TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. —Truckee Girl Scout Troop 444 will be heading to “Our Chalet” in Switzerland, an international Girl Guide/Girl Scout Center in Switzerland and one of the four World Centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. There are also World Centers in Mexico, London and India.
Our Chalet was the first of the four centers and opened in 1932. The center offers year-round activities for Girl Guides, Girls Scouts and Leaders from around the world. Only in the United States are they called Girls Scouts.
Six girls and two adults will be travel to the oldest Girl Scout Center Our Chalet, which just celebrated 80 years in existence. Here they will meet Girl Scouts from all over the world and be ambassadors from Truckee. No troop from Truckee has visited a national girl scout center since 2008, and no Truckee troops have ever visited Out Chalet. Troops from Truckee have visited Our Cabana in Mexico City, Mexico and Pax Lodge in London, England.
The girls who will travel have been involved in scouting since they were 5 or 6-years-old and are now 16 to 17-years-old.
They earned money for this trip by selling Girl Scout Cookies, hosting a Mother-Daughter Tea and two Father-Daughter dances. They recently hosted a Ladies Night Out at the Martis Camp Family Barn thanks to Mark Johnson, Sydney Stokes, Michael McPhee, Joshua Plack, Kelly Turner and Roa and the Midnight S’mores, which provided music for the evening. They have also received monetary donations from Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, Olin and Jackie Whitescarver and Karen Jones.
Last year Troop 444 earned their Silver Award by building a table and three planter boxes, earned the money to buy clothes and wrote letters of encouragement for the Courage 2BU safe house in the Sacramento area. This is a home for teen girls who have been involved in sex trafficking and need a safe place to live after being released from the juvenile system.
Younger Girl Scout troops helped to plant the planter boxes. Tahoe Truckee Lumbar donated the lumber for the table and the plantar boxes.
The girls traveling to Switzerland are Jessica Joplin, Chelsea Mohun, Rebecca Berelson, Dominique White, Kelty White and Elizabeth Costa. The girls would like to thank their parents and the community for their support of this once-in-a-lifetime trip.