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.
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.
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.
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’).
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
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.