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Travel

At this time, travel/overnight trips are being approved on a case-by-case basis. If you are thinking about traveling, please email a general description of your trip to customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org prior to making any reservations, arrangements, or finalized plans.

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!

Day Trips

Day trips are a great way to explore your community! Any trip that takes you outside your normal Girl Scout meeting location is considered a day trip. Follow these steps for a safe and fun trip!

  1. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require council approval.   
  2. Collect Activity Permission Slips
  3. If your day trip includes any activities that require council approval (for example: rock climbing, horseback riding, water sports, etc.) send an email to customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org at least 10 business days prior to your trip with the details of the activity including where it will take place and how many girls are participating.
  4.  If any non-members (girls or adults) are attending your trip, you need to purchase supplemental insurance. Complete the Plan 2 form and email to customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org at least 10 days prior to your trip.
  5. Complete an add driver form for any person who will be driving people outside their household (must be completed annually). Submit to customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org at least 10 days prior to your trip.
Simple Overnight (1-2 nights)

Ready for a weekend camping trip, museum overnight, or trip to a nearby community? Go on a simple overnight! Simple overnights are any trip that lasts 1-2 nights, or 3 nights if over a federal holiday.  Follow these steps for a safe and fun trip!

1. Review the Simple Overnight Checklist

2. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require additional council approval.   

3. Submit your travel forms and paperwork*

*We know that sometimes great opportunities come up on a shorter timeline - that doesn't mean you can't go! Let us know about your trip as soon as possible so we can help you lead a successful trip.

Extended Overnight (3+ nights)

Take a longer trip close to home, head to Seattle to check out the Space Needle, see Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace in Savannah, plan a cross-country trek, or choose your own adventure! Extended overnight trips last 3 nights or more nights and take place in the US. Follow these steps for a safe and fun trip!

1. Review the Extended Overnight Checklist

2. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher-risk activities require additional council approval.   

3. Submit your travel forms and paperwork*

* We know that sometimes great opportunities come up on a shorter timeline - that doesn't mean you can't go! Let us know about your trip as soon as possible so we can help you lead a successful trip.

International Travel

International trips can be life-changing! Try croissants in Paris, meet a sloth in Costa Rica, visit the Taj Mahal, and more on an international Girl Scout trip.  Any trip out of the country (including Canada) is considered an international trip, regardless of length. Follow these steps for a safe and fun trip!

1. Review the International Trip Checklist

2. Review Safety Activity Checkpoints for any activities planned during the trip.  Many higher risk activities require council approval.   

3. Submit your travel forms and paperwork*

  • 18 months prior: Intent to Travel
  • 9 months prior: Troop Travel Application
  • 2 months prior: Travel Paperwork -  Health Histories, Medical Authorizations, Add Driver (if applicable), insurance, finalized roster, travel route, itinerary, places you’ll be staying including contact info

* We know that sometimes great opportunities come up on a shorter timeline - that doesn't mean you can't go! Let us know about your trip as soon as possible so we can help you lead a successful trip

Getaways

Thinking about planning an adventure with your troop? Getaways are short travel programs designed specifically for Girl Scout troops. 

Learn more about Getaways

Destinations

Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for Cadette – Ambassador Girl Scouts. 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.

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Trips are filling up quickly, so apply today to lock in your place!

Applying is easy!

Step 1) Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/ and check out all the Destination options

Step 2) Choose up to four to apply. Use green buttons at the top of the page to filter trips based on your age or the type of trip & make sure you meet the requirements

Step 3) Download the application worksheet (available on each Destination page) and follow the instructions. Use the worksheet to plan your application(s) then follow the link in the worksheet to submit your application online.

As soon as you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation email (check your JUNK MAIL if you don’t see it!) Your application will be sent to your references, so they can see what you wrote and then complete their section. The application will also be sent to GSAK and we will verify that you are a Girl Scout. Finally, your application will be sent to the Destination host – the organization that is running the trip. The host will review your application and let you know their decision.

Forms and Documents

Forms vary depending on the type of travel. For overnights, review the trip checklists for specifics about due dates, forms needed, and additional information.

Simple Overnight Checklist

Extended Overnight Checklist

International Trip Checklist

Form Name

Information

Required for Simple Overnight

Required for Extended Overnight

Required for International Trip

Activity Permission Slip

Permission slips signed by a parent/guardian are required for any Girl Scout activity outside normal meetings

x

x

x

Girl Health History

Health History forms should be collected at the beginning of each membership year and reviewed for changes prior to a trip

x

x

x

Complete Background Check (an invitation will be sent from GSAK)

Required for all adults attending the trip. Check with GSAK if adults are not sure of their background check status

x

x

x

First Aid/CPR Certification

One adult must have current first aid certification/CPR

x

x

x

Add Driver Form

Anyone who will be driving participants outside their household must submit an Add Driver form each year

x

x

x

Additional Insurance

 

Plan 2, Plan 3PI

Required for any trips 3 nights or longer or when non-Girl Scouts are attending

If non-Girl Scouts are attending

Plan 2

x

 

Plan 2

x

 

Plan 3PI

Minor Authorization for Medical Treatment

Gives permission for adults besides a parent or guardian to act on their behalf if a child needs medical attention. THIS FORM MUST BE NOTARIZED

 

x

X

Adult Health History

Required for all adults attending the trip

 

x

x

Adult Authorization for Medical Treatment

Gives permission for adults to act on another adult’s behalf if they needs medical attention. THIS FORM MUST BE NOTARIZED

 

x

x

Permission for Minors to Travel

Gives permission for child to travel outside the US without a parent/guardian. THIS FORM MUST BE NOTARIZED.

 

 

x

Copies of Passports for all travelers

Can be hard copies or digital. Copies should be kept with adult on the trip as well as an adult at home

 

 

x

 

How to fund your trip

Cookie and Fall Product Programs

The Cookie and Fall Product (MagNut) Programs are the primary way to earn money for travel.

 Learn more about Fall Product

Learn more about Cookies

Troop Trip & Destination Cookie Credits

Troop Trip Cookie Credits and Destination Credits are a way for Girl Scouts to earn credits specifically for travel. Troop Trip Cookie Credits can be used towards a troop trip to a WAGGGS World Center, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, an event sponsored by Girl Scouts of the USA or a Girl Scout Council sponsored event outside Alaska. TTCC can also be used for troops traveling internationally, out of state, or in-state if the trip is more than 300 miles from home, when the trip includes a Service Learning Project. Destination Credits can be earned by any girl who has been accepted on a GSUSA Destination.

Troop Trip Cookie Credit Information

Destination Credit Information

Apply for TTCC

Troops interested in earning Troop Trip Cookie Credits need to submit their Intent to Travel Form and Troop Trip Cookie Credit Application no later than February 1, 2022 for travel in 2022. Traveling in 2023? Applications will open on Oct 1, 2022.

Apply for Destination Credits

Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/ to apply for up to four Destinations. After you have been accepted, complete the Destination Credits form by February 1, 2022 for travel in 2022. Traveling in 2023? Applications will open on Oct 1, 2022.

Money Earning Projects

In addition to the Fall Product and Cookie Programs, travel can be funded through money-earning projects. Learn more about money-earning projects in Volunteer Essentials, then submit a Money Earning Project Request form at least two weeks prior to your project.

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!

Questions? Contact Customer Care.