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Want to see the world? You can when you travel with Girl Scouts!

Travel offers girls, regardless of previous Girl Scout involvement, leadership and cross-cultural opportunities through regional, national, and international travel. Girls can travel by troop, with Service Units, through a council-sponsored trip or with just a few Girl Scout friends.

GSCTX Council Travel

Want to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts from Texas in the United States or all over the world? Check out these Council sponsored trips! Girls will coordinate with each trip leader and help plan their trips from activities, transportation, food, and Girl Scout activities. Don't have time to help plan but still want to go? No problem! Email the trip coordinator, pay your deposit and your spot is reserved. Your entire troop can sign up for trips too. Trips are girl-led, girl-planned and girl-enjoyed! 

Not sure which trip to go on or have general travel questions? Email our Travel Specialist, Emily Magnotta at EmilyM@gsctx.org

Note: These trips are not mom and me events, and most trips already have chaperones designated unless otherwise noted by the trip leader. Dates and costs are subject to change based on girls committed to trips and transportation costs. All trip costs must be paid directly to Julie Wiedemeier at juliew@jandjw.com. Girls are eligible to use cookie dough for council trips. 

St. Louis Missouri: March 14-17, 2015

This is a chance for girls to get in on the planning stages. What do you want to do? A zoo overnight? A tram up inside the world famous Arch? The awesome mazes and slides in the City Museum? The Science Center? Badge workshops? Join us now and help decide!

This trip is for Juniors and up with a 24 girl maximum, with no more than 15 Juniors. Estimated cost is $350 per person. We also have openings for adults that want to go. Non-refundable $100 deposit per person due no later than Oct. 15th 2014.

Contact Julie Wiedemeier at juliew@jandjw.com to join this trip!

Yosemite National Park, California: July 18-27, 2015

Find your inner hiker and venture to Yosemite National Park in California. Explore the beautiful outdoors while hiking different trails, practicing practical outdoor skills and enjoying your summer with swim and play time. Get your parks passport stamped at the office and be ready for a week of adventure!

This trip is for Cadettes and up with a 6 girl minimum and 16 maximum. Estimated cost is $1,500 and $1,650 per person. Non-refundable $100 deposit per person due by August 21st 2014.

Contact Mary Frentz at gstroop5101@gmail.com to join this trip!

Fort Davis, TX: October 9-12, 2015

The Stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Ft. Davis, Texas – that is! You will be amazed at how bright the stars are in the Ft. Davis area! That’s why McDonald’s Observatory is located there. That’s just one of the possible fun adventures on this trip!  Others include:  Marfa Lights, Fort Davis, Balmorhea Springs and the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center.

This trip is for Juniors and up with an 8 girl minimum and 35 girl maximum. Estimated cost is $300-$450 per person. Non-refundable $75 deposit per person due no later than May 1, 2015. Planning will not begin until September 1, 2014.

Contact Jana Jones at jana@yougogirlusa.com to join this trip!

New York City, NY: December 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016

If you can make it here, you'll enjoy anywhere! From museums to theaters, skyscrapers to historic neighborhoods, New York City has it all! Experience the Big Apple with a visit in Winter 2015. Girls will plan an array/combination of activities which may include: indulging in ethnic cuisine, seeing a Broadway play, strolling down New York's Fifth Avenue with a stop by the GSUSA Headquarters. Maybe taking in Central Park or the city below from the Empire State Building or perhaps a solemn stop by the 9/11 museum. Not to mention making new friends, all this while enjoying "the city that never sleeps".

This trip is for Cadettes and up with a 10 girl minimum and 25 girl maximum. Estimated cost is $1,000 per person. Non-refundable $200 deposit per person due by June 1st 2015.

Contact Nicole Payne at mna953@aol.com to join this trip!

