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Welcome to the GSCSA newsroom! We look forward to sharing how Girl Scouts are taking action in east Tennessee, north Georgia, and southwest Virginia, for themselves, their communities, and the world.

We look forward to working with representatives from all types of media outlets. 

Media Contact: Laura Skonberg, vice president of communications


Call 800-474-1912, Ext. 2021

  • JOANN and Girl Scouts: Supporting Female Leadership Together

  • September Green Spot: Heather McPherson and Jackie Quillen

    Service unit manager Heather McPherson and service unit event manager Jackie Quillen have re-energized their service unit with fun and enriching events. For example, they hosted an International Tea party this past spring. As a part of this event, they collected and donated 306 books to Greeneville City and Greene County Schools. They also coordinated a campout at Davy Crockett State Park this summer. Six troops and more than 40 girls attended. At this campout, they hiked, swam, cooked their food over the campfire, and made SWAPS.  

    Thank you, Heather and Jackie!

  • Girl Scouts take 'unforgettable' American Road Trip

  • July Green Spot: Kameron Hanshaw

    This month's Green Spot volunteer is Kameron Hanshaw from Emory Valley Service Unit.

    Kameron has been a Girl Scout since she was a kid. Her mom, Tracy Jarnigan, was her troop's volunteer! Side note: Kameron’s Ambassador to Girl Scout adult bridging ceremony was ziplining from one point to the next. How cool is that?!

    She became a lifetime member in 2015 after high school graduation. She is now a multi-level troop administrator for Troop 20769 and the girl awards coordinator for Emory Valley Service Unit!

    Kameron earned her high awards and loves helping girls brainstorm and plan theirs! She is always eager to talk to a girl about the value of the awards. She acts as a mentor to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors and wants to help them make Girl Scouts fun, meaningful, and relevant. She looks forward to helping girls plan meetings and events and helping them navigate how to fit Girl Scouts into their busy schedules.

    Thank you, Kameron, for your dedication and your positive, can-do attitude!

  • Complimentary Troop Camping Weekend Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of our drawing for a complimentary troop camping weekend!

    These troops were entered in a drawing to win because they renewed at least 70 percent of their troops' memberships in the first week of our Early Bird renewal campaign! We are thrilled to already have so many Girl Scouts committed to returning for another year.

    These three troops won a complimentary troop camping weekend at a GSCSA camp property of their choice: Troop 56 in Carter County, Troop 20041 in Blount County, and Troop 40062 in Hamilton County! 

  • June Green Spot: Jennifer Botts.

    Jennifer Botts is a longtime Girl Scout volunteer who serves as troop administrator for Troop 168 in Bristol, Virginia. She is also the outgoing service unit manager of the Bristol Stars Service Unit. 

    She's warm and approachable, and volunteers always walk away from the monthly service unit meetings feeling more informed and confident. 

    Jennifer's troop is known for their regular travels. They've been to Savannah and Nashville, among other destinations! They girls take a lead in their planning process and have gained financial literacy, Girl Scout knowledge, and practical road trip skills along the way. They also just earned their Bronze Award! Way to go, girls!

    We are so thankful for Jennifer's wisdom, accessibility, and kindness throughout the years. 

  • Summer Camp Patch Design Contest Winner

    We have a winner in the 2017 Summer Camp patch design contest!

    Ten-year-old Ella B. from Ooltewah submitted this year’s winning design! Every girl who attends a session of Summer Camp will receive this cool patch – designed by Ella, a first-time camper this year!

    We love her creativity! (Did you spot the letters C-A-M-P in the trees?!)

    Congrats, Ella!

  • Sylvia Acevedo Named Permanent Chief Executive Officer Of Girl Scouts Of The USA

  • May Green Spot: Perky Long

    This month's Green Spot volunteer is Perky Long from Awahila Service Unit in Hamilton County.

    She began volunteering with her daughter Sandra's Brownie Girl Scout troop 37 years ago!

    The troop continues to stay in touch with Perky after all that time, and she continues to volunteer with Awahila! She has been the Fall Product and Cookie Program manager for more than 25 years. She also mentors her daughter, who is a troop leader and service unit manager. Perky’s granddaughter is also a Girl Scout! 

    She is a true people person, and she consistently shares her experience, thoughtfulness, and encouragement with volunteers. She is someone who can be counted on to do more than just her share. She lives up to her nickname, and is always upbeat and perky! 

    She also works part-time at Ooltewah Baptist Church, is involved in a car club, and has grandsons who are active Boy Scouts. 

  • April Green Spot: Penny Jo Burkhart

    The April Green Spot volunteer is Penny Jo Burkhart from New Visions Service Unit in Knoxville.

