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Apply NOW for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Kathleen, from Centennial, traveled to Mongolia.  Krista, from Fort Collins, visited Sangam World Centre in Pune, India. Allie made lifelong friends during an adventure in Costa Rica . All of these trips and many more have been made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling the world and meeting their Girl Scout sisters should apply today for the 2018 “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: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html Deadline for application: Jan. 8, 2018. 

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.

Look Wider Scholarship Flyer

So, you want to travel?

Submitted by Carla Kia

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

A growing number of Girl Scouts are thinking about traveling abroad and for good reason! Traveling is a fun experience, provides the opportunity to learn about new cultures, allows you to see some amazing sites, and provides a plethora of experiences for growth and self-improvement.

You might be telling yourself it is way too big of a goal to travel; many travel trips with a professional touring company can cost over $4,000 after all.

I am here to tell you it IS achievable. With budgeting, money generating opportunities, and careful planning you can make it happen!

I am planning a trip for July of 2019. You can check out the details at this link:
https://girltrips.eftours.com/tour-website/2041619BW

To plan for this trip, for example, you would need to save about $250 a month beginning now.

It is a good idea to break this up into thirds. So, let’s say you will need $83 a month to earn through babysitting, pet sitting, or other self-employed opportunities. That is an earning potential of around $21 per week. Think about ways you can “earn” that amount. Helping neighbors with yard work, helping around the house through “chores,” and of course, you can also babysit, pet sit, or even tutor. Are you a MATH genius? So many students struggle with this subject. Do you know a second language? Maybe you can teach that language to school age children, many parents want their children to learn a second language.

The second “third” can come from family support. You can write letters asking for sponsorship to your families and friends. Ask for donations each year in lieu of Christmas or birthday gifts. See if your parents are willing to pledge a support of $83 per month.

The last “third” is your opportunity to utilize your Girl Scout Credits earned with cookies and nuts toward travel, perhaps work as a camp counselor to earn monies over the summer and also to seek outside employment like a part-time job. Perhaps planning a kid camp over the summer is your thing. Invite neighborhood kids to your summer adventure camp. If you are a STEM girl the camp theme could be science experiments, or an ART camp or even cooking. You could host a learn a language camp! So many parents would encourage their younger children to come to a 2 or 3-hour camp for a week. My daughter did this one summer and it was a big hit!

I hope I have given you some ideas to dream BIG. And I hope you decide to join me for Italy-Greece and a Greek Island cruise July 2019.

You may contact me at 720-273-4889 or carlalkia@gmail.com with any questions.

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

G.I.R.L. Stories: Berthoud Girl Scouts travel to Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Genia Babyak

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

Troop 71126 has seven girls (high school freshmen and sophomores) and was busy this past year with the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie programs. Our girls worked very hard and earned enough money to fund their own trip to Washington, D.C. That trip was a great cultural, educational, financial, travel, and bonding experience. After hosting the “Mission Sisterhood” and “Cadette Amaze!” Journeys on October 29, 2017, the girls of Troop 71126 will each be focusing on their Gold Awards and building up their travel funds.

Most of the girls are passionate about performing and are involved in their upcoming high school musical, “The Wiz,” and the Berthoud High School Bridge Between Show Choir. Two girls are members of the Berthoud Youth Advisory Commission and all are actively involved in sports and community service projects.

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

Experience the world with Girl Scouts: Visit Italy and Greece

Submitted by Carla Kia

Italy and Greece | 13 days

Tour date range:* 7/17/19 – 7/29/19

Discover the magic of the Mediterranean and immerse yourself in ancient culture, amazing art, and rich history. Experience the world’s best collection of Renaissance art in Florence, uncover Rome’s ancient ruins, Athens’ famed Acropolis, and explore the wonders of Capri and Delphi. Extend your tour by setting sail with your troop to the Greek Islands — a journey you will never forget.

 

See what you’ll experience at eeftours.com/itgj

How to enroll:

Lock in your price and enroll for $95.

