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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
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.

New York City

Coming summer 2023!

Grade Levels: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and parents/troop leaders

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, 2022
Trip cost: $4,200 for Girl Scouts and $4,740 for adults

Register for our information session this September.
Click here for more information and to register.

 


Important Resources

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 Activity Applications

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 the details of your trip are 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
August 1 2023 and some 2024 Destinations are posted on the GSUSA travel page
November 1 Destinations applications and two references are due for early-round application. You must submit a Destination application and accept your spot by this first deadline to qualify for a D-Pass Grant.
December 1 Early-round application acceptance emails sent.
December 15 Early-round accepted girls’ deposits due.
December-March Rolling application period.
January 15 D-Pass Grant awardees 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 Scholarship

Our council has a special grant just for Destination travel. This scholarship, called the D-Pass, is awarded annually to those who apply for a Destination by December 1. Girl Scouts simply have to apply for a Destination, accept it, and pay the deposit by December 1 and they will automatically be entered into the scholarship 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

Stay tuned this fall for the new Global Girls Club patch program! Developed just for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, this fun program is a way to travel and learn about the world without even leaving your couch! The program will be posted in September and council will host corresponding Travel Academy programs to earn this new patch in October.

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.