Ten girls and two adults from Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois climbed a lighthouse, learned how to load a cannon and played in the Atlantic Ocean during an unforgettable trip to the birthplace of Girl Scouts – Savannah, Georgia.
They joined troops from San Diego and Seattle for the four-day trip.
From Shawna Purdum, one of the adults on the trip:
We did a lot of things I know the girls will never forget. Thursday we took a walking tour of the historic district, a horse carriage ride and we enjoyed dinner at the Pirate House.
Friday we joined the Confederate Army at Old Fort Jackson (the girls learned signaling with flags, how to load a cannon and about life in war time), climbed the Tybee Lighthouse (all 178 spiraling steps of it), played in the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Beach, took a Dolphin Cruise, tested our courage by eating unfamiliar seafood at The Crab Shack and had the opportunity to feed alligators.
On Saturday, we spent the day at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace learning about Girl Scouting through the decades and taking a tour of the house where she grew up, we ate at the Paula Dean restaurant and went on a ghost tour in the historic district.
Sunday we visited the first Girl Scout Headquarters and the Andrew Low House where Juliette lived after she was married (we even saw the bedroom where she passed away). Our last stop of the trip was the cemetery where she was buried and the girls were able to make a rubbing of her tombstone if they wanted to. The Iowa girls sang Girl Scouts Together and On My Honor as we stood there taking it all in.
And, of course, there was a lot of shopping.
I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked where we were from and told us a little story about their Girl Scout experiences. The girls were very impressed by the people of Savannah and how much respect they had for Girl Scouts. We even had a guy say to us, “Thank you for saving the world!”
Though the girls weren’t thrilled to be traveling in uniform or matching T-shirts (after all it was over 100 degrees every day we were there!) they did realize that was how people knew they were Girl Scouts and they would have missed out on seeing that respect if they were dressed any other way.
I have attached a few pictures. The first one is taken on the front steps of the Andrew Low House. Juliette had a picture taken of the first Girl Scout troop on those steps so we felt the need to do the same.
It was an amazing trip and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to share it with our future leaders.