Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) hosted Picnic in the Park on May 26 for six service units based in the Knoxville metro area.
“We wanted to show girls that Girl Scouts is so much bigger than just their troop or service unit,” said Ashley Smallwood, experience manager at GSCSA. “Girl Scouts is a community.”
Service units planned games and activities for the girls to participate in. QK4, Inc., a local engineering company and event sponsor, planned a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) game that taught girls the binary code.
During the event, held at West Hills Park, Girl Scouts heard from special guest speakers (L-R): Lynne Fugate, GSCSA CEO; Robin Marsh, co-owner of Beyond a Brick; Kestrel Troutman, Gold Award Girl Scout and national delegate; and Lieutenant Commander Emily Wilson, commander of the Military Entrance Processing Station in Knoxville, TN.
County Commissioner Hugh Nystrom and Senator Richard Briggs also stopped by and spoke to the Girl Scouts.
Instead of charging admission for the event, donations for the Humane Society were requested. Girls brought food, blankets, and toys to donate. After enjoying an ice cream social, Girl Scouts and guests wrapped up the event with a park cleanup to give back to the community.