New Girl Scouts troops forming

Susan EspirituOur Town Youth

The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians are creating new troops in the Knoxville area as Kristian Lewis, senior relationship manager, and Laura Higgins, program manager, visited several schools last week to share sign up criteria with interested girls and their adults at local schools or community locations.

I was fortunate to attend the interest meeting Tuesday evening for Fountain City Elementary that was held at Fountain City Presbyterian Church since schools were closed on Tuesday for voting.

Kristian explained the Girl Scouts troop grade breakdown: K-1st grade: Daisies; second and third grades: Brownies; fourth and fifth grades: Juniors; sixth through eighth grades: Cadets; ninth and 10th grades: Seniors; and 11-12th grades: Ambassadors.

Several interested families with excited young girls attended the meeting and signed up for potential Brownies to Junior troops in the area.

Kristian explained the four pillars of Girl Scouts focus: Outdoor Adventure, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

I sat with Elenore Shultz, second grader at Fountain City, and her grandmother, Barbara Lamm.

Elenore was very excited to join Brownies, especially for sleepovers at the aquarium with sharks and penguins, plus being able to sell cookies in the future.

Kristian and Laura held interest meetings during the week at Adrian Burnett Elementary, Inskip Elementary and West Hills Elementary.

For more information on these troops and others, contact: Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians

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