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Girl Scout Travel


COVID-19 UpdateIn order to ensure your troop trip is a success, take some time as a troop to progress slowly back into in-person activities. Include a girl planned overnight in your larger trip plans, to allow girls the opportunity to feel comfortable with the support of the troop and being away from home.

Troops should assess and consider local state and county health and safety guidance for all of the areas that the trip will include. Consult Girl Scouts Together for the current travel guidelines.

If your troop has questions or needs support, please contact or 800-338-5248.

Do you have an idea for a new travel program? Share it by filling out the Girl Scout Program Idea Submission Form!


Join thousands of change-makers from across the country to spark new ideas, make friends, have fun, and create something incredible. Apply to join the GSOSW Travel Patrol to Orlando, Florida  by October 15. Plan all the details for your trip to the 2023 Girl Scout Convention and experience the Expo Hall, special guests, performances, and Walt Disney World®

This travel patrol is open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. The patrol will be formed in early fall, and will meet virtually to plan all the details of the trip including additional activities, sights to see, length of trip and final cost. 

2023 Girl Scout Convention dates: July 18-22, 2023
Estimated cost per person: $2000
Apply by October 15, 2022

Adult volunteers can email Jennifer Crouch at for the chaperone application, due September 15, 2022.


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.

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.

Check out the new catalog of Destinations trips at Apply online today! Financial assistance may be available. Email with questions.


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!

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.

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.

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 for travel questions.


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 Crouch at 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!