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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

Choose Your Own Adventure Trips

An unknown adventure awaits you on a Choose Your Own Adventure Trip!

Will you choose South Bend, IN or Cedar Rapids, IA? Maybe the group will choose to stay in Illinois and go to Champaign & Bloomington-Normal.

Practice your budgeting and planning skills for these 3-day, girls-only trips.

Check back for future Choose Your Own Adventure Trips!

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. 

You-and-Me in St. Louis | July 27-29, 2019

Grab your mom, grandma, or favorite female adult friend and board the GSGCNWI coach bus to St. Louis, MO! Trip includes accommodation for two nights, as well as multiple meals and activities, including the City Museum, Gateway Arch, riverboat tour, and St. Louis Zoo, and the chance to explore, shop, and eat ice cream with your mom or grandma.

Shared accommodation with four people per suite (each suite must have one adult); if you are only registering with two people, you will be assigned suitemates. $150 nonrefundable deposit per person. Approximate total cost is $300 per person and is dependent upon number of participants. Bus will leave from the Joliet Gathering Place.

Deadline extended through March 31!

Read more: You and Me in St. Louis!

Cost: Approximately $300 per person

When: July 27-29, 2019

Who: Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes and their favorite female friend

Registration is now closed. Check back for future You and Me Trips!

Intro to Travel: New York! | June 21-25, 2020
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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are inviting three adult chaperones to join us on a Big Apple adventure!

On this introduction to travel, as a chaperone, you will help Girl Scouts plan their own adventure around New York City. Whether you’re a Big Apple buff, a fan of Broadway, or just can’t wait to travel, this trip is for you!

Sounds fun, right? Apply!

When: June 21-25, 2020

Who: Three chaperones for a group of Cadettes (must be in grades 6-8 in the 2019-2020 school year)

Apply to join the NYC 2020 trip »

Download a Printable Flier [PDF]

Camping in the UK: Jamboree & Pax Lodge | Jul. 21-Aug. 3, 2020
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The Queen of England welcomes you to the UK and the WINGS 2020 experience! We are seeking three adult chaperones to join our Girl Scouts across the pond as they meet other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world (6,000 of them to be exact!) on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tackle the survival zone, discover solutions to global issues, take on team challenges, and be an entertainer on this outdoor adventure. Learn More about this 7-day Journey!

Download a printable flier [PDF]

When: July 21 - August 3, 2020

Who: Three adult chaperones to join Seniors and Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 9-12 in the 2019-2020 school year)

Applications for this trip are now closed. 

Check out the official WINGS jamboree Facebook page.


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].

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!


How to Fund your Girl Scout Travels

Money Earning Tips for Funding Girl Scout Trips »

Financial Planning Tips »

Financial Assistance and Scholarships for Travel »

Frequently Asked Questions about Funding Travel »

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. 

Contact Ashley Christensen to apply »


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  |  Girl Application

Read about our Global Action Volunteer Team on our Blog!

Who We Are Part 1 | Who We Are Part 2

Backpacking | Study Abroad


 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.