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Vol. 4, Issue 2 • spring/summer 2012

what’s inside: 100th Anniversary, page 2 S’more Fun Events, page 5 Register Online! page 36 Discover Volunteerism, page 41 Gold Awardees, page 50

100th Anniversary Grand Celebration Pittsburgh, Aug. 17-19, 2012

The 100th Anniversary Grand Celebration will take place in the city of Pittsburgh, Friday, Aug. 17-Sunday Aug. 19, 2012. Early Bird Registration ends May 15, 2012. For just $5, paid registrants will receive a fabulous Patch Bracelet unique to GSWPA. This bracelet is your ticket to the Opening Ceremony, the large-scale Bridging Ceremony, Exhibits, the Forever Green Take Action Project, the Faith-based Celebration and the Time Capsule Photo Booth. After May 15, the cost increases to $10 per participant, so register early! There is a separate fee for participation in the parade, some Program Partner events, buses and housing. These costs, as well as a detailed information packet, can be found at gswpa.org/100th-anniversary/grand-celebration.

Friday, Aug. 17 6-9 p.m. ����������������������������Opening Ceremony at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center will include a flag ceremony in partnership with members of our various Armed Forces.

Saturday, Aug. 18 9:45 a.m.-noon ������������Parade officially begins along Grant Street. Parade participants will pay an extra $3 safety fee, and those with floats will pay an additional $30 safety fee. 1-4 p.m. �����������������������������Grand Wyndham Pittsburgh hosts over 100 exhibitors. 5 p.m. ����������������������������������Bridging ceremony on one of Pittsburgh’s famous bridges.

Sunday, Aug. 19 11 a.m.-1 p.m. �����������������Forever Green will take place in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Look for many environmental partners to set up booths as well as a number of activities in which our girls will be active participants. 1:30-3:30 p.m. ��������������The Interfaith Celebration at the Convention Center will feature our GSWPA Choir. The celebration will focus on the similarities of religions (i.e. light, care of the Earth, care of one another).

Time Capsule

Throughout the weekend, be a part of our Time Capsule by having your photo taken holding a white board with your answer to the question, “What is your wish for the next 100 years of Girl Scouting?”

Extras

Be sure to take advantage of events sponsored on Saturday afternoon by our Program Partners, the Heinz History Center, the Carnegie Science Center and Point Park University. Details of each event are on our website, but space is limited so sign up early! There are various housing choices, including downtown hotels, camps, the Children’s Museum, and Heinz History Center and Carnegie Science Center slumber parties. All pricing is available at gswpa.org/ 100th-anniversary/grand-celebration. Buses will be available from Altoona, Johnstown and Edinboro.

Volunteers

Check out pg. 41 of this issue for information on the Volunteer Hospitality Area at our Grand Celebration!

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100th Anniversary Girl Choir

Do you have the voice of a superstar? Sign up to sing in our 100th Anniversary Girl Choir at the Interfaith Service on Sunday, Aug. 19 during the Grand Celebration. All grade levels are welcome and no auditions are necessary! Please note: There will be several rehearsals. Contact Kylie Dunmire at 800-248-3355 ext 1302 or kdunmire@gswpa.org for more information.

Seeking Singing Superstars: “I Want to Rock the Mall” Contest

As part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, Girl Scouts is hosting the “I Want to Rock the Mall” YouTube contest, sponsored by K12 Inc. The winner will dazzle the stage with a live performance in front of hundreds of thousands at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along in Washington, D.C., on June 9! Plus, she’ll be introduced to and share a stage with American Idol finalist and Girl Scout alumna Thia Megia. To enter, write an original song expressing what it’s like to be a Girl Scout today and record your performance of it. Post it at www.youtube.com/GSRocktheMall by April 20. The top 10 entries will receive recognition at the event and a Girl Scouts Rock the Mall T-shirt. The first place winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform. Contestants must be a registered Girl Scout in grades K-12. For more information, visit www.gscnc.org/youtubecontest.html.

Pennsylvania Girl Scout Tree Planting Initiative

In May 2012, the three Girl Scout councils in Pennsylvania will join forces to plant 10,000 trees statewide. Every registered Girl Scout will have the opportunity to plant and tend a sapling in honor of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. Trees planted in Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s jurisdiction will not only honor this momentous milestone in Girl Scout history, but will also help contribute toward the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s goal of planting 1 million trees by 2020! The trees, three-year-old Eastern White Pine and Eastern Hemlock saplings from Musser Forests in Indiana County, will be available for pick up and planting between May 18-27. Deadline to reserve tree(s) is March 15.

TREE PICK UP SITES:

• Fri. May 18—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Offices • Sat. May 19—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Shops For more information, contact astengel@gswpa.org.

As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we salute our year-long sponsors*. These partners have left their legacy and will impact the next 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Platinum

• GEICO • UPMC Health Plan

Gold

• Pittsburgh Magazine • Point Park University

Bronze

• Knepper Press • Pittsburgh Business Times Supporters

Photos Needed!

• BNY Mellon • Comcast • Duquesne Light • PPG Industries

We are collecting photos of individuals, groups and award ceremonies from everyone in western PA who achieved the highest rank in Girl Scouting! This includes the Gold Award (1980-present), First Class Award (1963-1980), Curved Bar Award (1940-1963), First Class Rank (1938-1940), Golden Eaglet (1919-1939) and Golden Eagle of Merit (1916-1919). Please include names of those pictured and dates if you have them, or an estimated date if not. The photos will be featured at the Gold Award Luncheon during the Grand Celebration. Please scan and email your photos to bettysfolly@gmail.com, or mail them to 9111 Cromwell Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Include your email address for an acknowledgement of receipt, as well as your name and mailing address so that photos may be returned.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012, Girl Scouts was established to deliver quality, diverse programming designed to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

*Sponsors as of Feb. 16, 2012.

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Table of Contents Date Planner.............................................................................. 6 County Event Planner.............................................................11 Event Listings..................................................................... 13-32 Go Healthy!.......................................................................13 Gear Up! ............................................................................15 Get Creative!....................................................................18 Give Back!..........................................................................21 Grow Green!....................................................................24 Great Fun! ........................................................................ 27 Indie Girl Program Opportunities.....................................33 Camp Meetings.......................................................................34 GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses............................. 35 Registration Information.....................................................36 Event Registration Form...................................................... 37 Scholarship Application.......................................................39 Discover Volunteerism..........................................................41 Volunteer Spotlight................................................................43 Volunteering at Camp?.........................................................44 Adult Learning Opportunity Instructions......................45 T-shirt Design Contest..........................................................49 Gold Awardees & Annual Meeting................................... 50 GSWPA Shop News................................................................51

Many Girl Scouts choose to send cookies to U.S. troops overseas for their Gift of Caring project. Last year, GSWPA’s girls gave more than 42,000 boxes of cookies to the causes they chose to support through Gift of Caring. To read the appreciative words of the soldiers who received cookies from Girl Scouts in Western Pennsylvania, please visit gswpa.org/giftofcaring.

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Fun Events Whether you have been a Girl Scout for years or are new to Girl Scouting, research shows that girls benefit from a girlsonly environment, empowered by the leadership skills they gain by working together. Join us to participate in this year’s spring and summer S’more Fun events! This year’s listing is again organized by event type (descriptions below), as well as by county to help you identify the programs closest to you. Visit gswpa.org and click on “Calendar and Registration”. Date Planner, Pages 6-10: A quick glance of events arranged by grade level. Programs are listed by date and include the page number where you’ll get more detailed information. County Event Planner, Pages 11-12: Programs are listed alphabetically by county and include the page number where you’ll get more detailed information. Event Listing, Pages 13-32: Go Healthy! Pages 13-14: Learn about all aspects of a healthy lifestyle! Events that help girls “Go Healthy” provide experiences related to exercise, self-esteem, positive thinking, teamwork, healthcare skills and overall wellness. Gear Up! Pages 15-17: These activities provide science experiments and projects, exposure to careers in math and science, technical skill-building opportunities, training in math and finance, and experience with the gadgetry you’ll need to “tech” over. Get Creative! Pages 18-20: Select activities that focus on culture, diversity, history and art, including workshops that explore unique cultures, arts and crafts, and events that teach girls about history. Give Back! Pages 21-23: These opportunities help girls take action and make a difference in their communities. Any event that teaches about a community need or point of interest, and gives girls the chance to translate what they learn into action that will serve the community, may be found here. Grow Green! Pages 24-26: Environmental education and developing an appreciation for the outdoors are the hallmarks of this category’s events. Activities focus on learning about wildlife, gardening, interacting with plants and animals, discovering ways to protect the water, earth and air, enjoying outdoor adventures and more. Great Fun! Pages 27-32: These events and activities aren’t easily categorized in the sections above, but they offer unique experiences for leadership development, skill-building and just plain having fun! From spending the day at the shooting range to taking your family to a fun day at the mall, if it’s not listed elsewhere, you can probably find it here! Indie Girl Program Opportunities, Page 33: Check out our special programs just for Indie Girls (Individually Registered Girl Scouts). GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses, Page 35: Many of our events and activities take place at GSWPA offices and camps. Find the exact address for these locations here. 2012 S’more Fun Event Registration Instructions and Form, Pages 36-38: Everything you need to know to sign up for GSWPA programs!

