Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Girls in grades 5-12 invited to apply for community service award


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 2020 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 25 years.

Each National Honoree receives an additional $5,000 scholarship, a gold medallion, and a crystal trophy for their school or certifying organization. In addition, National Honorees receive grants of $5,000 from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Read about last year’s National Honoree projects.

State Honorees receive a beautifully engraved silver medallion, a $1,000 scholarship, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May for several days of recognition events. The medallion is presented in the State Honoree’s hometown by a local Prudential representative; the $1,000 scholarship is presented in Washington, D.C.

Read about last year’s State Honorees and their projects.

Girl Scouts in grades 5-12 can apply online at spirit.prudential.com. Application Certifications must be submitted to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania by Nov. 5, 2019 by emailing it to customercare@gswpa.org with the subject line Prudential Award.

Applications will be reviewed and one or more Girl Scouts will be selected to represent our council in the state-level judging. State-level winners will be announced on Feb. 5, 2019.

For more information, please visit spirit.prudential.com, or call 888-651-2951 if you need a paper application.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Save the date! Upcoming badge days with Penn State University campuses

This fall, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is excited to continue our partnership with Penn State University (PSU) to offer innovative programs to Girl Scouts throughout our council.

Because of their expertise, Girl Scouts experience unique activities and introductions to interesting subjects, which make these annual PSU program days incredibly popular events for GSWPA Girl Scouts.

"We're so grateful to these PSU campuses for offering their skills, knowledge, and facilities for the benefit of our Girl Scouts," says Tia Vaught, GSWPA Girl Experience Specialist. "These campuses are equipped with all of the resources that really make these program days special for the girls."

While some event details are still being determined, please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events! This blog and links will be updated as more information becomes available.

3rd Annual Girl Scout Penn State STEM Badge Day

October 26, 2019
Location: Penn State Behrend

On October 26 at Penn State Behrend, girls will experience a fun STEM-filled day and can choose several badges to earn in the areas of STEM and business.  Badge options and registration will be available soon. Mark your calendars and visit GSWPA Activities for more information and registration when it is available.

Penn State Badge Day

November 2, 2019
Location: Penn State Shenango

On November 2, Girl Scouts will benefit from working with Penn State faculty and students to earn badges and Journeys. Specific programming is still being determined. Mark your calendars and visit GSWPA Activities for  more information and registration when it is available.