On November 6, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado sent out an email encouraging you to apply for a Girl Scout Destination. Well, we had a little technology issue and the dates were wrong from the application submission deadline. Here is the correct information:
Girl applications are due with completed references for Round 1 by December 1, 2019. We encourage girls to complete their application by November 15 to allow time for their references to complete their reference form.
If you do not get your application completed by December 1, 2019, you can still apply in the Round 2, which applications with completed references are due by February 15, 2020.
Also, Girl Scouts in Colorado traveling on GSUSA Destinations are invited to apply for financial assistance to support trips confirmed or completed by December 31, 2020. Application closes on March 6, 2020 and girls will be notified by March 13, 2020.
Submitted by Helen Kidwell, Outward Bound Costa Rica
Each summer, more than 100 Girl Scouts from across the country travel to Costa Rica and Panama to participate in the Girl Scout Destinations program with Outward Bound Costa Rica.
Journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes that Central America has to offer, while building lifelong friendships along the way. From scuba diving along coral reefs in Panama to trekking through the rainforest in Costa Rica, each Girl Scout Destination course is packed with adventure.
These unforgettable trips will introduce you to exciting new challenges that will develop your leadership skills and help you discover hidden inner strengths.
“It was a crazy experience to open your eyes to look within yourself and at the world around you. Before I was stuck in my comfort zone, and now I feel stronger and braver.” —Annika, Girl Scout Alum
There are also opportunities to give back by working on impactful volunteer projects. Girl Scouts visit indigenous communities and bring much needed restoration to schools and other important community buildings. Those with a passion for conservation can help protect endangered sea turtle populations and play a key role in rainforest reforestation projects.
These service projects are also the perfect chance to develop your language skills and expand your cultural awareness.
“It was a great experience for my daughter to be involved hands-on with helping the endangered turtles to lay their eggs in safety. She also enjoyed trying new fruits and other foods, helping to refurbish the sleeping location for future participants, meeting new friends from all over the country, and becoming more aware of the world we live in and need to protect.” —Valerie, Girl Scout mom
Multiple Girl Scout Destination sessions and dates with Outward Bound Costa Rica are now available for Summer 2020!
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for girls 11 and older! Destinations bring together Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more! Any girl in grade 6–12 can apply.
With a ton of different trips to apply for every year, from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Dreaming of kayaking to an island campsite? Let’s do it! Want to explore the cobblestone alleys of Europe? We’re totally there! Passionate about protecting wildlife habitats? Yes, yes, yes! On a Girl Scout Destination trip you can do all that and so much more.
Interested? Here are the easy steps to get started:
Congratulations to these seven Colorado Girl Scouts who received a 2019 -2020 D-Pass Grant:
The D-Pass Grant is awarded to girls who are accepted to a 2019 – 2020 Girl Scout Destination and meet the qualifications. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older. Girls can apply to participate in a life-changing experience with Girl Scouts from across the country.
Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls 11 and older! Destinations brings together Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more! Any girl in grade 6–12 can apply.
With a ton of different trips to apply for every year, from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Dreaming of kayaking to an island campsite? Let’s do it! Want to explore the cobblestone alleys of Europe? We’re totally there! Passionate about protecting wildlife habitats? Yes, yes, yes! On a Girl Scout Destinations trip you can do all that and so much more. Interested? Here are the easy steps to get started:
Arvada Girl Scout Charlotte B. traveled to Costa Rica for an unforgettable adventure! She was able to make the trip after receiving the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. After returning home, Charlotte shared her memories with her Girl Scout sisters:
“During the trip when we were at the beach, we had the opportunity to help and pick up the trash. When we were picking up the trash on the last day, we were able to see the sick sea turtles come to land to either die or lay their eggs when the other turtles weren’t there, so they wouldn’t make the others sick. That showed me how most of us didn’t really think about the sick turtles and what would happen to them. Going sure opened my eyes to what happens down there and how that can effect the community.”
The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.
Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.
Annie, from Boulder, went on a European Adventure to Our Chalet in Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain. Emily, from Howard, explored Sydney, Australia on the destination “Adventure Down Under”. Ashley, from Lafayette, conquered Tollymore, Ireland on the destination “Ireland Multi-Sport Adventure”. All of these trips were made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.
Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling and meeting their sister Girl Scouts like Annie, Emily, and Ashley did should apply today for the 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.
Trip must be sponsored or endorsed by Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
The scholarship is for “girl” members only (based on WAGGGS guidelines – between the age of 12 and 30 at the time travel is completed).
The scholarship supports only individual girl, not troop, travel.
The scholarship should support international travel, although a compelling domestic trip may be considered.
Girls who have earned (or are working toward) a Girl Scout Highest Award will be given preference.
Recipients must agree to share stories and testimonials about the trip after their return to inspire girls to pursue similar adventures.
Must meet all application deadlines. Funds must be used for travel in the year in which the scholarship is received.
Must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council.
The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are meant for individual girl travel. They’re made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year. Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel and girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.
Are you interested in traveling? Maybe you have always wanted to surf in Costa Rica or kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland? With Girl Scout Destinations you can see the world while meeting fellow Girl Scouts and experiencing a once in a life time adventure!
To apply, visit the Girl Scouts Destinations website and download the PDF application. Email the application and two completed reference forms to Anna Danila, Girl Scouts of Colorado Travel Representative, by November 30, 2015.
The 2016 Destination Application Timeline is as follows:
November 30, 2015:**New extended deadline!** Round One Applications are due to Anna Danila at Girl Scouts of Colorado. GSCO will review and send applications to trip sponsors.
January 11: All Round One Applicants are notified of their approval status.
January 29: Accepted Round One Applicants must pay a deposit to hold their place on the trip.
February 12: Round Two applications are due to Girl Scouts of Colorado. GSCO will review and send applications to trip sponsors.
March 4: Accepted Round Two Applicants are notified of their approval status and must pay a deposit by March 20, 2016 to hold their place on the trip.
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s always something amazing for you to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states; see and learn new things; and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories.
Be sure to click on the “gstravel” logo to see important application dates. If you have your heart set on a particular trip, make sure to apply by November 1, 2015!
Here are three reasons why you should you apply for Girl Scout Destinations:
DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO. On Destinations trips, you get to try things you’ve always wanted to do—and do things you never imagined you would! There are so many different Destinations to explore that will offer the challenge you’ve been waiting for!
EXPERIENCE A NEW CULTURE. Girl Scouts really ARE global. We love to get out there and connect with new people; try new food; and take in new sights, sounds, and stories. Destinations trips also offer you a chance to use what you’ve been learning in school, too! You can immerse yourself in a new culture—and learn about yourself and your own culture in the process.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS FROM NEAR AND FAR! You’ll arrive at the airport as girls from different states and countries, but you’ll end your trip as lifelong members of the Destinations Crew. Destinations trips are unique Girl Scout experiences because you travel with Girl Scouts from all over the country, and even with Girl Scouts from overseas. In short, the Destinations program is an awesome way to connect with your national and international Girl Scout sisters! Once again, the deadline for the first round of applications is Nov. 1, 2015!
You don’t have to currently be a Girl Scout to take part in Destinations—you can become one when you apply! And if you have a friend who is interested in Destinations, tell her she, too, can register for Girl Scouts and apply for a trip!