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Troop Wins Scarecrow Contest

Congratulations to Troop 40449 of Benton for winning Rock City’s Scarecrow Contest with a zombie farmer made from recyclable materials. “Bob” has a bleach bottle for a head and is stuffed with plastic grocery bags.

The scarecrow is on display at the Enchanted Maze at Blowing Springs Farm through October 28.

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100th Anniversary Benefits Animal Shelter

Submitted by troop co-leader Alycia Truett

To honor Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, Juniors in Troop 21087 made 100 fleece dog toys and 100 catnip-filled cat toys for the Union County Humane Society. The troop also donated dog collars and leashes, homemade dog treats, dog blankets, bleach, garbage bags, and paper towels.

Delivering the donations was both satisfying and exciting. Girls were treated to a tour of the shelter and helped out with animal socialization. It was a wonderful time.

Pictured below with their donations are (front row, left to right), Chloe Nickels, Reese Kuehl, Ariel Morgan, McKinzie Davis, Rachel Parsons, Grace Truett and Shelby Anderson; (back row, left to right) Malea Inman, Julianna Brunner, Grae Klein, Savannah Jenkins and MaKenzie McCurry.

Haley Hill visits the Cat Cottage.

Who had more fun? The girls or the animals?

Grace Truett has fun with shelter puppies.

The girls got a visit from Zeke, a mastiff looking for a home.

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Girl Scouts Assist Library for Bronze Award Project

Juniors in New Visions Troop 20550 are working on their Bronze Award, partly by helping the Mascot Library’s children’s reading program. The Bronze Award is the highest national honor a Girl Scout Junior may earn.

For their project, the girls provided weekly recycled craft projects all summer and will continue to provide projects for three more months. The troop’s Brownies are also assisting with the craft project to gain community service hours.

Crafts the Bronze Award candidates used are listed below.

Juice Box Boat


- juice boxes
- skewers
- colored tape
- thin cardboard (like Tyvek envelop)

Cut sails four inches high by three inches wide from Tyvek envelop. An adult helper must push a skewer all the way through the empty box. Place the sail on top of the skewer and decorate it with colored tape.
Note: If your box does not sail properly, cut a small slit on top of the box and add pennies for weight.

Egg Carton Caterpillars


- paper egg cartons (not shiny ones)
- googly eyes
- marker
- acrylic paint
- pipe cleaners
- fuzzy balls
- paint brushes
- tack glue

Cut the egg cartons in three and six sections and punch holes for the antennas. Children paint their caterpillar’s body (egg carton section). Next, children decorate the caterpillar with pipe cleaners for antennas, googly eyes, and fuzzy balls. Finally, they draw a mouth on their critter to finish the project.

Craft Stick Flag


- craft sticks
- red and white acrylic paint
- brushes
- blue construction paper cut to fit flags
- tack glue

Give each child 12 craft sticks. Glue nine sticks together (using another stick for the backing). Glue two sticks together for the flag pole. It will take about 30 minutes for the glue to dry. Paint the first stick in the flag red, alternating with white. Wait a few minutes and glue a square of blue construction paper onto the flag. Make 50 stars (or dots) on the flag.

Explain that the craft flag does not have the correct amount of strips and that it is OK to not make the correct amount of stars if that can’t make 50 stars.


Juice Container Bird House


- 59 ounce juice containers
- wooden dowel
- bird seed
- flat spray paint
- stickers
- yarn
- acrylic paint

In advance of working with children, spray the containers with flat white spray paint, cut a hole for the bird seed, punch the hole for the wooden dowel for the bird to sit on, and punch a hole in the top of the container to string with a yarn hanger.

Let children use paint and stickers to decorate their bird houses. Give each child a bag of birdseed to take home.


Tin Can Flower Pots


- tin cans
- flat white paint
- stickers
- acrylic paint
- seeds
- potting soil

Before working with children, drill drainage holes in the cans and spray the cans with flat white paint.

Allow children to decorate their cans with paint or stickers. Give them a bag of potting soil and let them pick out a package of seeds to take home.

Special thanks to Penny Burkhart for submitting the information, craft ideas, and photos.

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Local Girls Attend Girl’s World Forum

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians selected two girls to represent the council at the Girl’s World Forum. Emory Humphrey of
Knoxville and Chesnee Lawson of Elizabethton joined girls from around the globe at the July forum in Chicago.

