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.

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 –

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.


Troop 40429 Takes On Washington DC

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Troop 40429 took a whirlwind, four day, trip to our nation’s capital! Stops included a tour of the White House and Capitol Hill, the National Museum of the American Indian, Modern Art Smithsonian, sites on the National Mall, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. Continue reading