Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is the Quest?
QuestFest is July 16-19, 2020, but the actual Quest itself will take place in two sections. The first will be on Friday, July 17 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and the second will be on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
What puts the "Quest" in QuestFest?
The “Quest” in QuestFest stands for our main event– a two-day scavenger hunt through the Historic District of Savannah, GA! The twist? Teams are after experiences and not items. Using a smart phone, groups will choose challenges, submit photographic evidence and receive points via our QuestFest app. The challenges, which we’re calling Quests, are designed with Girl Scout values in mind, so while we’re having fun, we’ll be making the world a better place too!
Who can participate?
Anyone who is a registered Girl Scout by June 1, 2020 can participate in the Quest with the exception of girls younger than rising 1st graders. If you are not a currently registered Girl Scout but would like to participate in QuestFest, please register through your local council using this link.
ALUMS, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE TOO – we’re adding a participation track just for Girl Scout alums! If you’ve ever been a Girl Scout, even if just one or two years as a Brownie, YOU are a Girl Scout alum!
How can adults participate?
Several ways! As long as an adult is a currently registered Girl Scout, (s)he can participate on a team or as a QuestFest volunteer. To register as a Girl Scout, find your local council here. To register for QuestFest, visit our registration page. To learn more about volunteering, please check our volunteer page.
ALUMS, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE TOO – we’re adding a participation track just for Girl Scout alums! If you’ve ever been a Girl Scout, even if just one or two years as a Brownie, YOU are a Girl Scout alum! You can participate in the Quest itself on a non-competitive level and/or participate in more relaxed events throughout the Historic District throughout the weekend.
What age group is the Quest designed for?
QuestFest activities vary in range of difficulty, and we can guarantee that everyone from Brownies to adults will find and complete “Quests” that they will have a great time tackling. However, based on previous year’s events, the ideal grade levels for competitive teams are Girl Scout Juniors and above due to the problem solving skills and physical requirements needed to enjoy the entire weekend of activities. If your team consists of mostly younger girls or you simply wish to participate at a more laid-back pace, consider registering your team in the non-competitive track.
Do girls need to be supervised?
Yes! This is not a drop off event. Girls will be racing through the Historic District to fulfill as many Quests as possible, so they’ll need supervision for safety. Girl Scouts of any age should have a parent or leader with them at all times.
How do I build my team?
There are two different ways to build your team for QuestFest:
Competitive – In order to be eligible for prize money, teams must have between 8-15 people with a minimum of two adults and a maximum of four adults. We suggest getting a group together from your local council. Not only will this make for smoother planning but it will also keep your council from having to split prize money.
Non-Competitive – If your group does not meet the team size requirements for competition and you do NOT wish to split up and/or paired with another group, your team will still be able to participate for fun but will not be eligible for the prize money and will be considered a non-competitive team.
What if I don't have enough people to build a team?
If you want to participate for prize money and don’t have enough people in your group to make a full team, you can reach out to other Girl Scouts to see if they’d like to combine teams so that you can still participate as in the competitive track. If you don’t want to participate for prize money and you do not have enough people to make a full competitive team, then you can just remain as your original team and participate for fun in our non-competitive track.
Are there prizes?
Yes! On top of priceless memories, your team could walk away with cash. Non-GSHG teams that are competitive need to fill out a Council Authorization Form in order to receive prize money.
Do I need a Council Authorization Form?
Yes! If your team has signed up for the competitive track and aims to walk away with a cash prize, we’ll need a Council Authorization Form. These forms are due on June 1 and should be turned in to the email address listed on the top of the form. Note, if multiple councils will be competing on the same team, we’ll need two different forms. If the team is made up of all Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia members, don’t worry about turning in a Council Authorization Form. If for some reason your council is uncomfortable with the form, please have them email us at email@example.com. We’ll do our best to work with their needs.
Can we review the Quests ahead of time?
What should I bring to QuestFest?
No worries – all Quests have been designed with your purse strings in mind! The necessary items are easily accessible and included in the packing list you’ll receive closer to the event. Be sure to remember the basics too, like a portable phone changer, reusable water bottle, good pair of walking shoes, a smart phone with data or WiFi capabilities, sunscreen and bug spray!
Is lunch provided during the Quest?
No, lunch isn’t included with a QuestFest registration. You’ll need to plan for all meals on your own.
Who makes QuestFest possible?
QuestFest is the brainchild of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. As our primary fundraiser, we have enlisted the help of our partners. Check them out!
When will the QuestFest store be open?
There will be tons of fun merchandise available at our Girl Scout QuestFest store in the Savannah Civic Center, so don’t be caught with empty pockets! From plush Opal the Octopus dolls to QuestFest ball caps and other Girl Scout gear, she’ll be swimming in swag. If your girls are interested in souvenir shopping, please have them bring extra change for the Girl Scout Expo and shop.