    Penny began volunteering in 2008 with her daughter, Hannah's, Daisy troop at East Knox County Elementary School. She is the troop's administrator, and she serves as the service unit treasurer and event coordinator.

    Penny is a very energetic, passionate, and enthusiastic mentor for the girls and volunteers in New Visions. As the administrator for Troop 20550, she guided the girls through the requirements to earn both the Bronze and Silver Awards, and they're currently working on the requirements to earn the Gold Award. She makes a difference in the lives the girls with her ability to motivate, encourage, and support their efforts to earn these higher awards.

    Penny has great organizational skills that she uses in planning service unit events with other volunteers. They have planned numerous product program kickoffs, year-end celebrations, Journey workshops, and service projects. She is a fantastic multitasker!

    She understands the importance of adhering to deadlines for submitting paperwork and encourages her volunteers to keep accurate records. She fulfills her commitments no matter what it takes. Even if she bites off more than she can chew, she presses on with dedication to do what she promised to do.

    Penny is committed to Girl Scout mission and gives freely of her time and efforts as a volunteer. Simply put: she is a person who c...

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  • Girl Media Team for G.I.R.L. 2017, Application Deadline March 12

    Thinking about heading to this year’s G.I.R.L. 2017 (convention) in Columbus, Ohio? You should apply to be on the Girl Media Team! Hurry: the application deadline is March 12!

    We have a great opportunity for Junior through Ambassador girls nationwide, to join the Girl Media Team. Members will serve as spokespeople for the Girl Scout Movement via prerecorded “Convention TV” spots, live television and radio interviews, and more.
    Review more information and submit application videos by March 12. Email Megan Neuffer with questions.

  • March Green Spot: Mary Fanslow

    This month’s Green Spot volunteer is Mary Fanslow from Holston River Service Unit in Kingsport.

    Mary is a longtime Girl Scout volunteer and the current troop administrator of Troop 263. She also serves as the adult recognitions coordinator and co-service unit manager for Holston River. She has been with Troop 263 since 1994!

    Her heart is with the Girl Scout Leadership Program and her troop accepts any girl whose desire is to be a Girl Scout, no matter what grade she is in. In years past, Mary has had girls of all grade levels, and has not been sure of how to get enough volunteers for the girls’ needs. She asked lots of questions, and, through some trial and error, was able to recruit enough volunteers! She is rewarded by the smiles of the girls who reach their goals.

    Mary is passionate about volunteers being recognized for their contributions to Girl Scouts. She has served for 12 years as the service unit’s recognitions coordinator, keeping a spreadsheet of the nominations and the recipients in her area.  She not only focuses on her area, but she has also been a member of the council’s volunteer appreciation task force for 12 years, which reviews all award nominations in the council area.

    She has also recently stepped into the role of co-managing Holston River Service Unit. She has been asked to fill this role before, but she now feels comfortable taking on a new role and broadening her volunteer experience. She has lots of re...

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  • Girl Scouts get TWO chances to experience Dollywood this summer!

    Girl Scouts get TWO chances to experience Dollywood this summer!

    We are so excited about the 2017 VIP Experience: troops that have a final PGA of 240 boxes will get to go to Dollywood on June 24! Each girl who has sold cookies in the troop will get one free ticket. Only the girls in the troop that have sold cookies will be eligible to take part in this VIP awesomeness.

    Parents, volunteers, and family will all get deeply-discounted tickets at the special rate of $41.55 (includes tax) for children (up to senior in high school) and adults are $47.15 (includes tax).  This is over a 35% discount over 2017 ticket rates!  

    It’s also the same day as Girl Scout Day at Dollywood! Check out details about Girl Scout Day at Dollywood on our Activities calendar

  • Girl Scout cookie booths to open soon

  • 2017 Big South Fork Photo Contest

    Take a photo within the park and enter! Photos should highlight the spectacular views, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the park.

    Anyone under 18 and under can enter as a youth! Up to two photos per person can be entered in the following categories:

    • Action/Adventure
    • Cultural
    • Flora and Fauna
    • Kentucky landscapes
    • Tennessee landscapes
    • Artistic

    Photos will be judged on originality, creativity, visual impact and artistic merit.

    Winners will be announced in September.  The winning photos will be on exhibition at the Bandy Creek Visitor’s Center and displayed on the park’s website and social media.

    Entries must be received no later than July 3, 2017. Photos and entry forms should be emailed to or dropped off/mailed to the Park Headquarters Office at:

    Big South Fork NRRA
    4564 Leatherwood Rd.
    Oneida, TN 37841
    Attn: Photo Contest

    Check their website for full contest details and eligibility.

  • You could design the camp patch!

    Last year’s patch was such a hit that we’re doing it again! This year’s official Summer Resident Camp patch will be designed by a girl – and you can help decide which one! Submit your design by April 1 and then watch our Facebook during the month of April to vote on the winner! Email your designs to or mail them to 1567 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville, TN, 37919.

