Wednesday June 6th, 2012
Alarms begin ringing across Southwest Texas at 3 a.m., cars starting at 3:45 a.m., greetings occur at the airport at 4:30 a.m. Typically, a teenager would just be falling asleep at that time in the summer, but my Girl Scout sisters and I were just waking up to start our fun-filled five-day trip to our nation's capital to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting with more than a quarter of a million Girl Scouts!
Once we found our tour guide, Mr. Daryll, in Baltimore, Maryland, we took a bus ride over to the heart of Washington, D.C., to start a fun day of exploration.
Ms. Stacey, our bus driver, dropped us off at our first stop: the Natural History Museum, where we saw the Hope Diamond, an exquisite animal exhibit and had lengthy conversations with some of the younger Girl Scouts in our group about the historical connections Girl Scouts have.
After a long day of traveling and museum visiting, we drove up to Rockville, Maryland to check into our hotel.
As dinner time neared, we drove to an Italian restaurant just down the road from the White House, Carmine's. After a family style Italian dinner feasting on garlic bread, salad, and pasta dishes, we set forth to our next destination: the Vietnam Memorial.
This memorial carved inside of slope of green grass, reflected our image to tell us that we have the power to change the world and fight for our freedom like those veterans and lost soldiers did.
As the sun was setting, we walked over to the Lincoln Memorial. Just as we arrived, rain poured down on us. Right when we found shelter in the Memorial, the rain cleared up, leaving a rainbow over the Washington Monument and a perfect end to our Wednesday night.
Lauren Broderick has been a Girl Scout for eleven years and is an amabassador in Troop 4931. She currently serves as the Girl Board Chair on the GSSWT Board of Directors. She also serves on the CEO’s teen advisory committee and is a Girl Champion of the 100th Anniversary Travel Committee She is currently pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award to achieve drug awareness in the community.