Bridging By Mail

Service Unit 416 will not be hosting an in person bridging ceremony this year due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and large gatherings.

Instead, we invite all girls from Service Unit 416 to participate in “Bridging by Mail”.

To participate, simply write a letter to “A Girl Scout” and mail it, along with a SWAP, to us no later than October 1. We will then mail you the letter and SWAP from another Girl Scout along with a patch.

Girls who are bridging should address their letter to “A Younger Girl Scout” and share what some of their favorite parts of Girl Scouting have been. Please refer to the “Look Back” section of your level’s bridging badge.

Girls who are new to scouting should address their letter to “An Older Girl Scout” and should share what they are looking forward to in scouting.

Girls who are rededicating, can choose to address their letter to either “A Younger Girl Scout” or “An Older Girl Scout”.

If you want to write to both “A Younger Girl Scout” AND an “An Older Girl Scout”, feel free to send us two letters and SWAPs!

If you would like the girl receiving your letter to be able to write back to you (like a pen pal), you must explicitly include your name and address in your letter. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may sign your letter simply “A Girl Scout Daisy/Brownie/Junior/Cadette/Senior/Ambassador”. We will NOT share any contact information without express permission.

You MUST include your level (use your new level) in the signature block of your letter so that we can route it properly. For example, sign your letter “Abby, a 1st Year Brownie in Troop 40416”.

In order for us to mail you your patch along with a swap and letter from another Girl Scout, you must provide us with a valid return address.

All letters will be screened before being forwarded to another Girl Scout, so you can be assured that the letter you receive back will be appropriate.

We will mail out responses as we receive them.

Please mail all letters to:

GSHPA SU 416 Bridging by Mail
C/O Megan Roberts
922 Anna St
Boalsburg, PA 16827

Important Note About Postage: Your letter and swap MUST fit into a standard letter envelope that can be mailed with 1 stamp. If your letter and swap cannot be mailed as a standard letter with one stamp due to weight, thickness, shape, or any other reason (please consult the USPS for postage guidelines), it will NOT be mailed out unless you also include the additional postage. 

While the Service Unit will be paying most postage costs, if you would like to include a stamp to be used when forwarding your letter to another Girl Scout, please do!

Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Patch Program

August 18th, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted some women in the United States the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted on August 26, 1920.

We wanted to highlight a unique opportunity for your Girl Scout to earn a Girl Scout Ranger Limited Edition Patch commemorating the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Please see below for additional details.

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Hike Challenge 9: James Cleveland Memorial Trail

Hello!  We hope this reaches everyone staying healthy and savoring these sunny days!  Please remember that these hikes are geared toward getting families outside to enjoy some fresh air and help Scouts that have hiking requirements for their various badges. This week we are going to try the James Cleveland Memorial Trail located in Bald Eagle State Forest just outside if Pleasant Gap.   James Cleveland was an air mail pilot who crashed his plane on Mount Nittany in 1931.   At the peak of the trail, there is a memorial stone along with plane wreckage.  The trail terrain varies from regular dirt trail to rocky trail to a bridge going over the Little Fishing Creek.  This hike is likely not recommended for little legs (5 and under) but should be a good hike for families otherwise. As of late May, the blaze markings were YELLOW.   You can see additional pictures and read more about the trail at  

Week 9 Hike:  James Cleveland Memorial Trail

Distance:  4 miles out and back, 1505 elevation change, *Note that the memorial is roughing halfway through the trail, so you could do a total of 4 miles with roughly 2 to the memorial and then 2 back down to your car or you could do the full 4 miles out and back for a total of 8 miles.

James Cleveland Memorial Trail Map

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Hike Challenge 8: Musser Gap Short Loop

This week we are going to tackle the Musser Gap Short Loop.  This is a slightly more difficult trail due to the elevation changes.  The trail is beautiful and there is a lovely creek with little water falls.  You can do this out and back for a shorter hike or you can do the full short loop.  There are also options to extend the hike further by connecting to the Mountain Mist Trail and/or going a short distance to the relatively newish Lion’s Valley Vista.

Week 8 Hike:  Musser Gap Short Loop

Distance:  2.8 mile loop, 698 elevation change

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June Photo Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the June photo challenge ~ theme “Water.” These wonderful pictures were selected as winners by residents of Juniper Village. 

First Place: “Water Garden,” by Ruby (Troop 40421)

Second Place:  “Cooling Off,” by Lacey (Troop 40429

Third Place: “Dockside,” by Lacey (Troop 40429)

You can see all the wonderful submissions on the June Photo Challenge Page.