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International Travel with the CEO

Travel to Canada with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan CEO Jan Barker


Are you ready for adventure? Can you imagine a road trip where you are on the team that decides which exciting things you will do? This group, along with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan CEO, Jan Barker, will travel to our international neighbor Canada for the ultimate road trip. The required pre-trip planning session* will allow girls to take the lead in deciding details of the trip. This trip will be the adventure of a lifetime!

Who attends?

This trip is geared towards Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Adult supervision will be provided; therefore, adult participants will be limited.

What is the cost?

The fee includes transportation, lodging and meals. Adult supervision will be provided. A non-refundable deposit of $50 will hold your spot. The full fee of $1,200/GSHOM member or $1,250/Non-GSHOM member is due May 31, 2019, scholarships are available, cookie cash works here! Spots are limited so don’t delay. Contact to make payment arrangements, or call Mariela at (269) 343-1516.

Where should I register?

Reserve your place here.

Pre-trip Planning Session

In order to get to know all of the participants and to go over the potential itinerary, we have scheduled a mandatory pre-trip planning session/webinar. *Please mark Wednesday, May 1st, 6:30 PM in your calendar.* More info to come!

Girls: we have put together a frame for this itinerary and now is your chance to do some research! During the pre-trip planning session, we want to hear from you! What other places would you like to visit along the way? What other activities would you like to do during the trip? What else you would like to do during our trip! As of right now, this is the potential itinerary we put together and there is still a lot of days that are open to fill in with your ideas!


Day 1: Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti, and London ~ Welcome to Canada!

  •     Tour of Western Ontario U, London
  •     Possible night at the dorms

Day 2: Hamilton

  •     Treetop Trekking Adventures
  •     Tour around the city/girls’ choice

Day 3: Toronto

  •     Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  •     Tour around the city/girls’ choice

Day 4: Toronto, Kingston

  •     CN Tower
  •     Tour around Kingston/girls’ choice

Day 5: Kingston

  •     Rockport Boat Cruise
  •     Girls’ choice

Days 6-8: Montreal

  •      Girls’ choice

Day 9: Ontario

  •     Niagara Falls

Day 10: Back to Michigan!

What is required for my girl to travel to Canada?

·         While a tourist visit to Canada of less than 180 days is not required for United States Citizens, Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity, though children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship.

·         As part of this entire experience and in order to get girls oriented to travelling internationally, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan recommends that the girls participating in this trip obtain a passport. Applying for a passport is an important part of this learning experience. Information regarding how to apply for a passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State Website.

Is any other documentation required?

·         When traveling to Canada with a minor who is not your child or for whom you do not have full legal custody, a notarized affidavit of consent from the minor’s parent may be required. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will require these documents for our girls to travel. More information can be found in the following site: Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad.

·         Please carefully review the “Most Frequent Questions” on the site provided.

·         A sample consent letter that can be found here.

Are there any other special requirements?

·         Anyone with a criminal record may not be able to enter Canada without first obtaining an “approval for rehabilitation” well in advance of any planned travel.  To determine if this applies to you or your girl, please visit here.

·         The United States Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Canada, but there are some additional restrictions or processes for foreign residents of Canada, which are explained on the CIC website.

·         Click these links for more information on dual nationalityprevention of international parental child abduction, and customs information

Est-ce que tu parles français?

·         That’s right...we might be speaking French at times during the trip or at least trying to speak it! Outside Quebec, the largest French-speaking populations are found in New Brunswick and Ontario. There is a mobile app called Duolingo, which is designed to help you learn languages easily and comfortably. It doesn’t really feel like you're studying with Duolingo, but rather just having fun! Duolingo presents the lessons in a way that makes it feel like you're just playing a game. Check it out and let’s see how comfortable we feel learning/speaking a new language! Bon voyage!


Email Mariela at or call 800-497-2688.