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Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Travel!

Every girl deserves a chance to see the world – whether that means on the other side of town or the other side of the world. From the field trips they take as Brownies to the global adventures they go on as teens – Girl Scouts love to travel! The experience of exploring the world is an important part of leadership development.

How far will your Girl Scout experience go? That’s up to you!

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma offers three different ways to travel: Travel with girls from our council, with your troop, or through Girl Scouts of the USA destinations.

Council Travel

Girl Scouts within Eastern Oklahoma will adventure together on national and international trips. These trips are Girl-Led and Girl Focused! That means Girls are at the forefront of their trip. Girl Scout Travel is not a vacation but a project in which girls participate: researching, planning, money-earning, teaching and working together to create an adventure of their own. With help from Trip Advisors, during Girl-only meetings they research places to stay, things to see, transportation options, and make sure the trip is staying on budget. We have fun fancy nights out where we get to practice our manners and etiquette. We take time to learn about the countries or state we are visiting including cultural norms, cultural appropriateness, common phrases, and basic language (if the main language spoken isn’t English). There’s an entire world out there waiting to be explored, check out our activity list to see the council-sponsored trips coming up!

GSEOK follows a travel progression where girls start by staying close to home and traveling with their troop as Juniors, then taking further trips away as an individual for longer periods of time the older Girl Scouts become. 

Upcoming Council Trips

Junior Troop Trip

Grab your troop and get ready for a weekend full of fun, friendship, and adventure. Meet up with other troops from across the council as we travel to Hutchinson, Kansas. You’ll explore the Cosmosphere, Underground Salt Mines, and have the option to visit the Exploration Place (in Wichita, KS). This is a troop event. Troops will need to register all together. Troops are responsible for transportation and lunch daily. Troops may only bring enough adults to meet adult to girl ratios. 

  • Age Level: Junior Girl Scouts 
  • Trip Cost: $175 per girl, $75 per adult – additional option for Exploration Place is $7 more per person
  • Dates: January 14 – 16, 2023
  • Registration will open September 2022
Sixth Grade Trip

For the first time we are offering an exclusive trip for just 6th grade Girl Scouts to Kansas City. Explore all the fun at the Science City & Planetarium. Let your inner child fly at the toy and miniature museum. Learn a little history at the Truman Presidential Library. Be one of the first Girl Scouts to go on this awesome adventure. 

  • Age Level: 6th grade (2022-2023 School Year)
  • Trip Cost: $250
  • Dates: January 13 -16, 2023
  • Register Here
Fall Break Trip to Denver

Spend your fall break with other Girl Scouts from across the council on an exciting trip to Denver, CO! Explore the sites of downtown Denver and visit the Molly Brown House where you will learn about the life of the unsinkable Molly Brown. Discover the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Enjoy a night of dinner theater at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. There may be a few more surprises in store! You won’t want to miss out on this FUN-FILLED trip!

  • Age Level: 7th – 9th grades (2022-2023 School Year)
  • Trip Cost: $400
  • Dates: October 12 – 16, 2022
  • Register Here
International Trip 2025

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is traveling internationally in July 2025. Will you be 15 years old by June 1, 2025? Then vote on where you would like to go! Voting will close on November 1 and we will announce trip location & interest meeting dates. Girl Scouts wishing to apply for the trip must attend an information meeting before applying. 

  • Age Level: 15 years old by June 1, 2025
  • Dates: July 2025 *Exact dates TBD*
  • Vote Here

                                                                                                                            

Important Resources

FAQs about Council-Sponsored Trips

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 they 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 gaining 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 for 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 who make sure that girls’ safety is the number one priority. They will have the chance to make new friends and talk with different people.

What is the activity level for Girl Scout Travel? All council-sponsored trips are active. The goal of these trips is to maximize each day. We aim to achieve a good balance of activity and downtime. Girls will need to be comfortable walking at least 5 miles a day total.

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. While phones are permitted on our programs we have a policy in place to reduce usage. Participants may have their phones for emergencies and during free time in the evenings, but we expect Girls to be fully present and unplugged throughout the day and encourage them to live in the moment. Girls may use their phone for photo opportunities, however Trip Advisors will take photos to upload to a shared album. We find this policy works well to help Girls and families feel safe knowing they have a phone if they need it while balancing phones not detracting from the actual trip. 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 program 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 may offer travel scholarships for girls attending national or international summer trips. This assistance may be available to girls twice during their Girl Scout career and can cover a small portion of their fee.

Council-Sponsored Travel 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 remain 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

  • 181+ days prior to trip: 75% refund of trip fee, less deposit and any portion of paid trip fees that have already been spent.
  • 90-180 days prior to trip: 50% refund of trip fees paid, less deposit and any portion of paid trip fees that have already been spent.
  • 90 days prior to trip: No refunds will be provided.
Top 10 things to know when traveling with large groups

1.  Be Flexible:

  • Large groups mean you may have to wait longer times.
  • Things sometimes change last minute or don’t go according to plan

2.  Be Patient:

  • With each other, waiting (showers, meals, activities).

3.  Be Aware:

  • Surroundings.
  • When walking anywhere make sure there are no more than two people next to each other.
  • Crosswalks and Intersections – watch the traffic, watch the lights and realize not everyone may make it across at the same time.
  • Your Personal Belongings: Suitcase and its contents in your room, when you are out and about (don’t leave your bag), and on public transportation (do not take any more space than you need).

