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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!

Destination applications are due November 5th a second round of applications are due January 20th. For more questions on Destination opportunities or to submit your application please contact Katie Chappell, kchappell@gscwm.org -800-462-9100 Ext: 3604 301 Kelly Way, Holyoke, MA 01040 ATTN: Katie Chappell- Destinations

Important Destination Deadlines:

August: Destinations begin to be released by GSUSA Mid-September: Applications released! Begin your applications- some trips fill up in Round 1.
November 5th: Applications due to GSCWM via email to kchappell@gscwm.orgor mail to 301 Kelly Way, Holyoke, MA 01040 ATTN: Katie Chappell- Destinations November 6-25thPhone Interviews with Destination applicants
January: Round 1 applicants notified of their status January 20thRound 2 applications due to GSCWM via email to kchappell@gscwm.org or mail to 301 Kelly Way, Holyoke, MA 01040 ATTN: Katie Chappell- Destinations
January 25-February 5thPhone Interviews with Destination applicants March: Round 2 applications notified of their status. 

Check out Girl Scout Getaways, the ultimate short travel adventure programs designed specifically for Girl Scout Troops with girls ages 11 and older. Girl Scout Getaways, are posted throughout the year.  With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from Stand Up Paddle boarding, Whale Watches and surfing adventures out in Cape Cod on the east coast and breathtaking hikes or rivers out west, to the Ultimate American Experience of Washington, D.C. or Space Camp Pathfinder Program including your own Space Mission —there’s something amazing for everyone to experience.

Troop Treks

Is your troop planning a trip and looking for an affordable and fun place to stay? There are Girl Scout facilities in great locations around the country ready to welcome you! Check GSUSA Troop Treks, so you can start planning your next troop adventure! 

Check out Girl Scout Overseas Global Summer Camp, start the adventure of your life by attending global summer camps sponsored by USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGS)! Girls in grades 6-12 can visit a World Center in India, Mexico, Switzerland or the United Kingdom for a week of fun and a world of culture. 

Travel

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!

Girl Scouts offers girls a chance to see the world, meet new people and learn about different cultures and ideas. Girls can travel as part of a troop, local or council-wide group, or individually through national destinations.

GSCWM Travel Opportunities:

GSCWM’s Travel Committee plans day and overnight trips for girls of all ages. Below is a listing of upcoming opportunities which girls can begin planning for now! Have a trip idea email program@gscwm.org

GSCWM Day Travel Programs

GSCWM has a variety of local and day long trips for girls of all ages. Check out our Event Calendar for travel and trip opportunities by age level. Trips are either for troops or girls with an adult.

Big Apple Bonanza!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Depart from either the Worcester or Holyoke Leadership Center and set your sights on adventure! We'll travel by charter bus to New York City where we will visit the GSUSA Headquarters, have free time in Times Square, and see Aladdin on Broadway.  This is an adventure you don't want to miss!

Holyoke Leadership Center Bus Register Here

Worcester Leadership Center Bus Register Here

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Deposits ($100) are non-refundable unless you are placed on a waitlist or the program is cancelled.

Cancellation by Participant:
A refund (minus $100 deposit) will be made only for cancellation requests received in writing by January 31. Written requests for refunds should be sent to program@gscwm.org.

Cancellation by GSCWM:
GSCWM reserves the right to change and/or cancel programs as determined by program enrollment. If GSCWM cancels this program, you will receive a full refund including deposit.

GSCWM International Travel

We are currently planning up to four years in advance to allow you the time to fundraise for the trip. If you are interested in the trips or have additional questions please contact Katie Chappell at 413-584-2602 x3604.

* EF tours establishes the trip pricing 2 years before the trip and changes pricing during the registration process as the trips gets closer, to secure the lowest pricing options register with EF tours with a $95 deposit as close to the trip opening as possible. 

Starting with the Summer 2019 trips, in addition to the EF tours cost, there will be a non-refundable $200 council deposit to help cover the GSCWM costs of facilitating our Travel Programs. While EF tour registration for Summer 2019 and beyond is not open yet, reserve your spot with GSCWM Today!

Summer 2018 : England, Ireland, and Wales

Register by Dec 1, 2017

England Ireland & Wales               10 Days                                 

Transport your troop back in time and experience the old-world wonders of England, Ireland and Wales. “Kiss the Blarney Stone" in Killarney, marvel at the Gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and explore the bustling streets of London. From 16th-century Shakespearean works to the modern-day Harry Potter saga, it’s no wonder this corner of the world is rich in literary tradition.

To view trip pamphlet click here click here

EF Tours Registration for England, Ireland, Wales Enter Tour Number 1844180XE

Summer 2019 : Belize Wildlife Adventure

Register with EF Tours by September 1, 2018

Belize Wildlife Adventure                8 Days                                   

A tropical paradise with miles of shimmering blue Caribbean coastline and lush jungle canopies, Belize is bursting with diverse wildlife and a sense of adventure. See native jungle animals up close on multiple nature hikes, whiz through the treetops on a zip-line, and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Ancient ruins, cave tubing, and a riverboat cruise ensure this will be an adventure your girls will never forget.

