Destination Girls Say “Adieu” To Paris As Their Journey Comes To An End

The Girl Scout Destinations program brings girls from across the country together to experience a travel opportunity rich with culture, sight-seeing, and new friendships.

good bye parisAfter a memorable visit in Paris, our travelers left Paris to return to Dublin where their adventure began. Here they said farewell to Europe and began the long trek back to Boston.

After some goodbyes and farewells,good bye hugs the GSGWM girls headed home while the Destination girls from other parts of the country headed to their hotel for one last night in Boston and then flights home Sunday morning.

What a marvelous journey this has been! Thanks for sharing this awesome adventure with us over the last 12 days! flight landing

For more information about future Destinations trips and other travel experiences, visit girlscoutsgwm.org and click About/Ways To Participate/Travel. Join us for our next amazing journey!

Dublin, London, Paris

The Girl Scout Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris has come to a close. What an exciting journey this has been! Click on each picture for a larger view. Pictures are in random order.

Destinations Girls Tour de la Ville de Paris

The Girl Scout Destinations program brings girls from across the country together to experience a travel opportunity rich with culture, sight-seeing, and new friendships.

LouvreOur travelers enjoyed a full day in Paris today. They had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triumph.  They also went on an evening cruise on the River Seine! C’est fantastique!

 

 

Dublin, London, Paris

The Girl Scout Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris has come to a close. What an exciting journey this has been! Click on each picture for a larger view. Pictures are in random order.

SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO BE A GIRL SCOUT!

SummerFunSchool may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to continue enjoying the adventure, friendship, and fun of Girl Scouting!

Connect With Your Troop  

  • Get together—Meet at a local park, beach, or family home*.
  • Go outside—Camping, hiking, or other outdoor adventures are great ways for girls to work together, discover themselves, and connect with nature.
  • Hit the road—Take a trip to nearby attractions, or cross the border for an extended adventure*.
  • Plan ahead—Get a jump start on planning next year’s troop activities.

Interested in spending a fun weekend with your troop? Register for Camp a la Carte at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, VT.  Friday-Sunday, August 12-14. Boat, swim, climb the wall, make jewelry, shoot archery, or just relax! Includes meals and all activities. Registration deadline: August 7.  $90 per girl | $60 per adult

Work on Your Highest Award

Summer is a great time to start working on your Gold (Seniors and Ambassadors), Silver (Cadettes) or Bronze (Juniors) project! Need inspiration? Click here to see what other girls are doing to change the world. For award details and guidelines, click here.

Become a “Girl Scout Ranger”

This summer, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Girl Scouts are invited to complete a special “Girl Scout Ranger” program and earn a patch. To learn more, click here.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, Girl Scouts, and remember—the fun doesn’t have to wait until fall!

*A Home Inspection Checklist must be completed before troops can meet or hold a gathering at a private home. To request a Home Inspection Checklist, please contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

*Extended trip paperwork is required for any trip longer than two nights and/or outside of New England or Upstate NY (New York City is also considered an extended trip) and must be completed at least four to six months in advance. International travel requires paperwork a year in advance. Questions? Contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Destinations Excitement Continues!

13775624_947320626448_636327132296073754_nThe girls participating in this summer’s Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris are having a fabulous and exciting experience. We are hearing from the advisors that the girls are thoroughly enjoying their experience. Because we hear from them in between their various stops, we get their communiques at various times. Here’s one journal entry we received this morning.

Today is their first full day in London. More about London in our next blog.

JOURNAL ENTRY FROM GIRL SCOUT SYDNEY –

Today was our second completed day in Dublin and it was just as fun as the first. To start off the day, we woke up bright and early and made our way down to breakfast. At breakfast we got to experience black and white pudding which actually turned out to be delicious sausage! We then made our way to the coach and got comfortable for a three hour tour. During this informational tour, we visited Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and looked at some Georgian architecture. Then we had 6 hours to roam around and finished waking around Dublin for the trip. I went back to the Georgian architecture and took some more beautiful photos, then found a nice park to lounge in and relax. We then ventured over to the Spire to meet for dinner. After our Irish dinner, we went back to the hotel where we traded swaps and got to know each other more. It was all around another amazing day! Tomorrow we take the ferry to Wales!

The travelers  do stop briefly to send us pictures. Some will be featured in the blog, but will also be added to our Gallery.

Dublin, London, Paris

The Girl Scout Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris has come to a close. What an exciting journey this has been! Click on each picture for a larger view. Pictures are in random order.

