Guidelines for Additional Insurance
A Girl Scout trip is not only an opportunity to have fun and experience adventures, but is also a way of enriching the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and offering girls leadership opportunities. The three program processes (girl-led, learning by doing and cooperative learning) work beautifully as girls lead their own trip-planning, cooperatively plan every aspect of the trip and learn through their travels what works and what doesn’t. 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 simple walk around the neighborhood where their troop meets. As girls grow in their travel skills and experience and better manage the planning process, they progress to longer trips. For every troop trip the girls themselves should do the planning based on their grade level abilities. Here are a few examples of the progression from events to trips.
- Short trips to points of interest in the neighborhood (Girl Scout 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 Girl Scout Daisies.
- Day trip (Girl Scout Brownies and older): On 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 (Girl Scout 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 so long as to generate homesickness.
- Extended overnight trips (Girl Scout 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 (Girl Scout 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.
- Destinations (Girl Scout Cadettes and Older): These trips are Girl Scout sponsored trips that take place on an individual basis for girls, ages 14-18, outside of the troop setting. The destinations are domestically and internationally and require an application. Applications are accepted by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in November and February. Please see http://www.girlscouts.org/forgirls/travel/ for more information on trips. Additional requirements: Destinations application
- International trips (Girl Scout 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 your 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 witness the devastation of poverty in urban slums.