Just for Teens

Computer Code Summer Camps

Did you know there’s a projected million-job deficit of computer science majors by 2020? Take a week out of your summer to get a jump start on a great career. And it’s free!

The Niswonger Foundation is partnering with the Tennessee Code Academy to provide day camps for 150 students Northeast Tennessee.

“TN Code Camps strive to provide a fun, engaging, and immersive environment in which kids are challenged to think about the future,” according to the Niswonger Foundation. “By giving our kids the resources needed for success, we hope they will become leaders of the high tech Tennessee workforce.”

Young people will learn the basics of computer programming through gaming, design fundamentals, and web application. Expert mentors and industry experts will lead the training. Grant money will pay the $300 cost for accepted applicants from the schools listed below from the 15-district area Niswonger Foundation covers.

“This is a unique opportunity for the youth in Tennessee to be exposed to the skill set to launch them into a modern-day economy,” said Sammy Lowdermilk, program director for Tennessee Code Academy. “In the next 10 years there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduates, and we want to do our small part to lessen that gap.”

Code Camp locations and dates:
East Tennessee State University: June 9-13 & June 23-27
Tusculum College: June 2-6 & June 9-13
Walters State Community College: June 16-20 & June 23-27

Click here to apply.

For more information, you may contact the Niswonger Foundation at (423) 798-7837.

Eligible Schools
Chuckey-Doak HS
Cocke County HS
Daniel Boone
David Crockett
Dobyns-Bennett HS
Greeneville HS
Hancock County HS
Happy Valley
Johnson County HS
Morristown East
Morristown West
North Greene HS
Science Hill
South Greene HS
Sullivan Central
Sullivan East
Sullivan North
Sullivan South
Tennessee High
Unicoi County HS
University High
West Greene HS

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Health Careers Leadership Summit

Are you a high school junior or senior interested in a job in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or physical therapy?

ETSU will invite ten Ambassador Girl Scouts from the Tri-Cities area to a Health Careers Leadership Summit March 25 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Quillen College of Medicine.

Find out what you should be doing now to prepare for a future career in healthcare. Hear from first-year ETSU medical, pharmacy, nursing, and physical therapy students about their fields of study, be part of panel discussions, and enjoy hands-on activities in small groups. Free pizza will be served.

Click here to apply for one of the ten open positions by March 1.


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Apply for the Girl Scout Leadership Institute

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians invites girls ages 14 and older to apply to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-20, 2014.

The Girl Scout Leadership Institute is part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Convention. However, girls who attend the institute are not part of the council’s official delegation to the convention and will not have voting rights.

GSLI girls will meet with other Girl Scouts from all over the world for a collection of classes and learning experiences focusing on everything from fashion to engineering. Girls select their own classes and tracks. They will also participate in the national gatherings and see the Hall of Exhibits at the national convention.

All expenses will be paid for GSLI girls, and the trip will include an extra day for sight-seeing. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Return the GSLI application by the March 15 deadline.

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Teen Travel Grant

We have some amazing council-sponsored trips and destinations coming up and want as many of our girls to enjoy these adventures as possible. To that end, we are now offering you the option to apply for grants of up to $500 to offset the costs of travel. These grants are available for all registered Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, both individually registered and registered in a troop. Eligible girls may use this grant once per year. Applications need to be sent in by November 15 or January 15 of each year to be considered.

To apply, click here for a writable PDF and send the completed form to Melissa Trimble at the Knoxville Service Center. Email and mailing address info can be found in the PDF. It is important that you read the directions in the application thoroughly and to be sure your application is complete and sent into Melissa by the deadline.

Of course, you can call us any time at 1.800.474.1912 or contact Melissa Trimble directly with any questions!

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Special Contest Just for Teens!

Enter to win a $200 Travel Voucher

Three ways to enter:

- Follow @gscsateens on Instagram for one entry.

- Follow @gscsateens on Twitter for one entry.

- Email a photo with caption and first and last name to pirwin@girlscoutcsa.org.
Photo should capture any part of your Girl Scout experience. Submit as many photos as you like during contest dates. Photos will be posted at gscsateens.tumblr.com.
(See official rules for guidelines.)

Photo entries will ONLY be accepted via email (NOT Instagram or Twitter) to protect the privacy of our girl members.

Contest ends at midnight on January 31, 2014.

$200 travel voucher to be used on council sponsored travel before September 30, 2014. (1 will be awarded)

See official rules of contest.

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High School Girl Retreat

Save the date! High school girls are invited for a fun weekend at Camp Adahi May 16-18! We’ve reserved a barn full of horses for morning rides, we’ll cook our favorite campfire meals, and enjoy hanging out together. This is a great opportunity to get to know other Seniors and Ambassadors from across the council.

The weekend is being planned by girls participating in the SALT (Serving and Leading Together) girl advisory group. High school Girl Scouts are invited to join the group on the first Thursday of each month at our service centers in Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The free meetings are from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact Amanda Meade at ameade@girlscoutcsa.org for more information.

The cost is yet to be determined; however, transportation from the Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga service centers will be included.

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2015 Council Teen Trip to Europe

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is sponsoring a trip to Europe. We’ll visit England, France, and Switzerland with stops at two World Centers. The trip is June 17-27, 2015. This gives you time to save and raise money for this once in a lifetime adventure.

The itinerary begins with five days in London – exploring sights that include Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, and a cruise on the Thames River. At Pax Lodge, we will learn more about international Girl Guiding and Scouting, receive a pin, and experience a traditional British cream tea.

The Eurostar, a high-speed train, will take us through the tunnel connecting Britain with continental Europe, and we will emerge in Paris. History will come alive as we discover the Arc de Triomphe and travel down the elegant Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde. We will see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and visit the world’s greatest art collection in the Louvre.

Day eight will find us taking in breathtaking views as we travel high into the Swiss Alps, where we will spend a day at Our Chalet, the oldest of WAGGGS’ World Centers. Following tradition, we will participate in a pinning ceremony before traveling on to Lucerne, Switzerland, for stunning views, Swiss folklore, and medieval traditions.

This is only an overview of the spectacular trip we are planning. The best part of all will be the camaraderie of our group and the lifelong friendships we will make. Girl Scouts, spread your wings and discover the treasures of the world!

Sign up for an interest session to learn more about the trip, dates, prices, and ways to earn money in your area! Contact Amanda Meade, teen leadership coordinator, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, at ameade@girlscoutcsa.org for more information and to sign-up!

We are partnering with EF Tours for Girl Scouts, an agency that has a longstanding reputation for top-quality, reliable world travel.

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World Center Hosts Arts exChange

The Sangam World Center in Pune, India, is hosting it first Arts exChange in March 2014.

This event is for any Girl Scout age 16 and older interested in impacting her world and connecting with other cultures through art of all kinds!

Come together with art lovers of all ages, including special guest Girl Scout singer/songwriter Melinda Carroll, known for “We Change the World” and “Ignite!”

The participation fee is approximately $1,000 dollars (not including travel).

See details in the flyer.


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