Ambassador Girl Scouts from Troop 20354 Alexis Chrisman and Jasmin Pelzer and Cadette Girl Scout from Troop 20588 Zoe Chrisman traveled to Bermuda along with their mothers and leaders Liz Chrisman, Holly Pelzer, and Jessica Pelzer. They traveled with 75 other Girl Scouts and many other chaperones from across the United States on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Adventure of the Seas. After finding the opportunity through Troop friendship and a couple of great Leaders from Girl Scouts of the Southeastern Michigan Council, their journey began.
The girls have been selling Treats, Reads, and More, along with Girl Scout cookies and their own fundraiser of making masks during covid to pay for their trip. With covid hitting the US and their trip being pushed from 2021 to 2022, it gave them a better opportunity to earn more money to go.
Finally, being able to go, they got their passports and all the required travel documents. They set sail on a five-day cruise from Cape Liberty, NJ port to Kings Wharf, Bermuda, and back. While on board, they met with their Girl Scout sisters, swapped SWAPS (girl scout term for special whatchamacallits affectionately pinned somewhere), and attended workshops to earn their WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) and Oceanic badges along with other assorted girl scout badges. They also had fun activities such as scavenger hunts and bingo. There was also plenty of free time to enjoy the various activities on the ship.
After reaching Bermuda, the first day was filled with meeting the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts from Bermuda) and a service project to help them clean up their beautiful beaches. The Girl Guides put out a Bermudian lunch for all of them to try, and they had a cultural exchange with swaps and singing songs from ours and their country. Afterward, they headed back to the ship for free time for the rest of the evening.
Day 2 started with a Dolphin encounter and touring the National Museum of Bermuda. The girls and adult chaperones got to swim with the dolphins. An awesome experience for all. After that, it was off to the beautiful Horseshoe beach for some swimming. Bermuda has many beautiful beaches, but Horseshoe beach is said to be one of the most beautiful to travel to. And it did not disappoint. After two days in Bermuda, it was back to the ship to head back to the United States.
Jasmin said, “her favorite part of the trip was meeting the Girl Guides in Bermuda and Cleaning the beaches, although it was a very hot day.”
Alexis said, “the food was yummy, and she loved the shows on the ship.”
Zoe said, “her favorite things were the dolphin encounter and the inflatable water obstacle course.”
Ambassador Girl Scout from Troop 20354 Margaret Tompkins and her mother, Lisa Polidori, traveled abroad to Italy and Greece with EF Tours and our NYPenn Pathways Council. There were 8 Girl Scouts & many chaperones from our council that went on this 13day trip. Maggie also sold Treats, Reads, and More and Girl Scout Cookies to fundraise to go on this trip. Again because of Covid hitting the countries, her trip was also pushed from 2021 to 2022.
Finally, being able to go, Maggie got her passport and all the vaccinations she needed to travel abroad. They started with an overnight flight to Europe, arriving in Rome. They went sightseeing at the Vatican, the Catacombs, and the Colosseum. Next, they went on to sightseeing in Florence. They traveled to Igoumenitsa to visit the Monastery on to Delphi and some more sightseeing in Athens. There they took a Greek Island Cruise and toured Mykonos, Kusadasi/Patmos, Crete, and Santorini. Finally, it was back to Athens for a return flight home.
The group met some Girl Guides when they were in Kalambaka. Most of the girls said that the Greek dinner with singing, dancing, and plate breaking was their favorite part.
Girl Scouts offers many opportunities for girls to travel. In the coming years, Troop Friendship Cruises plan to go to the Bahamas and Alaska in 2023 and cruise out of Galveston in 2024. NYPenn Pathways and EF Tours are planning trips to Japan in 2023, Galapagos in 2024, and England, Ireland, and Wales in 2025.