Friday, June 22, 2018

Why Girl Scouts?

Get to know the best leadership experience in the world for girls.
  • Girls-only. Everything we do is girl-led and girl-focused and takes place in the safe space of an all-girl environment.
  • Inclusive. We welcome girls of all backgrounds and interests who want to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. 
  • Proven. Our data-backed, time-tested programs are designed to meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best.
  • Leadership. We are the organization creating—through our skill-building Girl Scout Leadership Experience—the female leadership pipeline. The go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders of tomorrow. 
  • Safe. Our leaders, camp counselors, and volunteers are all thoroughly vetted and our safety record is impeccable.
  • Successful. Women who were Girl Scouts have more successful careers, higher household and personal income, and are better educated.
  • Adventure. Activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, and archery offer girls opportunities to have exciting, girl-led outdoor adventures while learning important skills that teach valuable life lessons, like self-reliance, leadership, and perseverance.  
Simply put, Girl Scouts works! For more information, visit

Friday, June 8, 2018

10% more thanks for soldiers

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 (OSA).

On behalf of everyone at GSWPA, from girls to volunteers and staff, we're so grateful for each donation received this year. OSA donations during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program increased by 4,588 packages from last year! Donations totaled 50,461 packages that each carry a super sweet message of thanks to U.S. military women and men.

Soldiers and veterans aren't the only ones who benefit from this initiative. Check out this video about why girls at GSWPA love participating in OSA:

Donations are currently closed for the 2018 Cookie Program, but you can donate tasty snacks to our military in the fall through the MagNut Program!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Last chance for camp!

It's not too late to sign up for Girl Scout camp! Maybe you just realized that summer break has begun, or maybe she doesn't have any plans yet—don't let her miss the opportunity to come to Girl Scout summer camp with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

There are camp programs for a variety of interests! From a traditional camp experience to building robots, there are adventures just waiting for your Girl Scout this summer.

We've listed some sessions that still have availability here, and you can check out all of the available camp programs at Camp ConshatawbaCamp Hawthorne Ridge, and Camp Skymeadow.


Outdoor Artist CORE (Lodge) 06-29-18
Me & My Gal- 4th of July Summer Bash (Lodge) 07-01-18 (NEW)
Spa Retreat 07-22-18 (NEW)
Me & My Guy- Messy Mayhem - Camp Conshatawba - 08-10-18

Hawthorne Ridge 

Back to the Basics CORE 07-13-18 
Slumber Party CORE (Lodge) 07-13-18 (NEW) 
Pony Party 2.0 07-22-18 (NEW) 
Hogwarts Summer School 07-22-18 (NEW) 
Me & My Guy- Messy Mayhem - Camp Hawthorne Ridge - 07-27-18 
Adventure Squad Camp Set Sail 07-29-18 (NEW) 


Pony Party (Introduction Level) 07-15-18 (NEW)
Horse Lovers --CORE 07-18-18 (NEW)
Skymeadow Sampler -- CORE 08-01-18 (NEW)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Do you want to make a difference at a national park this summer?

UPDATE: We are no longer taking applications for a GSWPA Girl Scout crew member. Stay tuned to meet this year's national crew!

Girl Scouts is partnering with The Student Conservation Association (SCA) to create an incredible opportunity for service-minded, outdoor-loving 15-18 year old Girl Scouts.

Join Girl Scouts from nine different states and put your skills to work improving our public lands as you enjoy the beauty of Olympic National Forest in Washington State.


Every summer, SCA brings teens together on two-to-five-week experiences to complete maintenance and restoration projects in national, regional, state, and local parks. Led by experienced adult leaders, SCA crews get to visit new places, camp with new friends, and enjoy nature as they conserve habitats and protect natural resources. Learn more about SCA’s National Crews.


If you love the outdoors and have a passion for service, this experience is for you! The Crew Experience will be an immersive outdoor experience. You will be camping, learning new outdoor skills, and spending most of your days outside. You will also be making a difference by completing a service project that will help future generations enjoy the park. Throughout the experience, you will be applying and learning new leadership skills and making lifelong connections with Girl Scouts from across the country. Find out what your daily Crew Experience will be like.

Katherine, a Girl Scout from Pittsburgh, was on the first all-Girl Scout crew at Shenandoah National Park in 2016.

For any girls that are thinking about doing this trip in the future, I definitely recommend this,” Katherine said. “I had so much fun and I made lifelong friends.” 

Check out Katherine’s video about her adventure on the crew:


  • Location: Olympic National Forest in Washington State 
  • Dates: July 29-August 11 
  • Projects: Restoring infrastructure in the park while enjoying nature and learning about public lands careers! 
  • Participants: 10 Girl Scouts, ages 15-18, from nine different states 


This is an experience, not an expense! Thanks to a generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, costs for 10 Girl Scouts to participate in this crew on the ground at Olympic are fully paid! There is no program fee for this experience. Your only costs to participate will be gear needed for your trip (i.e. sturdy boots, backpack, long work pants, etc.).  Gear rentals may be available from SCA for a small fee.


  • Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a commitment to give this experience everything you’ve got! 
  • Comfortable sleeping in a tent and spending time outside (no significant experience required – just a willingness to experience the outdoors!) 
  • You must be 15-18 years old at the time of the Crew (July, 29 2018) 
  • Be a registered Girl Scout with one of the following six councils: 
    • Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 
    • Girl Scouts of Alaska 
    • Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine 
    • Girl Scouts of Greater New York
    • Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan 
    • Girl Scouts of Black Diamond (West Virginia) 
    • Girl Scouts of Maine o Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming 


This is a competitive application, as there are only 10 total spaces for this experience. Tell us about who you are and why you would enjoy this opportunity.

Questions? Contact GSWPA Customer Care at 800-248-3355 or

Monday, June 4, 2018

New Girl Scout Elected to Participate on Board of Directors

Chianne Boburchock poses with her mother, Krystal Boburchock, at the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) Annual Meeting where Chianne was elected to the Girl Advisory Panel with GSWPA’s Board of Directors.
Chianne Boburchock, 16, was recently elected to serve on the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) Girl Advisory Panel at the council’s annual governance meeting in April. With three other Girl Scouts from the council on the panel, it is a leadership accomplishment to be elected to the Girl Advisory Panel.

Girl Scouts is a girl-centered organization, from troop meetings to board meetings. As a member of the panel, Boburchock will attend the GSWPA Board of Directors meetings to provide an important girl perspective during discussions. She will be a part of decision making for the GSWPA council, which is made up of nearly 21,000 girl members, 11,000 adult members, close to 100 full-time staff spread across 27 counties of western Pennsylvania.

This is not Boburchock’s first time representing her Girl Scout council. In October 2017, she was asked to serve as a national delegate for GSWPA at the National Girl Scout Convention in Columbus, which occurs every three years. Boburchock participated in the National Board of Directors election other votes that would shape the next three years of the Girl Scout Movement across the country. Boburchock has also served as a local GSWPA delegate for the last two years representing Somerset area.

Boburchock has recently begun working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award achievement in Girl Scouting. She has been a dedicated Girl Scout for 11 years. Boburchock is also a program aide at her local Girl Scout day camp and is a member of GSWPA’s Camp Conshatawba’s Outdoor Club.

Boburchock is in tenth grade at Somerset Area High School and lives in Friedens, and in addition to Girl Scouting, Boburchock is active in her community and school.