Friday, October 20, 2017

Important Troop MagNut News



Important Dates and To-Dos

Monday Oct. 23 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for troops to enter girls in-person nut and candy orders.

Nut Promise ordering will close Oct 23.

Online sales continue through Nov. 17. There is still time for new or late-starting troops or girls to participate!

NOW: Log on to UNIFY to get familiar with the system. Don't wait until the last minute!
Oct. 23: Last day for customers to place a Nut Promise order.
Oct. 23: Deadline for troops to enter nut and candy orders in UNIFY.
Nov. 3: Submit paper magazine orders and Reach Out booklets to Service Unit MagNut Manager.
Nov. 17: Last day for customers to submit online orders.
Week of Nov. 13: Nuts and candies delivered.


Log-in now to UNIFY, the new MagNut
management system. There is no Nut-E. 
Please do not wait until the last day!

Here’s how:

Review the Troop MagNut training series on the MagNut Program and UNIFY.
  • Refer to your MagNut Troop Guide or contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager for additional help .
  • Login to UNIFY by visiting this link and clicking the Cat Button.
  • Volunteers, parents, and girls can login using same email and password from Fall 2016 from the Online QSP site.

Other tasks (see below for details)
  • Troops can now add girls to UNIFY
  • Opting out of recognitions is open only to Junior level and above.
  • Recognition selection – you can pre-select girls' recognitions. She may have additional online sales prior to recognition lock out on Nov. 21.
  • If you accidentally submit your order before you are ready, please contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager. They can un-submit your troop until Wednesday, Oct. 25.
    • If you forget to submit, don’t worry! GSWPA will take care of that!

To add a girl to UNIFY:
  • Verify her 2018 membership is in process.
  • Click Manage Orders on the menu.
  • Click Add Girl.
  • Enter all required fields. Enter the parent's email. Do not use your email.
  • Click Save.

If a girl has transferred to another troop (or into your troop):

Opt-Out of Recognitions option
Daisy and Brownie Troops, as well as multi-level troops with Daisy and Brownie members, are not eligible for the additional proceeds/opt-out option. No check box will be available.
If your multi-level/other troop is Junior level and above and would like to opt-out, please contact Customer Care at 800-248-3355.

Eligible troops:
  • Check the Without Rewards on the Manage Order page
  • Complete the Opt-out Agreement

Paper Magazines
  • For each girl, enter the quantity and dollar amount of in-person magazines.
  • Review each subscription for accuracy and completeness.
  • Complete the Troop Magazine Summary form 
  • Submit white and yellow copies to the Service Unit MagNut Manager by Nov 3.

Submitting the Troops Nut and Candy Order
  • Enter all girls in-person nuts and candy, as well as quantity and total dollars for the in-person magazines and more, into UNIFY.
  • NUT Promises – These will automatically populate to the girl's in-person order. 
    • Suggestion: Verify that the girl did not include those orders on the order card by checking the customers names and order that will appear in the Girl Delivered compartment in the bottom center of the girl’s order page in UNIFY and/or verifying with the parent.
Girl Recognitions 
  • Troop MagNut Managers can enter girl recognitions in UNIFY now! We recommend entering them as soon as possible to save time later. 
  • Just pre-select each girl's recognition choices based on their Parent Permission Forms. As orders are entered, the recognitions will automatically be ordered.
Online Sales 
Online ordering continues until Nov. 17 so there's still plenty of time for girls to collect online orders from friends and family! Remember, the girls' online sales automatically populate in UNIFY, although it may take 24 hours. 

Encourage parents to register their Girl Scout to participate in Online Sales and send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase nuts, candy, magazines, photo keepsakes, candles, tumblers, and more. They can access the site by visiting gswpa.org/magnut and click on the cat button. 

What if a girl has ONLINE SALES that are not showing on UNIFY ? 
Orders can take 24 hours to post. If it has been longer, please contact Customer Care 800-248-3355 and provide the girls name and current troop number. Don't worry - these orders are not affected by the Oct 23 troop lockout.

My Creation 
Remind girls to register online to create their own My Creation Cat. If they have $200 in Online Sales by Nov. 17 their Cat design will become their own custom MY Creation Cat Patch. 

Troop MagNut Managers  you too can design your own MY Creation Cat, and if the troop has $700 in online sales, you also will earn your MY Creation Patch.


