Thursday, July 26, 2018

Girl Scouts invited to special screening of Christopher Robin

**ALL PASSES FOR THE FREE MOVIE SCREENING OF CHRISTOPHER ROBIN HAVE BEEN CLAIMED AT THIS TIME.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) members are invited to a free screening of Disney's Christopher Robin at AMC Waterfront in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 31!

Christopher Robin
Tuesday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, catch a free screening of Christopher Robin at AMC Waterfront in Pittsburgh. Register for up to 4 free movie passes online. Once you register, you'll be redirected to a page where you can print your passes. A link to print the tickets will also be sent to the email you used to create your account. Please have your pass ready to show at the door.

In this heartwarming live action adventure, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Woods has grown up and lost sight of what’s important in life. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasure in life once again. Christopher Robin will be released in theaters August 3, 2018.

The first 100 attendees to arrive with their pass will be admitted. Please arrive early for the best seating options.

Girls are encouraged to wear their uniforms since this is a special screening for GSWPA Girl Scouts! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lake Erie Duathlon 5K descriptions

The Lake Erie Duathlon is a scenic course on beautiful Presque Isle State Park consisting of a 5K run, a 20K bike, followed by another 5K run.

Signs and volunteers will be at every turnaround to help you stay on course.

Each leg of the race begins and ends at Beach 11.

Below are the descriptions of the 5K courses.

If you have any questions, please contact lshade@gswpa.org. See you at the Du!

First 5K: Perry Monument

Participants will run NW from the starting line on the main Beach 11 parking lot access road to Presque Isle Drive (PID). They will turn left at PID towards the Perry Monument and will run on the multi-purpose path. They will stay on the multi-purpose path all the way to the Perry Monument area. They will run past the first entry way to Perry Monument to the second entrance and then turn left to cross over to the multi-purpose path that runs along the bay shore. They will follow this path that will lead them to the Perry Monument obelisk where they will run counter clockwise around this moated exhibit before exiting that area on the large concrete sidewalk that passes in front of the restrooms in that area. Upon exiting the sidewalk end they will bear left on the roadway (NOT right through the parking lot) that will lead them out to PID where they will turn right and head back over the bridge towards Beach 11. They will turn right on the Beach 11 parking lot access road and proceed to the first paved/tar and chip isle on the left and turn left. Shortly thereafter is the finish line (white paint across isle).

Starting Line: The starting line has moved beginning in 2015 to the main access road that leads back to the pavilion and then on to the Coast Guard Station. The actual starting line is between the third and fourth parking isle from the south end of the parking lot down near the pavilion. A pink starting line is painted across the entrance lane.

Mile 1: Located about 1/10th of a mile before mile marker 2 (see below) and about 20 before a red fire hydrant on the west side of the roadway. The exact spot is marked with one large dot of PINK paint on the white paint line that separates the roadway from the multipurpose path.

Mile 2: Located on the return trip from Perry Monument near the bottom of the bridge “hill”. It is about 25 feet before the end of the bridge guard rail that is right of the multi-purpose path. The exact spot is marked with two large dots of PINK paint on the white paint line that separates the roadway from the multipurpose path.

Mile 3: Located just before (35 ft) the right turn off PID to the Beach 11 parking lot access road. The exact spot is marked with three large dots of PINK paint on the white paint line that separates the roadway from the multipurpose path.

Finish Line to Transition Area: After entering the Beach 11 parking lot access road and proceeding to the first paved/tar and chip isle on the left they turn left into transition area.



Bike course: one counterclockwise loop of Presque Isle State Park.

Next: The Pines 5K

Participants will start the second 5k upon exiting the transition area on the east end of the transition area – white start line on roadway. They will bear left going out of the lot and then turn left on to “Coast Guard Drive” and proceed to PID. They will turn right onto the multi-purpose and proceed to the turnaround point that is located in the Pine Tree Area just beyond the 8.2 painted mile marker on the multi-purpose path. The participants do a 180 turn and retrace their path using the multi-purpose path back to “Coast Guard Drive”. A left turn there and then back to the entrance to the parking lot where they started. Straight ahead to the finish line (pink line) that is adjacent to a wooden fence on the left and about 30 ft before a parking lot road/lane on the left.

Start: Located at the east end of the transition area and doted by a white line across the roadway.

Mile 1: Located in the sunset beach area and only a few feet from the 7.7 painted mile marker on the multi-purpose path. The exact spot is marked with one large dot of PINK paint on the white paint line that separates the roadway from the multipurpose path.

