Friday, November 21, 2014

Give the gift of camp for the holidays! Register by Dec. 31 for 10% off!


Catching fish at Camp Skymeadow
Give your girl a gift for the holidays that will lead to a lifetime of memories. Give her the gift of summer camp with GSWPA! 
 
To show our appreciation for our regular campers, we're offering an additional 10% discount for those who register by Dec. 31.
 
To take advantage of the discounted rates:
  • Take a look at the many great camp offerings for 2015 (a special sneak-peak for our loyal customers!) and select the camp program of your choice.
  • Complete the 2015 Customer Appreciation Camp Registration Form.
  • Mail the completed form along with the required deposit to GSWPA, Summer Camp Registration, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412. (Unfortunately, online registration is not available for this special offer.)
  • Financial assistance forms can be mailed along with your registration form.  
Mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31. As of Jan. 1, 2015, new prices will be in effect (no exceptions). Between Jan. 1 - March 31 we will offer a 5% discounted rate. Any registration forms with a postmark of 2015 will be registered at the 5% discounted rate.
 
For specific details about any particular camp or program, e-mail that camp name at gswpa.org, for example hawthorneridge@gswpa.org. For more information about the discount, please contact 800-248-3355 ext. 1007.
 
And be sure to watch your mailbox for Camp S'more, coming out in mid-December! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wexford Girl Scouts win President’s Volunteer Service Award

For girls in Girl Scout Troop 51514, giving back to the community is a tradition.
During the past two years, girls strived to “do a good turn daily.” 
Two years ago, the troop of 20 fourth graders from Marshall Elementary School in Wexford completed nearly 1,500 good deeds.

This commitment to community service was so well received by the girls and their families, troop leaders Amy Herne, Belle Zimmer and Brandy Campbell decided to up the ante.
They challenged the girls in July 2013 to work toward earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Zimmer began tracking all of the girls’ service hours and certifying all of the work girls did in their community. The troop logged more than 600 service hours in 11 months. In addition to troop projects, girls were encouraged to volunteer on their own and with their families.
The girls completed a variety of service projects as a troop, including:

·         helping the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden get ready for a fairy garden event by collecting items from the woods.

·         creating "Birthday-in-a-Bag” kits for North Hills Community Outreach’s food bank.

·         volunteering at the Marshall Township Halloween Parade and Celebration by hosting a game for local children.

·         collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves for Light of Life Mission.

·         building bird houses for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

·         assembling more than 40 Jared Boxes for patients at Children’s Hospital.

·         making Valentines for a local nursing home.

·         sending Christmas cards to hospitalized veterans.

·         hosting a karaoke night for Ronald McDonald House.

Some of the efforts the girls did on their own/with their families included:

·         volunteering at local nursing homes.

·         dance-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis

·         ringing bells for the Salvation Army

·         clean-up of a local fire station

·         local church events

Each Girl Scout was presented a Silver Pin for her uniform and a certificate signed by President Obama at a Girl Scout ceremony in June.

 


 

Call for Nominations for Pittsburgh Girl of Distinction Awards


2014 Girl Scout Humanitarian Award winner Veronica Brueggman, GSWPA CEO Patricia Burkart, and 2014 Girl Scout of Distinction Award winner Laura Sosovicka.
We think ALL Girl Scouts are amazing, but do you know one that goes above and beyond? Nominate her for a Girl of Distinction or Girl Scout Humanitarian Award.

GSWPA will present the 2015 Awards of Distinction at a luncheon in May 2015 at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

The Awards of Distinction Luncheon event will recognize two Girl Scouts in the following categories:

The Girl of Distinction is a current Girl Scout who:
  • is active in her community and education institution
  • exhibits strong leadership efforts through school functions, Girl Scout activities
  • continues to strive for higher learning
  • emulates a healthy life style for herself
The Girl Scout Humanitarian Award is a current Girl Scout who:
  • demonstrates outstanding volunteer community service
  • promotes friendship, cooperation and community spirit among all people
  • displays compassion, self-sacrifice, leadership, and creativity in her humanitarian work for their classmates, schools, communities or charitable organizations
*Nominees for both awards should be in high school grades 9-12 and reside in the Allegheny, Beaver and Butler service areas.
 
Each award recipient will receive a $500 scholarship toward her academic pursuits. 
 
Honoree selections are the responsibility of the Awards of Distinction Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of professional and community volunteers.
Submission Requirements:
Mail or email a letter of recommendation outlining the nominee’s leadership qualifications for a specific award. Also, please include a head shot photo to: aburns@gswpa.org
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
AOD-Pittsburgh
30 Isabella Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
Deadline for Submission: December 31, 2014
 
And if you know an inspiring woman in the Pitsburgh area, nominate her for a 2015 Women of Distinction Award!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Girls choose! Vote on the next outdoor badges

 
GSUSA has announced that not only will four new Outdoor badges be added in fall 2015 for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors, but girls can vote to select the badges they can earn.
 