Questions? Contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager for help.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Opportunities await for older girls

Girl Scouts offers a world of experiences for teens! Whether you like to get your hands dirty, explore nature, get creative, or travel, there's an adventure waiting just for you!

🚘 Car Care
Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 - 4 p.m.
GSWPA Kittaning Office
Level: Senior, Ambassador-
Registration deadline: Oct. 20

Get ready to get your hands dirty! In an afternoon, Seniors and Ambassadors will learn the basics of car maintenance, including checking and replacing fluids and changing windshield wiper blades. Girls will also investigate vehicle safety, learn what to do in case of an emergency, and explore ways to drive efficiently.

Learn more >>


🌺 Create with Phipps
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Pittsburgh
Level: Senior
Registration deadline: Oct. 27

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens welcomes Seniors to earn their Outdoor Art Expert and Sky badges. Come explore the gardens and venture through the conservatory to capture the art of nature. Get a chance to create nature inspired music and investigate the science of the skies. Girls will also have the opportunity to explore Phipps on their own after the program.


🎃 Glass Blowing
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 - 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Registration deadline: Nov. 10

Calling Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors! Join the professionals at Pittsburgh Glass Center and try your hand at the art of glass blowing. Real pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and so do the ones you'll create in this workshop. Gather, color, shape and blow glass to create a pumpkin that you'll want to display all year long. This session will also include a tour of the Pittsburgh Glass Center facilities and gallery. All girls will receive a glass blowing patch as well.


🗺 GSWPA takes on Washington DC!
Friday, Jun. 22 - Sunday, Jun. 24
Washington, DC
Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Registration deadline: Feb. 28

Join us for a whirlwind weekend of travel and fun! We'll be going to our nation's capital and visiting all the must see locations including some with a special Girl Scout twist. Girls can lay a wreath at the Mount Vernon mansion, earn a special Girl Scout history patch, dance the night away on a dinner cruise, and see all the classic DC sights including the monuments, memorials, and Arlington National Cemetery just to name a few. Bus transportation, hotel accommodations and a majority of meals are included.

Other points of interest for this trip include the Holocaust Museum (pending availability), the Air and Space Museum, pictures in front of the Capitol Building and the White House, and visits to the major memorials including Vietnam War, Korean War, WWII, F.D.R., Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials. 




Friday, October 13, 2017

MagNut News

There is still a week left for girls to take in-person orders!

There is no more Nut-E! GSWPA is participating in the 2017 MagNut system pilot program UNIFY. The Nut-E and the QSP online store have been combined into one website, UNIFY, in which the all MagNut program orders are to be entered and recorded. Thank you all for your patience as we are all learning this new system.

Important Dates and To-Dos
Now: Log on to UNIFY to get familiar with the system. Don't wait until the last minute!
Oct. 23: Deadline for troops to enter nut and candy orders in UNIFY.
Nov. 3: Submit paper magazine orders and Reach Out booklets to Service Unit MagNut Manager.
Nov. 17: Last day for customers to submit online orders.
Week of Nov. 13: Nuts and candies delivered.

First Steps

Personal Online Sales Site
Troop leaders are now able to enter girls into UNIFY! 

Adding girls to UNIFY 

While we will continue to upload girls registered for 2018, some girls may have submitted paper registration forms that have not been processed yet.

To add a girl to UNIFY:
  • Click Manage Orders on the menu.
  • Click Add Girl.
  • Enter all required fields.
    • Enter the parents email - do not use your email. 
  • Click Save.
If a girl has transferred to another troop (or into your troop):


Choosing Your Proceeds Plan

  • There is a check box on the Manage Order page for troops registered as Junior level and above.
  • If your troop is listed as Multi-Level or Other this option is not available. 
  • If your Multi-level/Other troop is Junior level and above and would like to opt out, please contact Customer Care.
Note: Daisy and Brownie Troops, as well as multi-level troops with Daisy and Brownie members, are not eligible for the additional proceeds/opt out option. No check box will be available.


Recognition Selection 

NOTE: Currently, the programmers are working on the Rewards feature and Reward Selection is currently not available for all troops. Don’t panic, rewards selection deadline is not until Nov. 21. This hiccup should be fixed very shortly!

Troops will then be able to select girls' recognition choices on the Manage Order page-Reward Selection. Remember, UNIFY will auto select patches and levels where there is no choice of recognitions. After the recognition lockout, the Rewards Summary will be available for reference.