  • February Green Spot: Cathy Hendricks

    This month's Green Spot volunteer is Cathy Hendricks of Lake Village Service Unit in Chattanooga.

    Cathy Hendricks, First Lady of Troop 41007, is a cookie guru. Not only does she manage cookie for a troop of 25 girls, but she has also agreed to help out a service unit that she doesn’t even belong to.

    She takes amazing notes at every meeting, she keeps the troop organized well in advance, and she even helped out with school recruitments in Ooltewah. It's a fact that she bleeds green. Bring out your strings of pearls to salute Mrs. Cathy Hendricks as our Green Spot volunteer of February! Thank you, Cathy, for adding class and poise to our Girl Scout team.

  • 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies Starts NOW!


    Laura Skonberg
    Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
    6101 Enterprise Park Dr., Suite 600
    Chattanooga, TN 37416
    800-474-1912, Ext. 2021

    100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies Starts NOW!

    Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians kicking off the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program on Jan. 13 with some sweet milestones. This year marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, and our brand new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are available for customers to try.

    Girl Scout Cookies help Girl Scouts earn money for activities and community service projects, and also play a role in transforming girls into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)™ as they learn essential life skills.

    Today, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the Cookie Program, generating almost $800 million in cookie sales during the average season. All the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program—100 percent of it— stays with the local council and troops. Over 50 million households nationwide purchase cookies every season.

    Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold helps power thousands of experiences for girls. Additionally, through cookie earnings, consumers help propel Girl Scouts’ big ideas into reality, while ensuring local troops thrive and grow.

    Girls will take initial...

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  • January Green Spot: Jamie Fischer

    This month’s Green Spot volunteer is Jamie Fischer from Cumberland Gap Service Unit. Jamie is not only a troop administrator for Troop 20570, but she is also one of two service unit managers for Cumberland Gap.

    Jamie has done an outstanding job in both roles. When Jamie and her daughter, Alexus, moved to the area, there wasn’t an active service unit nearby, so they chose to be part of a LaFollette service unit in the meantime.

    Over time, Jamie was able to start a service unit in the Cumberland Gap area a little more than four years ago with the help of council staff member Jennifer Nelson.

    In that four years, the service unit has doubled in size! A lot of the growth is a result of Jamie’s dedication to the girls in Cumberland Gap. She makes it possible for every girl who wants it to get the experience of being a Girl Scout. Jamie never says no to any girl and welcomes as many new faces each year as she can get.

    This service unit is active and gives girls many opportunities to do and learn different skills. Jamie encourages girls to jump out of their comfort zones and try new things.

    A few years ago, she started an annual Father/Daughter Dance to make sure dads had the opportunity to do something special with their girls. The service unit also holds an annual Hands On Holiday event, allowing girls to make holiday crafts and ornaments for their families. Cumberland Gap opens both of these events to other service...

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  • Girl Scouts to donate 900+ boxes of candy to Gatlinburg first responders

    Girl Scouts to donate 900+ boxes of candy to Gatlinburg first responders

    Knoxville, Tennessee: The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachians will donate 916 boxes of candy to first responders of the Gatlinburg fires. The delivery will take place Monday, December 12 at the Sevierville Fire Department, 122 Prince Street.

    The council’s girl members and its Fall Product Program vendor, Trophy Nut, have generously donated the items. The Fall Product Program is a money-earning opportunity for girls to sell nuts and candies to earn funds for their troops. Part of the program is a donation portion called Gift of Caring. Customers purchase items for donation in lieu of taking them home, and the council donates the items to a community agency.

    This year’s program recently concluded, and the council decided to donate the Gift of Caring items to our neighbors in Sevier County. The Sevierville Fire Department will distribute the 76 cases of candy (912 boxes) to all the first responders in the area that have been working so diligently the past few weeks.

    About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is 10 thousand girls and volunteers strong in 46 counties in the Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities metro areas. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kinde...

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  • Girl Scout Troop 20366 donates a Buddy Bench to Powell Elementary School.

  • November Green Spot: Alyssa Ball

    This month's Green Spot volunteer is Alyssa Ball, troop administrator of Troop 00949 and service unit event coordinator for Holston River Service Unit in Sullivan County.

    Last year, Alyssa started Troop 00949 at Mt. Carmel Elementary

    She has just moved to the area and wanted to help her daughter make new friends. But what she didn’t know was that she would make friends, too! Alyssa attended the volunteer workshops, took the online training, and asked lots of questions to be prepared for the first few meetings.

    Her experience manager attended the second troop meeting for moral support, but soon saw that Alyssa, in her quiet voice, could both maintain the girls’ attention and ask volunteers for help. She is now experienced with the troop and it's growing with even more girls and volunteers.

