Why is travel important for girls?
Girls will gain independence and learn important leadership skills on the trips. Girls will learn to navigate a new city they are visiting using public transportation and using map skills. They will have to use money management as they budget for the activities we plan. Manners and etiquette are taught for fun fancy nights out. If going abroad girls may even learn a new language. These are just some of the independent skills girls will be taking away from council trips.
My daughter has never been away from me that long before. How do I
know she’s ready?
Girls will be talking with the trip lead way before the trip happens to get comfortable with the adult she is going with. If your daughter has never traveled before we suggest a shorter trip to start. Our trips are set up for progression. Shorter regional ones for first timers, longer national ones for girls who are not old enough to go abroad yet and international trips for girls who are ready to see the world!
What if my Girl Scout doesn’t know anyone on the trip?
That’s okay! The girls are from all over Eastern Oklahoma so they will have that in common. She will be able to make new friends with girls her own age. We will have planning meetings and in-person get-togethers as a group before the trip as a chance to get to know one another.
How do I know my Girl Scout will be safe?
Safety of girls is always our number one priority. Although the girls are planning the trips, council staff and trip advisors will make sure that the activities are safe and appropriate. All trip advisors are first-aid and CPR trained. Security/safety levels are always monitored to the city/states/countries we are visiting. We will not go to places which are not safe.
Will my daughter be meeting strange people on this trip?
That is the beauty of traveling, meeting new and interesting people. All of the activities that were planned by the girls will be supervised by Trip Advisors and they make sure that girls’ safety is the number one priority. They will have the chance to make new friends and talk with different people.
Can I attend the trip with my daughter?
Council trips are girl-led and girl-focused, which means we want to take as many girls as possible on a trip with the minimum number of adults needed. These trips are for girls, not adults. Council has a trip advisor committee that we choose from for council-sponsored trips. Trip advisors must be un-related to any of the girls or other advisors participating on the trip.
Who are these “trip advisors” that are taking my Girl Scout on
these trips? And what are their qualifications?
The Trip Advisors (the adults) leading the trip are council-staff and members of our Trip Advisor Committee. Each person has the required travel training as well as first aid and CPR. Additionally they apply to be a member of the committee to make sure their application is suitable and their qualifications meet the trip standards. All adults are registered Girl Scout members with current background checks on file with the council.
Will I get a detailed itinerary of the trip?
Yes, every trip as it gets closer to the event will have a detailed itinerary as well as phone numbers of places the girls are staying and Trip Advisor cell phones in case of emergencies. Remember these are girl planned trips, so the girls make the decisions on the activities and lodging so if the group hasn’t talked about it yet, there is no information to give.
Can my Girl Scout take her cell phone so we can be in touch in case of emergencies?
Yes, she will be allowed to take her cell phone. Each trip has a cell phone policy that the girls and adults are expected to adhere to. If the girl does not, her cell phone will be in the possession of the trip lead. Trip Advisors are not responsible for lost or stolen phones or electronics on the trip.
Do you worry about discipline on these trips?
The great thing about taking a trip with Girl Scouts is we have the Promise and Law to help things go smoother. We also require both girls and parents sign a behavior contract before leaving for the trip. If the girl does not adhere to the contract she will be asked to leave the trip at the expense of the girl and her family.
What’s included in the program fee?
Transportation costs, all meals, overnight accommodations, entrance fees to all attractions, activities, patches, Girl Scout insurance, and group t-shirt.
Is there financial assistance available for trips?
Girls can use cookie credit to pay for their trip. Girls selected for a national or international summer trip can sell Fall Products and Cookies with the Travel Troop and use those funds to pay for their trip. The Travel Troop also participates in extra money-earning projects. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma offers travel scholarships for girls attending national or international summer trips. This is available to girls twice during their Girl Scout career and can cover 50% of the cost of travel or up to $750.
If my daughter chooses to cancel from a council-sponsored trip,
what is the cancellation policy?
Program Fee for trip includes a non-refundable deposit due at time of trip selection, half-trip cost for International and National Summer trips is due the August before travel. Payment in full is due 60 days prior to trip. Any funds earned through travel troop or money-earning opportunities are not refunded and stay with the travel troop. Refunds will vary based upon how soon the trip is occurring. Any portion of a Girl Scout’s trip fee that has already been spent, will not be refunded. EX. If plane tickets have already been purchased, the value of those tickets will be deducted from the refund
- 121+ days prior to trip: 75% refund of trip fee, less deposit and any portion of paid trip fees that have already been spent.
- 60-120 days prior to trip: 50% refund of trip fees paid, less deposit and any portion of paid trip fees that have already been spent
- 60 days prior to trip: No refunds will be provided