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Girl Scouts Travel to Our Cabaña In Mexico

May 13, 2014

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

Traveling is a great way for girls to gain experiences exploring new places and new culture. Over spring break, nine adult members and one Girl Scout Ambassador from Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines traveled to Our Cabaña in hot and sunny Mexico. This was the first visit for all but one of our travelers to the Girl Scout World Centre located in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Travel to Mexico!What a fabulous time we had! We arrived on Saturday afternoon and got settled into the dorms. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the staff was fantastic and very accommodating – they took great care of us.

We spent Sunday in Tepotzlan and Tlayacapan. We toured cathedrals, shopped in the local markets, and made pottery.

On Monday, we had a day at the centre learning about Mexico by doing a scavenger hunt and making some traditional Mexican crafts. In the evening we had a salsa dancing lesson.

Tuesday we drove to Taxco, the Silver City, and enjoyed our day there. We toured the city, did quite a bit of shopping, and some of us even took a cable car (after a crazy taxi ride) up to get an impressive view of the city. I t was a great day!

Wednesday morning was dedicated to service. We painted over two walls full of graffiti on a building that is used for young pregnant women who have no other place to stay. That evening, we had a lovely dinner at Las Mañanitas, watching the birds on the grounds and eating traditional Mexican food. We even had fun chasing a flamingo out of the ladies’ bathroom.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Visit Mexico!Thursday we spent the morning at the pyramids at Xochicalco. They were amazing! We climbed all over them and explored the grounds. We had a cooking lesson in the afternoon where we made enchiladas with a green sauce, and relaxed after dinner while watching a movie.

We spent our last full day visiting the town of Cuernavaca, “City of Eternal Spring.” We visited the cathedrals, shopped in the market, toured the Palace of Cortez and the Robert Brady House, and enjoyed a lovely lunch at Casa Hidalgo.

The closing ceremony was special as the staff of Our Cabaña built us a campfire, ending the week with campfire songs and a pinning ceremony.

It was a wonderful week and I can’t wait to go back. What destinations are you hoping to visit with your Girl Scouts?

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Go, Go Girl Scouts! Top Travel Trips for Troops

May 6, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines TravelWhether you’re part of a new or long-established Girl Scout troop, at some point you may want to take a trip together.  Juliette Gordon Low was a fearless traveler, having attended boarding school as a young girl and sailed to Europe before she married. Biographer Stacey Cordery wrote that our Founder “encountered other cultures appreciatively and made lifelong friendships” through her many adventures.

Girl Scouts of all ages love to travel, and opportunities range from short field trips or an overnight for Daisies and Brownies to longer trips for older girls. While we can’t possibly cover all travel options in this article, we can highlight a few fun and educational destinations that are convenient to our council.

  1. Savannah, GA – What would any Girl Scout travel bucket list be without this city rich in history, culture and great food?  Must-see stops include the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the first Girl Scout National Headquarters and the Andrew Low House, where our Daisy spent her final days.  A lovely way to end your visit is to stop by Laurel Grove Cemetery on your way out of town and pay your respects to our Founder at her resting place.
  2. Washington, DC – Our nation’s capital boasts a number of amazing attractions that are free or require only a small donation, including the Smithsonian Castle, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Museum of Natural History – all conveniently located on the National Mall.  The National Archives is just a short walk away, so go visit our Constitution!  From there it’s a short walk to the National Portrait Gallery, where you’ll find a beautiful portrait of Juliette Gordon Low! Taking the train helps keep the trip affordable and gives you more leg-room!
  3. New York City – “Big Apple”-bound troops have plenty of opportunities to make lots of memories in just a couple of days.   Take a tour of the GSUSA National Headquarters, see a Broadway play, visit the Statue of Liberty and roam the vast exhibits of the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History.
  4. Williamsburg, VA – History buffs can step back in time by visiting this living museum, a 300-acre historical district consisting of restored colonial homes and buildings dating back to the beginning of the 18th century! Re-creators dress in colonial costume, use colonial speech, and work in professions that were popular during the era.
  5. Disney World (Orlando, FL)Disney’s Youth Education Series programs give girls a hands-on, educational adventure in topics such as: Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development.  Your troop will practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while participating in one-of-a-kind moments steeped in the magic of Disney.

Need help getting started on your troop’s adventure?  Email the council at council@nccoastalpines.org for assistance.  If you’re a seasoned traveler, why not join our new Travel Committee and help other troops with the task of planning their trips?  All you need is your travel savvy and a love of all things Girl Scouts!  Contact Neph Bailey, Program Director, at nbailey@nccoastalpines.org.

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