Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Camp Corner: Get ready for big adventure at Camp Conshatawba!

With activities like a climbing tower, zip line and a low ropes course, plus traditional camp favorites like swimming and archery, Camp Conshatawba has something for every camper! 
Camp Conshatawba camp sits on nearly 300 acres of wooded, hilly terrain in the Allegheny Mountain Range, with a stream running through the camp offering many opportunities for girls to make a splash. It boasts beautiful modern lodges, cozy cabins and platform tents for sleeping.

Camp Conshatawba At-a-Glance

Location: Summerhill, Pa., Cambria County. Less than 15 miles from Johnstown and approximately 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop, family, by herself or with a buddy. 
Girl Scout members and non-members can also reserve Camp Conshatawba. 
Amenities: Climbing wall, traverse wall, low ropes course, zip line, challenge course, archery range, swimming pool, nature center, cross country ski trails, hiking trails, indoor theater stage, playing field and volleyball and basketball courts.

Event Spotlight

Family Camp
June 19-21
Grab the whole gang and go wild at family camp! Enjoy the pool, take aim at archery, stomp through the creek and try out crafts and games. Be super adventurous on our challenge course and develop a deeper connection to nature and to each other! Bring your own family tent to pitch or stay in one of the platform tents or cabins. Find out more

Super Camp Sampler
July 12-17

Feel like climbing a tower? Want to go swimming? There are so many fun things to do at camp and YOU can decide how to spend your days. On Sunday evening, learn all about the activities offered while you’re at camp, then sign up for your faves. Choices could include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, creek hiking, climbing, drama, badge work, outdoor skills and much more! Fi
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Custom CORE Camp
June 26-28 or Aug. 7-9

Girls are invited to have fun in the great outdoors and make friends with other girls in their service unit at Camp Conshatawba's Custom Service Unit CORE Camp. Camp staff will lead activities and meals will be provided; troops just need to provide proper supervision. For more information or to register, contact Krista Kimmel at

See all the upcoming programs and events happening at Camp Conshatawba! 

Meet the Camp Staff

Krista "Kelty" Kimmel
Camp Director

Tell us about yourselfI enjoy spending time with my family and my pets, and have many hobbies because I really like trying new things. I love to travel and explore new places. I love being outside and enjoy hiking, kayaking and biking.

What's your favorite camp activity? My favorite camp activity is teaching and participating in archery. I also really like making s'mores!

What do you like best about camp? I like getting to know new Girl Scouts and people who love camp as much as I do. I like that when girls come to Conshatawba they get to join in the tradition of coming to such a wonderful place and are now part of the Conshatawba family.

Do you have a favorite GSWPA camp memory? My favorite camp memory was last summer when we had an all-camp luau at the pool. There was dancing, and singing and everyone was having a great time!

TJ Shank
Camp Ranger

Tell us about yourself: I have a wife, Toni, a nine-month-old daughter, Zoe, and a Border Collie named Buster. I like hiking and camping, playing video games and reading fantasy novels in my free time. 

What's your favorite camp activity? Archery has always been my favorite camp activity; when I was a program staff member as a teenager I was an archery instructor. 

What do you like best about camp? Taking a few moments to truly look around and appreciate the beauty around where I live and work. 

Spruce up your favorite camp at Spring Camp Work Weekend!

Help get your favorite camp ready for an amazing summer--and enjoy some much-needed camp time after the long winter--at Camp Work Weekend, May 1-3! 

Volunteers paint, garden, make minor repairs and clean while enjoying the fun and friendship that camp always offers Girl Scouts!

Despite the name, Work Weekend isn't all work and no play. After helping with a variety of projects on Saturday, enjoy free time in the late afternoon and evening. Relax with program activities and an evening campfire.

There is no fee, and meals are provided including breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Sweet!
Ready to sign up? We can't wait either! Just select your favorite camp below to register before April 17. See you there!

Camp Skymeadow
Camp Roy Weller
Camp Singing Hills
Camp Resting Waters
Camp Curry Creek
Camp Elliott
Camp Hawthorne Ridge
Camp Redwing
Camp Conshatawba

Monday, March 23, 2015

Girl Scouts race to victory in Warren

Girl Scouts were ready to roll at the annual Powder Puff Derby at the Warren Mall, March 18-20. Two hundred girls raced the cars they created from blocks of wood as friends, family and sister Girl Scouts cheered them on.

