In August 2017, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee launched Troop 6000, an initiative that serves homeless girls and is modeled after similar troops launched earlier in New York City. Troop meetings take place at local shelters and community centers across Nashville. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee partners with MNPS’s HERO (Homeless Education Resources Outreach) program to understand where the highest population of students without permanent housing live and establish Troop 6000 meeting locations in those areas.
Through this initiative, girls currently living in shelters, affordable housing, hotels, and other low-income or temporary living spaces have an opportunity to engage in Girl Scouts by participating in focused troop programming for their specific needs. This program allows girls to participate in badge earning, outdoor experiences, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), community service, field trips, and Girl Scout traditions and celebrations.