Event Key

These symbols will appear throughout the event pages next to a program name. Overnights

Family

100th Anniversary

2012 Scholarship Application , Pages 39-40: Scholarships are available!

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is proud to feature our own girls, adult members and camp properties in this publication.

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Date Planner Date Planner

Daisies, Grades K-1 March:

Girl Scout Daisies, Grades K-1

17: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 24: Flower Design, pg 19 24: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 24: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 31: Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28

April:

2: Creative Art, pg 19 7: Star Party, pg 17 14: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 14: Get Out and Bird, pg 25 14: What Do You Call Home?, pg 25 15: National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 15: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 15: Amazing Adaptations, pg 15 16: Creative Art, pg 19 21: Nature Days, pg 25 21: Ballet FUNdamentals, pg 18 22: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 22: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 22: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 22: Butterfly Journeys, pg 26 22: Grow Your Garden, pg 21 23: Creative Art, pg 19 28: Mosaics, pg 19 28: A Day in the Life, pg 20 28: Nature Days, pg 25 28: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 28: Habitat Discovery, pg 24 28: SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19 29: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 29: Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20 29: Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day, pg 18 30: Creative Art, pg 19

May: 4: 5: 5: 5: 5:

Viva La Danse, pg 14 Cheer Spirit, pg 28 Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Nature Days, pg 25 How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 5: Ballet FUNdamentals, pg 18 6: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 6: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 12: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 12: Teddy Bear Picnic, pg 27 12: Nature Days, pg 25 12: A Story of Plants and Sisters, pg 25 18-20: 100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 19: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 19: Head in the Clouds, pg 13 19: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 19: Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 20: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 20: Grow Your Garden, pg 21

June:

2: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 2: Bubbleology, pg 17 9: Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 9: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 10: Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 16: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30 20: Prepare for Success, pg 21 24: Butterfly Journeys, pg 26 30: K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14

July:

7: Family Fly Fishing, pg 28 21: Fishing 101, pg 28 29: Grow Your Garden, pg 21 29: Luau, pg 28

August:

26: Grow Your Garden, pg 21

October:

7: Camp Roy Weller Reunion pg 32 13: Camp Creepy, pg 32 20: Camp Creepy, pg 32

November:

3: 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18

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March:

April:

2: Creative Art, pg 19 7: Star Party, pg 17 14: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 14: Get Out and Bird, pg 25 14: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 14: Girl Scout Day at Phipps, pg 24 14: What Do You Call Home?, pg 25 14: Timberdoodle Trot, pg 24 15: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 15: National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 15: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 15: Amazing Adaptations, pg 15 16: Creative Art, pg 19 21: Nature Days, pg 25 21: A Day at the Ranch, pg 26 21: Ballet FUNdamentals, pg 18 22: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 22: Horse Fan, pg 31 22: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 22: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 22: Grow Your Garden, pg 21 22: Introduction to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 23: Creative Art, pg 19 28: Wild, Wonderful Water, pg 24 28: Mosaics, pg 19 28: A Day in the Life, pg 20 28: Nature Days, pg 25 28: Make Me a Princess, pg 31

28: SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19 29: Horse Fan, pg 31 29: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 29: Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20 29: Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day, pg 18 30: Creative Art, pg 19

May:

4: Viva La Danse, pg 14 4-5: Wonders of Water, pg 26 5: Cheer Spirit, pg 28 5: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 5: Thirsty Anyone? Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 5: Little Neshannock Stables Brownie Tour, pg 29 5: Nature Days, pg 25 5: How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 5: Ballet FUNdamentals, pg 18 6: Horse Fan, pg 31 6: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 6: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 12: Nature Days, pg 25 12: A Story of Plants and Sisters, pg 25 12: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 18-20: 100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 19: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 19: Girl Scout Ways, pg 29 19: Head in the Clouds, pg 13 19: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 19: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 19: Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 20: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 20: Victorian Tea Party, pg 27 20: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 20: Grow Your Garden, pg 21

June:

2: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 2: Salamander Safari, pg 24 2: Bubbleology, pg 17 3: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 9: Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 9: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 9: Wonders of Wetlands, pg 25 9: Penny Power, pg 15 10: Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 16: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30 20: Prepare for Success, pg 21 30: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 30: K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14

July:

7: Family Fly Fishing, pg 28 21: Fishing 101, pg 28 29: Grow Your Garden, pg 21 29: Luau, pg 28

August:

4: Intro to Canoe, pg 13 26: Grow Your Garden, pg 21

October:

7: Camp Roy Weller Reunion pg 32 13: Camp Creepy, pg 32 20: Camp Creepy, pg 32

November:

3: 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18

Girl Scout Brownies, Grades 2-3

17: Green Thumb Festival, pg 13 17: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 24: Flower Design, pg 19 24: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 24: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 31: Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28

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Brownies, Grades 2-3

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Juniors, Grades 4-5 March:

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Girl Scout Juniors, Grades 4-5

17: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 24: Flower Design, pg 19 24: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 24: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 24-25: Weller Whodunit, pg 32 31: Eggs-traordinary Geocaching, pg 15 31: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Career Day, pg 30 31: Pysanky Egg Extravaganza, pg 19 31: Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28

April:

1: Exploring Engineering, pg 16 7: Star Party, pg 17 7: Zumba, pg 14 13: LEGOR Animation Workshop, pg 15 14: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 14: Get Out and Bird, pg 25 14: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 14: Bullseye! It’s Archery— Indie Girls, pg 33 14: Team Troop, pg 14 14: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 14: Horse Fun, pg 29 14: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 14: Timberdoodle Trot, pg 24 15: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 15: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 15: National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 15: Chemistry Makes the World a Better Place, pg 16 15: Discover Your Awesomeness, pg 27 15: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 21: Girl Scout Music Day, pg 18 21: Nature Days, pg 25 21: A Day at the Ranch, pg 26 22: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 22: Horse Fan, pg 31 22: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 22: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 22: Introduction to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 27-28: Geocacher and Caves Rock, pg 17 28: A Day in the Life, pg 20 28: Nature Days, pg 25

28: Knit N’at Series, pg 20 28: Mosaics, pg 19 28: SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19 29: Horse Fan, pg 31 29: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 29: Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20 29: Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day, pg 18

May: 4: 5: 5: 5:

Viva La Danse, pg 14 Cheer Spirit, pg 28 Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Thirsty Anyone? Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 5: Nature Days, pg 25 5: Knit N’at Series, pg 20 5: How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 6: Horse Fan, pg 31 6: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 6: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 7: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 16 10: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 12: Nature Days, pg 25 12: Geocaching 101, pg 16 12: Knit N’at Series, pg 20 12: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 16: Waypoint Near the Waves and Orient Overland, pg 16 18-20: 100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 19: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 19: Girl Scout Ways, pg 29 19: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 19: Head in the Clouds, pg 13 19: Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26 19: Disability Awareness, pg 21 19: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 19: Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 20: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 20: Victorian Tea Party, pg 27 20: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 20: Urban Eco Tour, pg 24 24: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 25-27: Camporee and Canoe Float, pg 32

June:

1-3: B.E.S.T. Basic Eight Skills Training, pg 26 2: Make Me a Princess, pg 31 2: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 2: Salamander Safari, pg 24 3: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 9: Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 9: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 9: Wonders of Wetlands, pg 25 9: Exploring Money, pg 15 10: Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 15-17: aMAZE Journey Weekend, pg 13 16: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30 20: Prepare for Success, pg 21 22: Juniors’ Gym Jamboree, pg 14 30: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 30: K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14

July:

7: Family Fly Fishing, pg 28 14: SMART Angler, pg 28 21: Fishing 101, pg 28 29: Luau, pg 28

August:

