Thursday, September 17, 2020

Is that Take Action project award-winning?

Every day, Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania are making the world a better place through meaningful Take Action projects. Now, these girls have a chance to be honored for their hard work by applying for the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Girls Scouts in grades 5-12 can apply online at Application Certifications should be emailed to GSWPA by Nov. 10, 2020, to Be sure to use Prudential Award in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and one or more Girl Scouts will be selected to represent our council in the state-level judging by Nov. 20, 2020.

Top state-level honorees will receive special recognition from Prudential; the top high school and middle school volunteers will receive silver medallions, $1,000 awards, and an all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital for several days of national recognition events. State-level winners will be announced Feb. 9, 2021. The top 10 youth volunteers for 2021 will be announced at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May 2021. National Honorees will receive an additional $5,000, engraved Gold medallions, trophies for their school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a charitable nonprofit organization of his or her choice.

For more information, please visit or call 877-525-8491 if you need a paper application.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Ready for a wild time at GSWPA Zoo Day

>> Register now for GSWPA Zoo Day

Girl Scouts are taking over the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on September 12—a day packed full of fun activities with your favorite animals and special, Girl Scout-only experiences.

Important notes:

  • In order to social distance, we will have timed entries.  Please do not arrive any earlier than your registered time.  Also, to assist in maintaining social distance, we will NOT be accepting any walk-ins this year and there will not be any photographers with the Giraffe.
  • Face masks will be required for all participants who attend any Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania events. Face masks are to be worn in both indoor and outdoor locations. This state mandate will apply to individuals over the age of 2
  • Events will following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all attendees will need to stay at least six feet away from others and practice everyday safety steps such as washing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes.

All Girl Scouts will receive 10% off merchandise in all Zoo gift shops. Please wear your Girl Scout uniform or shirt! This discount does not apply to already discounted items, rentals, or media.

Are you a member of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium? If so, you are eligible for a discounted rate of $1 per person for Girl Scout Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. You must submit this form in advance!

There will be NO walk-In registrations this year, so register in advance!

Event Schedule

Garden Tent 10 a.m.–2 p.m.—Meet several small animal ambassadors from the Education Department. Bring your camera!

Special Feedings and Activities

  • PPG Aquarium 10:30 a.m.—Penguin feeding
  • PPG Aquarium 11 a.m.—Divers in the Open Ocean...with a special message for Girl Scouts!
  • Kids Kingdom 11:30 a.m.—Sealion feeding—See Smiley, our newest sea lion pup born on June 10, 2020!
  • Water’s Edge Noon—Polar bears feeding (in the water)
  • Water’s Edge 12:30 p.m.—Sea otter feeding
  • Water’s Edge 1 p.m.—Northern elephant seal feeding
  • Water’s Edge 3 p.m.—Sea otter feeding
  • Kids Kingdom 3:30 p.m.—Sealion feeding—See Smiley, our newest sea lion pup born on June 10, 2020!

Enrichment Activities (treats and toys for the animals)

See if you can spot the Girl Scout Cookie boxes! (Cookie boxes are filled with apples and carrots—not cookies.)

  • African Savanna 10:30 a.m.—Elephant enrichment
  • Gorilla Overlook 11 a.m.—Gorilla enrichment
  • Cheetahs 11:30 a.m.—Cheetah enrichment & Meet the keeper
  • The Islands 1:30 p.m.—Visayan warty pigs enrichment
  • The Islands 2 p.m.—Clouded leopard enrichment & Meet the Keeper
  • Gorilla Overlook 2:30 p.m.—Gorilla enrichment

>> Register now for GSWPA Zoo Day