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When is FHQ open and closed?

FHQ is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday-Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.

During the summer months (June, July, and August), FHQ is also open on Wednesdays.

FHQ is closed on Sundays and on the following holidays in 2020:
     St. Patrick's Day | March 17
     Memorial Day | May 25
     Independence Day | July 4
     Labor Day | September 7
     GSHG Inventory | September 28-30
     Rock & Roll Marathon | November 7
     Thanksgiving | November 26-28
     Winter Holidays | December 24-January 3

Please follow us on Facebook for additional closings or updated holiday hours.
 

What programming does FHQ offer?

We offer self-guided tours, docent guided tours and girl programs. The docent guided tour is included with every girl program except for "Moving Forward".

Please visit Daily Programs to learn more. 

Because of our small program space and staff, we offer a set schedule of programming, based on our past experience of programs girls want to do.

Day of the Week 10 AM Program 2 PM Program 5 PM Program (June, July, August only)
Monday Early Years Moving Forward Early Years
Tuesday Geocaching Early Years Geocaching
Wednesday (June, July, August only) Black History Archives Early Years
Thursday Geocaching Early Years Geocaching
Friday Early Years Geocaching Early Years
Saturday Geocaching Early Years Early Years
Sunday      
Which programs do you recommend for each grade level?

The Early Years and Black History programs are suitable for all grade levels. Moving Forward, Geocaching, and Preserving Girl Scout History are recommended for Girl Scout Juniors and above.

Do we need to make a reservation?

Reservations are required for all programs at Girl Scout First Headquarters. Reservations are not required for guided tours, but ARE recommended. Self-guided tours are available most times FHQ is open without a reservation, subject to program schedules.

What size groups can we bring?

Groups of all sizes (individuals, families, troops and larger groups) are welcome to book a tour or program at First Headquarters. However, the minimum size for a group reservation is 7 people, including at least one adult. Check the individual programs for maximum number of participants, as this varies by program. Number of adults in your group may not exceed the number of girls. Please follow Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines regarding girl/adult ratios. 

Groups of over 45 participants should email our registrar for available options. With some allowances, such as more time for your program, First Headquarters can accommodate very large groups.

What Council's Own programs does FHQ offer?

First Headquarters offers two Council’s Own patch programs; The Early Years and Moving Forward. Additionally, First Headquarters offers programming based on our Savannah Safari, Preserving Girl Scout History (i.e. the Archives), Black History and Geocaching Council’s Own Try-Its / Badges / IPPs.

Are you the same as or associated with Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace?

No. The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a house museum and national Girl Scout program center owned and operated by the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. This facility, dedicated to interpreting the life and times of Juliette Gordon Low and her family, is located on Oglethorpe Avenue. They may be contacted at (912)-233-4501 or by visiting their website. Girl Scout First Headquarters is a Girl Scout museum and program center owned and operated by the local Girl Scout Council; the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. First Headquarters, in which the exhibits tell the story of the history of Girl Scouting, was left to the girls of the local council by Juliette Low herself and is now open to the public as a Girl Scout museum and program center.

Can you recommend attractions/hotels/restaurants in Savannah?

There are many sites in Savannah which are associated with the life of Juliette Gordon Low and the history of Girl Scouting - including Christ Church, Laurel Grove Cemetery, and the Andrew Low House. Check out our QuestFest website for more locations. 

The following restaurants, listed in no particular order, are within a 2 block radius of First Headquarters; Clary’s Café, Gryphon Tea Room, J. Christopher’s, Mellow Mushroom, Soho South Café, Firefly Café, Six Pence Pub, The Public and Parker's Market. The aforementioned restaurants are not officially endorsed by Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, but are simply listed due to proximity to First Headquarters.

Please take a look at our Program & Resource Guide. This publication is full of information on businesses from hotels to restaurants and area attractions that welcome and support Girl Scouts.

More information, maps, and friendly people who love to support Girl Scouts can be found at Visit Savannah.

Can we stay at a camp during our visit to Savannah?

Girl Scouts from other councils are welcomed at Girl Scout Camp Low on Rose Dhu Island, which is about 40 minutes from downtown Savannah. Camp Low offers rustic camping, platform tent camping, cabin unit camping and a small 2 bedroom house. To find out more about camp or to check availability and rates, please use our online camp reservation system.

What about the weather?

Savannah is beautiful... but humid, and often very, VERY hot AND temperamental. “Scoff,” you say. “I’m from _____ (fill in the blank with another rather warm and/or humid locale), we can handle this!” However, because of Savannah’s unique location and our miles and miles of salt marshes, the humidity levels and “pop-up” storms almost have to be experienced to be believed. Savannah’s weather is like its charm; very slow and low-key, so that you don’t even realize what’s happening until it’s almost too late. Because of this, FHQ reserves the right to alter any reservations due to inclement weather including, but not limited to: heat index, rain/storms, and other weather watches or warnings. In general, we encourage you to select indoor or water-based activities (near shelter) during the summer afternoons. Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! “But I just had a bottle of water!” Good! Have another! Trust us!

What are the hours during Girl Scout QuestFest?

Girl Scout QuestFest is our favorite time of year! To celebrate, we normally extend our hours to accommodate more girls. Check out the website for more information!


 

Payments and Refunds

Half your payment is due with your reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to your visit. Reservations not paid in full 30 days prior to reserved program date will be cancelled.

A full refund (minus system processing fees) will be issued if the refund is requested at least 60 days prior to the reserved program date. A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations requested OR cancellations made by GSHG 30-60 prior to the reserved program date. No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 30 days ahead of the reserved program date.