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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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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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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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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Atlanta Zoo Adventure

Ever wanted to feed an elephant? Bring your troop on an overnight adventure at Zoo Atlanta the girls will never forget! Discover the world of the largest living land mammal – the African elephant! Spend the evening learning about these majestic creatures through hands-on activities, arts and crafts, observations through night vision scopes, and more. Wake to an exclusive peak of our elephant barn and conclude your experience by feeding one of our pachyderm pals! Climate controlled sleeping facilities, night time snack, continental breakfast, and participation patch will be provided.

Call Zoo Atlanta at 404.624.WILD for more information.

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Girl Scout Destinations: Your Ticket to Travel

There’s an amazing world outside your window just waiting to be explored, and the Girl Scout “Destinations” program is your passport to travel. Destinations adventures are for girls ages 11-17 and range from two days to three weeks. Travel across the country or across the globe. Meet other remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. You will have the most awesome, outrageous, unforgettable trip of your life.

Click here for Destinations information and contact the council’s Amanda Meade at ameade@girlscoutcsa.org for more information.

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