Girl Scout Stories

Troop Works Extra Hard in Cookie Program to Fund Community Service

Submitted by Sandy Coulter, Troop Leader

Troop 21136 puts community service first – even when planning for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. At the beginning of the 2011 cookie season, the girls decided they wanted make improvements at Lenoir City Park.

We started with building butterfly boxes we learned about at Ijams Nature Center on a hike. Then, we wanted to repair a 40- foot wooden pedestrian bridge. However, after further inspection, we noticed that we needed to rebuild the entire bridge. So we really needed to push cookies to have the funds to do this project.

I worked closely with Steve Harrelson at the Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Department. He asked if we could come up with a way to build hand rails for a concrete pedestrian bridge at the park. We decided to rent a Bobcat auger and install concrete poles just before the bridge for safety and to keep people from driving across the bridge.

At this point we saw our budget for this project increase and needed to step it up on cookies. We booked more cookie booths and picked up a lot more cookies! We held our signs up and drew people in with our “pleases” and “thank you’s.” We let everyone know what we were trying to accomplish with our cookie money.

The troop spent more than $1,000 dollars in cookie money and invested 300 hours to complete the park projects.

But girl scouts isn’t all about the hard work of building bridges and cookie booths. We have lots of fun. We used some of our cookie funds for a swimming trip and to attend Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum.

We use our cookie money and fall sale money to pay for earned patches and fun patches for events that we do as a troop—and had funds to cover financial aid for girls who can’t afford uniforms or other program costs.

The troop still has cookie money left and is planning a trip to Laser Quest.

The cookie sale push increased our Gift of Caring donations. We delivered 40 pounds of cookies to the Good Samaritan Food Bank in Lenoir City.

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Troops Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Birthday

Troops  20740, 20518, and 20478 celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday with a big party at Community Evangelistic Church in Knoxville. Girls learned about Juliette’s life, made two crafts, shared a game, and even had a Halloween/first aid themed treat. Some girls came in their Halloween costumes and all the girls brought food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Juliette Gordon Low was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. ”Daisy,” as she was affectionately called, was the second of six children. Family members on her father’s side were early settlers in Georgia, and her mother’s family played an important role in the founding of Chicago.

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Troop Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

When it comes to women and breast cancer, the statistics are startling. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about one of every eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. And a women’s risk of developing the disease increases as she gets older. Even Girl Scouts’ lively and energetic founder, Juliette Low, died of breast cancer.

Troop 21087 worked to educate women about this issue by supporting the Pink Ribbon Celebration on October 11 at the Knoxville Expo Center, a celebration for breast cancer survivors. They even made special table tying raising breast cancer awareness to Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary

The girls operated  very busy silent auction and ticket auction tables.

“The girls not only volunteered for a good cause, but showed off their recently earned Social Butterfly Badge skills by joining guests in the dining area,” says troop leader Ginger Klein. “Girls felt comfortable in this social setting, while they enjoyed speakers and musical talent.”

Girl Scout troop volunteers to honor breast cancer survivors are raise cancer awareness.

Girls decorate a table showcasing Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary.

Girl Scouts are at ease at the gala after earning the Social Butterfly Badge

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Troop Wins Contest

Girl Scout Troop 20321 took first place in the youth/student division of Morristown’s Parks and Recreation’s “Scarecrows in the Park” competition. Their winning entry, entitled “Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts,” is on display through October at Fred Miller Park.

The photo shows a leader and representative from each level in the troop (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior.)

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Daisies Beautify School

Members of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 20496 are proving that even the youngest Girl Scouts can lead.They spend the evening of October 9 creating a beautiful flower bed around the Karns Elementary School sign. What did they plant? Daisies, of course!

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Bronze Award Girl Scout Inspires Mom

When children reach milestones parents celebrate, too. Below is a letter from a mom sharing the thrill of watching her daughter blossom into a young leader earning the Bronze Award.


My name is Julie Maxwell. My daughter, Josalyn Smith, earned her Bronze Award this summer. During research for the award, she discussed her love of horses.

Josalyn contacted Horse Haven of Tennessee and asked if she could collect donations for them. She was able to get a list of items they needed, and then contacted Tractor Supply and arranged a Saturday to set up a booth at the Maynardville Pike location. She made flyers and a poster for the booth.

During her booth she passed out flyers, educating the community about what Horse Haven is, where they are located, its mission, and how to help.

The donations she collected that day were overwhelming. She collected an entire truck load of supplies.The following week, she was invited to attend Adoption Day at Horse Haven. Josalyn officially presented the donations and spent the day washing and grooming horses, getting them ready for their forever homes.

As a parent, I am so proud of my daughter. As a Girl Scout alum, I am so honored that the Bronze Award exists. This opportunity has given my daughter such a boost in confidence that no matter the age, anyone can make a difference. The day she arrived with with supplies, several of the staff were in tears. They said they never get truckloads of donations. “It’s just something that doesn’t happen around here,” they said. The volunteers really made Josalyn feel like she had made a difference.

