What are the event dates?

What are the event dates?

There are activities for various audiences from Tuesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 8.

·         Cultural Resources Conference (previously named the History Conference): October 3–4

·         National Council Session: October 4–6

·         Philanthropy Conference (council staff only): October 4–6

·         Hall of Experiences: October 6–7

·         Opening Ceremony: October 6

·         Breakout Sessions: October 6–8

·         Closing Ceremony: October 8

Can anyone attend?

Yes, G.I.R.L. 2017 was designed to bring together every go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader who cares about girls and their leadership potential. We welcome girls of all ages; parents; families; care-givers; influencers; and, of course, Girl Scouts.



When does registration open?

Registration is NOW open.

Do registrants register through their Girl Scout council?

Only elected delegates must register through their Girl Scout council representative. All other registrants may go directly through the registration portal.

How much does registration cost?

The registration fees are:

Registration Type Registration Rates
Delegate $425 by September 15, 2017
Registration Types Regular
  By 10/1 5AM EST
Adult & Alternate Delegate $375
Chaperone for Grades 6-12 $375
Girl (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass $315
Chaperone for Grades 2-5 $165
Girl (Grades 2-5) Weekend Pass $165
What is included in the registration price?

Please visit the registration page for more information.

Prices do not include hotel accommodations. Refer to the section below for housing.


Housing & Transportation

How do I reserve hotel rooms?

GSUSA has contracted with hotels in Columbus and negotiated rates and services.  By booking within the block of rooms reserved for Girl Scouts you help keep costs down for all participants. Reserve your room today! 

What are the hotel prices?

The room rates run from $131 to $232 per room per night, plus tax, which is currently 17 percent per night for local, sales, and occupancy taxes. We understand that everyone is looking for the best value, so we’ve reserved several suites that can easily accommodate between three and four people.

Is there a designated airline provider?

Delta is pleased to offer discount airfare for your event travel. Use meeting code NMPT6 to purchase tickets with the lower rate. Visit www.delta.com/meeting or call Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111.

How easy is it to get from the airport to downtown?

It’s super easy and inexpensive! For $2.75 each way, COTA AirConnect provides direct bus service between John Glenn International Airport and downtown hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Taxis, car service, and shuttle service are also options. The airport is approximately 7.5 miles and 15 minutes away from the Convention Center.

Are there arrangements for motor coaches and buses?

Please contact your local Girl Scout council to see if it is organizing a bus trip for local participants. We’ve made arrangements for reserved bus parking at most of the hotels. If your Girl Scout council is planning a bus trip, please have the council convention representative connect with us so we can match you with a hotel that can accommodate a bus. Other groups that plan on organizing a bus trip not in conjunction with their local Girl Scout council should contact us for arrangements.

Will I be able to explore Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding area?

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is conveniently located in downtown Columbus near many restaurants and shops. Check out what Columbus has to offer at www.experiencecolumbus.com. You can also partake in tours to attractions and destinations in and around the Columbus area. Watch for details on the G.I.R.L.2017 page.


Program & Learning

When will the agenda be determined for G.I.R.L. 2017?

Currently, we have an overview of the day-to-day activities. We will post a final detailed itinerary in the coming months, so stay tuned.

In addition to the Hall of Experiences, the opening ceremony will kick off G.I.R.L. 2017 on Friday, October 6 for all attendees. Beginning October 7, we will hold separate go-getter, innovator, and risk-taker themed plenary sessions followed by breakout sessions specific to those themes. 

Additionally, we will host a party for attendees 18 and older on October 7 and a corresponding one for girls in grades 6–12. To wrap up G.I.R.L. 2017, we will host a leader plenary session and our official closing ceremony on October 8.

Who can we expect to see at G.I.R.L. 2017?

All speakers, moderators, and performers are still being determined. Please feel free to check our G.I.R.L. 2017 website for the latest information on who will be join us.