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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 and references are submitted only through the online applications process. See timeline below under application timeline.

For more questions on Destination opportunities please contact Jessica Gonzalez, jgonzalez@gscwm.org – 413-727-7124

Destinations Application Timeline
December 1 Round 1 deadline for girls and references to complete applications
December 7 Round 1 deadline for home council to submit approval survey
December 21 Round 1 acceptance/rejection/waitlist notices all sent out (last date)
January 11 Round 1 participants’ deposits due to event hosts 
February 15 Round 2 deadline for girls and references to complete applications
February 22 Round 2 deadline for home councils to submit approval survey 
March 4 Round 2 acceptance/rejection/waitlist notices all sent out (last date)
March 18 Round 2 participants' deposits due to event hosts

After Round 2  Remaining spaces for Destinations are open on a ROLLING BASIS until the Destination is full or the event host must close enrollment. Email or call event host if you are unsure if applications are still open. 

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. 

GSCWM Travel Opportunities:

GSCWM’s 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 travel@gscwm.org

Travel Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in challenging and empowering girls through travel to cultivate their cultural competencies, help them learn a wide range of practical life skills, advance their sense of self, and ultimately build memories and friendships with other Girl Scouts?  Then we want you to be our next Travel Volunteer! Chaperones have a big impact on Girl Scouts travel experience, and ideal volunteers will have a passion for travel, previous travel experience, experience working with older girls, and the ability to work collaboratively with other chaperones and the Trip Leader.  This volunteer position requires volunteers to apply for each trip they would like to chaperone.  The term begins once they’re selected as a chaperone and concludes after the trip has occurred.  Chaperones will be required to complete trip specific training after their term begins, Should not have a daughter nor a member of their Girl Scout Troop attending the trip, and should be prepared to cover meals and other small portions of the trip to attend the trip. All travel volunteers will attend the trip free of charge with the exception that they should be prepared to cover meals, any excursions not included in the base cost of the trip, and the council deposit. Submit your application for either a domestic or international trip by Dec 1 two years before the trip is schedule to run.  Any questions please email travel@gscwm.org.

Travel Volunteer Application PDF

Girl Scout Go International Travel

We are currently planning multiple years in advance to allow you or your troop the time to raise funds for your trip. If you are interested in the trips or have additional questions please contact Jessica Gonzalez at 413-584-2602.

Trips listed are open to either girl only, girl with an adult, troops with a 1:4 ratio or girl/female adult duos. Please see each specific trip to know who is able to join.

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 which is due no later than 90 days after registering with EF Tours. Trip Council Deposits are refundable until September 1 of the year the trip opens with EF Tours. While EF tour registration for all trips is not open yet, reserve your spot with GSCWM today to begin money earning activities to support your trip. 

2022- Explore Iceland North and South

For eight days, experience stunning fjords and breathtaking waterfalls, then travel to a red mountain where mud boils and steam flows out of the earth. Journey through the Dimmuborgir lava formations, which some believe are trolls exposed to the sun, then walk along the gap separating two tectonic plates. This adventurous trip is not for the faint-of-heart or weak-of-limb; it will keep you moving, climbing, and hiking—and constantly questioning how your surroundings can possibly be real.

Registration open until trip fills or December 1, 2021

Register with EF Tours: $95  email travel@gscwm.org

Register with GSCWM: $200 council deposit

Open to: Girls in 8-12 grade in the fall of the year of the trip. Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls).

2023- Adventures Peru

Embrace the spirit of Peru as a group and explore the third largest country in South America for 11 days. In Peru, you’ll jump into the history of a civilization with ancient origins to make a special visit to mysterious Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Along your journey you’ll discover the mountain-nestled city of Cusco and spend two days in the Sacred Valley to work in a local community on projects that support economic sustainability, local agriculture, and access to education. Your adventure will be capped by two incredible days at an Amazon Lodge, where you’ll explore the flora and fauna of the jungle both by foot and by boat.

This registration covers the council deposit and allows you to begin money-earning to raise funds for your trip.

EF tours establishes trip pricing two years before the trip and changes pricing 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.  International trips typically cost $3,500-$5,000 per person. For costs and to register with EF Tours email travel@gscwm.org.

Open to girls in 8-12 Grade in fall of the year of the trip. Open to Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls).

Council Deposit is refundable up until 9/1/21.

2024- London, Paris, Barcelona

What makes this program special? Pose in front of Big Ben, ascend the Eiffel Tower, and learn to flamenco dance in three exciting capitals. On this action-packed tour, your group will take in the sights and sounds of London, Paris, and Barcelona, and experience the adventure of an overnight train ride. You will also make a special visit to Pax Lodge in Hampstead where you will participate in unique Girl Scout programming. The fun doesn't stop there, we will also hit the city of Madrid!

