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.

Deck the Gardens!

The Arboretum at Penn State is excited to invite you to help decorate for the holidays in the Children’s Garden!

They are in need of…

  • Ornaments & garland for the children’s tree inside of the glass house!
  • Outdoor ornaments & garland for the garden trees to feed the birds!

Ornaments should be inspired by nature and the imagination of children and teachers! Think pine-cones, wood, seeds, paper, recycled materials, cloth, yarn, dried flowers, berries to celebrate the natural beauty of winter!

Please remember that all ornaments must be ready by 12/5/2017.

Please contact Rebecca Horwitt at ruh212@psu.edu with any questions and to set up ornament pick-up or drop-off in State College.

Thank you, and enjoy the wonders of the season!

Service Unit Updates

State College Girl Scouts welcomes a bunch of new Daisy and Brownie troop this year:

  • 40079 – Brownies
  • 40080 – K-1 Daisies
  • 40082 – 3rd grade Brownies
  • 40083 – 2nd grade Brownies
  • 40219 – K-3 Daisies & Brownies
  • 41143 – Kindergarten Daisies

Additional troops may be in the works; these are the groups we know of so far. The Power of One campaign to recruit new (rather than renewing) members to our service unit resulted in an increase of ~5-9% over last year’s numbers, earning a $50 incentive for our account.

Please make sure that we have your troop listed in our Troop Directory!


Our next Service Unit meeting will take place Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the GSHPA State College service center office in Hamilton Plaza, 216 W. Hamilton Ave. Each troop is encouraged to send a representative (leader, volunteer, or parent) to get the latest info on local and council happenings and to share updates about their own troops. Hope to see you there!


The Fall Product Program remains in full swing. Several State College troops participated in the pilot booth sale at Five Below. Key dates:

  • Nov. 12 – Paper order-taking ends
  • Nov. 14, 8:00 p.m. – orders must be entered into Nut-E
  • Nov. 28 – online order-taking ends
  • Nov. 30 – all paper magazine order forms/booklets must be received in Harrisburg; girl recognition selection deadline
  • Nov. 4-6 – product delivery
  • Jan 5 – ACH withdrawl

Contact Rachel Griel with any questions – rgriel@comcast.net


This month in State College Girl Scouts: Daisies through Seniors participated in a service unit bridging and investiture ceremony at Orchard Park; delegate Christine Clouse represented us at GSUSA’s national convention in Columbus, OH; Cadettes earned their Good Sportsmanship badge with the Penn State field hockey team; Daisies through Ambassadors learned about financial literacy with On My Honor PSU Campus Girl Scouts; Juniors learned about mechanical engineering with PSU’s Women in Engineering program; Daisies through Seniors hiked Musser Gap; Juniors practiced Spa Science in Bellefonte; Cadettes completed their Breathe journey at Golden Pond; Cadettes and Ambassadors carved award-winning pumpkins for the Penn State Arboretum’s Pumpkin Festival; and leaders learned outdoor basics at Golden Pond.