The Juliette Low Birthplace and the GSUSA Cultural and Properties Assets department, is pleased to announce an upcoming event, Wander Woman: A Girl Scout Wayfaring Weekend. Taking place October 18–21, 2018, Wander Woman will be an intimate gathering of Girl Scout leaders and alums and other supporters and enthusiasts.
Juliette Low was an intrepid traveler who visited four continents and enjoyed innumerable adventures. Seeking new experiences as well as autonomy as a woman, she climbed the pyramids in Egypt, hunted tigers in India, hiked the hills of Scotland, and showed a generation of American girls the pleasures of sleeping under the stars. Juliette imbued Girl Scouts not only with the spirit of travel, but with a commitment to global citizenship and civic engagement, beginning with the 1913 Interpreter badge for learning another language. Today, more than 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides can be found learning about the world and collaborating to bring about positive change.
Throughout the weekend, participants will:
· Taste your way through history! Sample foods that tell the “herstory” of Juliette’s life as you walk through her home and enjoy bites of inspiration about other trailblazing women of courage, confidence, and character who, through the years, have used food as a catalyst for change.
· Discover Juliette’s own travels through her 1908 diary of a trip to India, which is newly available to researchers and the general public through a partnership with the University of Georgia. Discuss how these experiences informed the organization Juliette founded and the woman she became.
· Compare Juliette’s travels to those taken by 19th century Savannah families, during a guided tour of the Telfair Museum’s newest exhibition, Savannah Families Abroad.
· Swap travel stories with other “wander women” during a private, after-hours reception at the birthplace.
· Enjoy a special screening featuring Girl Scout journeys through the years at the Historic Savannah Theatre, where Juliette graced the stage as a child as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Registration and Cost
The cost to attend Wander Woman is $350, and reservations can be made online starting Friday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Act fast—we anticipate this event will sell out!
The program will take advantage of our location in Savannah, the Hostess City of the South, with its walkable downtown and beautiful scenery. To encourage pedestrian exploration, all activities will be held within a seven-block radius, (a 10-minute stroll) from the birthplace. Time will be provided for independent activities, allowing you to soak in the history, culture, and vibrancy of the historic city that has become a favorite destination of Girl Scouts from around the globe.
Our host hotel is the Hampton by Hilton. Located in beautiful downtown Savannah, the Hampton Inn Savannah-Historic District is just a 10-minute walk from the birthplace. The hotel’s sister property, the Holiday Inn Express, is also very close and will be the site of our Saturday-evening reception. Rooms include two queen beds, and a continental breakfast each morning is complementary. The cost for Thursday-night accommodations is $179, and Friday- and Saturday-night accommodations are $239 per night. In order to receive our contracted rate, guests must make reservations by September 7, 2018. Those interested in sharing a room with another participant to cut costs may choose this option at registration. This will be a busy weekend in Savannah, so we encourage you to reserve lodging as soon as possible. Details on our room block will be provided in your registration confirmation email.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is accessible to individuals with limited mobility, as are all external program spaces that will be during this event. However, transportation to and from the birthplace, as well as around the city, will be the responsibility of the attendee, not GSUSA. Uber and Lyft car services both service the downtown Savannah area, as do taxicabs. Please note that, being in a historic city, our uneven sidewalks can be challenging to traverse in some areas. Information about public transportation, including a free downtown trolley, is available at https://www.visitsavannah.com/getting-around.
Cancellations made on or before July 18, 2018, will result in 100% of fees refunded.
Cancellations made from July 19 to September 18 will result in 50% of fees refunded.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after September 18.
Program activities subject to change. Stay tuned for more highlights to come!