Our Second Annual Girl Scout QuestFest took place on July 12-15 in Savannah, GA. Even bigger and better than last year, the event gathered over 1,200 people from 28 states. Read on for a day-by-day recap, videos, photos and media coverage. Be sure to save the date for next year’s event on July 18-21, 2019!
Thursday, July 12
On Thursday afternoon, we kicked off the weekend with check-in, shopping and a massive Expo of vendors, sponsors, non-profit organizations and more. Highlights included ukulele lessons from Tybee Surf Lessons, autographs of performers Kristina Lachaga and Mackenzie Carey, sugar art at Dixie Crystals’ booth, a dance party led by our QuestFest Girl Committee and puppies from Savannah Puppy Raisers and Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Our Thursday night add-on event options included a dinner cruise on the Georgia Queen with Savannah Riverboat Cruises, Twilight Camp at Girl Scout Camp Low and a showing of Beauty and the Beast (2017) at the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts, which included a special celebration with an alum chapter and collegiate chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority as well as a showing of Girl Scouts’ Golden Eaglet.
Friday, July 13
Friday kicked off with an Opening Pep Rally. After Troop 30593 from Savannah performed the flag ceremony and the Girl Scout Citrus Singers sang the National Anthem, CEO Sue Else and Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach gave brief welcoming remarks. Tyler Gray, the Director of Fun for the Savannah Bananas, acted as our Master of Ceremony (MC). He introduced our Awards Ceremony & G.I.R.L. Showcase Concert headliner Kristina Lachaga as well as Annie Jorgensen, who was recently crowned Miss Georgia and carries a platform related to Girl Scouts.
Ready, set, Quest! The main event began with our Girl Committee firing confetti cannons over the 1, 200 person crowd. Most teams opted to stay in the Civic Center and strategize before heading outside to find experiences, tackle odd situation, do good deeds and give back to the Savannah community. Highlights included a robot building challenge hosted by Junior League of Savannah and a water balloon fight in Emmett Square that featured 3,000+ water balloons.
See the play-by-play of our water balloon fight!
Friday night events included a Savannah Bananas game, a Friday the 13th ghost tour with Old Town Trolley and another night of Twilight Camp at Girl Scout Camp Low.
Saturday, July 14
Wow—Saturday was full of fun! We started our day early with a special Bridging Ceremony over the Talmadge Bridge. The ceremony was planned and led by our Girl Committee, and State Senator Lester Jackson and Representative Ron Stephens were in attendance to make an exciting announcement. See the video!
After the bridging, it was time to finish Questing. Teams searched across the Savannah Historic District for Quests like the Golden Eaglet Quest: First Aid, the massive egg hunt, a limbo adventure and more. Questing ended early on Saturday afternoon so that groups could explore Girl Scout First Headquarters and other Savannah attractions.
Take a look at some Quests in Forsyth Park!
Saturday night was our highly anticipated Awards Ceremony & G.I.R.L. Showcase Concert. Girls had a blast dancing down by the stage before and during the concert. Two members ofGirl Committee, Summer and Sara, hosted alongside CEO Sue Else. Not only were the winners announced but it featured headliner Kristina Lachaga and openers Mackenzie Carey and Girl Scout Citrus Singers. All of our performers are Girl Scouts, Girl Scout alums or even Girl Scout Troop Leaders.
Kristina Lachaga’s intro video, RSVP music video and concert snippet.
Mackenzie Carey’s intro video, concert snippet and post-event video.
Girl Scout Citrus Singer’s Savannah music video and concert snippet.
Sunday, July 15
Last but not least, Sunday closed out the event with optional church services and the add-on option of a Coastal Discovery tour.
Overall, we had an amazing time at our Second Annual Girl Scout QuestFest, and we hope you’ll join us in Savannah for next year’s event on July 19-21, 2019. Not only did our event bring Girl Scouts from across the country together for a weekend of fun and teamwork, but it benifited the Savannah community. In addition to serval local donations from troops, our participants donated 1,800 books to the United Way of the Coastal Empire - Liberty County,1,200 packs (30 boxes) of school supplies to the Savannah Police Department and nearly 1,000 canned and jarred protein items to Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. We look foward to growing our impact in the future!
We want to extend a BIG thank you to all of the sponosrs, vendors, volunteers, staff and parents that made this event possible. To see our list of sponosrs visit our partners page. This event wouldn't have been possible without giving organizations like Publix Supermarket Charities, Gulf Stream, St. Joseph's Candler, EF Tours for Girl Scouts, Old Savannah Tours, Visit Savannah, City of Savannah, Great Dane, Dixie Crystals and more. Special thanks to Sylvan Learning of Savannah and The Giving Network for creating our recap video.
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