We’re featuring posts about Girl Scout Destinations (travel opportunities for older girls organized by GSUSA). Today’s post covers our Top 5 Domestic and International Trips of the year.
Wild Wonderful High Adventure (Ages 13-18):
Identify your strengths, grow your passions, and develop the skills and confidence to pursue your dreams through exciting, physically-demanding challenges like rock climbing, rappelling, and zip-lining! The mountains of West Virginia will be your personal playground as you spend a full week participating in every adventure sport imaginable: tree-top canopy challenge courses, water obstacle courses, stand-up paddle boarding, BMX biking, mountain biking, archery, rifle shooting, and skateboarding, and more!
Wyoming Wildlife Wonders (Ages 13-18):
Do you want to change the world? There is no better place to find this inspiration than in Yellowstone, our first national park, or at the base of the Tetons, where the Wilderness Act was envisioned. You will be surrounded by mountains, geysers, and North America’s most magnificent wildlife, while you improve your naturalist and leadership skills in one of the most breathtaking places on earth.
Cross Country Culinary Challenge (Ages 12-18):
We are looking for open-minded foodies to join us on a two-week culinary extravaganza. Do you like trying new goods? If the answer is yes, then this trip is for you! Country to city and everything in between – there are different foods for you to make, try, and discover. You’ll begin this culinary road trip in Austin, Texas and end up in New York City. In between, you’ll explore American regional food through farm and factory tours, classes and demonstration, picking your own, and by creating new culinary creations yourselves.
Wilderness Adventure Photography (Ages 14-18):
Spend a week learning the art of photography with professional outdoor photographers. A fast-paced journey through the Eastern Sierra of California will produce stunning photos to last a lifetime!
Channel Island Adventure (Ages 14-18):
This environmentally conscious program takes you out to sea off the coast of California to one of the least visited National Parks – the Channel Islands. This little visited island chain is home to over 400 species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.
Sustainability in the Peruvian Amazon (Ages 14-18):
During this expedition, you will experience the hustle and bustle of Iquitos, one of the largest cities in the Amazon basin, as well as immerse yourself in the slower lifestyle of rural river communities. Along the way, you will search for pink river dolphins, barter for Yagua handicrafts, fish for piranha, and experience one of the longest canopy walkways on the planet alongside your team of fellow Girl Scout adventurers. You’ll scour the tree line for boas, monkeys, three-toed sloths and other creatures on a silent moonlight float along the awe-inspiring Amazon River. Throughout this experience, you’ll engage in meaningful service work and ponder the issues facing rainforest conservation in South America.
Cruising the Coast (Ages 15-18):
Denmark & Sweden: Beautiful Denmark has Scandinavian architecture, deep forests, and miles of coastlines. This is a trip for the true traveler who wants to see a country from a totally unique perspective. Our tour on bicycles will take us on bike paths and country roads through scenic Denmark, enjoying views only accessible by one of the safest bike pathway system in the world.
Greece – Sea Kayaking Kefalonia and Ionian Islands (Ages 15-18):
Imagine yourself paddling through the warm, clear, waters of the Mediterranean off the scenic coastline of the Ionian Islands. These islands were settled by the Greeks as early as 1200 BC and served as the home (Ithaca) to Odysseus in the epic Greek poem The Odyssey. This relaxing paddle adventure is filled with picturesque villages, rich history and culture, down to earth hospitality, azure waters, and a lot of delicious Greek foods.
Escape to Iceland (Ages 15-18):
Experience a week of activities that will give you an acute sense of the magnificent geologic wonders that make up Iceland. Iceland is a terrain unlike any other: situated on the divide between two continents, the features of this country include black sand beaches, geothermic waters, volcanic formations and glacial movement. Together these features instill both an otherworldly feeling as well as a deep respect for nature.
The Great Panda Adventure (Ages 15-18):
You will fly into the Sichuan Province of China, known for its soaring peaks and tranquil rivers, to begin your volunteer work with one of the most beloved endangered mammals in the world. At the Ya’an Conservation Center you will help the caretakers with their daily routines, which will include learning about the pandas’ diet, preparing their food, feeding them (they eat a lot!), cleaning their living quarters, and working on maintenance projects. You’ll also help out with panda research whenever this is possible. You will spend a day and half in Beijing visiting historical landmarks.
Have questions? Find out more about travelling with GSGWM or get started on the trip of a lifetime today by clicking here, or get in touch with our Manager of Series and Travel, Melissa Mason.