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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 – NC Coastal Pines Troop #864 is on the case!

January 21, 2014

By Crystal Brown, Leader, Girl Scout Junior Troop #864

Troop #864 visiting Raleigh Police Department.Have you ever been involved in a “who dunnit?” Well, the awesome Juniors of Girl Scout Troop #864, Girls Scouts – NC Coastal Pines have!  On October 22, 2013 our troop met with two wonderful detectives, Detective Amanda Salmon and Sgt. Jackie Tyler, which between the two of them have over 35 years’ experience in detective work.  Det. Salmon informed us this was the first time a Troop had asked for participation with earning their badge, so her department was thrilled and just as excited as our Troop. Can you imagine — 7 detectives worked with our girls for over an hour?!

Upon arrival Det. Salmon met us outside to show us the beginning of a crime that occurred the night before. Yellow crime scene tape and a BROKEN GLASS DOOR (not really broken but was decorated to look broken)!  As we entered the building, Sgt. Taylor gave the girls a notepad and pen to write clues. While learning about detective work, they were given a fingerprint kit and DNA swabs to test the detectives in the next room.

The girls began a question and answer session with the detectives about their whereabouts during the incident. After speaking with the detectives, the girls compared notes and after a thorough, well planned investigation the girls had “gotten their man!”  It was a case of “oh my baseball hit the glass window and I didn’t have time to clean it up!”

The Troop had solved the crime!  For doing such a great job the girls were awarded official Raleigh Police Department Patches, Gold Police Badge (pin), and of course satisfied the requirements to receive their Junior Detective Badge.

Here are some thoughts from the Troop:

I liked being a detective most. I also liked learning how to solve crimes.” – SARAH G.

“I liked that the detectives came to help us the most. I learned how to take DNA swabs which I didn’t expect to learn and it was cool that we learned in the police station.” – AYANA B.

“We got to learn what police do and they were funny. I like the investigation we got to do!” – LULA G.

I thought it was cool that my guy was the bad one, even if it was an accident. It was a lot of fun.” – LAILAH P.

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