GSSGC Offers $1K Scholarship For GS Travel Programming!

Does your Girl Scout have a free spirit? Has she been bitten by the travel bug? Is she pinning for adventure?

An exciting new opportunity for travel: celebrate the New Year in Costa Rica helping endangered sea turtles!

The Scholarship

The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council is excited to offer a $1,160* Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship to one lucky Girl Scout (San Gorgonio Council member only) to help her fund an exciting expedition to Costa Rica!

Deadline to apply for this scholarship is September 15, 2015. 

How To Apply

The Essay

Write a concise essay, between 500 to 1,000 words, telling us why you want to embark on this exciting Girl Scout adventure. Tell us how your Girl Scouting experience has led to this moment and shaped your view of the larger world. How does travel factor into your Girl Scout experience?

Describe why you want to participate in Sea Turtle Retreat Destination. Be specific about what knowledge and skills you would bring to this trip and what knowledge and skills you would like to bring home! Don’t forget to describe any special skills you have related to the event, like camping or community service, or why you’re excited about trying out something new.

The Application

Write your essay, fill out the GS Destination travel application (you can use the same essay for the travel application or write a new one),  double-check that you’ve met all requirements (below), and then submit your completed packet (application and essay) to Council at with the subject line: GS Destination Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship; or bring your completed packet  to the GSSGC Redlands Office before the September 15, 2015 deadline.

 In summation, scholarship applicants must write the essay, fill out application form, and turn both into GSSGC by September 15 to qualify for scholarship consideration .

About the Trip

Where You Go

  • San Jose, Costa Rica


  • You must be 13–18 years old at the time of the trip.
  • You must be a Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council member.
  • Interest in community service, environmental conservation, and cultural exchange.
  • Ready for a physical challenge.
  • Comfortable in the water.
  • A good team player.
  • Spanish language skills and willingness to learn Spanish are very useful.

Travel Dates

  • December 27, 2015 – January 5, 2016

What To Bring

  • A packing list will be provided by GSTravel Destinations.
  • You will need a valid current passport. (GSSGC Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship  winner is responsible for this cost. Fees are payable to the U.S. Department of State as follows: New, replacement or renewal of a passport book: $110 if age 16 and older; $80 if under the age of 16.)
  • Tetanus vaccination required before arrival. (GSSGC Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship winner is responsible for this cost, so please talk to your health care provider.)

The Cost

  • Program Fee: $1,600 ( GSSGC Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship covers $1,160 of this cost. The Sea Turtle Retreat Scholarship winner is responsible for providing the remaining $440 fee).
  • Program Fee does not include airfare. You will be responsible for providing your own round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport), as well as bringing your own spending money.
  • $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this course. (This is part of the Program Fee and is covered by GSSGC scholarship!)

In summation, the scholarship winner is responsible for the following: remaining $440 program fee; roundtrip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica; personal spending money; valid passport; and tetanus vaccination.

Don’t Forget Cookie & Nutty Dough!Unknown

Don’t forget that Nutty and Cookie Dough can be banked to help offset travel costs. Nothing stops you from affording travel.  Earn your way and  fund your dreams —  it just takes a little elbow grease!

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