Updates from the Service Unit Leader

Service Units Meetings

Based on feedback the Service Unit meetings will toggle between Sundays and Mondays and are scheduled out through May, 2023. Meetings will be 6PM-7PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2221 North Oak Lane, State College (on North Atherton near the Sheetz)

Sunday, October 16

Monday, November 14

Sunday, December 11

Monday, January 9

Sunday, February 12

Monday, March 13

Monday, April 10

Monday, May 8

Please add these to your calendar and send at least one adult from your troop so you can stay in the know about events and happenings.

Capital Light Up and Riverboat Cruise– On October 8th the Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA is holding a Pennsylvania State Capital Lighting to Honor of Girl Scouts’ 110 Anniversary.  At 5:30PM the capital will turn Girl Scouts green, and we hope to join our fellow Scouts in a lighting party to celebrate.  Those who register in advance will also receive a free 110th Anniversary patch. Register- ON YOUR OWN- here: https://www.gshpa.org/en/sf-events-repository/2022/pennsylvania-state-capital-lighting-win-honor-of-girl-scouts–11.html  The light up ceremony is free.

BUT before you see the lighting ceremony, Brownie troop 40085 would like to invite you on a riverboat cruise.   To get tickets for the riverboat cruise at 3PM, sign up here:  Oct 8- Riverboat Cruise

Must sign up by Sept 27 and make payment for tickets- see sign up for details.  

Project WILD: Educator Workshop Project WILD

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum which focuses on wildlife.

This workshop is open to all educators who work with students from grades K-8: from formal teachers to naturalists, scout leaders, and others!

Earn five Act 48 hours while experiencing hands-on activities related to wildlife that help develop awareness, skills, and knowledge resulting in informed decisions and responsible behavior regarding wildlife and the environment.

Participants will receive the updated K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide which now offers STEM activity extensions, field investigation activities, a WILD WORK career section and Outdoor Components.

Bring a sack lunch and dress for outdoor fun.

Cost is $10.00 in advance.

Registration is limited and required by Saturday, October 15.

Pre-registration is required at the following link: https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/…/project_wild_educator

For additional information, please contact:

Michelle, Environmental Education Specialist

Bald Eagle State Park



Hocus Pocus 2 Movie is streaming starting September 30.

For any troop who might be looking for a fun patch for this moving night:

Patch: https://www.patchworkdesigns.net/pdstore/item.aspx?sku=HOC-POC-2

An invite from SU414:

Please join us for First Aid Training:

First Aid and CPR (Adult/Child) w/AED

Sept 25th 1pm start

Trinity Methodist Church, Bellefonte (across from the Little House). 

$45 (Half price!) 


Open to registered Adults and Senior/Ambassador level Girls. 

Checks payable to SU 414. Contact Stacey Burns, staceyjburns@gmail.com, a troop leader from 414 with any questions.

GSHPA Fall Product

Troop Manger Training is available on demand on GS Learn under the title :  258 – GSHPA Fall Product Troop Manager Training 2022

Troop Managers need to complete the troop agreement form which is in the training module on the GS Learn site

If you did not receive a welcome email, log into gsnutsandmags.com/gshpa

Pick up materials at Tudek Park on Monday September 19between 6-7PM. This overlaps the next SU meeting. 

Kay Dates:

Program begins: September 22

In-person orders end: November 6

Online order end: November 9

Product arrives: November 30-December 2

ACH: December 20

Family Agreement Form: Family Agreement Form or physical form must be signed by each family before selling 

Troop proceeds:


$1.10/candy or nut

Troops opting out of rewards earn an extra $.05 per item

Gold Award: Music Takes Flight

Morgan Pandolfi earned her Gold Award by bringing accessible music to a local park through her project, Music Takes Flight. Morgan plays multiple instruments and has experienced the enjoyment and benefits of music from an early age. The goal of her project was to bring these benefits to all children in a free, frequently accessible, and fun environment. To do so, Morgan developed a plan to install an outdoor xylophone and informational sign at Bernel Road Park. She submitted a project proposal to Patton Township and received permission for the installation. Morgan then created a fundraiser to raise the funds to purchase the instrument. Through a lot of community outreach, Morgan received generous donations for the project. She led a team of people to install the instrument and informational sign. She also created a website to provide parkgoers with information on the benefits of music and instructions to learn the play the instrument. For more information see  Music Takes Flight

Morgan has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten and previously completed her Silver Award project, Eat Local State College. In addition to the information provided on the website to encourage people to source their food locally, Morgan prepared the locally-sourced dishes and served them to a community group. She provided the group with the recipe cards and information on finding the ingredients, as well as the reasons for sourcing locally. For more information see Eat Local State College

Event Updates

Be sure to mark your calendar for some exciting upcoming opportunities for Scouts in our Area!

July 16 –  Sing-A-Long and Cookies at Juniper Villages

July 30 – Scout Night at Spikes with optional overnight on the field

Aug 5-7 – STREAM Keepers. Cadette Troop 40171 will be able to provide adult chaperones for the service unit. Please email Megan if your Cadettes are interested. We need to get girls registered before July 22.

August 13 – Adventure Day at Greenwood Furnace State Park for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

August 13 – Girl Scout Pool Party for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.

August 19 – Tentative SU bonfire

August 20 – Field Day with the Altoona Curve   https://www.gswpa.org/en/sf-events-repository/2022/field-day-with-altoona-curve-08-20-22.html

September 10/11 – Girl Scouts Loves the State Parks

September 18 – GS Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

September 24 – First Aid Badge Day for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

September 25 – Tentative- Circus Day event

October 8 – Girl Scout Light Up the Lt Governor Mansion in Harrisburg

If you have any events you want to share with the Service Unit, please contact us!

Upcoming Events

We hope that all our Scouts are enjoying summer with their families and troops!

Coming up in July, we will be having our next Sing-A-Long at Juniper Villages on July 16. We will be sharing cookies! Scouts will be led in song by Amy Timan as we share Girl Scout Sisterhood with the residents.

On Aug 5-7, Trout Unlimited is holding a STREAM Keepers weekend at Camp Anderson. Youth aged 11 – 16 are invited for a fun filled weekend of aquatic bug exploration, stream math, fly tying, fly casting, art and more! Scout groups must provide adult chaperones. If you need to connected with an attending troop, please contact the service unit.

On August 13, GSHPA is holding an Adventure Day at Greenwood Furnace State Park for girls in grades 4-12.

On September 24, Confident Camper Foundation will be hosting a First Aid Badge Day for youth in grades 6-12.

The Service Unit is additionally planning on organizing a Meet and Greet in August and a Circus Day in September.

If you have any events you want to share with the Service Unit, please contact us!

Black Moshannon Moss-Hanne Trail

Looking for a new local trail to hike with your Troop or family this summer? Try the Black Moshannon Moss-Hanne Trail. Starting this trail from Beaver Road and heading in toward trail marker #6 (which is also the part of the trail that overlaps with the Allegheny Front Trail) will take you through three different biomes – a boardwalk bog that feels very much like a tropical area followed by the fern forest, and finally a sparse floored pine forest area where it can be tricky to find your yellow trail blazes. It is a quick hike with minimal elevation changes, doable for all ages. Happy hiking!

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