Turnaround Point: Located in the Pine Tree Area between multi=purpose path mile marker 8.2 and 8.3 (closer to 8.2). The exact spot is marked with 10” high “T” painted in pink along the right edge of the multi-purpose path.

Mile 2: Located in the sunset beach area and only about 25 feet from the 7.8 painted mile marker on the multi-purpose path. The exact spot is marked with two large dots of PINK paint on the white paint line that separates the roadway from the multipurpose path.

Mile 3: Located on “Coast Guard Drive” about 80 ft before reaching a dirt access road on the right. The exact spot is marked with three large dots of PINK paint on the right side of the roadway. This is the only mile marker not painted on a white roadway painted line – because there was no white paint lines on this roadway.

Finish line: It is located adjacent to a wooden fence on the left and about 30 ft before a parking lot road/lane on the left. A pink finish line is painted across the left lane.


Lake Erie Duathlon: Important race day deets!

The Lake Erie Duathlon is just around the corner!

Please read the race details below carefully. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Shade at lshade@gswpa.org.

Packet pickup—Since timing chips are only available for pickup on race day, we are not having an early packet pickup.

Your premiums and timing chips are available beginning at 6 a.m. at Beach 11 on the morning of the race, Sunday, August 5. 


Race day
START
Pre-race instructions will be announced 15 minutes prior to race start.
While our race uses chip timing, it’s a gun start, so please make sure you are ready to go by our 7 a.m. start time.
Leave ample time to arrive at Beach 11, which is toward the eastern tip of Presque Isle State Park. The speed limit at the park is 25 mph, so it can take up to 20 minutes to reach the Beach 11 parking lot depending on traffic.

TRANSITION AREA
Please note, you are not permitted to ride your bike within the marked transition area. Volunteers will alert you to when you can mount/dismount your bike. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE WEARING HELMETS PRIOR TO EXITING THE TRANSITION AREA.
Relay teams:
Bikers wait in designated place for runners within the transition area (bikes remain on racks).
Runners enter transition area, then transfer chip to biker (chips are on a strap). Biker can then retrieve bike from rack and walk to start. After doing one loop, biker dismounts at entrance to transition area, places bike on rack, and transfers chip to runner waiting in designated space within the transition area.

THE COURSE

First 5K
Runners start at beach 11 and head west on the multi-purpose trail (paved surface) past the Perry Monument to the turnaround, then return to the Beach 11 transition area. The entire course is on the multipurpose trail. Please be alert for the turn into Beach 11. Volunteers will be there to guide you.
View a detailed description of the 5K courses.

20K Bike—one loop of Presque Isle State Park
Please remain in the right hand lane the entire loop. Crossing into the other lane may result in disqualification.
The turnaround is near the Beach 1 bathhouse, then you head back to Beach 11. Please be alert for the turn into Beach 11. Volunteers will be there to guide you.
Cyclists must wear an ANSI-approved helmets during the entire bike segment of the race
The race course will not be completely closed to automobile, pedestrian or bicycle traffic.
Participants must be alert at all times.
NO drafting.

Second 5K
Runners exit the east side of the transition area and head north on the multipurpose trail (paved surface) toward Beach 10 to turnaround, then back to Beach 11 for the finish. Please be alert for the turn into Beach 11. Volunteers will be there to guide you to the finish.
View a detailed description of the 5K courses.

Water
Water is located in the transition area and at the first mile of the second 5K. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

GSWPA Girl Scout prepares for trip of a lifetime

Lizzie Foster of Harrisville has been selected to represent Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania on the upcoming Student Conservation all-Girl Scout project crew in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State.

We are excited to announce that GSWPA Ambassador Lizzie Foster, 16, has been selected to participate in the all-Girl Scout crew with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State.

Lizzie attends Slippery Rock Area High School, and she is currently in her thirteenth year of Girl Scouting. Lizzie is a member of GSWPA Troop 20462, which serves the Slippery Rock and Harrisville areas.

“As soon as I heard about the opportunity, I said yes,” said Lizzie. “I knew I wanted to do it right away.”

The project crew will be made up of eight girls who will travel to the Olympic National Forest for two weeks from July 29-August 11, during which they will complete environmental service projects and learn about ecology and preserving habitats. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Girl Scouts from these councils to expand leadership skills and practical knowledge of the environment.

