TWO Moss Vale Girl Guides have a big-ticket trip ahead of them.
Amelia Brook and Taylor O'Brien didn't expect to be able to travel the world in their early-teens, but their involvement in a local Guides group has opened an international door
Amelia, 13, said she was proud to represent the Moss Vale Girl Guides, the Highlands community and Australia alongside Taylor, 12, next year.
"We knew we really wanted to do these jamborees when we went to the last one, but we had no idea if we'd get accepted," Amelia said.
Moss Vale Girl Guides leader Lauren Brook said she was incredibly proud to accompany the two girls overseas.
"The selection process for the camp included an application based on experience, referee reports and interviews and they were the only two from the Highlands South Coast selected," she said.
"The girls can travel the world and go anywhere with Guides."
The trip will include community service and offers a variety of experiences and activities including water activities, archery, clay shooting, chariot racing, talent quests, bungee trampolines, caving and climbing.
"We get to learn so much that we wouldn't experience otherwise," Taylor said.
"It's really cool that my first overseas trip is going to be with Guides - unless it was with my family I don't think I'd be going overseas at this age."
Amelia said she was looking forward to widening her horizons and meeting new people.
"There's a lot of music and performances, so I'll get to meet so many people who know different things about music that I can learn."
Ms Brook said the girls hoped to extend their trip and stay at Pax Lodge, the World Association of Girl Guides World Centre in London.
"They've opened bank accounts especially to save for this, they've been doing cleaning jobs and Amelia has banked her last birthday and Christmas money," she said.
The girls have called out for sponsorship and support from local businesses and the community ahead of their trip.
"Anything that will help them with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is so appreciated," Ms Brook said.
Keep an eye out for the pair, who will hold street stalls and raffles as they save to pay their way to the UK.
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