Scavenger Hike Adventures Recognition Patch

FOR STUDIO 2B
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Council Leaders’ Guide For:
Scavenger Hike Adventures Recognition Patch

Scavenger Hike Adventures
By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Council Partners

Hikers follow clues on 14 diverse park trails to find over 200 natural and historic treasures. Five easy, five moderate, and four extreme hikes offer suitable challenges for a wide range of hiking abilities. The Scavenger Hikes range from .5 mile to over 10 miles and we specifically included two trails that are wheelchair accessible. Your trail guide,Scavenger Hike Adventures, is kind of like having a pioneer, Cherokee Indian and mountain guide along with you. It is designed to enhance the national park experience: Fun, Exciting, Challenging, Humorous, and Educational all under an umbrella of “Leave no Trace.”

There is a point scale and formal “certificate” for achievement on each trail.

Requirements:Girls must complete 6 of 14 Scavenger Hike Adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Girls must attain the highest level of achievement, “Frontier Explorer,” for the hike to count as a requirement mastered for the Scavenger Hike Adventure Patch. A signed and dated certificate of completion must be submitted to the Girl Scout leader for each of the 6 hikes. A minimum of four of the hikes must be “Moderate” or “Extreme” level as noted inThe Scavenger Hike Adventurestrail guide.

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Living in the Past Try-It Brownies

FOR BROWNIES

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Council Leaders’ Guide For:
Listening to the Past Try-It

Scavenger Hike Adventures
By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Council Partners

Program Description: Follow clues inScavenger Hike Adventurestrail book on Scavenger Hike Adventure #2, page 11,Porter’s Creek Trail to the Old Hiking Club Cabin. This adventure is in the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (two miles round trip on a wide trail/allow about 2 hours). Most of the trail is a wide, old gravel roadbed along a beautiful mountain stream. It is a gentle slope uphill, but is downhill all the way back!!! See Scavenger Hike Adventures trail book for detailed directions and comments about the trail.

Brownies will learn about the people who lived here in the Smoky Mountains over 150 years ago. Find a special tree used by Cherokee Indians (Treasure #2) and count steps to find a giant “turtle rock” where pioneer teenagers went on dates over 100 years ago (Treasure #5)! Find where pioneers lived and discover where they kept their potatoes (Treasure #14)! You will explore an old cemetery, an unusual barn (Treasure #17), a cabin with a bear lock still on the door (Treasure #21) and an old-fashioned “refrigerator” from long ago (Treasure #18)!!! You will cross log footbridges and even find the remains of an old antique Model T Ford (Treasure #16)!!! Brownies may complete numbers 1-4 and earn theListening to the Past Try-It. The troop can pack a lunch and enjoy it at the nearby picnic area (it has restrooms) or lunch on the porch of the Old Hiker Cabin!!!

1. Community Stories:Learn about and find the old cornfield that is no longer there!!! Learn the story of pioneer settler VanderBill Whaley and his daughters and tell your family about his homestead and the unusual 13 steps and rock wall that his daughters helped build.

2. If These Buildings Could Talk:Learn interesting facts about the old barn you found that was built in 1875. Figure out how the “bear lock” on the old cabin door works!!!Find the building (springhouse) where the pioneers stored milk and eggs.

3. Visit the Oldest Cemetery:Visit the old pioneer cemetery along the trail and make notes of names and ages. What are some surprising discoveries in the cemetery? (so many children and babies).

4. Tell Stories of the Past: Share some of the stories you learned on this trail with your family.

Suggestion: Leader carries theScavenger Hike Adventure Book (it works best if only the leaders carry the book) andreadsCLUES for girls to follow. Divide the troop into smaller groups and give the first group a 5 minute headstart. You can all meet together at the Hiker Cabin and take a break after the hike. Each girl fills out her score for the trail in her book and her certificate is signed by Leader(s) and Parent(s) as witnesses. Questions or Advice???e-mail Kat and Johnor click on special Girl Scout Page.

