From the Swiss Alps to the lakes of Minnesota, Julia has traveled from abroad to study, experience American culture, and get a glimpse of what it’s like being a Girl Scout in the United States!
At age 11 in 2011, she joined the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement and made new friends, explored the outdoors, and connected with her leaders. In 2015, Julia began her journey as a leader, guiding 40 girls (grades 4–8) in her community alongside her co-leaders. Having young leaders is a tradition for the Swiss Guide and Scouting Movement because it provides leadership experience and training for young people. Julia finds joy leading activities and helping girls build their outdoor skills, taking trips to the lake to go swimming, and exploring the great forests and woods. On their 10-day camping trips up in the picturesque Swiss Alps, you can find them chatting, singing, and best of all—roasting chocolate bananas over a campfire!
“It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, we’re always doing everything outside!”
Last fall, she packed her bags and flew to Minnesota to spend an academic year in the United States and found a host family with a shared passion for the Girl Scout Movement! She’s currently a Girl Scout in Troop 11599 (along with her host sister!) and has been enjoying her experience as a Girl Scout in the United States. As she has been settling into her new troop, she has attended Girl Scout events, gone kayaking, and participated painting activities.
What surprises Julia the most with Girl Scouting in the United States is seeing how girls are such go-getters and pioneers in their community! She finds it interesting that girls often participate in patch and badge-earning programs and activities (in her home country, it’s usually a stamp/patch from camp placed on their shirts). Her experiences have also shed light on how much parents can contribute to Girl Scouts (as volunteers and leaders!). She also shares that uniforms take on a different style. Though girls in the United States sport their sashes and vests, her troop wears matching sweatshirts, a brown shirt, and a group scarf or neckerchief that represent their troop colors (theirs is blue and red).
Despite her Girl Scouting adventures in the United States coming to an end this summer, she’ll forever be part of a global connection of a larger Girl Scout sisterhood! She can’t wait to share her experiences with her fellow Swiss Guides about how amazing it was to witness the same Girl Scout movement in action at home, in another continent.
Way to broaden your horizons, take a risk, and try something different, Julia—like a Girl Scout!