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Girl Scout troops traveled the world this summer

Top left: Troop 71531 in Assisi, Italy; Bottom left: Troop 50296 at Washinghton National Cathedral, D.C.; Right: Troop 80543 at DisneyParis, France
Top left: Troop 71531 in Assisi Italy; Bottom left: Troop 50296 at Washinghton National Cathedral, D.C.; Right: Troop 80543 at DisneyParis, France

Some Girl Scouts go big with their summer adventures, traveling across the country and even abroad. For troops 80543, 80031, 50296, and 71531, summer travel adventures included everything from exploring Washington D.C. to traveling to Europe for whirlwind tours of several countries!

For troop 50296, their summer adventure was a four-day trip to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. During their trip, they saw the White House, Capital Building, WWI Memorial, National Zoo, Museum of Natural History, Botanical Gardens, Ford Theater, and the National Cathedral. They went on two trolley tours: one was a moonlight tour of monuments and memorials and the second took them through Arlington Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard. They also completed the Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, a mile-long walking path in the heart of D.C. The girls calculated that they walked about 35 miles in four days!

Troops 80543 and 80031 went on a 19-day, European Palooza! One significant highlight from their trip was the chance to visit Our Chalet and Pax Lodge in Switzerland, which is an international Girl Guide and Girl Scout center and one of five World Centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). While they were in Italy, the troops toured the Roman Colosseum, saw the Sistine Chapel, and took a gondola ride in Venice. While in Germany, they visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and took a bike tour of Munich. After hiking the Swiss Alps, they ventured off to France for their next stop, which included a walking tour of Paris with a special stop at Disneyland Paris. In London, they saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, visited the Tower of London, saw Mary Poppins in London’s West End, and so much more!

One of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s international travel troops, troop 71531, took 22 Girl Scouts to Switzerland and Italy for the trip of a lifetime! While they were in Adelboden, Switzerland, they had the opportunity to visit Our Chalet. They also took a cable car ride to Mt. Pilatus, hiked the Swiss Alps, and stopped by the Lion Monument in Lucerne. In Venice, Italy, they took a walking tour of the unique bridges and canals the city has to offer, took a gondola ride, and saw a glassblowing demonstration in Murano. Along with seeing Italy’s famous art and architecture, they took a photo with a friar outside of the Basilica of St. Francis in the town of Assisi. Other stops included Rome, the Vatican, Pompeii, and the island of Capri. Troop 71531 co-leader, Marjorie Thomas, said, “It’s true, the Girl Scouts on this trip were bitten by the travel bug as they were introduced to different cultures, new experiences (airplane and boat rides), developed independence, tasted new food, had numerous Italian gelatos, and made new friends.”

All of these troops made memories to last a lifetime with their fellow Girl Scouts. With school starting up and a new Girl Scout year fast approaching, we can’t wait to see what adventures await all of our Girl Scouts in Northeast Ohio.