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Hard Work Pays Off: My Week in Hollywood!

November 18, 2014

By: Juliana M., Girl Scout Senior – Troop #49

Thanks to Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines and my amazing parents I spent a week in Los Angeles this summer at the Hollywood Dreamin’ Girl Scouts’ destinations program. This was a program for Girl Scouts interested in filmmaking. In one week we put together a short film AND made friends for a lifetime!

Day 1 Arrival:

I flew by myself for the first time from RDU to LAX. I was feeling many different emotions. I felt nervous, yet so excited. After a short flight across the country, I landed in LAX. I got off the plane and navigated myself around pretty easily. Soon after I landed I found my instructors. They were so welcoming and incredibly nice! After a couple of hours all the girls had arrived. We all got along so well and I could tell this was going to be the best week of my life!

Day 2 Studio Tour:

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout takes a movie studio tourWe woke up bright and early with an exciting day ahead – a tour of Warner Brothers Studio! We couldn’t contain our excitement as we piled into two cars and headed out. This was my favorite day because not only did we visit the sets of Ellen DeGeneres, The Fosters, F.R.I.E.N.D.S and more. I also got to know the girls a lot better. We had so much fun visiting and taking picture on the sets!

Day 3/4/5 Write it, Film it, and Edit it:

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout filming a sceneThese three days were busy, busy, busy! We had to write our script, shop for the props, and film in just two days. We all worked together so well and worked so hard! The filming day was jam-packed. We met the amazing actors, set up the props and started to film. Eleven hours later we were finally finished! After a nice sleep, Day 5 came around and we had to edit the whole day. It took such a long time, but it paid of in the end. Later that night we got together with popcorn and premiered our two movies. They were both so amazing and we were so proud. Hard work pays off.

Day 6 Saying Goodbye:

This day had to be the hardest day of them all. We had become so close and saying goodbye was difficult! We all left LAX at different times so we got up bright and early to say goodbye. I made so many amazing friends this trip and plan on visiting some of them soon. Thanks, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines for making my Hollywood dream happen.

If you are looking for a great travel experience, a Girl Scout destinations program may be the trip for you!

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The Adventure of a Lifetime!

November 11, 2014

By Mikayla S., Girl Scout Senior – Troop #49

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Adventure of a Lifetime

Not many people have the opportunity to spend two weeks in a foreign country without their parents.  I am one of those few people.  From holding newly hatched baby sea turtles, to scuba diving a shipwreck, to ziplining through the canopy, my two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama were by far the best two weeks of my life.  I made so many amazing friends, who I still talk to daily.  I was immersed in a culture very different from the one back home in the United States.  Most of all, I did so many new things many people can only dream of doing.

There is something quite special about holding a newly hatched baby sea turtle.  They are so small and fragile, yet so full of energy and movement.  Their small eyes are not even open yet, and their flippers flap wildly in the air.  One second, they are clambering out of their nest and the next, you are watching them scramble down the beach into the ocean.  For these small hatchlings, everything is an obstacle; driftwood, grass, animals, large piles of sand, big waves, trash, etc.  You become so attached to them in the few minutes you spend with them, it is hard to know that only 1 out of 1,000 will survive.

The other highlight of my trip was the scuba diving.  Under the water’s surface is a world unlike no other.  Underwater everything is bustling, but everything is so quiet.  The only thing you can hear are the animals munching on coral and the bubbles that float up when you exhale.  Everything is peaceful and you can float above everything and just be an observer.  The colors are so vibrant, between the tropical fish and the tall coral.

This experience, which was a Girl Scouts destinations trip, was by far the best of my life.  I made new friends, that are now more like my sisters.  Saying goodbye to them was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that they, and the amazing experience I had, are once in a lifetime.

 

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