Girl Scouting is part of a global sisterhood that encourages girls to see the value of diversity in a multicultural world. Girls learn to think and act in ways that promote an inclusive environment; respecting and valuing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences.
Troop 228 wanted to connect with Girl Guides from another country. In 2012, the girls were paired with England Girl Guides from 1st Egremont of Cumbria in northern England and become pen pals. After exchanging letters and chatting via Skype for almost four years, the girls decided to connect on a deeper level.
The English Girl Guides thought it would be a great idea to visit Arizona and meet Troop 228. To help fundraise their trip, the Girl Guides earned funds by packing grocery bags at their local super markets and hosting weekly Bingo events.
In 2016, the England Girl Guides finally arrived to Arizona! The group of girls bonded together with non-stop adventures like exploring the Grand Canyon and Sedona, watching a baseball game, and volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.
Troop 228 and the Girl Guides have decided to reunite again in three years before their high school graduation! We can’t wait to hear about their next adventure!
Looking to celebrate international friendships? Check out World Thinking Day in February 2017!