Phone: 800-457-9023, Online: eftours.com/gsenroll

Tour details:

  • Tour number: 2041619BW
  • Current price:** $4,810 valid through 10/31/2017
    Adult Supplement: $810
    Monthly payment (student): $225

Janae Englert, EF Tour Consultant – janae.englert@ef.com or 617-619-1139

 

·       Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

·       Day 2: Rome

Meet your Tour Director at the airport

·       Day 3: Rome

Take a guided tour of Vatican City

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Peter’s Basilica

Add This In Depth Excursion

Roman Catacombs

·       Day 4: Rome • Florence

Take a guided tour of Rome

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum

Travel to Florence

·       Day 5: Florence

Take a guided tour of Florence

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Gates of Paradise

Visit the Duomo

·       Day 6: Florence • Ancona • Night ferry

Travel to Ancona

Board a night ferry to Igoumenitsa

·       Day 7: Igoumenitsa • Meteora region

Travel to the Meteora region

Tour a Meteora monastery with an expert local guide

·       Day 8: Meteora region • Delphi • Athens

Travel via Delphi to Athens

Take a guided tour of Delphi

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Temple of Apollo
  • Delphi Archaeological Museum

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Greek evening

·       Day 9: Athens

Take a guided tour of Athens

With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis

Visit the Acropolis Museum

Take a walking tour of Athens

With your Tour Director you will see:

  • Plaka district
  • Temple of Zeus

·       Day 10: Greek island cruise: Mykonos

Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands

(You may pre-book shore excursion packages for two or three islands)

Add This In Depth Excursion

Shore Excursion Package 1: Samos and Knossos Palace

Add This In Depth Excursion

Shore Excursion Package 2: Samos, Knossos Palace, and Oia Village

·       Day 11: Greek island cruise: Samos • Patmos

·       Day 12: Greek island cruise: Crete • Santorini

·       Day 13: Depart for home

 

EVERYTHING YOU GET

Airfare and transportation; Full-time Tour Director; Hotels; Breakfasts and dinners; Entrance fees; Expert local guides; weShare.

*EF strives to keep departure dates within one to two days of the requested date for tours departing October through April, and within four days of the requested date for tours departing May through September. Your final tour itinerary and travel dates will be confirmed approximately two months prior to departure.

**Prices are reevaluated at the end of each month. Prices are for students younger than 20 at time of travel room in triples or quads. Minimum participation is required. Change and cancellation fees of up to the total price will apply. Applicable airline baggage fees are not included and can be found at eftours.com/baggage. Copyright © 2016 EF Education First International, Ltd

 

Connections: September 2017

Kick off your next Girl Scout year with access to brand new, girl-tested and approved programming! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Learn more.

If you’re having trouble accessing these new resources, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

New Online Resources 

We’ve been updating some resources to make your life easier. Check them out:

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2017-18 membership year to participate.

Our popular S’mores Club is back, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie programs will receive special rewards!

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Travel the world with Girl Scouts

Are you interested in learning more about all the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our upcoming travel webinars! Register today to be on the email list to receive the webinar link sent out one week before the webinar date. Can’t make it? We will record them and post to the GSCO blog.

Our most successful summer camp session yet

GSCO had an amazing summer camp season this year, with more than 2,000 campers at overnight and day camps! Visit our Flickr page to see fun photos.

Thinking of renting a GSCO property? Our policies have changed, so make sure you’re up to date.

Share you G.I.R.L. story

Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Share your G.I.R.L. story on the GSCO blog »

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupon applies to in-stock merchandise only, and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires on 10/15/2017, so join today!

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 9: CU Football Scout Day
Come cheer on the Buffs in Boulder as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats.

Sept. 16: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Rockies play the San Diego Padres and get a fun event patch.

Sept. 23: Fall Product Program Begins
Participate to earn start-up funds for your troop this year, and for the chance to join the S’mores Club.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: SHR Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High with our zipline, low ropes course, archery, and more!

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Camp Out
Root for the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels and camp out after the game.

 

Colorado Girl Scout travels to Mongolia on the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

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

Metro Denver

Centennial

My name is Kathleen, and I became a Girl Scout in first grade. It started out with cute little badges that my mother helped iron on my vest, selling cookies, and planting flowers in front of our elementary school. That’s the image that comes to mind for most people when they think of Girl Scouts, and so many people are surprised when I tell them that I was a Girl Scout in high school. Their confusion quickly turns to jealousy once I start to describe the incredible adventures I went on as an older Girl Scout. I still earned badges, sold cookies, and volunteered in my community, but I also went rock climbing, white water rafting, and ziplining. I even got to volunteer at a panda base in China through ATS Destinations. Now, in my last summer of being a girl member, I embarked on another journey across the world, all the way to outer Mongolia.

