More than 1,000 Girl Scouts and their families are expected to attend QuestFest 2017 from July 13-16. As part of the new festival, they'll use their smart phones to navigate the Historic District to solve clues, complete challenges, carry out random acts of kindness and give back to the community. While in town, the girls have a traditional bridging ceremony over the Talmadge Bridge, and attend a concert featuring country stars Maddie & Tae. Some events are open to the public. "This is our inaugural QuestFest," says Tara Nobles, Director of Community Engagement for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. "Savannah is the home of the Girl Scouts organization, which was founded March 12, 1912. "We have a national convention every three years that moves around, but we're here in Savannah where it all started," she says. "We wanted to have a big event and would love to host an annual event girls can plan to come to, so we said, 'Let's do a Girl Scout festival." Summer is the best time for girls and their Girl Scout troops to attend a festival, Nobles says. "We worked with the city, Visit Savannah and the Savannah Tourism Council," she says. "We tried to find a week that was just little bit slower." The festival will feature a scavenger hunt set in the historic district. "The troops will come in Thursday for a huge check-in," Nobles says. "They'll get their bags with swag and free stuff. "The festival opening will be at the Savannah Civic Center. The mayor will speak. The girls will be given safety tips and the app we've developed will go live at 9 a.m." Then the Quest will begin. "It's like a scavenger hunt," Nobles says. "It will take place all over the historic district." The girls will not just search they'll interact with locals and do random acts of kindness. "That will take them throughout the city for two days," Nobles says. "On Friday, the Quest is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That evening, some girls will be out at our camp, and some will be at Lucas Theatre. "They're going to show the movie 'Trolls.' The cost is $11 and it is open to the public. They also have the option of taking a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. "On Saturday, they'll start questing again from noon to 2 p.m.," Nobles says. "We'll do a bridging ceremony over the Talmadge Bridge, which is symbolic for moving from one level to another in Girl Scouting. We'll have a few hundred girls walking across the bridge." At 6 p.m., the doors will open at the Savannah Civic Center. "We will have a few vendors," Nobles says. "The a capella Girl Scout choir will perform. "We'll have guests from the Gordon family. Prizes will be given to the top three Quest teams." The final event of the day will be the Maddie & Tae concert at 8 p.m. "On Sunday, they're pretty much on their own," Nobles says. "We know they will see things they'll want to go back and do. We want to build in that time for them to do that. "We're excited that girls from 21 states, including Alaska, California and Nevada are coming. We have a large group coming from Canada and a group from Puerto Rico. "It's been a lot of work but the staff is really excited about it," Nobles says. "We really do plan for this to be an event we do every summer and plan to add additional components. It's going to be great."