Like you, we at Educational Travel Service were excited to hear the announcement of dates for the 2023 BSA National Jamboree. And like you, we are ready to begin planning! Whether your plans include a before Jamboree tour or your troop will travel directly to Beckley, ETSI is ready to help you get fully prepared. For more than 30 years, ETSI has been leading the way in facilitating group travel for youths and leaders. We understand that every successful adventure begins with good planning. To help you get started, Educational Travel Services, Inc. developed a handy guide outlining the five W’s to planning your next Scouting adventure. Keep reading and start making plans now!
Who is traveling? It’s not a group trip until you first have a group! Before you begin planning the trip, you must determine who is going. Is it your troop, your council, or maybe a leadership tour? How many travelers are you planning for? The number of travelers on a trip helps determine budget, transportation needs, and even availability of discounted rates.
Where are you headed? Choosing the right destination is paramount in designing the perfect trip and realizing your travel goals. Are you desiring a short weekend excursion like a local camping tour or something much longer and more distant like the International Normandy Camporee? Or, maybe your group is planning something in between, like an extension to your trek at Philmontor SeaBase or a weeklong tour of our Nation’s Capitol. And now that the dates are known, it is not too soon to start planning for the 2023 BSA National Jamboree.
What kind of trip? Is your goal to have an educational experience touring museums or historical sites? Or is this trip more about challenging activities? For the 2023 BSA National Jamboree, a pre-trip to Washington, DC is a perfect fit. Some venues that are popular for Scouts include Mt. Vernon, the United States Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. If your group is heading to a trek at Philmont maybe a pre-tour would include white water rafting and zip lining.
When is your tour and how far out do you need to be planning? Is your trip something that can be scheduled any time or is it connected on a scheduled event? For example, are you planning a trip that stands alone and has flexibly with your travel dates or are you coordinating with a date specific event such as 2023 BSA National Jamboree. The planning for some trips can be booked only a few months ahead of time. Others, such as a pre-Jamboree tour, can require making trip decisions as far as two years ahead of your departure.
Why choosing a reputable tour company to assist with your tour planning can make all the difference in the success of your tour. An experienced travel company can guide your group in creating and achieving your travel goals in the most efficient and cost-effective way. A good tour company can also help provide quality hotels and motorcoaches, suggest age-appropriate activities and support the leaders every step of the way. Educational Travel Services, Inc. has been facilitating student tours for over 30 years. Our proven record of successful youth tours can give leaders confidence that partnering with ETSI will place them in reliable hands capable of attending to all of the necessary details of a successful group tour. Working with a professional tour company like ETSI takes the worry out of group travel planning, so Scout leaders can focus on Scouts.
Many safe travels!
Your friends at Educational Travel Services, Inc.
This article is sponsored by Diamond Brand as part of their great donation to the 2022 National Outdoor Conference.