Thursday – 2 PM to 7 PM
Friday – 7 AM to 6 PM
Saturday – 8 AM to 7 PM (small shop outside concert 5 to 7 PM)
What puts the "Fest" in QuestFest?
Girl Scout QuestFest is unlike any other Girl Scout event! Drawing troops from all over the country, QuestFest is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and enjoy old ones. When we’re not Questing, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy awesome add-on activities like bridging across the iconic Talmadge Bridge, going on a spooky ghost tour, enjoying traditional camp activities at Camp Low, or just soaking up our Girl Scout heritage at landmarks across the city! For a full schedule of events, please visit this page.
Can I purchase tickets after the deadline?
In order to be fully prepared and provide accurate information to all of our vendors in the time frame required, we will not be able to accept any additional registrations for after QuestFest registration closes on June 1, 2020.
What is the Girl Scout Expo?
The Girl Scout Expo is the kick-off to your Savannah experience! Just imagine the Savannah Civic Center transformed into a magical place full of local business, sponsors and vendors. It’s experiential so come prepared to get involved, collect swag, meet other contestants, exchange SWAPS, take pictures with our mascots (Kenzi and Opal) and much more. Plan to spend a least an hour here.
Can we bring SWAPS to QuestFest?
Of course! SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) are small tokens of friendship that girls exchange with other scouts while traveling, and while they are not necessary for QuestFest, they are highly encouraged. We’ll even have a SWAP booth at the Girl Scout Expo. This will be a great opportunity collect unique SWAPS from all over the country!
What is the Bridging?
Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s transition from one level (or year!) of Girl Scouting to another. Just imagine your girl beaming with accomplishment as she symbolically marches across the Talmadge Bridge with her Girl Scout sisters! What a moment!
Who can register for the Bridging?
We’re bringing back an old favorite by offering the unique opportunity to Bridge over the iconic Talmadge Bridge! This is an optional (but unforgettable!) event than will require an additional fee (includes patch!). safety reasons, this event add-on is only open to those 10 years or older. Adults and tagalongs planning to walk with their girl(s) will need to pay as well. Please note, this is a 1.5 mile walk uphill.
Why is the Bridging expensive?
Safety first! Because this is such a massive bridge with lots of traffic, we’re closing down one side of the Bridge and hiring additional security. Nevertheless, the event is well worth the price and includes a patch.
Do I have to be Bridging to participate?
No! Just celebrate yourself and your Girl Scout success in this symbolic 1.5 mile walk across Savannah’s most beautiful and iconic bridge. After all, you’ve come a long way!
Some of my girls aren't old enough to Bridge. Is there something else we can do during that time?
No, not this year. It’s something we’ll consider in the future though!
What is Twilight at Camp Low?
Twilight at Camp Low allows you to enjoy spending time in the great outdoors in Savannah at one of the most beloved Girl Scout camps. This add-on will be available multiple nights during QuestFest. Times and prices are located on our schedule.
Are the two night of Twilight Camp the same?
Yes! Both nights of Twilight Camp are the same, but we don’t see anything wrong with two nights of campfires and sisterhood if that’s what your group wants to do.
Is there transportation to and from Twilight Camp?
Twilight Camp takes place at Girl Scout Camp Low on Rose Dhu Island and is hosted by the local Adopt-A-Camp Team. The island is about 40 minutes outside of downtown, and transportation isn’t provided. Please be sure to have a solid plan to get to and from camp as Uber isn’t always reliable for long trips.
More info about the Coastal Discover Tours.
This special Girl Scout cruise from Bull River Cruises will take you through creeks and marshlands to discover the wonders of the Georgia coast. Narration will include the history and ecology of various parts of the Coastal Georgia ecosystem. Tour will feature sightings of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (98% success rate), a variety of bird sightings, and other coastal wildlife. We’ll haul a trawl net through the water to see what type of exotic species we can find. (Usual examples include shrimp, squid, jellyfish, puffer fish, blue crabs, stone crabs and more!) We’ll even discuss some amazing women from Coastal Georgia and their contributions to the area and beyond.
Cost is $20 per person.
What's happening at the Awards/Concert Finale?
We’re working to secure some pretty amazing talent for this year’s show, but we’re not ready to announce it just yet! Plan on an awards ceremony, an opening act and a super fun concert.
We're just Questing for fun! Should we stay for the Awards/Concert Finale?
Yes, you won’t want to miss this blowout ending to an epic weekend! We are doing the awards ceremony during this time, but that’s only a small part of the fun. More information will be released closer to the event.
Can non-registered people attend the Awards/Concert Finale?
Yes, general admission tickets are available through our registration system for $20. To purchase “tagalong” tickets (for the concert or another add-on event), login to your account and then follow the instructions to register a “Non-Quester”. This will allow you to purchase tickets without paying for a QuestFest registration. Please note, Non-Questers will not be allow to participate in the Quest.
