First ever reception set for past, present Wilson County Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee has been active in Wilson County for 70 years teaching girls about leadership, financial responsibility, math and science, respect for the natural world, healthy living and an appreciation for the arts.

This year more than 760 Girl Scouts and 365 volunteers are actively participating in Girl Scout troops and programs across Wilson County.

On Tuesday, April 28, Girl Scouts will be hosting a reception at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate this rich heritage of Scouting and to raise funds for future growth in Wilson County. Jackie Cowden, Girl Scout alumna and CEO of Custom Packaging, is chairing this year’s reception that will celebrate Wilson County’s 70 years of tradition in Girl Scouts, and the accomplishments of current Girl Scouts receiving their Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

Mary French, Girl Scout alumna and owner of Honeybaked Ham in Lebanon, said that, “All of my experiences in Girl Scouts, from being a Brownie to earning my Gold Award in high school, truly helped me get to where I am today. I feel Scouting gave me the courage, self confidence, knowledge and will to achieve anything. I never thought of myself as a salesperson, but now that I have my own business and look back on all those years of selling thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies, I feel that those experiences helped me get to where I am today.”

Proceeds from this reception will help fund traditional programs and experiences for every girl that would like to participate in Girl Scouts regardless of her family’s ability to pay fees that cover registration, programs, uniforms, badges and camp tuition.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee serves almost 14,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers in 39 counties, including Maury County. It is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.6 million girls and adults nationwide.

For more information, contact Laura Jumonville at the Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee, 800-395-5318 or email Or you can call Cathey Sweeney at the Lebanon office for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee at 453-2473.