4: Intro to Canoe, pg 13 5: Harthegig Conservation Club Family Fun Day, pg 30

September:

22: Horse Riders, pg 29

October:

7: Camp Roy Weller Reunion pg 32 13: Camp Creepy, pg 32 20: Camp Creepy, pg 32

November:

3: 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18

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Cadettes, Grades 6-8 March:

7: Star Party, pg 17 7: Zumba, pg 14 13-15: Program Aide Training, pg 23 13: LEGOR Animation Workshop, pg 15 14: Get Out and Bird, pg 25 14: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 14: Bullseye! It’s Archery— Indie Girls, pg 33 14: Scratch and Sniff, pg 17 14: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 14: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 14: Team Troop, pg 14 14: Careers in Chemistry, pg 16 14: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 14: Timberdoodle Trot, pg 24 15: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 15: National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 15: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 15: Discover Your Awesomeness, pg 27 15: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 15: Intermediate to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 17: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 21: A Day at the Ranch, pg 26 22: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 22: Horse Fan, pg 31 22: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 22: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 22: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 28: Mad City MoneyTM, pg 16 28: Money Matters, pg 17 28: Knit N’at Series, pg 20

May:

2: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 4: Viva La Danse, pg 14 4-6: Program Aide Training, pg 23 4-6: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 26 5: See How They Run: Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 5: Knit N’at Series, pg 20 5: Cheer Spirit, pg 28 5: How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 6: Horse Fan, pg 31 6: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 6: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 7: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 16 7: Make Your Own Natural Perfume, pg 17 10: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 10: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 12: Geocaching 101, pg 16 12: Knit N’at Series, pg 20 14: Silver Award Workshop, pg 28 16: Waypoint Near the Waves and Orient Overland, pg 16 18-19: Go Batty, pg 32 18-19: Organic Experience, pg 13 18-20: 100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 19: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 19: S.M.A.R.T. Shooting, pg 30 19: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 19: Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 19: Head in the Clouds, pg 13 20: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 20: Victorian Tea Party, pg 27 20: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 20: Urban Eco Tour, pg 24 20: Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20 23: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 24: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 25-27: Camporee and Canoe Float, pg 32

June:

1-3: B.E.S.T. Basic Eight Skills Training, pg 26 2: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 2: Salamander Safari, pg 24 2-3: Archery Overnight, pg 29 3: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 9: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 9: Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 10: Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 15-17: aMAZE Journey Weekend, pg 13 16: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30 16: Horse Sense, pg 22 17-21: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 26 27: Prepare for Success, pg 21 29-1: Art-Tastic Weekend, pg 19 30: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 30: K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14

July:

7: Family Fly Fishing, pg 28 14: SMART Angler, pg 28 16-18: aMAZE Journey Weekend— Indie Girls, pg 33 21: Fishing 101, pg 28 29: Luau, pg 28

August:

4: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 4: Treehuggers, Unite, pg 24 5: Harthegig Conservation Club Family Fun Day, pg 30 11: Discover SCUBA—Introduction, pg 29 11: Discover SCUBA Diving— Intermediate, pg 29

September:

11: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 12: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 16: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 19: Sunset at Pymatuning , pg 25

October:

7: Camp Roy Weller Reunion pg 32 13: Haunted Hollow, pg 27

November:

3: 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18 17: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23

Girl Scout Cadettes, Grades 6-8

April:

28: Dig It!, pg 20 28: SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19 28: Mosaics, pg 19 29: Horse Fan, pg 31 29: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 29: Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day, pg 18

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14: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 17: Make a Movie with ALICE™, pg 15 23-25: Astronomer in Training, pg 17 24: Flower Design, pg 19 24: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 24-25: Weller Whodunit, pg 32 25: Pennsylvania White Water, pg 26 26: Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 31: Eggs-traordinary Geocaching, pg 15 31: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Career Day, pg 30 31: Top Shot Target Sports 2, pg 30 31: Nuclear Power = Girl Power, pg 15 31: Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28

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Seniors & Ambassadors, Grades 9-12 March:

Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors, Grades 9-12

1: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 17: Make a Movie with ALICE™, pg 15 23-25: Astronomer in Training, pg 17 24: Flower Design, pg 19 24: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 25: Pennsylvania White Water, pg 26 26: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 31: Eggs-traordinary Geocaching, pg 15 31: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Career Day, pg 30 31: Top Shot Target Sports 2, pg 30 31: Nuclear Power = Girl Power, pg 15 31: Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28

April:

3: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 7: Star Party, pg 17 7: Zumba, pg 14 9: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 13-15: Program Aide Training, pg 23 14: Get Out and Bird, pg 25 14: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 14: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 14: Careers in Chemistry, pg 16 14: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 15: Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 15: National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 15: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 15: Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 15: Intermediate to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 17: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 19: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 21: A Day at the Ranch, pg 26 22: GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 22: Horse Fan, pg 31 22: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 22: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 22: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 25: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 27-29: Mission Sisterhood Weekend, pg 32 28: Money Matters, pg 17 28: Dig It!, pg 20 28: SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19 28: Mosaics, pg 19 29: Horse Fan, pg 31 29: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31

May:

2: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 4: Viva La Danse, pg 14 4-6: Program Aide Training, pg 23 4-6: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 26 5: See How They Run: Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 5: Money Matters, pg 17 5: It’s a Family Reunion: Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 5: Cheer Spirit, pg 28 5: How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 6: Horse Fan, pg 31 6: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 6: Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31 7: Make Your Own Natural Perfume, pg 17 10: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 12: Geocaching 101, pg 16 16: Waypoint Near the Waves and Orient Overland, pg 16 18-19: Go Batty, pg 32 18-19: Organic Experience, pg 13 18-20: 100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 19: S.M.A.R.T. Shooting, pg 30 19: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 19: Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 19: Head in the Clouds, pg 13 20: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 20: Hip Hop To It, pg 13 20: Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20 24: Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 25-27: Camporee and Canoe Float, pg 32

June:

1-3: B.E.S.T. Basic Eight Skills Training, pg 26 2: Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 2-3: Archery Overnight, pg 29 3: Horsin’ Around, pg 31 9: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 9: Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 10: Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 16: Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30

17-21: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 26 27: Prepare for Success, pg 21 29-1: Art-Tastic Weekend, pg 19 30: Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 30: K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14

July:

1: Mountain Biking Adventure, pg 14 29: Luau, pg 28

August:

4: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 4: Treehuggers, Unite, pg 24 5: Harthegig Conservation Club Family Fun Day, pg 30 11: Discover SCUBA—Introduction, pg 29 11: Discover SCUBA Diving— Intermediate, pg 29 29: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22

September:

11: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 12: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 16: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 19: Sunset at Pymatuning, pg 25 20: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22

October:

1: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 4: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 7: Camp Roy Weller Reunion pg 32 13: Haunted Hollow, pg 27 18: Gold Award Workshop, pg 22

November:

3: 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18 17: Gold Award Workshop, pg 23

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County Event Planner Allegheny:

Armstrong:

Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Head in the Clouds, pg 13

Beaver:

Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Intro to Canoe, pg 13 Introduction to Skin Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 Money Matters, pg 17 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26

Bedford:

Organic Experience, pg 13

Blair:

Habitat Discovery, pg 24 Wild, Wonderful Water, pg 24

Butler:

Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 Camp Creepy, pg 32 Chemistry Makes the World a Better Place, pg 16 Crazy for Cupcakes, pg 18 Eggs-traordinary Geocaching, pg 15 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Haunted Hollow, pg 27 Money Matters, pg 17

Cambria:

100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown, pg 18 Discover Your Awesomeness, pg 27 Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 27 Gold Award Workshop, pg 23 Nature Days, pg 25 Program Aide Training, pg 23 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 Teddy Bear Picnic, pg 27 Victorian Tea Party, pg 27

Cameron:

Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Salamander Safari, pg 24 Timberdoodle Trot, pg 24 Walk with the Wildflowers, pg 26

Clarion:

Cheer Spirit, pg 28 Treehuggers, Unite, pg 24 Zumba, pg 14

Crawford:

Camporee and Canoe Float, pg 32 Careers in Chemistry, pg 16 Get Out and Bird, pg 25 Sunset Kayak at Pymatuning, pg 25 Waypoint Near the Waves and Orient Overland, pg 16

Elk:

Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23

Erie:

