From their first local field trip as Daisies to exploring another
country as Seniors or Ambassadors, girls will find that Girl Scouts is
the best way to travel. They’ll challenge themselves in a safe
environment that sparks their curiosity, and they’ll create lifelong
memories with their Girl Scout sisters. And the Girl Scout Cookie
Program can help to make travel dreams a reality!
Traveling with Girl Scouts is very different from traveling with
family, school, or other groups because girls take the lead. As they
make the decisions about where to go and what to do and take
increasing responsibility for the planning and management of their
trips, girls build important organizational and management skills that
will benefit them in college and beyond.
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 Destinations. There’s a whole world of
possibilities for your girls!
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Planning Ahead for Adventure
Get in touch with your council as you start thinking about planning
a trip. They likely have training programs that will raise your
confidence as a chaperone as well as an approval process for overnight
and extended travel.
Check out our website to learn more!
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.
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. Your council may have
additional resources and approval process. 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.
Note that extended travel (more than two* nights) is not covered
under the basic Girl Scout insurance plan and will require additional coverage.
*On Federal holiday weekends only (e.g. Labor, Memorial Day)
basic insurance is extended to three nights. All other trips three
nights or more require additional coverage.
Girl Scout Connections
It’s easy to tie eye-opening travel opportunities into the
leadership training and skill-building your girls are doing in Girl
Scouts! Your girls can use their creativity to connect any leadership
Journey theme into an idea for travel, like a Sow What? trip focusing
on sustainable agriculture and, naturally, sampling tasty food!
There are abundant opportunities to build real skills through
earning badges too. The most obvious example is the Senior Traveler
badge, but there are plenty more, such as Eco Camper, New Cuisines,
Photography, and, of course, all the financial badges that help girls
budget and earn money for their trips.
Looking to incorporate 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.
Travel to an Epic Girl Event
And there’s no better way to combine travel and Girl Scouting than
by attending the epic G.I.R.L. 2020 convention, taking place
October 23–25, 2020, in Orlando, Florida! It’s the world’s
largest girl-led event for girls, young women, and everyone who
supports them. This premier gathering for Girl Scouts happens every
three years, and they’ll meet fellow go-getters, innovators,
risk-takers, and leaders from around the country and the world—it’s an
amazing opportunity your girls won’t want to miss!
Are your girls looking to stay closer to home this year? Then ask
your council about council-owned camps and other facilities that can
be rented out.
Lift up the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at every opportunity in
your planning, but 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!