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Every girl deserves a chance to see the world. Girl Scouts offers many different travel opportunities so girls can see new places, meet new people, and learn about different cultures and ideas. Whether exploring their own neighborhoods, going on overnight camping trips, participating in community service projects, or flying to one of the four world centers, Girl Scouts are continually expanding their horizons.
Girl Scouts developed a new approach called pathways to ensure that girls and adults have flexible ways to participate in Girl Scouting. The Travel Pathway offers leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through council and nationally sponsored trips, along with troop travel. Girls progress along the Travel Pathway by participating in smaller, local trips to prepare for longer national or international ones.
The Travel Pathway:
Girl Scout destinations fall into five categories: international, outdoors, science, people, and getaways. Facilitated by Girl Scouts of the USA and hosted by individual Girl Scout councils, GSUSA, and contracted organizations, such as Outward Bound, Girl Scout destinations events or trips open girls up to whole new worlds and ideas.
The Girl Scout camping experience allows girls to live together in simple outdoor settings, to learn how to make their own decisions, and to do fun activities with other girls their own age. The most important benefits for the camper are the opportunities to make new friends, to enjoy the outdoors, to gain confidence in herself as she tries new activities and gains new skills, and to be a member of a caring community.
Girl Scout troops and groups travel from across the United States year-round to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace—a Girl Scout national center in Savannah, Georgia and the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Built in 1821, the house has been elegantly restored to reflect the 1880s and is located in the heart of the Savannah Historic District. "The Birthplace," as it is commonly called by Girl Scouts nationwide, was the city's first National Historic Landmark. Girls who visit can take part in programs and learn more about the remarkable founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Educational programs and hands-on activities bridge the gap between the past and the present and introduce visitors to the early years of Girl Scouting.
National Headquarters houses approximately 250 staff working to serve over 100 Girl Scout councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and a membership of over 3.2 million. Besides busy offices, there are some great things to look for if you take a tour, including the National Historic Preservation Center and the GSUSA shop.
The Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters also features a museum, open to the public, curated by the National Historic Preservation Center, and filled with the artifacts and ephemera that tell a story about strength and change. Centrally located in midtown, National Headquarters is a highlight of any trip to New York.
England, Switzerland, India, and Mexico are home to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) four world centers where girls from around the globe can learn more about each other, the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement, and the countries they are visiting. The centers sometimes offer special programs, and the facilities provide inexpensive lodging for members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts of the USA's unique facility dedicated to educational opportunities is just 45 minutes by train north of New York City. Girl Scout staff, volunteers, and members benefit from the center, which features 400 acres of wooded grounds dedicated to learning through Girl Scouting and the Great Hall, where Juliette Gordon Low once ushered in the first WAGGGS World Congress held in the United States. (Special travel funds are available to adults in Girl Scout councils traveling to accredited events at Edith Macy. Check with your local council for more information.)