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Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Product Advisory Committee – Now accepting applications through Aug. 2023
Are you interested in shaping the Cookie and Fall Product Programs? Have ideas that could benefit our 46 counties? GSCSA is now taking applications for GSCSA’s Product Advisory Committee, better known as PAC. The committee will consist of Volunteers from each area who will assist the Product Team by sharing best practices, providing feedback, and making suggestions for the upcoming Cookie and Fall Product Programs. PAC meetings will be held once a month via Zoom. Apply now and you may be the next voice of GSCSA’s volunteers!
2023 Fall Product Program Dates
Sept. 15 Volunteers gain access to M2
Sept. 22 Campaign begins
Oct. 25 Campaign ends
Week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 3 Product will be delivered to Service Units
Fall Product Service Unit Volunteer Trainings
We will be offering our annual Fall Product Program training for Service Unit volunteers next month. These trainings are ONLY for Service Unit volunteers; at least one SU volunteer from each Service Unit is encouraged to attend a training.

Once the SU volunteer training concludes, it is then up to each Service Unit Manager to organize and communicate with their troop volunteers when training will be held for all volunteers at the troop level within their Service Unit.

SU Fall Product Trainings will begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm.
  • Aug. 14 - Chattanooga GS Leadership Center
  • Aug. 16 - Knoxville GS Leadership Center
  • Aug. 17 - Johnson City GS Leadership Center
Annual VTK Archiving on Aug. 1
Every year, the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) archives the current year’s information to get ready for the upcoming year. This year, the archive will happen on Aug. 1. VTK only retains 3 years of data including year plans and finance reports. If there is any information you wish to keep for this year, such as attendance or badge records, you must download before Aug. 1. On Aug. 2 you will be able to start planning your next year in Girl Scouts.

Note: Existing volunteers who have not renewed for MY2024 will lose access to VTK on Sept. 30.
Happening Soon: GSCSA Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 19

Crowne Plaza Hotel
401 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville, TN 37902

Registration starts at 9:30am. Meeting is 10:00am – 11:00am

Kendra Scott pop-up event will happen after the meeting!

For more information and to register, please contact Julia Goecke at or via phone 800.474.1912, ext.1035.
NEW Council Website Coming Soon
In Oct. 2021, GSUSA debuted a brand-new website. Since Spring of 2022, other Girl Scout councils have been working on refreshing their own website to this new national template. Since Feb. of this year, GSCSA has been working diligently on updating our own website to this new look. We are scheduled to go live around Aug. 28, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

If you want an idea of what’s coming, have a look at a few websites of other councils who have already updated and gone live:
Can't Miss Events
Have you checked out this month's DIY Patch? July is Summer Adventure Month! Learn More >>>
It's not too late to register for our summer resident camp. View program offerings on our website and grab your spot today!
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Giddy up! Join us for Space Cowgirl Week.
July 23-27: Do you appreciate the great outdoors and like getting your hands dirty, but are also curious about the sky up above? This week of our summer resident camp lets girls dive into the Wild West while also exploring space from the comfort of camp with all sorts of crafts and other fun activities to make them an official Space Cowgirl! There are spots open for rising 2nd-8th graders.
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
Juniors from a Chattanooga troop working on their Bronze Award held a Kitten Donation Drive last month at Humane Educational Society during their Kelly’s Adopt-a-thon. They baked cookies, made lemonade and button pins to sell to raise funds to purchase items needed. They are working with the Foster Kitten Program to help find kittens foster homes while making sure they have the essential items like food, baby bottles, milk, and other items needed for foster families to take them in until they can be adopted. They will continue to work with HES thru the summer to complete this project.

Share your stories and photos with us at Please include a brief description (including date/location) of the event and/or project depicted, as well as the troop number(s).
International Storytelling Center
This year, the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN, is celebrating their organization’s 50th anniversary, and 20 years of Storytelling Live!, their teller-in-residence program. For this celebration, they have developed a new Storytelling patch. Girl Scouts can earn this patch on Sept.16, 2023, by attending a live storytelling performance, exploring the art of storytelling with a professional storyteller, and learning techniques for speaking with confidence.
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Upcoming Events
Now-Dec. 9: Read City USA "All Together Now" 2023 Tour – Knox County
July 13: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children-Johnson City
July 15: Junior Journey in a Day--Knoxville
July 24: PA for a Day with Milligan: Johnson City Area
July 25: Badge In a Box: Raspberry Pi Demo - Johnson City
July 27: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children - Chattanooga
July 27: Volunteer Recruiter Training Johnson City Area
July 29: Girl Scout Paddle Day - Erwin Area
July 29: Rapunzel at Barter Theatre - Abingdon, VA
July 29: Cadette Journey in a Day--Knoxville
July 31: Junior Journey in a Day--Knoxville
Aug. 3: Beautiful, Inside & Out! Johnson City area
Aug. 5: Back to Girl Scouts - Johnson City Area
Aug. 5: Raft Race Training - Chattanooga
Aug. 7: Junior Social Butterfly Badge Workshop - Chattanooga
Aug. 7: Troop Administrator Training - Knoxville
Aug. 8: Raft Race Training - Johnson City
Aug. 8: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children - Knoxville
Aug. 12: Raft Race Training - Knoxville
Aug. 12: Girl Scout Day at The Climbing Center - Knoxville
Aug. 14: Storytelling Workshop with the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild - Johnson City Area
Aug. 14: 2023 Fall Product Training for Service Unit Volunteers
Aug. 15: Bronze Award Training - Knoxville
Aug. 15: Gold Award Training - Chattanooga
Aug. 15: Silver Award Training-Knoxville
Aug. 16: Senior/Ambassador Hangout - Knoxville
Aug. 16: Troop Administrator Training - ,Knoxville
Aug. 16: 2023 Fall Product Training for Service Unit Volunteers - Knoxville
Aug. 17: Gold Award Interviews - Knoxville
Aug. 17: Bronze Award Training - Chattanooga
Aug. 17: 2023 Fall Product Training for Service Unit Volunteers - Johnson City
Aug. 17: Silver Award Training - Chattanooga
Aug. 18: Celebrate National Aviation Day - Johnson City Area
Aug. 22: Gold Award Interviews - Johnson City
Aug. 22: Gold Award Training - Knoxville
Aug. 23: Daisy/Brownie Coat of Many Colors Patch Workshop - Chattanooga
Aug. 26: Troop Administrator Training - Johnson City
Aug. 26: Hiking Club: Enterprise South & Letterboxer Badge
Aug. 28: Building Healthy Brains and Bodies Workshop: Part 1
Aug. 29: Numbers in Nature Daisy/Brownie Badge - Johnson City Area
Aug. 29: Troop Administrator Training - ,Knoxville
Aug. 30: Senior/Ambassador Hangout - Knoxville
Aug. 30: First Aid/CPR/AED for Adults and Children - Chattanooga

{Please refer to our online Activities Calendar for the most up-to-date event information.}
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Shop Talk
Next Open Shop Saturday
• Aug. 5, 10:00am-2:00pm

Please note upcoming shop closures for Inventory on the following dates:
• Chattanooga Shop – Closed July 14
• Knoxville Shop – Closed July 28

Shop online anytime!
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