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Mountain City debuts new Girl Scout Troop

Madison with Rescue dog
Girl Scout Madison Johnson, 6 enjoys some puppy love during a special presentation at the Johnson County Public Library last week. The new group is the first to locally represent the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians in Mountain City.

By Jill Penley
Freelance Writer

An excited group of girls congregated in the Johnson County Public Library’s meeting room last week for a special presentation as Melissa Gentry, Rescue DOG and End of Life Sanctuary Founder, was on hand to explain the organization’s mission. “It was so fun,” said Elizabeth Mann, one of the girls in attendance. “My favorite part was the puppy.”

The girl’s group, has now grown in number to 12, came together this spring as part of a Daisy campaign by the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA), which serves 46 counties from southwest Virginia, through East Tennessee, and into north Georgia. The campaign, which challenged scouts to create new Daisy troops consisting of kindergarten and first-grade girls, lead to GSCSA staff getting an opportunity to visit at least three of the county’s elementary schools to present the girl scout experience to any interested.

“This troop has gotten off the ground quickly in a very short amount of time,” commented Heather Blanton, GSCSA Experience Manager. “They have already started to tackle the Girl Scout Law and Promise and learn a few words in different languages.”

According to Blanton, the troop plans to meet throughout the summer to earn their “Petals,” including two they will receive at their next meeting – Sunny and Zinni. The petals all represent a line of the Girl Scout Law. The troop will meet every other Tuesday at the library unless on one of their field trips or outdoor group activities and plans to welcome special guests from time to time to grow their knowledge of the surrounding community. Adult volunteers run the Girl Scout troops with the support of a GSCSA staff Experience Manager. For more information regarding volunteering or registering, contact Heather Blanton, GSCSA Experience Manager at [email protected] or call 800-474-1912.