Thursday, October 1, 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Dottie Neal, the lucky winner of two tickets to see the Pittsburgh Penguins face-off against the Minnesota Wild on November 17!

Dottie's name was randomly drawn from all registered attendees of the Kick-Off Celebrations throughout our council. Dottie attended the Kick-Off at Camp Conshatawba.

Have fun at the game!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stock up on Girl Scout gear with specials from the shop!

Get ready to rock the latest Girl Scout merchandise when you stock up at our shop's sales and celebrations. Mark your calendars!

Happy birthday JGL!
Celebrate our Founder during Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday Month. Enjoy free shipping for online orders of $75 or more Oct. 29-31 at

Super Saturdays
Shop extended hours and receive a free gift with your $50 purchase on Oct. 3 and 17 from 9 a.m. until noon in Beaver, Edinboro, Greensburg, Kittanning, Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Click here for addresses and directions to our council shops.

Open House
Get your shopping started early at our Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21 at all shop locations, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Browse the new holiday merchandise and enjoy special savings. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive 15% off your entire order (some exclusions apply), or receive a free Food Drive Fun Patch if you are a Girl Scout Daisy-Ambassador making a donation. (Girl must be present to receive patch.)

Fun is in store
The new virtual fall fun patch catalog is available now. Check it out to start planning your troop's fun adventures!

Scare up some cool gear
Stop by the trading post during Camp Creepy events this month. We’ll have Camp merchandise and all your other favorite Girl Scout items!

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's MagNut Time!

The 2015 MagNut Program is officially off and running!
This program helps girls set and achieve goals at the beginning of the Girl Scout year by selling magazines, photo keepsakes, nuts and candy. All of the products sold through MagNut make fantastic stocking stuffers and holiday gifts for family, friends, teachers, neighbors and anyone else on your list!

What's so special about the MagNut Program? 
  • Troops can earn revenue to start their Girl Scout year before the Cookie Program. 
  • Girls can earn Girl Scout Bucks, which double in value when used toward any GSWPA sponsored camp in 2016. That's double the fun!  
  • MagNut proceeds subsidize programs and services for our members and maintain our nine beautiful camps. 
  • Girls gain first-hand business experience and learn important skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
How can my Girl Scout participate?

The MagNut Program is flexible, so your Girl Scout can participate as much or as little as you'd like. Just remember, the more ways you participate, the more funds to pay for awesome Girl Scout adventures! 
Girls/troops may choose to participate in any or all of the following options:
  • Nuts & candy: in-person and/or online
  • Magazines: in-person and/or online
  • Photo keepsakes: online only
  • Reach Out Booklet
Customers can choose from:
New! Girl Scout Tote Tin
with Mint Treasures

  • 25 different nut & candy items (16 on paper form plus nine additional items available online only) ranging in price from $6 to $8;
  • Five nut & candy corporate gifts (online only);
  • Hundreds of popular magazine titles;
  • and one-of-a-kind photo keepsake creations (online only).
All of these items make perfect gifts for teachers, family, friends and neighbors!

Don't forget Operation: Sweet Appreciation! 

This is a simple way for customers to say thank you to our military men and women by sending them Honey Roasted Peanuts for $6 per can. Donations can be made on the nut and candy order card or online at

How do we get started?
  1. Make sure your membership is renewed so you don't miss a minute of fun.
  2.  If you haven't already, get your MagNut packet from your Troop MagNut Manager. Registered Girl Scouts can take in-person orders now through Oct. 25.
  3. Selling online? If you haven't already registered your Girl Scout for online sales, click on the button below to get started. If you need help getting the site set up, this training presentation will walk you through it.
  4. Share the link to your Girl Scout's personalized site with friends and family and continue taking online orders through Nov. 18.

Questions? Contact your Troop MagNut Manager or email for help.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Join the fun and register for Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) is inviting girls in northwestern Pennsylvania to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts!

Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round.

To join Girl Scouts or learn more, please visit: or attend a Family Information Night near you:

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

St. Vincent Foundation invites Girl Scouts to deck the hall!

