When 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 GSEP’s Trip Quick Guide for more information on
trip planning and forms we use in our council. We also offer a Troop Travel Basics Webinar. This 1-hour webinar
is a crash course in troop travel.
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 “Trips and Travel” section of Safety Activity Checkpoints is your go-to
resource for safety. 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. Check out GSEP’s Trip Quick Guide for more information on
trip planning and forms we use in our council.
Note that extended travel (more than three nights) is not covered
under the basic Girl Scout insurance plan and will 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 to an idea for travel For example,
girls learn where their food comes from in the Sow What? Journey. That
would connect well with a trip focusing on sustainable agriculture
and, naturally, sampling tasty food!
There are abundant opportunities to build real skills while earning
badges too. The most obvious example is the Senior Traveler badge, but
there are plenty more, such as Eco Camper, New Cuisines, Coding for
Good, and, of course, all the financial badges that help girls budget
and earn money for their trips.
Want to include Girl Scout traditions on 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? You
can rent any of GSEP’s six camps and start your
As your girls excitedly plan their next trip, remember 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!