7 State College Girl Scout Gold Awards to be recognized in Hershey

Congratulations to Allison Z, Jessica G, Katie B, Marissa M, Maya M, Megan P, and Nicole P, whose Gold Awards will be recognized at a GSHPA Gold Award ceremony this weekend!

  • Allison Z, Troop 40436: Arts, Culture & Heritage — The Knitting Box
  • Jessica G, Troop 41374: Arts, Culture & Heritage — Feeding Nicaragua
  • Katie B, Troop 41152: Education — Gray’s Woods Summer Reading Program and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Free Library
  • Marissa M, Troop 41230: Children’s Issues — Take Away Activity Boxes
  • Maya M, Troop 41230: Poverty — Blankets for the Homeless
  • Megan P, Troop 41183: Environment and Sustainability — Reuse It or Lose It
  • Nicole P, Troop 41183: Environment and Sustainability — Hydro Help
  • (Ann S, Troop 41183, was recognized at last year’s ceremony)

Service Unit Updates

Lots going on for State College Girl Scouts! Read on to learn about trail training for leaders, Fairbrook Park cleanup & Ecopalooza, Memorial weekend parade and ceremony, cookie season wrap-up, early bird renewals, extended year for new members…

Trail Training for Leaders

Intermediate and Advanced Trail Training for leaders will take place on May 12 and May 26, respectively. Each opportunity is limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot now!

Fairbrook Park Cleanup & Ecopalooza

Join Troops 41154 and 40218 at Fairbrook Park for service and fun on Saturday, May 19 from  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  High school students will earn volunteer hours–bring your forms. All levels are welcome to help, and check off that item on the Spring Outdoor Challenge checklist. There is no cost to attend, but we ask that troops or families register so we can plan activities accordingly.

May Service Unit Meeting

Our next Service Unit meeting will take place Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Girl Scout office in Hamilton Square shopping plaza. Hope to see a representative of every troop there!

Memorial Weekend Events

Scouts are invited to participate in the Boalsburg Fire Company’s parade on Saturday, May 26. All scouts who pre-register before May 21st will be able to purchase a fun patch for $1.

On Monday, May 28, participate in the 154th annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Boalsburg. The ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m. with a short walk that steps off from the Diamond at 5:45 pm. This commemorates the ladies’ walk to the cemetery, a tradition that started in 1864. Girl scouts will honor veterans’ memories by placing flowers on their graves.

Cookie Season Wrap-ups

Cookie rewards are in! Troop leaders or cookie liaisons should contact Rachel Griel to arrange pickup.

Council will withdraw funds from troop accounts via ACH on May 4.

Congratulations to Juliette Cadette Virginia K., whose outstanding success in the Fall Product and Cookie sales earned her a spot as an inaugural member of GSHPA’s S’Mores Executive Club!

Early Bird Renewals

Early Renewal for returning girls and adults is happening through June 30. There are incentives for troops who get at least 60% of their girl and adult members to renew by May 15 (Round 1, greatest incentives) and June 30 (Round 2).  See details on GSHPA’s Renewal Resource Toolkit page.

Extended Year Option for New Members

Starting May 1st, new girl and adult members will be able to register for the rest of the 2018 membership year and the entire 2019 membership year for $35. Financial Assistance is available. The registration process is the same with one small exception – an option to sign up for Extended Year, which carries a $35 fee and the dates of 5/1/2018 through 9/30/2019.

2018 Outdoor Challenge

Our Winter Outdoor Challenge officially ends on March 31st. If you have completed your challenge, please place your patch orders! Each $3 “Patch w/ Rocker” purchase includes a 2018 Outdoor Challenge Patch and a winter rocker. Make sure to check with your troop leader to see if your troop is purchasing patches.

All winter orders must be submitted no later than April 10th.

Now that spring is here, our Spring Outdoor Challenge has also begun! The spring challenge will run until May 31st. Participants who completed “Winter” will be able to purchase a “Spring Rocker” for $1. Girls who start with spring will need to purchase a “Patch w/ Rocker” for $3 to get both the patch and the “Spring Rocker”

Happy World Thinking Day!

Cadettes and Seniors from troops 41220 and 40218 earned the 2018 Global Action and World Thinking Day awards at a recent meeting. They explored the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through activities from the WAGGS World Thinking Day 2018 Activity Pack, and collected coins for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.  Locally, they are making an IMPACT this year by organizing a supply drive for Pets Come First during the Service Unit’s annual skating party and donating cookies and supplies to Stormbreak girls’ shelter.

State College Girl Scouts Service Unit 416 will celebrate World Thinking Day with a country expo after cookie season, on April 27.

#WorldThinkingDay #WTD2018 #ThisIsImpact #GSHPA

Service Unit Updates

Read on for updates on our Winter Outdoor Challenge, SnappyLogos fun patch order, and Geocache TravelBug…

Winter Outdoor Challenge

Has your troop started checking off items from our State College Girl Scouts Winter Outdoor Challenge? Download the checklist and complete the requisite number of items for your age group by March 31 to earn the Outdoor Challenge Patch and the winter rocker! Share pictures of your winter fun on our Facebook page or by emailing info@statecollegegirlscouts.org. Sending us your photos constitutes consent to publish them.

SnappyLogos Order

Need fun patches? (Fun patches go on the backs of uniforms, commemorating activities rather than earned badges/awards) Our next group order will be placed on Monday, Jan. 15, so shop at Snappy Logos and then submit your patch order by Jan. 14. Your troop is responsible for patch costs plus a share of shipping charges.

Travels of our TravelBug

Following our summer camporee Geocaching/Letterboxing adventures, we started a TravelBug on its way following Scout Day at Lake Tobias Animal Park. It made its way to Washington, DC (stopping at the Air & Space Museum!), traveled around North Carolina, and is currently hanging out in a cache called “Scout it Out,” placed by Girl Scout Troop 10008 in a park in Conover, NC. Where will it go next? Continue reading “Service Unit Updates”