Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.
“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,” said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”
Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.
Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”
Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.
“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities. I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”
Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH and mock trial. Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.
Don’t forget to use your 2013 nut bucks earned from the fall program prior to September 15.
Part of the Virtual Pathway is an exciting new program called Taken Charge™.
Taken Charge™ is a browser based video game that teaches the National Education Technology Standards. Taken Charge™ teaches students the fundamentals that span all technology topics by equipping students, increasing confidence and preparing students for advanced topics such as coding and robotics. Taken Charge™ provides the building blocks of a quality technology education to students of any age but is ideal for grades fifth to twelfth.
During 14-18 Hours of learning; 49 Unique levels, and earning 36 digital badges, our girls will be able to learn about: PC Parts, Operating System and File Skills, Internet Skills, Networking Skills, Social Network Safety, Cyberbullying and Problem Solving.
Please fill out this Taken Charge Interest form for account information.
This will be on a first come first serve basis for serving 2,000 girls with at least a 4th grade reading level. Questions? Contact Valerie Wooten.
Each Tuesday in September, the P2P Shops will feature a T-shirt at 25% off regular price. One Day Only! (While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.)
On-time registration is happening now and we have some pretty great incentives to go along with it! Get your troop re-registered for the 2015 Girl Scout year by September 30 and start taking advantage of these great perks! Learn more here.
Are you ready for an opportunity of a lifetime? Daisies and Brownies: There’s always something new to learn! Your very own Jr. FLL team will allow you to take a closer look at where and how learning happens every day. Get ready to dive into the Jr. FLL Think Tank!
Juniors and Cadettes: Do you know what the future of learning is? FIRST LEGO League teams will find the answers! Redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Get ready for a whole new class – FLL World Class!
If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail our STEM Program Manager Valerie Wooten.
Excited for our 2014 Girl Scout Convention in spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah?
We are too! And we have great news: registration is now live! Even better, if you register now, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $70 on the all-inclusive, four-day package.
How can you maximize your convention experience? It’s easy. Just follow these three steps:
- Discover: Follow this link to learn more about convention, including discounted accommodations and special pre-convention gatherings, such as the Girl Scout History Conference 2014 and Girl Scout University (GSU) learning sessions.
- Connect: Invite your friends to join you at convention!
- Take Action: Register now.
We look forward to celebrating with you all the great things Girl Scouts do! Let’s convention!
Our lifetime members are a cherished part of our family. By making a commitment to Girl Scouts, you will be supporting the Lifetime Membership Endowment Fund, which is used to develop and extend Girl Scout membership to all girls. Lifetime membership as a Girl Scout adult is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership cost, and is 18 years of age or older or is a high school graduate or the equivalent.
Lifetime membership dues are $375 (25 times the annual dues). A special lifetime membership, at the reduced cost of $195 (13 times the annual dues), is offered to girls who are registered Girl Scouts 14–17 at the time of their high school graduation, provided they apply for lifetime membership before their current annual membership expires.
You will receive from GSUSA:
- A lifetime membership certificate signed by the Chair of the National Board of Directors
- A lifetime membership card
- Information on how you can purchase a lifetime membership pin
- A lifelong connection with a mission-focused, values-driven organization that helps girls develop as happy and resourceful citizens
To become a lifetime member, print an adult membership registration form and in the green strip above your name, indicate “Lifetime Member.” In the gray block to the right of your personal information, indicate if you are already an adult or are a graduating Ambassador. Complete the application and bring it with your payment to the service center most convenient to you. If you prefer, mail your application and payment to the following address:
530 4th St. SW
Hickory, NC 28602
A lifetime membership booth will also be available at the Annual Meeting on April 26, 2014 to accept lifetime membership registrations or to answer your questions about lifetime membership.