A Story of Plants and Sisters, pg 25 Basket Weaving 101, pg 18 Basket Weaving 201, pg 19 Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 Camp Creepy, pg 32 Commit to be Fit Challenge, pg 14 Explore Engineering, pg 16 Family Fly Fishing, pg 28 Fishing 101, pg 28 Geocaching 101, pg 16 Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks, pg 28 Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon, pg 28 Grow Your Garden, pg 21 GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E., pg 14 Luau, pg 28 Mad City MoneyTM, pg 16 Program Aide Training, pg 23 U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 16 Viva La Danse, pg 14

Fayette:

Art-Tastic Weekend, pg 19 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Prepare for Success, pg 21 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza, pg 25 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23

Forest:

Mosaics, pg 19 What Do You Call Home?, pg 25

Harrison County, Ohio: A Day at the Ranch, pg 26

County Event Planner

aMAZE Journey Weekend, pg 13 Amazing Adaptations, pg 15 Ballet FUNdamentals, pg 18 Disability Awareness, pg 21 Exploring Money, pg 15 Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day, pg 18 Girl Scout Day at Phipps Conservatory, pg 24 Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 27 Girl Scout Music Day, pg 18 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Green Thumb Festival, pg 13 GS Indie Fest 2012, pg 33 Hip Hop To It, pg 13 How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop, pg 18 Intermediate Skin Diving and Snorkeling, pg 13 It’s a Family Reunion: Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 LEGOR Animation Workshop, pg 15 Make a Movie with ALICE™, pg 15 Money Matters, pg 17 National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour, pg 15 Nuclear Power = Girl Power, pg 15 Penny Power, pg 15 See How They Run: Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 Thirsty Anyone? Pittsburgh Marathon, pg 21 Urban Eco Tour, pg 24

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Huntingdon*:

Geocacher and Caves Rock, pg 17 Go Batty, pg 32 Wonders of Water, pg 26

Indiana:

Butterfly Journeys, pg 26 Money Matters, pg 17 Mountain Biking Adventure, pg 14 SMART Angler, pg 28

Jefferson:

Archery Overnight, pg 29 Butterfly Journeys, pg 26 Girl Scout Ways, pg 29 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!, pg 29 Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Pysanky Egg Extravaganza, pg 19 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23 SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp, pg 19

Lawrence:

County Event Planner

Astronomer in Training, pg 17 Butterfly Journeys, pg 26 Discover SCUBA—Introduction, pg 29 Discover SCUBA Diving— Intermediate, pg 29 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Horse Fun, pg 29 Horse Riders, pg 29 Horse Sense, pg 22 Little Neshannock Stables Brownie Tour, pg 29 Star Party, pg 17

McKean:

100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake, pg 30 Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 Father and Daughter Fishing Derby, pg 30 Flower Design, pg 19 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Career Day, pg 30

Mercer:

Harthegig Conservation Club Family Fun Day, pg 30 Juniors Gym Jamboree, pg 14 Make Your Own Natural Perfume, pg 17 S.M.A.R.T. Shooting, pg 30 Scratch and Sniff, pg 17 Wonder of Wetlands, pg 25

Potter:

Creative Arts, pg 19

Preston County, West Virginia:

B.E.S.T. Basic Eight Skills Training, pg 26 Camp Roy Weller Reunion, pg 32 L.H.H. Rangers, pg 26 Mission Sisterhood Weekend, pg 32 Nature Days, pg 25 Weller Whodunit, pg 32

Tioga*:

Pennsylvania White Water, pg 26

Venango:

Hanging Out Afterschool, pg 30 Top Shot Target Sports 2, pg 30

Warren:

Fishin’ for Fun, pg 31

Washington:

A Day in the Life, pg 20 aMAZE Journey Weekend— Indie Girl, pg 33 Bubbleology, pg 17 Bullseye! It’s Archery, pg 31 Dig It, pg 20 Horse Fan, pg 31 Horsin’ Around, pg 31 Take a Ride into the Past, pg 20

Westmoreland:

Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum, pg 20 Gold Award Workshop, pg 22 Knit N’at Series, pg 20 Money Matters, pg 17 Silver Award Workshop, pg 23

Somerset:

Make Me a Princess, pg 31 Team Troop, pg 14

*Jurisdiction of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

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Go Healthy! Allegheny County

Armstrong County

Join us for a day of fun as you discover ways to go green, stay healthy and do good! Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, March 17 • 1-4 p.m. Location: University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Cost: $2 per girl (includes badge, goodie bag and lunch)/No adult fee

Come tree climbing with us to get your feet off the ground and your head in the clouds! Tree climbing is an “on rope” activity that uses a mixture of gear and techniques derived from rock climbing and caving. Try this fun and relaxing activity, climb as high as you can, or try flipping upside down to show off your tree-climbing skills. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, May 19 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 19 • 3-5 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow Cost: $25 per person

Green Thumb Festival

Intermediate Skin-Diving and Snorkeling

Learn hip hop from Pittsburgh’s own Pittsburgh Heat Dance Company! In this workshop, you’ll learn hip hop from professional instructors and dance to the latest hip hop hits. Girls Grades: K-12 Session 1: Sunday, April 22 • 1-4 p.m. Session 2: Sunday, May 20 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Pittsburgh Heat Dance Company (in the back of the building), 300 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202 Cost: $20 per girl/$5 per adult

aMAZE Journey Weekend

Come and join us for a fun-filled weekend and make new friends while earning the Interact and Peacemaker awards. We’ll sing by the fire, make gourmet s’mores and enjoy being out at camp. By the time you leave, you will be ready to Take Action and go for your Silver Award. Girls Grades: 5-7, open to bridging Girl Scout Cadettes Date/Time: June 15-17• Fri. 6 p.m.-Sun. 2 p.m. Location: Camp Yough Cost: $49 per girl (includes all meals and materials)/$25 per adult

Introduction to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling Learn the basics: how to select a dive site, use diving and snorkeling equipment, take photos, different types of surface dives and how to be safe in the water. Please note: Swimming ability is required. Girls Grades: 3-5 Date/Time: Sunday, April 22 • noon-4 p.m. Location: Beaver County YMCA, 2236 3rd Ave., New Brighton, PA 15066 Cost: $35 per girl/No adult fee

Intro to Canoe—Level 1

Want to be a canoe expert? Learn everything about the parts of the canoe and paddle to water safety. You’ll get all of the basics in this fun-filled lesson. Participants must have proof of swimming abilities. Check gswpa.org or your local GSWPA camp for swim test dates. Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 4 • noon-4 p.m. Location: Raccoon Creek State Park, 3000 State Rt. 18, Hookstown, PA 15050 Cost: $30 per girl/No adult fee

Bedford County Organic Experience

Spend the night sleeping in a farmhouse on a certified organic farm. Work toward earning your It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey while preparing organic meals, harvesting herbs and learning about permaculture. Engage in activities that promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles while connecting with the organic farming community. Girls Grades: 6-11 Date/Time: May 18-19 • Fri. 5 p.m.-Sat. 3 p.m. Location: Wild Meadows Farm, 456 Smith Rd., Schellsburg, PA 15559 Cost: $40 per person

Go Healthy!

Hip Hop To It

Beaver County

Event Listing

Build on what you’ve learned in Introduction to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling (pg. 13): Further your skills and abilities, learn more kicks and increase your knowledge of snorkeling and skin-diving. Please note, swimming ability and completion of Introduction to Skin-Diving and Snorkeling or equivalent is required. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 • noon-4 p.m. Location: Carnegie Library of Homestead Athletic Club, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall, PA 15120 Cost: $35 per girl/No adult fee

Head in the Clouds

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Go Healthy! (cont.) Clarion County

Indiana County

Join the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation! Part-dance, part-aerobic exercise, Zumba will have you shaking, stepping, swaying and sweating! In addition, girls will learn basic tips to stay healthy and fit. Fun patch included. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 7 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Clarion County YMCA, 15952 Rt. 322, Suite 1, Clarion, PA 16214 Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee

Join Park Naturalist, Mike Shaffer, and Regional Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Emily Borcz, for an eight-mile ride beginning at Yellow Creek State Park Environmental Learning Classroom. This ride will be primarily on service roads, with sections of single track trail that will challenge you with hills and a winding trail network. Enjoy learning the basics of mountain biking during this hands-on activity. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Bring a bagged lunch and water for the ride. Wear appropriate clothing for biking and sturdy footwear. Fun patch included. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Sunday, July 1 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Yellow Creek State Park, Environmental Learning Classroom, 170 Rt. 259 Hwy., Penn Run, PA 15765 Cost: $18 per person

Zumba

Erie County Viva La Danse

Event Listing

See a live performance, meet dancers and choreographers, learn dance steps and get a behind-the-scenes tour. Girl Scout Brownies can work toward their Dancer Badge; Girl Scout Seniors can work toward their Troupe Performer Badge. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: May 4 • 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Mercyhurst College, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16546 Cost: $6 per person

Go Healthy!

