As COVID-19–related travel restrictions are lifted across the globe
and you and your troop feel safe doing so, your girls will find that
Girl Scouts is the best way to travel. They’ll challenge themselves in
a safe environment that sparks their curiosity, and they’ll create
lifelong memories with their Girl Scout sisters. And the Girl Scout
Cookie Program can help to make travel dreams a reality as girls use
their cookie earnings every year to power amazing adventures for themselves and their troop.
Traveling with Girl Scouts is very different from traveling with
family, school, or other groups because girls take the lead. As they make the decisions
about where to go and what to do and take increasing responsibility
for the planning and management of their trips, girls build important
organizational and management skills that will benefit them in college
Girl Scout travel is built on a progression of activities, so girls are
set up for success. Daisies and Brownies start with field trips and
progress to day trips, overnights, and weekend trips. Juniors can take
adventures farther with a longer regional trip. And Cadettes, Seniors,
and Ambassadors can travel the United States and then the world. There
are even opportunities for older girls to travel independently by
joining trips their councils organize or participating in Destinations.
Planning Ahead for Adventure
Get in touch with your council as you start thinking about
planning a trip. They likely have training programs that will raise
your confidence as a chaperone as well as an approval process for
overnight and extended travel.
GSCTX Volunteer Training information may be found here: https://www.gsctx.org/training
Not sure where to begin? Check out the Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel. This resource is designed
for Juniors and older Girl Scouts who want to take extended trips—that
is, longer than a weekend—but also features tips and tools for budding
explorers who are just getting started with field trips and overnights.
Once girls have mastered planning trips in the United States, they
might be ready for a global travel adventure! Global trips usually
take a few years to plan, and the Girl Scout Global Travel Toolkit can walk you through the
If you’re planning any kind of trip—from a short field trip to
an overseas expedition—the “Trips and Travel” section of Safety Activity Checkpoints is your go-to
resource for safety. GSCTX does have an approval process for trips -
visit our Activity
and Travel Application (ATA - formerly TTA) page for more
information. Be sure to follow all the basic safety guidelines, like
the buddy system and first-aid requirements, in addition to the
specific guidelines for travel.
Note that extended travel (more than two nights) is not covered
under the basic Girl Scout insurance plan and will require additional
coverage purchased one week prior to the trip/event. *On Federal
holiday weekends only (e.g. Labor, Memorial Day) basic insurance is
extended to three nights. All other trips three nights or more
require additional coverage.
In addition, for all events held in the name of Girl Scouts of
Central Texas that non-members may attend, it is required that
additional insurance is purchased. To purchase insurance, visit the GSCTX Insurance Request Form.
Finally, please note GSCTX requires that all adults acting as GS
Chaperones and counted in the adult/girl Safety-Wise ratio must have a
successfully processed Criminal Background Check (CBC) on file with GSCTX.