed fifth grade as a minimum (at travel time, so present fifth graders are encouraged to attend) to attend and all grades 6-12 are welcome! If you are completing 12th grade right before we travel, it can be your senior trip! There is even a way to earn some high school credit on this trip! Please contact me for all your questions to be answered! Jody Clair, email@example.com.
PS- YES! There is still enough time for you to do money earning activities and attend the group meetings to learn many travel skills before we even leave in June 2020!
The girls in Cadette Troop 72091 have been saving their money for about three years to take a very special trip to the California coast. They stayed at the HI-Point Montara Hostel just south of San Francisco, planned a sea kayaking trip, got to visit the city, meet some banana slugs, see some redwood trees, and explored some amazing tide pools. Throughout the trip, they displayed incredible teamwork and their positive attitudes made the trip a joy for everyone!
The girls were great hostel guests, not only cleaning up after themselves, but pitched in to clean up after other guests without saying a word. They were open to all kinds of new experiences, and embraced the spirit of adventure throughout the trip. These girls are going places!
Girl Scout Troop 2393 saved their cookie money for three years and spent a week in Alaska and Canada! They studied ice melt, glaciers, and went dog sledding, zip-lining, kayaking, and sight-seeing in Alaska. On July 1, they were in Canada and spent Canada Day (a Canadian holiday similar to our 4th of July) with a local Girl Guide unit. The Girl Guides took them all around the city of Victoria and afterwards the girls watched fireworks and became great friends!
G.I.R.L. 2020 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from October 21 – 25, 2020.
There are two amazing parts to G.I.R.L. 2020 and you will want to be there for both…
One is the National Council Session, which is the movement’s triennial business meeting. This happens from Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23. G.I.R.L.s can see “democracy in action” during this meeting, and can experience the closing ceremony on Friday when the new national officers are elected and the parade of countries that have Girl Scouts or Girl Guides takes place.
The other is the G.I.R.L. 2020 program, which includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This happens from Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25. All G.I.R.L.s who are Cadettes, Seniors, and/or Ambassadors and adults can experience amazing speakers, participate in interactive sessions crafted by our G-Team (a group of Senior and Ambassador G.I.R.L. Scouts convened nationally for the purpose of envisioning, planning, and implementing G.I.R.L. 2020) for G.I.R.L.s just like them, and immerse themselves in all things “G.I.R.L. Scout” in our largest expo hall ever!
Online registration and housing selection will open in January 2020. We have thousands of rooms (single- quad accommodations) reserved for our participants and the costs range from $99 – $239 per night. By booking with the hotels GSUSA has reserved (also known as within the housing block) you’ll have access to ground transportation, and other amenities that you won’t have if you use other housing.
For registration planning purposes, you will need to budget approximately $300 per G.I.R.L. for registration. This will include a Saturday evening celebration at one of the Orlando theme parks. Day prices haven’t been set yet for G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This option provides a wonderful opportunity to engage our Daisies, Brownies and Juniors and their families in the Girl Scout movement.
Additionally, keep your eyes open for our Troop and Family Travel Planning Guides which will be available to councils and members this fall and for our “What’s New” email series that will be shared movement-wide with our members. You can also check frequently on the G.I.R.L. 2020 website for more information and updates.
Money earning activities and hard work pays off. Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 63573 recently returned from a glorious ten-day tour of Italy. One day of the trip was spent volunteering in the spectacularly beautiful Ligurian coastal town of Vernazza. You may never have heard of Vernazza, but you have likely heard of Cinque Terre. In Italian, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. Vernazza is one of the five small towns that make up the region.
We picked Cinque Terre as the location for a service project because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 1,000 sites around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has determined to have such cultural, historic, or other significance that they merit international treaty protection.
In 2011 Vernazza was hit by devastating floods. Up to 13 feet of mud and debris was left in the narrow streets and passageways of the cliff-side ocean village. Eight years later, the inhabitants continue to feel the impact of the floods. Our troop helped reclaim a site where a vineyard terrace wall had collapsed. After a long harrowing climb up terrace steps, that would have made a mountain goat pause, we reached a section of wall that had crumbled. Along way we saw poppies, hydrangeas, and lemon trees on the edges of the rows of grape vines.
The teenage Girl ScoutAmbassadors, along with sisters, cousins and mothers, that made up our group of 11, worked hard to separate rocks from dirt and big rocks from small rocks. The walls require a particular combination and variety of rock sizes in order to hold. The water from irrigation lines and rain must be able to pass the small rocks while the large rocks keep the soil from eroding. We formed a bucket brigade in order move dirt to an upper terrace so that the wall could be rebuilt. Our efforts were rewarded with delicious focaccia and pecorino cheese, as well as a lesson in small batch wine making. We left with full hearts having given back to the country we were visiting and with the knowledge that we had helped make the world a better place.
Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019. Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.
Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality. The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.
I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.
Congratulations to these seven Colorado Girl Scouts who received a 2019 -2020 D-Pass Grant:
The D-Pass Grant is awarded to girls who are accepted to a 2019 – 2020 Girl Scout Destination and meet the qualifications. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older. Girls can apply to participate in a life-changing experience with Girl Scouts from across the country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an itinerary and more information.