Dublin Is Only the Beginning!

The girls participating in the Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris are having a marvelous time. We heard first hand from one excited traveler:

FIRST DAY IN DUBLIN FROM GIRL SCOUT SAMANTHA:

streets of dublinAfter sleeping and watching movies on Aer Lingus for 7 hours we began our Dublin adventure!  Once we landed in Dublin we went to go get our passports stamped, which was super exciting for me because this is the first time that I have ever flown internationally.

Ketchup comes out of this tomato!
Ketchup comes out of this tomato!

Then we met Cat, our EF Tour guide at the airport and we all loaded up into the coach bus to begin our tour at Trinity College. There we were able to visit the oldest college in Ireland and see the Book of Kells.  Later we were able to have some free time in Dublin to have lunch and explore the area.

My first day in Dublin was such fun and I can’t wait to see where the rest of our adventures in Dublin take us tomorrow!

 

After Dublin, the group will head to North Wales. Snowdonia and a Welsh castle awaits!

 

Destinations Girls Discover Dublin!

Our Destinations girls enjoyed a last day in Boston before winging their way to Europe. We’ve been planning for so many months and now their excursion is finally here.

DAY TWO BY GIRL SCOUT EVE:

group quincy marketThis morning we got to sleep in until around seven, but had to be out of the rooms with our luggage by 8:45. Then we started the the drive to Boston and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. After that we had a brief discussion about the holocaust and its importance as well as how it made us feel, we made our way to Quincy Market and had a little shopping time. Next we walked on the freedom trail to Paul Revere’s house and the old North Church. After a couple hours of spending time in northern Boston we had a fun time at the Science Museum with a planetarium and an Imax theater. We ended the day by meeting up with the GSGWM girls and taking an overnight flight to Dublin!

KellsThe group arrived really early in Dublin from their overnight flight, met their tour director Catriona, and were off on a tour of this intriguing city.  Along the way they went to Trinity College and see The Book of Kells.  They tried some new food and discovered, of all things, a Pringles dispenser!!!!  Pringles DispenserLast night part of the group chose to try out Irish River Dancing, while part of the group headed back to the hotel to get settled and rest from their travels!  Of course along the way there was some shopping.

Irish River Dancing

 

Pen pals’ 40-Year Friendship Began with Girl Scouts

jeanrich2BOW, NH–Spanning over four decades and crossing multiple time zones, the friendship of two longtime Girl Scouts is a testament to the organization’s life-enhancing youth programs. Jean Rich of Bow, NH was just ten years old when she received her first letter from her pen pal Sharon Arthur of Australia. Rich, who lived in New Jersey during her childhood years, participated in the letter exchange as part of a Girl Scout badge program.

Rich received her first letter in August of 1972. What she didn’t know then was that she would have a lifelong friend in Arthur. The two young women continued to exchange cards and letters throughout middle and high school, and well into college. “We were the same age and I just thought it was so cool to get those letters,” Rich said. “She’d draw little hearts and include these cute little phrases, like ‘Posty, Posty, don’t be slow!’”

Decades before email existed, Girl Scouts gave Rich the opportunity to learn, at a very young age, how to access the world at her fingertips. “It was pretty exciting to get my own mail—we didn’t have texting then,” said Rich, who would later correspond with another pen pal from England. “Even though she was in another country, we could relate on so many levels.”

As the mail poured in, Rich was soon struck by the similarities she shared with her newfound friend. Arthur would always sign the letters as “your loving pen pal and friend.” The two young women wrote about their daily lives, about their families, and about their respective holiday celebrations. “I had to get used to the fact that Christmas comes in the summertime over there,” Rich recalled with a laugh.

When Rich was in her second year of college, the letters became less frequent and eventually stopped altogether. “We kind of lost touch as our lives drifted in different directions,” she said. Rich continued with her college education, completing law school, while Arthur got married and immediately began raising a family. Still, the two women never stopped thinking of each other.

In April 2014, Rich tracked down Arthur via Facebook and soon after, received a response. A long-lost friendship was rekindled. “We stay in touch through emails and chats now,” Rich said. “She has all kinds of grandkids now. Someday we hope to meet in person.”

With a successful legal career under her belt, Rich, now a mom to a teenage son, still treasures memories of her Girl Scout years. “I’ve kept all those letters, all those years,” she said. “They’re tucked in a shoe box, along with my Girl Scout sash.

Interested in connecting with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world? Click here to learn more: World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Pen pal Program