Volunteering and Service Opportunities

There are many opportunities for a troop to give service back to the community in the State College Area. If your troop has a regular service project they do, please contact us and let us know. While most organizations are not looking for “once and done” volunteers, troops can often find smaller projects to do for an organization (hold a food drive, build cat trees, etc). Be sure to check with the organization to find out what kind of help or project they need.

Discovery Space

https://mydiscoveryspace.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Volunteer Coordinator- Anna Schurter: anna@mydiscoveryspace.org

Discovery Space offers two methods for youth to volunteer with their program::
1) Adopt a Day – Cadettes and Older

A Cadette+ troop can adopt a day (or shift). The troop would then send two or three members to staff their adopted shift each week.

This allows for some continuity in terms of scheduling, and makes it more worthwhile to run a full training and orientation for your group. An adult would need to be present during the training and orientation and a decision would be made from there what will work best for the girls and for the museum in terms of an adult needing to be present during the actual shifts.

2) Hamer Camp Counselor Program

We are seeking responsible, hard-working and creative volunteers in grades 9-12 to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) and eventually Camp Counselors to help with Discovery Space’s many summer camps.

Nittany Beagle Rescue

(Beagle Walkers) http://www.nittanybeaglerescue.org/volunteer.cfm

Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.  Groups cannot be accommodated, but a girl and her parent can volunteer to walk dogs who are staying at one of our area kennels.

PAWS

https://www.centrecountypaws.org/domain/17

PAWs accepts volunteers aged 10 and older. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. See their website for details.

State College Food Bank

Middle/High students can inquire in the Spring to work in Summer https://www.scfoodbank.org/domain/49

ClearWater Conservancy

http://www.clearwaterconservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Snetsinger Butterfly Garden

http://www.snetsingerbutterflygarden.org/

Troops 4017040213, and 40427 maintain a plot at the Tudek Park butterfly garden. They welcome other troops or individual scouts to help with their plot, or a troop could take on a project of their own at the garden.

Service Unit Transitions

Traditions help build a sense of community and bring us together. However, as time goes on we need younger leaders and troops to step up and help us carry on the traditions that make the State College Service Unit an amazing scouting group. Next year we will need new champions to pick up Service Unit Leader, Spring Daisy Day (and more!), and Cookie Rally.

Service Unit Leader

Jodi will be stepping down as Service Unit Leader and we are will need a new Service Unit Leader. If you are interested in filling this role or would like to nominate someone, please contact us. You will be joining an amazing team of dedicated volunteers. You do not need to be a Troop Leader to be the Service Unit Leader.

Service Unit Leader is a 3 year term and responsibilities include coordinating with council and running monthly service unit meetings.

We have also began the effort of formalizing our leadership team and we would love to add you to the team. Each position we have identified should ideally have a deputy and we have certainly not identified every position the service unit needs filled.

Troop 41152 – Spring Daisy Day

Ambassador Troop 41152 will be graduating this year and looking for a younger troop to take on many of the services they provide for our area.

Each year these amazing young women plan and run our Spring Daisy Day during Spring Camporee to help introduce our newest scouts to camp. Please let us know if your girls are interested in picking up this vital tradition.

In addition to our spring daisy day, Troop 41152 has suffed stockings for our military troops, volunteered at the Boalsburg Hometown Christmas, decorated the Girl Scout tree at the Festival of Trees, and volunteered at the Fillmore Food Bank. It is thier hope that another troop will pick up their torches.

Cookie Rally

The 7th and 8th grade girls from Cadette Troop 41253 are hoping to mentor a younger troop, Juniors or Cadettes, in learning how to plan and carry out the annual Service Unit Cookie Rally.  2018 would be a combined effort and the new troop would take over the 2019 event on their own.  This is a great way for Cadettes to earn hours toward the Service to Girl Scouts award.

Let’s Go Camping

We have several exciting camping opportunities throughout 2018!

Volunteer-Organized Weekends

All these trips are planned and organized by adult volunteers from troops within GSHPA Service Unit 416 and neighboring SUs. If the trips we have planned do not meet your schedule / level needs, feel free to contact the Camp Committee and we can help you organize something that fits your needs (including helping you get in touch with other leaders who can help you). The only limit to our ability to go to camp is a source of adult volunteers who want to plan and execute. When camps fill, that means we need to plan more camps!

Winter Camping for Daisies & Brownies and C/S/A Leadership Training

Date: 01/26/2018 – 01/28/2018

Daisies and Brownies are invited out to Camp Golden Pond to have a wintry adventure and earn their troop camping badges.

8th-grade Cadettes and up interested in Camp Leadership Training are invited to help facilitate activities for younger scouts (7th- and 6th- grade cadettes who are mature and experienced campers may participate if accompanied by at least 1 cleared adult per troop).

Winter Camping for Cadettes / Seniors / Ambassadors

Date: 02/02/2018 – 02/04/2018

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are heading out to enjoy a wintry weekend at camp.

Spring Camporee

Date: 04/20/2018 – 04/22/2018

Spring camp will be April 20 – 22nd. All levels are invited to camp for either Saturday only or the weekend. Troops are responsible for their own programming and meals at this camp. Daisies will have a “Daisy Day” program run by our Ambassador scouts.

Older Girl Weekend

Date: June 8-10

Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors from Service Units 414, 416, and 431 plan the theme and activities for this annual event. Please contact the camp committee to get involved!

Summer Camporee

Date: 06/30/2018 – 07/02/2018

Summer camp will be June 30th – July 1st. Note that our camp days will be all day Saturday and all day Sunday this year. If you have a badge preference, want to help plan this camp, or facilitate activities, please contact the camp committee. We need you!

Council- and Partner-Run Experiences

Troop Adventure Camps

Date: 02/09/2018 – 02/11/2018 – C/S/A

Date: 05/05/2018 – 05/06/2018 (All levels)

Raft ‘O Ree

Date: 05/04/2018 – 05/06/2018 (Ages 5+)

Looking for adventure? Join Whitewater Challengers and GS in the Heart of PA for a Raft-O-Ree Weekend.

Other Experiences

PA Wild Childs – Black Moshannon State Park

Date: June 16

PA Wilds Child is a fun, well-run program at Black Moshannon State Park with events and activities relevant to many Girl Scout levels. If you are looking for something different to do with your troop or your child, check it out.

Snappy Logos Fun Patch Orders

Do you need fun patches? We will resume our group Snappy’s logos with the next order going out on Jan 15th.

Group orders allow us to take advantage of Snappy’s “Mix and Match” pricing to decrease the cost of individual patches. We will also split the flat rate shipping among all troops ordering patches.

I will contact each troop when the patches arrive and make arrangements to get the orders.

Shop at Snappy Logos and then submit your patch order.

Deck the Gardens!

The Arboretum at Penn State is excited to invite you to help decorate for the holidays in the Children’s Garden!

They are in need of…

  • Ornaments & garland for the children’s tree inside of the glass house!
  • Outdoor ornaments & garland for the garden trees to feed the birds!

Ornaments should be inspired by nature and the imagination of children and teachers! Think pine-cones, wood, seeds, paper, recycled materials, cloth, yarn, dried flowers, berries to celebrate the natural beauty of winter!

Please remember that all ornaments must be ready by 12/5/2017.

Please contact Rebecca Horwitt at ruh212@psu.edu with any questions and to set up ornament pick-up or drop-off in State College.

Thank you, and enjoy the wonders of the season!