Banking Information 

If you are a new troop or have changed banks or signers, a new ACH/Banking Information Form needs to be submitted by November 23.
  • You are currently unable to view your banking information.
  • Troop banking information has not been uploaded into UNIFY as of today.
  • We will notify troops via this newsletter once we have uploaded banking information.
  • Banking information will appear on the Financials Tab after the upload.

Nut Promises

Nut Promises are a great option for girls to engage customers for in-person nut and candy orders, but through email. In a nutshell, a Nut Promise is an online order that’s girl delivered. When sending emails to potential customers from their online account, girls can select which emails will include the Nut Promise option by checking the peanut icon. So, if Aunt Juliette lives in Alaska and the girl won’t see her soon, she wouldn’t check the peanut icon because Alaska’s pretty far to deliver.


CHANGE FOR THIS YEAR: 
  • Nut Promises placed by customers online are automatically ordered and should not be written on the girl’s order card.
  • These orders are visible on the Girl Dashboard under the Order Summary tab. These Nut Promise orders will be delivered with the troop’s order. 
  • Girls are responsible for delivering the promised order to the customer and collecting the money/payment. 
  • Because customers place their promise online, Nut Promise orders count toward online proceeds and recognitions, including the MyPatchCreation™ personalized patch.
Remember! The last day for customers to place an online Nut Promise order is Monday, Oct. 23 (lockout 11:59 p.m.).


Questions? Contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager for help. Or Customer Care at 1-800-248-3355.



Friday, October 6, 2017

MagNut News for Troops!



We hope your 2017 MagNut season is off to a great start!
Read on for answers to your questions, important dates and more!

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) is participating in the 2017 MagNut system pilot program-giving families and volunteers one site to manage the entire Fall Product Program!

There is no more Nut-E! Nut-E and the QSP online store have been combined into one website called UNIFY. This unified ordering system is where all the MagNut program orders are entered and recorded.

Volunteers, parents/girls can login using same email and password from Fall 2016 from the Online QSP site.

Important Dates and To-Dos 

Now: Log on to UNIFY to get familiar with the system. Don't wait 'til the last minute! 
Oct. 23: Deadline for troops to enter nut and candy order in UNIFY. 
Nov 3: Submit paper magazine orders and Reach Out booklets to Service Unit MagNut Manager.
Nov. 17: Last day for customers to submit online orders.
Week of Nov. 13: Nuts and candies delivered.

First Steps

Review the Troop MagNut Manager Training Series on the MagNut Program and UNIFY.
Remember, you can also refer to your MagNut Troop Guide or contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager. You can find additional resources on www.gswpa.org/magnut.

Login to UNIFY now or go to www.gswpa.org/magnut and click on the cat.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why am I unable to add girls to UNIFY?
Troops are currently locked from entering girls, GSWPA is uploading registered girls on a continuing basis. At a date to be determined after mid- October, we will allow troops access to add girls that are in the paper registration process. Stay tuned to this newsletter for that date!

A girl is not appearing in my troop in UNIFY?
Verify that she is registered for 2018.
If she just registered it will take a few days for us to upload her.
If the girl has been registered for longer than a few days, contact Customer Care 800-248-3355, noting what girl(s) to be added along with the troop number.

What if a girl has transferred to another troop (or into my troop)? How do I get her transferred?
Verify that she has a 2018 membership registration. Please complete the Member Information Update Form to update her troop.

What happens if a girl is showing in UNIFY but has no GS ID number?
It's OK! Girls are linked to their online sales site by troop number and name.

What do I do if a girl appears twice in UNIFY but with different Online IDs?
Click the pencil icon to view the email address associated with the girl then verify with the parent which is the correct email address and contact Customer Care. Verify that there are no online orders associated with the email address to be deleted.

How do I indicate in UNIFY that my troop will Opt -out of recognitions?
There is a check box on the Manage Order page. If your troop is listed as Multi-level or Other this option is not available. If your Multi-level/Other troop is Junior level and above and would like to opt out please contact Customer Care to request Product Sales assistance.

When does my ACH form need to be completed?
If you are a new troop or have changed banks or signers a new ACH/Banking Information Form needs to be submitted by November 23. 

Where can I find MagNut forms? (Proceeds opt-out, Magazine Summary, ACH, etc.)
Visit our MagNut resources online and you'll see them listed under Forms and Resources.   
 
Nut Promises

Nut Promises are a great option for girls to engage customers for in-person nut and candy orders, but through email. In a nutshell, a Nut Promise is an online order that’s girl delivered. When sending emails to potential customers from their online account, girls can select which emails will include the Nut Promise option by checking the peanut icon. 

