Welcome to a New Year

I want to welcome our new GSHPA Council Volunteer Support Coordinator Rebecca Spencer. She has emailed out to the leaders introducing herself so if you are a leader but have not heard from her please use the contact link below and we’ll make sure to get you in touch. Rebecca is planning on being at our next Service Unit Meeting on Jan 17, 2021 at 6:30. A Zoom link will be sent out separately to all leaders and Juliette Parents. If you are interested in attending but do not receive that email let us know.

GSHPA’s Winter Programming is HERE! Check out the virtual programs and resources available for our Girl Scouts! Remember to share with your non-Girl Scout friends so they can join in on some of the fun!

Upcoming Events for Girls at all Levels

Check out these upcoming events on our calendar.

Winter Painting Event:

When: January 24th at 2PM
Where: Zoom link will be added a few days before the event and posted on our Facebook page as well
Supplies:  A canvas or white page,  paints in red, blue, yellow, black and white, a paint brush too.

World Thinking Day Event: Meet Juliette Gordon Low

When: February 21st at 1PM
Where: Zoom link will be added a few days before the event and posted on our Facebook page as well

Supplies: The host requests all Scouts to wear their sashes or vests!!

Join the Service Unit to meet the Founder of the Girl Scouts.  We will be hosting a zoom session with a reenactor who is an expert on Juliette Low, her life and the early years of Girl Scouting.

Hear about the origins of the three Girl Scout holidays:  Founder’s Day (Juliette Low’s birthday), the Girl Scout birthday and how we started the Girl Scouts and why it was such a game changer for women and girls, and Thinking Day, including Juliette Low’s involvement with the formation of the WAGGGS, the five world centers, and Juliette Low Word Friendship Fund.

Cookie Season 2021

Sale Dates:

o Initial Order: January 15th-February 12th
o Delivery Week: March 6th-March 13th
o Direct Sale: March 13th-April 11th

Leaders if you do not have your Troop Cookie Chairperson set up please look for the Service Unit Leader Email that will be coming out shortly which will include information from Rachel Griel (GSHPA Community 416 Cookie Chair) on what you need to do to pick up your packets and get trained for the upcoming cookie season.

For More information on cookies please check out the GSHPA Cookie Page.

Camp Updates and Plans

It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since the service unit has been to camp. While 2021 will certainly present new challenges, we are happy to share our plan for camp 2021. We are pleased to welcome David Nicastro (Troop 40170) as our Camp Committee Chair.

We are currently planning on a “Daisy Day” event at one of the state parks scheduled for either April or May. This will be a half day event that will focus on outdoor skills and traditions for our youngest scouts. If you have Juniors who are looking to earn their Junior Aide, please contact the camp committee. An exact date will be selected once we have a better idea of how April and May will look.

At this point in time, we are not planning a spring or summer service unit camporee. Instead, we will focus on supporting troop level outings. The camp committee will be putting together resources such as sample activity plans, flag and ash ceremony instructions, etc and making these available to our troop leaders. If your troop is looking to plan an outdoor event (either overnight or day only) and you need help, please reach out to us.

If you would like more information about any of these programs or to help, please email the camp committee at camp@statecollegegirlscouts.org.

Juniper Villages Virtual Sing-A-Long

Juniper Village is looking for ways to stay connected and maintain some holiday traditions. Amy Timan has offered to lead another holiday sing-along for residents, but this time it’s going to be on Zoom!

Please sign up your Scouts (and anyone else) who might like to join us on Saturday, December 12 from 3:00-3:30pm.

We will email the song book and zoom link before the event.

Please sign up here to get the song book and connection info!