Friends of Camp Golden Pond

On November 2, 2017, the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA voted to include Camp Golden Pond as one of  properties it will “retire” as a Council-owned property.

In order to preserve the camp we love, alumnae and Friends of Camp Golden Pond are organizing to explore the feasibility of acquiring the property once it is divested by GSHPA. Friends of Camp Golden Pond’s intent is to preserve the property as a regional outdoor/environmental/artistic education and retreat center. This group is forming as a separate entity from State College Girl Scouts (Service Unit 416). Everyone is welcome to engage in respectful dialogue regarding the future of this valuable community asset by joining the Friends of Camp Golden Pond Facebook group or contacting Friends of Camp Golden Pond directly. This fledgling organization has a lot of work ahead of them if they are to be successful and will require your help. Please spread the word and get involved!

As a step towards documenting the history and import of the camp, we encourage everyone to share their memories. Daisy/Brownie leader Megan has started us off with some heartfelt reflections.

Reflections on Camp Golden Pond

Fall Product Sale

Fall product update: I was told that I will not have access to the community troops in Nut – E. This means I will not be able to correct orders or even check to see if your order is in. Please remember to put your orders in by 8 pm on Nov 14th. And order your rewards as well!! If you have any Nut E questions you must contact Deb Andersen at GSHPA. Do not wait until the last minute to put your orders in!!


November 12: Fall Product Program Order Taking ends.
All nut order card, paper order forms, ReachOut Booklet due to FTPL. Drop at my house – 609 W. Hillside Ave, State College

14: Nut-E is locked to FPTLs at 8:00 PM (FPTLs will still have access but no changes can be made after this date)

16: Nut-E is locked to FPSULs at 8:00 PM (FPSULs will still have access to review orders in Nut-E but no changes can be made after this date)

28: Fall Product Program Online Order Taking ends (QSP/Nut Online Program)

30: All magazine/memory book orders and address booklets are due to Harrisburg office
30: Troops review Nut-E for any final girl recognition selections

GSHPA STEM Mobile & family activities Downtown State College First Friday 11/3 5-8 p.m.

 GSHPA‘s STEM Mobile will be at the Military Appreciation First Friday in Downtown State College – 5-8 p.m. on November 3.

There will be lots of other fun stuff for families, including: Free cupcakes, flags, glow sticks, selfies with Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty; sign a jumbo Thank You Card at the Downtown State College tent; Dear Hero Program – write a letter or donate an item to a member of the military; Kids arts & crafts

See more information on the Facebook event and website.

Service Unit Updates

State College Girl Scouts welcomes a bunch of new Daisy and Brownie troop this year:

  • 40079 – Brownies
  • 40080 – K-1 Daisies
  • 40082 – 3rd grade Brownies
  • 40083 – 2nd grade Brownies
  • 40219 – K-3 Daisies & Brownies
  • 41143 – Kindergarten Daisies

Additional troops may be in the works; these are the groups we know of so far. The Power of One campaign to recruit new (rather than renewing) members to our service unit resulted in an increase of ~5-9% over last year’s numbers, earning a $50 incentive for our account.

Please make sure that we have your troop listed in our Troop Directory!

Our next Service Unit meeting will take place Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the GSHPA State College service center office in Hamilton Plaza, 216 W. Hamilton Ave. Each troop is encouraged to send a representative (leader, volunteer, or parent) to get the latest info on local and council happenings and to share updates about their own troops. Hope to see you there!

The Fall Product Program remains in full swing. Several State College troops participated in the pilot booth sale at Five Below. Key dates:

  • Nov. 12 – Paper order-taking ends
  • Nov. 14, 8:00 p.m. – orders must be entered into Nut-E
  • Nov. 28 – online order-taking ends
  • Nov. 30 – all paper magazine order forms/booklets must be received in Harrisburg; girl recognition selection deadline
  • Nov. 4-6 – product delivery
  • Jan 5 – ACH withdrawl

Contact Rachel Griel with any questions –

This month in State College Girl Scouts: Daisies through Seniors participated in a service unit bridging and investiture ceremony at Orchard Park; delegate Christine Clouse represented us at GSUSA’s national convention in Columbus, OH; Cadettes earned their Good Sportsmanship badge with the Penn State field hockey team; Daisies through Ambassadors learned about financial literacy with On My Honor PSU Campus Girl Scouts; Juniors learned about mechanical engineering with PSU’s Women in Engineering program; Daisies through Seniors hiked Musser Gap; Juniors practiced Spa Science in Bellefonte; Cadettes completed their Breathe journey at Golden Pond; Cadettes and Ambassadors carved award-winning pumpkins for the Penn State Arboretum’s Pumpkin Festival; and leaders learned outdoor basics at Golden Pond.