So, if Aunt Juliette lives in Alaska and the girl won’t see her soon, she wouldn’t check the peanut icon because Alaska’s pretty far to deliver.

CHANGE FOR THIS YEAR:      
  • Nut Promises placed by customers online are automatically ordered and should NOT be written on the girl’s order card.
  • These orders are visible on the Girl Dashboard in the box titled Online Orders – Girl Delivered.
  • These Nut Promise orders will be delivered with the troop’s order. Girls are responsible for delivering the promised order to the customer and collecting the money/payment.
Remember! The last day for customers to place an online Nut Promise order is Monday, Oct. 23 (lockout 11:59 p.m.).

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

Questions? Contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager for help. 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Discounted 'Disney on Ice' group tickets available for GSWPA members

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before! Disney On Ice presents Frozen!, Friday, Nov. 3 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania members can take advantage of a special discounted group ticket price of $12.50.* Plus, each Girl Scout in attendance will receive a special Disney on Ice commemorative patch.

For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 412-804-7904 or email groupsales@ppgpaintsarena.com.

*A 15-ticket minimum is required to qualify for the discount. Good on select performances. Restrictions and exclusions may apply. Subject to availability. Offer expires 10/27/17.


About Disney on Ice
Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy StoryFinding DoryThe Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Make your own Mr. Rogers' Sweater SWAPS


Congratulations to Sarah Wasageshik! Her SWAPS design garnered the most likes in our Facebook contest, so Mr. Rogers' Sweater is the official council SWAPS for the Girl Scouts National Convention! They're the perfect SWAPS to share with new friends!

So whether you are heading to Convention or just want a new idea for your next event, download the directions and printables and make SWAPS that are unique to western Pennsylvania!

What are SWAPS?
Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with the Girl Scouts they meet while traveling. These little gifts are called ”SWAPS,” which stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MagNut is here to help fund the fun!


We're happy to kick off our annual MagNut Program on Oct. 1!

MagNut, which stands for magazines, nuts and candy, is a great way to help your Girl Scout fund the fun she'll have this year. Whether she's in a troop or an Indie Girl Scout, she can participate online, in-person (or both!) to reach her goals. The more ways she participates, the more funds she has for her Girl Scout adventures!

Here is a quick guide to getting started with MagNut!

For Troop Leaders:
Troop leaders will receive a launch email Oct. 1 to invite them to access UNIFY, our new MagNut management system. UNIFY replaces Nut-E.

Contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager or check out the online Troop Resources for helpful training videos on both MagNut and UNIFY.

For Girls:
Customers can order or renew magazines, and choose from an amazing lineup of great snacks featuring two new tins that are perfect for gifts or just to enjoy. New this year: Candles, tumblers, and organic veggies with additional yummy nut and candy items available online. See what's new and exclusive.

Choose the selling options that work best for you:

  • Online: Activate your Girl Scout's personal online sales site and work with her to set her goals and email friends and family. Share her page on Facebook to ask friends and family far and wide to renew magazines or buy great holiday gifts. Or, text a shopping link, too! Girls can take online orders through Nov. 17. Girls who registered for the MagNut Online program last year will a receive a launch email Oct. 1!
  • In Person: Take the traditional route and help your Girl Scout go door-to-door in your neighborhood, ask friends where you worship and family to help her reach her goal. (Payment for magazines is due when ordered. Nuts & candy payments are collected when she delivers the product.) Submit your in-person orders no later than Oct. 23 to your troop. Product will be delivered the week of Nov. 13.
  • Both: Mix it up and ask a few neighbors in person, connect with Grandma in another state through Facebook, and text your BFF. 
  • Reach Out Booklet: Earn $2 for your troop from each completed booklet, including names and addresses. How easy is that?!
  • Operation: Sweet Appreciation: Through this amazing program, girls ask customers to donate honey roasted peanuts to the military at home and overseas. Operation: Sweet Appreciation can be part of in-person orders. Online ordering is also available but doesn't count toward any girl recognitions.
How do we start? It's as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Make sure to renew your Girl Scout's membership so you don't miss a minute of fun.
  2. Connect with your troop leader (Service Unit MagNut Manager for Indies) for your girl's MagNut packet. Check out our Resources for Product Sellers to help you along the way. Girls can also earn great recognitions.
  3. Activate your Girl Scout's personal online sales site.
Important Dates:
  • MagNut begins: Oct. 1
  • In-person orders and Reach Out Booklets due: Oct. 23
  • Nuts and candy delivered: Week of Nov. 14
  • Last day for online orders: Nov. 18
Have any questions about the MagNut Program? Let us know by emailing customercare@gswpa.org or calling 800-248-3355. We're happy to help! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Give the gift of Girl Scouting to a deserving child

As part of the largest leadership development organization for girls in the world, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) is committed to delivering fun and relevant experiences where Girl Scouts can stretch their limits, discover their strengths, and pursue their dreams.

