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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.

Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad—there’s something amazing for everyone to experience.

Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. Find your trip today!

Trips and Travel with GSSOAZ

Troop Travel Resources

Have questions or need assistance? We're here to help! Contact us at travel@girlscoutssoaz.org.

Field Trips

A field trip is a trip that takes place outside of your normal troop meeting time and/or place AND occurs within your town or city. It does NOT include overnights or activities classified as "high risk" or requiring prior council approval according to Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Field trips require prior notification to council, but do not require council approval. Note that GSSOAZ staff-hosted programs do not require notification, unless otherwise specified.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the trip!
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to   ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit a Field Trip Notification Form no later than 4 weeks before desired trip date.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of a Field Trip Notification Form. Council staff will review your submission and will respond within one week only if we have questions or additional information is required.
  5. Have fun!
Local High Risk Activities & Trips

A local high risk activity/trip is an activity and/or trip that takes place within your city or town AND involves an activity classified as “high risk” or requiring prior council approval according to Safety Activity Checkpoints. This may include activities that take place during your normal meeting time and place OR outside of your normal meeting time and/or place.

High risk activities require prior council approval.

If your troop is participating in high risk activities as part of a day trip outside of your city or town OR as part of an overnight trip, please see the “Day Trips” and “Short Overnight Trips” sections.

Note that local high risk activities/trips hosted by GSSOAZ staff as part of GSSOAZ programming do not require prior council approval, unless otherwise specified.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the activity or trip.
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit a Troop Quick Trip/High Adventure Approval Form no later than 6 weeks before desired activity/trip date.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of a Troop Quick Trip/High Adventure Approval Form. Council staff will review your submission. Within two weeks you will receive an email with one of three outcomes:
    1. Activity/Trip is approved - No further action is required. You may proceed with the activity/trip.
    2. Activity/Trip is tentatively approved - The activity/trip is tentatively approved, pending additional information, documents, and/or requirements. The email will describe what additional information is needed for the activity/trip to be approved.
    3. Activity/Trip is not approved - The email will describe the reason(s) why the activity/ trip is not approved.
  5. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  6. Have fun!
Day Trips

A day trip is a trip that takes place outside of your normal meeting place AND outside of your town or city. A day trip does not include any overnights.

High risk activities may be included within a day trip.

Day trips require prior council approval.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the activity or trip.
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit a Troop Quick Trip/High Risk Approval Form no later than 6 weeks before desired activity/trip date.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of the form. Council staff will review your submission. Within two weeks you will receive an email with one of three outcomes:
    1. Activity/Trip is approved - No further action is required. You may proceed with the trip.
    2. Activity/Trip is tentatively approved - The activity/trip is tentatively approved, pending additional information, documents, and/or requirements. The email will describe what additional information is needed for the activity/trip to be approved.
    3. Activity/Trip is not approved - The email will describe the reason(s) why the activity/ trip is not approved.
  5. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  6. Have fun!
Short Trips (1 - 2 nights)

A short overnight trip takes place outside of your normal meeting time and/or place and lasts 1 or 2 nights. It does not include travel to locations outside of the 50 United States. High risk activities may be included as part of a short overnight trip.

Short overnight trips require prior approval from council.

Please note that short overnight trips taking place on GSSOAZ camp property (with proper reservations) and/or as part of a GSSOAZ staff-hosted program do not require an approval form unless otherwise specified.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the activity or trip.
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit a Troop Quick Trip/High Risk Approval Form no later than 6 weeks before desired activity/trip date.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of your form. Council staff will review your submission. Within two weeks you will receive an email with one of three outcomes:
    1. Activity/Trip is approved - No further action is required. You may proceed with the trip.
    2. Activity/Trip is tentatively approved - The activity/trip is tentatively approved, pending additional information, documents, and/or requirements. The email will describe what additional information is needed for the activity/trip to be approved.
    3. Activity/Trip is not approved - The email will describe the reason(s) why the activity/ trip is not approved.
  5. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  6. Have fun!
Extended Overnights (3+ nights)

An extended overnight is an overnight activity/trip that lasts 3 or more nights and takes place within the United States*. High risk activities may be included as part of an extended overnight activity/trip.

If your troop is traveling anywhere outside of the 50 United States, regardless of total trip length, please see the “International Trips” section on the Travel page.

Planning for an extended trip should take place no later than 4-6 months prior to desired travel dates. Depending on your troop’s travel experience, intended destination, and length of trip, planning may have to begin much earlier. This provides adequate time for Girl Scouts to engage in hands on, cooperative learning as part of girl-led planning.

Extended overnights require prior council approval.