Girls are invited to vote online now through Nov. 30 for the content area they're interested in within the Outdoor category: Recreation, environment, or survival.
 
Once a majority vote is tallied for the content area, girls will get to vote again Dec. 1-31 on the badge topic based on their grade level in the coming year. GSUSA plans to announce the badges on March 12.
 
Girls can vote as many times as they want. There's just one rule: No grownups allowed! Of course, you can help younger girls access and read the voting site, but the decision must be up to them.
 
So encourage all the girls you know to cast their votes today! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Who will win a race around Erie?

Girl Scout teams will compete in a race that explores 60 miles around Erie by car! The first team to arrive back at Camp Hawthorne Ridge after successfully completing a series of challenges, obstacles and detours wins!

Ask up to three of your Girl Scout sisters to join your team and a mom or troop leader to be your driver and get ready to race!

Erie Fantastic Race
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am
Girl Grades: 4-12
Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, Pa. 16417 – Erie County
When: Nov. 15-16, Sat. 10 a.m.-Sun. 10 a.m.
Cost: $40 per girl/$15 per adult
Registration Deadline: November 7

Teams will consist of one adult and up to three girls. Please note, plan on traveling up to 60 miles in your car for the race.

Click here to register. Hurry, the deadline is November 7!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

More from 2014 Girl Scouts National Convention



The girls in Temple Square
On Thursday morning we visited the historic Temple Square, which is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Utah’s most popular tourist destination, and joined a tour with Sister Pipe and Sister Ryan. Everyone loved learning about the history of Temple Square but even more so loved the view from the 26th floor in the Office of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The view included the two mountain ranges surrounding Salt Lake City, the airport, and the Utah State Capitol Building. It was amazing! 


The view from the office of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The GSLI girls and chaperones then took off for the GSLI Opening Session where CEO Anna Maria Chavez and National Board President Connie Lindsay led the 900 girls to the Hall of Experiences.  The exhibit hall was awesome but a little bit overwhelming! So many options, so many vendors, so many people, no one knew where to start!


Some of the girls with "Juliette Gordon Low"
When we were finished with the Hall of Experiences, we started to develop our Take Action Projects by choosing from the 7 Issues: Hunger, Basic Needs, Education, Healthy Relationships, Teen Violence, Self Image, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  After everyone had chosen their issue, the topic of the outdoors was brought up for discussion.  It was almost unanimous that the girls wanted to go back outdoors in Girl Scouting. As one girl said, we need to put the “out” backing in Scouting!
 
After dinner the Opening Ceremony began. Anna Maria and Connie were so excited to start off the convention!  Alison Levine spoke about her journey as she climbed the highest mountains in the world. Several local groups preformed and we had a blast singing and dancing! (So did GSWPA’s Board President Lois!)  


Elizabeth Smart

Friday morning the Delegates headed over to the First National Council Session! The meeting ended at 12:30 when the Delegate girls joined the GSLI girls who had been busy all morning starting their Take Action Projects!  The GSLI program had arranged for speakers from all sorts of backgrounds to speak.  After the GSLI sessions we had a wonderful dinner speaker, Elizabeth Smart, whose abduction was one of the most followed child abduction cases. She shared her moving story about the abduction and her life since.  

After the speaker at dinner, the GSLI girls had reconvened again to work with their councils on their Take Action Projects.  After spending time working on our projects we relaxed at the hotel to prepare for another busy day! So far we’re having a blast!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

GSWPA arrives in SLC: Let the fun begin!

By Brittany McCartney
Ambassador Girl Scout, Meadville


Girl Scouts from around the world woke up bright and early, gathered their last few items, and took off to the airport on Wednesday for the Girl Scouts National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah!  Our first plane took off at 10:10 Wednesday morning out of Pittsburgh.  It was a quick flight to Chicago where we had a little over an hour to grab a bite to eat at an amazing bagel shop before we boarded our final plane taking us to Salt Lake City. 
 
The plane from Chicago to Salt Lake City was packed full of Girl Scouts from Western Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and even Germany! Several girls got a songfest going on the plane, leading the group in singing "Make New Friends." 
 
After we landed we took off to our hotel and then headed to Tucano's Brazilian Grill for dinner!  If you're ever in Salt Lake City and hungry, be sure to head to Tucano's. After stuffing ourselves to the point we could not walk, we went to the GSLI planning committee's Meet & Greet.  At the Meet & Greet we played Human Bingo, a "get-to-know-you" game as a way to meet Girl Scouts from all over. It was a fantastic way to make new friends! 
 
After the Meet & Greet we had a Western PA meeting with our chaperones where we received our SWAG bags with all sorts of new toys and gifts! Now we're ready to take on Temple Square and the first day of Convention!