Commit to be Fit Challenge

M.A.B.E.L.—Mind And Body Educational Link— invites you to participate in the Commit to be Fit Challenge, a workshop that teaches girls to be leaders by choosing a form of physical activity that they enjoy! Encourage your friends to be fit: There will be a personalized workout created for the team that recruits the most girls for this workshop. Girls Grades: 1-5 Session 1: Saturday, May 19 • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 19 • 1-2:30 p.m. Location: BAYB Fitness, 1144 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16502 Cost: $12 per person

K.O.K.O. G.A.M.E.

Each girl will be challenged to participate in a variety of fitness games that will challenge her mind and body. The team that recruits the most girls to participate will walk away with a personalized fitness game their troop can use at meetings! This opportunity is brought to you by M.A.B.E.L.—Mind And Body Educational Link. Certificates will be given to each participant. Girls Grades: 1-5 Session 1: Saturday, June 30 • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, June 30 • 1-2:30 p.m. Location: BAYB Fitness, 1144 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16502 Cost: $12 per person

Mountain Biking Adventure

Mercer County

Juniors’ Gym Jamboree

Kick your summer off right! Join us for a fun afternoon and achieve the Junior Staying Fit Badge. Wear clothes you can move in and bring your swimming gear. Cool Springs Fitness will provide snacks, a professional staff and a state-of-the-art facility. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Friday, June 22 • noon-5 p.m. Location: Cool Springs Fitness, 1051 E. Cornell Rd., Mercer, PA 16137 Cost: $17 per girl/No adult fee

Somerset County Team Troop

What makes a great Girl Scout troop? Find out and participate in projects, team-building activities and discussions on what you can do to make yours a great troop! Girls will learn about leadership skills, decision-making and goal-setting, as well as how to support their sister Girl Scouts. Girls Grades: 4-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 14 • 10 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: 6-8 Session 2: Saturday, April 14 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Grace United Methodist Church, 320 Felgar Rd., Somerset, PA 15501 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

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Gear Up! Allegheny County

Make a Movie with ALICE™

Jump into a world of animation as you are introduced to ALICE™, an innovative 3-D programming software, by the students of LaRoche College. Participants should bring a flash drive and a bag lunch or money for lunch in the cafeteria. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March 17 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: LaRoche College, CC Square, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Cost: $15 per girl/No adult fee

Nuclear Power = Girl Power

Join us for a tour of the National Aviary Hospital and meet the veterinarian Dr. Pilar Fish. Meet some of the special patients and learn about their customized treatment, including the intricate procedures and wound care techniques that are used to treat the birds and save the lives of these tiny patients. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 • noon-2 p.m. Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Cost: $25 per person

Amazing Adaptations

What does it take for a bird to be a bird? Find out the answer to this question and more when the National Aviary introduces students to the diverse world of birds and their amazing adaptations! Live birds, feathers, beaks and feet will be used to explore this fascinating group of animals. You’ll even get to dissect an owl pellet! Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 • noon-2 p.m. Location: Camp Yough Cost: $13 per person

Exploring Money

How much does it cost to live on your own—and will that be cash or credit? Learn how to use money wisely, find out about careers in finance and work toward the new Savvy Shopper Badge. Adult supervision required. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, June 9 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

Penny Power

A penny saved is a penny earned! Discover what it takes to open a bank account, practice shopping at a pretend store and work toward your Money Manager Badge. Adult supervision required. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 9 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

Butler County

Eggs-traordinary Geocaching

Use a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) to track down hidden eggs! Follow clues on a high-tech scavenger hunt and learn how to go geocaching in your own town. Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 1: Saturday, March 31 • 9 a.m.-noon Session 2: Saturday, March 31 • 1:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Gear Up!

National Aviary Hospital Lecture & Tour

Create amazing movies with stop motion animation using LEGO® bricks. Guided instruction will lead Girl Scout teams in making a digital movie. By the end of the workshop, each team will have produced their very own short movie—complete with dialog and sound effects— to take home and show their family and friends. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Friday, April 13 • 10 a.m.-noon Location: Snapology, 70 Fort Couch Rd., 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 Cost: $29 per girl/No adult fee

Event Listing

Use candy to build a nuclear reactor model and explore radioactive half-life. Estimate your own radiation exposure from dental x-rays, sunshine and other everyday things. Sponsored by the Westinghouse Women in Nuclear Chapter, participants will enjoy hands-on activities, discussions led by women who work in the nuclear field and time to ask questions about careers. Participants will receive a fun patch. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March 31 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Westinghouse Electric Company Headquarters, 1000 Westinghouse Dr., Cranberry Township, PA 16066 Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee

LEGOR Animation Workshop

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Gear Up! (cont.) Chemistry Makes the World a Better Place

Work with chemistry majors in the chemistry lab at Slippery Rock University, performing a variety of exciting chemistry experiments. Learn how chemistry makes the world a better place and how it affects your everyday life. Participants will earn a Council’s Own Chemistry Badge. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 • 1-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at 12:45 p.m. for registration. Location: Slippery Rock University, 132 Advanced Technology and Science Hall, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee

Event Listing

Crawford County Careers in Chemistry

Gear Up!

Join Chemii, the chemistry club of Allegheny College, for a chemistry workshop with lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn about the different fields of chemistry and career paths for women chemists. This program is organized by former Girl Scouts who want to share their excitement about chemistry with you. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Allegheny College, Steffee Hall of Life Sciences, 520 N. Main St., Meadville, PA 16335 Cost: $4 per girl/No adult fee

Waypoint Near the Waves and Orient Overland

Experience the basics of geocaching by learning to program and navigate using a GPS. Also, use a compass, learn the process of orienteering and enjoy a campfire dinner. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Wednesday, May 16 • 5-8 p.m. Location: Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Rd., Jamestown, PA 16314 Cost: $6.50 per person

Erie County

U.S. Border Patrol Tour

Explore the technologies used by the U.S. Border Patrol—including night vision goggles, video surveillance and vehicles—as you tour the new U.S. Border Patrol Facility in Fairview. You’ll watch a canine team demonstration and discover the career opportunities for women within the U.S. Border Patrol. Participants will receive a fun patch! Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Monday, May 7 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Erie Border Patrol Station, 7851 Traut Dr., Fairview, PA 16415 Cost: $3 per girl/No adult fee

Geocaching 101

Discover hidden caches at camp while you learn the different types of caches (hidden items). You’ll even hunt for your lunch. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Exploring Engineering

Explore career opportunities in engineering and meet female students who are already on their way to becoming engineers! Experiment, problem solve and discover new ideas with teams of like-minded girls. Make polymer and electrical connections, do reverse engineering and more. Participants will receive a fun patch. These activities are offered by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Chapter at Gannon University. If you have an old appliance (such as a hair dryer, blender or clock) that is ready for scrap, please bring it with you. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Sunday, April 1 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Gannon University, 109 University Sq., Erie, PA 16541 Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee

Mad City MoneyTM

Mad City MoneyTM is a hands-on simulation that gives you a taste of the real world— complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments. The challenge? Visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities and more while building a budget. Consider staying Friday night at Camp Hawthorne Ridge or in GSWPA’s Edinboro Office Activity Wing before the day of the program. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Penn State Behrend, Reed Student Union, 4701 College Dr., Erie, PA 16563 Cost: $13 per girl/No adult fee

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Lawrence County

Washington County

Enjoy a fun, interactive weekend with friends as you learn about the night sky. Study the basics of constellation identification and storytelling, use a telescope and participate in activities to interpret our solar system and beyond. You’ll gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to help lead a Star Party. Commitment to lead a Star Party event (listed below) is required. Please note: This training is for girls only, therefore, adults should plan to drop-off and pick-up girls. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: March 23-25 • Fri. 6:30 p.m.-Sun. 11:30 a.m. Location: Camp Elliott Cost: $30 per girl

Find out what brand of gum makes the best bubbles, make bubble solution, try different wands and learn some of the biggest bubble tricks. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 2 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Ginger Hill Grange, Monongahela, PA 15063 Cost: $10 per girl/ No adult fee

Astronomer in Training

Star Party

Mercer County In the morning, learn how to make computer games using a programming language called Scratch. Then, work on the Breathe Journey at Camp Elliott as you sniff the air on an afternoon hike, make natural cleaning products and cook dinner on an open fire. To learn more about Scratch, go to http://scratch.mit.edu. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Westminster College, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16172 Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee

