Girl Scouts Outside

With the weather turning, we hope to see all our G.I.R.L.s Get Outside!

Be sure to check out the Spring Outdoor Challenge. If your troop does something fun and exciting, please email us at

On May 22nd, all GSHPA SU 416 members are invited to attend a CRPR Scavenger Hunt.

In June, we will be having Outdoor Fun days at Bald Eagle State Park for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Cadette Outdoor Fun will be July 17 with more details about this event released in May.

Senior and Ambassador families should expect to receive an email from Service Unit leadership about coordinating an event for your girls.

In September we will be holding a Back to Basics camporee at Camp Anderson.

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Wayne Township Nature Park

Wayne Township Nature Park (191 Linnippi Trail, Lock Haven) is 45 minutes from State College and well worth the drive. There are so many fun treasures for Girl Scouts to discover high and low along the easy flat trails. Spring is a great time to visit, as much of the trail is beside a beautiful flowing creek. Before you start you hike, snap a photo of the hand drawn trail map on a sign at the parking lot. You will see Big Foot on the map, don’t miss hiking over to see him!

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Gold Award: Jared Boxes

Congrats to local Girl Scout Jessica Zajac from Troop 40436 on earning her Gold Award!

Jessica partnered with the Jared Box Project in order to expand the program across the country through Girl Scouts. Jessica created a video explaining how to make a Jared Box along with lesson plans to incorporate the Jared Box project into badge programs for each Girl Scout level.

In addition to creating Girl Scout badge lesson plans that will help younger Girl Scouts get involved in the Jared Box program, Jessica established the Jared Box program in a new hospital in York. This hospital is now accepting Jared Box donations and is now able to hand out boxes to children in order to ease their hospital stay. Finally, Jessica created nearly 30 Jared Boxes to be donated to hospitals across the country.

Continue reading to learn more about the lesson plans she created, her plans for after high school, and a letter to younger Girl Scouts.

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Democracy in Action Panel – Call for Questions

GSHPA SU 416’s Democracy in Action Panel will take place on March 14th! We will Zoom with a diverse group of local and state government leaders to give our girls a high level overview of how our government works. We encourage everyone to submit questions for our panelists in advance!

We are happy to share that our list of panelists will be Amy Farkas, Harris Township Manager; Carla Stilson, Council Member for College Township; Ronald Filippelli, State College Mayor; Amber Concepcion, Board President State College Area School District; Michael Pipe, Chair of the Centre County Board of Commissioners; Scott Conklin, PA State Representative, 77th District; Kerry Benninghoff, PA State Representative, 171st District; and Meg Snead, Secretary of Policy and Planning at Office of PA Governor Tom Wolf.

Girls should wear their uniform and join the zoom using their name and troop number as the participant name (i.e. “Amya, Troop 40123”).

Zoom link:, Passcode: 905963