Archive for Travel

Cookies Can Take You Anywhere

Girl Scout Alina and her mom, Sheryl, recently traveled to India – made possible because of Girl Scout Cookies and a Girl Scout travel scholarship! Alina and Sheryl share their adventures below, and show us India through the eyes of a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout troop leader!

Alina: “My name is Alina Guyon. I am 14 years old and a freshman in high school, and have been an active Girl Scout for seven years.

KaciTutuGirl Scouts has given me many lifelong friends and amazing opportunities. Recently, I was on Q13 with my troop mate, Grace, where we hung out with Kaci Aitchison (who was a Girl Scout!) and taught her some of our sales skills. That’s Kaci in the red tutu!

In the United States we are Girl Scouts, but in the rest of the world there are Girl Guides. Together we are known as the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, or WAGGGS. Did you know that there are five World Centers where Girl Scouts and Guides can travel and stay? Once I learned that there was a World Center in Pune, India, called Sangam, I was ready to go!

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Making Global Connections at Our Chalet

Last July, Girl Scout alumna Sue Hislop woke up to this view:

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She had finally arrived at Our Chalet—a Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland—and she couldn’t believe her eyes.

“When you get to that valley, it’s like something out of a fairy tale,” Sue remembers. “There are really steep valleys and mountains in the background, cows all over the place, very fresh, fresh air, and you’re about 4,000 feet up in the air … it’s just beautiful.”

This was the culmination of a long journey that began when Sue was in elementary school … Read more

Go Gold: Building Community—Near and Far

When Kaitlin Alayo started Girl Scouts in kindergarten, she had no idea it would eventually bring her to rural Peru—and change the way she sees the world.

P1050980 (2)This past January, Kaitlin Alayo stood in the middle of a dusty clinic in the rural outskirts of Cusco, Peru. She fiddled with one of the recycled hearing aids she’d brought with her from Redmond, working to get it properly fit on a young woman.

“She was pregnant and she was so excited to be getting the hearing aid—she’d never had one before—because she’d be able to hear her new baby cry for the very first time,” remembers Kaitlin.

It was moments like these that made Kaitlin’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project all worth it … Read more

Taking Action in Washington D.C.

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Ever wondered how Girl Scout troops figure out how to combine a trip with a service project? Last summer Troop #52148 from Everett traveled to Washington D.C. to learn more about our nation’s capital and to volunteer at the National Congressional Cemetery, as well as making and handing out “Homeless Helpers” (kits that contain instant noodle soup and oatmeal, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, granola bars and a pair of socks). Read more

We’re each 1 in 10 Million

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This week we’re delighted to welcome a special guest blogger – one of our girls! Do you have a story you’d like to share? Email Lily if you’d like to be a guest blogger or if you have a tale to tell! With that, we’ll turn the reins over to Shaheerah to recount an incredible trip she took last month:

I’m Shaheerah, my friend Sophie and I were the two girls that were selected from Washington State to be a part of this spectacular event, the Girls’ World Forum. Read more

Renton girls explore Girl Scouts’ origins

Arriving in the Peach State

Last week Troop 1776 in Renton made the trek to Savannah, GA to visit the birthplace of Girl Scouting’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Making this trip extra special, the girls had fundraised enough that the entire trip was paid for, including airfare, lodging and entry fees! Read more