7 State College Girl Scout Gold Awards 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.

Savannah 2019 Updates – Sign Up Deadlines!

State College Girl Scouts is going to Savannah, GA in June 2019!  If you will be  a Cadette or older for the 2019 school year and would  like to travel with us but missed the April meeting, please plan to attend the meeting on Sunday, May 6th at Gray’s United Methodist Church, 5687 Buffalo Run Rd, Port Matilda from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Girls and adults will be choosing their top picks for what we should do while in Savannah.

A non-refundable deposit of $100/person is due by June 1st, along with a signed financial contract and a code of conduct.  The first 50 people to register will get spots, so don’t delay. Registration will open May 6th at 7:00 p.m. and continue until full. We will be doing fundraising to help defray the cost of the trip.

If you need have any  questions or need financial assistance, please email savannah2019@statecollegegirlscouts.org.  

2018 Summer Camporee – Early Registration Extended

Summer Camporee registration is currently open and we have extended the early registration period until May 13th in order to give troops time to recover from Spring Camp and World Thinking Day. Regular registration will still close on May 28.

Remember, girls can choose to participate in “Camp Day” on June 30th, “Badge Day” on July 1st, or the entire weekend.

Volunteers Needed

Camp is an all volunteer run event and we will not be able to make it happen without additional help.  Neither Jodi nor Jeannie will be able to provide the support that they have previously provided and it is not possible for Christine, Megan, and Heather to run a camp for 200 people by themselves while also taking care of their girls.

We are asking for each participating troop to nominate one volunteer to attend 1-2 pre-camp planning meetings and to help facilitate our camp activities. The nominated volunteer must be fully registered and cleared through GSHPA and the troop should be able to meet their ratios without them. This volunteer should NOT be the troop leader and should understand that they will spend parts of the camp away from their troop.

It is our hope that by having dedicated volunteers for specific activities, everyone’s camp experience will be enhanced. This is also your opportunity to help shape our camp into the camp you have always wanted it to be.

We do understand that some troops may only have enough (or not enough) adults to meet their ratios. If you absolutely cannot spare an adult and still meet ratios during camp, please still nominate a volunteer to attend the pre-camp meetings.

Feel free to contact the camp committee if you have any questions.

Financial Assistance

We wanted to provide some clarifications to the financial assistance policies since they seem to be a moving target lately.

If families are unable to afford a Girl Scout experience such as the service unit summer camporee or the Savannah trip, financial assistance may be available to help you out. Financial assistance is even available for troop outdoor experiences – not just council or service unit sponsored events. Continue reading “Financial Assistance”