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Citrus Peel 2016-2017

Vol. 7

MARYANN’S TRAVELS This

MARYANN’S TRAVELS This year, I added a little Girl Scout adventure to my summer vacation, and it was AWESOME! As many of you know, I am interested in exploring the idea of creating a STEM-focused Girl Scout World Center right here in Central Florida! So, like a good Girl Scout, I knew I needed to research my idea to inform my goal setting and action plan. Well, what better way to do that than to travel to Pax Lodge in the United Kingdom and Our Chalet in Switzerland? Best idea, EVER, right? :) It was an incredible journey and well worthwhile. Pax Lodge rests in near the heart of London, with nearby access to public transportation, though I ended up taking advantage of Uber as a way to meet and chat with locals. The Lodge is actually quite simple in design and furnishings, but the opportunity to meet and greet with girls and women from across the globe was rich, indeed. While there, I met with the WAGGGS World Bureau Program Director and received a tour of the Bureau and tributes to Lady Baden Powell. 6

The next stop on my Girl Scout Journey was the beautiful, Our Chalet, in Adelboden, Switzerland. The chalet and surrounding Alps are nothing less than breathtaking, truly, I have never seen anything so awe inspiring. While furnishings are simple and rustic, they add to the overall charm of the experience. Looking out my window that first morning, I felt as if I had just landed inside the book, Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. The people you meet, the surreal views, the sisterhood, even the food in the dining hall, will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime. You must go! 7

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