Fischer takes long-awaited Girl Scout trip | News

SHELDON—Reegan Fischer, 17, of Sheldon experienced a lot of firsts during her girl scout pilgrimage to Savannah, GA, June 18-25.

Fischer raised the money for the trip over a few years, selling Girl Scout Cookies. The trip was originally going to take place in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic had other plans.

“They told us it was canceled and that it would be rescheduled, but they didn’t really say when,” Fisher said. “They just kept saying it would be next year and everything was still closed so then they said next year again.”

After a two-year delay, the trip finally became a reality, and Fisher said it was worth the wait. Her and around 30 other girls traveled for 24 hours on a bus and arrived in Savannah, the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Fischer was the only girl from the Sheldon troop, traveling with girls from all over Iowa.

After the group arrived in Georgia, the week that followed was filled with historical sights and fun activities. They visited the Georgia Railroad Museum, Tybee Island and Old Fort Jackson, went on trolley and ghost tours, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, and much more.

“My favorite part was the beach,” Fischer said. “That was my first time seeing the ocean and palm trees and it was cool. I was amazed by how far the water went.”

The group saw the shore of Tybee Island and the Tybee Island Light Station, Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Fischer also described finding creatures in tide pools and seeing dolphins on a boat ride.

Aside from seaside adventures, the girls also saw many historical sites like Old Fort Jackson, the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia. There they saw a Civil War battle re-enactment and participated in interactive activities. The main event was the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace where many tours and activities for Girl Scouts are held.

“We toured her childhood home which still has all the same furniture as it did when she was a child and it’s set up the same as it was when she was growing up there,” Fischer said. “We also toured the Andrew Low home, which is where she lived as an adult was also kept looking the same as when she lived there. We also toured the cemetery where she is buried and were able to see her headstone.”

Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912. Inspired by a meeting with the founder of the Boy Scouts and girl guides of England, she wanted the same experience to be available to the girls of the US In a famous phone call to her cousin, she said, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight.”

Two years’ worth of selling cookies and two more years of waiting, in new and exciting experiences for Fisher as she was away from home without family for the first time.

“It was definitely different,” Fischer said. “But it was fun, it felt like freedom.”

Sheldon is going on its 101st year of having an active Girl Scout troop. Fischer has been a part of the Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten and is now an ambassador, which is the highest level in Girl Scouts, involving grades 11-12.

“Juliette Gordon Low wanted to bring girls together,” Fischer said. “She wanted them to have the same opportunities as the Boy Scouts and be empowered to learn things. I like being a Girl Scout for the new experiences and meeting new friends.”

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