Extended overnights at GSSOAZ camp properties (with proper reservations) and/or hosted by GSSOAZ council staff as part of council programming do not require prior council approval or trip approval forms unless otherwise specified.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. 1Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the activity or trip.
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit an Intent to Plan an Extended or International Trip form no later than 4 months prior to desired trip start date. This form tells council about your intention to plan an extended trip, before plans have been finalized.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of their form. Council staff will review your submission. Within two weeks you will receive an email with one of two outcomes:
    1. Activity/Trip is tentatively approved - The activity/trip is tentatively approved, pending additional information, documents, and/or requirements. The email will describe what additional information is needed for the activity/trip to be approved.
    2. Activity/Trip is not approved - The email will describe the reason(s) why the activity/ trip is not approved.
  5. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  6. Submit a Final Extended Trip/International Trip Approval form no later than 2 months. Prior to trip start date.
  7. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  8. Have fun!
International Trips

An international trip is a trip that involves travel to any location outside of the 50 United States, regardless of total duration of the trip. This includes all trips involving cruises, which must also follow GSSOAZ international trip guidelines.

Because international travel involves additional considerations and requirements, planning should begin as far in advance as possible, ideally at least 1 year in advance.

International trips require prior council approval.

International travel that is hosted by GSSOAZ staff as part of council programming does not require prior council approval or trip approval forms, unless otherwise specified.

Ready to get going? Follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to the Girl Scouts in your troop to begin planning the activity or trip.
  2. Be sure to consult the Troop Travel Guide, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Volunteer Essentials to ensure the trip aligns with council policies and procedures.
  3. Submit an Intent to Plan an Extended or International Trip form no later than 1 year prior to desired trip start date. This form tells council about your intention to plan an international trip, before plans have been finalized.
  4. Troops will receive an automated email upon successful submission of their form. Council staff will review your submission. Within two weeks you will receive an email with one of two outcomes:
    1. Activity/Trip is tentatively approved - The activity/trip is tentatively approved, pending additional information, documents, and/or requirements. The email will describe what additional information is needed for the activity/trip to be approved.
    2. Activity/Trip is not approved - The email will describe the reason(s) why the activity/ trip is not approved.
  5. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  6. Submit an Extended Overnight of International Trip Approval form no later than 6 months prior to trip start date. Note that additional information will be required closer to the trip – council staff will let you know what is required and when.
  7. Proceed accordingly, based on the activity/trip approval status and guidance from council.
  8. Submit an International Travel – Final Check In Form 2 months prior to trip start date.
  9. Have fun!
London/Paris 2023

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is off to London/Paris!

From Big Ben to the famed Eiffel Tower, a trip to London and Paris will never disappoint. Girls will discover two of Europe’s most popular cities. Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, experience the luxury of Versailles, and pose for a group photo in Trafalgar Square. If you're traveling as a Girl Scout troop, you will also make a special visit to Pax Lodge, a WAGGGS World Centre, in Hampstead where you will participate in unique Girl Scout programming.

This trip is for Girl Scouts only.

For more details, visit EF Tours for Girls. For all questions regarding this trip, please reach out to Maggie Myers at mmyers@girlscoutssoaz.org or at (520) 319-3152.

   

GSUSA's Travel Resources and Opportunities

Girl Scout Guide to Travel

With the right tools and plenty of planning, any Girl Scout can make her travel dreams come true!

Check out the brand-new Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel for help getting started with a three- to four-night trip in your region or a longer trip anywhere in the United States. 

Take a look at "The Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel"

Girl Scout Global Travel Toolkit

Once you’ve explored the country, consider going on an international trip!

The Girl Scout Global Travel Toolkit can help you get where you want to go. It includes separate guides for girls and adults, checklists and handouts to help you on your planning journey, and tips and tricks for traveling abroad.

Check out the Global Travel Toolkit!

Girl Scout Destinations (For Girls)

Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older.

With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad—there’s something amazing for everyone to experience.

Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. Find your trip today!

All Destinations are sponsored by GSUSA and are conducted by Girl Scout councils and other trusted providers. To learn more, contact Timalee Nevels at tnevels@girlscoutssoaz.org or 520-319-3159.

Girl Scout Getaways (For Troops)

Thinking about planning an adventure with your troop?

Girl Scout Getaways are short travel programs designed specifically for Girl Scout troops. (Make sure to check the site on a regular basis – GSUSA posts new Getaways throughout the year!)

Together, you and your girls can travel to the streets of New York to see a Broadway show; reach for the stars at Space Camp; explore new parts of the country by bike, canoe, and kayak; join a Girl Scout Jamboree; and so much more!

Each of these trips is designed by GSUSA and conducted by Girl Scout councils and other trusted providers. To learn more, contact Timalee Nevels at tnevels@girlscoutssoaz.org or 520-319-3159.

International Girl Scouting Events & Opportunities

Girl Scouts go global!

Browse GSUSA's international Girl Scouting events page to search for international troop events hosted by global scouting organizations, and information about how to visit our amazing WAGGGS centers.

The WAGGGS World Centres

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world, with ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world. Girl Scouts of the USA is a member of WAGGGS.

The five WAGGGS World Centres are residential training centers where girls and young women develop leadership skills through international programs and friendship. They are:

Our Chalet, Adelboden, Switzerland
Pax Lodge, London, UK
Our Cabaña, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sangam, Pune, India
Kusafiri, a traveling centre in Africa

For more information, contact Timalee Nevels at tnevels@girlscoutssoaz.org or 520-319-3159.