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Travel

Some of the most memorable moments in a G.I.R.L.’s life happen while taking trips. Traveling with her Girl Scouts sisters is just another adventure she can embark on while developing life skills essential to leadership, to success and to life.

Travel is built on a progression of activities—one activity leads to the next. As girls grow in their travel skills and can better manage the planning process, they can progress to longer trips. When planning, consider your girls’ abilities to be away from their families and homes, adapt to unfamiliar surroundings and situations, make decisions for themselves and the good of the group, get along with each other and handle challenges, as well as their previous cross-cultural experiences, skills and interests.

Troop Travel Overview

All levels may participate in day trips, backyard camping and non-camping overnights at places such as the YMCA, church, school or leader’s home.

However, only Brownies and older may participate in domestic trips of up to two nights and three days, Juniors and older may participate in domestic trips of up to four nights and five days, and Cadettes and older may participate in longer and international trips. All such overnight trips require that an application be completed and submitted and may also require additional documentation. Domestic trip applications are due six months prior to departure, and international trip applications are due 18 months prior to departure.

The Troop Trip Application Packet contains all the information you need to plan a Girl Scout trip, such as what is required for a trip, guidelines for transportation and accommodations and insurance information.

If you have questions about planning your trip, please contact Troop Support Coordinator Jen Robertson at jrobertson@girlscoutsem.org or 314.400.4606.

Troop Trip Training is also available to help you start the planning process. You can search for any upcoming Troop Trip Training courses here.

Troop Travel Resources
Troop Travel Ideas

Where to Go—Your Troop’s First Trip!
Do your girls want to travel but are not sure where to go or what to do? Check out where other Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri troops have traveled the most and what they did while they were there!

Where to Go—Georgia-Bound!
Have you already traveled with your troop and your girls are ready for a longer, several-day travel experience? Why not visit Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low!

Want even more ideas for activities while traveling?
The websites for your destination’s Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau, or even the local Girl Scout Council’s website, are great resources to help you find the best of the best at your destination. You might even find activities and lodging available at the local Girl Scouts Council!

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*Please note, this information is provided as a resource to assist you and your troop when planning a troop trip. The Troop Trip Application and any documentation needed for troop travel, including Certificates of Insurance (our database of COIs we have received can be found here), are still required for these and all other destinations.

Council and GSUSA-Sponsored Travel

Both Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Girl Scouts of the USA offer fabulous travel opportunities for girls!

To see upcoming Council day and overnight trips, check out the latest edition of Inspire Discovery. There are opportunities for Girl Scouts of every age. If you have questions about Council trips, please contact the Answer Center at answercenter@girlscoutsem.org or 314.400.4600.

In addition, GSUSA’s Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older. With different trips every year, there is something amazing for everyone. Pack your bags full of life-changing experiences and make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states. If you have questions about Destinations, please contact Older Girl Program Manager Katie Kelly at kkelly@girlscoutsem.org or 314.592.2341.