To keep Girl Scouting in reach for all families, we are in urgent need of your help.

Will you join us to help make Girl Scouting accessible to all girls, even those whose families are experiencing financial hardship?

Last year, the Family Partnership helped us provide financial assistance to more than 900 Girl Scouts spanning every county we serve. Their families are at or near the poverty line or have experienced hardship, and could not otherwise afford Girl Scouting.

Family Partnership donors helped provide much-needed aid for annual membership dues, resident camp, and council-sponsored programs for these deserving girls. Learn more about our financial assistance program.

As you know, membership dues go to Girl Scouts of the USA to support our movement nationwide, but every dollar of your additional donation stays local and helps provide much-needed support for us to serve our region’s Girl Scouts.

Give the gift of Girl Scouting to a deserving child. Your donation of any size to the Family Partnership Campaign by September 30 will help a girl in need for our upcoming Girl Scout membership year.

Here’s how you can help!
  1. Donation at Checkout - Please consider a donation at checkout when you purchase or renew a Girl Scout membership.
  2. Gift Online - You can make a secure one-time donation online anytime. 
  3. Gift by Check - Checks can be made payable to GSWPA, with a memo “Family Partnership” and mailed to: Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, attn. Fund Development, 30 Isabella Street, Suite 107, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Girls invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Award

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc


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 a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/socThis unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 115,000 middle and high school students--including thousands of Girl Scouts-at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in April 2018.

Girl Scouts in grades 5-12 can apply online at spirit.prudential.com. Applications must be submitted to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania by November 7, 2017 by emailing it to customercare@gswpa.org with the subject line, Prudential Award.

We will then review applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Camp Creepy needs your creativity!

We need your help to make Camp Creepy spooktacular! We're looking for adult volunteers and Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops to help out at our three Camp Creepy events:
Oct. 14 at Redwing, Oct. 21 at Hawthorne Ridge, and Oct. 28 at Camp Conshatawba.

Troops in grades 6-12 can plan and host an activity or station, and adults are also needed to help with registration, food and more. Volunteers will receive dinner and free lodging for Saturday evening after Camp Creepy.

We will be having a volunteer meetings on the following dates for each Camp Creepy.

Camp Creepy – Redwing – Monday, September 11, 2017, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Mary Lodge--We still need volunteers at Redwing, even if you couldn't attend the meeting!

Camp Creepy – Hawthorne Ridge – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Hall

Camp Creepy – Conshatawba – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Memory Lodge

If you are unable to attend the meeting at the camp you wish to volunteer, please contact Amber Peretin at aperetin@gswpa.org for Camp Creepy Redwing and Camp Creepy Conshatawba. For Camp Creepy Hawthorne Ridge, please contact Dana Young at dyoung@gswpa.org. You may also call Customer Care at 1-800-248-3355.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at one of our volunteer meetings!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Troop Leaders: A few to-dos to kick off an awesome Girl Scout year!



The summer is winding down and school is back in session, which means another year of Girl Scout fun is ahead! Here are a few things you need to do as a troop leader to make sure you're ready for all the awesome adventures that await.

Make sure you’ve renewed your membership. Keep the Girl Scout party going! If you haven't already, take a few minutes renew your membership so you can get started on your plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year! And please be sure all girls in your troop are also renewed before Oct. 1.

Get fired up at a Fall Kickoff. Learn about the resources available to help you plan an awesome Girl Scout year, ask questions, and exchange ideas with other troop leaders and volunteers at these events happening in September and October. Find one near you.

Update your troop information. Please help us make sure our troop opportunity catalog information is up-to-date, so that we can help connect more girls to Girl Scouting! Whether you have open spots in your troop, or are no longer accepting new members, please fill out the Troop Opportunity Catalog andInformation Update Form with your current troop information. 