    She also stepped outside her comfort zone to take on responsibilities at the service unit level. She coordinated the well-attended fall event at Cleek Farms with a corn maze, games, and more. One girl who was in attendance has already told our staff how much fun she had!

    Alyssa works with a humble attitude and is a true role model for girls. She exemplifies the slogan “do a good turn daily.” Thank you, Alyssa!

    The Green Spot is a monthly feature in Volunteer News that highlights our awesome volunteers.

  • October Green Spot: Seymour Service Unit

    There is no I in team. 

    The Seymour Service Unit in Sevier County thrives on this motto. When it was time to talk recruitment, service unit manager Lisa Pennington knew it would be a group effort.

    And what an effort it's been!

    Nadine Berger and Kim Haggard wo-manned table at open houses. Nadine did rousing girl talks at Seymour schools - sometimes needing an IV drip of coffee for those 7:20 a.m. ones!

    New volunteer Carmen Suthmeier knew her troop needed more girls, so she attended the council's Rah Rah Rally and jumped right in, spreading the word to area home schoolers and private schools.

    When the doors opened at the Seymour-area recruitment, 44 FAMILIES poured in! Volunteers Rachel Haueter, Jessica Kirby, Jennifer Hill, and Gail Taylor were at the ready to give girls their first taste of Girl Scouts while their families registered. Two new troops formed and existing troops filled their open slots. Seymour met its new girl goal and its retention goal!  

    None of this would have happened without the Superb Seymour TEAM! Juliette Gordon Low would be so proud.


    The Green Spot is a monthly feature in Volunteer News that highlights our awesome volunteers.


  • Signal woman recognized for 90 years as Girl Scout

  • Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians Appoint New Executives

    Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians Appoint New Executives


    Chattanooga, Tennessee: Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians has appointed Amanda O. Merideth as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Merideth will oversee all operations and mission delivery efforts for the region’s Girl Scout council. In addition, Laura Skonberg has been named Vice President of Communications.


    “Our council is fortunate to have impressive talent and experience on our executive team,” says Lynne Lawson Fugate, CEO. “These appointments reflect the hard work, talent, and success that Amanda and Laura have brought to the council over the years. Amanda’s leadership and ability make her the ideal person to oversee our council’s operations and the delivery of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Laura’s keen sense of communication strategies will convey our message to key stakeholders and will maintain the integrity of our iconic 104-year-old brand.”


    Ms. Merideth has worked for GSCSA for over eight years. Most recently, Ms. Merideth served as the council’s Senior Director of Mission Delivery where she was responsible for developing and coordinating volunteer-delivered leadership development programs consistent with GSCSA’s mission, vision, culture, and strategy. Prior to GSCSA, she was Education Staff Manager for the Creative Discovery Museum. She received her Master of Business Administration from...

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  • East Tennessee Girl Scouts CEO Attends Bill Signing

    East Tennessee Girl Scouts CEO Attends Bill Signing,
    excited that children will have ready access to organizations like the Girl Scouts.

    Nashville, Tennessee: On June 9, 2016, Lynne Lawson Fugate, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, attended the ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 2098.

    This bill will allow youth-serving organizations like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to speak with children during the school day—ensuring that children everywhere have the opportunity to join organizations that allow them to serve their communities and improve the quality of their lives.  

    “I am pleased to see our elected officials acknowledging the importance of experiences that things like a Girl Scout troop can provide our youth,” says Fugate. “Girl Scouts can make all the difference in the life of a girl, no matter who she is or where she lives.”

    Girls who were Girl Scouts, to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts:

    • Do better in school
    • Are better educated as adults
    • Have a higher income level
    • Are more active as community volunteers
    • And vote more often than girls who weren't

    Source: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study (2012) Girls who are Girl Scouts

    About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is 10 thousand gi...

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  • Volunteer Award Recipients 2016

    Each spring, our council honors volunteers who have been nominated by their peers for outstanding service.

    The nominations are then approved by the Volunteer Appreciation Task Force and the GSCSA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipients were announced at the 2016 Annual Meeting and then presented with their awards at local celebrations.

    This year’s recipients are…

    Volunteer of Excellence

    The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio, or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCSA’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

    Shawna Bledsoe, Lee Co Angels Service Unit Jacqueline (Jackie) Parlier, Betsy Bear Service Unit (Lauren) Kelly Brandon, Awahlia Service Unit Lisa Pennington, Seymour Service Unit Marci Culp, Awahlia Service Unit Kim Roberts, New Visions Service Unit Amy Dykes, Davy Crockett Service Unit Michelle Robison, Awahila Service Unit Morgan Degeere, Vallihi Service Unit Ginger Ross, Oak Ridge Service Unit Va...

