We are troop 12539 and we wanted to share our exciting trip to Savannah with you! We are now 6th grade Cadettes, but we began planning this trip early in 5th grade, as Juniors. We wrote to the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace and they sent us a book called “Birthplace Bound” that gave us a lot of information about planning our visit. We then broke into patrols and each group researched a different part of the trip, either restaurants, activities, hotels, or tour companies.
Once we gathered the information we voted on which activities we wanted to do while we were in Savannah in addition to the Birthplace tour. We chose a dolphin cruise, a walking ghost tour, a trolley tour, a candy kitchen tour, and two famous restaurants – The Pirate’s House and The Lady and Sons.
We also decided to let a tour company make all our arrangements because this was less expensive than booking everything ourselves.
Remember – you will need to make a Birthplace tour reservation many months in advance, especially if you want to visit during a holiday or over the summer. We chose Columbus Day weekend in October 2016 and made our reservation the April before.
We also decided what activities we wanted to do at the Birthplace. There are several workshops to choose from that are included in the tour package for Girl Scouts. Our troop voted on “Welcome to My Parlor,” which gave us an idea of what it was like to be a Girl Scout in the early 1900’s. We also held a pinning ceremony in the courtyard of the Birthplace and spent some time in the gift shop. The Birthplace visit, activity, and tour took about 3 hours.
We were very excited to see the Birthplace, which has become a Girl Scout Museum. We learned a lot about “Daisy” that we didn’t know, and also got to see many of the items we had learned about in Girl Scouts, like the iron gates she designed and forged herself! And many of her paintings and sculptures are on display, as well as her books. The museum has created a new interactive room just for Girl Scouts with a lot of information and a scavenger hunt.
On our trolley tour we met Forest Gump, stopped at the cemetery to visit Juliette Gordon Lowe’s grave, and did some shopping along factor’s walk.
We really enjoyed the dolphin tour and watching them play in Savannah harbor. And what can we say about the Candy Kitchen tour!
They had every possible flavor of taffy and kind of candy you can imagine.
Even candy crickets!
We met a pirate at the Pirate’s House.
And had spooky fun on the ghost tour.
And the hotel was really nice, too. We slept 5 in a room and a hot breakfast was included. We did a lot and learned a lot over those three days. We would recommend this trip to every Girl Scout! But check the weather, Savannah is really steamy in the summer.
Peace Out Girl Scouts!