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 4017040213, and 40427 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.

Troop Tips: Tracking Badges

Trax Spreadsheets

Audra Edmunds has created a set of excel sheets for tracking a troop’s progress through a level that is available for free. The spreadsheets include tabs for tracking badges, journeys, pins, dues, events attended, etc. In addition to tracking if the badge has been earned, the sheets also include columns to if the badge has been awarded yet so you can keep track of what you still need to hand out.

The sheets have even been updated with all the new badges and journeys.

Download Trax Spreadsheets.

Updated Badge Logs

If you are starting to lose track of all the new badges, you can also download updated badge logs from GSHPA for free.

Badge Resources

You can also find information on all the badges and comments from troop leaders in our area who have worked on them, along with local resources on our award lists pages. If you have insights to share with your fellow troop leaders, we want to hear from you.

While GSHPA’s Volunteer Toolkit does not provide the badge packets, it does have suggested lesson plans for all the badges and most journeys for the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior level.

Girl Scouts Farthest North Council also has a nice listing of all the new badges and their lesson plans.

If you have any tips or tools you use and would like to share, feel free to contact us.

Banking Tips: Print Your Own Deposit Slips

If you find yourself running out of deposit slips for your troop, you can print your own. Download this DepositSlip template (or this template) and fill in your bank and account information. If you want to look more official, you can download and install a MICR Encoding font (available for free) to make the account and routing numbers look like they appear on your checks. It is not necessary to get special paper to print the deposit slips on, but the tellers do appreciate it if you cut them out.

Do you have any tips you want to share with other leaders?