Whales, Tales and Trails Destination
Last week, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts hosted 24 girls from all over the country for our Whales, Tales and Trails Destination program. Several of the girls are from within our council and represented towns such as Carver, Methuen, Lawrence and Lexington. Many of the girls who came from out of state had never been to New England before this visit!
During the program, the girls were able to improve their writing skills while learning about New England history and culture. Endicott College in Beverly was home base for the week, giving the girls a sneak peek at college campus living.
The Destination began with a flag ceremony featuring local Girl Scouts in vintage Girl Scout uniforms. Pat Parcellin, GSEM’s CEO, and Elizabeth Stevenson, GSEM’s Board Chair, welcomed the girls to Massachusetts.
The group had the chance to work with local female authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Kristine Asselin and Edith M. Maxwell to improve their writing skills.
The girls learned about Louisa May Alcott, the late author and role model whose novel “Little Women” is as beloved by girls today as it was when it was published in two volumes in the late 1860s. While visiting the Alcott home in Concord, called Orchard House, the girls took time to write in their journals about the experience, and some girls were interviewed by a local reporter.
The group explored the New England coastline by visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and by going on a whale watch out of Gloucester.
The group then got to discover Salem during a scavenger hunt
and Boston through a Duck Tour.
Every Destination includes an opportunity for girls to give back, and our girls wrapped up their busy week by working on a service project at the Beverly School for the Deaf.
We are already missing this awesome group of girls! We can’t wait to see the amazing stories they write after all of their adventures.