Make Your Own Natural Perfume

Discover the basics of essential oils and aromatherapy while you learn to make your own natural perfume. You will be using ingredients from nature to make your own customized scent. You will also get to design your own label! Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Monday, May 7 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Bethany United Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Venango St., Mercer, PA 16137 Cost: $20 per person

Geocacher and Caves Rock

Jump into spring with a geocaching adventure and learn about caves at the same time. During your funfilled visit, create a cave life food web, experiment with cave formation, learn about conservation of cave environments, use a GPS, make your own cache craft and find a geocache designed just for Girl Scouts. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: April 27-28 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. 4:30 p.m. Location: Lincoln Caverns, 7703 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon, PA 16652 — Huntingdon County Cost: $32 per person

Multiple Counties Money Matters

Earn the Financial Badge while learning how to set goals, be a better money manager, set a budget and plan to finance your dreams. Knowledge of money and financial management skills will empower you in all aspects of your life and provide you with options you may not have without it. Girls Grades: 7-12 Session 1: Saturday, April 28 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Twp, PA 16066 — Butler County Girls Grades: 9-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: USX Tower, 600 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 — Allegheny County Session 3: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Merril Lynch, 180 Fort Couch Rd., 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 — Allegheny County Session 4: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Merril Lynch, 446 3rd St., Beaver, PA 15009 — Beaver County Session 5: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Merril Lynch, 501 3rd St., Beaver, PA 15009 — Beaver County Session 6: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: People’s Library, 3052 Wachter Ave., Lower Burrell, PA 15068 — Westmoreland County Session 7: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Purchase Line United Methodist Church Social Hall, 17107 Rt. 286 Hwy. E., Commodore, PA 15729 — Indiana County Cost: $6 per girl (includes badge and lunch)/ No fee for adults

Gear Up!

Scratch and Sniff

Other Areas

Event Listing

Have fun with family and friends as you learn about our solar system and beyond. Make s’mores and listen to Native American tales about the constellations. Depending on the weather, we may be able to see the craters on the moon through a telescope. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars! Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, April 7 • 6-9 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott Cost: $6 per person

Bubbleology

18 / spring • summer issue 2012

Get Creative! Allegheny County Ballet FUNdamentals

Come and join a real ballerina for some dance FUN at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Participate in an interactive ballet story time, learn about pointe shoes and tutus, and take a basic ballet class in our studios. A light, healthy snack will be provided. Girls Grades: K-3 Session 1: Saturday, April 21 • 2-3:15 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, May 5 • 2-3:15 p.m. Location: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, 2900 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Cost: $7 per girl/No fee for adults

Girl Scout Music Day

Event Listing

Get Creative!

Do you get down with the drums? Chill with a cello? No matter what your musical style, the members of Kappa Kappa Psi will have you singing for joy with Girl Scout Music Day! Work toward the new Musician Junior Badge and prepare for a special performance for family and friends. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Epiphany Catholic Church (next to Consol Energy Center), 184 Washington Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

Father Ryan Arts Center Family Day

Join us at Father Ryan Arts Center for a day full of fun and family! Enjoy family yoga, pottery, stomp music and a creative drum circle. Girls Grades: K-8 and families Date/Time: Sunday, April 29 • 2-6 p.m. Location: Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136 Cost: $18 per person

Butler County

Crazy for Cupcakes!

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors will learn how to bake and decorate cupcakes. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will learn interesting cupcake recipes and decorating styles. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday June 9 • 9-11 a.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, June 9 • noon-2 p.m. Location: West Sunbury United Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Church St., West Sunbury, PA 16061 Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Erie County

Basket Weaving 101

Learn about baskets and weave your very own round bottom tote. All materials and instructions are provided. This project can be completed in one session, but some work may be required after the session to finish your project. Girls Grades: 2-12 Session 1: Saturday, April 14 • 9 a.m.-noon Session 2: Sunday, April 15 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge Cost: $13 per girl/No adult fee

How to ‘Toon Cartooning Workshop

Anyone can ‘toon! That’s the motto of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Non-Profit Museum of Cartoon Art and History. Join us for an exclusive two-hour program that includes an educational tour through cartoon and animation history, a cartoon screening session, and a sit-down cartooning lesson with one of our professional artists. This all-ages workshop is perfect for firsttimers and aficionados alike. Girl Scout Cadettes can work toward earning the Cartooning Badge. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, May 5 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 5 • 2-5 p.m. Location: The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Cost: $10 per girl/$6 per adult

Cambria County

100 Years of Girl Scouting in Johnstown Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting at this day-long event in Johnstown! Take part in various fun-filled stations that celebrate our past while we look to our future. Lunch and fun patch will be included. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 3 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, 101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904 Cost: $10 per girl/$5 per adult

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Jefferson County

Pysanky Egg Extravaganza

Basket Weaving 201

Art-Tastic Weekend

Develop your appreciation for crafts and giving back to the community! Join us at the beautiful Touchstone Center for Crafts to camp in cabins, enjoy campfires and participate in craft workshops. In addition, we will be giving back to Touchstone through a service project on location. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: June 29-July 1 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 11:30 a.m. Location: Touchstone Center for Crafts, 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd., Farmington, PA 15437 Cost: $40 per girl/$30 per adult

Forest County Mosaics

Work with an experienced mosaic artist to create a unique and beautiful mosaic-tiled mirror. The artist will also share the history of mosaics. Cost covers materials. Girls Grades: K-3 Session 1: Saturday, April 28 • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 2: Saturday, April 28 • 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Marienville Area Civic Association (M.A.C.A.), 138 Lamonaville Rd., Marienville, PA 16329 Cost: $20 per girl/No adult fee

Learn the history of SWAPS and make several camp-related swaps. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 28 • 9 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, April 28 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek Cost: $8 per person

McKean County Flower Design

Learn different techniques for flower arrangements and make a special arrangement to take home. Girls Grades: K-3 Session 1: Saturday, March 24 • 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $8 per person Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 2: Saturday, March 24 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Free Methodist Church, 105 Smith Ave., Port Allegany, PA 16743 Cost: $12 per person

Potter County

Creative Art - SERIES

Learn different art styles and how to use a variety of materials to make take-home art. This is a four-part series program and requires your attendance at all parts. Girls Grades: K-3 Part 1: Monday, April 2 • 6-7:30 p.m. Part 2: Monday, April 16 • 6-7:30 p.m. Part 3: Monday, April 23 • 6-7:30 p.m. Part 4: Monday, April 30 • 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 N. Pleasant St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748 Cost: $12 per person

Get Creative!

Fayette County

SWAPS Workshop: Getting Ready for Camp

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Expand your knowledge of basket making and complete a project. Basket weaving and material handling experience is necessary. All materials and instructions are provided. Some work may be required to finish your project outside of the session. Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 1: Saturday, April 14 • 1-3 p.m. Session 2: Sunday, April 15 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge Cost: $13 per girl/No adult fee

A Pysanky Egg is a decorated egg that dates back to ancient times in the Ukraine. Come to camp and step back in time, learning the history and art of Pysanky Eggs. Then, try your hand at creating your very own Pysanky Egg! Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, March 31 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek Cost: $6 per person

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Get Creative! (cont.) Washington County

Westmoreland County

Take a trip through time at Meadowcroft and experience village life for pioneers and Native Americans. Participate in a variety of hands-on activities including making candles, visiting a blacksmith, grinding corn and using an atlatl. You’ll also get a patch to commemorate your experience. Girls Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 401 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312 Cost: $14 per girl/$12 per adult

Come learn the basics of knitting at this three-part workshop for beginners. Once you master the basic stitches, you’ll be ready to create a one-of-a-kind scarf that you’ll be proud to wear! Girls will also receive a Knitting Fun Patch. This is a three-part series program and requires your attendance at all parts. Girls Grades: 5-8 Part 1: Saturday, April 28 • 10 a.m.-noon Part 2: Saturday, May 5 • 10 a.m.-noon Part 3: Saturday, May 12 • 10 a.m.-noon Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office Cost: $20 per person

A Day in the Life

Dig it!

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Get Creative!

