It feels like 2021 just got started, but we do need to start thinking about 2022. GSHPA SU 416 is looking for a new camp home and volunteers to join the camp committee. The Service Unit is 100% volunteer run and is only able to host outdoor camp events with your help.
The camp committee is currently considering Black Moshannon State Park and Camp Anderson for 2022. Due to the size of full Service Unit events, we will need to make our reservations six months to a year out. If you know of any other sites that can host 100+ Girl Scouts or thoughts on those 2 sites, please let us know!
We would also love to hear your thoughts on what kinds of camp events you want to see from the Service Unit this fall and winter.
Canoe Creek State Park is located a short jaunt from State College in Hollidaysburg. This park has so many great features that are easy to access- a great combination of history and natural beauty. I recommend the Limestone Trail and the Marsh trail. Both are flat, easy, and short but provide a lot of fun.
Registration for all our summer Outdoor Fun Days at Bald Eagle State Park opens on May 1!
Daisies will join us on June 5 for either Daisy Trail Adventurer (morning) or Outdoor Art Maker (afternoon).
Brownies will join us on June 12 for either Letterboxer (morning) or Outdoor Art Creator (afternoon).
Juniors will join us on June 26 for either Geocacher (morning) or Outdoor Art Explorer (afternoon).
Cadettes will join us on July 17 for a full day of Outdoor Art Apprentice and other camp activities.
For Daisies, a parent or other responsible adult is expected to stay on site to help with their Daisy if needed.
For Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes, these are drop off events. Troops are NOT required to provide supervising adults and parents, while welcome, are not required to stay. If you are a registered and cleared GSHPA Troop Activity Chaperone who would like to help with these events, please contact the camp committee.
If you are bridging and register for both your current level and your next level, you will be waitlisted so that we can ensure all girls have an opportunity to attend one event. You can indicate your preference in the registration comments.
We will be inviting all Seniors and Ambassadors to join us at Black Moshannon State Park on August 7th for Trout Unlimited’s S.T.R.E.A.M Girls program. While we will be prioritizing Seniors and Ambassadors, Cadettes who are interested in this event will be able to sign up for a waitlist and will be approved if space permits.
By exploring the waterways of the state park, we will have the opportunity to observe it as scientists, anglers, and artists – allowing us to get the complete picture of what our waters mean to us and how we can help protect them. We will study the animal and plant life that inhabits our local waters. We will also learn the art of fly tying and be able to explore both bait and fly fishing.
While the program will be a day event, we have reserved the group camp site for the entire weekend so troops can choose to camp overnight if they want.
Joan Geleskie is offering an American Red Cross Basic First Aid / AED / CPR certification course on May 22 for $50 per student. If you need to renew your certification, you can sign up for the course through her new foundation (Confident Camper Foundation). Course size is limited due to COVID restrictions so space will fill quickly. If this course fills or does not fit your schedule, you can let her know. She will be scheduling additional courses that we will share as they become available. The YMCA of State College also offers regular First Aid Certification courses.
Joan will also be teaching American Canoe Association Paddlesports Safety Facilitator (canoe) on May 22. This certification is one of the certifications accepted by GSHPA to allow a Girl Scout group to go on a paddling trip. GSHPA does not require a group to have a lifeguard if they have a ACA Paddlesports Safety Facilitator.