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Girl Scouts posing with local children in Costa Rica

Travel

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.

How far will your Girl Scout experience take you? That’s up to you!
Check out our new Girl Scout guide to U.S Travel here

 

Two ways to travel:


Destinations

Girls who are 12 and older are eligible to go on a journey of a lifetime with other Girl Scouts from across the country through Destinations. With over 30 different trips to choose from, girls are able to visit the places of their dreams. Italy, Costa Rica, or Mongolia are just a few of the destinations girls can apply to, and they can apply for up to 4 trips in a year!

On-time Destinations applications, along with two references are due by December 1, 2018. Applications submitted after this day will not qualify for any GSCTX financial aid. Destinations are hosted by GSUSA.

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Destinations Important Dates
Aug Current year Destinations are posted on the GSUSA travel page  
Dec 1 On-time Destinations applications, along with two references are due. (Applications submitted after this day will not qualify for any GSCTX financial aid).  
Jan 15 First deadline for financial assistance applications due to our Travel Team.  
  Once the host council, Girl Guide Association, or private organization notifies you of your acceptance into the program.  
Feb 15 Round 2 Destinations applications are due. (Round 2 applications will not qualify for GSCTX financial aid).  
Feb  All financial applications are reviewed.  
Mar Girls are awarded monies and emailed confirmations.  
Mar/Apr Checks are sent to trip Sponsor.  
Mar/Apr/May Final checks including current year cookie dough are sent to Sponsor.  
Jun/Jul/Aug Girls pack their bags and attend Destinations trips.  
You've been accepted! What's next?

Notify the Travel Team as soon as possible. 
Be prepared to arrange and pay for transportation.
Pay a deposit to the host council or organization to hold your space if required.
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 Assistance, girls are encouraged to apply for the five $1,000 scholarships available this season.

Resources

Council Trips

Girl-led and girl-cherished! Grab your Girl Scout Sisters and plan your own adventure – from the sights you’ll see, to the food you’ll eat! Adult trip leaders will be there to help when you need them, but the journey is all yours!

No time to help plan the trip? No worries! Just email the trip coordinator, pay your deposit, and your spot is reserved. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Check out some of our Frequently Asked Travel Questions. You can also use these checklists (domestic) to help you prep for travel near and far.

Upcoming Council Trips
Join the fun! – Check out the new council trips!
   
My Troop and I visit Big Bend, TX: March 17-24, 2019. Coordinator: Gabby Marye. Estimated cost: $100 Deposit due by Dec 1, 2018, total cost will be $350. Juniors and up. This is a troop designed trip. Troops must provide the required adult and transportation to/from Camp Mitre Peak. All food and activities will be included. For more info please visit this link.
Incredible India: June 25-July 5, 2019. Coordinator: Allison Igo-Edwards. Estimated cost: $2900.  $300 Deposit due by Dec 1, 2018. 14 years and up.
West Coast National Park Adventure: July 28-Aug 10, 2019. Coordinator: Gabby Marye. Estimated cost: $1250. $300 Deposit due by Feb 1, 2019. 
The Ultimate Harry Potter Experience: June 6-17, 2020. Coordinator: Allison Igo-Edwards. Estimated cost: $4,250. $300 Deposit due by Dec 1, 2019.
Financial Assistance

We believe every girl should have the opportunity to travel, and we’re here to help you figure out the best way to finance your trip

Did you participate in the Girl Scout Cookie or Fall Product Sales? Awesome! You can use those funds to help pay for your trip! You can also apply for Financial Assistance and/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 Assistance, girls are encouraged to apply for one of the five $1,000 international scholarships or one of the five $500 domestic scholarships available this season.

Quick Facts

Dates and costs are subject to change based on interest and transportation costs.
Trips already have chaperones; these are not mom-and-me events.
All trip costs must be paid directly to GSCTX. 
Girls are eligible to use Girl Scout Dough for council trips. Not enough dough? Girls can apply for Financial Partnership for Council Trips.

Cancellation Policy

Refund amounts for council trips and destinations trips vary based upon the cancellation and departure dates. Your deposit is not refundable. A cancellation fee will be charged; the amount will increase as the departure date approaches. Any portion of a scout's trip fee that has been spent will not be refunded. Additional details are available in the GSCTX Council Trip and Destination Cancellation Policy document.

Interested in Chaperoning?

Interested in Chaperoning one of these awesome trips?

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 GSCTX Travel Chaperone!!!  Ideal volunteers will have a passion for travel, previous travel experience, trip specific knowledge, and the ability to work collaboratively with other chaperones and the Trip Lead.  Chaperones are not required to be Committee Members or Trip Leads.  This volunteer position requires volunteers to apply for each trip they would like to chaperone.  The term beings 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 and should be prepared to cover the full or partial per person cost to attend the trip.   

Applications are being accepted for all posted trips NOW!
September 1 through October 31st at midnight.  Selected chaperones will be notified in December.



Chaperones needed for the following trips:
• West Coast National Park Adventure (2019)
• The Ultimate Harry Potter Experience (2020)
• Japan – Land of the Rising Sun (2020)
• Washington DC (2020)
• Skiing Trip (2020)
• Florida (2021)
• Yellowstone (2021)
• Spain (2021)

GSCTX Traveler Monthly Newsletter

The GSCTX Traveler  is a go-to one-page document crafted once a month to keep you updated on everthing related to GSCTX travel. Additionally, each month we will feature a different testimonal from someone in our council who will share their travel experiences & tips! 

View each month here:
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018 
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
November 2017
October 2017

    

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