A major Girl Scout squad – 23 girls and 11 adults – delighted in the bright lights of the Big Apple last October! Wonder what it’s like to take the trip of a lifetime? Three of our fearless G.I.R.L. travelers shared their journal entries to inspire you to embark on your own adventure!
Day One, October 12, 2017
Wow! 5:30 a.m. is SOOO early…but, the excitement for the trip wouldn’t let me sleep much anyway. As soon as we landed in NYC, we went straight to Times Square. I can’t think of a better welcome to New York. It was the perfect place to just look around and take in the city. We shopped a bit and headed to Radio City Music Hall. We took an informative behind-the-scenes tour and actually met a Rockette! It was a dream come true. I got to see beautiful costumes, private lounges, and the impressive stage the Rockettes perform on. Today was the best start to our NYC adventure!
-Mackenzie Broderick, Girl Scout Ambassador
Day Two, October 13, 2017
We started our day with a bus tour that ended at Central Park. We walked across the bridge from the Maid of Honor movie. So exciting! We also learned about and took a picture by the “Imagine” mosaic made in honor of John Lennon. That means a lot to me because our class song for graduation is “Imagine.” We ate lunch at Grand Central Station. The name is no joke…it was crazy, busy there! The best part of today was seeing the Broadway production of School of Rock. What an energetic, fun show! Day two was awesome.
-Cherokee Purviance, Girl Scout Ambassador
Day Three, October 14, 2017
Our third day began with a ferry boat ride to the Statue of Liberty. We took a few photos and headed to Ellis Island. We spent a few hours there, and it felt like the millions of immigrants that came through the island were still among us. We made our way to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. This experience will stay with me forever. It’s such a somber tribute to all the people we lost that day. The museum is unbelievably beautiful and sad at the same time. We took a picture with a group of NYC policemen. They were all smiles when we asked for a photo! After that, we headed to Little Italy and ate delicious, authentic Italian food. YUM! We shopped in the quaint shops that lined the street. This was one of my favorite moments on the trip! We ended our day with some creamy gelato.
-Chloe Blumanthal, Girl Scout Senior
Day Four, October 15, 2017
We started our final day at the American Museum of Natural History (the museum from The Night at the Museum movie). It had astonishing exhibits, a maze of rooms on many levels, and kept us busy for hours. We later visited the Guggenheim - a modern art museum designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This was a quirky, cool surprise, and we highly recommend a visit there! The building is white and circular-shaped, which is a really wonderful contrast to all the other sharp, rectangular buildings throughout New York City. We flew back to Omaha later that day and said our good-byes to all our new friends.
-Chloe, Cherokee and MacKenzie
This article was originally published in the Spring 2018 edition of The Juliette Gazette magazine.