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  • Girl Scouts deliver over 22k boxes of cookies to local military

  • A Message From Our National CEO: Innovating on Behalf of Girls

    Dear Girl Scout members, volunteers, families, and friends: 

    At Girl Scouts we are always thinking about the future and how we can best prepare the next generation of girls to take the lead every day. Our Movement has such a rich history of forward thinking and innovation—and now in our second century, as we advance the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, it continues to be important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world.  As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, we continue to evolve our unique leadership program and implement new technologies and ways of work to enhance the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents. To ensure we have the resources to support this work, the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA has made a decision to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members.  While this fee increase will impact many families, we know that a Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life. With unique programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to explore new interests and face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions. Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental servi...

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  • Lynne Lawson Fugate Named CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

    The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachian’s (GSCSA) board of directors appointed Lynne Lawson Fugate as CEO of the council. Her start of service today concludes an extensive search process completed by a board of directors committee, after receiving input from council staff, volunteers and girl members.

    “Lynne’s extensive experience as a leader and member of business and community organizations, combined with her proven leadership in the private and non-profit sectors, make her an ideal fit for GSCSA and its current needs,” said Jennifer Knight, Board Chair, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “Our search committee was impressed with her insights, intuition, and an eagerness to connect with the people who comprise our diverse stakeholders across the council. We congratulate Lynne and look forward to GSCSA flourishing under her leadership.”

    “I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to working with the Council’s volunteers and staff to bring Girl Scouting, and the leadership development it provides, to many more girls throughout our region. I was a Girl Scout, and personally appreciate the positive influence Girl Scouts can have on the trajectory of a girl’s life,” said Fugate. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the world needs more girls of courage, confidence, and character who are committed to making it a better place. The mission of Girl Scouts is relevant, important, and inspiring to me.”

    Most recently, Fugate...

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  • Global Summer Camp Sponsored by USA Girl Scouts Overseas

    Wondering how you can keep older girls engaged in Girl Scouts? Maybe a week at a World Centre would do the trick!

    What if they could have the adventure of a lifetime at a global summer camp sponsored by USA Girl Scouts Overseas?

    Cadettes through Ambassadors can visit a World Center in India, Mexico, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom for a week of fun and a world of culture!

    Registration is open until March 31. Check out all the different camps and the USAGSO website for more info!

  • Celebrate 100 Years of the National Parks Service by hiking 100 miles over the course of 2016!

    The Smokies Centennial Challenge Hike 100 program hopes to inspire all potential hikers – young and old, new and skilled – to gain a new appreciation and stewardship for their national park.

    To complete the Hike100 challenge, participants must hike any 100 miles of maintained trail within the Smokies’ boundaries between January 1 and December 6, 2016. These miles can include everything from the front country nature trails to the extensive backcountry network of trails.

    Participants can choose to hike the same trail more than once, or choose to hike many different trails to reach a total of 100 miles. Participants who reach the 100-mile goal will earn a Smokies Centennial Challenge - Hike 100 pin, and will be invited to a park celebration hosted by NPS Superintendent Cassius Cash.

    Additionally, there will be four opportunities to hike with Cash and work towards the 100-mile goal. Two front country hikes will be held Aug. 20 and Dec. 3, and they are both open to the public. Two backcountry hikes will be held June 25 and Oct. 8. These backcountry hikes are all limited to 20 people each. Find more info and how to sign up here! You can also log your miles and post reflections and photos from your hike!

    If you have question about the program, visit the park website<...

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  • Learning Business Skills with Cookies

    Those with a sweet tooth who also want to find a way to contribute to the development of girls in the community can now take advantage of the Girl Scouts annual cookie campaign that runs through Feb. 1, with orders expected to arrive later in the month.

    Public booth sales will take place Feb. 26-March 20.

    Although local Girl Scouts representatives are currently speaking with store owners and managers to determine where the Girl Scouts booths will be set up, Gail Yook, service unit manager for Loudon County, said she expects booths will be operated in front of Food City in Lenoir City and the city of Loudon.

    “All of the money stays in this Girl Scouts council after we pay the bakers and everything,” Yook said. “None of it goes into New York City or anything. It helps the girls be able to do service projects in the community and helps fund the actual programs the girls are doing. That’s why they work so hard at it. It’s costing much more money for them to take trips and to go camping, but they’ll have their proceeds from the cookie sale.”

    A cookie rally was held Jan. 9 at Loudon United Methodist Church to get the girls excited about selling.

    “We do try to have a cookie rally every year,” Sandy Bandy, leader for Troop 22136, said. “The girls come in, and we have different tables set up with different activities going on. Some are crafts they can use during their cookie sale like pencil poppers and cow bells, which the girls use as attention-...

