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Popular Troop Trip Destinations

Girls have been exploring the world around them since 1912 and one important experience is the troop trip. If you’re looking for the next memory maker for your troop we’ve got some exciting destinations for your girls. Here are a few of the more popular trips troops from Western Ohio took in 2013-2014.

1. The Zoo: what a great place for combining badge work and adventure. Many zoos have education programs for youth, some that are Girl Scout badge specific, and overnights with themes like Safari Overnight (Toledo) Sleep With the Manatees (Cincinnati), Creatures of the Night (Ft. Wayne), and Zoo Careers (Columbus). There is something for almost every age level. Contact the education department at your zoo of choice for more information.

2. COSI: the camp-ins here are a long standing Girl Scout tradition. There are day camps for K-3 girls and overnights for 1-8. Girls 14 and up can even become Program Assistants and go behind the scenes. For science, technology, and teamwork programming this place is hard to beat. Imagination Station in Toledo also has some awesome badge related science workshops so check them out as well.

3. Chicago, IL: there’s just something about the Windy City that draws troops. Maybe it’s Union Station’s central location that allows troops to use a train as transport instead of driving, maybe it’s the bunks at HI Hostel, or great program providers like the Field Museum and Shedd Acquarium. Maybe it’s just Ginos deep dish pizza. Whatever it is, it has troops returning year after year to join the fun.

4. Savannah, GA: for many Girl Scouts a trip to the Birthplace of our founder is the ultimate destination. It helps that Savannah is a lovely city full of history, sunny days, and southern charm. The staff at the birthplace even provide a great list of local partners to help visitors explore and make trip planning easier.

Now that you know some of the popular trip destinations for our council, gather your girls and start planning your next memory making adventure. Remember to follow these Six Steps to Your Next Troop Adventure. Need more ideas? Check out  Got the Travel Bug?.