Two Washington County Girl Scouts visit Swiss chalet

September 08, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

For Anastasia Broadus and Mallory Dill, it was just like the song said: "high up, high on the mountain, we've founded our chalet."

The two Shawnee Council Girl Scouts recently returned from a dream trip to Adelboden, Switzerland, where they spent a week at Our Chalet, which has been an international Girl Scouts site for more than 50 years.

"I learned about the opportunity to visit Our Chalet earlier this year," said Anastasia, 15, a student at North Hagerstown and Washington County Technical high schools.

The July trip was subsidized by the Shawnee Council. In addition to being her first international trip, it was Anastasia's first time on an airplane, which flew from Dulles to Zurich.


"We hiked a lot," she said. One of those hikes, where the girls went off and found their way back by correctly reading maps, was called the Our Chalet challenge.

Her group consisted of nine U.S. Girl Scouts, including Mallory Dill, the other Shawnee Council representative.

She, too, learned about the international opportunity in January. "I heard the buzz and was invited to go," Mallory said.

A senior at South Hagerstown High School, Mallory, 17, also was a first-time flyer and international traveler. Unable to sleep on the long plane trip, Mallory said she suffered from jet lag her first day but quickly got into the swing of things.

The land for Our Chalet was given to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by an American woman to be used as an international home where all could come and make new friends.

Mallory and Anastasia got to participate in high-rope courses, which included rappeling off a bridge.

"I got to go whitewater rafting and rock climbing, too," Mallory said.

Anastasia, a Scout since she was in second grade, is in Jane Barvir's Troop 888, which meets at Memorial Recreation Center.

Mallory's troop, also led by Barvir, is Troop 887, which meets at Frederick Manor.

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