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G.I.R.L. Conference Bus Trip

GSEP is excited to travel to the GSUSA National Conference and G.I.R.L. 2017 convention in Columbus, Ohio, from October 6-8, 2017. There are opportunities open for all girls. to get involved and participate in G.I.R.L. 2017.

What is G.I.R.L?

G.I.R.L. 2017 is the largest girl-led event in the world.  And it’s the largest gathering of girls and influential leaders who will offer girls tools to enrich their lives for a lifetime of leadership.  Girl Scouts is taking the lead by convening G.I.R.L. 2017 – working with high school girls across the nation to plan the multi day event for other girls and all those who care about girls.  Plenary sessions in a talk-show format will introduce G.I.R.L. Talk (modeled on the popular idea-spreading TED Talks) and breakout sessions will provide incredible opportunities for girls to build strength, navigate obstacles, and find the courage to face and overcome challenges.  Going on simultaneously, the largest girl-focused expo, with hands-on activities from 400 exhibitors, will include “expo neighborhoods” focused on STEM education, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, life skills, global interests, and travel.  Plus, a huge service project will leave the host community a better place.

Register Now

To learn more about the options, and sign up, click here! Registration closes June 1!

What is GSEP doing?

GSEP will be following the GSUSA travel progression recommendations.  The travel progression recommendations given by GSUSA are as follows:

  • Daisies – up to one and a half-hour drive.  G.I.R.L. 2017 is only offering a day pass option for Daisies and for this reason; GSEP will not be offering a travel option for Daisies.  However, if a Daisy would like to travel to G.I.R.L. 2017 with her family, they may register directly through the G.I.R.L. 2017 convention website.
  •  Brownies – up to three-hour drive. G.I.R.L. 2017 is offering a Younger Girl Weekend option.  GSEP will not be offering transportation due to the travel guideline, however is offering a meet-up option for Brownies upon arriving in Ohio.  This will include the G.I.R.L. 2017 younger girl weekend option (Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday included), two-nights shared hotel room (Saturday night will be spent at a local museum), one GSEP group dinner, patch, and t-shirt.
  • Juniors – up to six-hour drive.  G.I.R.L. 2017 is offering a Younger Girl Weekend option.  GSEP will not be offering transportation due to the travel guideline, however is offering a meet-up option for Juniors upon arriving in Ohio.  This will include the G.I.R.L. 2017 younger girl weekend option (Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday included), two-nights shared hotel room (Saturday night will be spent at a local museum), one GSEP group dinner, patch, and t-shirt.
  •  Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors – any distance. The GSEP Older Girl Option to G.I.R.L. 2017 will include bussing from a Service Center within GSEP to the hotel in Columbus, Ohio, three-nights shared hotel room, one group dinner, a t-shirt, a patch, and event registration- which includes access to the sessions and expo, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and Sunday Breakfast.
Who can attend with GSEP?

Please see above travel recommendations.  Brownies and Juniors can attend, providing own transportation and meet-up with the rest of GSEP.  Girls grades 6th-12th and their Safety Activity Checkpoint ratio adults can enjoy the GSEP bus trip.

What does the younger girl option include?

The GSEP Younger Girl Option to G.I.R.L. will include two-nights shared hotel room (Saturday night will be spent at a local museum), one GSEP group dinner, patch, t-shirt, and event registration – which includes the G.I.R.L. 2017 younger girl weekend option with a sleepover at a local museum, dinner Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.

What does the older girl option include?

The GSEP Older Girl Option to G.I.R.L. 2017 will include bussing from a Service Center within GSEP to the hotel in Columbus, Ohio, three-nights shared hotel room, one group dinner, a t-shirt, a patch, and event registration- which includes access to the sessions and expo, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

How much does it cost?

Older Girl Option is $800 per girl, and $905 per adult.  Younger Girl Option is $225 per person, plus $807 per room.  Click here to check out what the amenities are for different age levels.

Additional Information

How Does the Housing Work for the GSEP Older Girl Option?

There will be four girls assigned to each girl room and two adults to each adult room.  Each person is able to pick ONE buddy to be housed with.  Groups of three will not be accommodated and one of the three will be randomly selected to be housed in a different room.  Each room will have two double beds, so girls will be sharing a bed with one other girl.

Can I Put a Deposit Down?

Yes, 50% deposit will be due at time of registration; the remaining balance will be due by August 15th, 2017.

What is the Registration Deadline?

June 1

Is There a Minimum that Needs to Be Met?

Due to busing costs, there will be a minimum that needs to be met of 30 girls.

If the Bus Reaches Capacity, will a Second Bus be Made Available?

The answer depends on the number of additional participants wanting to sign up.  Options may include a second bus, or if over one bus but far enough below a second, we would consider renting vans for the additional participants.

What Will the Patch Look Like?

Each participant will receive the official GSUSA G.I.R.L. 2017 patch.

What Will the T-shirt Look Like?

The t-shirt will be a GSEP original.  After registration ends on June 1st, all girl participants will have the opportunity to submit t-shirt design ideas.  We will then choose one of those options to print onto t-shirts to commemorate the group’s trip.