Take a trip through time at Meadowcroft and experience a Native American Village and the Rock Shelter. Girls will do a variety of hands-on activities including grinding corn, using an atlatl and learning all about the oldest archeological dig site in North America. You’ll also get a patch to commemorate your experience. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 401 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312 Cost: $14 per girl/$12 per adult

Take a Ride into the Past

Take a ride into the past with the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum as you learn the story of Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era with a tour of the museum and hands-on learning opportunities. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Sunday, April 29 • 2-4 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Sunday, May 20 • 2-4 p.m. Location: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Rd., Washington, PA 15301 Cost: $7 per person

Knit N’at - SERIES

Multiple Counties

Cartooning with Joe Wos of ToonSeum Museum

Join cartoonist Joe Wos for a hands-on cartooning workshop. Learn the basic skills needed to develop characters through simple drawing activities and easyto-follow instructions. Cartoons are more than just simple lines on a page. Joe will teach you how to convey emotion and personality to create great cartoons! Joe Wos is executive director of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. He is also a visiting resident cartoonist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa California for the past 10 years. Girls Grades: 2-5 Session 1: Saturday, May 19 • 10-11:30 a.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 19 • noon-1:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office — Armstrong County Girls Grades: 2-5 Session 3: Saturday, June 30 • 10-11:30 a.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 4: Saturday, June 30 • noon-1:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office — Westmoreland County Cost: $12 per girl/no adult fee

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Give Back! Allegheny County Disability Awareness

By completing a Disability Awareness program, you can increase your awareness of the barriers faced by people with disabilities, helping others to act with greater compassion and inclusiveness toward those who are different from you. Upon completion of this program, you will earn the Council’s Own Disability Awareness badge developed by Girl Scouts Eastern Missouri. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 19 • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Riverview United Presbyterian Church 3505 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214 Cost: $3 per girl (badge included)/No adult fee

It’s a Family Reunion: Pittsburgh Marathon, Kids Marathon

Join other volunteers in ensuring that all of the young runners who bravely tackle the course without their parents get reunited with them at the finish line. Girl Scout volunteers will staff the “Family Reunion Area.” Troops must ensure that proper adult/girl ratios are maintained. Individual girl members must be accompanied by a responsible adult at least 18 years of age. Participants will receive a T-shirt and patch. Girl Grades: 10-12 (girls must be at least 16 years of age by day of event) Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: North Shore, Pittsburgh Cost: $2 per person

Erie County

Grow Your Garden — SERIES

Plant and maintain the GSWPA Edinboro Office’s garden. Plan out what you would like to grow and order your seeds. Plant your produce, make bird feeders, learn all about butterflies, maintain your garden and make something delicious from your harvest! Surplus may be donated to local food banks. Girls Grades: K-3 Part 1: Sunday, April 22 • 2-4 p.m. Part 2: Sunday, May 20 • 2-4 p.m. Part 3: Sunday, July 29 • 2-4 p.m. Part 4: Sunday, Aug. 26 • 2-4 p.m. Location: Activity Wing, GSWPA Edinboro Office Cost: $25 per girl for the series/$7 per girl per part/ $2 per adult for Part 3 (all other parts free for adults)

Fayette County Prepare for Success

Prepare for the future! Play fun clothing games, enjoy a snack, conduct mock interviews and talk about women in the workplace. Learn about professionalism, dress attire for the workplace and giving back to the community. A patch is included in the cost. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Wednesday, June 20 • 1-4 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Wednesday, June 27 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Dress for Success, 2 W. Main St., 2nd Floor, Uniontown, PA 15401 Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee

Give Back!

Come out and help hundreds of courageous kids stay on the course as they take part in the Kids Marathon. By serving as a Course Marshall, Girl Scout volunteers will provide encouragement and motivation for the young runners while also helping to ensure their safety. Troops must ensure that proper adult/girl ratios are maintained. Individual girl members must be accompanied by a responsible adult of at least 18 years of age. Participants will receive a T-shirt and patch. Girl Grades: 6-9 (girls must be at least 12 years of age by day of event) Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: North Shore, Pittsburgh Cost: $2 per person

Calling all Girl Scout Juniors and bridging Juniors to come out and help keep the runners hydrated. Responsible Girl Scouts are needed to distribute water in cups at the midway point of the course. Girls will be asked to set up the water tables, keep the cups filled and clean up once the race is completed. Troops must ensure that proper adult/girl ratios are maintained. Individual girl members must be accompanied by a responsible adult at least 18 years of age. Participants will receive a T-shirt and patch. Girl Grades: 3-5 (girls must be at least 8 years of age by day of event) Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: North Shore, Pittsburgh Cost: $2 per person

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See How They Run: Pittsburgh Marathon, Kids Marathon

Thirsty Anyone? Pittsburgh Marathon, Kids Marathon

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Give Back! (cont.)

Allegheny County

Lawrence County

Allegheny County

Horse Sense

Do you love riding horses? Do you love to give back to the community? You can do both with this great opportunity through Little Neshannock Stables. You’ll get a minimum of 45 minutes of riding time so make sure you wear long pants and hard-soled, heeled boots or shoes. You’ll also help complete a service project on-site. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, June 16 • noon-4 p.m. Location: Little Neshannock Stables, 1145 FayetteNew Wilmington Rd., New Wilmington, PA 16142 Cost: $52 per girl/No adult fee

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Bronze Award Workshop

Give Back!

Get the answers to your Bronze Award questions! Your Bronze Award begins with learning the Journey process. Come explore the project requirements of the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Girls Grades: 4-5 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Cost: Free Bronze Workshops will be scheduled on an as needed basis. Webinars are also an option. Please call 800-248-3355 ext 1418 or email rwatson@gswpa.org.

Gold Award Workshop

Get the answers to your Gold Award questions! How do I start? What are the pre-requisites? Your Girl Scout Gold Award begins with a Journey. Come explore the project requirements of the Girl Scout Gold Award. It will change your life! A Gold Award Workshop is now a mandatory pre-requisite. If you do not see a workshop in your area call 800-248-3355 ext 1418 or email rwatson@gswpa.org to schedule one. Girls Grades: 9-12 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Cost: Free

Butler County

Session 1: Thursday, March 1 • 6-8 p.m. Location: English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063

Fayette County

Session 2: Monday, March 26 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Rehoboth Church, 442 Rehoboth Church Rd., Belle Vernon, PA 15012

Butler County

Session 3: Tuesday, April 3 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Family Bowl Away, 540 Fairground Rd., Butler, PA 16001

Session 4: Monday, April 9 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: William Anderson Library, 1037 Stotler Rd., Penn Hills, PA 15235 Session 5: Tuesday, April 17 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Northway Christian Community Church, 12121 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090

Armstrong County

Session 6: Thursday, April 19 • 6-8 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office

Westmoreland County

Session 7: Sunday, April 22 • 2-4 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office

Beaver County

Session 8: Wednesday, April 25 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 908 Market St., Bridgewater, PA 15009

Allegheny County

Session 9: Wednesday, May 2 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Pleasant Hills Borough Building, 410 E. Bruceton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Elk County

Session 10: Saturday, Aug. 4 • 1-3 p.m. Location: West Fire Hall, 321 W. Main St., Ridgway, PA 15853

Allegheny County

Session 11: Wednesday, Aug. 29 • 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen St., Bridgeville, PA 15017

Allegheny County

Session 12: Tuesday, Sept. 11 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Northway Christian Community Church, 12121 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090

Jefferson County

Session 13: Wednesday, Sept. 12 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Brookville Service Spot, Brookville Borough Complex, 18 Western Ave., Suite G, Brookville, PA 15825

Westmoreland County

Session 14: Sunday, Sept. 16 • 2-4 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office

Butler County

Session 15: Thursday, Sept. 20 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Family Bowl Away, 540 Fairground Rd., Butler, PA 16001

Allegheny County

Session 16: Monday, Oct. 1 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: William Anderson Library, 1037 Stotler Rd., Penn Hills, PA 15235

Armstrong County

Session 17: Thursday, Oct. 4 • 6-8 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office

Butler County

Session 18: Thursday, Oct. 18 • 6-8 p.m. Location: English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063

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Cambria County

Session 19: Saturday, Nov. 17 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba

Silver Award Workshop

What is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn? Get the answers to your Silver Award questions! Your Girl Scout Silver Award begins with a Journey as a pre-requisite. Come explore the project requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award. If you do not see a workshop in your area call 800-248-3355 ext 1418 or email rwatson@gswpa.org to schedule one. Girls Grades: 6-8 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Cost: Free

Fayette County

Fayette County

Session 2: Monday, March 26 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Rehoboth Church, 442 Rehoboth Church Rd., Belle Vernon, PA 15012