See what you’ll experience at eftours.com/bezj. To view trip pamphlet click here

EF Tour Registration for Belize Wildlife Adventure  Enter Tour Number Tour 2005008TB

GSCWM Registraion for Belize Wildlife Adventure

Summer 2020 : Grand Tour of Italy

Registration opens with EF Tours opens Fall 2018- Start Saving and Planning Now:

GIRL ONLY TRIP will be offered as a GSUSA Destinations with Girl Scouts from across the country

Grand Tour of Italy                           16 Days                                 

With visits to Venice, Florence, the Sorrento region and Rome, your group will fall in love with Italy. History comes alive among the ruins of Pompeii and along the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Get to know da Vinci, walk in the steps of gladiators and visit the birthplace of saints. Cruise the canals of Venice, enjoy an island cruise and get hands-on skills with an Italian cooking class. This trip will be open as a GSUSA Destinations with Girl Scouts from across the country

To view trip pamphlet click here.

Enrollment with EF Tours will begin the Fall 2018

GSCWM Registraion for Grand Tour of Italy

Summer 2021 : Charting the Galapagos Islands

Registration opens EF Tours opens Fall 2019- Start Saving and Planning Now

Charting the Galapagos Islands                 9 Days                                   

Journey to the equator and explore the wonders of Ecuador— including the Galápagos Islands, some 620 miles off the country’s Pacific coastline. Retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Some of the wildlife you may see include penguins, sea lions, turtles, blue-footed boobies, and other exotic birds. On the mainland, your troop will visit the Equatorial Line and enjoy a Salsa dance lesson.

To view trip pamphlet click here

Enrollment with EF Tours will begin the Fall 2019

GSCWM Registration for Charting the Galapagos Islands 

Important International Travel Information

Every EF tour includes airfare, ground transportation, comfortable hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time tour director and local guides, and the most extensive safety and security regulations in the industry. EF also offers the lowest prices, guaranteed, as well as unparalleled support for Girl Scout Leaders, girls, and their parents, making it easy, safe, and affordable for your girls to experience the very best historic, cultural and natural sights in the world.

*Note Lunches for some tours, tips for Bus and Tour Directors are not included. 

Each trip will allow enrollment up to the date listed next to the trip.  All participants will have bi-monthly meetings to help prepare for the trip, plan for money earning and get to know each other which will start the summer before the trip.  The dates of these meetings will be determined by the girls traveling.  Money earning projects and amounts will be planned by the girls.  

How to Enroll with EF Tours:

Your girls can enroll three different ways. Please have your tour number and your $95 enrollment fee!

1         Online at  GSCWM Travel page a direct link under each trip list will take you to EF Tours Website

2         Over the phone - Call us at 1-800-665-5364.

3         Attend an interest meeting and enroll right there by paper application! 

How to Enroll with GSCWM:

Your girls can enroll three different ways. Please have which trip you would like to attend and $200 council service fee! Due as one payment.

1         Online at GSCWM  Travel page for a direct link under each trip listing

2         Over the phone - Call us at 413-584-2602

3         Attend an interest meeting and enroll right there by paper application! 

 

Payment to EF Tours:

Travelers have the option to enroll with the manual payment plan or to sign-up for EF's Automatic Payment Plan. This is a great way for families to make the trip more affordable!  I would recommend that your entire group enrolls on the Monthly Payment Plan – it is much easier to manage!

 

Money Earning: 

We also know that money-earning is a large part of planning a trip! From learning about goal-setting and budgeting to team-building and event-planning, girls can learn life skills while preparing for their tour. We have gathered many fundraising ideas and resources from our years of working with Group Leaders and Girl Scouts and we invite you to take a look: www.eftours.com/gsfundraising.


Trips are for girls entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall of the year of the trip. Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls), individual girls, or as mother/daughter duos. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to sign up.  2020 Grand Tour of Italy, is open to Girls only. 

To register or for more information, email GSCWM Volunteer International Trip Coordinator, Meghan Schafer, at  worldtravler1912@gmail.com or call 508-685-7491

 

GSCWM High Adventure Group

Take your adventure to the next level! Join the High Adventure Group for one event or multiple, either way you’re sure to try new things, embrace the unfamiliar, learn new skills and be a real go-getter! This group is open to individual girls and girls in a troop-so even if your troop isn’t into the outdoors or adventure, you can still join us.

Some trips are already scheduled but if you have ideas for other trips, then step up, think outside the box and take action by joining a planning meeting and sharing your ideas! Chances are good, if you want to do an activity, then someone else does too! The group will also have money-earning events to help with keeping the trip costs down. Advisors are trained Girls Scout Volunteers.

Open to girls in grades 6-12. To participate, you need to take part in the monthly planning meeting before the trip you want to go on. Meetings are attended virtually online and by email.

For more information, click here.
Contact Pam Brunelle
(508) 614-5834

GSCWM.HighAdventure@gmail.com

Life is a Journey,
not a Destination.
Get Outdoors and Explore!