Girl Scouts try new things and see the world with new eyes, both
inside and outside of their usual troop meetings. As COVID-19-related
travel restrictions are lifted across the globe and you and your troop
feel safe doing so, you may be excited to explore the world again as a troop.
Traveling as a Girl Scout is a more engaging experience than
traveling with family, school, or other groups because girls
take the lead. They’ll make important decisions about where to
go and what to do and take increasing responsibility for the planning
of their trips, all while growing their organizational and management
skills—skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Girl Scout travel is built on a progression
of activities, so girls are set up for success. Daisies
and Brownies start with field trips and progress to day trips,
overnights, and weekend trips. Juniors can take adventures farther
with a longer regional trip. And Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
can travel the United States and then the world. There are even
opportunities for older girls to travel independently by joining trips
their councils organize or participating in our travel program, Destinations.
Each year, GSGCNWI hosts trips following the
travel progression. From as early as Brownies joining a
You-and-Me trip to national trips to Colorado and international
adventures to the WAGGGS World Centres, we invite girls to join their
fellow Girl Scouts in the fun!
more about GSGCWNI Travel on our webpage.
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Planning Ahead for Adventure
All guidelines in our Volunteer Essentials are subject to
change as new information or changes noted by federal or state health
agencies regarding the spread of COVID-19 emerge. Please
review and stay updated with our COVID-19 guidelines, which require
all volunteers to take all reasonable precautions to limit potential
exposure for girls, volunteers, and families.
Not sure where to begin? Check out the Girl Scout Guide
to U.S. Travel. This resource is designed for Juniors and older
Girl Scouts who want to take extended trips—that is, longer than a
weekend—but also features tips and tools for budding explorers who are
just getting started with field trips and overnights.
Once girls have mastered planning trips in the United States, they
might be ready for a global travel adventure! Global trips usually
take a few years to plan, and the Girl Scout Global
Travel Toolkit can walk you through the entire process.
Adult volunteers, visit
for training and resources on troop travel.
sure to read our GSGCNWI Troop Travel Resource, a comprehensive
guide for trip leaders to help their troop plan their own trip!
If you’re planning any kind of trip—from a short field trip to an
overseas expedition—the “Trips and Travel” section of Safety
Activity Checkpoints is your go-to resource for safety. Be
sure to follow all the basic safety guidelines, like the buddy system
and first-aid requirements, in addition to the specific guidelines for
travel. You’ll also want to refer to the COVID-19 guidelines in
Safety Activity Checkpoints as well as any COVID-19
guidelines for your destination.
Trip and Travel Application, required for all day trips and
overnight trips, also outlines all the basic safety details you will
need to review prior to any trips or travel.
Note that extended travel (more than three nights) is not covered
under the basic Girl Scout insurance plan and will require additional
for insurance can be made through the council using this form.
Girl Scout Program Connections
It’s easy to tie eye-opening travel opportunities into the
leadership training and skill building your girls are doing in Girl
Scouts! When it’s safe to travel together, girls can use their
creativity to connect any leadership Journey
theme into an idea for travel. For example, girls learn where
their food comes from in the Sow What? Journey. That would
connect well with a trip focusing on sustainable agriculture and,
naturally, sampling tasty food!
There are abundant opportunities to build real skills through
too. The most obvious example is the Senior
Traveler badge, but there are plenty more, such as Eco
for Good, and, of course, all
the financial badges that help girls budget and earn money for
Want to include Girl Scout traditions into your trip? Look no
farther than the
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia! Your girls
also have the chance to deepen their connections to Girl Scouts around
the world by visiting one of the WAGGGS (World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts) World
Centers, which offer low-cost accommodations and special programs
in five locations around the world.
And if your troop is looking to stay closer to home this year? Ask
your council about council-owned camps and other facilities that can
be rented out. For your next troop outing, reserve one of our council properties!
our properties »
As your Girl Scouts excitedly plan their next trip, remember to
limit your role to facilitating the girls’ brainstorming and planning,
never doing the work for them. Share your ideas and insight, ask tough
questions when you have to, and support all their decisions with
enthusiasm and encouragement!