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Girl Scouts Take Over Savannah for Inaugural QuestFest

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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia welcomed more than 1,000 people to Savannah, Georgia on July 13-16, 2017 to compete in the first ever Girl Scout QuestFest. Teams, which were made up of girls and leaders from 22 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, raced through Savannah’s Historic District to solve clues, complete challenges, carry out random acts of kindness and give back to the community. When participants weren’t Questing, they were enjoying several other events throughout the area.

Expo on Thursday, July 13:
Our weekend kicked off with an awesome Expo at the Savannah Civic Center. Vendors and local sponsors came out to help our girls fill their EF Tours Backpacks with lots of swag. Highlights included our QuestFest photo booth, our SWAP table, ice cream from Leopold’s and treats from River Street Sweets. This event was sponsored by Dixie Crystals.

Twilight at Camp Low on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14:
Girl Scout Camp Low was packed during QuestFest! In addition to the people that opted to camp on property, we packed hundreds of people on our beautiful island for two nights of swimming, s’mores and bonding.

Kick Off Ceremony on Friday, July 14:
We kicked off Questing with a ceremony that included a roll call by state (and country!) and a speech from Eddie DeLoach, Savannah’s Mayor. Participants were then able to log into our app and strategize with their teams.

Questing on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15:
There were Girl Scouts everywhere! We took over Savannah’s Historic District trying to complete various Quests. Favorites included creating popcorn flavors at Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn, taking a step back in time at Massie Heritage Center and participating in a HUGE water balloon fight in Emmet Park.

Movie Night at Lucas Theatre on Friday, July 14:
The girls loved watching Trolls! They grabbed their QuestFest swag at our pop up shop, bought their concessions and sang along with the movie.

Riverboat Cruise on Friday, July 14:
Adults and girls danced the night away on the Georgia Queen. Our two hour dinner cruise included an indoor DJ and dance floor, an outdoor DJ and dance floor and plenty of beautiful views!

Bridging at Talmadge Bridge on Saturday, July 15:
On Saturday morning, we held a special ceremony and then symbolically walked one way over the iconic Talmadge. Kelly Tours sponsored this event and provided transportation.

Celebration Concert on Saturday, July 15:
After a speech from Leigh Gordon Ashman, a direct descendant of Juliette Gordon Low, the winners were announced. In first place, we had Busy Bees from Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines. In second place, we had Galaxy Girls from Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. In third, we had Way Finders from Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (Augusta, GA). After announcing the winners, Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Chorus opened for our headliners by performing several songs including Girl Scout’s Watch Me Shine, and then Maddie & Tae performed and even sign autographs for the crowd. After the concert, the winners were given tickets to a private meet and greet with the duo.

Sound like fun? Save the date for next year’s event on July 12-15, 2018! Details to come.

QuetFest was made possible by our sponsors! GSHG would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor, Publix Super Markets Charities, as well as Geek Girl & Co. for creating our exclusive app, Dixie Crystals for powering our Expo and Kelly Tours for sponsoring our Bridging. Additionally, we’d like to thank the City of Savannah for offering us a warm welcome, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department for keeping us safe, Hostess City Celebrations for helping us organize the event and our selfless volunteers and dedicated staff for going above and beyond!

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