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  • It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    Girl Scouts begin iconic cookie program

    Knoxville, TN (January 13, 2016): It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. Thin Mints, Samoas, and all your favorite flavors are back for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ 2016 season.

    Girls will take orders in person and through online invitations January 15 - February 1. Public booth sales are February 26 - March 20. Customers will be able to find a booth in their neighborhood at The price remains $4 per box, and every purchase is an investment in a girl’s future.

    “When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you’re not just feeding your sweet tooth or enjoying one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Every purchase teaches girls critical skills for life – like business ethics, people skills and goal setting,” says Heather Hatmaker, director of revenue at the Girl Scouts. Hatmaker oversees the council’s entire cookie operation.

    In 2015, the council’s Girl Scouts sold an average of 221 boxes, raising almost $900 each.

    “It’s so exciting. You have to set goals, work hard and believe in yourself,” says Tigerlily Collier, last year’s top seller.

    The 10 year-old from Knoxville sold 2,600 boxes and was responsible for more than $10,000. This mini-tycoon was on a mission to raise money for a troop horseback riding trip and service project to help the homeless.

    Horseback riding was great—but not Tigerlily’s favorite reward.

    “Truthfully, I would say it was help...

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  • The Science of Gratitude

    From our blog: What if feeling thankful could positively affect your health, and help you manage stress better? Check out a new study that thinks it can! And remember: helping girls form healthy habits starts NOW.

  • Invest in Girls. Change the World.

    From now until December 1, we’re turning to YOU to help us transform our communities into the best possible places for our girls to live. We've set our sights on $100,000, and we need your help to get us there. By donating to the Girls Matter! Campaign, you’re helping us develop today’s girls into the next generation of leaders our communities so desperately need. 

  • Every Kid in a Park

    The National Park Service has issued a challenge to every fourth grader: GET OUTSIDE! 
    On Sept. 1, they launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is designed to encourage fourth-grade students to visit national parks, monuments and seashores, and historic sites. Even better than all that fresh air? Your visit will be free
    Why are they doing this? Because research shows that going outside regularly cultivates curiosity and a sense of discovery about the natural world! WIN!
    Fourth-grade Juniors can go to Every Kid in A Park, complete the activities designed just for their age group, and receive a downloadable voucher for her family to visit for FREE for one year.
    When visiting a national park, be sure to check out the Girl Scout Ranger program. You can learn about the history of national parks, work on a Take Action project or badge, and more! 

  • Take the “Watch Your Words” Challenge!

    Are you careful enough with your words? We challenge you to watch the next thirty seconds to see an exercise you’ll want to share with your family. We promise, it’ll make everyone to think twice about what they say. 

  • Meet Our Girls of Code

    Girls are shying away from a high-paying, fast-growing job field: computer science. In 2014, women held just 26 percent of computer and mathematical occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. See how our council hopes to narrow the gender gap one girl at a time. 

  • #GirlsMatterMonday: Guest Post from Jennifer Knight

    From our blog: read the chair of our Board of Directors' personal Girl Scout story. Hear how Girl Scouts played an important and positive part of her life growing up.

  • Girl Scouts find support from faith communities

  • The Art of Conversation With Your Kid

    From our blog: Rephrasing "how was your day?" to get an actual response.

  • 8 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

    It’s been 95 years since the 19th Amendment became a law, giving women the right to vote in 1920.

    Fifty years later, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passing of the amendment, and calling to attention the continuing efforts toward full equality.

  • How to Raise Confident Girls

    From our blog: Read about laying the foundation for courage and confidence to take root, grow within her, and become part of her.

  • Happy National S'Mores Day!

    Did you know? The first-known recorded version of a “S’Mores” recipe can be found in an official Girl Scouts publication from 1927. We've put together some DELISH variations of the traditional graham+mallow+chocolate formula. Head to the kitchen (or campfire!) and take the classic s’more to new heights with these recipes.

  • S’more Stories: Slacklining at Tanasi

    Girls mix yoga with slacklining in a challenging recipe for fun at Girl Scout Camp Tanasi. Take a look. 


    Our hearts go out to the families of those affected by Thursday’s tragedy, and we stand by the city of Chattanooga and its officials.

    A trefoil template with the #NoogaStrong hashtag has been created and is available here for downloading, printing, and to offer well wishes and condolences in writing. Girl Scouts, troops and councils are encouraged to send these trefoils and any other thoughts to our Chattanooga service center, located at 1936 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, TN, 37415. We will ensure delivery to the appropriate locations as more information is made available to the community. 

  • S'more Stories: Climbing the Tower

    Take a look at one of Camp Tanasi's top places for girls to find success.

  • S’more Stories: “Pamper Me” at Camp Tanasi

    Summer camp doesn’t mean roughing it. Watch girls getting pampered in the great outdoors. 

