When Girl Scouts travel, they learn important skills, make lasting memories, and build lifelong friendships.
Girl Scouts love to travel, from the field trips they take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens. Where can you go? Experience the unique and dynamic cultures of Peru, learn Girl Scout traditions and history in Savannah, or have an exciting outdoor adventure in Belize! There are travel options to suit every Girl Scout.
How far will your Girl Scout experience take you? That’s up to you!
Join Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa for a weekend getaway to the Twin Cities! We'll spend a fun, adventure-filled weekend exploring all there is to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We'll spend time discovering the amazing lakes, check out art and history museums, take in a local sports game, and of course spend some time exploring the amazing Mall of America!
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Push past your comfort zone by applying for a trip on your own, and make friends from all over the country as you travel with new Girl Scout friends. There’s a unique, life-changing experience for everyone.
You can apply this year for trips in the current year or the following year! That gives you time to set goals, participate in money-earning activities, and apply for scholarships. Destinations are available for girls ages 11 to 18.
Visit Girl Scouts USA’s Destinations site to see all the amazing Destinations trip options.
Complete the online application form. You're welcome to fill out the form up to four times for four different choices of Destination. If you are selected for more than one, you may choose your favorite or attend them all. Before you jump into the online form, prepare yourself by finding three unrelated references and complete the application worksheet. The online application must be completed all at one time. You won't be able to go back to the application or make changes later.
Earn money for your Destination by participating in Fall Product and Cookie programs and fundraising. Be sure to follow all Money Earning Project guidelines.
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To ensure all Girl Scouts have access to such a unique travel opportunity, GSGI is excited to participate in GSUSA’s D-Pass program!
The D-Pass is a grant, awarded to GSGI, to support girl travel on GSUSA Destinations, with a focus on girls in need. The grant financially supports girls who otherwise would not be able to attend a Destination and helps to ensure diverse representation in Destinations. Think of the D-Pass like financial aid for travel!
Applicant must complete a D-Pass Grant Girl Response Form and submit a picture from their Destination to GSCI by September 1, 2024.
Travelling with your troop is an opportunity for Girl Scouts to develop decision-making skills, work collaboratively with their peers and troop leaders, and build up the confidence to take on more advanced travel opportunities.
Volunteers without any travel experience probably aren’t ready to shepherd a group of 12+ Girl Scouts through an airport. Likewise, not all Girl Scouts will approach travel with the same comfort level or ability to follow rules while away. Troop leaders, troop volunteers, and Girl Scouts need to start with small, local trips to work their way up to advanced, national or international travel.
Planning for trips and travel is an opportunity for Girl Scouts to develop decision-making skills and work collaboratively with leaders and troop volunteers. Just remember, all trips should have an immediate purpose (such as complementing badges or learning new skills) and involve Girl Scouts in the planning process. Check out the Event/Activity/Trip Checklist for help planning.
For extended overnight trips, international trips, regional trips, trips with multiple troops or service units, and activities with high risk, troop leaders must complete the Trip Application. This form should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the departure date.
Council approval is not required for trips fewer than three nights.
You can use our Overnight/Trip Budget Worksheet to estimate how much your trip will cost. From here, your troop can start setting goals for financing your trip!
There are many creative ways to finance trips and travel! Girl Scouts can make a personal contribution such as saved money from summer jobs, allowances, etc. Families (even extended relatives) can make contributions as well.
Travel plans can be great incentives for Girl Scouts to reach their Cookie Program and Fall Product sales goals. While Cookie Dough and Munch Money belong to individual troop members, some troops agree to use them to pay for troop activities, like traveling. They can be used for individual girl trips or troop trips. To apply Program Credits for troop activities please fill out the Credit Request for Troop Activities form. These requests can take at least four weeks to process, so please plan your submission accordingly!
If the budget goal for a specific activity has not been met through product sales, troops may participate in additional money-earning projects. Troops must follow all Money Earning Project Guidelines and submit a Money-Earning Project application.
When taking Girl Scouts on any trip, planning for safety is a priority. This includes thinking through everything from home-sickness, child-to-adult ratios, creating a first-aid kit, to having an emergency contingency plan.
Your key resource for safety information is Safety Activity Checkpoints. Always review this document for general safety standards and activity-specific guidelines while planning activities and travel.
For basic trips that are less than four hours drive, two nights or less, and not considered high-risk activities, the Annual Parent/Guardian Permission Slip is the only permission you need to collect. For all other trips and travel, the Parent/Guardian Permission Form must be collected.