7 Travel Tips and Tricks for your Girl Scout Adventures

Girl Scouts inertly crave adventure. We love to learn new things, experience different cultures, explore nature, and travel the world. Just as you plan meetings or create a strategy to earn a badge, the key to having the best travel experience is a little planning. Check out these simple travel tips and tricks that will make your planning easier, and your trip unforgettable. Whether you are going camping, road-tripping it across country, or taking on the world abroad, these friendly tips will help you get the most out of your travels!

 

1.Over the Seat Car Organizer travel-tips-5-shoe-organizer-fun-hanging

From snacks and drinks, to wet wipes and crayons, keep your travel essentials easy to access and organized in your car. A simple over the door shoe hanger on the passenger or driver side seat will create an in-car organizer for your trip. No more mess!

2. Tennis Shoe Packing Hack travel-tips-4-breakables-in-shoes

Sometimes you have to fit the luggage of an entire troop in a van or SUV- along with the troop. This can be a huge challenge. Sometimes you have to fit a week’s worth of essentials into one small suit case and a carry-on. Protect your valuables from damage, and make the most of the space by placing smaller items inside of your shoes!

3. Never Dig for Toiletries Again!

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Don’t you hate it when you are camping or in the hotel and you have to dig for your toiletries? The lighting is often less than ideal and you are gathering all your supplies for the shower. Never again. Fill travel size containers with your favorite products, and hook to a lanyard. Once you have everything on your lanyard, just hook it over the shower head. No stepping over bottles along the side of the tub, and it’s ready to go whenever it’s time for you to move on.

4. Food on the Go

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Having a burger or taco in the car on the way to camp, vacation, or just around town can be disastrous to our cars. The kids are trying to balance everything on their laps, and by the time you glance behind you there is a burger laying across your floorboard. Not any more. Pickup some inexpensive hand baskets at your local bargain store for the perfect “food caddy”. Kids will be less likely to spill and drop, and you might go a little longer between cleaning!

5. Earrings and Buttons Trick

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Keeping up with earrings and their tiny backs during the bustle of travel can be difficult. Never lose your backs or favorite earrings again! Grab a handful of buttons and secure your earrings through the holes!

6. Coin Collector

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So you’ve hit a toll road or are just craving a Coke at a vending machine, but you have to dig around the bottom of your purse only to find out you don’t have enough quarters. Keep your change organized and easy to access by storing them in an m&m tube or something similar.

7. Easy Clean Cup Holders

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After a long trip, our cars and houses are usually in need of cleaning. Don’t be stuck cleaning the crevices of your cup holders. Simply place a cupcake liner in each cup holder. Once you return from your travels (or even just around town) you can pop the liner out and there is no mess!

Pack your bags, make the reservations, and get ready for adventure! We hope these simple travel tips and tricks make your travel a little easier. Are you interested in traveling with Girl Scouts? Use your Cookie Money to go on amazing trips, go camping with your troop, or go on unforgettable Destinations! Start your adventure today and become a Girl Scout.

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How Girl Scouts Can Help You Travel the World: The Kristyn Winch Story

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Something beautiful happens when we step out of our comfort zone; when we seek to understand the unknown, or conquer the unmastered. If you are a Girl Scout, it’s in your DNA to take every moment of your journey captive and create your own path. To lead your own adventure. Seeing the world and endeavoring to understand cultures other than your own opens the mind and expands every horizon. Kristyn Winch is a Girl Scout Alumni who uses her Girl Scout Experience to achieve her dreams and live with the heart of an adventurer.

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -St. Augustine

The flight is long and quiet. Kristyn may have started her day at home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but she is now somewhere high above the Atlantic Ocean. All she can see for miles is water, but she only focuses on what is ahead of her; great adventure. Anticipation is high as she and her troop soar through the sky for more than 12 straight hours. The troop has been carefully planning and saving for this trip for years.

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Kristyn with her vest at Our Chalet in Switzerland

 

After what seems like days, the pilot announces the final decent. When Kristyn Winch steps off the plane, she is in Switzerland and it is like stepping into a dream. Mountains much higher than those of South Carolina rise into the clouds, capped with white snow. The countryside is dotted with little cottages, like something out of a fairytale. She feels something completely surreal, and completely worth the wait; wonderment.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

The highlight of the trip was visiting one of four World Centres for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. “Our Chalet” is an incredible gathering place for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to meet and discover new cultures and ideas. Nestled high in the Swiss Mountains, “Our Chalet” has been fostering adventure, leadership, and friendship since 1938.

