Travel and Girl Scouting

By Timalee Nevels

Hands down, my favorite experiences with Girl Scouts are times that I’ve been with teen girls exploring the world.  Among my favorite memories are the time that 15 year old Morgan navigated our group across Ireland,  sharing familiar silly songs with Girl Guides, and none of us were the same after touring the former Dachau concentration camp.   There are many, many wonderful learning and growing experiences when a girl is a part of this wonderful movement, but there’s no quicker way to learn 21st century skills that girls need in the modern world than when she travels.  Girls who travel gain confidence and become self-directed.  They increase their flexibility, global awareness and cultural sensitivity. 

It’s my pleasure to be working with 30 teens from three counties in Southern Arizona to plan a 9 day trip to London and Paris for the summer of 2015.  We have girls from Santa Cruz County (pictured here in their trip t-shirts with a donor), Cochise and Pima Counties.  These girls will work individually and in groups to earn the money to fund their trips.    In the year leading up to the trip, we’ll all be meeting regularly to learn travel skills, bond as a group and prepare for all that we will see and do. 

If travel has made a difference in your life and you would be interested in offering a gift of financial support toward a girls trip please contact  me at


24, 2014


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