As pandemic related travel restrictions are lifted, check with the
girls and their parents/guardians if they feel save traveling. Girl
Scouts is the best way to travel. The girls will 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 and beyond.
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. There’s a whole world of
possibilities for your girls!
Planning Ahead for Adventure
Contact our Customer Care team/check our website
as the girls start thinking about planning a trip. We have an approval
process for overnight and extended travel. CustomerCare@girlscoutshcc.org
916.452.9181 or 800.322.4475.
The 2020 Safety
Activity Checkpoints manual indicates which activities require
council approval, and which require the use of an approved outfitter.
When council approval is required, you will need to complete our Trip/Activity Notification.
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 entire process.
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. We have
a trip approval process: As the girls are in the very initial planning
stages of an outing, review with them all applicable checkpoints, and
then, if council notification/approval is required, complete our Trip/Activity Notification. Refer to the Trip
Procedures chart below to determine when to submit the Trip/Activity
Notification and before making any payments. A staff member
will help you with the extended travel approval process.
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.
Sometimes non-Girl Scout members attend Girl Scout activities;
non-members –children or adults- are not covered by Girl Scout
accident insurance, so you need to purchase insurance for them using
for Additional Activity Insurance. Submit it three weeks before
Adult volunteers driving girls other than their own child must be at
least age 21 and complete a Driver Authorization form.