I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.
Girl Scouts from across the country are invited to Savannah, Georgia, where Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in 1912, to use their smart phones to navigate through the historic district with their team to solve clues, complete challenges, carry out random acts of kindness, and give back to the community. Girl Scouts capture their experiences in photos and videos and submit them for points using the exclusive QuestFest app. The team with the most points wins AMAZING prizes!
*NEW FOR 2019 – A QUESTFEST TRACK FOR ALUMS!*
It doesn’t matter whether you were a Girl Scout for one year or 10 years! You’re invited back to the historic home of Girl Scouting in Savannah, Georgia for this exciting one-of-a-kind opportunity to reconnect with past troop members and make new Girl Scout connections! “Quest” throughout Savannah with the girls, participate in separate events just for adults, or do it all!
“Savannah is known for so many things and one of them is being healthy. You can get 10k steps by seeing our historical sites! How many steps would you walk if you saw ALL this sites?? Head over to the Civic Center and take a picture upload with all of your team with your worn out sneakers for max 449 points.” – That is a great made up example of some of the “Quest” 23 Girl Scouts from Colorado handled and accomplished during our trip to Savannah. Oh and in case your wondering, 147,000 steps is the answer or 73.5 miles.
More than 28 states and two countries landed in Savannah for the second annual QuestFest and it was amazing! Our Girl Scouts interacted with so many troops, did swaps, played games, shared songs, but most importantly, supported each other. We toured the Birth Place and First Headquarters. We earned five of the council owns badges/pins and enjoyed the hospitality that Savannah offers. When we had a major glitch with our transportation, these girls embraced the local bus system like pros. When Google Maps decided Savannah was to hot to participate, girls whipped out their maps and navigated without using the mountains as a reference point!
We had adults who had never been Girl Scouts dive right in to traditions and ceremonies and help conduct one of the most stunning bridging ceremonies on a campus garden that was 125-years-old. I know for sure the Ambassador bridge to Adult will never forget that moment. The leaders efforts to make it G.I.R.L led made it one of the most successful travels I’ve been on.
It was amazing that our team placed THIRD out of the competition, but they gained so much more from Savannah. The opted to do a Take Action Project and with the proceeds they won from the competition, donate to the Oatlands Wildlife Sanctuary that was severely damaged from the hurricanes, and help fed the homeless population, who were insanely friendly to our girls and surprised the girls shared their food with them.
We had four troops represented in our travel troop from around our state. I can honestly say we didn’t know what to expect from Savannah, but Savannah didn’t expect so much from Colorado!! Our girls were praised for their generosity, energy, and teamwork. Four troops sold upwards of 27,000 packages of cookies to cover the entire cost in one year and at the airport when we got home I asked them where we were going next and with a fabulous Colorado cheer, I got “EUROPE!
I can’t wait for our next adventure with these amazing young ladies.
It’s Girl Scout Week! Calling all Girl Scouts, volunteers, alums, and supporters to help us celebrate by taking action! There are just three weeks remaining in the Georgia legislative session, and we need your help to urge the state legislature to name the Savannah River bridge for Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low.
Last fall, Girl Scouts launched a Movement-wide effort to name a bridge in Savannah after our legendary founder. At G.I.R.L. 2017, Girl Scouts from across the country signed a banner and petition in support of the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge. Georgia Girl Scouts wrote their legislators to ask for their support, and on February 6, more than 400 girls visited the state capitol to lobby their representatives in person.
Now we need your help!
As the state’s legislative session comes to a close, we must show the members of the Georgia General Assembly the strength of our Movement nationwide.
Take action today: Click here to tell Georgia lawmakers to support the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge.
Reach out to fellow Girl Scout supporters near and far in this campaign to name the Savannah bridge after Juliette Gordon Low. Please share our link, advocate.girlscouts.org, and ask others to take action. Thank you for your support.