Concert tickets will also be available through the Savannah Civic Center once the performer is announced.
How do I register for QuestFest?
Beginning February 1, 2020, all registered Girl Scouts will be able to register for QuestFest online here. Early bird discounts are available for everyone who registers in the month of February. We are unable to accept registrations in-person or by phone.
Who can register?
Girl Scout QuestFest is open to all registered Girl Scouts (adults included!) with the exception of Daisies entering Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten in Fall 2020. If you’re not a currently registered Girl Scout but would like to participate in Girl Scout QuestFest, please find your local council and purchase a 2020 membership.
How do I register for Girl Scouts?
Can I travel with Daisies?
Please check with your local council as there are some varying restrictions on traveling with Daisies.
What are the prices?
Great news! Prices for QuestFest are the same as last year:
Georgia Girl Scouts:
$75 for Early Bird registration
$85 for regular registration
Non-Georgia Girl Scouts:
$85 for Early Bird registration
$100 for regular registration
*$50 per person deposit required
Cost is per person and doesn’t include extra events. Add-on prices are listed on our schedule.
When are payments due?
Upon registration, you are required to pay a $50 deposit. This will reserve your spot in the Quest. The rest of the payment is due by June 1, 2020.
What is the refund policy?
Upon registration, a $50 deposit per participant is required. The remainder of your payment is due by June 1, 2020. Substitutions are allowed. Cancellations received in writing by: February 1-March 31st will receive a 50% refund per person. April 1 – May 31st will receive a 25% refund per person. Cancellations received after the registration deadline on June 1st will not be eligible for any refund.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The safety and welfare of Girl Scouts and their families are our top priority. Should it become necessary for us to cancel QuestFest, we will refund 100% of the payments received.
Are substitutions allowed?
Yes, substitutions are allowed.
What are the extra costs?
QuestFest registration includes an event patch, swag from our sponsors, entrance to the Girl Scout Expo, participation in the Quest and admission to the Awards/Concert Finale. Everything else will be an additional charge. Groups will need to plan for transportation, lodging, meals, merchandise and the optional events. Prices for add-on events are listed on our schedule.
What does registration include?
Your QuestFest registration fee includes a QuestFest patch, swag from our sponsors, participation in the Quest, admission into the Girl Scout Expo and a ticket to the Awards/Concert Finale event.
Can I use Cookie Points to pay for QuestFest?
Yes, but only if you’re a member of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. Once you’ve paid your $50 deposit, GSHG members can use their 2019 Cookie Points to pay for the remainder of their registration. Unfortunately, Cookie Points can’t be used for add-on events.
When is Early Bird registration?
Early Bird registration is available through February 29, 2020. Prices go up on March 1, 2020.
When is the registration deadline?
Registration for QuestFest AND event add-on options ends on June 1, 2019.
Do I need to pre-order the t-shirt?
There will be t-shirts (and other awesome merch!) available at the event. However, the official t-shirt with the date and logo will only be available through pre-order on the registration site. The deadline to add that shirt to your order is the same as the event registration deadline – June 1, 2020.
Savannah, GA has a rich Girl Scout history! Aside from a weekend of fun, this event gives scouts the opportunity to visit significant Girl Scout landmarks like Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace, Girl Scout First Headquarters and more.
Is the Historic District safe?
Yes, the Historic District is safe! Even still, we are working closely with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department to ensure the safety of all participants.
What are the hours for the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace?
Operating hours the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace will be extended; however, the exact times have not yet been decided. Please check back.
What are the hours for Girl Scout First Headquarters?
Girl Scout QuestFest is FHQ’s favorite time of year! To celebrate, we’re extending our hours to accommodate more girls. Our hours for QuestFest 2020 are as follows:
Thursday, July 16 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, July 17 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 18 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where should we stay in Savannah?
Check out our accommodations page for information about places to stay in the Savannah area and hotels offering discounts during the weekend of QuestFest.
How do we get to Savannah?
We get it— travel, lodging and food are huge expenses when embarking on a trip like this! But savvy planners already know that there’s more than one way to do something. Instead of flying or driving, consider coming to Savannah via Amtrack or Greyhound Bus. You’ll save money and make memories! For all transportation ideas, visit our transportation page.
Can I stay at Girl Scout Camp Low?
Yes! We have limited tent and cabin spaces avialble at Girl Scout Camp Low, and you’re able to book this through the QuestFest registration system. Please note, Camp Low is located about 40 minutes outside of downtown Savannah. Transportation will not be avialble and is ultimately the responsibility of the campers.
-Cabin bed (about 5 beds per cabin): $16 per person per night. Includes a hot breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
-Tent space: $14 per person per night
-Add a night of swimming for $2 per person