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
The Girl Scouts of Colorado Travel Peak online learning pathway is
designed to prepare you for your troop’s biggest adventure yet! Girl
Scouts is a great place to learn how to plan and take trips. Traveling
is built upon a progression of activities and girl-led processes.
Troop are strongly encouraged to go through the progression process
together. Reference this flyer to learn more about out learning
progression training, then hop onto gsLearn to complete your required training.
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, including the Girl Scout Guide to Global Travel
guidebook. For more resources on Global Girl Scouting, planning travel
with your troop and to see upcoming volunteer led trips that you can
join, visit our Travel Pathways page.
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. Girl Scouts of
Colorado requires groups to submit a Activity
and Event Approval form at least 30 days prior to Girl Scout
travel. Your council may have additional resources and 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.
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,
Memorial Day) basic insurance is extended to three nights. All other
trips three nights or more require additional coverage).
To purchase additional insurance for an extended trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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? Plan
a trip to a GSCO property! Learn how to reserve one of our
properties for your troop!
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!
Approved volunteers who have taken the
appropriate travel training are approved to help girls plan trips of
any length. While written approval is not required for all trips,
please be sure to tell us about your trip. For trips of one or more
overnights, please submit a Activity
and Event Approval form online. We just need the basics in case
of an emergency.