So what does one do in Mongolia? Well, you know the saying, “When in Mongolia, do what the Mongolian do.” And in Mongolia, they ride horses. Before we could do that, however, we learned archery. The professionals showed us how it was done first. A boy barely older than us galloped by at breakneck speeds, the horse flying over the yellow grass. With a quick motion and a sharp twang, an arrow suddenly sprouted from the center of the target. I gave it a try with both feet on the ground, the bow master showing me how to grasp the string with only my thumb and finger. Everyone got a turn, but only a few arrows actually pierced the stack of hay. After an hour and a half of practice, we had to keep moving so we could start the best part of our trip: the horseback riding.

When our group arrived at our host family’s group of gers, or yurts, there were around 20 horses waiting for us. They weren’t the horses we would be taking on our week-long trek, we were told, but we could use them to learn how to ride. I was given a dark brown horse with a black mane. Mongolians don’t give names to their horses, but I ended up calling that practice horse “Blue”, since his harness was a bright cyan. Once the stirrups were lengthened to accommodate my long legs, I was shown how to hold the harness in the Mongolian fashion and which commands Blue responded to. I started out slowly, clutching the reins so tightly my knuckles turned white. The Mongolian horses moved in a way I was not used to, but I could feel the strength practically radiating from the small horse. We rode until dusk, going as fast as we wanted. It was exhilarating. The horizon stretched on endlessly, blue sky reaching down to brush yellow hills, and my horse yearned to meet it.

The next day, we loaded up our trek bags and drove to where we would start our trek. On the way, we stopped to try fermented mare’s milk, a traditional Mongolian drink. We also saw falcons and vultures up close, and hiked Turtle Rock, an enormous rock formation that looks like a turtle. By the time we got to the new horses, I was already exhausted, but I was excited to start our trek. I was given a new horse, one I decided to call “Buzz”, for his short mane. We crossed the river, water rushing over our boots and splashing up to hit our faces. We trekked through a forest for an hour when suddenly it opened up into a vast, open plain, with rolling hills and thin, winding dirt roads. I rode alongside the other girls in my group, chatting away and singing. Sometimes, I would ride next to one of our Mongolian guides and pester them with questions about their country and their experiences. My favorite part was out midday break, where we could lay down by a stream or in some shade, and eat lunch. It was usually the same, mutton stew and bread, sometimes rice. It was surprisingly filling, and occasionally we would get Mongolian candy as a treat before getting back into our saddles and starting again. We stayed with host families half the days, eating delicious meals and learning about the culture out on the steppe. The other half of the days, we camped out wherever we settled down for the night, and hung out with our guides and each other. Despite my aching legs and sunburned face, I was having the time of my life. Still, I was relieved when we said goodbye to our horses and our guides, and made our way into the city.

Once we were done touring the giant statues of Genghis Khan in and outside the city, we went into the National Museum to learn more about the history of Mongolia. I never knew how much I didn’t know about that part of history until I went into that museum. It made me wonder what else I was missing when it came to the history of people around the world. We also explored Mongolian culture through a concert that showed all the different traditional music and dances. I even cried during one of the performances. It was wonderful. I kept thinking back to it even as we split up into groups to go shopping in the city.

On the long plane ride home, I leaned back in my seat, exhausted. I had only been in Mongolia for a week, but it felt like days. I scrolled through the pictures I took on my phone, each one another memory that I’ll cling to for years to come. I came to a picture of the Mongolian horizon, wide and empty. There were no fences, no barriers. It was free.

Americans consider themselves a free people, but I have tasted a different kind of freedom, where the sky never touches the earth. I came back from Mongolia with a better understanding of my own life and a different perspective of the world. All because I am a Girl Scout.

There are more opportunities as an older Girl Scout than people can even imagine. I was able to get scholarships and financial aid from Girl Scouts and Look Wider. I seriously encourage all of my fellow Girl Scouts to go on Destinations, see more of the world, and look 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 atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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!

 

Littleton G.I.R.L.s travel to California

Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

In July 2017, eight girls from Troop 2904 in Littleton traveled to California. We went to the San Diego Zoo, ocean kayaking in La Jolla, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That is where NASA built the Mars rovers and are currently working on the rover for the Mars 2020 project. We also saw the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier; the Endeavor Space Shuttle; spent an ENTIRE day at Universal Studios (We love Harry Potter); visited the La Brea Tar Pits; Santa Monica Pier; and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We had a great time and made lots of memories!

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

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