“With my history as a Girl Scout,” said Virginia Foster, Lizzie’s mother and troop leader, “and living so close to resources like Jennings Environmental Education Center, Moraine State Park, and McConnell’s Mill State Park, our troop has worked on many service projects focused on environmental science and conservation.” 

Entering her junior year at Slippery Rock Area High School, Lizzie enjoys backpacking and camping with her Girl Scout troop and her family, which she has been doing since she was a small child. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and conservation and has participated in several local camps and projects that focused on these topics. After graduating high school, Lizzie plans on attending college to earn her Master of Science in parks and resource management.

Both Lizzie and Virginia are getting excited for the trip and working on packing lists and paperwork. GSWPA will stay in touch with Lizzie on her upcoming adventure, so we can continue to support our sister Girl Scout as she takes off on the awesome opportunity!

This crew and Lizzie’s participation have been made possible by a generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Get the chocolate! National S'mores Day celebrations happening Aug. 9 & 10



Few sweet treats are as beloved as the campfire staple, the s'more. And no one knows s'mores like Girl Scouts! Not only have these gooey, chocolaty creations been enjoyed at Girl Scout camps for generations, but the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in an official Girl Scouts publication from 1927.

All K-12 girls and their families are invited to these celebrations throughout Western Pennsylvania. At these events, attendees can make tasty s’mores, enjoy fun activities, and learn more about Girl Scouts and our mission of building courage, confidence, and character in girls.

Girls who participate will get a free National S'mores Day patch if they're registered for the 2018-19 Girl Scout year or if they register to join Girl Scouts at the event! Council staff or members of local Service Units will be on hand at the National S’mores Day events to help girls renew or sign up. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are also invited to attend.

Know someone who is interested in joining Girl Scouts? Girls can bring a friend to a National S’mores Day celebration to show her all the fun she can have as a Girl Scout. Your Girl Scout will receive a special Make S’more Friends patch if her friend signs up at the event.

Check out these GSWPA National S'mores Day celebrations that are being held council-wide!


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Early bird incentive winners announced

You know what they say: “The early bird gets the worm!”

 GSWPA is thankful for our Early Birds who renewed their Girl Scout memberships between April 1 and June 15. They will receive exclusive Power of G.I.R.L. patches!

In addition, some very lucky girls, troops and service units will receive great prizes and incentives for their early renewal.

The following girls renewed before April 10 and received a complimentary GSWPA-sponsored activity of their choice in 2019 (to include their parent/guardian.)

  • Emma Dirocco 
  • Mackenzie Felouzis 
  • Katt Neill 
  • Sydney Kerekes 
  • Serena Elbel 
  • Macie Kindler-Matthews 

The following girls renewed before June 15 and were randomly selected to win tickets to local entertainment and sporting events:

  • Riley Patton – Washington Wild Things 
  • Julia Teagarden – Washington Wild Things 
  • Paige Masci – Washington Wild Things 
  • Rachel Friday – Washington Wild Things 
  • Kendra Popiesh – Washington Wild Things 
  • Savanna Fink – Phipps Conservatory 
  • Charlotte Boyle – Altoona Curve 
  • Izabella Guaglianone – Clearfield County Fair 
  • Rylee Karnes – Heinz History Center 
  • Audrey Royer – Erie Seawolves 
  • Autumn Hunt – Woodsman Show 

Also, congratulations to the following service units who had at least 50 percent of their girls renew. They will receive 25 cents per renewed girl for their service unit ACH account:

  • 1603-Scrimshaw 
  • 1631-RNR 
  • 1640-980/Freedom 
  • 2632-Petroleum Valley 
  • 2660-Cameron County 
  • 3641-Mercer 
  • 4654-Forest Hills 
  • 5207-Tingoocquia 
  • 5808-Baldwin/Whitehall 

In addition to the winners listed above, there are even more!

  • 500 girls and 50 troop leaders received $10 shop coupons.
  • 10 troops that renewed at 100% received $50 for their troop account. 
  • The first 105 troops that had at least two leaders renew their membership and role will receive $25 for their troop ACH account. 
  • 10 first-year troop leaders will receive a staff-led meeting with volunteers and girls to help build an annual activity plan for the 2019 membership year. These troops will also receive badges for one badge they plan to earn in the 2019 year. 


 All incentive winners were sent notification via email that they (or their troops) have been selected.

Haven't renewed your membership yet? You can still renew for another year of AMAZING Girl Scout experiences. Renew today.