Teen Events & Opportunities

Computer Code Summer Camps

Did you know there’s a projected million-job deficit of computer science majors by 2020? Take a week out of your summer to get a jump start on a great career. And it’s free!

The Niswonger Foundation is partnering with the Tennessee Code Academy to provide day camps for 150 students Northeast Tennessee.

“TN Code Camps strive to provide a fun, engaging, and immersive environment in which kids are challenged to think about the future,” according to the Niswonger Foundation. “By giving our kids the resources needed for success, we hope they will become leaders of the high tech Tennessee workforce.”

Young people will learn the basics of computer programming through gaming, design fundamentals, and web application. Expert mentors and industry experts will lead the training. Grant money will pay the $300 cost for accepted applicants from the schools listed below from the 15-district area Niswonger Foundation covers.

“This is a unique opportunity for the youth in Tennessee to be exposed to the skill set to launch them into a modern-day economy,” said Sammy Lowdermilk, program director for Tennessee Code Academy. “In the next 10 years there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduates, and we want to do our small part to lessen that gap.”

Code Camp locations and dates:
East Tennessee State University: June 9-13 & June 23-27
Tusculum College: June 2-6 & June 9-13
Walters State Community College: June 16-20 & June 23-27

Click here to apply.

For more information, you may contact the Niswonger Foundation at (423) 798-7837.

Eligible Schools:
Chuckey-Doak HS
Cocke County HS
Daniel Boone
David Crockett
Dobyns-Bennett HS
Greeneville HS
Hancock County HS
Happy Valley
Johnson County HS
Morristown East
Morristown West
North Greene HS
Science Hill
South Greene HS
Sullivan Central
Sullivan East
Sullivan North
Sullivan South
Tennessee High
Unicoi County HS
University High
West Greene HS

Apply for the Girl Scout Leadership Institute

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians invites girls ages 14 and older to apply to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-20, 2014.

The Girl Scout Leadership Institute is part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Convention. However, girls who attend the institute are not part of the council’s official delegation to the convention and will not have voting rights.

GSLI girls will meet with other Girl Scouts from all over the world for a collection of classes and learning experiences focusing on everything from fashion to engineering. Girls select their own classes and tracks. They will also participate in the national gatherings and see the Hall of Exhibits at the national convention.

All expenses will be paid for GSLI girls, and the trip will include an extra day for sight-seeing. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Return the GSLI application by the March 15 deadline.

High School Girl Retreat

May 16-18

Save the date! High school girls are invited for a fun weekend at Camp Adahi May 16-18! We’ve reserved a barn full of horses for morning rides, we’ll cook our favorite campfire meals, and enjoy hanging out together. This is a great opportunity to get to know other Seniors and Ambassadors from across the council.

The weekend is being planned by girls participating in the SALT (Serving and Leading Together) girl advisory group. High school Girl Scouts are invited to join the group on the first Thursday of each month at our service centers in Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The free meetings are from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact Amanda Meade at ameade@girlscoutcsa.org for more information.

The cost is yet to be determined; however, transportation from the Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga service centers will be included.