Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Save the date! Upcoming badge days with Penn State University campuses

This fall, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is excited to continue our partnership with Penn State University (PSU) to offer innovative programs to Girl Scouts throughout our council.

Because of their expertise, Girl Scouts experience unique activities and introductions to interesting subjects, which make these annual PSU program days incredibly popular events for GSWPA Girl Scouts.

"We're so grateful to these PSU campuses for offering their skills, knowledge, and facilities for the benefit of our Girl Scouts," says Tia Vaught, GSWPA Girl Experience Specialist. "These campuses are equipped with all of the resources that really make these program days special for the girls."

While some event details are still being determined, please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events! This blog and links will be updated as more information becomes available.

3rd Annual Girl Scout Penn State STEM Badge Day

October 26, 2019
Location: Penn State Behrend

On October 26 at Penn State Behrend, girls will experience a fun STEM-filled day and can choose several badges to earn in the areas of STEM and business.  Badge options and registration will be available soon. Mark your calendars and visit GSWPA Activities for more information and registration when it is available.

Penn State Badge Day

November 2, 2019
Location: Penn State Shenango

On November 2, Girl Scouts will benefit from working with Penn State faculty and students to earn badges and Journeys. Specific programming is still being determined. Mark your calendars and visit GSWPA Activities for  more information and registration when it is available.

Girl Scout Day is almost here, and it's 'giraffing' us wild!

All Girl Scouts will receive this special
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium patch. 
The Girl Scouts are taking over the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on September 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.! GSWPA and zoo staff have planned a day packed full of fun activities with your favorite animals and special Girl Scout-only experiences. Register now!

Important notes:
  • All Girl Scouts receive 10% off merchandise in all zoo gift shops when you wear your Girl Scout uniform or shirt. Discount does not apply to already discounted items, rentals, or media.
  • Are you a member of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium? If so, you are eligible for a discounted rate of $1 per person for Girl Scout Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. You must submit this form in advance!
  • This is a rain or shine event. Girls must attend with a troop or parent/guardian.
  • Advanced registration deadline is 09-11-19.
  • Day of registration will be $15 for all participants.
  • If you have a child that is 2-3 years old, please call Customer Care at 1-800-248-3355 to register them.

Schedule of  Events

Admissions Plaza:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration
PNC Pavilion:
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Girl Scout Travel Shop
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Girl Scout displays and SWAPS table


Lion Overlook:
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Examine tiger fur, an elephant tusk, and a rhino horn to learn more about endangered species.
Working Wild Classroom:
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more about clouded leopards and take the pledge to save the rain forest.


Giraffe Overlook: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Special giraffe photos (Must be in line by 12:15 p.m.)
Education Complex: 11 a.m. - Noon & 1-2 p.m.
Monarch Madness · Learn about the monarch butterfly and tag a monarch! Tagging activity is for Girl Scouts only, while supplies last. And, meet animal ambassadors. Bring your cameras!


Water’s Edge:
11 a.m. Polar bear feeding (in the water)
12:30 p.m. Sea otter feeding
1 p.m. Northern elephant seal feeding
Kids Kingdom:
1:30 p.m. Beaver feeding · See the beaver kits (born May 30) swimming in their exhibit

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY (Treats and toys for the animals)

African Savanna:
11 a.m. Elephant enrichment

The Islands
11:30 a.m. Clouded leopard enrichment & Meet the Keeper
Gorilla Overlook:
Noon Gorilla enrichment
The Islands
1:30 p.m. Visayan warty pigs enrichment