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Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Early Bird Renewal is Now Through June 12
You must complete the council renewal opt-in form and allow us to pull the money out of your troop account in order to earn Early Bird rewards.

At least 2 adult volunteers AND 80% of girls in the troop must be renewed by the dates on the chart to qualify for the incentives listed.
*For GSCSA Camp Day: ONLY volunteers and girls that have been renewed by May 15 will be eligible to attend.

Click Here to download and print a handy one-pager to remind you of all Early Bird dates and details.
Early Bird: Have Us Handle Renewal FOR YOU!
NEW THIS YEAR: To help you renew your troop for MY25, you can opt-in for the council to do it for you! All you need to do is complete an online form and provide:

• The names of the girls and volunteers being renewed
• The troop's bank account information

Opting-in to have us renew your troop for you is the only way to earn Early Bird Renewal rewards.

We will pull the membership fees out of your troop bank account via ACH and renew your members for you. We will pull the funds out of your account on one of three dates – May 15, May 29, or June 14 (based on when you submitted the form).

Your Early Bird rewards will be based on the date you submit the form to us.
Opt-In to council renewal
The Great Cookie Competition: Wrap-Up
This year was our first ever Great Cookie Competition. A big thanks to all who voted, shared about it, and/or joined us at one of The Great Cookie Tasting events. All funds raised support our Girl Scouts!

Congratulations to each region's "Favorite Cookie" representative:
Casey Carringer-Ricker
East TN
Taylor Boyer Redmond
TN V. & N. GA
Shaquanta Locke
Annual Financial Reports must be submitted by June 15.
Get a head start on compiling your troop’s transactions for the year! Annual Financial Reports are required to be submitted by June 15 to Council for the current year. The purpose of these reports is to provide our auditors the information required for our annual audit as well as for our annual tax return reporting to the IRS. Beginning in June, this information should be submitted through the Finance Tab in the Volunteer Toolkit.

What we need from each troop:
  • The Financial Worksheet, a tool to help you submit to the VTK. This is the preferred worksheet. However, you may use another format that provides the same information if necessary.
  • Six months of bank statements (December 2023 through May 2024).
  • The VTK Summary Report. The VTK shuts down July 1 for a few days. You will not be able to submit your Annual Financial Report through VTK after that date.
NOTE: If you haven’t renewed your membership for the 2024 membership year, you will not be able to access VTK at all until your membership has been renewed.
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• May 7-9: STOMP at the Tennessee Theatre -- Knoxville
• May 17: Happy Accidents for Daisies (Art & Design Badge Workshop) -- Knoxville
• May 20: Summer Series: Zumba with Sara (DBJ) -- Knoxville
• May 24: Summer Series: Zumba with Sara (CSA) -- Knoxville
• May 25: Memorial Day Flag Placement - Johnson City
• June 1: Chapter Two: The Author is You! - Johnson City Area
• June 6: Babysitter’s Certification Training - Johnson City Area
• June 11: Girl Scouts Go to Vet School (J)
• June 11: Girl Scouts Go to Vet School (C/S/A)
• June 19: Mean Girl Management for Juniors and Cadettes -- Knoxville
Have No Fear, Summer Stack Club is Near!
Last year's Summer Stack Club (our summer reading fun patch program) was really one for the books (pun intended)! We're getting ready to kick-off 2024's SSC so keep an eye on our social media for updates in the coming weeks.
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In case you missed it...join us for a party!
Party the Girl Scout way with us on Sat., June 1, as we celebrate the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy's Place’s 30th birthday. Drop in any time between 11:00am and 1:00pm to enjoy games, special exhibits, and cake with Girl Scout friends.
learn more about the museum
Summer Camp & More
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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 for both campers AND counselors.
register today
Volunteers: Log-In and Learn with gsLearn
Volunteers, there is training available for you on gsLearn that covers a wide variety of useful topics. In order for us at the council to assign training modules to you and in order 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 are having trouble logging in, please reach out to us at 800-474-1912.
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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! 
Be Seen in Your Community
Troop 40856 used cookie funds to create and then donate care packages to the Community Resource Center of Chattooga.

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).
Upcoming Events
May 8: Bronze Award Training -- Knoxville
May 8: Silver Award Training -- Knoxville
May 9: Daisy/Brownie Save a Bee Patch Workshop - Chattanooga
May 11: Creating Tours in VR (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - Maryville
May 11: First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adults and Children - Knoxville
May 11: A Magical Breathe Journey - Big Stone Gap area
May 14: Craft Club (Wood Burning) - Chattanooga
May 15: Gold Award Interviews - Chattanooga
May 16: Gold Award Training - VIRTUAL
May 18: Cook Local with Boone Street Market - B/J - Jonesborough Area
May 18: Girl Scout Day at XPERIA: Ocean Journey - Sevierville
May 18: Scout Saturday: Bugs! Insects vs. Arachnids - Daisies & Brownies - Tellus Museum
May 18: Build Your Own Voice App (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - VIRTUAL
May 18-19: Girl Scout Sleepover at WonderWorks - Pigeon Forge
May 19: Honoring Our Local Heroes Patch Workshop - Knoxville
May 21: Bronze Award Training - VIRTUAL
May 23: Gold Award Interviews - Knoxville
May 25: Where Do Emojis Come From? (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - VIRTUAL
May 25: Artificial Intelligence with OceanAI (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - VIRTUAL
June 1: Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors 2024 Kickoff - Chattanooga
June 7-8: Girl Scout PJ Party with the Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
June 8-9: Girl Scout PJ Party with the Penguins at Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg
June 9: Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony - Knoxville
June 10-13: Smart Robotics Camp (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - Maryville
June 11: Father's Day Gifts - Johnson City Area
June 12: Summer Series: Sewing Patch with Embroiderers' Guild of America -- Knoxville
June 12: Bronze Award Training -- Knoxville
June 12: Volunteer Training: Financial Worksheet Abingdon
June 12: Silver Award Training -- Knoxville
June 13: Flag Day Celebration (D/B/J) - Chattanooga
June 13: Volunteer Training: Financial Worksheet Johnson City
June 14: Robots Day Camp (Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls) - Maryville
June 14: Daisy Toy Business Designer Badge Workshop -- Knoxville
June 14: Flag Day Celebration (C/S/A) - Chattanooga

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

Graduation Season
Is your Girl Scout graduating this spring? Come see us and purchase her regalia. We have select items in stock now.

Bridging Season
We have everything you need for a great bridging ceremony in stock. Uniforms, insignia, and bridging kits available today.

End-of-Year Celebrations
We know you will be celebrating the end of troop year with some great parties! Check out our selection of Girl Scout merchandise and find the perfect gift to say thank you.

Online-Only Specials
May 10- May 14: 20% Off Select Outdoor Products
May 22-May 28: 20% Off Sitewide - no minimum (uniforms included)

Shop online anytime!
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