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“Girl Scouts Love State Parks” initiative aims to get every girl outside July 13, 14

Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will hold their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13–14. The event is for girls and their families and friends to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. Join GSCSA and thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about.

The legacy of Girl Scouts and the outdoors is profound. Studies show that 71 percent of girl members ages 8–14 tried their first outdoor activity through the organization and half would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts. GSUSA’s cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations. Girl Scouts wants to get even more girls outside through Girl Scouts Love State Parks.

In collaboration with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), GSCSA will be hosting two events at Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN. Saturday, July 13, girls of all levels will have the opportunity to complete Field Stations and earn badges, including First Aid, Animal Habitats, Outdoor Art Maker, and more! Participants will also earn a custom Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch. Cost is $10.00 per Girl Scout (K-5 grades). Cadettes through Ambassadors can volunteer at this event and participate for free. Register here by July 8 at noon.

On Sunday, July 14, girls of all levels can join in on a Scavenger Hunt Competition at Seven Islands. Prizes will be awarded to the troops with the 3 highest scores, and all contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Register here by July 8 at noon.

Girls with their troops and/or families/friends are encouraged to visit any state park near them the weekend of July 13 and 14 to earn the custom Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch. The patches and other related merchandise is available for purchase from the Girl Scout Shop and GSCSA stores. Find a Tennessee State Park near you.

“GSUSA has always been a leader in getting girls outdoors, and we are excited to open our state parks specifically to the organization this July,” said Lewis Ledford, NASPD CEO. “Girls can flex their leadership and risk-taking skills while exploring the parks, learning something new, and, most of all, having fun.”

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has almost 14 thousand girl and adult members in 46 counties from southwest Virginia, through eastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Girls are welcome to join throughout the year. For more information, visit

Published July 7, 2019

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