Girl Scouts to host event for community at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn. Any and all members of the community are invited to celebrate with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) when it hosts Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight, an event intended to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

The event, which has an overnight component, will last from 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. More than 500 people are expected to attend the event.

This family-friendly event is open to all members of the community, male or female, regardless of any current or past involvement with Girl Scouts.

Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight will begin with registration at 4 p.m. in the adjacent Earhart Campground. Attendees are invited to participate in the “Bling my Campsite” competition, in which they will pitch tents or set up campsites with a special theme.

Next, the Bristol Motor Speedway gates will open at 5 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., a hot dog meal will be served (included in ticket price). From 6:30 to 7 p.m., the council will hold an Opening Ceremony and will then move on to activities/games from 7 to 9 p.m. Finally, a movie will be shown inside the Speedway and ice cream will be served courtesy of Mayfield Dairy Farms from 9 to 11 p.m.

At 11 p.m., overnight participants will head back to Earhart Campground for a campout, or day guests may leave the Speedway to head home. All attendees must be out of Earhart Campground by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 after breakfast is served.

Activities inside the Speedway include crafts, ride-alongs on the track, photo opportunities in Victory Lane, tours of the luxury suites, relay races, face painting, games and more!

“Hosting a 100th Anniversary celebration inside Bristol Motor Speedway truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our girls. This will give them an outlet to celebrate the anniversary but also participate in team-building and productive and educational activities that will improve their Girl Scout experience,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of GSCSA. “This event is also the perfect place for families to come spend an evening and enjoy fun activities in a wholesome environment.”

Members of the community may register for Girl Scouts at the event. Dues are $12 for an annual membership. There are many different ways for girls to join the Girl Scouts movement, from joining a troop that meets bi-weekly to only attending one-day events throughout the Southern Appalachians region. The council is also looking for adult volunteers – male or female. The time commitment ranges from one-time only to once or twice a month as a troop leader. Girl Scouts has a place for everyone!

Pre-registration is requested and is available online at http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/227.  Tickets are $10 via pre-registration ($15 at the gate) for the day-only package, which includes activities and dinner in the Speedway from 5 to 11 p.m. This package also includes a patch and goody bag. Tickets are $15 via pre-registration ($20 at the gate) for the overnight package, which includes activities and dinner in the Speedway from 5 to 11 p.m., plus a sleepover at Earhart Campground and breakfast on September 30. This package also includes a patch and goody bag.

Everyone in attendance must pay the event fee, but children ages 4 and under will be admitted free.

This event is sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway, Mayfield Dairy Farms, First Tennessee and the Bristol Herald Courier.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about this event and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

The media is invited to attend. If you are interested in setting up interviews and/or attending the event, please contact Sarah Pope at spope@girlscoutcsa.org or (865) 584-0550 (office).

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About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.

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