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Where in the world will Girl Scouts take you?
Girl Scouts offers many travel opportunities so girls can see new places, meet new people and learn about different cultures and ideas. Whether exploring your own neighborhoods, going on overnight camping trips, participating in community service projects, or flying to one of the four World Centres, Girl Scouts are continually expanding their horizons.

You can participate in the Travel Pathway as an individually registered girl member or by traveling with your troop, service unit, council or with girls from around the world. The world is your playground; where will you explore today and dream of conquering tomorrow?

GSGCNWI Contact
Ashley Christensen
312-912-6322

Upcoming Council-Sponsored Travel

GSGCNWI hosts multiple trips throughout the year for Brownies through Ambassadors. We follow a travel progression where girls start by staying close to home as Brownies and Juniors, then taking trips further away and for longer periods of time the older Girl Scouts become.

You-and-Me Trips

Board the GCNWI coach bus for a You-And-Me Trip!
Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes are invited, along with their mom, aunt, grandma, or favorite female adult friend, to explore a new place. In the past, we’ve hosted trips to Door County, St. Louis, and Mackinac Island.

You-And-Me on Mackinac Island 2020!

Grab your mom, aunt or grandma for a getaway to Mackinac Island!
Once on the island, take a horse-drawn carriage tour, photograph the beautiful butterflies and choose from other fun activities. Multiple meals, hotel stay, various group activities and coach bus included in the cost. Cost is approximately $400 per person for a 3-day, 2-night trip. Registration requires a $200 per person non-refundable deposit. Bus will leave from Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL. 

Register here!

Check out our blog post about the last trip to Mackinac Island!

Junior Jetaways

Join your fellow Girl Scout Juniors in this brand-new Juniors-only Jetaway to Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

The group will meet at the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and then take a bus to The Dairy State. We’ll check out a museum (you’ll help to choose which one!), eat some cheese curds, and walk through the Historic 3rd Ward.

Sorry, parents, this trip is for girls only; there will be Girl Scout chaperones attending. All sightseeing, and meals included in the cost.

Register here!

Choose Your Own Adventure

A Choose Your Own Adventure trip (CYOA) allows Girl Scouts the chance to plan a trip from start to finish, including:

  • Choosing where they want to travel
  • Planning an itinerary 
  • Mapping skills
  • Transportation – how to get there and how to get around
  • Budgeting

Choose Your Own Adventure: Midwest Style!

From January 17 to 20, Cadettes and Seniors are invited to Camp Greene Wood to plan their own Midwest trip in either Milwaukee, WI; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; or Starved Rock, IL! The group will choose Friday night and then head out Saturday morning.

Look back this summer for our 2021 opportunity.

Can’t make one of our council-sponsored trips? Your troop can plan their own! GCNWI created a CYOA resource guide with the steps you can take, trip planning resources, itinerary templates, and info on how to create a budget. Check out that resource here!

Capital Tour

50 state capitals, 50 new Girl Scout trips!

In this first year of the series, we’re headed to Nashville, Tennessee! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to hop on a bus and taking in the sites along the way this June 25 to 27!

Once we get to Music City, we’ll tour the capital building, take part in a service project, and visit the sites.. Group will meet Thursday morning at the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills. Price includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, transportation and sightseeing.

Register here!

Colorado

Summer is a great time for exploring the great outdoors! Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado offers many fun activities including canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, archery, ropes courses, zip lining, climbing wall and much more. Group activities include a day at Rocky Mountain National Park, white water rafting and team-bonding experiences.

Watch for this trip again in 2021! If you're interested in attending this trip in 2021, email Ashley Christensen

Register here!

Check out the blog post about the trip!

International Travel

Each year, we host an international trip to one of the WAGGGS World Centres. Read on to find out where we're headed in 2021, and check out this PDF for more information!

Check out our blog posts to see the cool places we've already been: IndiaMexicoSwitzerland, and London.

Hiking the Swiss Alps 2021

In 2021, GSGCNWI will be hosting a trip to Our Chalet in Switzerland. Take the Swiss Hiking Challenge with your fellow Girl Scouts! This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be full of adventure, challenge, nature, new friends and LOTS of fun! The trip will include a visit to Our Chalet, a WAGGGS World Centre, where you'll hike some of the most popular trails in the area, rock climb, learn about the Swiss culture and make new friends from around the world. GSGCNWI is looking for six girls to serve on a GIrl Planning Committee to help plan a Switzerland adventure before our time at Our Chalet.

Approximate Cost: $3,500

When: approximately 2 weeks, Summer 2021, exact dates TBA

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (must be in grades 9-12 during the 2020-2021 school year)

Applications to join the trip and the trip planning committee are due May 15, 2020: [WEB] 

 

Intro to Travel: Montreal 2021

Calling all Cadettes! Girl Scouts of GCNWI will be inviting 12 girls and 2 adults to join us on a Canadian adventure! Next up in our Intro to Travel series for Cadettes, we're headed to Montreal, Canada, the home of poutine, *many* churches and steamed bagels. On this introduction to travel, you'll learn the ins and outs of how to plan a travel adventure, including budgeting, itinerary planning and how to find accommodation. 

