2018 Summer Camporee – Early Registration Extended

Summer Camporee registration is currently open and we have extended the early registration period until May 13th in order to give troops time to recover from Spring Camp and World Thinking Day. Regular registration will still close on May 28.

Remember, girls can choose to participate in “Camp Day” on June 30th, “Badge Day” on July 1st, or the entire weekend.

Volunteers Needed

Camp is an all volunteer run event and we will not be able to make it happen without additional help.  Neither Jodi nor Jeannie will be able to provide the support that they have previously provided and it is not possible for Christine, Megan, and Heather to run a camp for 200 people by themselves while also taking care of their girls.

We are asking for each participating troop to nominate one volunteer to attend 1-2 pre-camp planning meetings and to help facilitate our camp activities. The nominated volunteer must be fully registered and cleared through GSHPA and the troop should be able to meet their ratios without them. This volunteer should NOT be the troop leader and should understand that they will spend parts of the camp away from their troop.

It is our hope that by having dedicated volunteers for specific activities, everyone’s camp experience will be enhanced. This is also your opportunity to help shape our camp into the camp you have always wanted it to be.

We do understand that some troops may only have enough (or not enough) adults to meet their ratios. If you absolutely cannot spare an adult and still meet ratios during camp, please still nominate a volunteer to attend the pre-camp meetings.

Feel free to contact the camp committee if you have any questions.

Financial Assistance

We wanted to provide some clarifications to the financial assistance policies since they seem to be a moving target lately.

If families are unable to afford a Girl Scout experience such as the service unit summer camporee or the Savannah trip, financial assistance may be available to help you out. Financial assistance is even available for troop outdoor experiences – not just council or service unit sponsored events. Continue reading “Financial Assistance”

Hiking Training Level 1 (Daisy/Brownie) Wrap-Up

Trail Training

Thank you to the five intrepid leaders who ventured out on a chilly April afternoon for Hiking Training Level 1.  We covered many topics and enjoyed an afternoon hike to explore the Spring Creek Canyon Trail from the Shiloh Road trail head.

Topics covered included:

  • Hiking Prep
  • Safety
  • Leave No Trace
  • Hiking Etiquette
  • Spring Creek Canyon History
Mystery Fireplace in Spring Creek Canyon
Old Fireplace

Interested in attending one of our upcoming Trail Training for Leaders Sessions in May?  You can learn more and register here.


2018 Outdoor Challenge

Our Winter Outdoor Challenge officially ends on March 31st. If you have completed your challenge, please place your patch orders! Each $3 “Patch w/ Rocker” purchase includes a 2018 Outdoor Challenge Patch and a winter rocker. Make sure to check with your troop leader to see if your troop is purchasing patches.

All winter orders must be submitted no later than April 10th.

Now that spring is here, our Spring Outdoor Challenge has also begun! The spring challenge will run until May 31st. Participants who completed “Winter” will be able to purchase a “Spring Rocker” for $1. Girls who start with spring will need to purchase a “Patch w/ Rocker” for $3 to get both the patch and the “Spring Rocker”

Service Project Opportunity: Thank You Cards for Vets

The State College Girl Scouts will be marching (and riding on a flatbed truck) in the 4th of July Parade.

We would like to pass out thank you cards to veterans. This will be done by older girls. Any leftover cards will be taken to the local VFWs.

Cards should:

  • Have a simple note of thanks that can easily be read
  • Positive and bright drawings
  • No larger than a greeting card
  • Only list first name and troops only (no last names)

Cards can be turned into Michelle Varrassa by June 29th . Contact her at mek154@psu.edu to make arrangements.