Are your girls interested in traveling as a troop? Travel is an important part of the Girl Scout experience and can help girls build valuable life skills, learn to work as a team and create lifelong memories. Follow this Travel Progression Chart to see how girls can learn the skills they need to become competent travelers, including how to plan and organize trips. Travel fun can be endless when girls lead!
As your girls begin discussing travel together, please check out these helpful tools for girls and volunteers to use when planning a trip.
GSOSW Trip Planning Guide – council specific resource to guide volunteers and girls in planning a trip with all the information about council approval and requirements. This guide includes a sample budget, trip planning steps, training requirements and much more!
GSUSA Guide to U.S. Travel – resource designed to assist with regional or national trips targeting Junior and Cadette troops. Are your girls ready to travel? Check out the quizzes for girls and leaders!
GSUSA Global Travel Toolkit – national resource designed to assist with international trips targeting Senior and Ambassador troops. Download girl and adult guides.
Girl Scouts Together - Your one-stop-shop for all of the Girl Scout-related information and health and safety guidance you need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safety Activity Checkpoints - A resource that provides safety standards and guidelines for GIrl Scouts of the United States of America-approved activities.
There are different types of trainings required dependent on what kind of trip experience your group is planning. Please refer to GSOSW Policies and Procedures for specific requirements.
|Course name||Required for||Timeframe|
|Grade Level Trainings||All troop leaders||Within three (3) months of receiving a troop number|
|Girl Scouts Inside & Out
(Previously Day Trips & Indoor Overnights)
|At least one adult volunteer attending a day trip or indoor overnight trip||At least three (3) months prior to an outing|
|Outdoor Skills||At least one adult volunteer attending a camping trip||At least six (6) months prior to an outing|
|Extended Travel||At least one adult volunteer attending a trip of three nights or more, regardless of destination||At least six (6) months prior to the trip; training should be completed prior to submitting paperwork|
Each fall, all troops must complete Regional Troop Travel Qualification (for travel within the council region, including high-risk day trips, indoor overnights of any length, or outdoor overnights of any length) in order to travel with their troop. This process is supported by service unit girl experience mentors (GEMs). If you do not know who your GEM is or your area does not have one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for staff support with qualifications.
For troop travel within the council region (within 200 miles outside council borders) of any length:
For national and international troop travel (any length of time, outside the council borders):
While there can be many steps and a lot of time spent planning a trip with your troop, we are here to help along the way! Reach out to your service unit girl experience mentor (GEM) who can help coach you through the planning process. Use the helpful resources we shared as well as the valuable info you learn in your training to help guide you in stepping back and allowing the girls to plan the trip.
The Travel Volunteer Team (TVT) is composed of adult volunteers from around the council who have experience planning trips and traveling with girls. The team works with council staff to create a long-range plan of progressive travel experiences for girls; from mystery day trips to international patrols to WAGGGs World Centers. The TVT also offers innovative Extended Travel trainings to adults and inspiring Travel Discovery workshops to girls. Members of the travel team offer support to individual traveling girls going on Destinations and also help to distribute council travel financial assistance and the DPass Grant for Destinations. If you have experience traveling with girls and an interest in being involved in the creation of travel experiences for GSOSW, this team is for you! Members will be required to attend monthly call-in meetings and two in-person meetings per year.
GSOSW provides a variety of travel experiences for Girl Scouts to participate in; however, these trips would not be possible without qualified and dedicated adult chaperones. If you have an interest in helping girls achieve their dreams of traveling nationally or internationally, we may have a trip that interests you! All interested adult volunteers must apply to be a travel chaperone and are eligible to apply for financial assistance to help pay for their trip.