2019 Older Girl Trip to Savannah

We are exploring interest in organizing an older girl (Cadettes+) trip to Savannah, Georgia in the summer of 2019. Activities would include visiting the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the first Girl Scout Headquarters, museums, historic sites, scientific natural areas, riverboat trip on the Savannah River, ghost tours, shopping, and visiting the beach at Tybee Island.

We will need to start making reservations this summer so let us know if you are interested! Continue reading “2019 Older Girl Trip to Savannah”

Cookie Booth Updates

As we start getting ready for Cookie Booths we have a couple things we would like to share regarding booth locations, booth sales data, and cookie costumes.

State Patty’s Day

Feb 24th is State Patty’s Day. If you have reserved a booth downtown on this day, please make sure that your girls and parents are aware of the scenes that they can expect to witness.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors should not schedule booths downtown for this day.

Locations

First, Wegmans, Weis, Panera, and Schlow Library do not permit cookie booths so please do not contact them. If you have a booth at Ace Hardware or Five Below, please do not infringe into the supermarkets’ space.

Dunkin Donuts and Girls Scouts USA have a national contract and all participating Dunkin Donuts have been added into ebudde.

If you want to setup a booth for a location that is in ebudde, but for a time/day that is not (for example Tuesday at Texas Roadhouse) you would need to contact the location.

When entering booth locations manually, you need to make sure that contact person you list for the booth is the contact person for the business/location (NOT the troop leader’s contact information).

Sales Data

We collect booth sales data that troops can use to prepare for their booths. After your booth, please submit your booth data. Your data will immediately start being used by the sales analysis algorithms and be available for other troops (and you) planning their next booth.

The algorithms are currently using data from the past two cookie seasons for sales predictions. Make sure to pay attention to booth duration when interpreting the prediction.

Cookie Costumes

Both council and the service unit have a supply of cookie costume that troops can borrow for their booths. To reserve the service unit cookie costume, contact Rachel. To reserve the council costumes, contact Susan. Be sure to include the day(s) the costume is needed and your troop number!

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”

Event Updates

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.

Cookie Rally

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.

Skate Party

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.

Camp

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.

Summer Camporee

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’).