Julie Smith Maxwell

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Troop Wins Scarecrow Contest

Congratulations to Troop 40449 of Benton for winning Rock City’s Scarecrow Contest with a zombie farmer made from recyclable materials. “Bob” has a bleach bottle for a head and is stuffed with plastic grocery bags.

The scarecrow is on display at the Enchanted Maze at Blowing Springs Farm through October 28.

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100th Anniversary Benefits Animal Shelter

Submitted by troop co-leader Alycia Truett

To honor Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, Juniors in Troop 21087 made 100 fleece dog toys and 100 catnip-filled cat toys for the Union County Humane Society. The troop also donated dog collars and leashes, homemade dog treats, dog blankets, bleach, garbage bags, and paper towels.

Delivering the donations was both satisfying and exciting. Girls were treated to a tour of the shelter and helped out with animal socialization. It was a wonderful time.

Pictured below with their donations are (front row, left to right), Chloe Nickels, Reese Kuehl, Ariel Morgan, McKinzie Davis, Rachel Parsons, Grace Truett and Shelby Anderson; (back row, left to right) Malea Inman, Julianna Brunner, Grae Klein, Savannah Jenkins and MaKenzie McCurry.

Haley Hill visits the Cat Cottage.

Who had more fun? The girls or the animals?

Grace Truett has fun with shelter puppies.

The girls got a visit from Zeke, a mastiff looking for a home.

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Girl Scouts Assist Library for Bronze Award Project

Juniors in New Visions Troop 20550 are working on their Bronze Award, partly by helping the Mascot Library’s children’s reading program. The Bronze Award is the highest national honor a Girl Scout Junior may earn.

For their project, the girls provided weekly recycled craft projects all summer and will continue to provide projects for three more months. The troop’s Brownies are also assisting with the craft project to gain community service hours.

Crafts the Bronze Award candidates used are listed below.

Juice Box Boat


- juice boxes
- skewers
- colored tape
- thin cardboard (like Tyvek envelop)

Cut sails four inches high by three inches wide from Tyvek envelop. An adult helper must push a skewer all the way through the empty box. Place the sail on top of the skewer and decorate it with colored tape.
Note: If your box does not sail properly, cut a small slit on top of the box and add pennies for weight.

Egg Carton Caterpillars


- paper egg cartons (not shiny ones)
- googly eyes
- marker
- acrylic paint
- pipe cleaners
- fuzzy balls
- paint brushes
- tack glue

Cut the egg cartons in three and six sections and punch holes for the antennas. Children paint their caterpillar’s body (egg carton section). Next, children decorate the caterpillar with pipe cleaners for antennas, googly eyes, and fuzzy balls. Finally, they draw a mouth on their critter to finish the project.

Craft Stick Flag


- craft sticks
- red and white acrylic paint
- brushes
- blue construction paper cut to fit flags
- tack glue

Give each child 12 craft sticks. Glue nine sticks together (using another stick for the backing). Glue two sticks together for the flag pole. It will take about 30 minutes for the glue to dry. Paint the first stick in the flag red, alternating with white. Wait a few minutes and glue a square of blue construction paper onto the flag. Make 50 stars (or dots) on the flag.

Explain that the craft flag does not have the correct amount of strips and that it is OK to not make the correct amount of stars if that can’t make 50 stars.


Juice Container Bird House


- 59 ounce juice containers
- wooden dowel
- bird seed
- flat spray paint
- stickers
- yarn
- acrylic paint

In advance of working with children, spray the containers with flat white spray paint, cut a hole for the bird seed, punch the hole for the wooden dowel for the bird to sit on, and punch a hole in the top of the container to string with a yarn hanger.

Let children use paint and stickers to decorate their bird houses. Give each child a bag of birdseed to take home.


Tin Can Flower Pots


- tin cans
- flat white paint
- stickers
- acrylic paint
- seeds
- potting soil

Before working with children, drill drainage holes in the cans and spray the cans with flat white paint.

Allow children to decorate their cans with paint or stickers. Give them a bag of potting soil and let them pick out a package of seeds to take home.

Special thanks to Penny Burkhart for submitting the information, craft ideas, and photos.

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Local Girls Attend Girl’s World Forum

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians selected two girls to represent the council at the Girl’s World Forum. Emory Humphrey of
Knoxville and Chesnee Lawson of Elizabethton joined girls from around the globe at the July forum in Chicago.

The forum focused on ending extreme poverty and hunger, empowering women and promoting gender equality, and ensuring environmental

The girls spent five intense days learning how to make an action plan, learning how take that plan back home, and then put that plan into

Chesnee and Emory even got to talk to the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez. She took the time to answer every question they asked, as well as ask her own questions of them.

Both Emory and Chesnee will put the forum’s plans in action as their Gold Award project.

Adults Rynn Dupes and Amanda Meade were council representatives accompanying the girls.


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