U.S. Travel By Girl Guides – Updated Statement
With recent changes to U.S. border entry rules, Girl Guides of Canada determined it was important for us to closely re-examine our current travel program. Our goal as an inclusive organization is to make sure that each and every one of our members can equally access the programs we offer, including all of our travel destinations. Our operational decision to limit U.S. travel at this time was a difficult one to make, but one based solely on ensuring all girls and women in Guiding can fully participate in our Guiding trips, no matter the destination.
This decision was not made lightly. Travel is a unique part of the Girl Guide program and girls spend well over a year leading the planning and fundraising for their travel experiences. Our primary goal was to reduce the risk of our members encountering difficulties at the border and ensuring that no girl is left behind. We hope that our members whose travel plans have changed will explore the wide range of alternative destinations – including the opportunity to experience a Canadian adventure during our country’s 150th birthday.
Girl Guides of Canada is proud that our members have overwhelmingly supported this decision as a reflection of Guiding’s commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for all girls and women.