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Service Center & Shops Closed
Jul 2 all-day

The service centers and shops are closed for the Independence Day holiday.

Asheville Council Shop Open @ Asheville Council Shop
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Triad Council Shop Open @ Triad Council Shop
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hickory Council Shop Open @ Hickory Council Shop
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Go Climb – Rock Climbing @ Pilot Mountain State Park
Aug 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Discover rock climbing! Join Thrifty Adventures for a half-day introduction to the awesome sport of rock climbing. No experience necessary. During this course you will learn basic knots, climbing techniques, safety practices and checks, as well as climbing terms and lingo.

Please Note: The approach to the climbing area is less then a 1/2 mile on a gravel trail with little change in elevation. There is a short staircase down to the climbing area that is steep. Thrifty Adventures will have guides spotting everyone as they descend the stairs; if needed the guides can carry your bag down the stairs for added safety!

Participants must provide their own transportation to site and must provide their own food and plenty of water. Climbing gear provided by Thrifty Adventures. If the morning session fills, an afternoon session is available. If we happen to fill both sessions, Thrifty Adventures will open the following Sunday. To learn more and access the waiver, please visit Thrifty Adventures

GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors (grades 6-12) and adults


FEE: $55

BRING: water, snacks, sunscreen, proper footwear (hiking/athletic shoes)
Please note: Bring an appropriate back pack to carry gear, food and water. All climbers must be “hands-free” for hiking to and from climbing locations (string bags are not good for this type of activity).

Riding Instructor-in-Training @ Circle C Equestrian Center
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Love horses!? Are you 13 or turning 13 anytime this school year? Come and join us at the barn for our Riding Instructor-In-Training program. You will learn how to take care of and handle the Circle C horses and learn how to lead and assistant teach for our troop programs. This training is mandatory for anyone wishing to join the RIIT program; there will be no riding this day. If you can’t make this date, please contact Circle C.

GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors (grades 6-12; ages 13 or older)



BRING: bag lunch, water bottle, long pants and suitable clothing for the weather, closed-toe footwear for working outside and with horses


ALFaree @ Girl Scout Learning Center
Aug 22 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm


Let’s top off a great summer with a wonderful day with friends, laughing and learning and gearing up for a new Girl Scout year! Our morning focuses on the updates you need for the new Girl Scout year, as well as a fun, interactive laugh and learn presentations for the group. After lunch we offer several break-out sessions (see below) and select your sessions when you register. An ALFaree flyer can be found here!


Session Descriptions:
Girls Go Techbridge Train the Trainer (1 to 4:15 p.m.): Learn how to deliver training on the Girls Go Techbridge program, so that your trainees are ready to facilitate a hands-on introduction to engineering activities with their girls.

Be in the Know with Hooti! (1 to 2:30 p.m.): All Adult Learning Specialists are cordially invited to participate in this session to “get wise” to the latest position and adult learning in general. You’ll “fly away” with valuable tools to get your Girl Scout year in high gear. So…… whooooooo’s with me?

What’s in Your Facilitator Toolbox? (1 to 2:30 p.m.): Tips, techniques, and tricks for Facilitators – quick, easy (and inexpensive!) ways to enhance your courses and keep your audience focused and interested.

Test It Out! Learning Lab 2015 – (available 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.): Come learn with a hands-on approach! So much as been added as resources for our volunteers. Why not test out a few courses on your own? Volunteer Essentials has been revamped in a fun and interactive way. Participants will be able to drag and drop, click links and even pause the course throughout. There is also a new interactive grade level course, which is designed to be an easy resource for volunteers as they begin their Girl Scout journey with the girls. Take the time to look through the courses in this session. You can also just look around on our learning site or ask any questions that you may have. Don’t miss out on this exciting and self-guided session!

“Being There” for Your New Leader (2:45 to 4:15 p.m.): How a New Leader Coach begins her relationship with a new leader sets the tone for the entire relationship. Join us to find the answers to the questions: What is coaching? What is your role in building that relationship? What are the rewards for not only you as the coach/mentor, but for the new leader and for the organization? Gather practical suggestions to build your communication skills and take a look at several key tasks to help you become an effective coach/mentor.

Learning Styles – Fact or Fiction? (2:45 to 4:15 p.m.): You may know a bit about learning styles, but did you know that there is a debate about their existence? In this session we will discuss “learning styles” and what impact they may have on us as learners and facilitators. Find out about this controversy. Come with your own ideas and share with the group. Plans include a paper and pencil inventory that you can complete on your own.

Gastonia Council Shop Open @ Gastonia Council Shop
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Anchors Away! @ Keyauwee Program Center
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – Aug 30 @ 11:00 am


Arrgghh ye’ mates, it’s time to explore the seven seas of… Keyauwee! This weekend is jam-packed with activities to see if the pirate’s life is for you. You and your crew will work as a team to search for hidden treasure, explore the waters through boating and swimming, nighttime activities and learning the survival skills you will need out at sea. At the end of the weekend, participate in an ultimate all-camp pirate challenge to see which crew is the toughest of them all! Anchors Away! Event includes all meals, accommodations, programming and an event patch.

GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes (grades 4-8)




BRING: sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, day pack, water bottle, rain gear, tennis shoes and suitable clothes for the weather; pirate attire is encouraged


Time to Ride Open House @ Circle C Ranch at Keyauwee Program Center
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To register, e-mail Cathy Thacker.

The Circle C horses can’t wait to meet you! Join us for a barn tour, horse-themed games and crafts, riding demonstrations and five-minute riding lessons for new riders. Anyone riding must e-mail or call to register for a riding time; spaces are limited. Drawings for special prizes will happen throughout the day.

GRADE LEVEL: All Girl Scouts (grades K-12)



BRING: long pants and suitable clothing for the weather, closed-toe footwear for riding horses; helmets provide