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Girl Scouts to host event for community at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn. Any and all members of the community are invited to celebrate with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) when it hosts Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight, an event intended to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

The event, which has an overnight component, will last from 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. More than 500 people are expected to attend the event.

This family-friendly event is open to all members of the community, male or female, regardless of any current or past involvement with Girl Scouts.

Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight will begin with registration at 4 p.m. in the adjacent Earhart Campground. Attendees are invited to participate in the “Bling my Campsite” competition, in which they will pitch tents or set up campsites with a special theme.

Next, the Bristol Motor Speedway gates will open at 5 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., a hot dog meal will be served (included in ticket price). From 6:30 to 7 p.m., the council will hold an Opening Ceremony and will then move on to activities/games from 7 to 9 p.m. Finally, a movie will be shown inside the Speedway and ice cream will be served courtesy of Mayfield Dairy Farms from 9 to 11 p.m.

At 11 p.m., overnight participants will head back to Earhart Campground for a campout, or day guests may leave the Speedway to head home. All attendees must be out of Earhart Campground by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 after breakfast is served.

Activities inside the Speedway include crafts, ride-alongs on the track, photo opportunities in Victory Lane, tours of the luxury suites, relay races, face painting, games and more!

“Hosting a 100th Anniversary celebration inside Bristol Motor Speedway truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our girls. This will give them an outlet to celebrate the anniversary but also participate in team-building and productive and educational activities that will improve their Girl Scout experience,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of GSCSA. “This event is also the perfect place for families to come spend an evening and enjoy fun activities in a wholesome environment.”

Members of the community may register for Girl Scouts at the event. Dues are $12 for an annual membership. There are many different ways for girls to join the Girl Scouts movement, from joining a troop that meets bi-weekly to only attending one-day events throughout the Southern Appalachians region. The council is also looking for adult volunteers – male or female. The time commitment ranges from one-time only to once or twice a month as a troop leader. Girl Scouts has a place for everyone!

Pre-registration is requested and is available online at http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/227.  Tickets are $10 via pre-registration ($15 at the gate) for the day-only package, which includes activities and dinner in the Speedway from 5 to 11 p.m. This package also includes a patch and goody bag. Tickets are $15 via pre-registration ($20 at the gate) for the overnight package, which includes activities and dinner in the Speedway from 5 to 11 p.m., plus a sleepover at Earhart Campground and breakfast on September 30. This package also includes a patch and goody bag.

Everyone in attendance must pay the event fee, but children ages 4 and under will be admitted free.

This event is sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway, Mayfield Dairy Farms, First Tennessee and the Bristol Herald Courier.

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

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

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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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Now is the time to join Girl Scouts in the Southern Appalachians area

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – If you’ve ever thought of volunteering for or enrolling your daughter in the Girl Scouts organization, now is the perfect time to participate! Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) is putting out a call to the community for both adult volunteers and girls to sign up.

Several recruitment events are planned for the Southern Appalachians region to introduce the community to Girl Scouts and recruit potential Girl Scouts, troop leaders, troop assistants and short term volunteers with special skills. Below is information about each event.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Friday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Johnson City Cardinals Ballpark, 111 Legion Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
*Crafts and balloons will be available for participants.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Karing Fair at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Hwy, Johnson City, TN 37601
*The council will have a booth at the Karing Fair and will have crafts and balloons.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Getaway, 1 Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 (Just off Exit 14 on I-81)
*There will be two artist exhibits to enjoy during the recruitment event.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914
*Girls and adults who register for Girl Scouts during the event time will be admitted free into the zoo with another paying adult.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W. Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, TN 37830
*Girls (ages K-12) and adults who register for Girl Scouts during the event time will receive a free self-guided tour through the museum. Participants may also enjoy crafts and a bounce house.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Alcoa City Center, 245 Watt St. Alcoa, TN 37701
*Booths will also be set up by Titanic Museum Attraction, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Tennessee Smokies and Wonderworks. Participants may also enjoy face painting and crafts.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 at the amphitheater near JCPenney. 

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Renaissance Park, Corner of Manufacturer’s Rd. and Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405
*New York Life will provide free child identification cards. The following community partners will also attend and provide information or an activity: The Crash Pad, Hamilton County Water Quality Program, Wild Trails, Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, North Shore Yoga, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, University of Tennessee Chattanooga Athletic Department, Chattanooga River Boats’ Southern Belle, and more.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Deer Park, Harel Ave. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311
*Participants may enjoy crafts, a bounce house and make a bookmark for the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. Museum Center at 5ive Points will also set up an educational booth.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Joe Stock Memorial Park, 208-B N. Main St., LaFayette, GA 30728
*Participants may enjoy a performance by First Step Dance Studio, a beekeeping demonstration by Pigeon Mountain Trading Company, a demonstration by Raccoon Mountain Caverns, plus crafts, a bounce house, archery, games and education from local fire and police departments.

