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Girl Scouts from Alaska Take a Trip Down Under


18 Girl Scouts from Alaska traveled to New Zealand and Australia this summer. 

In New Zealand, the girls learned about the active geo-thermal area in Rotorua and about Maori culture at a Hangi feast. They rode the luge at Skyline and did the tree top walk at the Redwoods treewalk and took mud baths at Hells Gate. 

In Australia the girls toured Sydney; they attended a performance at the Sydney Opera House, went to a museum, and saw whales from Dawes Point. They then traveled on to see the Great Barrier Reef and went snorkeling. At the Aboriginal Center in Tjapukai, the girls learned how to throw a boomerang and a spear while learning about Aboriginal culture. After a ride on skyway gondolas through the rain forest, the girls returned to Cairns. There, they met with Girl Guides and were treated to a BBQ dinner. They sang camp songs and exchanged SWAPs. 

We can’t think of a better way to wrap up such an exciting trip!

The girls came from Ketchikan, Anchorage, and Wasilla and were a mix of Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. 

Here are some things that the girls learned along the way, in their own words: 

“I can be independent”

“I love learning new things”

“I can be on time”

“I can survive without constant WIFI”

“I learned how to budget my money”

“I am brave and confident”

“I learned a lot about other cultures”

“I want to travel again!”

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