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The activities listed below are wonderful “side trips” in your journey through the Girl Scout year. PLEASE NOTE: Some of these programs are not Girl Scout council-sponsored events but are offered by resource partners in our communities for your enjoyment. Because of this, Cookie Dough cannot be used as a form of payment for community events.

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April 2014

Knoxville Zoo: World in our Hands

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in the World in our Hands patch program. Girls will complete four activity stations on topics including animal encounters, plats and zoo conservation.

Girl Scout Day at the Hunter Museum of American Art

Girls of all ages are invited to a Girl Scout Day at the Hunter Museum of American Art! The event includes a special tour and hands-on creative time in an artist studio!

Eating for Beauty badge workshop

Cadettes are invited to the Eating for Beauty Badge workshop with ETSU Kappa Deltas and Pharmacy students! Workshop will focus on healthy eating, exercise and diabetes prevention.

UT Rx Awareness Day

The University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy is hosting an RX Awareness Day for Girl Scouts in grades 6-12. Girls will learn about the profession of pharmacy, the growing dangers of prescription drug abuse, and how to help someone who may have a problem. Girls will also earn credit toward the Women’s Health Badge. Lunch will be provided.

Knoxville Zoo: It’s Your Planet–Love It! Sow What?

Girl Scout Seniors are invited to work on the It’s Your Planet–Love It! Sow What?Journey at the Knoxville Zoo.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Girl Scout Day

Girl Scouts of ages (and their families) are invited to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Girl Scout Day. Experience our region’s rich history through fun, hands-on activities.

Tri-Cities Aviation Day

It’s a bird, it’s a PLANE! Brownie through Senior girls will explore the fascinating world flight at Aviation Day, one of our council’s most popular events! Sit in the cockpit of different planes and feel the controls in your hands as you study the instruments and imagine soaring high in the air; climb aboard a hot air balloon. Learn what it takes to pilot these aircraft by talking to women pilots with backgrounds in commercial, military, and corporate flight. Female flight instructors will give you fascinating facts.

Gray Fossil Site Earth Day Celebration

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to the Gray Fossil Site’s Earth Day Celebration. Girls will explore the wonders of water, dig for fossils, learn about recycling, plant a tree, and much more. This is a great opportunity for girls to get excited about careers in science!

Free Ijams Hike

There’s no better place in Knoxville to enjoy spring than the trails of Ijams Nature Center! Girls in grades 1-3 are invited to a free hike on April 26. See beautiful spring wildflowers, enjoy the river boardwalk, and look for caves!

May 2014

Knoxville Zoo: Junior Critter Care

Critter Care is brand new program at the Knoxville Zoo that focuses on animal care and lets girls get close to animal ambassadors and learn about veterinary care.

Let’s Move! Knoxville

The free third annual Let’s Move! Knoxville will be held Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Victor Ashe Park. The event gives children and families an opportunity to explore healthy eating and physical activities. Activities include rock climbing, recipe demonstrations, seed planting, sports, games and the Let’s Move! flash mob.

Girl Scout Day at Rocky Mount

Step back in time at the Rocky Mount Living History Museum’s Girl Scout Day. Enjoy a tour of the living history museum, traditional 1700’s crafts like candle dipping and soap making and period-specific games. This is for Girl Scouts of all ages. Bring the family and friends who may be interested in Girl Scouts!

Titanic Princess Tea Party

Girls will feel like princesses at the Titanic Museum Attraction’s third annual tea party in Pigeon Forge. Reservations are required for this limited-seating event. Girls will have fun learning about manners, proper table setting and serving skills as they enjoy fancy finger food and cookies.

Science Lock In

Emory Valley Service Unit and SPECTRUM are holding a Science Lock In! Brownies will complete the Home Scientist Badge, and Juniors will complete the Get Movin! Journey. (Juniors must complete a home energy quiz and return it to the SPECTRUM exhibit at Knoxville Center Mall.)

Knoxville Zoo: It’s Your Planet–Love It! Sow What?

Girl Scout Seniors are invited to work on the It’s Your Planet–Love It! Sow What? Journey at the Knoxville Zoo.

Knoxville Zoo: Night Owl Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to work on the Night Owl at the Knoxville Zoo.

Knoxville Zoo: Brownie Critter Care

Critter Care is brand new program at the Knoxville Zoo that focuses on animal care and lets girls get close to animal ambassadors and learn about veterinary care.

Free Hastie Natural Area Hike

Girls in grades 4-6 are invited to a free nature hike of the Hastie Natural Area, a little-known and hidden South Knoxville gem. The hike is May 17 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. See late spring wildflowers, sinkholes, bridges, and ponds on the hike no more than three miles round trip.

Girl Scout Day at Dollywood

Girls and families are invited to Girl Scout Day at Dollywood. The annual event is held May 31, and park hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Girls and their families will enjoy discounted tickets to the theme park, plus options for discounted food, lodging, and tickets to Dolly’s Splash Country.

Spring Slumber Party at Smokies Stadium

The Tennessee Smokies Baseball Team invites girls and their families to 2014’s spring Slumber Party at the Ballpark on May 31. Girl Scouts and their families and friends get discounted tickets to the watch the hometown team host the Birmingham Barons. Fireworks and a slumber party on the field will follow the game.

June 2014

Knoxville Zoo: Animal Habitats Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to work on the Habitats Badge at the Knoxville Zoo.

Beginner Backpacking

Join a weekend of adventure! Spend the night in a tent in the middle of a forest, sit around a campfire under a blanket of stars, and awaken to the sounds of a creek. Join our beginner backpacking group and learn to hike with everything you need to be comfortable in the woods stowed in a backpack.

