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Hard Work Pays Off: My Week in Hollywood!

November 18, 2014

By: Juliana M., Girl Scout Senior – Troop #49

Thanks to Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines and my amazing parents I spent a week in Los Angeles this summer at the Hollywood Dreamin’ Girl Scouts’ destinations program. This was a program for Girl Scouts interested in filmmaking. In one week we put together a short film AND made friends for a lifetime!

Day 1 Arrival:

I flew by myself for the first time from RDU to LAX. I was feeling many different emotions. I felt nervous, yet so excited. After a short flight across the country, I landed in LAX. I got off the plane and navigated myself around pretty easily. Soon after I landed I found my instructors. They were so welcoming and incredibly nice! After a couple of hours all the girls had arrived. We all got along so well and I could tell this was going to be the best week of my life!

Day 2 Studio Tour:

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout takes a movie studio tourWe woke up bright and early with an exciting day ahead – a tour of Warner Brothers Studio! We couldn’t contain our excitement as we piled into two cars and headed out. This was my favorite day because not only did we visit the sets of Ellen DeGeneres, The Fosters, F.R.I.E.N.D.S and more. I also got to know the girls a lot better. We had so much fun visiting and taking picture on the sets!

Day 3/4/5 Write it, Film it, and Edit it:

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout filming a sceneThese three days were busy, busy, busy! We had to write our script, shop for the props, and film in just two days. We all worked together so well and worked so hard! The filming day was jam-packed. We met the amazing actors, set up the props and started to film. Eleven hours later we were finally finished! After a nice sleep, Day 5 came around and we had to edit the whole day. It took such a long time, but it paid of in the end. Later that night we got together with popcorn and premiered our two movies. They were both so amazing and we were so proud. Hard work pays off.

Day 6 Saying Goodbye:

This day had to be the hardest day of them all. We had become so close and saying goodbye was difficult! We all left LAX at different times so we got up bright and early to say goodbye. I made so many amazing friends this trip and plan on visiting some of them soon. Thanks, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines for making my Hollywood dream happen.

If you are looking for a great travel experience, a Girl Scout destinations program may be the trip for you!

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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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