Our Cabaña is a unique programme based in the Girl Scout style. Girls of all ages can explore México’s traditions and culture in a fun and interesting way. Going on this adventure will make participants feel like one big family and like they are truly part of the community. Here is what Girl Scout Leader of Troop 625, Robyn Sealander, had to say about her experience:
"Fellow Girl Scout volunteer Veronica Bates and I were recently awarded the Wellman-Leonard Our Cabaña Travel Scholarship and on February 18, we traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico, for an amazing, inspiring, life-changing experience. We spent eight days in Mexico and were joined by two Guiding volunteers from Western Canada, as well as a group of 33 Guiding volunteers from the United Kingdom. Our ages ranged from 19 to 82, so we were certainly a diverse group! Our Cabaña is run by six paid staff members and four volunteers. The volunteers were energetic young women from Brazil, Scotland, England and Australia.
The first four days of the trip were spent at Our Cabaña, a beautiful compound consisting of low-slung, red-tiled roof buildings: dormitories, a dining hall, a craft house, an activities building, administrative offices, plus outdoor features like the tennis court, a swimming pool, and a brand new fire pit. The beautifully maintained grounds are lush and feature many native plants. The buildings, most of which were built in the 1950s, were constructed using lava stones in the walls. The weather was gorgeous - sunny and in the 80s every day! Veronica and I were so lucky to be at Our Cabaña to celebrate World Thinking Day 2016. We were joined by about 60 Mexican Guides, many of whom have their weekly troop meetings at Our Cabaña. We learned about each others’ countries and traditions, gave each other language lessons, played some very silly games, and worked together on a service project to bring a day of joy to a group of local orphans. World Thinking Day culminated in a fantastic campfire and songfest, with each group taking turns leading the singing. And I was happy to find out that s’mores are an international campfire treat!
Celebrating World Thinking Day at the World Center, with a truly international group of girls and women, was a deeply moving experience for me. It meant so much to witness firsthand the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding."
For questions about the application, contact Samantha Lott Hale. Applications are due October 15.