Gold Award: Jared Boxes

Congrats to local Girl Scout Jessica Zajac from Troop 40436 on earning her Gold Award!

Jessica partnered with the Jared Box Project in order to expand the program across the country through Girl Scouts. Jessica created a video explaining how to make a Jared Box along with lesson plans to incorporate the Jared Box project into badge programs for each Girl Scout level.

In addition to creating Girl Scout badge lesson plans that will help younger Girl Scouts get involved in the Jared Box program, Jessica established the Jared Box program in a new hospital in York. This hospital is now accepting Jared Box donations and is now able to hand out boxes to children in order to ease their hospital stay. Finally, Jessica created nearly 30 Jared Boxes to be donated to hospitals across the country.

Continue reading to learn more about the lesson plans she created, her plans for after high school, and a letter to younger Girl Scouts.

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Democracy in Action Panel – Call for Questions

GSHPA SU 416’s Democracy in Action Panel will take place on March 14th! We will Zoom with a diverse group of local and state government leaders to give our girls a high level overview of how our government works. We encourage everyone to submit questions for our panelists in advance!

We are happy to share that our list of panelists will be Amy Farkas, Harris Township Manager; Carla Stilson, Council Member for College Township; Ronald Filippelli, State College Mayor; Amber Concepcion, Board President State College Area School District; Michael Pipe, Chair of the Centre County Board of Commissioners; Scott Conklin, PA State Representative, 77th District; Kerry Benninghoff, PA State Representative, 171st District; and Meg Snead, Secretary of Policy and Planning at Office of PA Governor Tom Wolf.

Girls should wear their uniform and join the zoom using their name and troop number as the participant name (i.e. “Amya, Troop 40123”).

Zoom link:, Passcode: 905963

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming virtual events!

World Thinking Day: Meet Juliet Gordon Low – Feb 21

In lieu of the Service Unit’s traditional World Thinking Day celebration, we have arranged for a virtual meet and greet with Juliet Gordon Low. Join us on Feb 21 at 1PM to learn about the origins of the three Girl Scout holidays: 

  • Founder’s Day (Juliette Low’s birthday),
  • The Girl Scout birthday
  • Thinking Day

For details and connection information, click here.

When joining the zoom meeting, please put your troop number and the name of the registered Girl Scout(s) in your connection name. We will be taking attendance and ordering patches for all girl members of GSHPA SU 416 who participate.

Democracy In Action – March 14

Join us on March 14th for a virtual Democracy in Action Panel.

We will have a number of local and state officials join us for a virtual panel discussion focused on what role they play in our local and state governments, how our government functions, and how our government officials get chosen.

In early March we will send out the final list of panelists and a form for girls to submit questions.

Snappy’s Logos Orders

The service unit will be doing a Snappy’s Logo group order. Group order’s let us save on flat rate shipping as well take advantage of “Mix n Match” pricing. Our next order deadline is February 21st.

To add your patches onto the group order, click here. Michelle will contact you once the patches arrive to arrange pickup and payment.