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Party Crashers • Golden Gate Bridging 2014 • GGB 2011 Slideshow • Doyle Drive Construction • Guidelines for Participants • GGB Girl/Adult Ratios • GGB Refund Policies • Contact Information
Thank you for your interest in Golden Gate Bridging! GGB 2013 has sold out and the wait list is closed.
Please do not crash this event. Non-registered participants “crashing” Golden Gate Bridging violates our permits with the National park Services, the Presidio, CalTrans, and the Golden Gate Bridge and puts the future of the event in jeopardy for everyone. It is an act unbefitting Girl Scouts to crash Golden Gate Bridging. Crashing the event includes showing up at the field activities, crossing the bridge, or participating in any part of the event as an unpaid participant. We must pay the Presidio, National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge for each person that attends the event. We appreciate your support following this policy. This event is a once in a lifetime experience for the girls and we appreciate your effort in helping us ensure we can continue to offer the event for generations to come.
There will be new procedures introduced this year to ensure that the event is not crashed by groups.
Information on GGB 2014 will not be available until after GGB 2013 has been completed with no permit violations. Information on GGB 2014 will not be available until after September 2013.
The Doyle Drive Construction Project (aka Presidio Parkway) is a one billion dollar construction project redoing the entrance to SF off the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Presidio. This construction project is directly impacting the availability of the area we use for Golden Gate Bridging including the trails, roads, and parking lots. Unfortunately, due to the construction project we are not able to release logistic information about the event until we have more details worked out with the construction projects impact on the surrounding areas within the Presidio. The costs involved with adjusting the logistics of the event due to construction unfortunately have increased the fees involved with hosting this event due to higher permit costs, more shuttle buses, additional parking areas off site, etc. We appreciate your patience as we are in a tough situation of waiting while Caltrans, the bridge and the Presidio develop a more accurate timeframe of the construction plans and the possible impact on all events within the Presidio from 2010 - 2014. To find out more information on the Doyle Drive Construction Project, please visit www.presidioparkway.org
- Please note that this is NOT a family event. This is a troop/troop leader event.
- Due to the Doyle Drive Construction project and the restrictions on the number of participants for GGB 2013, we will be enforcing a maximum adult/girl ratio for each group. The ratio restriction is designed to ensure that we can serve as many girls as possible at this once in a lifetime experience.
- The maximum adult/girl ratio for groups attending Golden Gate Bridging 2013 is 3 girls for every 1 adult.
- At a minimum, Safety Wise Standards for adult/girl ratio must be met by each attending troop.
- All individuals are considered participants and must pay the event fee.
- There is NO free “viewing area” for this event or any location or time when additional adults can meet your group during the event. Please do NOT have family members meet your group at the event without paying the event fee. This is a major violation of our permits and puts GGB 2014 in jeopardy. GS NorCal must pay the Presidio, National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge for each person who attends the event in our permit costs. The cost for the 5 permits required for GGB 2013 is expected to be over $65,000 this year. We appreciate your support following this policy. This event is a once in a lifetime experience for the girls and we appreciate your effort in helping us ensure we can continue to offer the event for generations to come.
- Due to Doyle Drive Construction project, the logistics of GGB have become more involved which has increased the event costs. The two largest fees for GGB include approximately $28,000 for shuttle buses/tolls and at least $65,000 in special permits. These fees are in addition to the remaining costs of the event. Due to the additional costs this year from construction, we were forced to increase the price of the event. We know this is a challenge for groups and are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes.
- No animals are allowed (except assistance dogs for people with disabilities).
- If you have concerns or questions about these polices or special requests, please send them in writing to Melanie Vasilevsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each request will be handled individually. Due to a high number of emails, responses may take up to two weeks.
- To find out more about the Doyle Drive Construction Project, please visit www.presidioparkway.org
We’re thrilled that GGB has become such a popular event! Over the last seven years, Golden Gate Bridging has steadily grown in popularity making it the most popular GS event in the country! Unfortunately, though, that also means that many bridging Juniors, who may have looked forward to attending for years, have not been able to attend the event in the past.
GGB 2009 sold out in 4 weeks, GGB 2010 sold out in 7 days and GGB 2011 sold out in less than 14 hours. Over the past three years we have had over 10,000 people annually show an interest in attending an event that can only serve 5,000-6,000 people. In 2009, we were able to get special permission from the different government agencies involved with the event to increase the maximum number of participants to 8,000 but we were not restricted by construction that year. In the past, we have even seen numerous Junior troops stay in the Junior program an extra year just so they could attend GGB as a troop during the age level transition. How disappointed they must have been when they could not get into the event.
This year, due to the Doyle Drive Construction project, we have not received special permission to exceed our traditional capacity of 5,000 participants for GGB 2013. We are in close communication with the numerous government agencies while they develop a more accurate timeframe of the construction plans in the final phases and the impact on all events within the Presidio until 2014. For more information on the Doyle Drive Construction Project, please visit www.presidioparkway.org
Our goal is to ensure that all bridging Juniors have the opportunity to attend GGB 2013. Did you know that the required GS safety ratio of adults to girls for this type of activity is 2 adults for 16 girls, plus 1 adult for each additional 8 girls? We’re hopeful that by providing a much more generous ratio of 1 adult for every 3 girls that your group is able to enjoy GGB 2013, while still allowing as many girls as possible to participate in this special experience.
For out of town groups with extra adults traveling, please click here for a list of suggestions that adults can do while the girls are at the event. Please continue to check our web site for new offers and suggestions for adults to do while the troop participants in the event.
Groups that do not limit their adult numbers or register each girl in the troop individually to avoid this policy will be contacted by the council and refunded. Thank you for helping us ensure that we can serve as many bridging Juniors as possible at this once in a lifetime opportunity by limiting your adult numbers. We wholeheartedly appreciate the support of every group that helps us follow this policy.
- Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing by February 28, 2013 to receive 50% of registration fees per individual.
- There are no refunds if the refund request is made after February 28, 2013, except for medical reasons.
- Refunds for medical reasons will only be processed if notification is made before the event, and is followed within one week by a written refund request accompanied by a doctor's note.
- No refunds will be issued for no-shows.
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Event Lead - Melanie Vasilevsky, Program Director – Mvasilevsky@GirlScoutsNorCal.org
Webpage last update April 29, 2013