Boston or Bust!

Earning Our Way to Boston: A Girl Scout Troop’s Story

For the last two years my Girl Scout Troop—8170—has planned and s ved up for our goal to visit Boston, MA. We spent time researching sights and activities. This July we finally met our goal and boarded a plane headed for the East Coast.

When we arrived our troop visited many of the city’s historical sit s on the eight-day trip. Our adventures included walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the JFK Presidential Library, riding on the swan boats in Boston Common, and throwing tea off the Boston Tea Party ships. We also got to see a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and attend a Boston Pops concert.

“Going to Boston was such a great experience, for learning a d sightseeing,” said troop member Carly Berglas.

Our troop would like to thank everyone who bought Girl Scout cookies and nuts over the last two years for helping to fund our amazing experience. Thanks for helping us achieve our goal.

Special thanks go to our troop leaders, Karen Berglas and Jackie Perez, for encouraging us to explore the city and putting up with our giggles. We hope to be an example for any other Scout troops who want to take a trip somewhere around the world. You can do it if you work hard to earn your way there.

Emma McIntosh

A Leader’s Point of View:

Boston or Bust

Our girls were 6 years old when we started our Girl Scout journey. We have seen them grow from Daisies, who struggled to work with glue and glitter, to Cadettes who can sell 8,000+ cookies in two years, research places in the U.S. they want to visit, plan a $15,000+ budget, and set up rules for themselves on how to behave without their parents for a week.

Our schedule was packed. In addition to the sights Emma mentioned we also: watched fireworks in the harbor; took a Freedom Trail private tour, a Harvard tour, and a day trip to Salem; went behind the scenes at the aquarium; and visited the Museum of Science.

While these were amazing, it was the little things that really made it special for the girls: spending July 4th in the birthplace of independence; cannoli’s and gelato in Little Italy; free ice cream at Faneuil Hall; tryi g new food; a merry-go-round ride in the park; jumping rope in matching shirts; and sweatshirt purchases for everyone. We could not have been more proud of how our girls behaved, absorbed the experience, and showed the responsibility and maturity to be on a trip far from home.

You know what we’re talking about if you are a scout or leader. Bei g a leader is a lot of work: meetings, badges, organizing, driving, forms, financials, and garages full of cookies and nuts. To watch girls make lasting friendships, have conversations about college, see them learn how to navigate the subway, have them experience a trip they will remember for a lifetime, and know that each and every one of them has the capacity and the spirit to do something extraordinary for our world makes it all worthwhile. It is a privilege to lead these young ladies, and we look forward to our next big adventure.

Karen Berglas and Jackie Perez, Troop 8170 Leaders