Girl Scout Recruitment Event
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Joe Stock Memorial Park, 208-B N. Main St., LaFayette, GA 30728
*Participants may enjoy a performance by First Step Dance Studio, beekeeping demonstration by Pigeon Mountain Trading Company, demonstration by Raccoon Mountain Caverns, plus crafts, a bounce house, archery, games and education from local fire and police departments.
*Help local Girl Scouts help Austin Whitten’s family. Funds raised for this cause during the event will be used to help renovate a bathroom to make it wheelchair-accessible for Austin.

“There’s never been a more perfect time to join the Girl Scouts movement. We’re looking for both girls and adults to register,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA). “Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, former Girl Scout or community member – we want you to volunteer! And there are many ways for girls to join the movement as well.”

The recruitment events are designed for potential Girl Scouts and volunteers to learn more about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Registration will be available for all interested parties. Staff members and current volunteers will be available to answer questions.

There are many different ways to join the organization as a Girl Scout. While joining a troop is still a very popular option for participation, girls may also follow a “Series Pathway,” a troop-style experience in which they participate once or twice a year in a series of programs with a particular theme. Another option is the “Outdoors Pathway” for the girl who loves everything outside and wishes to participate in camps, programs and adventures with an outdoor focus. Or, the “Events Pathway,” gives a girl local and council-wide opportunities for education and fun by attending one-time events all year long.

There are also countless ways to volunteer for Girl Scouts as an adult. Whether someone has a little or a lot of time to give, every attempt is made to place volunteers that meet both their needs and interests. Volunteer time commitments range from one or two events a year to a year-long commitment. Complete training is provided to all new volunteers and a local support group is available to assist.

Participating in the Girl Scout program has long-term benefits for girls. According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.

Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 77% vote regularly, compared to 63% of non-alumnae. Additionally, 38% of Girl Scout alumnae have attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae. Girl Scout alumnae also a report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).

To learn more about the GSCSA’s recruitment efforts or the organization in general, visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.

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About Us
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has more than 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. Our 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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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 http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/339 or at the door, pending space availability.

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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
spope@girlscoutcsa.org
(865) 584-0550

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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 http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/226.  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 http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/358. 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 spope@ackermannpr.com or (865) 584-0550 (office).

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

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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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City of LaFollette, Tenn. recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

On Feb. 29, Mayor Mike Stanfield met with Girl Scout Troop 20127 and Ms. Von Wilson and Mishonda Monday from Troop 20208 to present them with the proclamation that declared 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

In 2010, Troop 20127 met Mayor Stanfield and Officer Glennis Monday at Sgt. Park for a different reason.  The girls cleaned up the park, which is now used every day by many of LaFollette’s citizens.

Mishonda Monday is a Gold Award recipient for 2012, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout can receive.

Abby Green, Ally Greene, Kassie Scarborough, Katelyn Scarborough and Rachel Stiner are all Silver Award recipients for 2012, which is the second highest award that a Girl Scout can receive.

About The 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.

For more information on the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org.

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Girl Scouts set to “rock out” World’s Fair Park

Knoxville, Tenn. – On Saturday, April 28, hundreds of Girl Scouts from the Southern Appalachians region are expected to “rock out” World’s Fair Park when they attend the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Knoxville Sing-Along. The event, produced by Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA), is scheduled to take place on April 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

The event is 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.

So, what’s a Sing-Along? It’s a casual gathering for group singing; and it’s a favorite pastime of Girl Scouts everywhere. In fact, since the Girl Scout movement was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, girls have used singing to celebrate friendship and their commitment to girls’ leadership.

This particular Sing-Along will feature Girl Scout “Songstress” Melinda Caroll, a composer, producer, performer, recording artist and lifetime Girl Scouts member. She has been the inspirational creative force behind music for Girl Scouts since 1989.

The Sing-Along will feature songs that anyone who sang campfire songs as a child will remember. In addition to music, the event will include inflatables, face painting, games, magic, crafts and concessions.

“We celebrated the Girl Scouts organization’s 100th anniversary on March 12, and we have several events planned over the next few months to keep the excitement high,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of GSCSA. “A Sing-Along is a perfect way for our girls to celebrate entering the next century of Girl Scouting.”

Pre-registration is requested and is available online at http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/225. Tickets for the event are $10 per person through pre-registration and $15 at the gate. Children ages four and under will be admitted free.

The event is sponsored in part by B97.5, Knoxville News Sentinel, Pilot Travel Centers and First Tennessee.

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

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

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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.

Melinda Caroll

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Cities of Rockwood, Kingston recognize 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaim 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

Kingston, Tenn. –  On February 27, 2012, City of Rockwood Mayor James Watts presented an official proclamation to Roane County Girl Scout Troop 20494.

