Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Camp announcement promises to make a big splash!

Sample of a splash pad from
See Camp Elliott's splash pad take shape on Facebook.
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Camp Elliott will have a fun new feature that’s unlike any other at Girl Scout camp.

Drum roll, please…

A splash pad is coming to Camp Elliott!

What’s a splash pad you ask? It’s a great way to cool off with tons of fun features like a sun spray, misting hoop and water cannons. Girls and adults of all ages will enjoy cooling off and splashing with friends at Camp Elliott, located in Volant (just west of Grove City).

Follow the progress of turning an old pool into an amazing new part of camp on Facebook as the new splash pad is constructed. Here are a few fun facts about your brand new splash pad:
  • The following features are planned to be included: sun spray, giant umbrella, water dump bucket, two water cannons, misting hoop, two spray pumps and several recessed spray nozzles. 
  • There is no lifeguard needed to use the splash pad. Seating and shade areas will be available for adults while supervising. 
Sample of a splash pad from
See Camp Elliott's splash pad take shape on Facebook.
If you have any questions please contact Karla Schell at or 800-248-3355. See you this summer at Camp Elliott!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bring A Buddy contest winner announced!

Emily Ruggieri, a Brownie Girl Scout who brought a buddy to camp this summer, is the winner of the Bring a Buddy camp contest!

Not only did Emily connect another Girl Scout with all the fun and adventure camp offers, she also won a free week of camp for this summer! Her buddy gets a free week at the same session! 

Congratulations, Emily!

Check out Emily's video and learn about why she wanted to share Girl Scout camp with a new friend:

Girls can gain self-confidence and a free patch through 'Free Being Me'

Did you know that six out of 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about the way they look?
GSUSA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) are teaming up with Dove to address that issue by launching the Free Being Me campaign, a global leadership program designed to give girls a safe space to strengthen their self-confidence.
Girls ages 7-14 use the It's Your Story, Tell It! Journeys, along with the Free Being Me curriculum, to explore issues of beauty and body confidence and build their leadership skills. 

Girls who complete the Free Being Me activities and a Take Action project receive a Free Being Me patch! The program and offer expires March 31, so get started today! 

Here's how to participate: 

  • Download the program curriculum on the Free Being Me website
  • Then, request your patches by contacting Holly Barrett, Girl Event Coordinator, at, or 800-248-3355. This offer expires March 31, 2016.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Gold standard: Women share their stories of earning the highest award
Emily Nadik
As part of our celebration of the Gold Award 100th anniversary, we're sharing stories of women--from the business community, council staff, GSWPA volunteers and our own Girl Scouts--who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Today we're featuring an interview with Emily Nadik, GSWPA grants coordinator.

  • What are some of the lessons you’ve learned through Girl Scouting and earning the highest award?
    • Some of the lessons I've learned during my numerous years as a Girl Scout include, of course, being prepared, as well as how to assume leadership and ownership in things that I do and wish to accomplish. I realized many things were processes and you had to follow them through until their completion. Earning the Gold Award taught me that hard work and involvement is fulfilling and very well worth it to achieve your goals. The amount of opportunities to take action and lead an activity definitely helped develop my leadership skills.
  • What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
    • Girl Scouts was and continues to be a huge part of my life. (Since kindergarten I participated in at least one Girl Scouts activity a week. From cookie sales, to volunteering at the geriatric center, to the countless badges and projects, MagNut sales, and overnighters and camping, Girl Scouts was a constant.) Everything that I did with Girl Scouts definitely helped me grow into the person I am today. I'm more courageous and confident, and have developed my character because of Girl Scout program.
  • Has earning the highest award helped you in your career?
    • The amount of responsibility and dedication that is required to complete the Gold Award has definitely helped me in my career. One of the main components of the Gold Award is time management. I've learned how to budget my time and prioritize.
  • Can you provide a brief summary of your Gold Award project?
    • For my Gold Award, I created Reading Literacy Packs for the Child Development class at my school. My overall goal for this project was to encourage reading at a young age with family for a small portion of the day. Each child in the class received a personalized bag (which I sewed and created) filled with age-appropriate books and activities. When I distributed the packs to the class, the children were so excited to have something with their name on it and could not wait to take it home. Through parental evaluation forms, the feedback was phenomenal. The parents stated that they were reading with their children and that the children were so excited to sit with their parents and read. Having an impact on these children made me feel like I truly made a difference!

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