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

*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 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