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Can You Imagine? Workshops

Can You Imagine?

Exploring Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Design

Open to rising 8th, 9th and 10th grade girls, member and non-member

Ever wonder how your IPad moves information from app to app? Did you know bananas had DNA? If you participate in Can You Imagine? not only will you extract banana DNA but you’ll experiment with food design and taste testing. You’ll also get to design a game show buzzer and then wire it to work to buzz your answers in for a prize. Ever wondered what it actually took to truly clean up an oil spill? You’ll find out by scrubbing a mock seacoast yourself. In addition, you’ll get the chance to meet STEM professionals who love their jobs and can help you explore the difference in your future that a technological career can make.

So join us for some summer fun at a Can You Imagine? workshop:

Alcoa City Center

(Richard Williams Leadership Academy)
Saturday, July 21
One day program, 8 a.m until 4 p.m.
Lunch provided
60 girl maximum

For Adults:

If you are an adult in a STEM or technical career who loves what you do, please consider volunteering to share your interest with girls during one of these short programs. Many hands and many careers make interesting work! If you are interested, please contact Lise Bender at to find out how to plug in to this great program.


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Soldiers Thank Girl Scouts for Gift of Caring

Girl Scout troops give back to the community in many wonderful ways through the Girl Scout Cookie Program’s Gift of Caring. Girls are empowered to select a worthy organization, then give customers the opportunity to donate cookies to that particular cause. Gift of Caring Cookies sent to U.S. soldiers through the Soldier Smile Project are arriving in Afghanistan. Below is a thank you letter from one grateful recipient.

Dear  Girl Scout Troops,

It was a pleasant surprise for my soldiers, located in a remote part
part of eastern Afghanistan, to open a huge cardboard box full of
cookies. Be sure they will enjoy every single one of them. As a native
of Tennessee, I was pleasantly surprised to see the cookies were from good ‘ole
Rocky Top! I am from Gallatin, but my grandparents, Ken and Jackie
Carnes, live in Seymour. My aunt and uncle live in Knoxville and
Maryville, respectively. In short, I love East Tennessee, and it is nice to get
mail from an area I’ve visited hundreds of times. I will let my family know
that  Girl Scouts are bringing smiles to my soldiers in Afghanistan.

Very Respectfully,

1LT Ben Franklin
Executive Officer
Dagger Company 2-12 IN 4th BCT 4th ID


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Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards Ceremony

Watch as President Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low.
The President names Juliet Gordon Low’s accomplishments at 14:35 and presents the award at 29:41.

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Dance the night away with dad

(Knoxville, Tenn.) – Girls of all ages are invited to put on their best dresses and dance the night away with dad at Knoxville’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The dance will be held at Knoxville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is open to girls of all ages. Girls may bring any role model they have in their lives.

“The Daddy Daughter Dance is a great way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. We want all girls to have a positive male role model in their lives, and we invite girls of the community to spend the evening celebrating their dads or other role models and the special relationship they share,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA).

Attendees will enjoy light appetizers and dessert by Chick-fil-A, a professional photograph to take home that evening, a make-and-take-home craft, a DJ, a goody bag and a flower to take home. The evening will end with milk and cookies provided by Chick-fil-A and Weigel’s.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is hosted by Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, but the event is not limited to Girl Scouts. Girls of all ages are invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Weigel’s, Neil Studios and KnoxVegas DJs.

Tickets are $25 for a dad and one daughter and $40 for a dad and multiple daughters. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door, pending space availability.


About Us
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.

Media Contact:
Sarah Pope
(865) 584-0550

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Girl Scout Founder Receives the United State’s Highest Civilian Award

(KNOXVILLE, TN) May 29 — President Obama is posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. This highest civilian award in the United States, recognizes people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

“Juliette Gordon Low was a visionary, whose legacy lives on in the 59 million former American Girl Scouts,” said Booth Kammann, chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “It is so fitting that during our 100th anniversary year, Juliette should be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

From the beginning, Girl Scouts has insisted on being a voice for all girls. Juliette Gordon Low’s first 18 Girl Scouts included girls from influential Savannah families, and girls from the Female Orphan Asylum and Congregation Mickve Israel. As early as 1917, the first African American troops were established, as well as troops for disabled girls. One of the earliest Latina troops was formed in 1922. Girl Scout troops supported Japanese American girls in internment camps in the 1940s, and by the 1950s, Girl Scouts was leading the charge to fully integrate all of its troops. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Girl Scouts “a force for desegregation.”

