Girl Scouts from across eastern Iowa and western Illinois, including Katrina Cecchini and Kristin Daugherty of Fairfield, have embarked on an 18-day trip to Europe to visit cultural icons such as the Tower of London, Lourve, and Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The group left the Quad Cities July 11 and will arrive back in the states today.
Through fund-raising efforts, the 23 teens and six adults have made the journey possible. The girls raised funds in many ways including babysitting and hosting spa events for younger Girl Scouts. For most girls, the Europe trip has been in their plans for years.
“We’ve been talking about it ... since we were little,” said Rachel Lefler of Stronghurst, Illinois. “My aunt and cousin went on it 12 years ago and they loved it,” she said. “They used to show me scrapbooks, and I’m just really excited that I get to go too.”
Rachel Gevock and Kendra Tillis, both of Fairfield, were among the 40 scouts and adult leaders who made the 15-day trip in late July and early August in 2003. Girl Scouts who experienced “European Xtreme” in 2003 visited London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy and Vatican City. The trip also included visits to two Girl Scout/Girl Guide Centers: Pax Lodge in London, England; and Our Chalet in Switzerland.
“My favorite part was seeing all the different pieces of history, especially the Roman coliseum,” said Tillis. “It was always interesting to learn about Europe in school, but I never...