A group of Baton Rouge area Girl Scouts used four years of cookie profits to fund a trip to the birthplace of Girl Scouting.
After saving more than $12,000 from four years of cookie sales, members of Girl Scouts of Troop 10324 went on a weeklong trip to Savannah, Georgia.
The Girl Scouts and their leaders visited the gravesite and birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low during the early June trip.
The first day of the trip included a trolley tour of the historic city and a stop at a local bee garden where they viewed the observational beehive they hope to get installed at their school later this year, said troop leader Nathalie Roy Mitchell.
The girls were brave enough to don beekeeping veils and visit the garden where the bees live and work to make honey, she said.
The group took part in a pinning ceremony during their visit to Low’s birthplace and touched the gates that Low created herself, a symbol for her nontraditional interests for a woman in the late 19th century, Mitchell said.
On the third day of the trip, the girls visited the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, where they interacted with ocean wildlife, took an exploratory beach walk and seined with a large net in the ocean. The afternoon was filled with a cruise to view dolphins and pelicans.
On day four of the trip, the girls returned to Savannah to visit Girl Scouts’ first headquarters and the site where the Low held her first Girl Scout troop meetings. The girls watched an early silent movie about Girl Scouting and learned how to signal Morse code with flags.
They also lit candles from the eternal flame of Girl Scouting.
The afternoon brought a visit to the Andrew Low house, where Juliette lived as an adult and died of breast cancer in 1927.
The trip continued with a tour of Tybee Island Light Station. The girls climbed all 186 steps to the top for an amazing view and then visited nearby national monument, Fort Pulaski, which was part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, Mitchell said.
Taking part in the trip were Shayla Andrews, Zaria Brown, Johanna Hilbun, Hannah Istre, Addison Mann, Arizona Mitchell, Karissa O’Neill, Megan Trauernicht, Allysa Wagenecht, Lauren Wesley and Theresa Verret. Adults were Stacy Verret and Sylvia Andrews along with leader Nathalie Roy Mitchell.
“This trip is a great example of what Girl Scouting can do for girls,” Mitchell said. “These girls took an amazing trip, which they earned through years of hard work. They discovered, connected, and took action to expand their world.
“The girls are already talking about their next trip … to ‘bridge’ to the next level of Girl Scouting on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or on the sky bridge of the Grand Canyon National Park. They get to decide,” she said.