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Girl Scouts Travel from London to Lucerne

April 7, 2014

By Cheryl Olive, Girl Scout Troop #7000 – International Travel Group

I have the pleasure of being the organizational leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ international travel group.  In the summer of 2013, I was fortunate to get to travel with the Girl Scout troop I had been leading for about 10 years. While our girls came and went, a select few persevered and worked really hard to raise the funds for a great international trip.

The girls chose to take a trip to Europe to visit two of the Girl Scout World Centers – Pax Lodge and Our Chalet – and make a stop in Paris as well.  After all, isn’t it every teenager’s dream to go to Paris?  It was for our girls.

We flew into London and had several days seeing the sights.  On our first day in England we took the tube and found our way to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard.  No other event could have given us a more “Welcome to England” feeling.

We visited Hampton Court Palace, completed a walking tour of London, spent time in Hyde Park, enjoyed a ride on the London Eye and a Thames River Cruise.  We spent a half day at Pax Lodge taking part in a pinning ceremony and enjoying high tea.

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The Eurostar shuttled us at about 180 miles-per-hour under the English Channel to Paris where we enjoyed all the sights including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and a day trip to the palace of Versailles.

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Then it was on to Switzerland.  We spent a day exploring Our Chalet and had some free time in the beautiful town of Adelboden.  The last days of our trip were spent in Lucerne touring and shopping, and attending a Swiss Folklore event where we sampled cheese fondue and learned about Swiss culture and history.

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This was a wonderful trip, enjoyed by all.  The girls stepped out of their comfort zone learning about what it takes for international travel, and also about several cultures different from their own.

Are you interested in travel with your Girl Scouts? Are you girls interested in traveling to one of the Girl Scout World Centers?  Contact our program department for more information!

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Gift for Change: A Visit to the Sangam World Center

March 21, 2014

By Linda Roberts, Co-Leader, Girl Scout Troop #243

WAGGGS session participantsThis past winter break, I was lucky to travel to India with 4 other members of Girl Scout Troop #243.  We are a Senior and Ambassador troop with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines based in Chapel Hill.

The first half of our trip was spent at beautiful Sangam, the WAGGGS World Center in Pune, India. We were joined by 16 other Girl Guides from the UK, Ireland, and Australia for Gifts for Change, a session devoted primarily to community service.

Our first service project was to help with a dental camp that was jointly sponsored by Sangam and Green Tara, an agency that serves teen girls in 15 slum areas around Pune by teaching them life skills and trades. We ran healthy sessions like how to brush your teeth and good nutrition while two dentists provided checkups for the 100+ girls who attended. We also toured some of the homes of the girls we met at Green Tara, which was an amazing experience.

We also joined Nehru Bal Sangh for a half day march through Pune with 900 young adult Indians in support of “Save the Girl Child,” a movement to improve gender value and opportunities of girls.

Riding an ElephantPartnering with a local community center, our group also helped to host an annual Christmas party. We made endless amount of paper snowflakes and hats, played duck-duck-goose and parachute games with local children until we were dizzy, and did quite the aerobic rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas song!

We took an auto-rickshaw ride to a main shopping district to buy material so we could have a custom sari or punjabi suit made. Once made, we all donned our new outfits for an Indian afternoon complete with mehindi (henna body art), badminton, rangoli (Indian sand art), and other games. The afternoon was capped off with a Maharashtran dinner feast!

Since we visited over New Years, we all attended a rockin’ New Year’s party at Sanscruti, a local cultural park where we feasted, danced all night, watched puppet shows, native dancers, and saw fireworks at midnight.

After tearful goodbyes, it was time for the 21 of us to part ways. Our quintet flew to Dehli and we transitioned to being tourists. All in all, it was a magical trip where we not only got to share our talents, but we learned so much as well. I encourage everyone with a traveler’s sprit to visit this wonderful World Center.

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