Nine Girl Scouts from Troop 2472, based out of Spokane Valley, had been planning a big trip since they were in kindergarten. They spent the last two and a half years earning money to cover the expenses of traveling abroad. The troop ended up securing over $40,000, which was enough to fully fund their trip. Some of their money-earning activities included garage sales, the making and selling of Christmas wreaths and, of course, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. During the summer of 2015, all the girls' hard work paid off and they were able to travel to Europe.
The trip started out with the making of new friendships and the creating of Girl Scout sisterhood bonds. Through EF Tours, Troop 2472 was able to travel with another troop from Kansas (photo attached). During 11 days they were able to tour Ireland, Wales, London, England and Paris. Some of their highlights included participating in city tours, watching 'Wicked' in the Theatre district, traveling the subway system, witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, visiting the Eiffel Tower, cruising by boat on the Seine River, touring Notre Dame, and even getting the opportunity to see the one-and-only Mona Lisa firsthand. Upon reflection of their many adventures the girls concluded that Ireland was their favorite, due to its beauty and character.
In addition to unique experiences, the girls also gained an appreciation for other cultures, foods and lifestyles. Each girl has also discovered a newfound interest in international travel. Now that their highly anticipated and well-deserved trip-of-a-lifetime is over and done, the girls are spending their days focusing on earning their Gold Award and college scholarships, through the GSEWNI Cookie Sale Scholarship Program. We wish them the best of luck and can't wait to hear about their future successes.
If your troop is interested in gaining more information about international travel and learning about how Girl Scouting can help make that possible, contact Sarah Betts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-747-8091, ext. 225.