Wednesday, March 14, 2018

𝝿 Celebrating Pi Day with STEM in Girl Scouting 𝝿

Alexis Mandell hosted the Growing Girls'
"Roots" in STEM Science Fair on Sunday, March 4
at La Roche College in Pittsburgh as part of
her Gold Award Take Action project.   

Happy Pi Day! 

 Pi (Greek letter "𝝿") is the symbol used to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. This mathematical principle is celebrated every year on March 14—known as Pi Day.

And, of course we want to celebrate Pi Day by recognizing Girl Scouts who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Girls have a natural interest in STEM. They question how the world around them works and how they can contribute to making it a better place.

Alexis Mandell, an Ambassador Girl Scout from North Hills, makes a perfect example of this as she prepares to attend college to study neuroscience.

As part of her Gold Award Take Action project, Mandell decided to make her world a better place by encouraging younger girls to pursue their interest in these subjects.

Mandell sponsored a science fair for girls in grades 4-8, since this is the time when many girls lose interest in STEM. A total of 23 girls submitted their projects.

"My favorite thing was listening to each girl share what she did and what she learned and seeing the excitement and passion they had not, only for science, but sharing science with others," Mandell said.

For more information on Mandell's project, visit

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Camp S'more Flashlight Feature: The Arts and The Crafts

We all love a good arts and crafts project, but these GSWPA camps take a deeper dive into the broader world of the arts. Whether your creativity takes you to fashion art, culinary art, DIY décor, drawing, or theater and performance, there's a camp session that will help you express your artistry!

We’re shining our Flashlight Feature on the sessions below.

Theater Goers - Conshatawba
From creating scenery and applying stage makeup to acting the part, theater is full of chances for artistic exploration. How will you shine in the spotlight?
Girls Grades: 4-8
Dates: June 24-29 Sun.-Fri. (5 nights)
Cost: $350 per person

Doodlebugs - Hawthorne Ridge
Experiment with almost every medium - paint, clay, wood, plastic, and paper. Find your inner artist as you create, invent, mold, make, recycle or sculpt.
Girls Grades: 2-5
Dates: July 29-August 3 Sun.-Fri. (5 nights)
Cost: $350 per person

DIY Experts - Conshatawba
Do it yourself, Girl Scout! Try your hand at all kinds of fun decor projects like crayon melting on canvas and life hacks that will keep you organized and fashionable.
Girls Grades: 9-12
Dates: July 15-20 Sun.-Fri. (5 nights)
Cost: $350 per person

 2018 Camp S’more magazine is a great place to read more about each camp session, as well as look over the many other opportunities for your Girl Scout to find her artistic passion. Check it out!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Let's celebrate our planet!

While Earth Day will be celebrated in nearly 200 countries this year, did you know that the tradition began in the United States in 1970? The annual event, founded by United States Senator  Gaylord Nelson, focused on the concept of peace and honoring the Earth.

It's in a Girl Scout's DNA to see the Earth as our home. From learning about endangered wildlife to developing creative recycling projects or while working toward a grade-level award, girls are always focused on care, conservation, and responsibility to our planet.

GSWPA is excited to host our first-ever Earth Day Festival (see details below), but here are some other ways to celebrate with your troop. Let's all celebrate the beauty and wonder of our planet this Earth Day!


  1. Brush up on your environmental knowledge. Instead of focusing on the whole world, turn your focus to the world around you! Learn about local plant species that are going extinct, the health of a nearby body of water, or the impact of fracking in your area. 
  2. Brainstorm Earth-friendly service projects that would improve your community. Make plans to work on the project during the spring.
  3. Create an Earth Day craft as you learn about the environment. Check out our Pinterest board for project ideas like an herb garden or Earth play dough.
  4. Tell friends and family about what you've learned about your local environment and ways that we can help the planet.
  5. Celebrate at GSWPA's Earth Day Festival! Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is hosting a brand new, full-filled Earth Day Festival at GSWPA Camp Redwing on Saturday, April 21. It's going to be an event that Mother Nature herself wouldn't want to miss! Check out details about the event below!


Girl Scouts of all levels will visit different booths to learn about our planet and ways to protect it, interact with adoptable animals from the Butler Humane Society, and participate in crafts like a recycled art projects and exploding seed bombs to complete requirements from the following badges:
  • Daisy: Outdoor Art Maker
  • Brownie: Outdoor Art Creator, Outdoor Adventurer, Pets
  • Junior: Animal Habitats, Flowers, Gardener, Jeweler, Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Cadette: Outdoor Art Apprentice, Trees
  • Senior: Outdoor Art Expert, Textile Artist, Voice for Animals
  • Ambassador: Outdoor Art Master, Water

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Girl Scout Week: March 11-17

Yay—Girl Scout Week is just around the corner! We are so excited for this special time of year when Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate and show the world what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™

Girl Scouting was founded on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Juliette gathered 18 girls from her cousin’s school and broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with so-called disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

In Girl Scouting, we set this week aside, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, to celebrate our history and spiritual beliefs. Download the calendar above for ideas for celebrating all week long! Check out our Girl Scout Week Pinterest board for a collection of fun activities.

And if you're attending your place of worship on Girl Scout Sunday, download and print these Girl Scout Sunday handouts and bulletin inserts to help spread the word about Girl Scouting and faith.

Make sure you share your fun photos from the week on our Facebook page!