This annual event—which is a favorite among local Girl Scouts—teaches girls important skills in design, collaboration, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Trophies were awarded for the top three finishers in each category.

Well done, Girl Scouts!

And the winners are…
Daisy winners

Angel Beaver (3rd), Catherine Reynolds (2nd) and Kate Shippee (1st)

Brownie first night winners

Madison Carnahan(1st), Allyson Johnson (2nd) and and Grace Hobbs (3rd)

Brownie second night winners

Kyli Thom (1st), Addyson Hannold (2nd) and Paige Penley (3rd)

Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador night winners

Elyse Rylance (3rd), Abagaile Powell (2nd) and Lexis Drukenbroo (1st)

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Crunch Time!

With just three weeks left in the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie season, it's more important than ever to take advantage of all the great resources and promotions available to help your girls reach their cookie goals!

Remember, if your troop’s per girl average is 150 boxes or more, you’ll reach Super Troop status, and earn an additional 5 cents for every box of cookies you sell. You can do it--And here's everything you need to know to get there! 

Booth Sales

Booth sales (happening now through March 22) are a great way to take your troop’s cookie sales to amazing new heights and help girls develop the five essential skills for success! 
Make sure you’re using the resources in our Booth Sales Digital Toolkit. You’ll find printable banners, business cards, Operation: Sweet Appreciation box wraps, graphics for making your own selfie frame, and plenty of other fun promotional pieces. 

Bling Your Booth! 
Not only will a blinged out booth draw customers and increase sales, but your troop could win either $500 or a Girl Scout prize pack! Check out our Pinterest board for some bling-y inspiration and learn more about the Bling Your Booth contests through both our local council and GSUSA. 

Operation: Sweet Appreciation

Not every customer wants to buy cookies for themselves, but they can still support your troop’s goals AND show our military troops some love by purchasing boxes for Operation: Sweet Appreciation. OSA donations can be made at booth sales, through your girl’s Digital Cookie site, or online at Check out these OSA printables to use at booth sales to encourage people to donate.

5 for Five Contest

Who wouldn’t LOVE to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies? Encourage customers to buy five boxes of cookies to enter to win five cases through our 5 for Five contest! Just give them a 5 for Five certificate (available on or through your troop cookie manager). It includes instructions and an exclusive code for entering the contest. 

Cookie Locator and Mobile App

Encourage your friends and family to use the Cookie Locator website at and download the Cookie Finder Mobile App so they can find Girl Scout Cookies near them--because we all know those cravings can hit at any time!

Digital Cookie is still open for business!

Remember, girls can still take orders online through their Digital Cookie site through March 22. All the favorites are available online, along with the gluten-free Toffee-tastic!

Follow up!

Have girls reconnect with their customers toward the end of the sale. Customers may have eaten all their cookies and want to purchase more to last until next year. (We all know that Thin Mints are even better frozen!)

Important Dates

March 22: Last day for booth sales and cookie sales

Feb. 27-May 25: Operation: Sweet Appreciation donations accepted online at

March 30: GSWPA Bling Your Booth contest submissions due. 

April 30: GSUSA Bling Your Booth contest submissions due.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Best Video Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Best Video Contest! Thank you to everyone who entered. All of them were awesome!

First place wins a $100 GSWPA Shop certificate:
Cadette Troop 46155 of Blairsville

Second place wins a $75 GSWPA Shop certificate:
Junior Troop 40817 of Indiana

Third place wins a $50 GSWPA Shop certificate:
Cadette Troop 54324 of Canonsburg

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"e" is for Cookie!

EMTA and the "e" are helping girls kick off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend in Erie!

Girl Scouts from Edison Elementary School will be aboard the first-ever EMTA Cookie Bus, stopping at locations throughout Erie to sell cookies and take donations to send cookies to the U.S. military. 

Planned stops for the "e"Cookie Bus include:
Girl Scout Cookie Bosses will also be setting up shop at the following downtown locations from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:
Make sure to stop by to stock up on your favorite cookies and meet some amazing Girl Scouts!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hey Pittsburgh, can you smell the Thin Mints?

We're kicking off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, and you are invited to join the fun!

Stop by one of these locations on Friday, Feb. 27 to buy your favorite cookies and meet some amazing Girl Scouts!

All locations open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
One hundred percent of the net revenue raised through Girl Scout Cookie sales in the Pittsburgh area stays with GSWPA and its troops, so customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delicious treat—they are also making an important investment in their communities.

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