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Troop Trips New Safety Guidelines: Steer-Clear of AirBnB and Uber


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In the coming Girl Scout season, your troop may be inspired to go camping, see a National park, or fly to Washington DC.  Throughout the planning process, please do not hesitate to reach out to GSMW for safety guidance and ideas for activities.  Any high adventure, overnights, or out-of-council trips will most likely require a Troop Trip Request form.  Coming soon, you’ll find an online Troop Trip Request form.  More info on the Troop Trip process can be found here

GSUSA has handed down some new guidelines for lodging, transportation, and new activities for troops. First, GSMW will be unable to approve Troop Trips requesting use of Uber, Lyft, or other ride-share companies.  In addition, we cannot approve trips using Airbnb, VRBO, Timeshares, or other privately-owned lodging entities that are marketed for commercial use.  Unlike commercial transportation and lodging, the aforementioned privately-owned transportation and lodging entities are not regulated by commercial safety codes, and they are not regularly inspected or monitored for safety.  GSUSA’s safety guidelines have changed to reflect this needed precaution.

Each year, too, GSUSA updates their Safety Activity Checkpoints.  In this document, troops can find safety requirements and guidelines for the most popular activities.  New this year, you’ll find guidelines for the following activities that were not permitted or not included in the Safety Activity Checkpoints in previous years:

  • Target sports (tomahawk/ax throwing, BB guns, paintball target, rifles, pistols, slingshots, knife throwing, rifles, etc)
  • Laser tag
  • Tethered hot air ballooning
  • Snowboarding for Daisies
  • Animal interaction (wildlife interaction, rescue animals, and therapy animals/dogs)
  • Aquatic inflatable climbing walls
  • Bubble Soccer
  • Bounce houses
  • Whale watching
  • Cruise ships and ferries
  • Chartered fishing boats
  • Go-Karts

Check the Safety Activity Checkpoints regularly.  Whether you’re biking across town to get ice cream or you’re thinking about booking a multi-day whitewater rafting excursion, there’s a whole lot of safety to consider, and GSMW is here to help your trip go off without a hitch! 

Email customercare@gsmw.org with any of your safety questions.