Now is the time to join Girl Scouts in the Southern Appalachians area

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – If you’ve ever thought of volunteering for or enrolling your daughter in the Girl Scouts organization, now is the perfect time to participate! Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) is putting out a call to the community for both adult volunteers and girls to sign up.

Several recruitment events are planned for the Southern Appalachians region to introduce the community to Girl Scouts and recruit potential Girl Scouts, troop leaders, troop assistants and short term volunteers with special skills. Below is information about each event.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Friday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Johnson City Cardinals Ballpark, 111 Legion Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
*Crafts and balloons will be available for participants.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Karing Fair at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Hwy, Johnson City, TN 37601
*The council will have a booth at the Karing Fair and will have crafts and balloons.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Getaway, 1 Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 (Just off Exit 14 on I-81)
*There will be two artist exhibits to enjoy during the recruitment event.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914
*Girls and adults who register for Girl Scouts during the event time will be admitted free into the zoo with another paying adult.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W. Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, TN 37830
*Girls (ages K-12) and adults who register for Girl Scouts during the event time will receive a free self-guided tour through the museum. Participants may also enjoy crafts and a bounce house.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Alcoa City Center, 245 Watt St. Alcoa, TN 37701
*Booths will also be set up by Titanic Museum Attraction, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Tennessee Smokies and Wonderworks. Participants may also enjoy face painting and crafts.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 at the amphitheater near JCPenney. 

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Renaissance Park, Corner of Manufacturer’s Rd. and Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405
*New York Life will provide free child identification cards. The following community partners will also attend and provide information or an activity: The Crash Pad, Hamilton County Water Quality Program, Wild Trails, Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, North Shore Yoga, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, University of Tennessee Chattanooga Athletic Department, Chattanooga River Boats’ Southern Belle, and more.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Deer Park, Harel Ave. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311
*Participants may enjoy crafts, a bounce house and make a bookmark for the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. Museum Center at 5ive Points will also set up an educational booth.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Joe Stock Memorial Park, 208-B N. Main St., LaFayette, GA 30728
*Participants may enjoy a performance by First Step Dance Studio, a beekeeping demonstration by Pigeon Mountain Trading Company, a demonstration by Raccoon Mountain Caverns, plus crafts, a bounce house, archery, games and education from local fire and police departments.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Joe Stock Memorial Park, 208-B N. Main St., LaFayette, GA 30728
*Participants may enjoy a performance by First Step Dance Studio, beekeeping demonstration by Pigeon Mountain Trading Company, demonstration by Raccoon Mountain Caverns, plus crafts, a bounce house, archery, games and education from local fire and police departments.
*Help local Girl Scouts help Austin Whitten’s family. Funds raised for this cause during the event will be used to help renovate a bathroom to make it wheelchair-accessible for Austin.

“There’s never been a more perfect time to join the Girl Scouts movement. We’re looking for both girls and adults to register,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA). “Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, former Girl Scout or community member – we want you to volunteer! And there are many ways for girls to join the movement as well.”

The recruitment events are designed for potential Girl Scouts and volunteers to learn more about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Registration will be available for all interested parties. Staff members and current volunteers will be available to answer questions.

There are many different ways to join the organization as a Girl Scout. While joining a troop is still a very popular option for participation, girls may also follow a “Series Pathway,” a troop-style experience in which they participate once or twice a year in a series of programs with a particular theme. Another option is the “Outdoors Pathway” for the girl who loves everything outside and wishes to participate in camps, programs and adventures with an outdoor focus. Or, the “Events Pathway,” gives a girl local and council-wide opportunities for education and fun by attending one-time events all year long.

There are also countless ways to volunteer for Girl Scouts as an adult. Whether someone has a little or a lot of time to give, every attempt is made to place volunteers that meet both their needs and interests. Volunteer time commitments range from one or two events a year to a year-long commitment. Complete training is provided to all new volunteers and a local support group is available to assist.

Participating in the Girl Scout program has long-term benefits for girls. According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.

Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 77% vote regularly, compared to 63% of non-alumnae. Additionally, 38% of Girl Scout alumnae have attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae. Girl Scout alumnae also a report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).

To learn more about the GSCSA’s recruitment efforts or the organization in general, visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.

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About Us
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has more than 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. Our 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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