Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Many camp options, one GREAT summer!

There are many options for Girl Scout leaders to consider for camp this summer. Whether you want to kick back and let staff handle the details, or you like to create your girls' summer camp experience from start to finish, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has the right choice for you! 

Here are the different types of camp programs offered this summer:


CORE Camp is perfect for troops with first-time campers or just want to kick back, have fun and let someone else take care of the details. Camp staff provides programming and meals. Your adult chaperones provide supervision.   

CORE Camp is offered at Camps Hawthorne Ridge, Redwing, Singing Hills and Skymeadow. For specific dates and camp programs, click here.

C.A.P. Camping (Certified Activities Provided)

Take advantage of the programming that your girls love like swimming, archery, rifles and high ropes while Troop Camping at one of our beautiful camp locations. C.A.P. Camping combines the independence of Troop Camping with the adventure of program options. You'll be given predetermined times for your troop to take part in programming GSWPA staff provide.

C.A.P. Camping is offered at Camps Conshatawba, Curry Creek, Elliott, Hawthorne Ridge and Singing Hills. For specific dates and more information, click here.

Troop Camping

Troop camping opportunities are boundless for you and your girls! Whether you rent a lodge, tent or yurt, you and your girls will have the independence and freedom you want. Troops plan their own programs and provide their own meals and supplies. This is a great option for experienced troops or those looking for more adventure.

Troop Camping is available at Camps Conshatawba, Curry Creek, Elliott, Hawthorne Ridge, Resting Waters, Roy Weller, Singing Hills and Skymeadow. To start planning your own camping experience, check the camp availability calendars here or contact 

Service Unit Day Camp

The Service Unit Day Camp Manual has been updated. Please reference the manual and the Form section at for updated Service Unit Day Camp forms.

Resident Camp
All girls can register for Girl Scout Resident Camp and may even bring a friend. Parents and leaders do not attend Resident Camp. These overnight camping experiences--which girls attend as individuals, not as troops--offer a wide variety of adventures at several of our camps. We have Resident Camps for every Age Level.

Staff and volunteers provide 24-hour supervision, prepare well-balanced meals and conduct specialized activities like horseback riding, swimming and canoeing.
You can see all that Girl Scout camp has to offer this summer in S'more magazine! Click here to start planning the best summer ever!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GSWPA Employment Opportunity: Pittsburgh

GSWPA is a great place to work! We offer a dynamic workplace, great colleagues and a mission you can believe in. Join our team of dedicated professionals and make a difference in girls' lives! 

POSITION: Director, Membership & Marketing
Reports to: Regional Vice President
Location: Pittsburgh Office
General Statement of Duties: responsible for the development and implementation of plans to increase and retain girl and adult membership

Essential Functions:

  • Work collaboratively with key members of management to ensure implementation of the business strategy, with special focus on the market-driven membership marketing plan, membership cultivation and extension;
  • Oversee a team of staff who develop, retain and increase sustainable membership;
  • Develop, implement and extend Girl Scouting in the community through presentations, collaborative efforts and networking;
  • Develop and implement short-term contingency strategies in areas of responsibility;
  • Serve as the primary communications conduit to executive leadership and key business partners on membership trends and issues in the assigned geographic area;
  • Ensure Girl Scout program is accessible throughout the jurisdiction and across demographic groups of the assigned geographic area;

Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, or related field; prior supervision experience; candidate must be self-motivated and self-disciplined, have strong marketing and people skills, have excellent organization and communication skills, and the ability to work evenings and weekends; clearances required; must have valid transportation and be able to travel throughout Western PA;

Please submit your resume to

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reach new heights at Camp Skymeadow!

Camp Skymeadow sits on 371 acres of grassy meadows and a stand of evergreens at the southern tip of Armstrong County, near Avonmore. This camp is a great place for beginner campers with all the adventures and amenities girls want. Camp Skymeadow boasts modern lodges with indoor facilities, electricity and full kitchens.

Campers enjoy great camp activities like canoeing, archery, hayrides, fishing, swimming and of course s’mores and songs around the campfire. Camp Skymeadow is the camp for girls to experience CORE Camp and Family Camps.