4.  Be Respectful:

  • Practice the Girl Scout Law at all times.
  • Be respectful of each other’s opinion and beliefs. Be respectful behind closed doors. Just because you do it at home, doesn’t mean others are okay with it.
  • Be respectful of adult decisions.
  • Remember we are visitors/guests in someone else’s home. Do not be loud or obnoxious on the streets, public transportation, events/activities.

5.  Voice your opinion:

This is your trip so be a part of the planning process.

Make sure you are always kind and respectful when voicing your opinion.

6.  Have a good attitude:

  • Sometimes we will do things that aren’t your favorite/you didn’t vote for. Having a good attitude can change your outlook on it.
  • If you go in thinking it’s going to stink, it will. But if you go in thinking this is going to be good/how can I make this fun you may surprise yourself and end up having a great time.
  • Remember it’s about the journey and not the destination.

7.  Try new things:

  • New experiences are great, you may even find you like something you thought you would hate.

8.  Do not be wasteful:

  • Shower time, meals (can be split, do not order if you will not eat it).

9.  Be On Time:

  • We have times we have to be places, and if we are late we may miss out.
  • Don’t make your other trip participants late.

10.  Make new friends and have fun:

  • Trips are all about fun! Meet new people and enjoy the time exploring somewhere new.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisors provide supervision and guidance for council-sponsored trips, while encouraging girls to gain confidence and develop leadership skills. Trip Advisors will challenge and empower girls through travel to cultivate their cultural competencies. They will help girls learn a wide range of practical life skills, advance their sense of self, and ultimately build memories and friendship with other Girl Scouts. Trips advisors must:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Be unrelated to any of the girl participants
  • Be current Girl Scout members
  • Meet volunteer training requirements
  • Successfully complete a background screening
  • Able to pay for a portion of the trip fee (may vary by trip but usually ½ or 1/3 of the girl cost)
  • Have a passion for travel and previous travel experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other Trip Advisors and Trip leader

If you are interested in being a Trip Advisor for an upcoming trip you can apply to join the Trip Advisor Committee.  The trip advisor application is available here

Summer Trip Application Process

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma holds a big summer trip every year. We travel nationally on even numbered years and internationally on odd numbered years. Locations for trips are chosen by vote through a survey sent out to girls the semester before the trip applications open.

Requirements to apply for big summer trips:

  • Girl Scout must be 14 for national trips and 15 for international trips by June 1 of the travel year
  • Girl Scout and one parent/guardian must attend an interest meeting
  • Reviewed council-sponsored trips FAQs
  • Spent four or more nights away from home and able to spend 2-3 weeks away from parent/guardian.

Applications includes demographic information, five short questions, skill rankings, and an essay. Applicants must also provide the name and email address for two non-relative references. Below are the short questions and essay questions asked on the application:

  • Have you ever been away from your family overnight? If yes, describe length of time, where, when, and with whom. If not, please describe why you are ready for this trip away from home now.
  • Briefly describe your two most meaningful experiences away from home without your family.
  • Describe how you work with others in a group. What role do you like to take in a group setting (leader, active participant, follower, tag-along, etc.)? How would you anticipate working as a team member during the trip?
  • Please list any activities (sports, clubs, arts, or other activities) you do outside of school hours.
  • Languages: Tell us which language(s) you speak in addition to English, and your level of fluency (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced)
  • Essay Question: Please describe why you want to participate on the trip. Be specific about what knowledge and skills you would bring to this trip, and what knowledge and skills you would like to bring home. Describe any special skills you have related to the event, why you’re excited about trying out something new, and what you would like to learn on the trip. Why should you be selected for this trip?

Applications for summer trips open in January and close in May two years before the trip (example: for Summer 2025 application opens/closes January/May 2023). Selections take place with the acceptance occurring by that July (example: for Summer 2025 selections happen by July 2023). The travel troop for the trip then starts to meet bi-monthly, and then monthly a year before the trip.

                                                                                                                            

Troop-Organized Travel

Many troops provide opportunities for their members to travel outside of our council area. Troop trips are a great way for girls to learn about planning, budgeting, being flexible, working together as a team, being respectful of each other, and so many other life skills.

Planning for one- or two-night trips should begin at least eight weeks in advance. Request for Council Approval Form (#585F) is due four weeks before the trip.

For a troop trip of three nights or longer, girls should begin planning well in advance. The Intent to Travel Form (#585aF) must be submitted six months before the trip date.

All forms and copies of required certifications can be emailed to camps@gseok.org for the approval process. 

                                                                                                                            

Destinations

Girls who are 12 and older are eligible to go on a journey of a lifetime with Girl Scouts from across the country. These trips are hosted by our national Girl Scout organization (GSUSA), not Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.

With over 30 different trips to choose from every year, girls are able to visit the places of their dreams. Space Camp, Savannah, Italy, Costa Rica, or Mongolia are just a few of the destinations girls can apply to, and they can apply for up to four trips in a year! Pack your bags full of life-changing experiences.

2023 Destination Timeline

  • September 20 – Applications Open
  • November 15 – Round 1 Applications Due
  • December 15 – Round 1 Selection Status Sent
  • December 16 – Applications are received and accepted on a rolling basis based on availability

See a full list of Destinations and application on the GSUSA Destinations webpage