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Your adventure in Costa Rica and Panama awaits

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!

Courses are open to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA who are between 13 and 18-years-old at the time of course.

To apply, visit the Girl Scouts Destination application page and get ready to start your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Once in a lifetime trip to Costa Rica

Submitted by Nicole Harmon

Metro Denver


Hello Girl Scouts, families, and friends,

I have an amazing opportunity that I would like to share with your troops, girls, and parents … A nine day all-inclusive trip to Costa Rica. This trip gives opportunities for troops to delve into an ecological paradise, walk amid lush rainforests and beneath towering volcanoes in enchanting Costa Rica. Transport your troop deep into a misty cloud forest, get up close to the world’s most magnificent plant and animal habitats, and see sensational waterfalls and hot springs. From beginning to end, experience natural beauty and thrilling adventures beyond what you ever imagined. See above for the tour flyer with itinerary and final cost of the trip. Registration is $95 and there is an option to pay every two weeks per person or once per month. There is even a manual payment plan where you can pay as you go. Look over the flyer let me know if you have any questions. July 2021 is when the trip takes place. Feel free to share with other Girl Scouts and their families if you would like. Remember upon enrollment you must use the group code on the flyer to join our trip. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the girls to visit another county and experience this kind of excursions. Here is the link as well to our personal website for this tour where you can find much more information including registration…http://girltrips.eftours.com/2218043ye or (720) 249-8923 with any questions

Girls must be 11 at the time of travel. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and explore the beautiful Costa Rica. Meet new girls, make new friends and learn about what it is like to do amazing things, as go getters, innovators, risk takers and leaders ready to change the world one GIRL at a time !

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Jump into your next great adventure:  Destinations 2020 – 2021

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:

  1. Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/ to learn about trips that are offered for 2020 – 2021.
  2. Choose up to four trips that spark your interest.
  3. Applications are open now! Submit your application for Round 1 by December 1, 2019. Round 2 are due by February 15, 2020.

Insider Tip: Heart set on a particular trip? Get everything in during Round 1- these incredible adventures fill up fast!

Want more information? Register for a Destinations webinar.

Saturday, September 21 from 10 – 11 a.m.:


Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:


Questions? Email GSCO Mission Delivery Manager Emily Speck  at emily.speck@gscolorado.org.

Elizabeth troop travels to Iceland

Submitted by Lori Anderson

Metro Denver


Troop 40713 from Elizabeth just returned from a fantastic trip to Iceland! The Senior/Ambassador troop spent seven days in this beautiful country. They spent one day in the capital city of Reykjavik, then headed to camp at the Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre. The next three days were on-site doing archery, rock wall climbing, team building games, obstacle courses (one over water!), canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and a campfire. They also participated in two service projects,  planting about 350 tree saplings and laying a concrete paver patio. The last three days were on off-site excursions, including horseback riding, caving through a 9,000-year-old lava tube, visiting a geothermal-heated spa, hiking on a glacier, and ending with a 15-mile hike to a geothermally heated river. The girls planned and saved for the trip for three years prior to traveling.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Girl Scouts to Costa Rica in 2020

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

There is still room for 7 or more Girl Scouts to attend an amazing trip to Costa Rica with me as the main leader! The girl should have completed fifth grade as a minimum (at travel time, so present fifth graders are encouraged to attend) to attend and all grades 6-12 are welcome! If you are completing 12th grade right before we travel, it can be your senior trip! There is even a way to earn some high school credit on this trip! Please contact me for all your questions to be answered! Jody Clair, girlscoutjody@gmail.com.

PS- YES! There is still enough time for you to do money earning activities and attend the group meetings to learn many travel skills before we even leave in June 2020!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Cadette Troop 72091 travels to the California coast

Submitted by Shelby Railsback

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The girls in Cadette Troop 72091 have been saving their money for about three years to take a very special trip to the California coast. They stayed at the HI-Point Montara Hostel just south of San Francisco, planned a sea kayaking trip, got to visit the city, meet some banana slugs, see some redwood trees, and explored some amazing tide pools. Throughout the trip, they displayed incredible teamwork and their positive attitudes made the trip a joy for everyone!

