Are you ready to escape?
Perhaps you can see yourself catching waves in Puerto Rico, heading to the beach in San Diego or exploring outer space (at Space Camp, but you get the idea)!
What is a destination? A destination is: "any experience, regardless of distance or length of time, that provides a girl 11-17 with an opportunity to expand her personal experience beyond her everyday scope" (GSUSA). There are different types of destinations offered by GSUSA:
- Outdoors, Science, People and International - 1 to 2 week events around the country and the world, applied to by individuals.
- Getaways - 2 to 4 day events around the country attended by troops. These do not require the same application process as the others.
Girl Scouts stand in front of the Taj Mahal in India during their Summer 2009 destination trip.
2014 Destination programs and application are available now! To stay tuned on the latest news, please sign up to receive our council's teen related email newsletter, teen-Edition.
To learn more about the 2014 Girl Scout destinations programs, visit the GSUSA website: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/resources/travel-resources/
GSCNC will look over the applications, along with your two references, to make sure you have all the pieces and then we will send it on to the host Council/Event host. *The destinations Council Representative is Ashley Warren.* The deadline for 2014 applications is Friday, November 15, 2014 by 5pm.
Applications that are faxed or e-mailed will not be accepted, so make sure to give yourself a couple extra days for mailing time!
Please mail application to:
4301 Connecticut Ave, NW Ste M-2
Washington, DC 20008
Tips For Your Applications
- It helps to ask at least 3 people to be references - that way if one person can't finish it in time, you still have the necessary 2.
- Spell check, spell check, spell check, especially when it comes to your essay. Please proof-read your application, so you submit the strongest application possible.
- You can apply for up to 4 destinations - once you get accepted, you can choose which one(s) you want to attend. Definitely apply for 4, if there are that many that interest you - that way you have the BEST possible chance of being accepted.
- Start saving now! Create a budget to make sure you can afford the trip - include money earning ideas (like selling cookies!), gifts, and think about applying for a GSCNC Program Grant. See more suggestions below.
Paying for It
GSCNC recognizes that destinations are expensive, and we want to work with you to make sure that you can go on the destination of your choice. Use the resources below to learn about how you can fund your destination.
Seven Steps to Financially Plan for Your Girl Scout destination
Destinations Overview Powerpoint - PDF | Powerpoint
Program Grants are a great way to supplement the cost of your destination. Simply fill out a B252 form with all of the required information (costs, money-earning activities you've already done, etc), and the Program Grants Panel will review your request. Grants are not intended to cover the entire cost of your trip, but can definitely give you a boost if any of your money-earning plans fall through. Click here to learn about the program grant process.
For more information about anything above, please contact Ashlee Warren at email@example.com.