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Council-Organized Trips & GSUSA Destinations

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Council-Organized Trips

From local sights and landmarks to those around the world, Girl Scouts has an adventure opportunity for every type of traveler. Girl Scouts of Northern California offers annual trips for girls in the Cadette, Senior and Ambassador levels from around the council to travel together and experience new adventures. Special money earning, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities are available to girls to help pay for their council-organized trips!

General Information
  • All trips are open to girls who will be Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors (grades 6–12) at the time of travel.
  • Girls can utilize Cookie Program reward cards to pay for part or all of their trip.
  • Girls need to have passports at least 110 days before they depart on their trip.
  • Exclusive money-earning opportunities are available for girls signed up for council trips. 
  • Entire troops can enroll on a council trip. 
  • Adults can attend with their girls. Please be aware that prices are higher for adults.
  • Scholarships are available to girls who qualify and participate in both Fall Product and Cookie Program.
  • All dates listed are timelines that girls should be flexible with, as the trips will fall sometime within the listed dates.
  • Trip prices include flights from SFO airport, but girls must make their own arrangements to get to and from the airport.
2020 - Charting the Galapagos Islands

Intended Travel Dates: June 25, 2020 - July 3, 2020 (this trip could swing 1-3 days in either direction, so please plan accordingly)

Journey to the equator and explore the wonders of Ecuador— including the Galápagos Islands, some 620 miles off the country’s Pacific coastline. Retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Some of the wildlife you may see include penguins, sea lions, turtles, blue-footed boobies, and other exotic birds. On the mainland, your troop will visit the Equatorial Line and enjoy a salsa dance lesson. 

Girls must be in grades 5-8 during the 2019-2020 Membership Year.

2020 - New Zealand and Australia: Journey Down Under

Intended Travel Dates: July 20, 2020 - July 31, 2020 (this trip could swing 1-3 days in either direction, so please plan accordingly)

Far away on the other side of the globe, Australia and New Zealand boast exotic wildlife, beautiful nature, and fascinating indigenous cultures. The Maori people of Rotorua are still very active in the society—experience their traditions at a Hangi feast. In Sydney, see kangaroos, koalas, bearded dragons, and more at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, and in Cairns, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

Girls must be in grades 8-12 during the 2019-2020 Membership Year.

2021 - London to Lucerne + Florence and Rome

This trip is currently full. Please contact Sandy Norman at slnorman@pacbell.net to be placed on the waitlist. 

2022 - Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Intended Travel Dates: June 25, 2022 - July 3, 2022

Treat yourself to the treasures of Japan past and present, from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto. Stroll through sacred shrines, see the Great Buddha in Kamakura, and catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Fuji. Engross yourself in the STEM filled world of Akhibara and the Technology Showroom. Feast on an authentic tempura dinner, and enjoy a special overnight stay at a traditional Japanese ryokan, an amazing cultural and learning experience for every Girl Scout. 

Girls must be in grades 8-12 during the 2021-2022 Membership Year.

2022 - Belize: Wildlife Adventure

Intended Travel Dates: July 14, 2022 - July 21, 2022

A tropical paradise with miles of shimmering blue Caribbean coastline and lush jungle canopies, Belize is bursting with diverse wildlife and a sense of adventure. See native jungle animals up close on multiple nature hikes, whiz through the treetops on a zip-line, and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Ancient ruins, cave tubing, and a riverboat cruise ensure this will be an adventure you will never forget.        

Girls must be in grades 5-8 during the 2021-2022 Membership Year.


For more information on how to enroll in any of these trips, please contact our Member Services at info@gsnorcal.org or call 800-447-4475, ext. 2093, Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM.

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GSUSA Destinations

If girls are looking for more adventure and are interested in meeting Girl Scouts from around the USA, girls can apply for a GSUSA Destination!

With the support of GSNorCal, girls can apply for one of many GSUSA Destinations hosted by other councils and vendors that take girls all over the world, from playing with pandas in China to swimming with sea turtles in Puerto Rico. GSUSA Destinations are by application only and most groups travel in no more than 30 girls.