Explore the Smokies!!!
“Don’t Just Take A HikeTake A Scavenger Hike Adventure

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Earth Connection Badge

FOR JUNIORS
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders Guide For:
Earth Connections Badge

Scavenger Hike Adventures
By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Partners

Follow clues inScavenger Hike Adventurestrail book to complete 4 out of 6 badge requirements (#2,#4,#7 &#8). Your troop may also complete requirements #1 and #5 at the same event to completeallbadge requirements for theEarth Connections Badge. Cosby Nature Trail is the site of thisScavenger Hike Adventure. It is a heavily wooded and fairly level one-mile national park trail: find old homesites, an old wagon road, a tree ripped open by a bear and much more!!! The trail has eight fun shallow stream crossings. (Picnic area and rest rooms are adjacent to the trailhead.) Cosby Nature Trail is just past the Cosby Campground office in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trailbook provides detailed directions. Cosby Nature Trail is like hiking in the forest in the “Wizard of Oz!!!”

Scout Leader Suggestion: Using the book as a guide, divide your troop into smaller groups and the leader(s) will read the clues as scouts search for the cultural, natural and historical treasures along the trail. It worksbestif the leader(s) reads the clues and the scouts search for the treasures. Scouts will complete certificates and point tabulation in their booksafter the hike is completed.

Ecological Succession:

Find a former farm field and pasture–now a forest (Treasure #15)
Find a dead tree trunk–now home for a big bush (Treasure #19)
Find an old wagon trail/now a narrow path in the forest (Treasure #2)

Reading the Rings:

Find a tree separated from its trunk and explore the rings

Adapt or Perish:

Find hemlock trees letting lower limbs die to support growth at the top (#6)
Find a “spider” tree whose roots grew around an old stump that has since decayed to the ground (Treasure #10)
Find trees roots growing around rocks to search for food and water

Plants and People:

Find and identify dog hobble(Treasure #9)-Cherokee Indians used as ingredient for muscle pain medicine, hemlock tree (#4)Cherokee made tea from stem tops to help with kidney problems, spice bush (Treasure #13)Pioneers used to flavor opossom and season other meats and to make a drinking tea, rhododendron(#11)-Pioneers used this plant to tell temperature (see page125 in book to learn how), wild grapevine (#7)Cherokee would burn with Oak to “bring” a warm spell of weather in the middle of a period of winter cold and Virginia creeper(#11).

Questions/Guidance???e-mail Kat & John or click on special Girl Scout page.

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Introduction to Hiking for Daisies and Brownies

FOR DAISIES AND BROWNIES

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders’ Guide For Scout Event:
Scavenger Hike Adventures/Introduction to Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Scavenger Hike Adventures
By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Partners

Daisies and Brownies will go on aScavenger Hike Adventureon Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, an easy one-half mile loop trail (wheelchair accessible). The Scout leader will divide the troop into smaller groups and aleader/parent will read the cluesas the scouts search for hidden natural, historic and cultural treasures. It works best if only the leader(s) carry the book as scouts search along the trail. Start the second group five minutes after the first group. Each girl will tally the points attained, check/mark the treasures found in her book and complete the certificate of achievementat the end of the hike. Each scout willearn a certificate (included in the book) as a “City Slicker”, “Pioneer Scout”, or the elite “Frontier Explorer.”

The book will serve as the “guide” for this activity. Scouts will search for a huge rock with a “baby face” (treasure #1), an ancient Cherokee Indian path (treasure #10), remains of a cabin (treasure #6), bear tracks that were left in concrete before it had even dried (treasure #13), a tree that looks like it is wearing a shoe(treasure #9).and much more. The trail is paved and winds around a beautiful mountain stream. (One treasure is a sourwood tree (#15) known for the special honey that bees make from the sourwood flower. You might want to purchase a jar of sourwood honey and let the scouts dip small shredded wheat bits into it as a rest stop/snack at the point where they find that very special tree.) The hike turns into a memory-filled fun and exciting adventure as the scouts search for and find the treasures.

To round out the activity we suggest touring the museum in the Sugarlands Visitor Center and watching the 18 minute movie that is shown on the hour and half-hour. The awesome Chimneys Picnic Area is a great lunch spot and is located 5 miles south (towards Cherokee) from the trail. If you are coming from Knoxville, you can also picnic on your way home at beautiful Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area which is on Little River Road heading back towards Townsend.

