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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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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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