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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 Door County | June 23-25, 2019

Grab your mom, grandma, or favorite female adult friend and board the GSGCNWI coach bus to Door County, Wisconsin! Trip includes two nights at Newport Resort in Egg Harbor, as well as multiple meals and activities, including a boat tour, trolley tour, a guided hike at the Ridges Sanctuary, 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 Vernon Hills Gathering Place.

Registration deadline extended through March 31!

Cost: Approximately $300 per person

When: June 23-25, 2019

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

Register for You-and-Me in Door County

View the photo slideshow from our 2018 trip below, and read more on our blog!

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

Register for You-and-Me in St. Louis

Intro to Travel: New York! | June 21-25, 2020

Calling all Cadettes! Girl Scouts of GCNWI will be inviting 12 girls and three (3) adults to join us on a New York City adventure!

On this introduction to travel, girls will plan where we go, how to get around, and where to eat. Is it Central Park, MoMA, Coney Island, or the Brooklyn Bridge? Whether you’re a Big Apple buff, a fan of Broadway, or just can’t wait to travel, this trip is for you!

When: June 21-25, 2020

Who: 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

The Queen of England welcomes you to the UK and the WINGS 2020 experience! Meet 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: Seniors and Ambassadors (must be in grades 9-12 in the 2019-2020 school year)

Number of available spaces: 12 girls, 3 adults

Apply to join the UK 2020 trip »

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.

Travel within the United States

Whether it's an overnight trip to a non-council property, or an extended national trip for three nights or more, please fill out our Trip and Travel Application.

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].

Domestic travel questions? Contact tripapplications@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

International Travel

If you're planning an international trip with your troop, please complete our Intent to Travel Internationally form at least one year in advance of the trip. 

International travel questions? Contact Ashley Christensen at 312-912-6322 or explore our 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


 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.