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Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Keeping Activities Safe for Our Girl Scouts
As we head into February with cookie booths, GSCSA would like to remind everyone about Girl Scouting’s Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACP). The updated 2022-2023 version was announced in October's Volunteer News email. The national organization revises the SACP each year and releases them to Councils for review and updating. The Safety Activity Checkpoints are available on our website.

The document is long, so we suggest making sure you become familiar with the opening sections with general guidance and then review individual sections before and as you plan specific activities with the girls.

One question that comes up is overnights with Daisies and Brownies. Daisies may go on one-night troop/service unit trips under the guidelines. GSCSA allows a two-night trip if the child is accompanied by parent or legal guardian. These trips must be within GSCSA’s geography. Brownies may do 2-night troop/service unit trips within GSCSA’s territory without a parent or legal guardian. Girl Scouting’s travel guidelines encourage a progression of time and distance away from home as girls get older and are more ready for travel experiences with other girls of a similar age.

We also sometimes get asked about meetings or overnights at residences. GSCSA has guidelines in place that allow for backyard camping or learning outdoor skills at the homes of registered volunteers. However, homes in general do not meet the requirements for accessibility and exit signs that have been in Girl Scouting’s meeting requirements for over 20 years. Our national insurance vendor views potential risks to girls as greater in personal homes where there are possibilities of medicines, alcohol, firearms, pets, and private spaces that might lead to accusations—founded or not. Any of these risks could put the homeowner and family, the Council and, most importantly, the girl at risk.

If you have questions about Safety Activity Checkpoints, please reach out the HR team at info@girlscoutcsa.org.
Summer Camp 2023
Registration is open for Summer Resident Camp 2023! View program offerings on our website and register today.

Remember: if you register by Feb. 10, you’ll receive the Early Bird discount of $50 off your chosen program.
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Hiring for Camp
Hiring for Camp
Are you looking for a summer job that will leave you with a sense of empowerment, a positive outlook on life, and skills that will benefit you for years to come? Apply for a summer camp position with GSCSA! We are looking for Camp Counselors, Junior Counselors, and Kitchen Team Members.
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Wildwood Day Camp
We'll be hosting a day camp at Camp Wildwood July 17-21. We are still in the planning stages of this, but we do know that we'll need volunteers, Program Aides, and/or CIT’s to help lead events. Please contact Lynnea Salinas if you are interested in helping.

We'll release more details as they come available!
Join together for Peace. Girl Scouts World Thinking Day 2023.
Environmental problems become exacerbated by human conflict, like war or invasions. In turn, many conflicts have arisen as a direct result of environmental crises—water scarcity, for example. There is a clear link between the environment, peace, and security.

That’s why the 2023 World Thinking Day theme is: “Our world, our peaceful future: The environment, peace, and security.”

This World Thinking Day, join us as we explore the different ways we can tackle environmental issues and thus help prevent and reduce conflict to build lasting peace worldwide.

Let's take the opportunity to:
Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe have celebrated World Thinking Day on February 22. It’s a special day of international friendship when we can focus on taking action to make the world a better place.

Happy World Thinking Day!
Check out World Thinking Day activities for
Council-Hosted WTD Events
  • Feb. 20: World Thinking Day Daisy/Brownie/Junior - Knoxville
  • Feb. 20: World Thinking Day Cadette/Senior/Ambassador - Knoxville
  • Feb. 21: World Thinking Day All Levels - Johnson City
  • Feb. 22: World Thinking Day All Levels - Chattanooga
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Can't Miss Events
February DIY Patch Program: In honor of Black History Month, take February to learn about notable Black women of history. By choosing at least eight women to study, you'll not only learn fun new facts, but you'll also earn a great new patch. (Which can be purchased separately in our Council Girl Scout Shops.) Download the full instructions for this patch program and get started!

Mark your calendars for these special April events:

Apr. 13:
Resilient. Ready. Strong. Patch Workshop with Mental Health Association of East Tennessee - Knoxville

Apr.15: Girl Scouts Rock Supply Chain! Patch Workshop (UTK Haslam College of Business) - Knoxville
Cookie Season Reminders
Product Updates
Did You Know: 88% of Girl Scouts in the Cookie Program develop decision making skills while learning to confidently lead in life (GSUSA)


• Goal Getter phase: Ends Feb. 9, 11:59pm
• The Peroulas Cookie Cupboard will now be open on Friday, Feb. 10, closed Feb. 11-14, and will re-open Feb. 15 and remain open through the end of Cookie Season
• Other Cookie Cupboards will open Feb. 10 and remain open through the end of the sale.
• Cookie Booths run Feb. 10-Mar. 5
• Initial ACH is Feb. 17
• Digital Cookie Girl Delivery ends Feb. 27

*Remember to always give/get a signed receipt before exchanging money or cookies*
Reach for the Peaks 2023
Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians invites all Girl Scouts and friends to join us for our third annual Reach for the Peaks, taking place over two weeks, March 4-19. RFTP is an event where participants, Girl Scout members and non-members alike, can hike on their terms AND support their local Girl Scouts.

