Summer Camporee Canceled

We regret to inform you that our annual summer camporee has been canceled. At the governance meeting, GSHPA announced that no troop, SU, or council events would be approved through the end of August.

We had been super excited to bring you the STREAM Girls program and are working with Trout Unlimited to modify the program to fit into the 1 day format of Fall Camporee (currently scheduled for September 11 – 13).

Mother’s Day Tea and Paint

Friends of Golden Pond is hosting a virtual Mother’s Day Tea and Paint. Local artist Jackie Gianico will be live on the Friends of Golden Pond Facebook page to create a beautiful, spring inspired masterpiece. We are offering a limited number of canvases for porch pickup.

The loss of the service unit and other Girl Scout camps this summer is going to be very hard for Friends of Golden Pond to absorb so please keep Friends of Golden Pond in your thoughts as we navigate these difficult times.

Scout From Home

Scout From Home with Council

GSHPA Staff members have been working round the clock to provide activities, videos, and resources for our girls and volunteers to stay connected to Girl Scouts while practicing social distancing.

Here’s a few of the amazing resources available with GSHPA’s Girl Scouts at Home:

  • Tips & Tricks on holding your troop’s first virtual meeting
  • At-Home Badge and Patch Lesson Plans & Video Guides for Troop Leaders & Parents
  •  At-Home Girl Scout Challenges for Girls
  • Upcoming Virtual GS Events for Troops
  • Troop Leader Virtual Meetups & More!

Check out Council’s Summer Get Outdoors Challenge. Please know you can do both the Service Unit Challenge and Council’s Challenge.

Scout From Home with your Service Unit

Our Outreach Coordinator Michelle Varrassa came up with these great patch earning ideas for her troops and wanted to share the idea with the Service Unit. Troop Leaders should contact her to purchase the patches.

Rock Painting – To Earn do the following:

There is a fun Facebook Group called Happy Valley Rocks.  On this page folks post rocks they are found and sometimes give hints to places rocks have been hidden.

  • Go for a walk and find some rocks that can be painted
  • Paint at least three rocks
    • An animal or person
    • A plant or flower
    • Something Girl Scouts related
  • Post a photo of your rocks
  • Optional: Tag rocks with Happy Valley Rocks FB 
  • Hide rocks anywhere in the community
    • You can watch for rocks to be found and posted on Facebook but it may be sometime before folks want to touch the rocks, so we’ll need to have patience

My Heritage

My Heritage – To Earn do the following:

  • Trace you family tree by talking to your family members
    • Create a chart or draw a tree with your family
  • Do an interview, via phone or online chat, with the oldest family member
    • Create a list of questions to ask in advance such as:
      • What did you play as a child
      • Where did you work
      • How did meet your spouse
      • Favoriate place to travel
      • What was the 1st technology you remember
      • Tell us what you remmeber about your parents
    • Record the answers for your family to have digitally
  • Create a crossword or word find using your families first names

Bird Watching

Bird Watching – To Earn do the following:

  • Count how many birds you see outside for 20 minutes
    • How many total
    • How many different birds
  • Build a birdfeeder out of items found in your house, if possible, add bird seed and place outside
    • Send photo to Michelle or post to the Facebook page
  • Draw a bird with as much detail as possible.  Look online for details on wings and beaks.
  • Sit outside for 20 minutes and listen to how many bird sounds you hear?
    • Can you identify any of the birds?
    • Look online for birds in our area and listen to the bird calls- go back outside and see if you can identify any of the bird calls
  • Build a second bird feeder.  Hang one feeder high and the other low.  Watch the feeders for 10 minutes for 8 days.  Count the number of birds in each feeder during the 10 minutes and record the number of birds you see at the feeders.  Does the height of the feeder affect which feeder birds go to?
  • Watch the birds for 15 minutes.  With crayons, put a line on paper with a crayon that matches the color of the bird you see. 
  • Gather items to make bird nests.    Gather some cotton balls and pull the cotton apart into little pieces.  Cut some knitting yarn into pieces.  Gather some twigs (not thick branches), and grass too.  (Don’t use thread–it can get tangled around the bird’s legs).   Put your things you have gathered into mesh bags or suet holders and hang from trees or just tuck the materials in the bark of trees. Each day look frequently at the nest materials  and judge if you can see a change in the amount of the nest materials.  Record your observations.

Introducing GSHPA SU 416 Photo Challenges!

As Girl Scouts we adapt to whatever life throws at us. We may not be able to get together in person right now, but we know that this will pass and before we know it we will all once more be packing up for camp.

In the meantime, we are introducing Photo Challenges. Our current challenge is “Life” and will run through the month of April. Girls can submit one photo each week the challenge runs.

Click here for details on the April challenge.

Our friends in Juniper Village will then pick their favorite photos and the winners will earn State College Girl Scouts Event Credits for their troop.

Be sure to check out the awesome Nature and Fun photos your fellow Girl Scouts took in March!

For some digital photography tips check out Sharp Shots Photo Club!

2020 Spring Outdoor Challenge

The State College Girl Scouts Winter Outdoor Challenge is here.  How many items can you check off your list?  Get outside to see.   Starting March 15, 2020 and running through June 15, 2020, complete the required number of activities from the 2020 Spring Outdoor Challenge checklist and earn the Outdoor Challenge Patch and/or the winter rocker.

Daisies should complete 15 items to earn the patch, Brownies should complete 20 items, Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors should complete 35 items.  Adults should follow the Girl Scout Law and try to complete an “Honest and Fair” number of items based on their abilities.

Share pictures of your spring fun on our Facebook page or by emailing Sending us your photos constitutes consent to publish.