Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Girl Scouts donate Cookies to local military units through Operation: Sweet Appreciation

Every year, customers help Girl Scouts from GSWPA send delicious Girl Scout Cookies to our U.S. military active duty and veteran service member organizations by donating to Operation: Sweet Appreciation.

The local Pennsylvania National Guard Family Program was one of those organizations to receive donated Girl Scout Cookies.

Recently, two units that were mobilizing for several weeks of training received Girl Scout Cookies donated through the program.

Those units were the Pennsylvania National Guard Cambridge Springs Readiness Center, Crawford County Bravo Company 1/112th who were heading to Louisiana, and the UA Army Reserve Center, Franklin, Venango County 298th Transportation Company heading to New Jersey.
Dorothy Staub, the Family Assistant Center Specialist for the Pennsylvania National Guard Family Program, helped GSWPA in delivering donated cookies to these units. "I sincerely appreciate being able to facilitate the delivery of smiles to the faces of these service members on behalf of western Pennsylvania Girl Scouts." Dorothy said. "Thank you to all who included us, and were involved in making this happen."

ROTC Cadet Brennon Miller and Dorothy Staub 
Donations are currently closed for the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie program, but you can donate tasty snacks to our military in the fall through the MagNut Program!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Council's Own Badge for Cadettes celebrates local historical figure

Rachel Carson
A new badge is available through Girl Scout Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) for Girl Scouts in middle school that celebrates an important local historical figure.

Rachel Carson was a prolific biologist, writer, and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement – and she was born and raised right here in western Pennsylvania!

The Rachel Carson badge encourages girls to get outside and teaches girls about conservation and environmental stewardship.

Through the work to earn the badge, girls can explore the outdoors, learn how to study environmental health through hands-on science, and discover ways to quantitatively find out their own environmental impact.

Download the badge requirements to get your Cadettes started on this unique program.

As part of our generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the first 1,000 girls who earn the badge will receive it for free. Details on receiving the badge will be available soon. Watch our website for updates!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A note from Ranger Greg

My youngest daughter Emily was just a baby when I first started working for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania as the ranger at Camp Hawthorne Ridge in Girard.

 I remember taking Emily, her two sisters, and two brothers down the Falk Run gorge to explore the creek. I carried her in the baby backpack on the way down, and on the steep climb up, I had to carry my second youngest, Sarah, in my arms. Now, my girls have grown into confident individuals, and they don't need their father to carry them anymore. Instead, I watch proudly as they forge their own paths.

My family has called Camp Hawthorne Ridge home for many years now, but campers and visitors who only spend a few days - or even a few hours - here can experience the deep peace that only nature can provide.

My daughters enjoy camp all year, and so can you.

As a father of daughters, I recognize that every girl deserves and needs time to unplug, find balance, and take in Erie County's uniquely beautiful natural surroundings. When Girl Scouts are hiking, learning archery, or snowshoeing at Camp Hawthorne Ridge, they are also building life skills. They grow more confident in themselves, stretch their limits, and encourage one another in all they do.
We need your support to keep Camp Hawthorne Ridge an affordable and welcoming place for our daughters and our Girl Scouts to call their own. Will you join me?

Tuesday, August 8 is Erie Gives Day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Your donation to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania at www.eriegives.org will help me keep Camp Hawthorne Ridge's buildings and grounds safe and maintained for Girl Scouts and community members to enjoy year-round.

It costs about $200,000 to run this camp each year. To keep the camp experience in reach for all families, we look to the generosity of community members like you. You not only help us to keep camp open year after year, you make sure that our camp is accessible to every Girl Scout, even those whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

My hope for my children, especially my daughters, is that their experiences at Camp Hawthorne Ridge have given them the skills and abilities they need to empower themselves, and the strength and confidence to know that they are important, and what they're doing is worthwhile. I want every Girl Scout who visits Camp Hawthorne Ridge to leave more confident and ready to achieve her goals.

Tell all our daughters and Girl Scouts that the world is theirs to explore and that they deserve a camp to call their own through your gift on Erie Gives Day.

With thanks,
Greg Kirschner
Ranger, Camp Hawthorne Ridge

P.S. If you can’t wait to make a difference in the life of a Girl Scout, click here to make a direct gift to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania now.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Save the Date for Erie Gives!

Please remember Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 8 during Erie Gives Day. 

Your donation to GSWPA at www.eriegives.org will help keep Camp Hawthorne Ridge's buildings and grounds safe, maintained, and affordable for Girl Scouts and community members to enjoy all year-round.

Plus, every donation will receive a generous partial match from the Erie Community Foundation!

Camp and outdoor programming is not only fun, it:
  • provides real-world STEM experience; 
  • fosters an appreciation and respect for our environmental resources; and 
  • enables Girl Scouts to grow their confidence as they learn new skills. 
Can't wait? Click here to support Camp Hawthorne Ridge now.

Thank you for your support!