Event Updates

We have several exciting events planned for the new year and hope to see you there!

This past year has seen an enormous growth in girl membership in our area and we are desperately in need of more volunteers to help us organize events at the service unit level. Turn out at events has been exceeding expectations and unfortunately, we have had to turn some troops away. If you are interested in joining our leadership team or just helping out, please contact us. We cannot offer events without troops and adults to plan and organize them. The service unit is an all-volunteer organization and that means we need you.

Cookie Rally

Our annual Cookie Rally (Jan 7) booked solid almost instantly. Thanks to the whirlwind efforts of Crystal Judy and Mary Hutchinson, we are now offering a second rally on Jan 14. If you see those two ladies, please give them a high five. If you are still wait-listed for the Jan 7 rally and can attend the Jan 14th rally, please let us know. If you or any members of your troop signed up for the Jan 7 rally and will not be attending, please let us know so we can approve some of the girls on the wait list.

Skate Party

Our annual skate party will take place Saturday, Feb 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Penn Skates. We are asking that people register and pay prior to Jan 28. This will allow us to pay Penn Skates for the facility rental. Unlike past years (when we had a larger balance in the SU account), we are funding the facility rental through admission fees.

We are also going to be requiring rosters for ALL events we do registration for (starting with the skate party). This process change is designed to keep us in line with the GSHPA safety checkpoints and help us make sure people are properly registered for events. If this puts undue burden on the troop leaders, you can have individual parents register their girls themselves. Troop leaders will be able to see the reservations for their entire troop.

After you submit a roster and it is approved by the event coordinator, you will be able to pay online using a credit card or mail a check to the service unit.

Camp

C/S/A Winter Camp

Winter Camping for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will take place Feb 2-4. Please register before Jan 13. There is no planned programming for this weekend, but if troops are interested, they may collaborate on journey work or other desired programming. We are also planning to have some guests come to camp to talk to the girls about working as female engineers, radio communications, and launching weather balloons.

Spring Camporee and Daisy Day

Our annual spring camporee and Daisy Day will take place April 20-22. Early registration will run from Feb 11 – March 11 and regular registration will run until March 25 (or camp is full). Please discuss with your troops and families and register ASAP, as we also expect this event to fill quickly. We will have detailed registration and pricing information available in early January.

Summer Camporee

Our annual summer camporee and Daisy Day will take place Jun 30 – July 2. Note that camp will run Saturday – Monday (no Friday arrivals). Registration will open on April 1 (no foolin’).

Volunteering and Service Opportunities

There are many opportunities for a troop to give service back to the community in the State College Area. If your troop has a regular service project they do, please contact us and let us know. While most organizations are not looking for “once and done” volunteers, troops can often find smaller projects to do for an organization (hold a food drive, build cat trees, etc). Be sure to check with the organization to find out what kind of help or project they need.

Discovery Space

https://mydiscoveryspace.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Volunteer Coordinator- Anna Schurter: anna@mydiscoveryspace.org

Discovery Space offers two methods for youth to volunteer with their program::
1) Adopt a Day – Cadettes and Older

A Cadette+ troop can adopt a day (or shift). The troop would then send two or three members to staff their adopted shift each week.

This allows for some continuity in terms of scheduling, and makes it more worthwhile to run a full training and orientation for your group. An adult would need to be present during the training and orientation and a decision would be made from there what will work best for the girls and for the museum in terms of an adult needing to be present during the actual shifts.

2) Hamer Camp Counselor Program

We are seeking responsible, hard-working and creative volunteers in grades 9-12 to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) and eventually Camp Counselors to help with Discovery Space’s many summer camps.

Nittany Beagle Rescue

(Beagle Walkers) http://www.nittanybeaglerescue.org/volunteer.cfm

Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.  Groups cannot be accommodated, but a girl and her parent can volunteer to walk dogs who are staying at one of our area kennels.

PAWS

https://www.centrecountypaws.org/domain/17

PAWs accepts volunteers aged 10 and older. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. See their website for details.

State College Food Bank

Middle/High students can inquire in the Spring to work in Summer https://www.scfoodbank.org/domain/49

ClearWater Conservancy

http://www.clearwaterconservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Snetsinger Butterfly Garden

http://www.snetsingerbutterflygarden.org/

Troops 4017040213, and 40427 maintain a plot at the Tudek Park butterfly garden. They welcome other troops or individual scouts to help with their plot, or a troop could take on a project of their own at the garden.

Service Unit Transitions

Traditions help build a sense of community and bring us together. However, as time goes on we need younger leaders and troops to step up and help us carry on the traditions that make the State College Service Unit an amazing scouting group. Next year we will need new champions to pick up Service Unit Leader, Spring Daisy Day (and more!), and Cookie Rally.

Service Unit Leader

Jodi will be stepping down as Service Unit Leader and we are will need a new Service Unit Leader. If you are interested in filling this role or would like to nominate someone, please contact us. You will be joining an amazing team of dedicated volunteers. You do not need to be a Troop Leader to be the Service Unit Leader.

Service Unit Leader is a 3 year term and responsibilities include coordinating with council and running monthly service unit meetings.

We have also began the effort of formalizing our leadership team and we would love to add you to the team. Each position we have identified should ideally have a deputy and we have certainly not identified every position the service unit needs filled.

Troop 41152 – Spring Daisy Day

Ambassador Troop 41152 will be graduating this year and looking for a younger troop to take on many of the services they provide for our area.

Each year these amazing young women plan and run our Spring Daisy Day during Spring Camporee to help introduce our newest scouts to camp. Please let us know if your girls are interested in picking up this vital tradition.

In addition to our spring daisy day, Troop 41152 has suffed stockings for our military troops, volunteered at the Boalsburg Hometown Christmas, decorated the Girl Scout tree at the Festival of Trees, and volunteered at the Fillmore Food Bank. It is thier hope that another troop will pick up their torches.

Cookie Rally

The 7th and 8th grade girls from Cadette Troop 41253 are hoping to mentor a younger troop, Juniors or Cadettes, in learning how to plan and carry out the annual Service Unit Cookie Rally.  2018 would be a combined effort and the new troop would take over the 2019 event on their own.  This is a great way for Cadettes to earn hours toward the Service to Girl Scouts award.