Hiking Training Level 1 (Daisy/Brownie) Wrap-Up

Trail Training

Thank you to the five intrepid leaders who ventured out on a chilly April afternoon for Hiking Training Level 1.  We covered many topics and enjoyed an afternoon hike to explore the Spring Creek Canyon Trail from the Shiloh Road trail head.

Topics covered included:

  • Hiking Prep
  • Safety
  • Leave No Trace
  • Hiking Etiquette
  • Spring Creek Canyon History
Mystery Fireplace in Spring Creek Canyon
Old Fireplace

Interested in attending one of our upcoming Trail Training for Leaders Sessions in May?  You can learn more and register here.


Service Project Opportunity: Thank You Cards for Vets

The State College Girl Scouts will be marching (and riding on a flatbed truck) in the 4th of July Parade.

We would like to pass out thank you cards to veterans. This will be done by older girls. Any leftover cards will be taken to the local VFWs.

Cards should:

  • Have a simple note of thanks that can easily be read
  • Positive and bright drawings
  • No larger than a greeting card
  • Only list first name and troops only (no last names)

Cards can be turned into Michelle Varrassa by June 29th . Contact her at mek154@psu.edu to make arrangements.

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.


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’).