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“Our Chalet” Girl Scout and Girl Guide World Centre in Switzerland

 

Kristyn grew up in Girl Scouts and took advantage of every opportunity this worldwide sisterhood offered her. She traveled to Switzerland with her troop. She was a program aid, camp councilor, and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  After Kristyn graduated high school as a Girl Scout, with that same wonderment and fervor she discovered in her travels, she followed her dream to the University of South Carolina to study journalism. Kristyn wanted to tell life’s most amazing stories through words, design, and photography. Kristyn is currently living out her dream as Editor of an online and print publication in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

We couldn’t be more proud of Kristyn for following her dreams, and pursuing new adventures every day.  Never stop believing in yourself, adventure is out there.  kristyn-currently

 

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

 

Girl Scouts teaches leadership and character by providing unique and meaningful experiences. Make the most of every moment by becoming a Girl Scout. Take amazing Destinations or travel with your troop using cookie profits!

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5 Creative Meeting Ideas for the Fall: Younger Girl Edition

1. Story Hour at the Animal Shelter (FREE)girl-reads-to-dog-4

Everyone in the class has their books open to page 352. You’re waiting for instructions when the teacher picks you to read the first paragraph aloud, and suddenly you can’t find your words. We all know this feeling. Give your girls a safe environment to practice reading aloud by taking a trip to your local animal shelter for a story hour.

  • Contact your local animal shelter about any existing programs or just bringing the girls to read to the animals
  • Take the girls to the library to pick out a book that can be read in about half an hour.
    • This is a great opportunity to get them comfortable in the library and show them how to find books.
  • Have the girls report about their experience and their book at the next meeting!

2. Homemade Halloween Party (FREE)

costumeThere is just something magical about putting on a costume and being transformed into a superhero, princess, or ninja! But as I am sure you have noticed, costumes can be extremely expensive. Treat your girls to a night of make-believe and celebrate the fall season by having a Homemade Halloween Party!

  •  Have each girl pick a character, profession, or object to dress as
  • Bring simple items from home like old dresses, jackets, and hats, worn pots and pans, cardboard boxes, fabric, and craft supplies
  • Then have each girl present their costume before the group in a fashion show

The girls will learn to put their creativity to the test as they enjoy fanciful fun! (p.s. The Homemade Halloween Party makes for the BEST photo opps!)

3. Minute to Win it Game Show (Minimal Cost)  minute-to-win-it

Who doesn’t love watching people go all-in as they play silly games for a big prize? We all love screaming for our favorites when they win it big. Thrill your girls with a night of healthy competition and fun by hosting a Minute to Win it Game Show! What does this include?

  • Minute to Win it games are quite simple. What makes them difficult is that they have to be completed in under one minute! So supplies needed range from disposable cups, dice, and ping-pong balls, to Kleenex containers and popsicle sticks!
  • Games like Minute to Win it are not only exciting to younger girls, but also teach fine motor skills
  • As for the prize? Have the girls create a trophy that they will present to the champion!

Check out these awesome Minute to Win it game ideas!

4. Fun on the Farm ($5-$12 per person) chicken

The air is becoming crisp, and the leaves are exploding with color. Give your girls the best of fall by taking a field trip to the farm! Girls will get to learn about agriculture, animals, and enjoy some of our favorite traditions.

Check out this list of awesome, family friendly farms in our area:

  • Mini Miracles Farm– Greenville, SC
    • Pumpkin patch
    • Petting Zoo
    • Hay rides
    • Play area
    • Offers group rates
  • Lever Farms– Pomaria, SC
    • Pumpkin patch
    • Pumpkin bowling
    • Corn Maze (Not scary)
    • Hay rides
    • Offers group rates
  • Stewart Farms– Enoree, SC
    • Pumpkin Patch
    • Petting zoo
    • Hay rides
    • Honey bee observatory
    • Corn Maze (Not scary)
    • Offers group rates

5. Fall Foods Sampler (Minimal Cost) apple-pie-cup

If your troop meets after school, you know that the girls have one thing on their minds: Food! Treat your girls to a Fall Food Sampler- no oven required! This yummy meeting idea will teach girls basic measuring skills, how to follow a recipe, and team work! Check out these yummy recipes:

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Apple pie cups

  • Graham crackers
  • Apple slices
  • Whipped creammonster-bites

 Monster Fruit Bites

  • Apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Small marshmallows
  • Strawberries

Click here for more fun recipes!

Did you try one of our meeting ideas? Let us know what you think, or tell us what you would like to see on our blog by emailing mtaylor@gssc-mm.org! Blog_WrittenBy_Michelle

Teach your girl what it means to be a leader by becoming a Girl Scout. We build girls of courage, confidence, and courage, who make the world a better place!