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Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians’ ‘Reach for the Peaks’ hiking fundraiser returns

March 1, 2023

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians invites troops, former Girl Scouts, family members and supporters to explore the outdoors during the third annual “Reach for the Peaks” fundraiser, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, McCarty Holsaple McCarty and Target One Marketing Group.

The hiking event from March 4-19 coincides with the organization’s founding day and National Girl Scout Week. Registration is open at, and the fees benefit local Girl Scouts and further the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Whether in the mountains or around the neighborhood, participants are encouraged to hike 3.12 miles, in honor of “Girl Scouts’ birthday,” or March 12, 1912, when the organization was established.

“We’re calling on all community members to Reach for the Peaks again and uplift local Girl Scouts,” said Lynne Fugate, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA). “Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to take in the beauty of East Tennessee. Sign up now – every step is one toward a girl’s success!”

Registration fees range from $10 for current Girl Scouts and Lifetime members to $35 for the public. Participants receive a special Reach for the Peaks patch and knapsack. Supporters also can register as a “ghost hiker” with a $20 donation to the council without participating in the hike.

Hikers are encouraged to connect with others on social media using #ReachforthePeaks. Learn more about the fundraiser and organization at

About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, offering programs that give every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of entrepreneurship, adventure, and success—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for community causes, or make their first best friends. The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians has approximately 10,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties from southwest Virginia, through eastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia. Membership is open to all girls from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors and millions of alums, Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. To join us, volunteer, reconnect or donate, visit or call 800-474-1912.