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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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What’s more exciting than climbing trees? Getting to spend the night in them!

April 29, 2014

By Samantha K. Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern

And that’s what we’ll be doing at Camp Graham before long. How awesome is that?! There will be six tree house units designed to sleep 6-8 girls each, a bath house, a program pavilion, and a campfire circle.

Girls will be able to get from house to house using a connecting elevated walkway. Camp like an Ewok anyone? One end of the walkway will begin at ground level and climb at a wheelchair friendly slope. There will be a lift as well, allowing those with physical challenges to climb into the trees with their friends.

The bath house will be central to the tree houses, and the group pavilion will sit above it – making the pavilion tree-house like as well!

The campfire circle at the treehouses will be made with special commemorative bricks. Girls, leaders, alumnae, and supporters have the opportunity to be part of a lasting Camp Graham tradition by sponsoring their own personalized brick. Find out how by contacting the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines fund development team at donate@nccoastalpines.org or 800-284-4475.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Camp Graham Tree House Project

The tree house project is part of a commitment by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines to make improvements to camp properties. A ground-breaking ceremony was held March 24, and the project is expected to be complete this summer.

Camp Graham sits on beautiful Kerr Lake.  This camp already houses two platform tents, two cabin units, and open fields ideal for tent camping.  An open-air amphitheater and dining hall round out the amenities the camp offers.

I can’t wait to go camping in the trees with my troop! How about you?

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