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As the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, Savannah's an ideal trip spot for troops—especially since dozens of historical sites around town have created tours for Scouts that culminate with receiving a badge. For the ultimate getaway—and the right blend of education, fun, and togetherness—combine the options below for your troop.
Hop on a Tour
Experience Savannah with a city tour either by foot on a guided walking tour or on board a trolley. City tours will help your troop get better acquainted with Savannah’s history. Be sure to stop at the Massie Heritage Center, which has educational programs for all different grades that give you a glimpse of children’s lives in the early nineteenth century. Ask about its historic Savannah hike patch or the local council’s own “Discover Daisy’s Savannah” badge!
Grab a Quick Lunch
Savannah has several favorite restaurants that offer boxed lunches for your students to enjoy in one of 22 beautiful squares. Try the boxed lunches from Leopold’s Ice Cream, proudly serving Girl Scouts for over 96 years.
Visit the Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low
Tour the National Historic Landmark, located in downtown Savannah, where Daisy Low was born. Special interest workshops, pinning ceremonies and extended heritage experiences can be arranged through the venue.
Visit the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Located just minutes from downtown, your troop will learn about the roles of women during World War II through the “Doing Their Part” Girl Scout exhibition. Earn patches along the way, and see remaining artifacts from the brave soldiers.
Dine with Pirates
Since 1753, The Pirate’s House has welcomed visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirate’s House first opened as an inn for seafarers and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the seven seas.
Enlist in Old Fort Jackson’s Student Militia Civil War Training
Find out what it was like to be an American soldier in the early years of the United States. A drill sergeant will teach your students the basic maneuvers of the School of the Soldier, including marching and saluting. The training is completed with the students witnessing an exciting cannon firing demonstration.
Enjoy a Group Lunch and Tour at the Georgia State Railroad Museum
Step back more than 200 years to discover Savannah’s essential role in the American Revolution and the Industrial revolution. While eating a catered lunch inside the Blacksmith’s Shop, watch a live demonstration to see what workers designed in the early 1800s.
Savannah is an extremely walkable city, with 22 park-like squares arranged in a grid pattern, and shops and art galleries scattered throughout the city are perfect for finding souvenirs. Groups are able to split up and explore the city individually for a great free time activity!
Feast on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Savannah River while indulging in fresh fruit and delicious meat carvings. If dinner is not an option, ask about the Daisy Low Lunch Cruise just for Girl Scout troops!
Catch a Show at the Savannah Theatre
This downtown entertainment extravaganza brings you fantastic, two-hour, Broadway-style productions. Dating back to 1818, the Savannah Theater is an exciting way to spend an evening with a show that’s fun for all ages. Group rates are available for your students.
Learn About the Coast
Located just east of Savannah on a marsh island, Oatland Island Education Center features a two-mile “Native Animal Nature Trail” that winds through maritime forest, salt marsh and freshwater wetlands. More than 40 programs are available to students to study endangered species and organism classification.
Get Crackin’ at the Crab Shack
Troops will love this signature restaurant that boasts a live alligator exhibit and exotic bird sanctuary. They can share a large seafood platter loaded with shrimp, corn on the cob and crab legs and more.
Choose Your Activity
- Earn Your Badge at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center: From a beach walk to a coastal gallery tour, the troops have endless options to earn badges. One the most popular ways to earn badges is through the two-hour Coastal Georgia Badge Program.
- Take a Dolphin Tour: Several companies in the Savannah area offer dolphin and nature tours. Watch dolphins at play and egrets catching fish right alongside your boat.
- Experience a Walking Beach Ecology Tour: Tybee Beach Ecology Trips are offered year-round and can be for any size group that wishes to learn about the variety of marine life along the Georgia coast.
Dine with the Lady
Come celebrate the Girl Scouts at Paula Deen’s world famous restaurant, Lady and Son’s. The restaurant offers special inclusive Southern buffet prices for your scouts. Be assured your taste buds will come alive at the Lady’s restaurant.
Discover why Savannah has repeatedly been named “America’s Most Haunted City!” There are numerous options to choose from, including walking tours and trolley tours that will provide a great interactive evening event for your troop.