The girls were great hostel guests, not only cleaning up after themselves, but pitched in to clean up after other guests without saying a word. They were open to all kinds of new experiences, and embraced the spirit of adventure throughout the trip. These girls are going places!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Troop 2393’s Alaskan Adventures

Submitted by Laura Clark

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Troop 2393 saved their cookie money for three years and spent a week in Alaska and Canada! They studied ice melt, glaciers, and went dog sledding, zip-lining, kayaking, and sight-seeing in Alaska. On July 1, they were in Canada and spent Canada Day (a Canadian holiday similar to our 4th of July) with a local Girl Guide unit. The Girl Guides took them all around the city of Victoria and afterwards the girls watched fireworks and became great friends!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Join us at G.I.R.L. 2020

G.I.R.L. 2020 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from October 21 – 25, 2020.

Check out the newly released G.I.R.L. 2020 Troop Travel Guide.

There are two amazing parts to G.I.R.L. 2020 and you will want to be there for both…

  • One is the National Council Session, which is the movement’s triennial business meeting. This happens from Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23. G.I.R.L.s can see “democracy in action” during this meeting, and can experience the closing ceremony on Friday when the new national officers are elected and the parade of countries that have Girl Scouts or Girl Guides takes place.
  • The other is the G.I.R.L. 2020 program, which includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This happens from Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25. All G.I.R.L.s who are Cadettes, Seniors, and/or Ambassadors and adults can experience amazing speakers, participate in interactive sessions crafted by our G-Team (a group of Senior and Ambassador G.I.R.L. Scouts convened nationally for the purpose of envisioning, planning, and implementing G.I.R.L. 2020) for G.I.R.L.s just like them, and immerse themselves in all things “G.I.R.L. Scout” in our largest expo hall ever!

Online registration and housing selection will open in January 2020. We have thousands of rooms (single- quad accommodations) reserved for our participants and the costs range from $99 – $239 per night. By booking with the hotels GSUSA has reserved (also known as within the housing block) you’ll have access to ground transportation, and other amenities that you won’t have if you use other housing.

For registration planning purposes, you will need to budget approximately $300 per G.I.R.L. for registration. This will include a Saturday evening celebration at one of the Orlando theme parks. Day prices haven’t been set yet for G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This option provides a wonderful opportunity to engage our Daisies, Brownies and Juniors and their families in the Girl Scout movement.

Additionally, keep your eyes open for our Troop and Family Travel Planning Guides which will be available to councils and members this fall and for our “What’s New” email series that will be shared movement-wide with our members. You can also check frequently on the G.I.R.L. 2020 website for more information and updates.

Can’t wait to see you in Orlando!

Girl Scouts volunteer in Vernazza, Italy

Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Metro Denver


Money earning activities and hard work pays off. Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 63573 recently returned from a glorious ten-day tour of Italy. One day of the trip was spent volunteering in the spectacularly beautiful Ligurian coastal town of Vernazza. You may never have heard of Vernazza, but you have likely heard of Cinque Terre. In Italian, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. Vernazza is one of the five small towns that make up the region.

We picked Cinque Terre as the location for a service project because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 1,000 sites around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has determined to have such cultural, historic, or other significance that they merit international treaty protection.

In 2011 Vernazza was hit by devastating floods. Up to 13 feet of mud and debris was left in the narrow streets and passageways of the cliff-side ocean village. Eight years later, the inhabitants continue to feel the impact of the floods. Our troop helped reclaim a site where a vineyard terrace wall had collapsed. After a long harrowing climb up terrace steps, that would have made a mountain goat pause, we reached a section of wall that had crumbled. Along way we saw poppies, hydrangeas, and lemon trees on the edges of the rows of grape vines.

The teenage Girl ScoutAmbassadors, along with sisters, cousins and mothers, that made up our group of 11, worked hard to separate rocks from dirt and big rocks from small rocks. The walls require a particular combination and variety of rock sizes in order to hold. The water from irrigation lines and rain must be able to pass the small rocks while the large rocks keep the soil from eroding. We formed a bucket brigade in order move dirt to an upper terrace so that the wall could be rebuilt. Our efforts were rewarded with delicious focaccia and pecorino cheese, as well as a lesson in small batch wine making. We left with full hearts having given back to the country we were visiting and with the knowledge that we had helped make the world a better place.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Look Wider International Travel Fund: 2019 Recipients

Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019.  Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.

Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality.  The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.

Are you a G.I.R.L. between the ages of 12 and 30 who can’t wait to share in the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts?  If you are traveling independently with a global-friendship focus, check out Look Wider to help fund your trip: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Look%20Wider%20Travel%20Scholarship%205-19%20update.pdf .

Read more here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/ways-to-participate/travel.html.

Apply now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html.