The forum focused on ending extreme poverty and hunger, empowering women and promoting gender equality, and ensuring environmental

The girls spent five intense days learning how to make an action plan, learning how take that plan back home, and then put that plan into

Chesnee and Emory even got to talk to the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez. She took the time to answer every question they asked, as well as ask her own questions of them.

Both Emory and Chesnee will put the forum’s plans in action as their Gold Award project.

Adults Rynn Dupes and Amanda Meade were council representatives accompanying the girls.


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Troop 20961 Bridging Ceremony

Bridging to a new Girl Scout level is an important part of Girl Scouting. We hope you get some ideas and inspiration from Girl Scout Troop 20961’s ceremony.

Content submitted by Nancy Reddy, Troop Secretary

Historic Burdett Manor in Lenoir City was the setting on August 11 where the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians CEO Booth Kammann, her daughter, and families of Girl Scout Troop 20961 gathered to celebrate a year of great accomplishments.

Troop Leader Victoria McDonald began the event by speaking about how proud she was of the eight scouts who had served as leaders throughout the year, first learning about a particular badge that interested them and then teaching it to the entire troop.

Four girls were then recognized for earning the Cadette Summit Pin by completing all three Cadette Journey programs. The Cadette Summit pin is the second highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. Recipients were Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson, McKenzie Ayers, and MaryAnn Reddy.

Nine girls were recognized for completing the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout may earn. They are Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson, Savannah McDonald, Taylor Boyer, Juliana Pulsinelli, Natalie Wood, McKenzie Ayers, Allison Campbell, and Haley Smith. The girls divided into three teams to complete three different projects that all came together to become “Serenity Pointe,” an outdoor place for respite and rejuvenation for families and staff at Ronald McDonald House.

Troop 20961 has 20 members, and 10 scouts are Silver Award recipients. Most of the remaining troop members are currently working on their Silver Award. The troop’s leaders passionately promote achievement of the high awards in Girl Scouting, citing the plethora of life and leadership skills these awards they teach and instill in young women.

Following the awards recognition was the bridging ceremony, the time to celebrate scouts moving on to a new level in the scouting program. Troop 20961 has two members who have started high school and have now officially begun their journey as Senior Girl Scouts. They are Isabel Richter and Sydney Gabrielson. Following the awards presentation and Bridging ceremonies families enjoyed a picnic supper coordinated by Jeanette Smith and Tammie Newton. Fathers grilled hamburgers and hot dogs while the event ended with ice cream. It was a very special and momentous evening enjoyed by all.

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows the two Senior Girl Scouts of Troop 20961 on the symbolic bridge Pictured (left to right) are Isabel Richter and Sydney Gabrielson

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows Troop Leaders with the two Senior Girl Scouts of Troop 20961 Pictured (left to right) are Assistant Troop Leader Christi Wood, Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson and Troop Leader Victoria McDonald

Photo by Julie and Greg Mowris This photo shows the scouts of Troop 20961 with Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. Pictured (left to right) are Kim Newton, Terra Holly, Savannah McDonald, Haley Smith, Juliana Pulsinelli, Lauren Dieterich, Allison Campbell, Taylor Boyer, Katelin Stooksberry, CEO Booth Kammann, McKenzie Ayers, Cassie Stooksberry, Savana Mowris, Natalie Wood, Taylor Aytes, Stephanie Newton, Erin Victorson, Isabel Richter, MaryAnn Reddy and Sydney Gabrielson. Not pictured: Brittney Phillips

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows the new Silver Award recipients of Troop 20961 Pictured (left to right) are Haley Smith, Isabel Richter, Savannah McDonald, Juliana Pulsinelli, McKenzie Ayers, Allison Campbell, Natalie Wood, Taylor Boyer and Sydney Gabrielson


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Way to Go!

Troop 451 from Greendale Elementary participated in Keep America Beautiful’s “Great American Cleanup” and was awarded patches and a certificate for being the troop with the most volunteers for cleanup.The girls collected trash at Sugar Hollow, a local park in Bristol, Virginia.


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Girl Scout Adventure at Panther Creek State Park

Submitted by Cheryl-Ann Paul, troop leader

On Friday, July 27, 2012, our troop went to Panther Creek State Park and followed a program set up for Girl Scouts there. (It was advertised in the email news letter from the council.)

