travel adventures, which range from two days to three weeks and are for all Girl Scouts ages 11-17, whisk you to the far corners of the Earth. You'll meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. You will have the most awesome, outrageous, unforgettable trip of your life!
destinations fall into six travel categories—and countless great experiences.
Girl Scout destinations - Summer 2013
Swiss Challenge, Our Chalet (June 17-27, 2013)
Discover the magic of Our Chalet the first WAGGGS world center.
Stavanger Jamboree, Norway (July 5-14, 2013)
Explore the Swiss Alps and challenge yourself through a variety of outdoor activities. Savor Swiss culture, learn about environmental issues and discover what it means to be a member of WAGGGS by making new friends in an international Girl Scout and Girl Guide environment. Enjoy an outdoor adventure with 13 other Girl Scouts from all over the United States including a hike along the Engstligen River. Spend a half day at the Reharti Adventure Park where you can try the zip line and climbing wall. Hike to the famous Adelboden Woodcarvers Shop for a unique hand carved souvenir. Take an excursion to a nearby town and sample authentic handmade Swiss chocolates. Ride a funicular up the Niesen and find a geocache, then take a boat trip across Lake Thun to visit a medieval castle or sightsee in the town of Thun.
Experience it all; sea, fjords, mountains, culture, food, nature & energy!
London, the Global City (July 19-28, 2013)
Join 13 other Girl Scouts from around the United States as you journey to Stavanger, Norway for an international scout jamboree with as many as 15000 scouts from around the world in attendance. Explore the food and culture, the rich Viking history, the seas, fjords and mountains of this beautiful coastal country. The campsite is located near the sea on historical grounds at Hafrsfjord where the famous Viking king Harald Hårfagre managed to unit Norway into one kingdom in 872. Participate in half day hikes around the area and a full day excursions to the spectacular pulpit rock, Prekestolen, towering nearly 2,000 feet over Lysefjord.
Expand your horizons and discover your potential.
Meet Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world as you explore this global city. Visit attractions around the city of London with your 13 new friends from all over the United States. Stay at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Center Pax Lodge and connect with other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world through challenge and activity sessions. Make a difference by participating in a local service project. Spend a night at the theater and enjoy international activities. Make the trip your own and plan your free time activities with the group. Will you get a bird's eye view of the sprawling metropolis from atop the London Eye or snap a few pictures of the famous faces at Madame Tussaudes Wax Museum? Maybe a visit to the crown jewels and the Tower of London or a trip to Shakespeare's Old Globe Theater is more your style. The choice is up to you.
Travel outside the United States is one of the best ways to learn about other cultures—and yourself. How about camping in Austria, rafting in Costa Rica, or soaking up the culture of India—one of the world's oldest civilizations?
You could 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 across the Colorado Rockies on horseback?
Ever dream of being an astronaut? If you have the "right stuff," then Space Camp® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is for you. More interested in marine or aquatic biology? Then hop aboard a schooner with real-life scientists and learn about weather, waves, and zooplankton. Be warned—you'll take your turn at night watch!
Travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., to trail the history and future of women in leadership, community activism, and advocacy. Or maybe you'd prefer exploring the Mall of America in Minnesota, home to more than 520 shops, the nation's largest amusement park, and the biggest underground aquarium!
Calling all budding biologists, anthropologists, geologists, and archaeologists: How would you like to survey Alaska's Copper River Delta, ancestral home of the Eyak people? Or perhaps your desired apprenticeship runs more along the lines of training with special education professionals to become a counselor at a camp for girls with disabilities.
These two- to four-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 event vary, but with all the choices of Getaways you're sure to find one tailor-made for you.
For more information, resources, and application, visit the GSUSA destinations web page.