You can hike the highest peaks or just around your neighborhood, accomplish 3.12 (our birthday!) miles or set your own goal. You can hike individually or grab some friends (or your troop) and hike as a group.

Registration is now open (button below). Share this information with any family or friends who'd be interested in a fun way to support your Girl Scouts! To guarantee that you receive a patch, knapsack, and all participant emails, please register as an Independent Hiker by March 1.

Council-Led Hikes
In honor of Girl Scout week, the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians will be hosting three hikes open to members and non-members alike. There is no additional fee to participate in any of these three hikes, however, registration is required.

Please Note: Only participants who have also registered separately as a Reach for the Peaks Independent Hiker (non-member or member) will receive a Reach for the Peaks patch and knapsack.

All hikes are on Saturday, March 11.
Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant
Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors who are working on a community service, take action project, or High Award can apply for a Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant to help make their dream a reality. Not only can the girls receive funding for up to $500, but they gain life skills like writing, budgeting, organization, and teamwork. It's a win-win! 
Easy Way to Support GSCSA
Register your Kroger Plus Card and the purchases you make will benefit us every time you swipe it. Just search for Girl Scout Council of the Southern App. Inc.
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Be Seen in Your Community
Be Seen in Your Community
Girls in troop 22146 have a heart for helping others, and after some discussions about helping families in need, they settled on helping a pantry in a way that benefits other kids - birthday kits. The girls working toward their Bronze Award received help and support from other girls in the troop - knowing the importance of their project and benefit to the community.

Troop volunteers leveraged their community network to connect girls to potential partners. For the project, the girls partnered with CedarBrook Outreach to receive and distribute the birthday kits and Mayfield Dairy, who generously provided coupons for ice cream (because you can't have a birthday cake without ice cream!).

With support from family, friends, and community members, the girls donated 45 birthday kits to CedarBrook. Each birthday kit included a cake mix, foil pan, frosting, candles, an ice cream coupon, a birthday banner, and a hat in a reusable tote. The reusable tote served as the container for the birthday items and can be used for additional pantry items.

Share your stories and photos with us at socialmedia@girlscoutcsa.org. Please include a brief description (including date/location) of the event and/or project depicted, as well as the troop number(s).
Upcoming Events
Feb. 1-28: Girl Scout Appreciation Days at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 6: Budding Entrepreneur - Kingsport Area
Feb. 6: New Volunteer Orientation Online
Feb. 7: Museum Junior Vintage Drama Badge Workshop-Knoxville
Feb. 7: Bronze Award Training - Johnson City
Feb. 7: Digital Movie Maker Badge Workshop (UTK School of Journalism and Electronic Media) - Knoxville
Feb. 8: Girl Scout Tea Party with the UTC Kappa Deltas
Feb. 9: Brownie/Junior Snacks/Simple Meals Badge Workshop - Chattanooga
Feb. 9: GSCSA Virtual Galentine Celebration
Feb. 9: Gold Award Training - Johnson City
Feb. 9: Silver Award Training-Johnson City
Feb. 14: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children - Knoxville
Feb. 16: Gold Award Interviews - Knoxville
Feb. 16: Get Into Girl Scouts - Johnson City Area
Feb. 16: Get Into Girl Scouts - Knoxville Area
Feb. 18: Tomorrow's Engineers Today with Society of Women Engineers (UT Knoxville)
Feb. 18-19: Girl Scout PJ Party with Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 20: World Thinking Day (D/B/J)- Knoxville
Feb. 20: World Thinking Day (C/S/A) - Knoxville
Feb. 20: Business Jumpstart - Kingsport Area
Feb. 21: World Thinking Day - Johnson City
Feb. 22: World Thinking Day Celebration - Chattanooga
Feb. 25: Winter Hike (A Walk in the Woods) - Gatlinburg
Feb. 25-16: Girl Scout PJ Party with Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 28: Bronze Award Training - Knoxville
Feb. 28: Gold Award Training - Knoxville
Feb. 28: Silver Award Training - Knoxville

{Please refer to our online Activities Calendar for the most up-to-date event information.}
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Shop Talk
Next Open Shop Saturdays
• Feb. 4, 10:00am-2:00pm
• Mar. 4, 10:00am-2:00pm

• New cookie merchandise is available in your local Girl Scout Shop. Just in time for booth sales!
• Feb. 22 is World Thinking Day. Patches will be available in our shops.

Remember: 2022 Cookie Dough expires Apr. 30, 2023

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