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Council Trips & Destinations


Council 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 and scholarship opportunities are available to girls to help pay for their council 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.
2019 Passage Through Panama

Intended Travel Dates: June 20, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal revolutionized international trade by bridging the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans between the Americas. But there is so much more to this isthmus nation, as you will discover on your in-depth expedition. Explore the bustling Panama City and meet with artists near Panama’s only soapstone mine. Then focus your attention on the exotic wildlife as you come face to face with the variety of birds and animals at Rio Chagres and Soberanía National Parks. This trip is for the girl who wants to explore new cultures and get outdoors. 

Must be in grades 6–12 at time of travel.

Did you know that the Girl Scouting program helps girls travel through the Cookie Program and scholarship opportunities? A girl who sells 2,000 packages of cookies in a single cookie season can pay for 92% of the cost of her Panama experience.

2020 Charting the Galapagos Islands

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. 

Must be in grades 6–12 at time of travel.

2020 Journey Down Under - New Zealand and Australia

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.

Must be in grades 6–12 at time of travel.

2021 London to Lucerne + Florence and Rome

Must be in grades 6–12 at time of travel.

2022 - Help us choose our next Council Trip!

Girls who travel to Panama will help choose our locations for the Cadette and Senior/Ambassador Trips!

For more information on how to enroll in any of these trips, please contact Sandy Norman, Travel Pathways Volunteer, at (408) 225-8979 or



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 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. Destinations are by application only and most groups travel in no more than 30 girls.