Irving Ambassadors Explore Europe

Girl Scouting is all about exploring, connecting, and collaborating with others locally and globally, and these Irving Ambassadors did just that!

This summer was filled with global travel for Troops 1810 and 2869, who explored Europe.  The trip, which was coordinated through EF Tours, included stops in London, Paris, and Lucerne. The troop paid for the trip by saving their Cookie Program earnings and by hosting additional fund raisers.  The travel group also included Girl Scout troops from Washington and Pennsylvania.   

Their first stop was London and a visit to Buckingham Palace! They had the honor of being allowed in the Forecourt during the Changing of the Guard — did you know Girl Scouts are one of the few groups that are granted this privilege!

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Other London sights included Trafalgar Square, the Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. The Girl Scouts also just happened to be near the Palace of Westminster just as the Tour de France came through London, so they were able to see the riders as they passed.  The Girl Scouts also visited Pax Lodge, where they took part in the “Free Being Me” program and enjoyed a traditional British Tea. 

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Leaving London, the group traveled on the Eurostar to Paris where we visited Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Les Invalides, the Champs-Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower.  They also went to the top of the Tour Montparnasse, the tallest skyscraper in Paris, for a beautiful view of the city.

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A bus took them to Switzerland where they arrived at Our Chalet in Adelboden. Their two-night stay included participating in programs with Girl Guides from around the world.  The final stop in Switzerland was in Lucerne, where the girls saw the Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, traveled to the top of Mount Pilatus, and enjoyed an evening of Swiss folklore and traditions.

“When we started our Brownie troop in 2003, I never imagined we would do something like this.  For our Ambassadors, it was the trip of a lifetime,” noted Amy Roman, Girl Scout Advisor for Troop 2869.  

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