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Travel

Girl Scouts love to travel—from the field trips they take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens. If you love exploring different places and cultures, then Girl Scouts is the place for you.

How far will your Girl Scout experience take you? That decision is entirely yours!

There are three different ways to travel with Girl Scouts: Council travel with girls from Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, troop travel, or through Girl Scouts of the USA with Girl Scout Destinations or the new Girl Scout alumni travel program.

Council Travel

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has multiple travel opportunities to travel throughout the year. From regional day trips all the way to international trips, there are many opportunities to explore the world with fellow Girl Scouts. These trips are open to not only Girl Scouts, but also to their parents or troop leaders to help you have the best experience possible.

Upcoming Council Trips
Maritime Maryland

By popular request, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is headed to the National Aquarium in Baltimore! To make the trip even better, we will head to Annapolis to the Maritime Museum for some hands-on experiments and wildlife encounters all before taking a cruise in the harbor. It is going to be a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Grade Levels: Brownies (must be eight years old at the time of the event), Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: March 25-26, 2023
Trip cost: $365/per person for a double occupancy room, $330/per person for a triple occupancy room, $315 for a quadruple occupancy room

Register for our virtual information session in October.
Learn more and register for the trip.

 

Niagara Falls

**Waitlist only**

**Please join our waitlist and we will add more spots as they are available after cookie season. Girl Scouts can earn this trip as a reward through the Girl Scout Cookie Program at the 2,023 package level. We are holding spots for these Girl Scouts at this time and will release the remaining spots about a month before the trip.**

Enter the splash zone and get ready for an expedition to Niagara Falls! People come from all over the world to see this landmark (it’s the largest waterfall in North America!) and we are lucky enough to have it a short bus ride away. Not only will you get to see the Falls, but you will get to go on the classic Maid of the Mist boat tour to see it up close. On this day trip, we will also get to visit the aquarium where we will be able to see sea lions, seals, penguins, and more!

Grade Levels: Daisy (first grade), Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and parents/troop leaders
Date: June 3, 2023
Trip cost: $160 for Girl Scouts, $175 for adults.

Click here for more information and to register.

London and Paris

From Big Ben to the famed Eiffel Tower, a trip to London and Paris will never disappoint. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is off to discover two of Europe’s most popular cities with travel partners EF Tours! Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, experience the luxury of Versailles, and pose for a group photo in Trafalgar Square.

Grade Levels: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: June 27-July 4, 2023
Trip cost: $4,575 for Girl Scouts, $4,975 for adults.

Click here for more information and to register.

Zipline and Wildlife Tour of The Wilds

Calling all animal lovers for a day trip to The Wilds in Ohio! The Wilds is a wildlife preserve, home to many endangered species, with programs to help bring them back to the wild. On this day trip, we will be traveling together to The Wilds for a wildlife tour and a zipline tour of the preserve! Transportation, lunch, a wildlife tour, ziplining, and a fun patch are all included. Participants must comply with the ziplining requirements in the event description.

Grade Levels: Junior (must be 10 years old at the time of the event), Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and parents/troop leaders
Date: July 24, 2023
Trip cost: $175 for Girl Scouts, $190 for adults.

Click here for more information and to register.

Council Getaway to Hersheypark

Nothing screams summer like hanging out at Hersheypark! Our council will be spending two days riding rollercoasters, sliding down waterslides, and getting behind the scenes in the chocolate factory. Everything is included in this trip: transportation, hotel, food, and entrance to the park. All you need to do is pack a bag and get ready for some fun!

Grade Levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: July 30-31, 2023
Trip cost and registration: Coming late 2022!

FrightFest at Cedar Point

Big rollercoasters, big scares, FrightFest at Cedar Point is for all you thrill and haunted house enthusiasts out there! Stay tuned in early 2023 for more information about this trip!

Grade Levels: Seniors and Ambassadors, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: TBD
Trip cost and registration: Coming early 2023!

Bright Lights, Big City - New York City 2023

Join Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania for a fall weekend in New York City! Stay tuned in early 2023 for more information about this trip!

Grade Levels: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: November 10-12, 2023
Trip cost and registration: Coming early 2023!

Italy and Greece

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is going to Italy and Greece! Eat your way through Italy (Pizza! Pasta! Gelato!) as we wander through art-filled streets, see iconic ancient sites such as the Colosseum in Rome, and tour Florence. On this tour, we will also spend time in sunny Greece, taking guided tours of Athens and Delphi to see some of the ancient temples dedicated to Greek Gods. This trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss!

Grade Levels: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and parents/troop leaders
Dates: June 25-July 4, 2024
Trip cost: $4,079 for Girl Scouts and $4,619 for adults

Click here for more information and to register.

 


Important Resources

Domestic Travel Payment and Refund Policy

If you choose to cancel your trip, your refund will vary based on how soon the trip is occurring. Your deposit is not refundable under any circumstances, not limited to accident, financial hardship, illness, or death.

Deposits are required to reserve your spot on the trip. A portion of the total payment is due each month leading up to the trip. You are welcome to pay for the trip all at once if you’d like. Whether you pay in installments or in full, the refundable portion remains the same in case of a cancellation.

If Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania or the tour provider cancels the trip, your full amount will be refunded unless otherwise stated by the tour provider.

