Hello Scout Families:

Happy Holidays! Our girls and leaders are working hard preparing for lots of upcoming events occurring both this holiday season and next year. 

Holiday Tree Decorating: Every year Troops from our local community create handmade ornaments for two worthy events the Festival of Trees in Bellefonte (which will be held December 13-15) and the Winter Celebration at the Arboretum (on December 13 at 5 P.M. – 7 P.M.). All ornaments must be dropped off by December 11th. Contact us if you have ornaments to drop off and we will send you the details on where to bring them. Thank you to Troop 40049 for decorating the tree at the Festival of Trees.

My personal favorite Girl Scout event this time of year is the Holiday Sing Along at Juniper Village at Brookline. Girls can attend as part of a troop or individually with a parent. Registration ahead of time is encouraged.

Other great ways for Scouts to be of service this year is by assisting with the Toys for Tots wrapping or the Elves Gift Shop. See events for details.

Cookie Season

Cookie Season is right around the corner. See GSHPA for the benefits of Cookie Sales and other information.

Troop Leaders should be receiving details shortly about Troop Cookie Liaison Training in December. Check out the Important Dates on the GSHPA site.

Parents should watch out for an email for the Digital/Online Holiday Pre-sales (starting December 16th) and the Cookie Family Guide to come in the mail.

Cookie Rookies are encouraged to attend our Service Unit’s Cookie Rally in January to learn all some great cookie selling skills. Thank You Troop 40215 and 40083 for organizing this event.

Delegates 2020

Service Unit 416 is in need of 2 delegates and 2 alternates. Delegates serve as our voice in the council, vote at the annual meeting, and attend biannual governance meetings. For more information about delegates see http://www.gshpa.org/en/about-us/our-council/Delegates.html

All members (girl and adult) aged 14 and older are eligible to serve as either delegate or alternate.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as the voice for the State College Girl Scouts or get more information on the responsibilities, please contact us.

We will be taking nominations until the next Service Unit Meeting on December 22nd.


GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.

There are countless causes and organizations worthy of our support.

Close to home, Friends of Golden Pond, has secured $5,500 in matching grants to help them purchase Camp Golden Pond. Camp Golden Pond has been home to our service unit camporees for years. For the year that Camp Golden Pond was closed, we struggled to find a comparable facility that lent itself well to the types of events we want to host. If you have attended one of the camporees at Camp Golden Pond this past year, or are planning on attending one of the camporees planned for next year, please consider Friends of Golden Pond on December 3rd. Your help in securing the future of our camp will be felt for years to come.

Events at Camp

November 22 – Ghost Stories and S’mores

Norman Houser of Bellefonte is the author of several books and the Pennsylvania Rambler blog. He will be at Camp Golden Pond on Friday, November 22, 6-7 PM. Norman will be giving a talk on the haunted stories and spooky mysteries of central Pennsylvania. Following Norman’s talk, we will enjoy s’mores and hot cocoa.

November 23 – First Aid Badge Day for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Please join us for a Girl Scout First Aid Badge Day on November 23 from 10am to 5pm. Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts who participate in the full program will earn the badge for their level (badge not provided) as well as get an in depth introduction to basic first aid skills.

November 24 – Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED with Joan

Joan will be teaching Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED on November 24th from 12 – 3PM. This will be a blended learning course offering – you will watch the course videos and read the prep material online on your own time and then meet with Joan for in-person skills instruction and assessment on the course date.

November 22 – 24 – Tent Camping Around Legacy

Groups participating in Ghost Stories and S’mores and First Aid Badge Day are invited to tent camp around Legacy Lodge. Groups who are tenting are responsible for their own supplies, food, and adult supervision. The fire rings around the front of camp along with the bathroom and showers in Legacy will be available for use.