Low’s exemplary life, work, and legacy have received many forms of recognition in the past. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Low. On October 28, 1979, Low was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and on December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming a new federal building in Savannah in honor of her—the second federal building in history to be named after a woman. Additionally, a bust of Low is displayed in the state capitol of Georgia.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians…
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has more than 20,000 members from Southwest Virginia, through all of East Tennessee, and into North Georgia. Its vision is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5 – 17, and financial assistance is always available to ensure that every girl can be a Girl Scout.


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Phone System Goes Live

The much anticipated new phone system went live on May 17th, two weeks earler than anticipated. Continue to call 
1-800-474-1912 and a support and information specialist will be happy to assist. Below are a few tips for calling in on the new system. Of course, you may still e-mail instead of calling, and a support and information specialist will be happy to help.

Easy tips for calling in with the new automated attendant:

  • You can press “0″ at any time after the automated attendant picks up to reach a support and information specialist (formerly the CSS or customer service specialists). You do not have to listen to the entire list of prompts.
  • You can now reach our council shop by pressing “4″ at any time.
  • You can now reach the council enterprise team by pressing “3″ at any time. (This team can assist with online membership registration questions.)
  • You can press “7″ at any time for shop hours and address information for all three service centers.
  • Any council closings due to weather will be placed on the answering system.

We would love to hear what you think of our new phone system and how it’s working for you. Please e-mail with any comments.


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Summer Fun at Camp!

From the Camp Director,

It is not easy for us to make the decision to send our Girl Scout away into the waiting arms of strangers who promise to take care of them — people who promise to show them the wonders of nature, fun, new skills, and friendships. As a mother of an infant son, even I struggle with the idea of having someone care for him overnight. Sometimes it’s hard for us to let go and let them discover the world on their own.

What better way to give girls a chance to discover new things and practice being the best they can be than to send them to spend some time at Camp Tanasi? Our camp counselors are dedicated to building girls with courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Many of our counselors were Girl Scout campers themselves and have come back to share their experiences.

Camp Tanasi is designed to create happy memories and encourage self-expression. During their three to 13 day stay at Tanasi, girls may have the opportunity to climb the tower, shoot an arrow, use paddleboats, cook dinner over a campfire, perform a play, do arts and crafts, take a cake decorating class, job shadow a zoo keeper, make homemade skin care products, go horseback riding, learn about new cultures, or experience the success of winning Color Clash! It stays with them forever.

Girls not only practice skills and earn badges—they also learn from a full range of emotions and human experiences including friendship, disagreements, teamwork, frustrations, jubilant success, and more. Every night, the girls and their counselors sit and talk about what they did that day and how it made them feel. They reflect on the good times and the hard times and make plans to look forward to the future.

Girls get to try new things at camp and one such activity is learning how to “turtle” the kayaks. This is where girls get in their kayaks in the lake with their life jackets on and flip them over upside down. Then she has to get on top of the kayak’s bottom. I remember one girl who spent a long time trying to stand up on the underside of her kayak. She finally made it up, and when she realized she finally did it her face lit up and she made the Superman pose. She was so excited and proud that she could do something she didn’t think she would be able to do.

We still have openings in most of our camp programs – programs designed specifically for Daisies to Seniors. Lots of girls come with Buddies, too! Buddies get to bunk in the same tent or cabin and go to their activities together but there will be lots of opportunities for girls make new friends and meet new people if they don’t know anyone at camp. No one is left out!

I know there is a lot of competition for our Girl Scout’s time in the summer from sports practices to summer school to well-deserved vacations, but let’s not forget the value of a camp experience. Camp is a gift we can give our girls that they will benefit from and remember forever. If there was ever a time when the world needed a generation of future leaders who understood the importance of living in a community, having tolerance, and being open, that time is now. We can help to get her there.

See detailed information about the camps we offer.


Becky “BB” Cavender
Camp Director


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Girl Scouts to celebrate 100 years in downtown Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tenn. – On Saturday, June 2, hundreds of Girl Scouts from the Southern Appalachians region are expected to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in downtown Chattanooga. The event, Chattanooga Bridgefest, is scheduled to take place on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A progressive event, Chattanooga Bridgefest begins at 9 a.m. in AT&T Field – Lookouts Stadium with an Opening Ceremony. Next, at 10 a.m., hundreds of Girl Scouts and their families and friends will walk across Walnut Street Bridge during a symbolic bridging ceremony. Finally, the Girl Scouts will then enjoy a party in Coolidge Park until 2 p.m.