Payment Schedule (unless otherwise noted in the trip description)

Days Prior to the Trip

Amount Due

At time of booking

Deposit of $100

90 days prior to the departure date

50% due of total cost (deposit included)

60 days prior to the departure date

75% due of total cost (deposit included)

30 days prior to the departure date

Full amount due

Refund Policy

Days Prior to the Trip

Amount Refundable (sans deposit)

At time of booking  to 121+ days to the departure date

All payment except the $100 deposit

90-120 days prior to the departure date

75% of total trip except the $100 deposit

60-89 days prior to the departure date

50% of total trip except the $100 deposit

30-59 days prior to the departure date

25% of total trip cost except the $100 deposit

Less than 29 days prior to the departure date

None

Financial Assistance

We believe every girl should have the opportunity to travel, and we’re here to help you figure out the best way to finance your trip. More information coming soon!


Troop Travel

Girl Scout troops can travel together as a group. Together, Girl Scouts and their troop leaders can create a plan and prepare for an amazing trip.

From local day trips to coast-to-coast treks, your girls will learn how to explore the country with Girl Scouts. To see what kind of trip best fits your girls, start by looking at the Travel Progression Chart. This will help you figure out where you are as a troop and the travel steps along the way to get to where you want to go. For more information and resources about beginning your travel experience, check out the Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel

Trip & High Adventure Application

Once you have your plan for your troop trip, you may need to fill out a Trip Application. This must be submitted and approved prior to a troop booking the following activities or making any non-refundable deposits:

1. Overnights
2. Travel of more than 200 miles roundtrip
3. All high-adventure activities

To see the procedure, check out this helpful PDF. When you are ready to fill out your application, you can do so online here. Be sure you have an itinerary, know who is attending the trip with you, and have the details of your trip sorted out before submitting your application. You will need to fill out this application with ample time (we recommend four weeks at minimum for regional trips) so your trip can be approved before your travel.

Let's Go Travel Training

This introductory training provides all the information volunteers need to take girls on a domestic trip focusing on Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops.

Topics include girl safety while on adventures outside of the meeting place, incorporating the Girl Scout Leadership Experience into the planning of a trip or high-adventure activity, policies, forms, and resources to help volunteers make girls' travel and high-adventure activities happen, and to get girls ready for travel!

You can access this training through gsLearn. Log into MyGS and select gsLearn from the welcome screen. In the Content Library search for "Let's Go Travel Training."

Resources


Destinations

Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad—there’s something amazing for everyone to experience.

These trips are for Girl Scouts ready to travel independently (without parents or troop leaders). You will make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. Find your trip today ! Trip destinations change annually, but you can go to places like Japan, Costa Rica, Switzerland, the Galapagos, Peru, Scotland, Germany, Mexico, and more!

Timeline

September 20

2023 and some 2024 Destinations are posted on the Girl Scouts of the USA  travel page. Applications are now open!

November 15

Destinations applications and two references are due for early-round application.

December 1

Early-round application acceptance emails sent.

December 15

Early-round accepted girls’ deposits due.

December-March

Rolling application period.

January 10

Girl Scouts who apply, accept, and make a deposit on a Destination by this date are automatically eligible for D-Pass funding without any additional action necessary by the Girl Scout.

January 13

Awardees of D-Pass funding announced.

How to Apply

It is recommended that Girl Scouts check out the Application Worksheet prior to applying. This document can help you know what you will need to fill out on the actual application and have it all written down ahead of time.

You will also need two references to complete your application. You will need their email address to complete the application. It is always important to ask your reference before you list their email. Make sure that you complete the application with plenty of time so their portion can be completed before the deadline.

D-Pass Funding

Our council has a special grant just for Destination travel. This funding, called the D-Pass, is awarded annually. Girl Scouts simply have to apply for a Destination, accept it, and make a deposit by Jan. 10 and they will automatically be entered into the funding pool. 


Alumni Travel

Check out Girl Scout’s new partnership with Club Adventures, a AAA-owned tour operator. We hope you’ll join us as we explore the world together. Get details here.
 

More Ways to Connect

Check out these other ways to connect and learn about travel opportunites available to you as a Girl Scout

Global Girls Club

The Global Girls Club is our first-ever council patch dedicated to travel and becoming a global citizen! While earning this patch, you will develop an awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities, find cool new ways to travel, and learn that you can be a citizen of the world without having to travel far and wide. Complete the patch on your own by downloading the guide for your level:

Global Girls Club guide for Daisies and Brownies
Global Girls Club guide for Juniors and Cadettes
Global Girls Club guide for Seniors and Ambassadors

Global Action Committee

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can join our Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Global Action Committee. 2022-2023 is our inaugural year and we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. To get more information on what this committee does and to apply, visit our  application page.

Travel Rally

For those looking to connect with others interested in travel, we have a special, online Travel Rally just for you. This is the place to share photos from trips, ask for recommendations, and build a community of fellow Girl Scouts with wandering feet.  You can find the Rally and request to join here.

Juliette Low World Friendship Fund

Juliette Gordon Low believed that when girls travel the world, they have an unparalleled opportunity to foster cultural understanding. That's why the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund was formed in 1927 to support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action globally.

Donations to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund support girls' international travel and participation in training and other global events. These unique opportunities for building international friendships connect Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from nearly 150 nations.

Give the gift of international travel, and make the world a better place! Download the  Contribution Form (PDF) or  donate online.