Girl Scout Day at Biltmore

America’s largest home, Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, invites girls and their families to Girl Scout Day on June 7. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, gardens, and conservatory. Antler Hill Barn will host hands-on activities and learning stations focused on gardening, forestry, Appalachian culture, and more.

August 2014

Chattanooga River Raft Race Training

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors—don’t miss the thrilling Hiwassee River Raft Race! You’ll built a raft and run the river, having fun with each stroke of the paddle. Each raft must have a crew of at least three—but no more than eight—people. The race is September 6.

Girl Scout Day at Tennessee Smokies Baseball

The Tennessee Smokies Baseball Team invites girls and their families to Girl Scout Day on August 15. Girl Scouts and their families and friends get discounted tickets to the watch the hometown team host the Huntsville Stars. Fireworks on the field will follow the game.

Outdoor Cooking for Facilitators Class

Expand and share your love of cooking. Adult volunteers are invited to a one-day training session to become outdoor cooking facilitators. After the training, volunteers will be ready to lead council-sponsored or ‘by request’ outdoor cooking classes for girls and other adults.

Knoxville Zoo: Pet Care Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Brownies are invited to work on the Pet Badge at the Knoxville Zoo.

September 2014

Knoxville Zoo: Dinner and Safari

See some of the animals that are not as active during the day, and learn about why they wait until it’s late to come out and play!

Wilderness at the Smokies Stay & Play

The Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Fun Center has two special offers for Girl Scouts. Girls and their families may enjoy the elaborate waterpark on September 6 for an admission fee of $19.99 per person. Girl Scout troops and families may also book hotel rooms for as low as $99 per night September 5 – 7. Waterpark admission is included in the price, but availability is limited.

Hiwasee River Raft Race

We’re celebrating 30 years of the annual Hiwassee River Raft Race! Girl and adult teams are invited to build their own separate rafts and compete as they float and paddle down the Hiwassee River. The two-hour trip ends with girl awards for the fastest raft, the best looking raft, the hard luck raft, and the best Girl Scout skills raft.

Knoxville Zoo: Night Owl Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to a Knoxville Zoo workshop for the Night Owl Badge.

Knoxville Zoo: It’s Your Planet–Love It! WOW! Wonders of Water

Girl Scout Brownies are invited to work on the It’s Your Planet–Love It! WOW! Wonders of Water Journey at the Knoxville Zoo.

October 2014

Knoxville Zoo: It’s Your Planet–Love It! Get Moving!

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to work on the It’s Your Planet–Love It! Get Moving! Journey at the Knoxville Zoo.

June 2015

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.

July 2015

California Dreamin2 International Camporee

Girl Scouts from across the country are invited to California Dreamin2, a 2015 international camporee to be held in the San Francisco area. Take a look at the flyer below and click here for more information.

Year Round Opportunities

Heritage Center Programs

Troop Leaders: We have what you’ve been looking for! Fun , hands-on activities for a 2-hour troop meeting or a 4-hour Saturday adventure! The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center celebrates theincredible ingenuity and enduring spirit of our mountain ancestors. Available programs for girl scouts include hands-on activities, such as learning to use a primitive hunting tool, making a troop quilt, or exploring a day in the life of “Abigail,” a young girl traveling in the 1800s. Contact: Megan Griffin, Curator …

Hands On Outreach Museum

Let us bring Hands On to you! These outreach programs are the perfect way to add hands-on fun to your troop meeting! Choose the best program for your size troop and age group.   Cost: Outreach programs range in cost from $45 – $100 Contact: Laura Miles, Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@handsonmuseum.org or (423) 434-4263 ext. 103   Download PDF

Lil Swee-Tea Party

Lil Swee-Tea Party has created a fun way for girl scouts to experience an enchanted themed Tea Party and Stuff-A-Friend Workshops. Each package includes a 1.5 hour party, hostess, complete table setting with porcelain china, dress-up trunk, themed party of your choice (includes music and activity), certificate, and cupcake snack. Cost: Based on Theme Minimum of 10 children Contact: 865.981.4096 or  www.lilswee-teaparty.com. Download PDF

Overnight Fossil Adventure

Pack a snack and spend the night at the Gray Fossil Site!   Cost: $30 per child, $15 per adult Dates: By Request Contact: Call 423.439.3640 to schedule a camp-in today!   Download PDF

Scout Discount at WonderWorks

Book your group at WonderWorks for a fun-filled day of adventure! Over 100 interactive exhibits to explore, including the new 50ft tall indoor ropse course with 50 challenging elements. All scouts will receive a WonderWorks participation patch.   Cost: Scouts- $12.65 + tax (includes patch) Adults- $16.95 + tax Tagalongs (4-12 years old) $9.95 + tax Book trip in advance by calling Andrea Wilson at 865.868.1815 or email at awilson@wonderworkstn.com   Download PDF

Sew Crazy

Are you or your troop looking for a worthwhile community service project while learning a creative and fun skill? Sew Crazy is looking for you! Sew Crazy is a local sewing group that is sewing simple shirts and quilts for premature infants. Girls age 12 and up are eligible to participate. Contact: Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information (423) 434-0424. Email: donnasdesigns1@yahoo.com   Download PDF

Habitat For Humanity Programs

Complete details here about how to get involved in Habitat for Humanity. You’re never too young to help in some way.  

Painting With a Twist!

Plan a WonderWorks Sleepover

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is opening its doors for Girl Scout group sleepovers.

Hands On Overnight Adventures

Enjoy an overnight adventure with your troop!

Your adventure will include a healthy snack, continental breakfast, themed programming provided by staff educators, gift shop open for a limited time during the day, and a free museum pass for each camper to return another day.

Knoxville River Raft Race Training

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors—don’t miss the thrilling Hiwassee River Raft Race! You’ll built a raft and run the river, having fun with each stroke of the paddle. Each raft must have a crew of at  least three—but no more than eight—people.