Service Opportunities

November and December are full of opportunities for our girls to give service back to the community and Make the World a Better Place!

November

Nov 9: Friends of Golden Pond is looking for high school students to help with a “Family Game Night“.

Nov 17: Cadette Troop 40435 will be hosting a Movie Day event at the UEC 12 in support of our Silver Project for Nittany Greyhounds.

December

Dec 1: The Junior Women’s Club is looking for Juniors and older Girl Scouts to help with their Elves’ Gift Shop.

Dec 2: Service Unit 416 will be decorating a tree for the Festival of Trees and needs ornaments. Please send your ornaments to the Dec 2nd Service Unit meeting.

Dec 15: Toys for Tots needs scout troops and youth groups to help wrap presents.

Ongoing

The Daisies from Troop 40170 are collecting crayons to recycle for the Crayon Initiative. If you would like to contribute crayons, please send them with your troop leader to the Service Unit meetings.

Troop 40170 wants your broken crayons!

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.

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 [troop]40170[/troop], [troop]40213[/troop], and [troop]40427[/troop] 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 Opportunities

The holiday season is just around the corner and is full of opportunities for girls of all levels to Make the World a Better Place! This year we are collecting Wands for Wildlife, Toys for Tots, ornaments for the Centre County United Way Festival of Trees, and helping out with the Elves’ Gift Shop and Boalsburg Hometown Christmas. Keep reading for details on all these opportunities and projects.

If your troop has another service project they want help with, be sure to let us know! Continue reading “Service Opportunities”