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 UPCOMING TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Yellowstone by Rail 2022 Travel Patrol

Tour America’s first National Park with your new Girl Scout sisters! Enjoy the scenery as you lounge aboard a passenger train from Oregon to Wyoming. Once at the park, visit the breathtaking natural wonders of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, lakes and unspoiled forests. Plan fun outdoor activities like hiking or kayaking. Work as a team to plan all aspects of the trip from transportation to what you are going to eat while there.

Trip Dates: To be determined by the patrol. 

Cost: Estimated cost per person is $1,300. Final cost to be determined by patrol and is dependent on details/activities planned.

APPLY BY AUGUST 1, 2021!

Chaperones needed! Contact travel@girlscoutsosw.org to express interest.


 TYPES OF TRAVEL FOR GIRLS

Troop Travel

Girls begin their exploration of travel together by learning how to plan their own trips. They take on increased responsibil­ity and plan trips of increasing complexity and distance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, overnight travel is not currently permitted. Troops may begin planning for overnight trips taking place AFTER June 1, 2021. See "How to Travel with Your Troop" below.

Day trips are permitted only in counties approved by GSOSW while following all applicable council and health authority guidelines. See the Girl Scouts Together resource for the most up-to-date guidance.

Council-Sponsored Trips

Council-sponsored trips are trips organized by GSOSW staff and travel team volunteers. These trips are open to all girls in GSOSW. There is an application process for some trips, while others are open to any Girl Scout who wishes to register. Girls will travel in groups but not necessarily with troop mem­bers. The locations of these trips vary (local to international); travel costs vary accordingly. Search our Activities tab to find upcoming trips.

Travel Patrol

Travel Patrols are sponsored by GSOSW and are designed for participants to function like a troop for the duration of the trip including the planning stages. Girls who are interested in a particular trip can sign up for a Travel Patrol and start planning portions of the trip with other girls in the patrol. This is a great way for a girl to experience more complex trips by having a chance to get to know her travel buddies before she leaves on the trip. There is an application process for some Travel Patrols and others are open to any Girl Scout who wishes to register. Travel Patrols can take 1-3 years to plan as there is greater girl-planning involved.

Use the GSOSW application to apply for a Travel Patrol opportunity.

GSUSA Destinations

Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. With trips of varying lengths, costs and distances, there is sure to be a trip for you! Destinations bring together individual Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more!

The early application period is now open for 2022 Destinations! Apply by February 15, 2021, to lock in your place for a life-changing adventure. Not ready to commit yet? The regular application period opens on May 1, 2021, at which point many more exciting 2022 Destinations will be posted.

COVID-19 update: Because of continuing pandemic-related issues and our commitment to ensuring that girls remain safe first and foremost, Destinations will not take place during summer 2021. Destinations are a unique kind of Girl Scout travel—with girls flying to participate from many different states, and even countries, and many months are necessary to apply and prepare, which the pandemic has made impossible. We hope you’ll join a Destination in 2022! If you’re graduating high school in 2021, please let Girl Scout of the USA know if you’re interested in a young alum travel experience; this option may be developed if there's enough interest.

Check out the list of amazing adventures available begining December 15, 2020! Apply online by February 15, 2021. Financial assistance may be available. Email travel@girlscoutsosw.org with questions.


plane_32 HOW TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR TROOP

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!

COVID-19 Update: Overnight Girl Scout travel is not currently permitted. Troops may begin planning for travel after June 1, 2021 and can submit paperwork for approval. As of October 1, 2020, troops may submit short term/high risk and extended travel forms for approval. See paperwork approval process outlined below in the section on How To Travel With Your Troop for more information. If your troop has questions or needs support, please contact answers@girlscoutsosw.org or 800-338-5248.

Your troop may be interested in doing additional money earning activities to help pay for future troop travel or camp. While in-person meeting restrictions are still in effect for GSOSW, troops can consider doing limited additional money earning activities. As of November 1, 2020, troops may submit the updated Application for Additional Money Earning Activity form 113 for approval. Money earning projects that take place while in-person meeting is restricted will need to follow additional guidelines and will be approved on a case by case basis

While most troops are still meeting virtually, now is a great time to begin planning summer trips for summer 2021 and beyond! Follow the steps below to get started:

1. Girls get excited about traveling and begin planning their trip.

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 – national 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.

2. Trip leaders complete their training.

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 Time Frame
Grade Level Trainings All troop leaders Within three (3) months of receiving a troop number
Day Trips At least one adult volunteer attending a day trip or short outing At least two (2) months prior to a planned outing
Indoor Overnights At least one adult volunteer attending an 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 four or more nights or more than 200 miles outside of the council jurisdiction At least six (6) months prior to an outing. Not required before submitting an extended travel application
3. Troop submits paperwork for council approval.

At the very beginning of planning, submit paperwork for approval by the council to ensure girl safety, adult training, appropriate progression etc.

Short Term Travel or High-Risk Activity (between 1 and 3 nights)

Extended Travel (4 nights or more OR of a distance that is more than 200 miles outside of council borders)

4. Ready, set, travel!

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 travel coordinator or TC 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. 

Contact Jennifer Crouch at jcrouch@girlscoutsosw.org for travel questions.


 TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS

Travel Volunteer Team

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 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. 

Travel Chaperone

GSOSW provides a variety of travel experiences for Girl Scout to participate in; however, these trips would not be possible without qualified and dedicated adult chaperones. If you have 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. 


If you have questions about travel opportunities or are interested in being a travel chaperone, please contact Jennifer Akins at travel@girlscoutsosw.org or (541) 622-6155.

Girl Scouts love to travel—from the field trips they take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens. If you love exploring different places and cultures, then Girl Scouts is the place for you.

You can experience all that our country has to offer, whether you’re “blasting off” at Space Camp in Alabama, taking in a Broadway show in New York City, or visiting the birthplace of Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in Savannah, Georgia. And you can plan even bigger adventures around the world, traveling with other Girl Scouts who share your love of adventure.

Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad—there’s something amazing for everyone to experience.

Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. Find your trip today!

Where can you go?  Places like China, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Patagonia, Peru, Scotland, Germany, Mexico, and more!

How far will your Girl Scout experience take you? That’s up to you!