Coyler Lake Trail

Here’s another fun and easy hike for your Girl Scout troop! The hike is 20 minutes from State College and is a beautiful loop around the lake.

To get to the parking lot, put in 178 Lingle Road, Centre Hall or go to Overview, Driving Directions at When you are in the parking lot facing the lake, you’ll see the hiking trail arrow off to your right.

There are different places to pick up the trail, but this will get you going in the direction so that the 3 stream crossings are at the end of your hike. It is best to leave the wet part for the end.  The loop took us 90 minutes at a leisurely pace.

The trail is well maintained and there are no big inclines and no rocks to pick your way through.  Some of the rocks at the stream crossings are spaced more for adults, but kids should be able to wade through if they get stuck. Water depth can vary but is typically around 2ft deep.  There were lots of pretty wild flowers in the Spring.

Journeys, Badges, and Awards!

This summer we will be reorganizing our site’s awards section to make it easier to find the information you need. As part of that effort, we need your help!

If your troop completed a journey or earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards, we want to hear about it. If your troop did something fun and exciting to earn a badge, we want to know.

Our hope is to flush out the awards and badges section with completion suggestions and resources that our local troop leaders can use.

We also want to hear about any Council’s Own badges that we can add information for.

To submit badge or project information, please contact us.

7 State College Girl Scout Gold Awards to be recognized in Hershey

Congratulations to Allison Z, Jessica G, Katie B, Marissa M, Maya M, Megan P, and Nicole P, whose Gold Awards will be recognized at a GSHPA Gold Award ceremony this weekend!

  • Allison Z, Troop 40436: Arts, Culture & Heritage — The Knitting Box
  • Jessica G, Troop 41374: Arts, Culture & Heritage — Feeding Nicaragua
  • Katie B, Troop 41152: Education — Gray’s Woods Summer Reading Program and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Free Library
  • Marissa M, Troop 41230: Children’s Issues — Take Away Activity Boxes
  • Maya M, Troop 41230: Poverty — Blankets for the Homeless
  • Megan P, Troop 41183: Environment and Sustainability — Reuse It or Lose It
  • Nicole P, Troop 41183: Environment and Sustainability — Hydro Help
  • (Ann S, Troop 41183, was recognized at last year’s ceremony)

Service Unit Updates

Lots going on for State College Girl Scouts! Read on to learn about trail training for leaders, Fairbrook Park cleanup & Ecopalooza, Memorial weekend parade and ceremony, cookie season wrap-up, early bird renewals, extended year for new members…

Trail Training for Leaders

Intermediate and Advanced Trail Training for leaders will take place on May 12 and May 26, respectively. Each opportunity is limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot now!

Fairbrook Park Cleanup & Ecopalooza

Join Troops 41154 and 40218 at Fairbrook Park for service and fun on Saturday, May 19 from  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  High school students will earn volunteer hours–bring your forms. All levels are welcome to help, and check off that item on the Spring Outdoor Challenge checklist. There is no cost to attend, but we ask that troops or families register so we can plan activities accordingly.

May Service Unit Meeting

Our next Service Unit meeting will take place Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Girl Scout office in Hamilton Square shopping plaza. Hope to see a representative of every troop there!

Memorial Weekend Events

Scouts are invited to participate in the Boalsburg Fire Company’s parade on Saturday, May 26. All scouts who pre-register before May 21st will be able to purchase a fun patch for $1.

On Monday, May 28, participate in the 154th annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Boalsburg. The ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m. with a short walk that steps off from the Diamond at 5:45 pm. This commemorates the ladies’ walk to the cemetery, a tradition that started in 1864. Girl scouts will honor veterans’ memories by placing flowers on their graves.

Cookie Season Wrap-ups

Cookie rewards are in! Troop leaders or cookie liaisons should contact Rachel Griel to arrange pickup.

Council will withdraw funds from troop accounts via ACH on May 4.

Congratulations to Juliette Cadette Virginia K., whose outstanding success in the Fall Product and Cookie sales earned her a spot as an inaugural member of GSHPA’s S’Mores Executive Club!

Early Bird Renewals

Early Renewal for returning girls and adults is happening through June 30. There are incentives for troops who get at least 60% of their girl and adult members to renew by May 15 (Round 1, greatest incentives) and June 30 (Round 2).  See details on GSHPA’s Renewal Resource Toolkit page.

Extended Year Option for New Members

Starting May 1st, new girl and adult members will be able to register for the rest of the 2018 membership year and the entire 2019 membership year for $35. Financial Assistance is available. The registration process is the same with one small exception – an option to sign up for Extended Year, which carries a $35 fee and the dates of 5/1/2018 through 9/30/2019.

Savannah 2019 Updates – Sign Up Deadlines!

State College Girl Scouts is going to Savannah, GA in June 2019!  If you will be  a Cadette or older for the 2019 school year and would  like to travel with us but missed the April meeting, please plan to attend the meeting on Sunday, May 6th at Gray’s United Methodist Church, 5687 Buffalo Run Rd, Port Matilda from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Girls and adults will be choosing their top picks for what we should do while in Savannah.

A non-refundable deposit of $100/person is due by June 1st, along with a signed financial contract and a code of conduct.  The first 50 people to register will get spots, so don’t delay. Registration will open May 6th at 7:00 p.m. and continue until full. We will be doing fundraising to help defray the cost of the trip.

If you need have any  questions or need financial assistance, please email