FAQ

What are the event dates?

There are activities for various audiences from Tuesday, 10/3/17 – Sunday, 10/8/17
• Cultural Resources Conference (previously named the History Conference): Tuesday, 10/3/17- Wednesday, 10/4/17
• National Council Session: Wednesday, 10/4/17 – Friday, 10/6/17
• Philanthropy Conference: Wednesday, 10/4/17 – Friday, 10/6/17 – for Girl Scout Council staff only
• Hall of Experiences: Friday, 10/6/17 – Saturday, 10/7/17
• Opening Ceremony for G.I.R.L. 2017, G.I.R.L., breakout sessions, and Closing Ceremony for girls in grades 6-12 as well as adults 18 and over: Friday, 10/6/17 – Sunday, 10/8/17

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.  This event welcomes girls of all ages, parents, families, care-givers, influencers and of course, Girl Scouts.

 

Registration

When does registration open?

The registration portal is scheduled to open during the week of March 13, 2017.  

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:

$425           Delegates (Adults & Girls) 
$345       Adult Visitor 
$295 Girl Visitor (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass
$345 Adult Chaperones for girls 6-12 grade weekend pass
$150 Girl Visitor (Grades 2-5) Weekend Pass
$150 Adult Chaperones for girls grade 2-5 weekend pass
$10/$20 Hall of Experiences: Girl/Adult 1 day pass
What is included in the registration price?

Please visit the registration page for more information.

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

 

Housing & Transportation

How do I reserve hotel rooms?

The hotel portal micro-site will open at the same time as registration opens.  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.

What are the hotel prices?

The room rates run from $131 to $232 per room per night, plus tax, which is currently 17.00 percent per night for local, sales and occupancy taxes.  Understanding that everyone is looking for the best value, we have reserved many rooms that are suites and can easily accommodate 3 – 4 people.

Is there a designated airline provider?

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer airfares for your event travel. Refer to the Meeting Code (NMPT6) to purchase your tickets and your negotiated discount may be applied. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting or by calling our 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 to get from the airport to downtown. 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. There are also taxi-cabs, Uber and shuttle service.  The airport is approximately 7.5 miles and 15 minutes away.

Are there arrangements for motor coaches and buses?

Please contact your local Girl Scout council to see if they are organizing a bus trip for local participants.  Knowing that about half of the US population lives within a day’s drive of Columbus, we’ve made arrangements for reserved bus parking at most of the hotels.  If you know that your Girl Scout council is planning a bus trip, please have your council convention representative bring that to our attention and we can be sure you are matched with a hotel that can accommodate the bus.  Other groups planning on organizing a bus trip not in conjunction with their local Girl Scout council, should contact via email 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, Ohio near many restaurants and shops.  Check out what Columbus has to offer at www.experiencecolumbus.com.  In addition, tours to attractions and destinations in and around the Columbus area will be available.  Watch for details on the G.I.R.L.2017 webpage in February 2017.

 

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. A final detailed itinerary will be made available 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, 2017 for all attendees. Beginning on Saturday, October 7, 2017 there will be separate Go-Getter, Innovator, and Risk-Taker themed plenary sessions that are followed by breakout sessions specific to those areas. 

Additionally, we will host a fun and engaging adult party for attendees 18 and over that night and a corresponding one for girls in grades 6-12. To wrap up this exciting convening, we will host a Leader plenary session and our official closing ceremony on Sunday, October 7, 2017. 

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 joining us during the largest convening of women and girls ever.