Appendix: For Travel Volunteers
Not only do some of the most memorable moments in a Girl Scout’s
life happen while taking trips, but travel also offers a wealth of
opportunities for girls to develop leadership skills. This appendix
helps you prepare girls for local, regional, or international travel of
any scope and duration.
Juliette Low World Friendship Fund
To honor Juliette Gordon
Low’s love of travel, of experiencing different cultures, and of making
friends, Girl Scouts created the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund in
1927. Today, this fund supports girls’ international travel,
participation in adult learning, and attendance at other international
events—any event that fosters global friendships that connect Girl
Scouts and Girl Guides from 145 nations. Click here to find out more or to donate to the fund.
Traveling with Girls
Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to
learn how to plan and take exciting trips, because travel is built on a
progression of activities—that is, one activity leads to the next. Girl
Scout Daisies, for example, can begin with a discovery walk. As girls
grow in their travel skills and experience and can better manage the
planning process, they progress to longer trips. Your Journey adult
guide has a lot of other ideas about trips that bring the Journey to
life. Here are some examples of the progression of events and trips in
Girl Scouting's Ladder of Leadership:
- Short trips to points of interest in the neighborhood (Daisies and older):
A walk to the nearby garden or a short ride by car or public
transportation to the firehouse or courthouse is a great first step for
- Day trip (Brownies and older): An all-day
visit to a point of historical or natural interest (bringing their own
lunch) or a day-long trip to a nearby city (stopping at a restaurant
for a meal)—younger girls can select locations and do much of the
trip-planning, while never being too far from home.
- Overnight trips (Brownies and older): One
(or possibly two) nights away to a state or national park, historic
city, or nearby city for sightseeing, staying in a hotel, motel, or
campground. These short trips are just long enough to whet their
appetites, but not long enough to generate homesickness.
- Extended overnight trips (Juniors and older):
Three or four nights camping or a stay in a hotel, motel, or hostel
within the girls’ home region (for example, New England, the Upper
Midwest, the Southeast, the Pacific Northwest, and so on). Planning a
trip to a large museum—and many offer unique opportunities for girls to
actually spend the night on museum grounds—makes for an exciting
experience for girls.
- National trips (Cadettes and older): Travel
anywhere in the country, often lasting a week or more. Try to steer
clear of trips girls might take with their families and consider those
that offer some educational component—this often means no Disney and no
cruises, but can incorporate some incredible cities, historic sites,
and museums around the country.
- International trips (Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors):
Travel around the world, often requiring one or two years of
preparation; when girls show an interest in traveling abroad, contact
Manitou Council to get permission to plan the trip and download the Global Travel Toolkit. Visiting one of the four World Centers
is a great place to start, but also consider traveling with worldwide
service organizations. Recently, girls have traveled to rural Costa
Rica to volunteer at an elementary school, to Mexico to volunteer with
Habitat for Humanity, and to India to work with girls living in poverty
in urban slums.
Although some girls who are in a group (for example, a troop of
Cadettes) may decide to travel together, opportunities exists for girls
who are not otherwise involved in Girl Scouts to get together
specifically for the purpose of traveling locally, regionally, and even
internationally. Girls can travel regardless of how else they are—or
aren’t—participating in Girl Scouting.
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