Girl Scouts developed a new approach called pathways to ensure that girls and adults have flexible ways to participate in Girl Scouting. The Travel Pathway offers leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through council and nationally sponsored trips, along with troop travel. Girls progress along the Travel Pathway by participating in smaller, local trips to prepare for longer national or international ones.
The Travel Pathway:
Girl Scout destinations
Girl Scout destinations fall into five categories: international, outdoors, science, people, and getaways. Facilitated by Girl Scouts of the USA and hosted by individual Girl Scout councils, GSUSA, and contracted organizations, such as Outward Bound, Girl Scout destinations events or trips open girls up to whole new worlds and ideas.
The Girl Scout camping experience allows girls to live together in simple outdoor settings, to learn how to make their own decisions, and to do fun activities with other girls their own age. The most important benefits for the camper are the opportunities to make new friends, to enjoy the outdoors, to gain confidence in herself as she tries new activities and gains new skills, and to be a member of a caring community.
The Birthplace, Savannah, Georgia
Girl Scout troops and groups travel from across the United States year-round to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace—a Girl Scout national center in Savannah, Georgia and the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Built in 1821, the house has been elegantly restored to reflect the 1880s and is located in the heart of the Savannah Historic District. "The Birthplace," as it is commonly called by Girl Scouts nationwide, was the city's first National Historic Landmark. Girls who visit can take part in programs and learn more about the remarkable founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Educational programs and hands-on activities bridge the gap between the past and the present and introduce visitors to the early years of Girl Scouting.
England, Switzerland, India, and Mexico are home to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) four world centers where girls from around the globe can learn more about each other, the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement, and the countries they are visiting. The centers sometimes offer special programs, and the facilities provide inexpensive lodging for members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.