How Girl Scouts Can Help You Travel the World: The Kristyn Winch Story

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Something beautiful happens when we step out of our comfort zone; when we seek to understand the unknown, or conquer the unmastered. If you are a Girl Scout, it’s in your DNA to take every moment of your journey captive and create your own path. To lead your own adventure. Seeing the world and endeavoring to understand cultures other than your own opens the mind and expands every horizon. Kristyn Winch is a Girl Scout Alumni who uses her Girl Scout Experience to achieve her dreams and live with the heart of an adventurer.


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -St. Augustine

The flight is long and quiet. Kristyn may have started her day at home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but she is now somewhere high above the Atlantic Ocean. All she can see for miles is water, but she only focuses on what is ahead of her; great adventure. Anticipation is high as she and her troop soar through the sky for more than 12 straight hours. The troop has been carefully planning and saving for this trip for years.


Kristyn with her vest at Our Chalet in Switzerland


After what seems like days, the pilot announces the final decent. When Kristyn Winch steps off the plane, she is in Switzerland and it is like stepping into a dream. Mountains much higher than those of South Carolina rise into the clouds, capped with white snow. The countryside is dotted with little cottages, like something out of a fairytale. She feels something completely surreal, and completely worth the wait; wonderment.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

The highlight of the trip was visiting one of four World Centres for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. “Our Chalet” is an incredible gathering place for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to meet and discover new cultures and ideas. Nestled high in the Swiss Mountains, “Our Chalet” has been fostering adventure, leadership, and friendship since 1938.


“Our Chalet” Girl Scout and Girl Guide World Centre in Switzerland


Kristyn grew up in Girl Scouts and took advantage of every opportunity this worldwide sisterhood offered her. She traveled to Switzerland with her troop. She was a program aid, camp councilor, and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  After Kristyn graduated high school as a Girl Scout, with that same wonderment and fervor she discovered in her travels, she followed her dream to the University of South Carolina to study journalism. Kristyn wanted to tell life’s most amazing stories through words, design, and photography. Kristyn is currently living out her dream as Editor of an online and print publication in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

We couldn’t be more proud of Kristyn for following her dreams, and pursuing new adventures every day.  Never stop believing in yourself, adventure is out there.  kristyn-currently


“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost


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