What a great day we had! The staff are wonderful. Having our own ranger at all times, we all walked in Panther Stream and learned a lot of very useful information about aquatic life. It was so welcoming during this hot summer to be walking in a cool, shady stream.

After a snack, we all congregated at the edge of the Cherokee Reservoir and went canoeing. Once again, the ranger was so very watchful and attentive and gave my girls so much useful information. Then, he paddled them out and had a ‘jolly good ole’ time.

While Wilfred is not always available, he made an unusual appearance for my girls. What excitement this generated! Wilfred is a corn snake and he certainly did put a highlight to a most fantastic day. Troop 20959 takes their caps off to ‘Ranger Jason’ whom was kind, understanding, and patient at all times with my girls. He is a “Ranger Extraordinaire.”

Council Note: To schedule your Panther Creek Adventure, phone the park at (423) 587-7046 and ask for Ranger Jason Chadwell.


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Local Troop Joins the Great Girl Scout Hike

Girl Scout Troop 20628, Daisies through Juniors, participated in the Great Girl Scout Hike on May 20, 2012.  Everyone had a fantastic time visiting Clingman’s Dome and hiking the part of the Tennessee section of the Appalachian Trail. Girls had lots of fun at Clingman’s Dome with one foot in North Carolina and one foot in Tennessee.


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PR Stars: Troop Works with TN Izaak Walton League

Submitted by Troop Leader Nancy Watson

Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 20130 members Aimen Ali, Julia Dmowska, Katherine Sumarriva, and Alyssa Watson have worked with the Tennesee Izaak Walton League (TN IWL) to offer a new, free, year-long series of nature programs for the public. Troop member Emma Barnes worked in the initial planning stages and occasionally assisted with an event, but had school-year time constraints.

The girls had worked with TN IWL several years ago to make signs, benches, and educational displays for the Turkey Creek Wetland Park Natural Area. Mark Campen, executive director, contacted them last spring to see if they were interested in internships to help develop a new outdoor education program.

Just after school was out in 2010, the girls enthusiastically began to dream up a series of outdoor programs. They decided they would plan, publish, and assist with the events, and the Tennessee Izaak Walton League naturalists would provide the expertise for the main program. Since the series of programs was new for the TN IWL, the whole format, subject matter, methods of publicizing, and every other detail had to be decided.

Their first event with four naturalists leading short programs was in August 2010 and everyone arrived at the park in a light rain. Many of the girls’ teen friends had turned out to help with the event, but only five other people came out in the drizzle to attend. The decision was made to proceed with the stream sampling and nature walks despite the weather. At the end of the event, many of the volunteers commented on how much fun the stream sampling was, and the girls wanted to plan another stream event and hope for better weather.

The second stream program was in early October 2010, and this time the day was beautiful with an excellent turnout. TN IWL’s Nelson Ross began the program with a survey of macro invertebrates to catch everyone’s interest and educate them on the basics of stream ecology. Knox County storm water professional Parci Gibson concluded with a talk about how we can keep our streams clean.

In addition, they’ve offered a program about seeds and a program about planting for wildlife program in Turkey Creek Wetland, a series of three seasonal nature walks at TVA’s Hickory Bend Land, an early spring nature walk at William Hastie Natural Area, a tree-planting program at Episcopal School of Knoxville, and a program to build bluebird houses.

Mark Campen, says of the program, “We are always excited and grateful to have volunteers from schools, Scouts, churches and any other civic groups that want to help us carry out part of mission, which is to provide conservation education opportunities to the public.” Alyssa Watson, teen volunteer, says “I feel like we are doing something important when we teach adults and kids about the environment.”

In addition to the TN IWL programs, the girls have taken what they have learned on this project and presented nature games and educational crafts at West Knox Service Unit encampment and Second Saturday at The Cove.

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PR Stars: Girl Scouts Build Bluebird Houses


Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20384 with leaders Elisha Perez and Carla Gunderson worked with the Lions Club to build and mount bluebird houses for a Loudon City Park.

LionGerry Knepp assisted the girls in his Tellico Village workshop as they built the bluebird houses. He showed them how to use the tools and explained that by using cedar the houses would last longer.

”This was a great experience in collaboration between several community minded organizations, and it benefited the environment!” Said Gail Yook, the region’s service unit manager for troops. “The Parks and Recreation Department was very appreciative. The girls learned facts about bluebirds, they experienced using woodworking tools, and they completed a community service project.”

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