  • S'more Stories: Beyond the Essentials

    What does every girl need to bring to summer camp? Far more than sleeping bags and blankets. Take a look! 

  • S'more Stories: Respecting the Flag

    The hustle and bustle of Camp Tanasi falls silent twice a day: when the U.S. flag is raised and lowered. Just take a look.

  • S’more Stories: Camp Tanasi’s Funny Faces

    Girls at Camp Tanasi want to share their funniest faces with you. Enjoy the video.

  • S’more Stories: Camp Tanasi Supper

    Girls love supper at Camp Tanasi, where food and friendship are on the menu. Take a look. 

  • S’more Stories: Do you See It?

    Camp Tanasi is full of wildlife, and a little girl wants your help to name a critter. See if you can help her out. 

  • S'More Stories: The Prom Dress Plunge

    Would you ever jump into a swimming pool in your prom dress? Maybe—if you’re at Camp Tanasi. Take a look!

  • S’More Stories: Camp Tanasi Pool Party

    Watch all the summer campers dive into Camp Tanasi’s cool pool on a 90-degree day. Awesome!

  • S’More Stories: The Adventures of Peanut and Butter

    Meet two girls becoming the women they’ve always admired through Camp Tanasi’s counselor-in-training program. 

  • S’more Stories: Summer Camp Craze

    Think girls need electronics to have fun? Excitement is never more than a hop, skip, and jump away at Camp Tanasi.

  • S’More Stories: Favorite Camp Song

    Tarzan gets into so much trouble, and Girl LOVE to sing about it all!

  • Girl Scouts stay cool at summer camp

    WBIR shows how our campers stay safe and hydrated in the unseasonable heat.

  • S’More Stories: See Camp Tanasi’s Summer Zoo

    Watch a video of the ZOO of cuddly critters girls bring along to summer camp!

  • Thank you for supporting Operation: APPRECIATION!

  • S’more Stories: Let’s Dance!

    I PROMISE watching this summer dance party from Camp Tanasi will make you smile. The moves are great, but the faces are priceless!

  • S'More Stories: Hello Summer Camp!

    Watch a video of the action from the very first day of summer resident camp! The girls are ADORABLE.

  • Volunteer Award Winners 2015

    Each spring, our council honors volunteers who have been nominated by their peers for outstanding service.

    The nominations are then approved by the Volunteer Appreciation Task Force and the GSCSA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipients were announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting and then presented with their awards at local celebrations.

    This year’s recipients are…

    Volunteer of Excellence

    The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio, or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCSA’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

    Donna Craven / Service Unit 206 Amanda Hickernell / Service Unit 630 Marge Meredith / Service Unit 210 Amy Arnold / Service Unit 630 Christine Horwege / Service Unit 250 Chandar Smith / Service Unit 633 Traci Thomas / Service Unit 254 Georgina Weimar / Service Unit 635 Shannon Osucha / Service Unit 254 Martha Jones / Service Unit 635 Penny Burkhart / Service Unit 258 April Spears / Service Unit...

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  • All That Glitters - 2015 Award Celebrations

    Meet girls who have earned Girl Scoutings' highest honors: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Here's a look at the council's "All That Glitters" celebrations.

  • Winner of the Kindle Fire giveaway announced!

    The GSCSA Teen Programs team is excited to name Ambassador Girl Scout Bryce Dawson from Spring City (Troop 40873) as the winner of the Kindle Fire giveaway.

    All Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors were invited to attend this year’s Teen Webinar Series, which included informational webinars about the Cookie Program, travel and Destinations, and personal online branding.

    The series completed in April, and every attendee’s name went into the drawing. Junior Shanaya Hoffmann drew the winner in May from the Johnson City Service Center. 

  • GSCSA is going to Italy!

    Mark your calendars for June 2017, when girls and adults from GSCSA will take the Grand Tour of Italy with EF Tours, including visits to Venice, Florence, the Sorrento region and Rome. A special Early Bird price is available only until June 30, 2015!

    For more information, please contact Amanda Meade at (800) 474-1912 or

  • Sweet Seller-brations

    We recently celebrated the top sellers of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the world. Girls from 46 counties and three states converged to celebrate their entrepreneurial success with sister Girl Scouts. 

    Check out the fun videos from all 3 events.

    Johnson City 

  • Cleveland girl earns Girl Scouts' Medal of Honor for heroic actions

    One of our Girl Scout sisters in Cleveland, Tennessee  received the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving her mother's life last summer.​ AnnaLee, an 8-year-old Junior Girl Scout responded immediately when her mother, Jackie, collapsed at their home from anaphylactic shock due to a wasp sting.

    Read full article at Times Free Press.

