A Girl Scout’s Guide to Troop Travel

Travel is an important part of the Girl Scout experience, from the field trips girls take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens. 

Travel teaches girls 21st-century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, global awareness and cultural sensitivity. It starts with a Daisy troop’s first trip to their local fire station or library. Brownies can explore all around Arizona. Juniors can begin to spread their wings by exploring the state and the Southwest. By the time a girl is a Cadette or older, she is ready to take flight and explore the whole country…and the world!

And just in time for back-to-troop 2018, we’re excited to share that traveling with your troop has never been easier. We have streamlined the trip application process and updated our materials to make planning a troop trip as simple and girl-led as can be. Here’s an overview of all your new resources!

Girl Scout travel, at a glance. 

Our new info sheets cover the basics of every kind of trip, including what to expect, how to prepare, and a girl-to-adult safety ratio cheat sheet. Take a peek!

Field trips: no approval necessary!

At our council, a field trip is defined as a trip that takes place outside of your normal troop meeting time or place, but occurs in your town or city. It does not include overnights.

Starting this year, volunteers no longer need to request council approval to take a field trip! However, we do ask that you submit a Field Trip Notification a week in advance, so we can double-check the activities you have planned, and make sure none of them require require extra insurance or safety checks (like horseback riding, for example).

The Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel is here. 

This brand-new resource from GSUSA is a great way to begin brainstorming a troop getaway. Some of the highlights include a “Ready for Travel?” quiz, with three unique versions for girls, parents, and leaders; a travel planning worksheet that gets girls started thinking through logistics like food, transportation, cost, service project opportunities, and more; and a timeline to help girls of all ages keep planning on-track.

Speaking of which… travel can and should be girl-led! 

Our new Girl Scout Travel Progression Chart can help troop leaders and volunteers determine when and how girls can take the lead on their travel experiences. Progression is a key component of all Girl Scouting activities (if you haven’t seen it yet, check out our Outdoor Progression Chart as well!) and allows girls to learn the skills they need to become competent travelers, including how to plan and organize trips.

Likewise, our updated (and shortened) Let’s Go! travel guides are chock-full of ideas for empowering girls at every level, from Daisy to Ambassador, to drive the trip planning process:

These guides also include the necessary travel forms for each kind of trip, such as health histories, permission slips, and additional insurance applications.

Last but not least: meet your new Short Trip Application.

We have updated our Short Trip Application form to reflect our new travel resources, and to help you think through the trip planning process. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

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