Registration open until trip fills or December 1, 2023

Register with EF Tours starting Fall 2022: $95

Register with GSCWM: $200 council deposit by registering now, allows you to begin participating in Money Earning activities to begin raising funds to support your trip. Deposit is refundable until Sept 2022

Open to: Girls in 7-12 grade in the fall of the year of the trip. Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls) or girl/female adult duos.

2025- Incredible India

Spend 12 days being amazed by India’s size, clamor, and diversity. Together as a troop, experience the ornate and historic sites throughout India’s Golden Triangle. Admire Old Delhi, explore Jaipur’s Amber Fort, and discover the Taj Mahal. Make a special visit to Sangam, a WAGGGS Centre in Pune, where you’ll spend three nights and participate in special Girl Scout programs.

Registration open until trip fills or December 1, 2024

Register with EF Tours starting Fall 2023: $95 

Register with GSCWM: $200 council deposit by registering now, allows you to begin participating in Money Earning activities to begin raising funds to support your trip. Deposit is refundable until Sept 2023.

Open to: Girls in 9-12 grade in the fall of the year of the trip. Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls), or girl/female adult duos.

2026- London to Lucerne

Travel to three European cities. Two WAGGGS Centers. One amazing, 11 day tour. Girl Scouts will experience the best of both worlds as incredible adventures take them through the bustling streets of London, the museums of Paris, and high up into the Swiss Alps. Make special visits to Our Chalet and Pax Lodge where you will participate in unique Girl Scout programming.

Registration open until trip fills or December 1, 2025

Register with EF Tours starting Fall 2024: $95 

Register with GSCWM: $200 council deposit by registering now, allows you to begin participating in Money Earning activities to begin raising funds to support your trip. Deposit is refundable until Sept  2024.

Open to: Girls in 7-12 grade in the fall of the year of the trip. Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls) or girl/female adult duos. 

2027- Japan- Land of the Rising Sun

For 9 days, treat yourself to the treasures of Japan past and present, from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto. Stroll through sacred shrines, see the Great Buddha in Kamakura, and catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Fuji. Engross yourself in the STEM filled world of Akihabara. Feast on an authentic tempura dinner, and enjoy a special overnight stay at a traditional Japanese ryokan, an amazing cultural and learning experience for every Girl Scout.

Registration open until trip fills or December 1, 2026

Register with EF Tours starting Fall 2025: $95 

Register with GSCWM: $200 council deposit by registering now, allows you to begin participating in Money Earning activities to begin raising funds to support your trip. Deposit is refundable until Sept 2025.

Open to: Open to: Girls in 9-12 grade in the fall of the year of the trip. Individual girls or Troops (1:4 ratio adults to girls), or girl/female adult duos.

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.  

Cost of the Trip: 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 possibleInternational trips generally cost $3,500-$5,000 per person depending upon the trip exact cost for the trip can be found on the trip details on the EF site.  We recommend if you are interested in joining a trip, to register with EF as soon as the trip opens to lock in the lowest cost for the trip. 

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.

EF Tours Cancelations Policy:

The cancellation policies outlined below take into consideration the costs EF incurs long before groups ever depart. Notice of cancellation from an EF tour will only be accepted from the traveler, his or her legal guardian, or the Group Leader. The date of cancellation will be determined by the date on which EF receives notice. Cancellation refunds can only be made to the person whose name appears on the account. In order to qualify for refunds in accordance with EF’s standard cancellation policy, all payments must be received on time.

EF’s standard cancellation policy*

– 150 days or more prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a $300 cancellation fee.

– 149 to 110 days prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a $500 cancellation fee.

– 109 to 45 days prior to departure: Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and 50% of the program price.

– 44 days or less prior to departure: No refund will be issued.

*Travelers who purchase a Global Travel Protection plan have the opportunity to cancel the trip until 60 days prior to departure due to reasons not covered by the insurance underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company and have the option to rebook to another EF Educational Tour within 30 days of such cancellation. Traveler is responsible for finding a new tour, and final placement is based on availability. Such tour needs to take place within 180 days from cancellation, and any difference in price will be covered by the traveler (nonrefundable fees from the original tour will not be put toward the rebooked tour). This benefit is not an insurance provided by United States Fire Insurance Company. See EF Booking conditions for more information.

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to sign up for travel.

For more information, email travel@gscwm.org or call 413-584-2602

 

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!