Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is the Quest?
QuestFest is July 12-15, 2018, but the actual Quest itself will take place in two sections. The first will be on Friday, July 13 (full day) and Saturday, July 14 (half day).
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, 2018 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.
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 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.
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 last year’s inaugural event, the ideal grade levels for “competitive” participation 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” category.
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 10-15 people with a minimum of two adults and a maximum of five 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. If you want to compete for the prize money but your group does not meet the ratio requirements, we will be able to combine your group with another to meet the required team size after registration closes.
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, we can pair you with another group after registration closes so that you can still participate as a “competitive” team. 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-Competative” track.
Are there prizes?
Yes! On top of priceless memories, your team could walk away with cash and prizes. More details coming soon!
Can we review the Quests ahead of time?
Nope! Although our Quests are a secret, we encourage you to check out some examples for an idea of what you might be doing. See a few examples here.
What should I bring to QuestFest?
No worries – all Quests have been designed with your purse strings in mind! The necessary items will be easily accessible and included in our packing list. We’ll be sending this to you via email after registration closes on June 1, 2018. In the meantime, get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and double check that someone on your team has a smart phone (with data or wifi capabilities!) to download the QuestFest app.
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!
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 watching a movie at the Historic Lucas Theater, bridging across the iconic Talmadge Bridge, cruising down the Savannah River on a huge riverboat, enjoying traditional camp activities at Camp Low, catching a super fun Savannah Bananas baseball game 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, 2018.
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! This event is sponsored by Kelly Tours.
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. (TBA soon.) For safety reasons, this event add-on is only open to girls 10 years or older. Adults planning to walk with their girl(s) will need to pay as well.
What's happening at the final celebration?
We’re working to secure some pretty amazing talent for this year’s show, but we’re not ready to announce it just yet…
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 the beautiful Savannah Bridge. After all, you’ve come a long way!
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. This will be a great opportunity collect unique SWAPS from all over the country!
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 TBA shortly.
How do I register for QuestFest?
Beginning February 1, 2018, 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 2018. 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 2018 membership.
Can I travel with Daisies?
Please check with your local council as there are some varying restrictions on traveling with Daisies.
How do I register for Girl Scouts?
What are the prices?
Great news! Prices are the same as last year:
GSHG Girl Scouts:
$75 for Early Bird registration
$85 for regular registration
Out-of-Council Girl Scouts:
$85 for Early Bird registration
$100 for regular registration
Cost is per person and doesn’t include extra events.
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, 2018.
What is the refund policy?
Cancellations received in writing by June 1, 2018 will be refunded minus a processing fee. Processing fee TBD.
Are substitutions allowed?
Substitutions are allowed, but we regret that refunds will not be processed after June 1, 2018.
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 final celebration. Everything else will be an additional charge. Groups will need to plan for transportation, lodging, meals, merchandise and the optional events listed below:
Savannah Bananas Baseball Game (with dinner) – $15 per person
Bridging Ceremony – Price TBA
Movie Night – $11 per person
Savannah Riverboat Cruise – Price TBA
Twilight at Camp Low – Price TBA
Possible Ghost Tour – Price TBA
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 final celebration event.
Can I use Cookie Dough 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 2018 Cookie Dough to pay for registration, Bridging, the movie night, the riverboat cruise, etc.
When is Early Bird registration?
Early Bird registration is available through February 28, 2018. Prices go up on March 1, 2018.
When is the registration deadline?
Registration for QuestFest AND event add-on options ends on June 1, 2018.
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. The deadline to add that shirt to your order is the same as the event registration deadline – June 1, 2018.
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 First Headquarters and Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace?
Operating hours for Girl Scout First Headquarters and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace will be extended; however, the exact times have not yet been decided. Please check back.
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.