As COVID-19–related travel restrictions are lifted across the globe
and you and your troop feel safe doing so, your 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 as girls use
their cookie earnings every year to power amazing adventures for themselves and their troop.
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
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.
Planning Ahead for Adventure
Check out the Troop Leader Blueprint and latest updates to our
COVID-19 guidance for volunteers as you start
thinking about planning a trip. We have training programs that
will raise your confidence as a chaperone as well as an approval
process for overnight and extended travel.
Let’s Go! Travel Training
Trip and High Adventure Activity Application
Trip and High Adventure Activity Application
Additional Activity Insurance Procedure
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
If you’re planning any kind of trip—from a short field trip to
an overseas expedition—The Trip and High Adventure Activity
Application must be submitted and approved prior to a troop
booking an overnight stay, travel of more than 200 miles roundtrip, or
any high-adventure activity. 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 Day, Memorial
Day) basic insurance is extended to three nights. All other trips
three nights or more require additional insurance.
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.
And if your girls are looking to stay closer to home this year,
check out our 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!