Girl Scout Destinations
Your Passport to Travel
A destination is any experience—regardless of distance or length of time—that provides girls ages 11-17 or graduating high school seniors with an opportunity to expand her personal experience beyond her everyday scope. In other words: traveling, adventures, exploring!
Girl Scout destinations fall into six categories: international, outdoors, science, people, apprenticeships, and getaways.
Which destination is right for you?
|If you…||Try this category:||Because…|
|…dream of going global||International||…traveling outside the U.S. is the best way to learn about other cultures! How about camping in Austria, exploring Peru, or soaking up the culture of India—one of the world’s oldest civilizations?|
|…love the outdoors||Outdoors||…you can explore Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in sea kayaks or visit Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory and Volcanoes National Park. Or maybe you’d rather go canyoneering in California, biking through Michigan, or trekking horseback through the Rockies?|
|…have science on the brain||Science||…maybe you’ve dreamt of being an astronaut, and Space Camp® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is for you. Or maybe you’re more interested in marine or aquatic biology? Then hop aboard a schooner with real scientists and learn about weather, waves, and zooplankton.|
|…embrace people and culture||People||…traveling from New York City to Washington, D.C., you’ll trail the history and future of women in leadership, community activism, and advocacy.
Or maybe you’d prefer exploring the Mall of America—home to more than 500 shops, the country’s biggest indoor amusement park, and the largest underground aquarium!
|…are focused on the future||Apprenticeships||…you’ll partner with experts in your areas of interest! Survey Alaska’s Copper River Delta, ancestral home of the Eyak people, or train with special education professionals to become a counselor at a camp for girls with disabilities. Whatever your specific interest, all budding biologists, anthropologists, geologists, and archaeologists will find something here.|
|…are up for short trips where you can meet other Girl Scouts||Getaways||These 2-4 day events take place all over the country and don’t require a Girl Scout destinations application. A getaway can be anything from a Broadway career workshop in New York City to a home-building project with a local Habitat for Humanity group. Age requirements and length of events vary, but with all the choices of getaways, you’re sure to find at least one tailor-made for you!|
Still not sure? Click here to check out the destinations brochure.
How do I apply/register?
Click here to learn more and for a list of destinations currently offered. Check back often for new destinations additions!
You can apply for as many destinations as you choose. You will need a separate application for each destination you are interested in, except for the getaway category. Getaways have their own registration forms and timelines.
Please note: Applications require references. Please print out two copies* of the reference form and ask two people who know how awesome you are to fill them out. You can use the same letters of reference for all of your applications. To ensure confidentiality, please make sure references are mailed directly to GSNWGL by the person providing the referral.
*Some opportunities require more than two letters of reference. Read your chosen destinations’ directions carefully.
Download the destinations application here.
Then send your applications to:
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
ATTN: Carrie Andringa
4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Don't be intimidated by the price! Many destinations are offered at reduced prices from what the public would be charged. Plus, you can apply for financial aid once you have been accepted and you can use the money you’ve earned from the Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program!
If you have participated in both Fall Product Program and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you may do additional money-earning activities throughout the year.
Please contact Carrie at email@example.com or 888.747.6945 for further instruction.