• Join the Council Food Drive and Get a Free Patch

    24 Nov 2014

    Girls, here’s a great opportunity to help others! Just bring three nonperishable food items to your local council shop in Johnson City, Chattanooga, or Knoxville to get a FREE food drive patch. Drop donations off during regular business hours November 24 through December 17. The council will divide donations between various food banks within the region.

    If your troop will be making one giant donation, please let the council know ahead of time. We want to be sure to have enough patches for everybody!

    Patches may be purchased for $1.50 if the three item requirement is not met. 

  • New Schedule for Shops and Customer Care Team

    26 Sep 2014

    We know you're super busy and getting to a service center when it's open can be a challenge. Because we are dedicated to supporting you any way we can – so you can keep supporting the girls – the council shops and Customer Care Team, formerly known as Support and Information Specialists, are moving to a new schedule effective October 1, 2014.  

    Shops and Customer Care Desks
    • New hours of 10am - 6pm
    • Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday*
    • Closed on Wednesdays
    • Shops open the first Saturday of every month from 10am - 2pm

     *except for holidays or other scheduled closings 

    Other Important Updates
    • Customer Care Team available via phone Monday through Friday, 10am - 6pm
    • Mail slots available for after-hours drop offs

    Need to speak with a staff member in person?
    We are happy to schedule a time to meet with you! Working with us to set up an appointment will ensure that we are available, have the answers you need, and use your time most efficiently and effectively.  

    Better hours, better availability
    These changes to our Shop and Customer Care Team hours are based on feedback we have received, and we hope that they will make us more accessible to our volunteers and families. You can always leave us a message by calling 1.800.474.1912 or email us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

     

  • It’s easy to renew girl, adult and troop memberships ONLINE! ...quickly and conveniently!

    24 Sep 2014

    Remember, we’re one of the first Girl Scout councils in the whole country implementing this new online community. Thank you for being patient as we’re doing so. New functionality and features are being added all the time! If you do experience problems as you go through the processes below…PLEASE TELL US. Take a screenshot if you can when you run into a problem, and email it to us with a brief description at info@girlscoutcsa.org. You’ll be helping us make improvements for everyone.

    Renew online NOW! Yes, right now. (Cool, right?)

    Renewal process for individual Girl Scouts and ALL adults

    This includes:
    • any family wishing to re-register girls on their own (as opposed to the troop renewal process)
    •  ALL adults wishing to re-register

    Click here for a step-by-step guide on this online process.

    Please email info@girlscoutcsa.org with any questions.

    Troop renewal process

    Online troop re-registration is now LIVE, has been tested by some of our volunteers, and IS working! This is the process that allows troop leaders, troop administrators, and girl program mentors to log into our new community portal, select “all” or a certain combination of the troop’s members, and by clicking a single butto...

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  • "I love my job!"

    09 Sep 2014

    She competed at a world level, now this accomplished equestrian is on a mission to introduce girls to the joy of riding at Camp Adahi. Aimee Canterbury is our horseback program coordinator. 

    Watch her in action!

  • Call for New Girl Scout Members and Volunteers to Join in the Fun

    20 Aug 2014

    The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) is making its fall push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls.

    With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.

    Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages:

    • 97 percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent)
    •  94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), and is happier (89 percent)

    The data shows it is not just girls who benefit:

    • 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.
    • 95 percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

    “Girl Scouts gives girls a safe place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space,” said B...

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  • Japanese Girl Scout Delegation visits East Tennessee

    06 Aug 2014

    Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians and our Oak Ridge service unit were honored to host a delegation of Japanese Girl Scouts recently. The trip was eight years in the making, with the goal to develop a deeper understanding, in both Japanese and American girls, of the cultural differences and basic similarities of all people. The girls lived together as one big international family for a week, from July 28 through August 3. The 12 Japanese girls and chaperones are from Naka, Japan, Oak Ridge’s sister city. Naka was devastated by the 2011 nuclear disaster and is still recovering. Girls from Naka last visited Oak Ridge in 2006, and this latest trip is possible because of fundraisers in both nations. Japanese Girl Scouts applied to earn their place on the trip hosted by the Oak Ridge Girl Scout service unit in cooperation with the Oak Ridge Sister City Support Organization. Highlights of the trip included visits to iconic Oak Ridge sites, an elaborate and beautiful formal tea ceremony, a service project at Oak Ridge Library and a day spent at Camp Tanasi.

  • GSCSA Awards Inaugural Travel Grants

    19 May 2014

    The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has awarded its inaugural round of travel grants.

    Caitlyn Free, Whitwell, Tennessee
    Alethea Free, Whitwell, Tennessee
    Lizzie Scroggins, Dayton, Tennessee
    Madison Bishop, Spring City, Tennessee
    Amber Stanton, Spring City, Tennessee
    Rachel Eldridge, Rogersville, Tennessee

    Caitlyn, Alethea, and Rachel are going the 2015 council trip to Europe. Lizza, Madison, and Amber are going on the council’s July SCUBA trip.

    GSCSA awards semi-annual travel grants of up to $500 to individual Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors for council-sponsored travel or GSUSA destinations.

    The next round of travel grant applications are due November 15, 2014, with awards to be made in December. The second round of applications are due March 15, 2015, with awards made in April.

    Recipients agree to the following:
    • An essay about the trip, experiences and lessons learned to be used a as part of a thank you to the funders for this grant.
    • Attendance at one grant committee meetings to select next recipients ; can be electronic if needed.
    • As part of the committee, make three post-trip presentations about trip/destination. (Dates/locations will be determined by committee and recipient; these could include United Way, troops, service units, etc.)
    • Participa...

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  • Volunteer Award Winners 2014

    16 May 2014

    Each spring, the council honors outstanding volunteers. These volunteers are nominated by others and approved by the council. These will be presented throughout May. Here are the winners to date. (Check this page for updates.)

    See photos on our facebook page.

    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. Honorees:

    Lisa Hendrickson
    Service Unit 210

    April Kennedy
    Service Unit 270

    Meg Rice
    Service Unit 630

    Dallas Ratliff
    Service Unit 630

    Elizabeth Blakely
    Service Unit 630

    Jenny Southernland
    Service Unit 630

    Stacy Jack
    Service Unit 605

    Tori Duncan
    Service Unit 608

    Rhonda Morales
    Service Unit230

    Aleshia Wensell
    Service Unit 206

    Kristen Tobler
    Service Unit 206

    Angela (Anjie) McEahern
    Service Unit 206

    Angela Long
    Service Unit 630

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  • You’re invited to the 2014 Girl Scout Convention!

    16 May 2014

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

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



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

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

    Register as an Alumnae!

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

    Yo...

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