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!

Pittsburgh:
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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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cookies are coming to a booth near you!

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Feb. 27-March 1


National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend celebrates the world's largest girl-led business--and happens to coincide with the kick-off of cookie booth sales in western Pennsylvania!

Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at locations around Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, Johnstown, Kittanning and Beaver on Friday, Feb. 27. Cookie lovers can buy Girl Scouts Cookies on-site or order cookies to send to our troops via Operation: Sweet Appreciation. 



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Check out the list of scheduled locations below. You can also download our Mobile Cookie App to find cookies on the go, or search for cookies by zip code through the Cookie Locator.

Cookie Booth Locations for Feb. 27:

Pittsburgh:
All locations open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Erie:
All locations open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (except Cookie Bus)
Johnstown:
Both locations open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greensburg:
Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Beaver:
Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kittanning:
Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Find your awesome at GSWPA Camps

We love our camps. They are places where so many memories are made and friendships are formed. Where girls discover so much about themselves and the world around them, and where they challenge themselves to do more than they ever thought possible.

Just like our girls, every one of our nine camps is different, each with its own unique personality and special qualities. So, every girl will find a GSWPA camp that's as awesome as she is--whatever her interests, age or level of outdoor experience.
 
Looking for high adventure, like zip lining or ropes courses? Check out Camps Conshatawba or Singing Hills. Prefer more laid back activities like swimming, hiking or archery? Try Curry Creek, Elliott, Roy Weller or Hawthorne Ridge. Or, try something new by horseback riding at Camps Redwing and Skymeadow, or learning to sail at Resting Waters.

Check out these snapshots of our camps to get a feel for what each one is like. Click on the "More about Camp..." links under the descriptions for more information and to see a list of upcoming events at each camp.

Camp Conshatawba



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. (See descriptions)

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.
More about Camp Conshatawba



Camp Curry Creek
















Location: Brockway, Pa., Jefferson County. 10 miles outside of DuBois and 100 miles north east of Pittsburgh off Interstate 80. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop. (See descriptions.)
Amenities: Archery range, indoor rifle range, pond for canoeing and boating, swimming pool, interactive nature center, bird walk, wetlands, hiking trails and a sled riding hill.

More about Camp Curry Creek


Camp Elliott

















Location: Volant, Pa., Venango County. Just minutes from Grove City and about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh off Interstate 79. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop. (See descriptions.)
Amenities: Archery range, swimming pool, hiking and fitness trails, creek hiking, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts and a sled riding hill.
More about Camp Elliott

 


Camp Hawthorne Ridge



Location: Girard, Pa., Erie County. Just 15 miles south of Erie and 120 miles north of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop, family, by herself or with a buddy.(See descriptions.)
Amenities: Creek/gorge, hiking trails, swimming pool with water slide, archery range and a playing field.
More about Camp Hawthorne Ridge



Camp Redwing




Location: Renfrew, Pa., Butler County. Only 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop, family, by herself or with a buddy.(See descriptions.)
Amenities: Archery range, canoeing, horseback riding, swimming pool with water slide, GaGa pit, hiking, volleyball court, amphitheater
More about Camp Redwing



Camp Resting Waters















Location: Kane, Pa., McKean County. 25 miles east of Warren, 50 miles north of DuBois, 90 miles southeast of Erie, and 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop. (See description.)
Amenities: Sailling, canoeing, funyaking, fishing, swimming, archery range, hiking, sand volleyball, sled riding hill, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing and an orienteering course.

More about Camp Resting Waters


Camp Roy Weller















Location: Bruceton Mills, WVa. Approximately 100 miles south of Pittsburgh and 20 miles east of Morgantown, W.Va. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop. (See description.)
Amenities: Archery range, two large ponds for fishing and canoeing/playaking, hiking and biking trails, and a playing field
More about Camp Roy Weller



Camp Singing Hills



Location: Oil City, Pa., Venango County. Approximately 60 miles from both Erie and Butler, and 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop or family. (See descriptions.)
Amenities: High and low ropes course, climbing wall, zip line, canoeing and "funoeing," target shooting/rifle range, archery range, Brownie Fun Course, outdoor amphitheater, swimming pool, hiking trails and nature center.
More about Camp Singing Hills




 
Camp Skymeadow



Location: Avonmore, Pa., Armstrong County. 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. (See map.)
Types of Camping: Girls can camp with their troop or family. (See descriptions.)
Amenities: Canoeing, archery range, horseback riding (summer camp only), hayrides, fishing area, swimming pool with water slide and a playing field.
More about Camp Skymeadow


Monday, January 26, 2015

Cookies for a Cause

The Ruggieri family: Emily, Suzanne, John and Gabriel.

For thousands of Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania, the first phase of the Cookie Program—initial order taking—is coming to a close. While they’re tallying their customers’ orders and gearing up for booth sales in February, they’re also helping the causes they believe in most.

Girl Scouting is girl-led, so troops and individually registered Girl Scouts can choose who receives the donated cookies they collect during the Cookie Program. Girls select the cause that’s important to them, and explain to their customers who benefits from the donation.

