Hike Challenge 1: Scotia Barrens

Summer is upon us and the weather has been rather nice.  In an attempt to get the girls outside and exploring nature, Christy and I have come up with a list of local trails the girls can hike with  their families.  The trails will range in distance and difficulty, but we will start off with some easier ones to build up endurance. Most trails are clearly marked and many will be out and back trails, however we encourage you to print out a copy of the trail map ahead of time as some trails will overlap with other trails and cell service could be limited.

Be sure to check out the Trail Adventure Badge for your level!

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A message from council

Dear Members of Girl Scouts – Greetings–I hope this email finds you rejuvenated after the Memorial Day holiday. With summer here, GSHPA continues to offer a full schedule of unique virtual activities for Girl Scouts and volunteers.  Please enjoy these programs and activities over the next several weeks.   Listed below are highlights along with direct links to register for each offering- 

Available at the Girl Scouts At Home page: 

Outdoor Summer Challenge 2020– Embark on your Outdoor Summer Challenge and begin tackling some of the activities on this list! Every girl who completes will receive a fun patch. This is also designed as a service unit challenge. Submit your challenge sheet here. 
Leave No Trace Principles – Learn the 7 Leave No Trace principles, so important when enjoying the outdoors.  

Available at GSHPA’s Events Calendar  page:

June 6 – GSHPA Movie Nightfeaturing “The Incredibles 2” – join a before and after movie live chat with the GSHPA program team!
June 8-12 – Summer STEAM Kickoff Week – Five days of STEAM activities, starting with Science on June 8 Register each day for a new activity.   
June 19 STEAM with the Program Team – Solar S’Mores – use the sun’s natural energy to make a favorite treat!
June 26 – GSHPA Camp In Campout – Virtual camping in your living room, den or basement!
July 6 – Virtual Camp Begins – (Week 1 of 5) – Crafty Camper 
GSHPA unveils five weeks of Virtual Camp beginning July 6, each with its own theme and unique kit of activities. Each registered Virtual Camper receives a kit in the mail complete with a full week of activities, based on the theme.  

Visit GSHPA’s Facebook and check our website for events, activities and new programs, added weekly. Tag GSHPA’s Instagram with your favorite pics from an activity! I’m sure you’ll find an event that interests you, because there’s something for everyone at Girl Scouts. 

Camp Golden Pond Open – Looking for Volunteers

Our Girl Scout troops won’t be making any overnight trips this summer, but if your family loves to camp, Camp Golden Pond is open and dearly misses all our scouting friends.

Families and close knit friends groups can reserve the camp through Airbnb. We are screening reservations to ensure that groups are in compliance with current PA Department of Health regulations involving group size, social distancing, etc, so be sure to include a message with your reservation request.

Camp Golden Pond is also in need of dedicated volunteer families willing to spend a few days at camp. Volunteers willing to do maintenance, site improvements, or just be on site during busy weekends to take care of check-in/check-out can get free or reduced rate camp days. See our “Camp and Work” program for more details.

Photo Challenges

Thank to all the girls who have been participating in our photo challenges! The residents of Juniper Village really enjoy picking out the winners and look forward to seeing a new set of photos. If you haven’t won yet, please keep sending in photos. You never know when the magic will just click. So far Troops 40418, 40170, 40421, and 40429 have all managed to snag a top photo and $25 in State College Girl Scouts Events Credits.

Our April Winners were:

Daisy/Brownie/Junior:

1st Place: Duck and Duckling by Ruby (Troop 40421)
2nd Place: Brinkley by Kaitlyn (Troop 40421)
3rd Place: Garden Close Up by Betty (Troop 40421)

CSA:

1st Place: Playful Puppy by Lacey (Troop 40429)
2nd Place: Cat and Flower by Margaret (Juliette)
3rd Place: Easter Bunny by Camryn (Troop 40429)

You can see the current challenge here.

Council Led Virtual Opportunities

Please check out the gshpa.org website for details.

Putting the “A” in STEAM

Injecting the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math to encourage girls to think creatively! Join Girl Scout Program Coordinators for a Saturday morning art session!  Every other Saturday, Grades K – 5: 10am to 11am and Grades 6 – 12: 11:30am to 12:30pm. See the GSHPA events page for details.

Council Led Virtual Troop Meetings

All girls are welcome to register for a virtual troop meeting on the GSHPA events page. All ages have a council led troop meeting option, and membership is not required.

Daisy Launch

Girls going into Kindergarten or First grade in the fall can participate in the Daisy Launch. They can complete the activity page to earn a patch, and can be placed into a troop if they choose to join.

GSHPA Movie Night

Every other Saturday through June from 6 – 9pm. Girls can invite their friends who are not Girl Scouts to join us on Zoom before and after the movie for a fun discussion and activity ideas themed to the movie! See the GSHPA events page for details.

Girl Scouts at Home Resources

Work at your own pace on a variety of activities that relate to the girl scout mission.  Visit our Girl Scouts at Home Page today!

Virtual Open House

Parents who want to learn more are invited to join our Volunteer Support Coordinator team for a Virtual Open House as we chat about the Girl Scout experience and learn about resources available to families to maximize fun time with the girl in your life!  May 4th at 2pm or May 5th at 5pm.  See the GSHPA events page for details.