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Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Pricing Update for Troop Camping
Effective for camp reservations with check-ins starting August 1 or later, our camp prices are changing for all new bookings. Existing reservations will be at the old rates. The new prices & amenities can be found on our website.

In the spirit of allowing as many girls to camp as possible and to minimize the overbooking that sometimes occurs, we are implementing a refund policy for cancellations or changes reducing the number of reservations.

If a reservation is cancelled/changed to fewer units by the volunteer, troop, or service unit, the following refund policy is in place for check-ins starting August 1:
  • 91 calendar days or prior to check-in day: 100% refund of original booking (or 100% of portion that was cancelled)
  • 90-31 calendar days prior to check-in day: 50% refund of original booking (or 50% of portion that was cancelled)
  • 30 calendar days or less: No refund; any remaining unpaid amount will need to be paid
Reservations and changes to reservations may be made by sending an email to Questions may be sent to Janet Wheeler at
Welcome Dr. Sabrina E. Sammons - New Director of Tennessee Valley & North Georgia Region
Sabrina will manage and provide ongoing recruitment, training, and mentoring to volunteers and parents by supporting them in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, consistent with GSCSA’s mission and strategy.

She previously worked for Select Health of South Carolina as Director of Education and Community Outreach. Sabrina holds a Business of Science Degree in Business Management, MBA, and a Doctorate in Human Services.

Sabrina was previously a Girl Scout troop leader, and she brings passion and excitement to her new role!
TDOT and GSCSA Present Nobody Trashes TN Patch Program
Tennessee Department of Transportation has partnered with GSCSA to offer a new patch program – Nobody Trashes Tennessee. To earn this patch, troops participate in a community cleanup initiated by the troop or as part of an organized cleanup near them. Troops may also earn a patch by completing educational resources available on the GSCSA Nobody Trashes Tennessee landing page.

Patches are FREE and available in our council shops. All Girl Scout levels can earn this patch.
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Volunteers: Log-In and Learn with gsLearn
Volunteers, if you hold one or more of the following roles, there is training available for you on gsLearn that covers a wide variety of useful topics.
  • Troop Administrator
  • Girl Program Mentor
  • Product Sales Coordinator (Fall Product/Cookie)
  • Treasurer
  • Outdoor Coordinator
  • Troop Chaperone
  • Events Coordinator
In order for us at the council to assign training modules to you, and for you to access and complete the training, we need you to log in to your myGS account. You should be able to access your training library within a few days of signing-in. The gsLearn tab can be found at the bottom of the column to the left of your account home screen.

Even if you have logged in and completed some training already, it's good to check your account every so often as new training may have been assigned to you!

If you do not remember your login/password for myGS, or are having trouble logging in, please reach out to us at 800.474.1912, and we’ll be happy to help.
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2024 Cookie Season
Troop links are now live! Troop cookie manager must activate the site in Digital Cookie before the Troop can use this feature. Need help? View the Tip Sheet.

Notable Dates:
  • Feb. 9: Cupboards open, Troop Arranged Booths begin
  • Feb. 16: Council booths start
  • Feb. 20: Initial ACH, $1.00 per box (including digital sales)
Cookie resources
NEW in 2024: The Great Cookie Competition
The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians is excited to launch a new campaign called The Great Cookie Competition. Individuals (adults selected by the council) representing each Girl Scout Cookie, known as Cookie Competitors, will be earning votes by raising dollars. The Cookie Competitor to earn the most votes (i.e. raise the most money for our council), will be crowned their region’s Favorite Cookie.

The goal of this campaign is to not only raise funds for our council, but also to create more buzz around Girl Scouts, championing the Girl Scout Cookie Season amongst the general public!

The Great Cookie Competition will run from Feb. 12 to Mar. 15. Keep an eye on our social media for more information on how to cast your votes!
• Feb. 24: Adopt a Tree/Girl Scout Tree Promise – Kingsport Area
• Feb. 29: Leap Day Celebration – Johnson City
• Feb. 29: Leap Day Celebration – Chattanooga
• Mar. 1-3: RESCHEDULED! Snow Adventure Weekend - Holston Center (VERY few spots available. Register today!)
• Apr. 27: Arbor Day Celebration – Camp Adahi

Our Spring 2024 Digital Activity Guides are now live! One for each of our regions:
Appalachian Highlands
East Tennessee
TN Valley & North GA
Join Us for WTD 2024
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Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Important dates to keep in mind:
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We're Hiring for Summer Camp!
Shero's Journey at Camp Wildwood
Girl Scout Day Camp is returning June 24-28, 2024 to Camp Wildwood! Registration is now open.
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Welcome to our council's Girl Scout Museum at Daisy's Place!