Questions? Guidance?E-mail Kat & Johnor click on special girl scout page.

Explore the Smokies
“Don’tJustTake A HikeTake A Scavenger Hike Adventure!!!”

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Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders Guide Hiking Brownies Badge

FOR BROWNIES

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders’ Guide For:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Scavenger Hike Adventures Try-It!!!

By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Partner

Brownies must complete4 activitiesin the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Brownie troops may chooseup to4 out of the 14Scavenger Hike Adventuresin the trailbook. Scouts will tally their points for “treasures found” and must attain either “Pioneer Scout” or “Frontier Explorer” level for the hike to apply towards the specialScavenger Hike Adventures Try-It. A signed and dated certificate of completion must be approved by leader for each of the hikes (certificates included in each girl’s trail guide).

The interactive trail book,Scavenger Hike Adventures, includes a diverse selection of hikes with a mix of 5 easy, 5 moderate and 4 extreme challenges (Ranging from 1/2 mile to over 10 miles.) The hikes accommodate a wide range of physical ability as scouts follow clues and search for and find cultural, natural and historical treasures along the trails.

Brownies may also substitute as many as 2 of the following activities in place of hikes. 1. Visit Sugarlands Visitor Center, view the movie and explore the museum. Write a one-page observation report or draw a picture of two favorite plants or animals in the park. 2. Meet all requirements to become a “Junior Ranger” in the park. 3. Meet with a park ranger and learn about the important issues facing the park. 4. Visit Cataloochee Valley and find at least 5 elk (dusk is recommended time). 5. Attend a park ranger walk or talk.

For Scout Leaders, the book is like having a Pioneer, a Cherokee Indian and a Mountain Guide hiking along with you.Leader Suggestion: Divide your group into two or three smaller groups and each leader(s) reads the clues to that group. It works best if only the leader(s) carry the books as scouts search for treasures. Girls tally points attained and fill out certificates in their booksat the end of the hike.

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Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders Guide Scout Badge for Juniors

FOR JUNIORS

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Leaders’ Guide For:
Scavenger Hike Adventures Badge
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s

Scavenger Hike Adventures
By Kat and John LaFevre/Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Partners

Scouts must complete 6 of 14Scavenger Hike Adventuresin the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The scout must attain the highest level achievement of “Frontier Explorer” for the hike to apply towards the specialScavenger Hike AdventuresGirl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian’s Badge. A dated certificate of completion must be signed for each of the 6 hikes (certificates included in each girl’s trail guide).

The trail book,Scavenger Hike Adventures, includes a diverse selection of hikes with a mix of 5 easy, 5 moderate and 4 extreme challenges (Ranging from 1/2 mile to over 10 miles.) The hikes accommodate a wide range of physical ability as scouts search for and find cultural, natural and historical treasures along the trails.

Scouts with special physical challenges may earn the council badge by completing two of the scavenger hikes that are wheelchair accessible (Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail and Laurel Falls). Four other activities must be completed from the following list of activities: 1. Visit Sugarlands Visitor Center and view the movie and display room and write a one-page observation report. 2. Meet all requirements to become a “Junior Ranger” in the park. 3. Meet with a park ranger and learn about the important issues facing the park. 4. Visit Cataloochee Valley and find at least 5 elk (dusk is recommended time). 5. Attend a park ranger talk.

Scouts follow clues on 14 diverse national park trails to find over 200 natural and historic treasures. For Scout Leaders, the book is like having a Pioneer, a Cherokee Indian and a Mountain Guide hiking along with you. Leader Suggestion: Divide your group into two or three smaller groups and each leader/parent reads the clues to that group. It works best if only the leader(s) carry the books as scounts search for treasures. Girls complete points attained and certificates in their books at the end of the hike. For Questions/Guidance:e-mail Kat & Johnor click on the special girl scout page.

Explore the Smokies
“Don’tJustTake A HikeTake A Scavenger Hike Adventure”

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Scavenger Hike Adventures

“Scavenger Hike Adventures” presents an ideal opportunity to involve everyone participating in your family reunion, corporate retreat, or church gathering in a fun and adventurous group activity.

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