Girl Scout Day
Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and… Bears? For more than half a century, Grandfather Mountain has celebrated the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and the tradition continues with the nonprofit nature park’s annual Girl Scout Day.
On Girl Scout Day, all Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders are admitted to Grandfather Mountain for free, while discounted admission is available for family members joining them.
The tradition started in 1971, when Grandfather Mountain “adopted” the Girl Scouts as a gesture of support. The scouts returned the favor by adopting Grandfather’s mascot, Mildred the black bear, even presenting her with special pins to celebrate her years with the organization.
More than 50 years later, scouts will return to Grandfather in late September for a mountain’s worth of outdoor fun.
Grandfather Mountain is the ideal place for scouts to not only meet other scouts, but to also get outside to enjoy nature and the mountain’s unique ecosystem. Activities typically include nature hikes, hands-on activities, weather exploration, a keynote speaker presentation, habitats tours and more.