Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Local scouts retell of travels to Peru


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With the ruins of Peru's Machu Picchu behind them, Wrangell Girl Scouts Jing O'Brien, Laura Helgeson and Sophie O'Brien hold up a sign informing middle school teacher Bob Davis they'd made it. In his classroom Mr. Davis keeps a poster of the site, counted among the world's great wonders of antiquity.

A group of Wrangell and Girl Scouts experienced the summer trip of a lifetime last month, heading southward to Peru for a nine-day tour.

Three girls and two chaperones made the 5,686-mile journey from Wrangell to Lima, Peru's capital city. To get there, the scouts had to raise around $14,000, which did not include the cost of the parents. The fundraising process took more than a year, with the girls earning money both as a group and individually to meet their goal.

Sisters Jing and Sophie O'Brien sold cookies and origami pieces at the monthly community market, while Laura Helgeson sold scon...

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