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5/21/2019 12:11:00 AM
Girl Scout Troop 1893 Visits Bahamas During Spring Break
Girl Scout Troop 1893 from Denver, N.C. (Photos Courtesy Anne Bias)
Girl Scout Troop 1893 from Denver, N.C. 

(Photos Courtesy Anne Bias)
Girl Scout Troop 1893 pose with Girl Guides in Nassau, Bahamas.
Girl Scout Troop 1893 pose with
Girl Guides in Nassau, Bahamas.

Anne Bias, Leader - GS Troop 1893
Press Release

DENVER, N.C. - Girl Scout Troop 1893 from Denver, N.C. spent their spring break bridging the gap between two communities an ocean apart fulfilling the dream they had created years prior. 

In the fall of 2017, the girl scout troop who hold their meetings at Salem United Methodist Church, made a decision to save all their profits from selling product (cookies, candy and nuts) toward this amazing trip.   They also chose to support and collect donations for The Dignified Girl Project.  A community-based project which provides free personal care packages to girls aged 6-17 years. The packages are sent quarterly to reputable civic groups which distribute them throughout the community.

Over the last eight months, the troop started a “video” pen pal relationship with a Girl Guides Troop (equivalent of Girl Scouts) in Nassau, Bahamas.  Through their videos, they shared facts about their culture and country as well as the fun activities they did during their meetings.  Our local Girl Scout Troop 1893 tried to learn more about the country by choosing to represent Bahamas in our annual Thinking Day event.  After learning about the country and selling cookies on many cold rainy mornings, all the hard work had paid off and the troop boarded a cruise ship for departure to a great adventure.  

Upon arrival to Nassau, the Girl Scouts proudly delivered over 850 donated items to Phillipa Dean of The Dignified Girl Project. The organization was very grateful for the donation.   After the meeting with Phillipa, the girls were ready for a day of immersion into our Girl Guides community.  

The itinerary included an island tour explaining important buildings, historical figures and Fort Charlotte.   The troop was also treated with a Bohemian lunch and a visit to the Educulture Junkanoo Museum experience.  Educulture explained how to design their own Junkanoo headpieces in the “shack” and created their own Junkanoo parade. 

Completing the day with a refreshing swim in the ocean, the troops started out as strangers and left as friends.  This was truly a life changing experience for everyone.  This quote from one our local girl scouts describes our entire experience: “The Bahamas was an experience I will never forget, especially the kind and giving people living in Nassau. I never expected the girls there to be so much like us!”

One of the quotes from the Girl Guides in Nassau, Ariel stated: “I really enjoyed the experience and meet new people and made new friends.  Rachel, another Girl Guide also mentioned “It was a very, very nice day and if I could re-live that day I would!  And bring us more cookies!” 

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