Delegate Elections – We Need You

We need your help to elect our delegates for the next year. We need to have a quorum of at least 31 registered adult members from our Service Unit attend our elections on Sunday, January 13th at 6:30 pm at the Centre Region of Governance building (2643 Gateway Dr). This will be the first order of business at the Service Unit meeting and will take less than 20 minutes of your time. You do not need to stay for the whole meeting (but you are welcome to attend if you want).

ALL registered adults are eligible to vote – you do not need to be a troop leader or troop activity chaperone. If you are an adult and are a registered member, we need your vote. Delegates serve an important role in our community by attending the annual meeting and voting for GSHPA board members.

From Your Service Unit Leader…

Happy Holidays! Our girls and leaders are working hard preparing for lots of upcoming events occurring both this holiday season and next year.  You can see the decorations they have been making for the Festival of Trees in Bellefonte and the Winter Celebration at the Arboretum.

Other upcoming events can be found at Some highlights to check out: Girl Scout Holiday Sing-Along and Girl Scout Movie Night: Mary Poppins Returns.

Another great way to know what is going on is to have your troop represented at our Service Unit Meetings.  Our next one will take place Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.  If you have an event to add to the calendar or agenda, please contact us.

If you are interested in helping plan our future camporees, please join the Camp Committee.  Our next meeting is  Sunday, December 16 at 6 p.m. at Centre Region Council of Governments (2643 Gateway Dr – State College).  If you are interested in helping but are unable to attend the meeting, contact us and we will keep you updated on future meeting dates.


Cookie Season

Online Pre-Sales and In-Person Sales

The friends and family online pre-sale starts on Monday, December 17.  All registered girl members will receive the Digital Cookie launch email on December 15.  Training and girl packets are not needed for the pre-sale.

In-person cookie sales start Thursday, January 17.  No in-person sales before then.  Troop Cookie Liaison training will take place in early January.  All Troop Cookie Liaisons must be background-checked and registered.

More information can be found at under the Cookies Tab.

Cookie Rally:

A Cookie Rally for Daisies and Brownies to learn about selling cookies will be held on Saturday, January 13 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Registration will open Saturday, December 8 for this fun event.

Last year a second cookie rally was needed to accommodate all the Daisies and Brownies.  We are looking for someone to assist in coordinating that rally again.  Ideas for activities will be supplied by the Service Unit and some materials are being supplied by council.  Contact Us



From Your Service Unit Leader…

Volunteering in the Service Unit

Check out all the great Troop and Volunteer led events coming up:

Reminder any Troop or Volunteer can organize an event at the Service Unit Level.  This includes events for a single Girl Scout level.  Come share an idea at the Service Unit Meeting (our next one will be November 4th at 6:30 pm) or Contact Us to put an event on the calendar.


Service Unit 416 is in need of 3 delegates and 3 alternates. Delegates serve as our voice in the council, vote at the annual meeting, and attend biannual governance meetings. For more information about delegates see

Being a delegate or alternate is not a demanding position and is a great assistance to our Service Unit. The only way that we can make sure GSHPA is moving in the direction we want is to ensure that we have a voice at the table and the way we do that is with our delegates.

All members (girl and adult) aged 14 and older are eligible to serve as either delegate or alternate.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as the voice for the State College Girl Scouts or get more information on the responsibilities, please contact us.

We will be taking nominations until Nov 18th.

C/S/A Organizer(s)

As Girl Scouts get older the troops traditionally get smaller or many C/S/A choose to become Juliettes. The Service Unit is looking for dedicated volunteer(s) to help meet the unique needs of older Girls as they continue on their Girl Scout Adventure.  This can be planning a journey event, badge activities, or fun meet-ups (such as a pizza and bowling day).  It could also include a Silver or Gold mentor to assist girls and leaders who are working towards these awards.  If you are a parent, leader, retired leader who wants to see our older girls maximize their Girls Scout experience please contact us.


The Service Unit is in need of 1-2 people to take over the Treasurer Duties.  This is a necessary position that can be done by any registered cleared adult.  It is not a large time commitment but is of great assistance in the smooth running of the Service Unit.

Camp Committee

We will have a Camp Committee Meeting on Sunday, November 18th at 6 pm at Centre Region Council of Governments (2643 Gateway Dr – State College).

As you may know the Service Unit put on several Camporees last Girl Scout year.  Many of the people who ran those camps are stepping down.  If we wish to continue to put on camps a new Camp Committee needs to be formed.  We are looking for people to investigate where we can have camps in the future as well as plan camps.  Please let us know if you are interested in assisting – Contact Us.

Golden Pond Updates

Friends of Golden Pond is working to reopen the camp for Spring 2019 and move all costs and maintenance associated with the property to Friends of Golden Pond.

GSHPA and Friends of Camp Louise are in the process of negotiating a sales agreement.

To review the property committee meeting minutes click here.