A group of 20 Dolgeville Girl Scouts in grades 5 to 12, along with 19 adult chaperons, traveled to Washington, D.C.
The four day trip began with a visit to the White House where the scouts watched the presidential helicopter land on the front lawn to pick up President Barack Obama. The next stop was by Metro to Arlington National Cemetery to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as the eternal flame at President John F. Kennedy’s grave site. Some of the scouts and their mothers went on to the National Zoo while others went to the hotel for swimming and relaxation. On the second day of the trip the group split into smaller groups, traveled by trolley and visited attractions of their choice. The attractions included the Washington Monument, the memorials of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam veterans, the Korean War veterans, The World Ware II Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Other attractions included the National Cathedral, Georgetown cupcakes, Juliette Low medallion, the aquarium and the National Museum. On the third day of the trip the group visited the National Archives where they viewed the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. The next stop was the Old Post Office Pavilion built in 1899 and restored as a shopping destination. Everyone enjoyed lunch, a little shopping, and experienced a birds-eye view of Washington from the pavilion’s 270-foot observation deck. From there the scouts traveled to Ford’s Theater for a self-guided tour of the theater where the assassination of Abraham Lincoln took place. The group went to the Peterson House where Lincoln died and also viewed the exhibits at the Center for Education Leadership. The day ended with time to visit a museum of their choice. Day four was an early morning flight back to New York.
The trip was made possible by the community support the scouts received over the past 18 months of fundraising.
Girl scouting is open to all girls in grades K to 12 and builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, according to a news release. Most girls join a troop for fun and friendship. They participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls over the course of an academic year. Girls may also join as an independent Girl Scout. This allows them to pick and choose what events they would like to attend throughout the year. The Girl Scout registration fee is $15. Any adults older than 18 years of age interested in joining as a leader, co-leader or adult helper may also register. Look for the registration table at the elementary open house at Dolgeville Central School on Sept. 19 beginning at 6 pm. For more information check out the new webpage at www.DolgevilleGirlScouts.org or call service unit manager Brenda Barton at 429-3603.