destinations is your Passport to Travel ... Where Do You Want to Go?
Girl Scout destinations, travel experiences that range from two days to three weeks, can whisk girls around the country and to the far corners of the world where they will meet other remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities to take action. This year’s destinations are open to girls ages 11-17.
A Girl Scout destinations experience is your chance to go somewhere new, do something different, and meet people from everywhere you can imagine. What’s stopping you from applying? Nothing! So apply today and travel the world as a Girl Scout!
Important destinations Dates to Remember
August/September: GSUSA announces destinations for the year!
Oct 31: Deadline for first round applications due to GSNorCal San Jose Office.
Jan 15: Deadline for second round applications due to GSNorCal San Jose Office.
Jan. 16: Applicants notified of their status for first round applications. Financial aid application must be filed immediately after being accepted into the destination.
Feb. 1: All deposits holding a participant's spot are due to event sponsors for first round applications.
March: Additional applicants notified of their status.
March 16: All second round applicants' deposit due to event sponsors (Please note that there might be some destinations that will extend the deadline if the event is not full).
Applying for a destination? Five Steps:
- Log on to girlscouts.org/destinations. Select your top four destinations choices.
- Download the application form and complete it. You’ll need to fill out an application for each event you want to attend.
- Print out at least two copies of the reference form, and ask people who know how awesome you are to fill them out. You can use the same letters of reference for all your applications, but you might want more targeted references depending on what destination you are applying to.
- Send your application to GSNorCal San Jose office by Oct. 31 for first round review and Jan. 15 for late review.
Girl Scouts of NorCal, Attn: Destinations Committee, 1310 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128-4502
You and GSNorCal will receive notification of acceptance from the host council or event sponsor. Don’t be intimidated by the price! Click here for ideas on how to financially plan for your Girl Scout destination.
What Type of destination is Right for You?
There are six different travel categories for Girl Scout destinations. Which one is right for you?
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