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Destination & Travel

Are you interested in visiting new destinations throughout the world? Then this is the place for you! Exciting adventures await you when traveling with your sister Girl Scouts.

Travel is a way to participate in Girl Scouting

There are many opportunities for travel in Girl Scouts. Learning to plan trips and travel as a group is one of the basic experiences in Girl Scouting. In Girl Scouting, travel is about fun, exploration, and progressive experiences in appreciating the outdoors, new places, and other cultures. As girls grow older and more experienced in travel, the scope of their travel broadens to include travel across the country or abroad on a girl planned trip with sister Girl Scouts, or as an individual in a council or Girl Scouts of the USA sponsored Destination for Girls.

Safety is the most important thing to consider when planning trips and traveling. Girl Scouts of the USA provides guidelines for travel in Safety Activity Checkpoints. Information from activities to transportation to number of adults needed is covered in this important document.

ANY overnight trip, day trip greater than 250 miles one-way and ANY international trip must be registered with the council by completing and turning in  Troop Trip Application Form (MS-50a/b), available through your Neighborhood team, MSE or online.

Destinations are a program for teen girls to travel as an individual and go somewhere new, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. Trips fall into five categories: international, outdoors, science, people, and getaways events.

Getaways are short term travel opportunities designed for Girl Scout troops or groups.

International events are hosted by international scouting and guiding organizations and include World Association of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting World Center programs and large camping events.

 

Check out the Girl Scouts USA’s  travel  options.  

  • You can search by category, age, and location. You can apply for any trip that is not listed as full.
  • Download and complete the destinations application form for each event you want to attend (up to four). If you are selected for more than one, you may choose your favorite or attend them all.
  • Print two copies of the reference form and ask two people who know how awesome you are to fill them out. You can use the same letters of reference for all of your applications.
  • Send your application to programteam@girlscoutsaz.org or Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Attention: Program Department, 119 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Applications are due by the fourth Friday of November. Upon acceptance, details will be sent by mid-January. You'll find out if you have been accepted to go on your trip from our council staff, Girl Guide Association, or private organization. A Girl Scout who is accepted must notify the GSACPC Program Department.
  • Be prepared to arrange and pay for transportation, pay a deposit to the host council or organization to hold your space, if required.
  • If you are accepted and meet the council guidelines for  financial assistance, the council will support one trip request during the program year.

 

Resources

 

Travel Toolkit

  • Travel Guide for Adults and Girls – Get valuable information and tips on the following:
    • Information for girls about trips and tips for filling out applications and writing essays
    • Steps to planning your own international troop/group trip
    • Girl journal to document your trip/travel adventures
    • Adult guide that functions as a companion to the girls guide
    • Travel resources, handouts and forms
       

After Your Trips

Share your experience with girls who are considering taking a trip next year and offer to speak to a troop, other than your own, in your area about your trip.

 

Share Your Story!

Have you gone on an amazing trip with Girl Scouts? Seen jaw-dropping sites? Tell us about it and share your photos! Email to stories@girlscoutsaz.org.

 

Questions?

Contact Margaret Spicer at margaretspicer@girlscoutsaz.org or 602-452-7129.