Hello Girl Scout Families

We have so many great events planned. Please check them all out here: www.statecollegegirlscouts.org/events/. Information on the upcoming camporees will be posted in February but check out the events being put on by www.friendsofgoldenpond.org including some Brownie and Junior Badges.

Keep an eye out for Penn State Athletics to add to their Girl Scout Days. Our CEO, Janet Donovan will be at the Penn State Women’s Basketball Game on Sunday, February 2nd. We encourage all Leaders and Scouts to introduce themselves.

You might even get an exclusive selfie with the CEO patch. Let’s show Janet how awesome the Scouts are in Central PA!

Hope everyone is doing well in their cookie sales. For information on cookie sales and to check out dates look here: http://www.gshpa.org/en/cookies/about-girl-scout-cookies.html

World Thinking Day 2020

The 2020 World Thinking Day theme is “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

Our Service Unit will gather to celebrate our annual World Thinking Day event on Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 pm at Park Forest Baptist Church.

Each troop will pick a country to represent with a display, snack, swap, and any other artifacts they choose. Younger troops may choose to be Tourists and just visit the other countries.

When your troop picks a country, please email Megan Gregor (megamoo72@hotmail.com) with your selection.  More details about how to prepare for the event will be available soon.

Troop 4041​6 is coordinating this event and invites any interested Scouts to join in the planning. If interested, contact Megan Gregor.

News of Note from our Outreach Coordinator:

Old Patches Wanted:

While Festival of Trees 2020 is months away, Troop 41123 has decided to make a garland for the tree(s) next year and we need your help. If you have any leftover fun patches you don’t want any longer please bring them to any Service Unit meeting or give to Michelle Varrassa. These can be any theme, dated or undated. We will string them together and show the community all the fun things we do over the years. Thank you.

Singers Needed

Amy Timan has volunteered to accompany Scouts at Juniper Village on Saturday, February 22nd. We can sing some well know songs and some Scout songs too.

Come spend an hour to bring Joy at Juniper! All are welcome but so we have an estimated headcount, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48abac2aa2f49-valetines

Brownie Airport Tour

It’s a day off school! Come visit the airport and explore a Life Flight helicopter and a small aircraft. Meet some pilots too.

The event will be March 2nd at 10AM. Please use the event registration for this event: https://www.statecollegegirlscouts.org/events/brownie-airport-tour-2/

Scouts can register as a troop or as an individual- however ratio must be met and parents must stay with their Scout if coming as an individual.

Fun patches for the airport tour can be requested by the Troop Leader by emailing Michelle at mek154@psu.edu by March 4th. Patches are $1.00 each and will be ordered after the event.

We are looking for an adult to be in charge on the day, this means speaking with the airport and checking Scouts in so they know when everyone has arrived and the event can start. Please let Michelle know if you are able to be this adult.

Me and My Guy Dance

The second annual Me and My Guy Dance will be April 17th at Church of the Good Shepherd. There will be a hot buffet dinner, a DJ for dancing, a photo booth and raffle prizes. Ticket will be on sale in mid- February.

If you’d like to volunteer, please reach out to Michelle (mek154@psu.edu) or Gerrie (gigigoko@gmail.com)

Alice (in Wonderland)

Calling all Girl Scouts to attend an amazing performance!

Get ready for a wild, wild ride down the rabbit hole! Bursting with energy and imagination, Septime Webre’s extravagant ALICE (in wonderland) explodes with jaw-dropping excitement and fantasy. Marvel at the sleek and chic costumes, bold sets, and thrilling original score.

This giddy, over-the-top reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale promises exhilarating fun for all ages. Fasten your seatbelts, and join Hong Kong Ballet on a spectacular adventure overflowing with unexpected humor and unbridled passion.

For tickets contact: arts-group-sales@psu.edu or 814-863-8389

Saving Our Camp

Almost a year ago, Friends of Golden Pond reopened our beloved Camp Golden Pond. The first year of the lease (and our camp’s new life) ends this March and will automatically renew for only one more year. If we are to see Camp Golden Pond remain open into the spring and summer of 2021, Friends of Golden Pond must succeed at purchasing the property and to do that we need your help.

As Friends of Golden Pond continues their negotiations with financial institutions, they are looking for generous and kind individuals to make five year commitments towards paying off the loan. Once enough commitments are secured, Friends of Golden Pond will be able to complete the loan process, purchase the property, and secure its long term future.

If you have participated in one of the 2019 camporees at Camp Golden Pond (Space Science, Wonderful Wizarding Wold Weekend, Mystery Camp), your own troop adventure, one of the many youth programs being offered at the camp, or plan to participate in one of the upcoming 2020 camporees, please help us save our camp so that we can continue to enjoy these amazing programs.

If you doubt the worth of the camp, look no further than the Girl Scouts who have spent their entire lives growing up at this camp.

To make your financial commitment, please download a commitment form and return it Friends of Golden Pond or make a direct contribution now.

Cookie Booth Sales Predictor

Troop Leaders and Troop Cookie Liaison, when you go to place your initial order, do you know how many cookies and what variety you need for your booths? Do booths at Lowe’s do better or worse than Walmart? Do the people at Texas Roadhouse like Toffee Tastics? Do cookie costumes ACTUALLY boost sales?

Check out the State College Girl Scouts Cookie Predictor for answers to these questions and more.

We currently have sales data for 165 booths representing 569 hours of cookie sales and 21,004 boxes of cookies and use statistical analysis to determine what the expected outcome for a future booth is. Once booth season starts, be sure to stop back to provide your data!