Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Give the gift of Girl Scouting to a deserving child

As part of the largest leadership development organization for girls in the world, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) is committed to delivering fun and relevant experiences where Girl Scouts can stretch their limits, discover their strengths, and pursue their dreams.

To keep Girl Scouting in reach for all families, we are in urgent need of your help.

Will you join us to help make Girl Scouting accessible to all girls, even those whose families are experiencing financial hardship?

Last year, the Family Partnership helped us provide financial assistance to more than 900 Girl Scouts spanning every county we serve. Their families are at or near the poverty line or have experienced hardship, and could not otherwise afford Girl Scouting.

Family Partnership donors helped provide much-needed aid for annual membership dues, resident camp, and council-sponsored programs for these deserving girls. Learn more about our financial assistance program.

As you know, membership dues go to Girl Scouts of the USA to support our movement nationwide, but every dollar of your additional donation stays local and helps provide much-needed support for us to serve our region’s Girl Scouts.

Give the gift of Girl Scouting to a deserving child. Your donation of any size to the Family Partnership Campaign by September 30 will help a girl in need for our upcoming Girl Scout membership year.

Here’s how you can help!
  1. Donation at Checkout - Please consider a donation at checkout when you purchase or renew a Girl Scout membership.
  2. Gift Online - You can make a secure one-time donation online anytime. 
  3. Gift by Check - Checks can be made payable to GSWPA, with a memo “Family Partnership” and mailed to: Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, attn. Fund Development, 30 Isabella Street, Suite 107, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Girls invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Award

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc


Every day, Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania are making the world a better place through meaningful Take Action projects. Now, these girls have a chance to be honored for their hard work by applying for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/socThis unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 115,000 middle and high school students--including thousands of Girl Scouts-at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in April 2018.

Girl Scouts in grades 5-12 can apply online at spirit.prudential.com. Applications must be submitted to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania by November 7, 2017 by emailing it to customercare@gswpa.org with the subject line, Prudential Award.

We will then review applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging.

For more information, please visit spirit.prudential.com, or call 877-525-8491 if you need a paper application.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Camp Creepy needs your creativity!

We need your help to make Camp Creepy spooktacular! We're looking for adult volunteers and Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops to help out at our three Camp Creepy events:
Oct. 14 at Redwing, Oct. 21 at Hawthorne Ridge, and Oct. 28 at Camp Conshatawba.

Troops in grades 6-12 can plan and host an activity or station, and adults are also needed to help with registration, food and more. Volunteers will receive dinner and free lodging for Saturday evening after Camp Creepy.

We will be having a volunteer meetings on the following dates for each Camp Creepy.

Camp Creepy – Redwing – Monday, September 11, 2017, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Mary Lodge--We still need volunteers at Redwing, even if you couldn't attend the meeting!

Camp Creepy – Hawthorne Ridge – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Hall

Camp Creepy – Conshatawba – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Memory Lodge

If you are unable to attend the meeting at the camp you wish to volunteer, please contact Amber Peretin at aperetin@gswpa.org for Camp Creepy Redwing and Camp Creepy Conshatawba. For Camp Creepy Hawthorne Ridge, please contact Dana Young at dyoung@gswpa.org. You may also call Customer Care at 1-800-248-3355.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at one of our volunteer meetings!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Troop Leaders: A few to-dos to kick off an awesome Girl Scout year!



The summer is winding down and school is back in session, which means another year of Girl Scout fun is ahead! Here are a few things you need to do as a troop leader to make sure you're ready for all the awesome adventures that await.

Make sure you’ve renewed your membership. Keep the Girl Scout party going! If you haven't already, take a few minutes renew your membership so you can get started on your plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year! And please be sure all girls in your troop are also renewed before Oct. 1.

Get fired up at a Fall Kickoff. Learn about the resources available to help you plan an awesome Girl Scout year, ask questions, and exchange ideas with other troop leaders and volunteers at these events happening in September and October. Find one near you.

Update your troop information. Please help us make sure our troop opportunity catalog information is up-to-date, so that we can help connect more girls to Girl Scouting! Whether you have open spots in your troop, or are no longer accepting new members, please fill out the Troop Opportunity Catalog andInformation Update Form with your current troop information. 

Set up your Volunteer Toolkit. If you aren’t currently using the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to plan your Girl Scout activities, you’re missing out on this super helpful tool! This web app, which is accessible from any device, makes it easy for troop leaders to get the most out of every troop or group meeting and places everything you need in one easy to access place. 

Already using the VTK? Just a reminder that last year’s plans have been moved to the new VTK Archive, so they are viewable but no longer editable. If you’ve renewed your membership and Troop Leader role for next year, a brand new 2017 Year Plan will be pushed to the main screen you see when you open the toolkit.

Gear up to head out. Planning any outdoor activities this year? Be sure to check out the newly updated Safety Activity Checkpoints, and register for an upcoming Outdoor Skills Training if you haven’t yet completed one. 

And, be sure to check out this new collection of online videos to help you introduce girls to the joys of the great outdoors, covering everything from campsite setup to camp cookery. 

Fund the fun with MagNut. The Cookie Program is still a few months away, and there’s a lot of fun stuff to do right now! Build up your troop’s funds at the beginning of the year through the MagNut Program. Find out how the MagNut Program can help your troop shine!

As always, we're here to support you! Reach out by calling 800-248-3355 or email customercare@gswpa.org.

Have a great Girl Scout year!