  • 'Super' girls at the White House

    In case you missed it, President Obama was very impressed by some Daisy "supergirls" at the annual White House Science Fair. Check out a video from Mashable and some the media coverage on the Girl Scouts of the USA blog

  • Campership Deadlines Extended

    Camperships (camp scholarships) are available for girls with documented financial need. The deadline for camperships has been extended. Girls can now apply until a particular program’s registration deadline.

    See our camp catalog.

  • News in a Minute: Cookie Sale Ends March 29

    Girl Scouts are working hard to sell cookies. Not only are they learning skills, they're earning big rewards like an invitation to gigantic parties and cookie dough to help pay for summer camp!

  • How to get last-minute cookie sales!

    Take ten minutes to set up your Digital Cookie account and make tons of sales. Customers can place orders for shipment through March 29.

  • Tanasi’s “Top Three”

    There’s something for every girl at Camp Tanasi, but three adventures are the most popular. Camp Director Oreon Millard leads has a tour.  

  • Customers celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

    National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which has become a national holiday for Girl Scout Cookie fans is Friday, February 27 through March 1. The 2015 Cookie Weekend will mark the 98th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies and learning the important skills for life: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

    Local Girl Scouts sell an average 200 boxes per girl. One hundred percent of the revenue after expenses are paid stays within the local council. Girls earn $1 million directly for their troop treasuries. The council uses additional proceeds to support girls and volunteers.

    Consumers who celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend are encouraged to ask girls how they give back to their communities with cookie earnings, and what they learn by selling cookies. Those who want to share via social media the fun they're having on Cookie Weekend are asked to use the hashtag #cookieboss and tag @girlscouts. We encouraged girls and volunteers to send us photos of what they are doing this weekend. We'll retweet, share, and post to keep the excitement going! 

    Look for special Cookie Weekend coverage on the following radio stations:
    Star 102.1 - Knoxville
    Hot 104.5 - Knoxville
    Hits 96 - Chattanooga
    Sunny 92.3 - Chattanooga
    Electric 94.9 - Tri-Cities

    Also look for cookie billboards up all across the region!


  • Girl Scout cookies arrive!

    Girl Scout cookies are here—and so is a holiday for cookie lovers. More than 1.3 million boxes of cookies have arrived in the local Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians area. Girls are starting to deliver the cookies, and booth sales in front of local businesses are February 28 – March 22.

    “It’s easy for people who don’t know Girl Scouts to buy cookies,” says Heather Hatmaker, the council’s director of revenue. “Just go to, enter your zip code, and you’ll see all the cookie both locations and times in your neighborhood.”

    A mobile cookie app is also available which lets smart phone users instantly find nearby cookie booths.

    In addition to classics like Thin Mints and Samoas, girls are selling a new hearty oatmeal cookie called “Rah-Rah Raisin.”

    Customers may also purchase boxes of cookies to be delivered directly members of the U.S. Military through Operation: APPRECIATION.

    Local Girl Scouts sell an average 200 boxes per girl. One hundred percent of the revenue after expenses are paid stays within the local council. Girls earn $1 million directly for their troop treasuries. The council uses additional proceeds to support girls and volunteers.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs through March 29. 

  • News in a Minute: CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA's visit

    The CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA visited our council recently. Watch highlights of Anna Maria Chavez with our Gold Award girls in this News in a Minute. 

  • Experts Prompt Girls to Get Outdoors

    Ditch the electronics and spend your time outdoors. It’s good for you—and science proves it. Camp Director Oreon Millard shows us why. 

  • Summer Camp 101

    From the time girls opens their eyes in the morning until closing them at night-- girls rule at Camp Tanasi. Camp Director Oreon Millard takes you inside their special world. 

  • CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA to Visit GSCSA

    Knoxville, TN (January 26, 2015): The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) will welcome the head of its national organization to East Tennessee. Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, is coming to inspire and be inspired by local Girl Scouts.

    The national organization has 2.8 million members, but Chávez is setting aside January 30 to focus on East Tennessee girls.

    Girls need the skills, confidence, and friendships that Girl Scouts helps them develop so that they can thrive in a world that’s more dynamic, fast paced, and challenging than ever. Chavez’s visit is about the future of girls; it’s about stimulating their imaginations and empowering them to fulfill their highest aspirations; and it’s about following where they lead, as we prepare a new generation of girls to change the world.

    Chavez will meet with leading business and civic leaders, tour the facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories with Girl Scouts, and spend an afternoon talking with local Girl Scouts, many of whom have earned the organization’s highest national honor, the Gold Award.

    The visit also honors GSCSA for piloting new technology and systems to better serve members in today’s fast-paced environment. 

  • New for Summer Camp

    Want to sleep under the stars in outdoor sleeping hammocks? It’s just one of many new adventures for summer camp 2015. Camp Director Oreon Millard unveils what else is new.