Appalachian Trail, West Virginia and Washington D.C.: June 4-14, 2016

June 4, 2016 the travel group leave Austin on an Amtrak train ride to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This forty three hour train ride will include a bunk bed sleeping room.  On June 6, we arrive in Harpers Ferry and begin backpacking on the Appalachian Trail (www.AppalachianTrail.org) southbound. Hiking 10 miles a day, we arrive in two days at Bears Den Hiking Center (www.BearsDenCenter.org) where we stay for two nights. We return to Harpers Ferry on the AT and board a train to Washington DC.  We stay in a hiking hostel or in Girl Scout family homes and tour the nation’s capital for four days. After Washington D.C. we fly back home to Texas.

This trip is for Seniors and up, with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 girls. Estimated cost is $1,000 per person. Non-refundable deposit of $200 per person due by June 1st 2015.

Contact Beth Abel at beth@lifemapsworkshop.com to join this trip!

European World Centers – England and Switzerland: July 11-22, 2016

Join 20 other Girl Scouts as you venture across the sea to England and Switzerland and visit 2 of the 4 world centers, Our Chalet and Pax Lodge. Tour London and see all the sites while you hike mountains and practice your yodelling in Switzerland. Girls have many options if they want to visit additional countries or do other activities.

This trip is for Seniors and up, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 girls. Estimated cost is $2,500 to $4,000 per person. Non-refundable deposit of $200  per person due Jan 2015.

Contact Emily Magnotta at emilym@gsctx.org to join this trip!

Konichiwa Japan! – Tokyo, Japan: June 13-27, 2017

Have you ever seen the other side of the world? No? Then let's go check it out! Japan has a lot in store for you! Visit with Japanese Girl Guides, see Tokyo and try Japanese green tea! This is the time to learn about Japanese culture and practice your Japanese language and kimono tying skills. Girls must be able to withstand a long plane ride.

This trip is for Seniors and up, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 girls. Estimated cost is $3,500 to $4,500 per person. Non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is due Jan 2015.

Contact Emily Magnotta at emilym@gsctx.org to join this trip.



destinations

1. Check out the new GSCTX destinations manual for in-debth information on the application process and changes to Financial Assistance program. Once you have reviewed the process, check ou the  GSUSA Destinations website to review the awesome trips planned for this coming season!
2. Download your application and submit it with two references to our Travel Specialist by the November 1st deadline. Applications submitted after November 1 will not be reviewed until January 31 and will not qualify for GSCTX financial assistance. To ensure the trip you are applying for isn't full, please submit all applications before November 1.
3. The host council, Girl Guide Association, or private organization will notify you if you are accepted into the program.  A Girl Scout who is accepted must notify our program department.
4. Be prepared to arrange and pay for transportation. 
5. Pay a deposit to the host council or organization to hold your space if required.
6. If you are accepted to a trip and qualify under the council guidelines you can apply for Financial Assistance or a Scholarship. Financial Assistance is based off of financial need and comes from a pre-defined budget. In most instances girls will only receive a small fraction of their request and some applicants may receive no funding. In addition to applying for Financial Assitance, girls are encouraged to apply for the five $1,000 scholarships available this season. 

Important destination Dates to Remember

 Sept/Oct Current year destinations are posted on GSUSA's travel page
http://www.girlscouts.org/forgirls/travel/destinations/event_list.asp?catid=0 
 Nov 1st  On-time destinations applications are due to Emily M
(Applications submitted after this day will not qualify for any GSCTX financial aid)
Nov/Dec   destinations applications are processed and sent to trip sponsors
Jan 15th   First deadline for financial assistance applications due to Emily M
Jan 31st   Late destinations applications are due to Emily M
(Late applications will not qualify for GSCTX financial aid)
Feb 1st  Second deadline for financial assistance applications due to Emily M
Only deadline for GSCTX scholarship applications due to Emily M
Feb   All financial applications are reviewed
Girls are awarded monies and emailed confirmations
Feb/Mar Checks are sent to trip sponsor 
Mar/Apr/May  Final checks including current year cookie dough are sent to sponsor 
Jun/Jul/Aug Girls attend destination trips 

Resources

Global Travel Toolkit
EF Tours for Girl Scouts
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Sangam World Center
Pax Lodge
Our Chalet
Our Cabana
Outward Bound Destinations
Alpine Training Services with Girl Scouts