Cost: $1,200 per girl

When: 5-day trip in June 2021, exact dates TBA

Who: Cadettes only (must be in grades 6-8 during the 2020-2021 school year)

Girl applications due May 15, 2020: [WEB]

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Destinations

Destinations are trips for individual Girl Scouts from across the nation. Decide if it’s Morocco, Madison, or New Mexico you want to travel to, then fill out the application using this information.

Round 1 applicaton deadlines are due Dec. 1, and Round 2 are due Feb. 15. 

Travel Scholarships are available to girls who have been accepted to a GSUSA Destination. 

Troop Travel

Are the girls in your troop planning their own adventure? 

Learn about traveling with Girl Scouts in the Travel Appendix of Volunteer Essentials.

From local day trips to coast-to-coast treks, learn how to explore the country with Girl Scouts in this Girl Scouts Guide to U.S. Travel [PDF].

Check out our blog series with tips and tricks about planning a Girl Scout troop trip to Savannah, Georgia! Part I | Part 2

Day Trips
  1. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require council approval.   
  2. Submit a Trip and Travel Application. at least 30 days prior to your trip. Use this to secure council approval for any higher risk activities as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoint.
  3. Complete First-Aider training if needed, as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  4. Complete Outdoor Module training if needed, as indicated in the GCNWI Learning Portal/Camp Trained Adult. 
  5. Secure supplemental insurance [PDF] (recommended for non-members). Please purchase at least three weeks prior to trip.
1–2 Night Trips

This includes hotels, hostels, private property, church property, and school lock-in, etc. Anything not at a camp property.

  1. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require council approval.   
  2. Submit a Trip and Travel Application. at least 30 days prior to your trip. Use this to secure council approval for any higher risk activities as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoint.
  3. Complete First-Aider and Outdoor Module training, if needed, as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  4. Secure supplemental insurance [PDF] (recommended for non-members). Please purchase at least three weeks prior to trip.
3+ Night Trips

This includes hotels, hostels, private property, church property, and school lock-in, etc. Anything not at a camp property.

  1. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require council approval.   
  2. Submit a Trip and Travel Application. at least 30 days prior to your trip. Use this to secure council approval for any higher risk activities as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoint.
  3. Complete First-Aider and Outdoor Module training, if needed, as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  4. Secure supplemental insurance [PDF] (recommended for non-members). Please purchase at least three weeks prior to trip.
Camp Property Rentals, 1+ Nights
  1. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip. Many higher risk activities require council approval.   
  2. Reserve a camp property. 
  3. Complete First-Aider and Outdoor Module training, if needed, as indicated in Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  4. Secure supplemental insurance [PDF] (recommended for non-members). Please purchase at two business days prior to trip.
International Travel

This includes any location where a passport is required.

  1. Submit an Intent to Travel Internationally Application application at least one year prior to trip. 
  2. Complete the required First-Aider and appropriate Outdoor Module training found in the GCNWI Learning Portal. 
  3. Secure Supplemental insurance [PDF] for every traveler (required). Please purchase this insurance package at least three weeks prior to trip. 

International travel questions? Please contact Ashley Christensen at 312-912-6322 or explore GSUSA’s Global Travel Toolkit!

G.I.R.L. 2020

Join us for the world's largest girl-led event for girls and young women, G.I.R.L. 2020!

Thousands of girls and their supporters will come together from around the world October 23–25, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. It's going to be one epic celebration!

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops are all free to visit Orlando. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors may travel to G.I.R.L. 2020 with their families from any location. 

Check out the Troop Travel Guide for more information.


How to Fund your Girl Scout Travels

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Financial Assistance and Scholarships for Travel »

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Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Financial Assistance and Travel Scholarships are available for both Council-Sponsored trips and GSUSA Destinations. 

The amount of assistance varies for Destinations. Maximum assistance for council-sponsored trips is $500.00.

You must register for a trip prior to applying for financial assistance. Applications are available after Jan. 1 annually. 


Global Action Volunteer Team

The Global Action Volunteer Team is a group of volunteers who love all things global and travel. They've traveled extensively locally, nationally and internationally with Girl Scouts and on their own. The team is here to serve the members of GSGCNWI to make global, cultural and travel experiences fun and accessible to our entire Girl Scout community. These adults are here to help you every step of the way, ensuring you are ready for the upcoming adventure.

Join our team!

Adult Application

Read about our Global Action Volunteer Team on our Blog!

Who We Are Part 1 | Who We Are Part 2 | Why You Should Try Backpacking | Daydreaming About Travel | A WAGGGS Adventure in Mexico | Guide to Safety While Traveling | Research travel as a Gen Z | Debunking the Myth: You CAN Save for Travel | How to Pack for a Big Trip


 Global Leadership Opportunities

Calling all global leaders ages 18 to 35!

Submit an application now to be considered to represent Girl Scouts at events held by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Download the application form (PDF) and return via email.

Learn more about opportunties around the world for Girl Scouts.