The horse program is a great way to learn the basics of riding and caring for horses and what it’s like being in the saddle.

Camp Skymeadow, At-A-Glance:

164 Skymeadow Lane
Avonmore, PA 15618
724-697-5261 (lodge phone)


371 acres located in Avonmore, PA

Archery, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding (resident camp only), outdoor cooking, sports playing field, swimming

Event Highlight:

Dances with Branches CORE Camp
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Girl Grades: 2-6
Dates: Sun. June 15-Tues. June 17
After April 1 Cost: $130 per person

Experience the thrill of climbing and go as high as you can into the trees of Camp Skymeadow’s great oaks! You’ll be fully harnessed and helmeted while using ropes to climb as high as you feel comfortable. You can perch like a bird or flip upside down to hang like an opossum as you show off your tree climbing skills.

Click here to register today!

Find all of the fun things to do at Camp Skymeadow here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer camp fun for under $150

Girl Scout camp is already well-known for big adventure. Thousands of girls enjoy the fun and friendship of Girl Scouting while they canoe, zip, climb, spelunk, swim, cycle, shoot, and hike at one of the nine camps within the GSWPA council every summer.

Did you also know that Girl Scout camp is a big value, too? Every camp includes expert and fully trained staff, the amenities girls want and the high-adventure activities that girls love at prices that fit every budget.

Check out this list of fun camp programs that are available this summer for under $150!

Dancing Under the Stars, Grades 4-7, Camp Redwing, $130

Adventure Day, Grades 4-10, Camp Conshatawba, $50

Birds, Butterflies and Bugs, Grades 2-3, Camp Conshatawba, $130

Fairies in the Woods, Grades K-2, Camp Conshatawba, $70

Splish Splash, Grades 4-7, Camp Redwing, $130

Daisy Day, Grades K-1, Camp Conshatawba, $25

Pony Pals, Grades 1-6, Camp Skymeadow, $110/girl • $95/adult

Daddy Day, Grades K-8, Camp Conshatawba, $50/girl • $30/adult

Daisy/Brownie Sleepover, Grades K-3, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $70

Middle Yough Family Rafting Trip, Girls Grades 2-6, Camp Conshatawba, $125

Messing Around, Grades 2-5, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $130

Hear the Beat, Grades K-4, Camp Conshatawba, $130

Camp Essentials, Grades 4-5, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $130

Me and My Gal, Grades K-12, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $90

Tie Dye Takeover, Grades K-3, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $130

Giddy Up, Grades 1-3, Camp Skymeadow, $65/girl • $55/adult

Game On, Grades 4-5, Camp Redwing, $130

Evening Adventures, Grades K-5, Camp Conshatawba, $18

Me and My Guy, Grades K-12, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, $90

My First Mom and Me, Grades K-4, Camp Conshatawba, $90

Cowpokes, Grades 4-6, Camp Skymeadow, $65/girl • $55/adult

Daisy and Brownie Mom and Me Slumber Party, Grades 1-4, Camp Skymeadow, $55

Me and My Guy, Grades 4-12, Camp Singing Hills, $90

Daring Designs, Grades 4-5, Camp Redwing, $130

Girl Time Mom and Me, Grades 4-10, Camp Conshatawba, $90

Me and My Gal, Grades 4-12, Camp Singing Hills, $90

Me and My Guy, Grades K-12, Camp Redwing, $90

Me and My Gal, Grades K-12, Camp Redwing, $90

Scholarships are available and may be requested at any time as least three weeks prior to an event.

You can learn about the amenities and activities at each camp by visiting

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bling Your Booth fan favorites!

Congratulations to the following troops who got the most "likes" from our Facebook fans* for their cookie booth photos! Thank you to all of the troops who participated! Click here to view the entire album of cookie booth photos.

* Likes were tallied after the deadline of March 31. Facebook fans can continue to like photos in this photo album.

Troop 52509 with 585 likes:

Troop 27007 with 349 likes:

Troop 41201 with 213 likes: