Alyssa spent two weeks touring England, France, Switzerland and Italy, visiting World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centres and famous landmarks she had only seen in history books. Alyssa worked for two years selling more than 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to make her dream come true. She shares her journey with us here:
Our first day at Our Chalet we dressed in our uniforms. Then it came to the point where 10 teenage girls had to share two mirrors. Once we finally ready we made our way outside to take part in the flag ceremony.
During the ceremony we learned the names of all the staff and where they were from. We met girls from Italy, Germany, and California. Sadly our friends from Canada had left early in the morning to continue their trip. We had a pinning ceremony where we received the official Our Chalet pin.
We had two choices for the morning program. You could learn traditional Swiss paper cutting or Swiss fire building. I chose to learn how to build a fire. Two of the staff members showed us how to cut and place the wood. They also announced we would be racing in teams of three. The first team to burn through their sting and drop the rock would win.
It was different from how we would normally build a fire since we had to use a knife to cut all of the kindling and tinder out of logs. But there was another twist: you only got one match. The only way to get another match was to sing a Girl Scout camp fire song to the judges.
After a lot of singing and cutting of wood, my team which consisted of Diego, Shannon and I had a fire going. After adding more wood to fuel the fire our string burned and the rock fell to the ground. We won! All three teams were eventually successful in building a fire.
After a filling lunch of Swiss barbecue, we hiked down the mountain towards the town of Adelboden and then back up the mountain to the wood carver’s shop. It took about an hour and a half to get there but it was well worth it. The views were amazing and the wood carvings were very intricate.
We ate yummy lemon pound cake and had a cool drink on the outdoor patio. When we finished we called for a taxi to take us back to Our Chalet. Let me tell you it is scary driving on a Swiss mountain. The road is very narrow; it is only wide enough for one auto. Thankfully our driver was very skilled. Some of our group decided to walk back and went to explore the gorge we had passed on the way to the wood carver’s shop.
After dinner we started our Swiss Folk night. We played Switzerland Jeopardy in order to win a secret prize. What we didn’t know was that our surprise was chocolate fondue. It was delicious!
Our group at Our Chalet
Alyssa with Haley & Teresa of GS USA in Germany & Italy
Shannon, Alyssa, & Diego with Paloma of Our Chalet
Pinning ceremony at Our Chalet
Exchanged SWAPS with Patricia from GS USA in Germany
Candace, Marisol, and Alyssa on the steps at Our Chalet
Hiking to the Wood Carver’s shop