We’re featuring posts about Girl Scout Destinations (travel opportunities for older girls organized by GSUSA). Today’s post covers everything you need to know about travelling with GSGWM in five easy steps.
Step 1: Where do you want to go?
The sky’s the limit! With over 30 trips to choose from in the US and abroad, there’s certainly something for everyone. Head on over the GSUSA Destinations site and think about where you might like to go.
See too many good options? Don’t worry: you can apply to up to four Destinations! You will need to write a separate essay for each, but can use the same application and references.
Step 2: Details, Details, Details!
Read the information about the trips very carefully, especially the cost section. Some trips include the cost of flying you to the starting location, and others do not cover any flights. You should also pay close attention to the age requirements.
Step 3: Put your best foot forward.
Tell us why you’re excited to travel- show your passion, but don’t forget the details. Pay special attention to spelling and grammar, and have someone you trust proofread your application.
Step 4: Keep an eye on deadlines.
Make certain to get your application turned in to council on time, and follow up with your references to make sure they get their materials turned in on time too.
Step 5: Ready, Set, Go!
So you got accepted to a trip- now what? You’ll most likely need to raise money to pay for the trip. If you’re applying for financial aid, you will need to participate in both the Fall Product Sale and the Cookie Sale to be eligible for a travel grant.
Once you’ve got the money raised, prepare for your trip by reading up on where you’re going. What sites are you most excited to see? What foods do you want to try? What will you bring back in your suitcase?
Finally, pack your bags, head for the airport, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!