The party in Coolidge Park will feature a family-friendly day full of concessions, inflatables, face painting, games, music and crafts.

But the day doesn’t end at 2 p.m.! The Chattanoooga Lookouts will host Girl Scouts and their families and friends at 7:15 p.m. on June 2 for “2012 Girl Scout Night,” and the group will then sleepover on the field after the game.

Bridgefest and the Chattanooga Lookouts “Girl Scout Night” are both open to the public, regardless of any current or past involvement with Girl Scouts. All members of the community are welcome to come join in a day full of family-friendly fun for all ages.

“The Girl Scouts organization turned 100 years old on March 12, and since then, we’ve hosted numerous events to keep the momentum going,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “Bridgefest is the perfect way for our girls to symbolically ‘bridge’ into the second century of Girl Scouting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them.”

Pre-registration for Bridgefest is requested and is available online at  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children ages four and under will be admitted free. Pre-registration for “Girl Scout Night” at AT&T Field is requested online at There are numerous packages to choose from. All events are open to the public.

The event is sponsored in part by First Tennessee, UNUM, Wells Fargo, News Channel 9 and Sunny 92.3.

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

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


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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Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Awarded to Juliette Gordon Low

A Message from Anna Maria Chávez

Dear Girl Scout Member,

Since becoming chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, I have made it a priority to engage the White House on key Girl Scout initiatives and to advocate on behalf of our Movement. In particular, we have sought to gain national recognition for our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and National President Connie L. Lindsey submitted a nomination for her to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. I am proud to report that President Barack Obama announced on April 26 that he will posthumously bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Juliette Gordon Low.

This marks a special moment in our history, for it was Daisy Low and her remarkable vision of “something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world” that set in motion a movement—the Girl Scout Movement. How fitting that this singular honor should come in 2012, almost exactly 100 years after she gathered those first 18 Girl Scouts. Today, there are 59 million of us who have worn the Girl Scout uniform or been part of Girl Scouting in some way. All of us owe Daisy Low a debt of gratitude, and we should rejoice at the news that her indelible contributions to the lives of girls will be recognized by a grateful nation when the President formally presents the award in late spring.

Juliette Gordon Low, as all of us in Girl Scouting know, was a great and visionary woman, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom is a testament to her enduring legacy and the place Girl Scouting holds in the fabric of the American experience.

With warmest regards,

Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

© 2012 Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
All Rights Reserved. 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

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Register for the 100th Anniversary Chattanooga Bridgefest

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is pleased to announce that registration is now open on the council website for the 100th  Anniversary Chattanooga Bridgefest! This event is set to take place Saturday, June 2, 2012, in downtown Chattanooga from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bridgefest is a progressive event that begins at 9 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies in AT&T Field – Lookouts Stadium. At 10 a.m., thousands of Girl Scouts will cross the Walnut Street Bridge to symbolically “bridge” to the second century of the Girl Scout organization. After that, we’ll gather in Coolidge Park for music, dancing, food, and tons of games until 2 p.m.

But the fun doesn’t stop then! Join us at AT&T Field when the Chattanooga Lookouts take on the Jackson Generals at 7:15 that evening. Girl Scouts and their friends and families will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the game and sleepover on the field!

All Girl Scouts and their friends and family, as well as Girl Scout alumnae, are invited to attend!

Bridgefest on June 2 Registration Information:

Advance tickets are $10; day-of tickets at the gate are $15. Children 4 and under are free. Click here to register and for more info.
Ticket cost for Bridgefest includes entrance into Opening Ceremonies, an official 100th Chattanooga Bridgefest commemorative patch, a Mini Moon Pie, an event schedule, participation in activities such as face painting, inflatables, crafts, swaps, and a chance to walk across Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge with thousands of other Girl Scouts. Food is not included in cost.

Chattanooga Lookouts 2012 Girl Scout Night

Registration Information:
The package options are:
Scout Package: $20
Scout Leader/Parent/Sibling Package: $10
Game Ticket Only: $3
Click here to register and for more info.



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