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Pinning ceremony

Pinning ceremony

Submitted by LeEllen Condry

During the week of June 17-23, 2015, Troop #561 from Granby, Colorado, plus Marlene Logan and I from Denver, traveled to London, England to experience the British culture. We joined a troop from St. Paul, Minnesota and as one large Girl Scout troop we traveled throughout London.

London is a fabulous city. There was so much planned on our agenda. Our group saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; visited Kensington Palace and saw the rooms which contained Queen Victoria’s dresses; had tea at The Orangery which is located on the grounds of Kensington Palace; rode the London Eye; attended a theatre show called 39 Steps; painted a canvas; walked around the East End of London to see street art from artists such as Banksy; toured the National Gallery which housed works of art from Monet; walked through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana Memorial; and shopped in wonderful areas of London.

The highlights of the trip were visiting Pax Lodge and having a Harry Potter Tour at Warner Brothers outside of London. At Pax Lodge, I truly enjoyed watching the girls experience the pinning ceremony under the beautiful tree. For dinner, we had a British delicacy of fish and chips. The Harry Potter tour included viewing the costumes worn by the actors, and visiting the sets that were used in the movies. The Hogwarts Express train, the Knight Bus, and Buckbeak, Hagrid’s pet were also on display. The gift shop also was incredible. Anything and everything about Harry Potter was in there. After the Harry Potter tour was over, I felt that I had personally connected with Harry Potter.

For summer of 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be hosting our first Destination trip to Ireland, Wales, and England. I hope you will be able to join us. Please check out our trip on the Destination page of GSUSA on August 15, 2015. All details including registration will be included. If you have any questions please contact LeEllen Condry at

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