Yes, we have one of the few Girl Scout museums in the country, hosted in the Girl Scout Leadership Center of East Tennessee and open for your browsing convenience when the Leadership Center is open. Docent led tours are available; you can find the request form on our website.

The museum was named for Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, founder of US Girl Scouting. The exhibits rotate but currently include the history and evolution of Girl Scouts locally, Girl Scout camping, and international Girl Scouting and Guiding. There is also a hands-on section where visitors can try on vintage GS hats and sashes and try out the semaphore flags.

We also host events and badge workshops throughout the year. Coming Up: Mar. 2 - Junior First Aid Badge Workshop

Include a visit to our museum when you're in Knoxville on Spring Break or any other time that the Leadership Center is open. Looking forward to having you visit!
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Celebrate the Museum's 30th Anniversary
Save the Date: Join us on Sat., June 1 from 11:00am - 1:00pm for cookies, conversation, and displays of memorabilia that date back to the first Knoxville troops and represent every decade since. Volunteers – learn about how the museum can support you in sharing the rich history of Girl Scouts with your troop.
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
Holiday Helpers: Members of SU 230 laid wreaths on the graves of military men and women in Hamblen Memory Gardens in Morristown as part of Wreaths Across America (1st and 2nd pictures). During the holiday season, troop 40504 joined in with three other Seminole Area troops to pack backpacks for the Salvation Army homeless. They filled 20 backpacks in total (3rd picture).

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).
The Knot & Needle
The Knot & Needle in Chattanooga leads fiber arts workshops for all age levels and hosts a free-to-use maker space during their regular business hours. Their focuses include needle felting, embroidery, knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving, macrame, and more. Visit their website >>>
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 1-19: Girl Scout Appreciation Days at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 10: Machine Learning (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - VIRTUAL
Feb. 10-18: Girl Scout Appreciation Days at Alcatraz East - Pigeon Forge
Feb. 10: Girl Program Mentor Training Johnson City
Feb. 10: Troop Administrator Training - Johnson City
Feb. 10: Hiking Club: Harrison Bay State Park
Feb. 12: Silver Award Training-Johnson City
Feb. 12: Movement Monday - Knoxville
Feb. 12: Gold Award Training - Johnson City
Feb. 13: Bronze Award Training - Johnson City
Feb. 13: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children - Knoxville
Feb. 14: Girl & Caregiver Event: Movie + Blanket Making - Knoxville
Feb. 15: Gold Award Interviews - Knoxville
Feb. 15: Craft Club (Duct Tape) - Chattanooga
Feb. 17: Beyond a Brick: Daisy/Brownie Robotic Badge Workshop - Johnson City
Feb. 17: Beyond a Brick: Junior/Cadette Robotic Badge Workshop - Johnson City
Feb. 17-18: Girl Scout PJ Party with the Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 21: Bronze Award Training - Knoxville
Feb. 21: Silver Award Training - Knoxville
Feb. 24: Beyond a Brick: Daisy-Junior Automotive Badge Workshop Knoxville
Feb. 24-25: Girl Scout PJ Party with the Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
Feb. 27: Gold Award Training - Knoxville
Feb. 27: Girl Program Mentor Training Online
Feb. 27: Troop Administrator Training Online
Feb. 28: Learn to Make a Needle Felted Kitty - Knot & Needle Fiber Arts
Feb. 28: Summer Camp Info Webinar - Virtual
Mar. 2: Women's History Month Celebration - Chattanooga
Mar. 4: RESCHEDULED - Cadette Comic Artist Badge Workshop - Chattanooga
Mar. 4: Movement Monday - Knoxville
Mar. 6: Learn to Hand Sew a Felt Taco - Knot & Needle Fiber Arts
Mar. 9: Guided Hike: Reach for the Peaks (Fort Loudoun State Historic Park)
Mar. 9: Girl Program Mentor Training Johnson City
Mar. 9: Troop Administrator Training - Johnson City
Mar. 9: Guided Hike: Reach for the Peaks at Seven Islands State Birding Park
Mar. 9: Reach for the Peaks: Chattanooga
Mar. 9: Reach for the Peaks: Johnson City

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

New cookie merchandise is available at your local Girl Scout Shop:
Yard Signs
Money Bags
Sticky Notes
Tote Bags
PLUS new cookie-themed hoodies and long sleeve t-shirts!

Feb. 22 is World Thinking Day
Patches available in our shops.

Online-Only Specials
Valentine’s Day Promotion, Feb. 9-14: 14% off all orders
Feb. 16-20: Free shipping on orders $50+

Shop online anytime!
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