Sign your troop up today to decorate a tree at the 2015 Festival of Trees, an annual holiday event, which will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Visitors will view your uniquely decorated tree(s), browse the professionally decorated trees in the main gallery, visit Santa’s Castle, take part in interactive events for children and enjoy a host of local entertainment from the area’s top performers. The 2015 Festival of Trees will benefit both the Saint Vincent Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Here are some important details about decorating a tree at this year’s event:
  • Troops who sign up to decorate a tree must supply all of their own decorations, including a tree skirt. 
  • Trees are pre-lit, so no lights are necessary. Trees are 7.5-foot slim trees. Decorated trees must not be higher than 12 feet. 
  • A sign displaying your troop number is recommended. 
  • Trees may be decorated on-site Sunday, November 22 from 3-9 p.m. and on Monday, November 23 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
  • Tear down at the close of Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 29. 
  • Due to the limited amount of trees available to Girl Scouts, sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Please note: All supplies, set-up, removal of decorations are the responsibility of the troop who signs up to decorate a tree.

Please contact Lisa Shade at or 800-248-3355 to sign up your troop.

Happy New Girl Scout Year!

The new membership year is here! What's the best way to start? Make sure you're registered for another year of fun! 

Please follow the instructions below to register today.
If you run into any issues registering on or after Oct. 1, we're always here to help. Just email or call 800-248-3355 and we'll help you through the process.

How do I renew? 
Renewing is super easy! But just in case you need help, here are some instructions:
  1. Visit and click on the yellow 'MyGS' button in the top right corner of the screen. Log in with your username and password (Your username should be your email address; if you forget your password you can have it reset).   
  2. Click on "Member Community" and then choose a renewal option: To renew more than one person in your family, use the "Family Renewal" tab. To renew just yourself or a girl, use either "Adult Renewal" or "Girl Renewal."
  3. On the Renewal pages, you should see the Girl Scout members in your family/troop and all the troops/roles they are assigned to. If anything is missing, email or fill out the Contact Us form on our website to let us know what troops/roles are missing.   
  4. Click the "Renew" button on the memberships you'd like to renew, or click "Do Not Renew" for any troops/roles you will not be continuing in. Press Continue.   
  5. Continue through the process, which will ask you to pick a membership, fill out some personal information, and pay for your membership.  
Troop Leaders: After Sept. 30, only parents can renew girls in your troop.

All other volunteers (& parents too): You can also renew both your own and other family members through the Member Community. If you're just renewing one person, choose Adult or Girl renewal. You can choose to return to the same volunteer position or troop--or choose other ways to participate. Want to renew your whole family at once? Choose the Family Renewal option and pay with only one transaction! Simply choose the family members for membership and follow the instructions to complete payment.

In Individual and Family renewal, you can update your contact info so we can easily stay in touch. Even lifetime members can check their contact info each year even though purchasing a membership isn't needed.

Need more help? Download our Online Registration Instructions

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Bronze age: Girl Scout Juniors earn highest award

Girl Scouts in Washington County are working to make their world a better place while earning the Bronze Award!

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout in fourth and fifth grade can achieve.

To earn the award, Girl Scouts work together as a team to help make a lasting impact on the community.

Girl Scouts in Troop 51930 recently earned the Bronze Award through projects that helped make their corner of the world a better place.

Girl Scouts Kaitlyn, Marah and Lorah wanted to help their classmates deal with test anxiety as they prepared for the annual state assessment tests. Through their project—called “Less Stress for PSSAs”—they distributed gift bags to every fifth-grade student at Trinity East and Trinity North elementary schools. The bags contained stress balls the girls made, candy, test-taking tips and mints.

They also presented to each fifth grade classroom at both schools about coping with test anxiety. Posters they created featuring test-taking tips and positive messages were displayed throughout the school during the test weeks as well.

Girl Scouts Meg, Katelin, Meredith, Natalie focused their Bronze Award project on veterans through a variety of local efforts:
  • The girls held drives at local events to collect items for care packages for veterans.
  • They organized an event for the public that featured a keynote speech by a veteran. 
  • They wrote letters to veterans.
  • The girls helped the American Legion put American flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. 
  • They created 20 care packages for Meals on Wheels to distribute to veterans in their service area.
Girl Scouts’ service projects like these not only benefit the community, but the girls as well. The experience gives girls the confidence and the tools to help them become the citizens who will make a difference in the world.

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, and contribute to charities on a regular basis.

Girl Scouts are making a difference throughout Washington County. They keep the promise they make as Girl Scouts all year long, taking action to make the world a better place, one project at a time.