Events

Talk about an epic adventure!

Prepare yourself for fun, friendship, and amazing experiences at G.I.R.L. 2017, the largest girl-led event for girls and women in history!

We’ll kick things off October 3, 2017 with events designed especially for Girl Scout leaders and delegates. From the Cultural Resources Conference to the 54th National Council Session to plenty of entertainment and camaraderie, it’s a terrific warmup to a weekend of sisterhood.

On Friday, October 6, G.I.R.L. 2017 shifts into high gear with the opening of the awesome Hall of Experiences featuring a lively Town Square, seven special-interest “neighborhoods,” six “campfire” sites, and lots more!

Beginning Saturday, October 7, participants can attend separate go-getter, innovator, and risk-taker plenary sessions followed by enlightening breakout gatherings. Later, there’s a party for attendees ages 18 and over, and another event especially for girls in grades 6–12. It’s going to be amazing!

To wrap up this exciting event, we’ll host a leader-themed plenary session and our official closing ceremony on Sunday, October 8.

Check out the day-by-day schedule below. Then make your plans to join us in Columbus! See you there!


Event Schedule

Tuesday, October 3rd
7:00 AM 10:00 AM Board Chair/CEO Retreat Registration Open
12:00 PM 4:30 PM 2017 Board Chair/CEO Retreat  Private Event 
A Movement-wide gathering of board chairs and CEOs to align and advance our strategy.
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Cultural Resources Conference 
Interested in emphasizing your council's collections, properties, stories, or other resources for today’s girls? Then the Cultural Resources Conference is the place for you! Learn more and register here
1:00 PM 6:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
5:30 PM 8:00 PM Cultural Resources Dinner
Join the Cultural Resources Conference participants for a reception, dinner, and keynote at the Ohio History Center, headquarters of the Ohio History Connection and a museum showcasing Ohio's history from the ice age to today. 
6:00 PM 7:30 PM Board Chair/CEO Reception  Private Event 
Wednesday, October 4th
7:00 AM 10:00 AM Board Chair/CEO Retreat Registration Open
8:30 AM 3:30 PM Cultural Resources Conference  
Interested in emphasizing your council's collections, properties, stories, or other resources for today’s girls? Then the Cultural Resources Conference is the place for you! Learn more and register here
8:00 AM 3:00 PM 2017 Board Chair/CEO Retreat  Private Event 
A Movement-wide gathering of board chairs and CEOs to align and advance our strategy.
9:00 AM 7:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM 12:30 PM World Foundation Board of Directors Meeting  Private Event
12:30 PM 3:00 PM World Foundation Board of Directors and Friends Committees Leadership Team Luncheon  Private Event
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Delegate Reception  Delegates Only
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Philanthropy Conference Reception  Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
7:30 PM 9:30 PM 54th National Council Session Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 5th
7:00 AM 6:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Delegate Breakfast  Delegates Only
7:00 AM 4:30 PM Philanthropy Conference  Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
8:30 AM 1:00 PM 54th National Council Session 
Girl Scouts' governing body will discuss and vote on the business of the Girl Scout Movement.
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Delegate Lunch  Delegates only
2:00 PM 5:00 PM 54th National Council Session 
Girl Scouts' governing body will discuss and vote on the business of the Girl Scout Movement.
5:00 PM 6:30 PM Juliette Gordon Low (JGL) Society Reception  Private Event
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Hall of Experience Preview Party  Private Event
7:30 PM 9:30 PM Olave Baden-Powell Society & International Commissioner Dessert Reception  Private Event 
7:45 PM 10:30 PM Singing After Dark 
Come raise your voice in song! And if have a guitar, bring that too! Singing After Dark is back by popular request, featuring an evening of musical favorites and special guest Melinda Caroll. This series is hosted by Frances Strickland, former first lady of Ohio and a “woman of song” in her own right.  
Friday, October 6th
6:45 AM 8:15 AM World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. Breakfast for Friends  WF Board, Friends Committees, Paying Guests
7:00 AM 8:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Delegate Breakfast  Delegates only
9:00 AM 12:00 PM 54th National Council Session Closing Celebration 
Installation of the National Board of Directors and National Board Development Committee; National Young Women of Distinction pinning ceremony.
7:00 AM 12:00 PM Philanthropy Conference Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
10:00 AM 5:00 PM Hall of Experiences 
We’ve converted our show floor into a vibrant small city! Visit our seven neighborhoods and the exhibitors and sponsors who have invested in our “communities”. You'll also want to check out the Town Square main stage and six "campfire sites" for daily performances and interactive programs. And don't miss the GSM Superstore: 4,000 square feet of shopping joy, including flash sales! Plus, drop by our SWAPS area to make (and trade) one of these time-honored Girl Scout treasures; participate in a real-time service project and help pack meals that will be sent to international areas in need of food; and bring your lunch to our Town Park where you can relax and absorb the joyful ambience of the hall.
1:30 PM 2:00 PM Muslim Prayer Service
5:00 PM 7:30 PM Young Alumnae Event
5:30 PM 7:30 PM Shabbat Service/Dinner  Pre-Registration Required 
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Sponsor Reception  Private Event
7:30 PM 9:30 PM G.I.R.L. Opening Celebration  Weekend Pass Required
9:30 PM 11:45 PM Singing After Dark
We own the night! Join us for another evening of song with special guest Melinda Carroll and others. Plus, we'll invite our audience to join us on stage to share a favorite song or two!  
Saturday, October 7th
7:00 AM 7:30 AM Jewish Service 
7:00 AM 5:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM 8:30 AM G.I.R.L. Breakfast (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass Required
9:00 AM 5:00 PM Hall of Experiences
We’ve converted our show floor into a small but vibrant city! Visit our seven neighborhoods and the exhibitors and sponsors who have invested in our “communities." You'll also want to check out the Town Square main stage and six "campfire sites" for daily performances and interactive programs. And don't miss the GSM Superstore: 4,000 square feet of shopping joy, including flash sales! Plus, drop by our SWAPS area to make (and trade) one of these time-honored Girl Scout treasures, participate in a real-time service project and help pack meals that will be sent to international areas in need of food, and bring your lunch to our Town Park where you can relax and absorb the joyful ambience of the hall.
8:30 AM 5:30 PM G.I.R.L. Program: Breakout Sessions and Hands-On Workshops Throughout the Conference Center (Grades 6-12/Adults) Weekend Pass Required
12:30 PM 2:00 PM G.I.R.L. Lunch (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass Required
5:00 PM 9:00 AM next day Camp-In Sleepover (Grades 2-5) Weekend Pass Required
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Girl Scout Catholic Mass
6:00 PM 10:00 PM Celebration Party (Grades 6-12/Adults) Weekend Pass Required
9:00 PM 11:30 PM Singing After Dark 
Frances and the music team invite you to our last late-night song sharing and fun. All ages and voices are welcome. Expect more special guests! 
Sunday, October 8th
7:30 AM 8:30 AM G.I.R.L. Breakfast (Grades 6-12)  Weekend Pass Required
8:00 AM 9:00 AM InterFaith Service 
Girl Scouts and adult volunteers representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other faith traditions will share their faith journeys through their Girl Scout experiences.
9:00 AM 12:00 PM G.I.R.L. Closing Celebration and Leadership Plenary (GIRLS OF ALL AGES/ADULTS)  Weekend Pass Required