American Red Cross Pillowcase Project

American Red Cross representatives will come to select troop meetings for the “Pillowcase Project” to prepare girls for disasters. Each girl will get her own pillowcase to stuff with an emergency supply kit. She’ll also decorate the pillowcase with reminders of her own strength. Watch the Pillowcase Project in in action.

This free program is designed for girls in the third through fifth grades.

To set up a troop visit:

Virginia troops should contact the American Red Cross at (276) 645-6650 or email Barry Abromovage at Barrygucci2@gmail.com.

Northeast Tennessee troops should contact America Red Cross’ Angela Morris at angela.morris@redcross.org.

The Pillowcase Project is made possible by support from the Walt Disney Company.


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A special request from Girl Scout Troop #40900!

These girls are looking for used, worn out flags for a Flag Retirement Ceremony on September 6th. They are doing this ceremony as a service project for a travelship grant they were awarded recently (the grant is to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace)! They will be collecting flags from May 1-August 1.

You can bring your flags to the Dayton fire dept, Dayton city hall, the Chattanooga shop, as well as the Knoxville shop. There are bins set up to collect the flags. Good luck girls!

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You’re invited to the 2014 Girl Scout Convention!

Join fellow Girl Scouts of all ages at our 2014 Girl Scout Convention in spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah! This exhilarating event is October 16–19 and, for the first time ever, you can register directly for the convention!

Visiting girls and adults will observe the proceedings at the National Council Session, have fun in the Hall of Experiences, and participate at the Learning Pauses and Conversation Cafés. There’s plenty at convention to engage and enlighten everyone

All members and alumnae are welcome to attend the convention, even if you aren’t part of the council’s official delegation.

And we have great news: if you register now, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $70 on the four-day alumna package.


The alumna package gives you access to lively conversations, inspiring speakers, and all of the great things that the Hall of Experiences will showcase, especially the Alumnae Welcome area where you can meet up with old and new friends while you relax and have some fun. We’ll be hosting special meetings of the Green Hats, Trefoil Guilds, and RoundUppers here as well!

You’ll also be invited to our amazing Alumnae Networking Reception (Thursday, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.) and, if you’re between ages 18 and 30, you can enjoy our special Young Alumnae Reception (Friday, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.). Plus, you’ll be able to register for our learning workshops and special theme dinners to make the convention educational as well as fun!

Register today so you don’t miss out on the ultimate girls’ weekend—a chance to celebrate and advocate on behalf of girls and renew Girl Scout friendships and make new ones! Our national convention happens only once every three years, so invite your friends, come join us, and let’s convention!


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MagiQuest offers Girl Scout troops the opportunity to schedule sleepovers inside some of Pigeon Forge’s most exciting attractions. Costs per girl range from $45–$65. See the flyer with details and plan your visit today!

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Minnesota Girl Scout Jamboree

Minnesota Girl Scouts are hosting a huge jamboree July 15-19, 2015, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. All Girl Scouts who are at least 12 years old and in at least the sixth grade by July 14, 2015, are invited.

Activities include crafts, swimming, horseback riding, and canoeing. Optional escapes include rock climbing and a day at the Mall of America!

Registration: $250 per girl through September 2014; $275 per girl October 1 – November 31, 2014
Accommodation pricing ranges from approximately $39 — $115
All money and final paperwork will be due March 14, 2015.

Click here for details and registration.

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Badge and Journey workshops at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is excited to be able to offer Girl Scout badge and Journey workshops!

Each 2-3 hour comprehensive workshop includes aquarium admission, a guided aquarium tour, hands-on activities, and a workbook and participation patch set.

Workshops are offered Saturday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) from June through January upon availability. A minimum of 10 girls is required. Contact the aquarium to request a workshops on other dates.

Journey workshops available:
Daisies – Between Earth and Sky
Brownies – WOW! Wonders of Water
Juniors – Get Moving!

Badge workshops available:
Brownie Household Elf
Junior Animal Habitats
Cadette Animal Helpers
Cadette Night Owl (completed at Sleep with the Sharks)
Ambassador Water

Workshops are $14.99 + tax per girl and $10.99 + tax per adult.

Visit http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/ for more information and to buy tickets.

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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 March 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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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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Send Coupons to Military Families Overseas

Individual Girl Scouts and Girl Scout troops are invited to join a service project to help military families stationed oversees. These families are often living on one income, and money can be scarce.

Military families living oversees can use expired coupons for up to six month past their expiration date. Coupon clippers are invited to send unused or expired coupons to these special families.

Click here for complete details.


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Explore Solar Energy at SPECTRUM Exhibit

Girl Scouts are invited to SPECTRUM, a free, interactive solar energy exhibit at the Knoxville Center.

Some of the fun activities include scavenger hunts through the exhibit, learning to make s’mores in a pizza box, testing light bulbs’ efficiency, and finding easy ways to track energy costs.

SPECTRUM staff will customize troop visits with hands-on experiments to inspire girls to envision themselves in high-tech careers. This is a great resource for Juniors working on the Get Moving Journey. SPECTRUM even offers a box science kit for girls to use at a troop meeting.

To schedule a troop visit or get more information, contact spectrum@utk.edu or call (865) 329-0553, ext. 2.

See a SPECTRUM flyer.

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