Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GSWPA Girl Scout chosen for Shenandoah National Park trails program

Katherine Stancil, at left, cleaning up trails
with her sister Girl Scouts.
Photo: Student Conservation Association
Imagine spending two weeks marveling at cascading waterfalls, awe-inspiring vistas and fascinating wildlife while working side-by-side with park rangers at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Katherine Stancil, a Senior Girl Scout from Gibsonia, is doing just that as one of just 10 Girls Scouts selected nationwide, and the only one from western Pennsylvania, to work for two weeks this summer cleaning trails at Shenandoah National Park.

She arrived at the park on July 11 to meet her sister Girl Scouts and get started on the trail work.

The trip is part of a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to connect more Girl Scouts to the outdoors. Girl Scouts is collaborating with the Student Conservation Association to organize these opportunities.

Read more about Katherine being chosen for this opportunity and get an update on what the crew has been doing so far

Friday, July 8, 2016

WV Flood: How YOU Can Help

As you may know, recent flooding in West Virginia affected thousands of families--including Girl Scout families. GSWPA reached out to our neighboring council, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, to see what they're doing to support their communities and how our council can help. 
Through July 20, we'll collect the following much-needed items at any GSWPA office:
  • socks
  • flip-flops
  • underwear
  • school supplies
Please make sure all items are new and in original packaging. Cash, check donations, other items or used items will not be accepted. GSWPA office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 9-noon.   
We'll arrange for delivery and let you know when it happens on our Facebook page. 
If you have any questions, please contact customer care at or 800-248-3355.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nominations being accepted for 2016 Troop of Distinction

Know a troop that goes above and beyond?

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Girl Scout Troop of Distinction, to be honored at the Awards of Distinction luncheon on August 26 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center in Erie.

Troop of Distinction Award nominees should represent the ideals inherent in Girl Scouting through their participation in and commitment to:

  • Community service 
  • Personal development/leadership 
  • Integrity and leadership characteristics 
  • Healthy lifestyle for themselves and others 
  • Academics


Open to all Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania troops registered in Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.


To nominate a troop, please complete this form before July 26, 2016. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Snap camp: Share photos of camping adventures for your chance to win

Parents, troop leaders and volunteers: Are you heading to one of GSWPA's nine camps this summer? Send us up to five of your best photos from your time at camp and you could win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Girl Scout Shop!

Just visit and fill out the form and upload your five best camp photos. Winners will be randomly drawn from all entries received by Aug. 31. 

Going to more than one camp? You can submit up to five photos for each camp, which means an extra entry into the contest! 

An added bonus: Your submitted photos may be used in upcoming GSWPA publications, featured on Facebook, Twitter, our blog or, or in local media! Please make sure all Girl Scouts pictured have opted in to allowing us to use their photos. 

Here are some suggestions for the types of photos we are always looking for: 
  • Girls doing camp activities (both wide and close-up shots)
  • Girls with volunteers or parents
  • Girls in small groups (2-5 girls)
  • Girls with camp staff
  • Smiling, happy faces! 
Have a happy, snappy camp season! We can’t wait to see all the photos!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hard-earned: No one wins a Gold Award

Girls celebrated earning the Gold Award in Cranberry in May.
The mistake is understandable. The Girl Scout Gold Award is an award after all, and awards are often won. That makes sense. Doesn’t it?

Not when it comes to the Gold Award. Girls earn this distinction—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting—through hours of research, planning, community organizing and relationship building. The recommended minimum number of hours for girls to spend on their take-action projects is 80. That means that the 97 Girl Scouts who earned the Gold Award this year logged a minimum of 7,760 hours making the world a better place.

The word “win” also implies that someone else—maybe several people—lost.

No one loses when Girl Scouts answer the call to “go Gold.” Girls gain valuable leadership skills and the experience can set them on a path of community service for life. Also, some universities and colleges offer scholarships for award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their Gold Award achievement.

Communities win, too, because through the Gold Award process, girls seek out the work that needs doing—whether that’s creating a garden for a local food bank, developing programs to help more girls explore STEM careers, or building a wheelchair-accessible playground. 

So when you meet a Gold Award recipient, congratulate her on her hard work. She’s earned it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

FORE! Girl Scouts invited to golf event this Friday in Oakmont

Aspiring girl golfers are invited to come out to Oakmont Country Club this Friday, June 10 for an afternoon of fun and engaging golf activities at "Inside the U.S. Open," an event hosted by LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

This event, being offered FREE for girls, will be held from 4-6 p.m. and will cover the "Five Es" of girls' golf. No clubs necessary!

Online registration is required (the deadline has been extended). Register here or contact Annie Miller at or 908-326-1844 for more information.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Let's Go Bucs! Important info about Girl Scouts Day at the Pittsburgh Pirates

Joining us on Sunday for Girl Scouts Day at the Pittsburgh Pirates? Be sure to stop by our office at 30 Isabella St. (right next to PNC Park) for some 'tailgating' fun before the game! Our Pittsburgh shop will also be open if you'd like to do some pre-game shopping.

Here's what you need to know to have a great time before and during the game:
Before the game:
  • The Girl Scout Shop will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by and stock up!
  • GSWPA tailgating fun starts at 11:30 a.m. outside the GSWPA office. (Note: We'll be on the Isabella Street side of the building, not E. General Robinson Street.) 
  • Check out our SWAP station and make your own baseball-inspired SWAP to keep or trade.
  • Get some free stuff! The 50 girls who renew memberships or sign up for camp that day get a goodie bag! 
    •  If you haven't renewed your membership for the next Girl Scout year (which starts Oct. 1, 2016), GS staff will be on-hand to help you register online. 
    • Camp fun is right around the corner! Have questions about camp? Want to sign up that day? We've got you covered. 
  • Don't forget to wear your favorite Girl Scout gear! (That goes for moms and dads, too!)
During the game:
  • Take lots of pics and share them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #GSWPADayPirates. Have a Snapchat account? Look for the special Girl Scouts Day at the Pirates geo-filter that you can add to your pic! 
  • Have a blast! You're going to be sitting in a section with lots of your sister Girl Scouts from all around our council, so be sure to say hello and always remember the Girl Scout Law:
Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
 See you on Sunday!