Welcome to a new Girl Scout Year

Girl Scouts, like everything else, will look a little different this year but the most important thing is that the girls continue to have fun and build bonds with their Girl Scout Sisters.

We are looking for leaders, adults, and older girls to run programming for the year. If you have a specialty you want to share please let us know. We know that a lot of programming will be going virtual but that just means it is easier for individuals to join in the fun.

As we move into fall check out the hiking challenges from the summer. If you didn’t have a chance to do them fall is a great time for a hike.

Fall is also a great time to work on the Outdoor Art Badges. There is one for every level. Check them out here.

Thank you to all the girls who participated in our Photo Challenge the last few months. Please feel free to send us some feedback on how you liked it and if you want it to continue.


*Don’t forget to submit the form to get your free GSHPA Get Outdoors Challenge patch. Deadline, September 8, 2020.

*Also the SU 416 Outdoor Summer Challenge is open till the end of September.

Virtual Bridging Opportunity

If you are bridging this year, we need your help!  We want to create a fun video of Service Unit 416 bridging – remotely.  We are asking you to film your Scout bridging- could a  real bridge or something you create.  

Videos will be accepted until September 30th

So here’s just a few simple guidelines for the parents or whoever films each girl:

-Have the camera far back enough that we can see the whole bridge from one side to the other. You want to be filming from the side of the bridge, not from the front or back.

-Don’t “follow” the girl across the bridge by moving the camera along with her. Stay in one place, keep it as one still shot facing the bridge from the side, where the bridge is as centered as possible.

-The goal is to have all the clips shot in a similar fashion, so they cut together smoothly.

Here’s an image as an example of what the shot should basically look like:

-If you record the video on your phone, text it directly to Anja at  (814)-470-0146

-If recorded externally, email it to amj477@gmail.com

-Most smartphones/digital cameras today shoot in at least 1080p, which is HD video. We want to try and keep it HD so the clip doesn’t appear grainy/low quality. If the option pops up to choose what size to send the video as (whether when texting it, uploading it somewhere, emailing it…sometimes Gmail asks), make sure to choose to send the video in full HD quality, not compressed to a smaller size.

-Along with the video  please include the Scout’s first and last name, age, what level they are currently at, and what level they are bridging to.

Bridging By Mail

Service Unit 416 will not be hosting an in person bridging ceremony this year due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and large gatherings.

Instead, we invite all girls from Service Unit 416 to participate in “Bridging by Mail”.

To participate, simply write a letter to “A Girl Scout” and mail it, along with a SWAP, to us no later than October 1. We will then mail you the letter and SWAP from another Girl Scout along with a patch.

Girls who are bridging should address their letter to “A Younger Girl Scout” and share what some of their favorite parts of Girl Scouting have been. Please refer to the “Look Back” section of your level’s bridging badge.

Girls who are new to scouting should address their letter to “An Older Girl Scout” and should share what they are looking forward to in scouting.

Girls who are rededicating, can choose to address their letter to either “A Younger Girl Scout” or “An Older Girl Scout”.

If you want to write to both “A Younger Girl Scout” AND an “An Older Girl Scout”, feel free to send us two letters and SWAPs!

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Girl Scout Ranger 19th Amendment Centennial Patch Program

August 18th, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted some women in the United States the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted on August 26, 1920.

We wanted to highlight a unique opportunity for your Girl Scout to earn a Girl Scout Ranger Limited Edition Patch commemorating the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Please see below for additional details.

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Hike Challenge 12: Thousand Steps

This week we are heading to Thousand Steps!  It sounds intimidating and it can be, but if you take the slow and steady approach, this hike is totally doable even for our younger Scouts.  The hike is predominately uphill with areas to stop and rest along the way.  It is boulder hiking, so each step is either a root or a rock that you will be stepping up on as you move up the hill.  Please be sure to take water with you on this hike.  There are several stopping points with great views of the area and at the top there is a hiking trail with an overlook.  We’ve also done this hike in the fall and it is lovely to do then too.  Take your time and enjoy the process.  Keep your eyes out for the step markers indicating 100, 200, 300, etc.  They go by a lot faster than you might think!  Going down can sometimes be harder than going up as your calves may start twitching on the way down.  Do not attempt this hike before or after potential rainfall because it would be slippery. 

Week 12 Hike:  Thousand Steps  


Distance:  3.4 miles out (up) and back (down) 1125 foot elevation change

Thousand Steps Trail Map

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