Girls learn many skills from the Cookie Program, including money management, people skills, business ethics, goal setting and decision making. Asking for donations adds to these skills and continues the girls' dedication to service through Girl Scouting. The pledge to “help others at all times” is an important part of the Girl Scout Promise, even while girls are selling Thin Mints.

Giving Big

Girl Scout troop 26683 from Greensburg is on a mission to donate thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP). The Brownie troop chose CHP to honor the memory of Ethan Milliron, who is the late father of troop member Emily Ruggieri. Ethan received care at CHP while battling bone cancer. He died when Emily was only 18 months old.

The troop’s goal is to collect donations for 5,000 boxes of cookies from all 50 states to give to patients and families at the hospital.

Emily and her parents, Suzanne Milliron Ruggieri and John Ruggieri—and even little brother Gabriel— update a map every day with the location of orders from the U.S. and 21 countries around the world. North Dakota is the only U.S. state not represented in the more than 2,100 boxes donated to date.

It’s not too late to donate cookies to help Emily and her troop spread a little cheer to kids and their families at CHP. Email gscookies4chp@gmail.com for information on how to donate.

The troop's kindness toward patients at CHP doesn't stop at cookies. The girls make fleece blankets to donate as well.

Service for Life

This experience will not only benefit patients at CHP, but the Girl Scouts as well, as they gain confidence and the tools to help them become the citizens who will make a difference in the world.

Research shows that the experiences girls have helping others through Girl Scouts makes them more likely to be philanthropists as adults.

According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, women who were once Girl Scouts are more likely than non-alumnae to volunteer, donate money, goods or services, or to contribute to charities on a regular basis.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a Super Troop!


Power up your Cookie Sales by setting a goal to become a Super Troop!

No, you don’t need capes (or the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound) to become a Super Troop. Just reach a Per Girl Average (PGA) of 150 boxes of cookies or more. Check your troop’s PGA on the Sales Report tab in eBudde throughout the sale to monitor your progress. All troop cookie orders—whether through the traditional order card, Goal Getter Order Card, Digital Cookie or booth sales—count toward your PGA.

Why be a Super Troop? Super Troops earn an additional 5 cents for every box of cookies they sell, and each girl selling and one adult volunteer per troop receives Super Troop t-shirts. Plus, the more cookies a girl sells, the more Girl Scout Bucks and Recognitions she receives. And Girl Scout Bucks double when used for GSWPA-sponsored camps!

Are you up to the challenge? We know you can do it! Here are some tips for achieving Super Troop status:

Goal Getter Cards

Door-to-door sales don’t have to end in January! Make sure all the girls in your troop are using Goal Getter Order Cards (available to download at vipetraining.littlebrownie.com). These can be used to take in-person orders after initial orders are submitted. Additional cookies are available at Cookie Cupboards through March 22 to fulfill customer orders.

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 awesome frozen!)

Include an adult phone number or email address with initial deliveries in case customers want more cookies. Want to know an easy way to do this? Print out labels with parent/guardian contact information and stick them on each box.

Remember Operation: Sweet Appreciation

Some people are watching their diets and don’t purchase Girl Scout Cookies to avoid the temptation. 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 on the traditional order card, the Goal Getter Order Card, Digital Cookie and at booth sales and all donations count toward each girl’s and/or troop’s overall sales.

Check out these OSA printables to use at booth sales to encourage people to donate.

Promote 5 for Five!

Have a customer who’s buying four boxes? Encourage them to buy just one more to be eligible to win five CASES Of Girl Scout Cookies through our 5 for Five Contest! Just give them a 5 for Five certificate (available on vipetraining.littlebrownie.com), which includes instructions for entering the contest along with an exclusive code.


Bling Your Booth!

Not only will a blinged out booth draw customers and increase sales, but your troop could win $500 through GSUSA’s Bling Your Booth contest!

Check out our Pinterest board for some bling-y inspiration and learn more about the BYB Contest.

Take it Online

Social media is a great tool for boosting cookie sales. If a girl is 13 or older, she can post about cookies to social media channels herself, otherwise a parent will have to help. We have some great graphics that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to help you tell your social media contacts that you can put them in touch with a Cookie Boss! Just be sure to follow the guidelines on the Girl Scouts Internet Safety pledge and Safety Activity Checkpoints.

And, with the new Digital Cookie platform, it’s easier than ever for friends and relatives that live far away to support your cookie sales. Cookies can be ordered online and shipped directly to the customer, wherever they live.

Think Outside the Box

Encourage your girls to get creative and come up with fun and new ways to market their cookie sales. Hand out recipes that use Girl Scout Cookies to customers to encourage them to buy one more box. Make flyers to give to customers that explain each girl’s cookie goals and how they will use their cookie proceeds, along with information on how they can buy more cookies. Have a mobile cookie booth (ex. selling from a cart, wagon or sled) or organize a neighborhood blitz with a “Cookie Caravan.” The possibilities are endless!

Our Pinterest page is filled fun and easy ideas for boosting your troop’s sales—and helping your girls learn marketing and creativity skills at the same time!