Set up your Volunteer Toolkit. If you aren’t currently using the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to plan your Girl Scout activities, you’re missing out on this super helpful tool! This web app, which is accessible from any device, makes it easy for troop leaders to get the most out of every troop or group meeting and places everything you need in one easy to access place. 

Already using the VTK? Just a reminder that last year’s plans have been moved to the new VTK Archive, so they are viewable but no longer editable. If you’ve renewed your membership and Troop Leader role for next year, a brand new 2017 Year Plan will be pushed to the main screen you see when you open the toolkit.

Gear up to head out. Planning any outdoor activities this year? Be sure to check out the newly updated Safety Activity Checkpoints, and register for an upcoming Outdoor Skills Training if you haven’t yet completed one. 

And, be sure to check out this new collection of online videos to help you introduce girls to the joys of the great outdoors, covering everything from campsite setup to camp cookery. 

Fund the fun with MagNut. The Cookie Program is still a few months away, and there’s a lot of fun stuff to do right now! Build up your troop’s funds at the beginning of the year through the MagNut Program. Find out how the MagNut Program can help your troop shine!

As always, we're here to support you! Reach out by calling 800-248-3355 or email customercare@gswpa.org.

Have a great Girl Scout year!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Going to Girl Scout Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo? Check out this awesome schedule of fun!

The Girl Scouts are taking over the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on September 10! GSWPA and zoo staff have planned a day packed full of fun activities with your favorite animals and special Girl Scout-only experiences. Get ready for a wild time!

EVENTS:


Admissions Plaza:

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Registration and cell phone recycling drop off.

PNC Pavilion: 

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Zoo education activity station
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Girl Scout Travel Shop. Stop by to see the selection of Girl Scout accessories and novelties.
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Girl Scout displays and SWAP table.

Dino Exhibit: 

  • 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.   FREE to Girl Scouts! The dino exhibit is located near the Education Complex. Please wear your Girl Scout uniform or shirt.


TOUCH TABLES AND PRESENTATIONS:

Lion Overlook: 

  • 10 a.m. - Noon Examine tiger fur, an elephant tusk, and a rhino horn to learn more about these endangered species.

Safari Amphitheater: 

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Meet some of the education ambassador animals.
Gorilla Overlook: 
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Stop by the gorilla overlook for an up-close look at primate biofacts and learn how recycling your old cell phone can help gorillas.


GIRL SCOUT ONLY EVENTS:

Giraffe Overlook: 

  • 11 a.m. - Noon Special giraffe photos. Please wear your Girl Scout uniform or shirt.

PNC Pavilion: 

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Polar Bear Mascot

Education Complex: 

  • 1:30 - 2 p.m.  Join Director of Animal Health, Dr. Ginger Sturgeon to hear about a day in the life of a Zoo Vet.  (Girl Scouts and their families only)
  • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Special animal show in the lecture hall. (Girl Scouts and their families only)


SPECIAL FEEDINGS:

Kids Kingdom: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.  Sea lion feeding

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY treats and toys for the animals

  • African Savanna: 11:30 a.m.  Elephant enrichment
  • Gorilla Overlook: Noon   Gorilla enrichment
  • The Islands: 1:30 p.m.  Visayan warty pigs
  • Jungle Odyssey: 1:45 p.m.   Pygmy hippo


Monday, August 21, 2017

Camps get creepy for annual Halloween celebrations!

It's time again for Girl Scouts' favorite Halloween happening: Camp Creepy!

Come to these annual festivals at three of our camps to enjoy Halloween-themed games, crafts and activity stations created and staffed by sister Girl Scouts. 

You’ll also go trick-or-treating, play glow-in-the-dark games, take a haunted hike, make s’mores and hear stories at the campfire.

The Girl Scout Shop will be open at each event from 5-8 p.m. for you to stock up on gear for the new school year.

Camp Creepy has three haunts this year:

All three camps offer family-friendly frights, suitable for children in grades K-12. Come as a troop or with family! Chaperoned siblings are also welcome. Plan to spend at least two to three hours to see everything. Registration costs $16 per girl (no adult fee). A meal option of a hot dog, chips and a drink is available for an additional $4 each.

Volunteers needed

We need your help to make Camp Creepy spooktacular! We're looking for adult volunteers and Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops to help out at our three Camp Creepy events.

Troops in grades 6-12 can plan and host an activity or station, and adults are also needed to help with registration, food and more. Volunteers will receive dinner and free lodging for Saturday evening after Camp Creepy.


Interested? Contact us at customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355