Additionally, On March 13, 2012, City of Kingston Mayor Troy Beets presented an official proclamation to Roane County Girl Scout Troops 20092, 20489 and 21168.

Watts and Beets both recognized the remarkable milestone of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Girl.” The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and 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. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The 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.

City of Kingston Proclaims "100 Years of Girl Scouts"

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City of Norris, Tenn. recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

(Norris, Tenn.) – On March 12, 2012, Norris, Tenn. City Council presented and voted unanimously to recognize 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization and to proclaim 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

City Council presented Troops 20502, 20167 and 20768 of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians with an official proclamation to recognize this remarkable milestone.

Additionally, several members of these Girl Scout troops assisted in the service of worship at Norris United Methodist Church on March 11, 2012 for “Girl Scout Sunday.”  They served as greeters, ushers and read the scripture. Following the service, they hosted a Cookie Fellowship and served Girl Scout cookies.

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

 Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and 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. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The 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.

Presenting of Proclamation. Front row: Troop 20768 Brownies Hayley Anderson, Karanna Bailey, Ally Perry, Ashlynn Wilson and Jessica Wilson. (Their leaders are Laura Butts and April Perry.) Second row: Troop 20167 Junior Carly Ryan, Troop 20502 Cadettes Mariah Dodge, Masheala Dodge, Dara Koeut, Allison Mohrman, Rachel Ryan and Diana Scarbrough. (Their leaders are Terri Ryan and Samantha Sheehy.) Back row: Councilman Tommy Mariner, Mayor Chris Mitchell, Councilman Jack Black, and Councilwoman Loy Johnson. Girl Scout Sunday. From L to R: Rachel Ryan (Cadette), Carly Ryan, and Payton Campbell (Juniors), ready to serve cookies to the parishioners.

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Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians team up to celebrate “100 Years of Girl Scouts”

(Oak Ridge, Tenn.) – On Saturday, March 24, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) and the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) will partner to host “Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in America. The celebration will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

The March 24 event will include stage presentations, Girl Scout activities throughout the museum, lunch and viewing of the new Girl Scout exhibit. Kathryn D. Sullivan, renowned astronaut, former Girl Scout and current assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be the guest speaker.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts,” said Booth Kammann, the CEO of GSCSA. “We hope this event will strengthen our current Girl Scouts’ passions and educate them about Girl Scouting throughout history. And we hope our alumnae in attendance will reminisce about their meaningful, incomparable experiences as Girl Scouts.”

“The Children’s Museum is very happy to partner with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting has long been an integral part of Children’s Museum, beginning with Senior Troop 69, which first started the museum,” said Mary Ann Damos, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. “I am also proud to include the unveiling of a Girl Scout exhibit during the celebration, which will be very special and close to the hearts of Girl Scouts of every age.” 

The Girl Scout organization has a very special and unique history in Oak Ridge, the “Secret City.” The very first Oak Ridge Girl Scout troop was formed by Elsie Novy (Atkins) during WWII after she received permission from the United States Army. Decades later, Oak Ridger Joyce Maienschein’s Girl Scout Troop 69 founded the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The aforementioned exhibit of Maienschein’s Girl Scout collection will also include memorabilia from Elsie Novy (Atkins).

The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 10:15 a.m.:
    Formal stage program in the CMOR gym area
     
  • 12-2:30 p.m.:
    Lunch available by pre-registration, or brown bag
     
  • Noon–3:45 p.m.:
    Girl Scout hands-on activities throughout the museum
     
  • 3:45 p.m.:
    Closing ceremony

Registration is full for the event, but the media is invited to attend. If you are interested in setting up interviews and/or attending the event, please contact Sarah Pope at spope@ackermannpr.com or (865) 584-0550.

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

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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.

About the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
Founded in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is a multi-faceted hands-on cultural center for children and adults, serving families and school systems in the city of Oak Ridge, the counties of Anderson, Roane, Morgan, Scott, Union, and the East Tennessee region. It is housed in a 54,000-square-foot renovated 1940s school building built during the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and contains 20,000 artifacts in its collection. Young people of all ages and their families are introduced to history, the arts, environmental science and cultural studies through in-depth hands-on classes, interactive exhibitions, and the performing arts through music, storytelling and dance presented as special events throughout the year and at annual festivals.

Current Girl Scouts in vintage uniforms

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Campbell County recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

Jacksboro, Tenn. – Mayor William Baird recognized 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization and proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

Baird presented girls with Troop 20208 and Troop 20715 of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians with a proclamation on March 8, 2012 at the Campbell County Courthouse to recognize this remarkable milestone (photo below).

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and 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. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The 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.

Back row: Mayor William Baird, Marikayla Luallen, Mishonda Monday. Front row: Savannah Jones, Reagan Hatfield, Savannah Pinkston

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