Allegheny County

Westmoreland County

Session 4: Sunday, April 22 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location:: GSWPA Greensburg Office

Allegheny County

Session 5: Wednesday, May 2 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Pleasant Hills Borough Building, 410 E. Bruceton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Jefferson County

Session 6: Thursday, May 10 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek

Allegheny County

Session 7: Monday, May 14 • 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen St., Bridgeville, PA 15017

Beaver County

Session 8: Wednesday, May 23 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 908 Market St., Bridgewater, PA 15009

Elk County

Session 9: Saturday, Aug. 4 • 10:30 a.m.-noon Location: West Fire Hall, 321 W. Main St., Ridgway, PA 15853

Allegheny County

Session 10: Tuesday, Sept. 11 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Northway Christian Community Church, 12121 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090

Westmoreland County

Session 12: Sunday, Sept. 16 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office

Cambria County

Session 13: Saturday, Nov. 17 • 10:30 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Conshatawba

Program Aide Training Be a Girl Scout mentor! Develop the leadership skills you’ll need to work with Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors in this basic training for troop and day camp program aides. Attendees must bring a Health History form. Parents and guardians should plan to drop off and pick up their girls. Prerequisite: Leader In Action (LIA). Girls Grades: 7-12 Cost: $35 Includes materials, meals and pin (not received at weekend)

Erie County

Session 1: April 13-15 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 11 a.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge

Cambria County

Session 2: May 4-6 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 11 a.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba More Program Aide trainings will be added: Check gswpa.org for updated locations as they are scheduled.

SAVE THE DATE! Pittsburgh Power Girl Scout Night

Saturday, May 19 CONSOL Energy Center

Idlewild Girl Scout Fun Day and Camporee

Sunday, June 24-Monday, June 25 Idlewild and SoakZone

Girl Scout Kennywood Day Tuesday, Aug. 14 Kennywood Park

Give Back!

Session 3: Tuesday, April 17 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Northway Christian Community Church, 12121 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090

Session 11: Wednesday, Sept. 12 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Brookville Service Spot, Brookville Borough Complex, 18 Western Ave., Suite G, Brookville, PA 15825

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Session 1: Wednesday, March 14 • 6-8 p.m. Location: Fayette Chamber of Commerce, 65 W. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401

Jefferson County

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Grow Green! Allegheny County

Girl Scout Day at Phipps Conservatory

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Join us for our Spring Girl Scout Day! Explore the Conservatory while learning about plants, insects, healthy cooking and using your senses to explore nature. You will have the chance to go behind the scenes at Phipps and visit the production greenhouses. Girl Scout Day consists of three, concurrent, one-hour badge programs: Bugs, Senses and Snacks. Choose to attend any or all of these programs. After completion of the program, each girl will receive her badge(s) and a special Phipps patch. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Cost: $10 per person

Urban Eco Tour

Grow Green!

Kayak along the north shore in downtown Pittsburgh. See the sites, such as Heinz Field and PNC Park, as you paddle your way along the three rivers. Guides will be there to help you along the way. You’ll also take an urban hike through Pittsburgh to check out the green architecture and see the sites. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Sunday, May 20 • 1-5 p.m. Location: Kayak Pittsburgh, Under the 6th St. Bridge near PNC Park Cost: $35 per girl/$32 per adult

Blair County

Wild, Wonderful Water

Make a splash at Canoe Creek State Park while you learn all about water. Work toward earning your Wonders of Water Journey as you learn about clean water, participate in a stream study, take a wildlife walk and increase your water wisdom! Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Canoe Creek State Park, 205 Canoe Creek Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee

Habitat Discovery

Spend the afternoon at Canoe Creek State Park investigating habitats. Work toward earning your Between Earth and Sky Journey while learning outdoor manners, exploring habitats and playing games! Girls Grades: K-1 Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 • 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Canoe Creek State Park, 205 Canoe Creek Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee

Cameron County Timberdoodle Trot

The unusual American Woodcock, a shorebird species that is also a game bird, demonstrates unique adaptations to its habitat and lifestyle. Join Sinnemahoning’s park naturalist for an evening adventure into the twilight world of the Timberdoodle. Meet at the Wildlife Viewing Area. Dress for the weather: Boots and jackets are recommended. Girls Grades: 2-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Sinnemahoning Park, 4843 Park Rd., Austin, PA 16720 Cost: $3 per girl/No adult fee

Salamander Safari

Join the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater for a hunt on a miniature scale! Learn about the characteristics of some of Pennsylvania’s most interesting amphibians, and join in a search for some of the park’s resident salamanders. Girls Grades: 2-8 Date/Time: Saturday, June 2 • 1-2:30 p.m. Location: Sinnemahoning Park, 4843 Park Rd., Austin, PA 16720 Cost: $3 per girl/No adult fee

Clarion County Treehuggers, Unite

Participate in the Walk through the Forest Cathedral and the Fire Tower/Seneca Point historical tour and complete parts of the It’s your Planet—Love it! Journey. Please bring a bagged lunch. Girls Grades: 6-10 Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 4 • 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Location: Cook Forest State Park, 113 River Rd., Cooksburg, PA 16217 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

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Crawford County Get Out and Bird

Sunset Kayak at Pymatuning

Erie County

A Story of Plants and Sisters

Visit Goodell Gardens, a botanical garden begun in 1935 by Carrie and Margaret Goodell, and discover our State Champion tree. Have fun planting bulbs and discovering some useful plants. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Goodell Gardens, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro, PA 16412 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee

Fayette County

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Indoor Day Camp Extravaganza

Spend an afternoon at day camp. Enjoy fun, traditional day camp activities. Travel to different stations, such as: camp fire, recycling center and recyclable crafts. This fun-filled program will teach you about recycling and making the world a better place! You’ll also receive Day Camp Fun Patch. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, March 17 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Calvary Baptist Church, 308 McClellandtown Rd., Uniontown, PA 15401 Session 2: Saturday, March 24 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Rehoboth Church, 442 Rehoboth Church Rd., Belle Vernon, PA 15012 Cost: $11 per girl/No adult fee

Take a short hike through the woods to discover different animal homes, make a nature-inspired craft and complete parts of the It’s your Story-Tell It! Journey. Please bring a bagged lunch. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Sawmill Theatre, 130 Theatre Ln., Cooksburg, PA 16217 Cost: $12 per girl/No adult fee

Mercer County

Wonders of Wetlands

Put on your boots and get your binoculars ready because we are going on an adventure at Munnell Run Farm to explore the many wonders of wetlands! The day will include a wetland animals’ discovery, trail trek, animals’ house discovery, wetlands “snack” and many more thrilling, hands-on activities. End the day with an exciting scavenger hunt. Work toward the Junior Animal Habitat Badge or the Brownies WOW Journey. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather: We will be outside, rain or shine, and wear waterproof footwear. Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Saturday, June 9 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Munnell Run Farm, 753 Greenville Rd., Mercer, PA 16137 Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee

Multiple Counties Nature Days

Join the L.H.H. Rangers and your fellow Girl Scouts in a great day developing your awareness of your natural surroundings. Spend time exploring camp and learning about plants, animals and trees—not only about them, but also how to identify them. You will get to take home a plant and tree identification booklet and a Nature Day Patch. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 21 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, April 28 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba — Cambria County Session 3: Saturday, May 5 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Session 4: Saturday, May 12 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller — Preston County Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee

Grow Green!

Learn to kayak and enjoy a serene sunset adventure. Look for waterfowl and migratory birds and explore unique wetland formations. Participants must be age 12 and provide proof of swimming ability by the time of the program. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 19 • 5-7 p.m. Location: Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Rd., Jamestown, PA 16314 Cost: $6 per person

What Do You Call Home?

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Take a driving tour in an adult’s vehicle around Pymatuning Lake and see eagles, raptors and other migratory birds while they nest. The tour will be led by a State Park Educator. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Rd., Jamestown, PA 16314 Cost: $4 per girl/No adult fee

Forest County

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Grow Green! (cont.) Butterfly Journeys

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Learn about the beauty of butterflies as you make a butterfly feeder, paint a terracotta pot, plant milkweed, play animal games and listen to the book Fairy Flight to discover the flight of the monarch butterfly. Work toward earning parts of your Between Earth and Sky Journey as you celebrate these special animals! Girls Grades: K-1 Session 1: Sunday, April 22 • 1:30-4 p.m. Location: Blue Spruce Park Pavilion #3, 1128 Blue Spruce Rd., Indiana, PA 15701 — Indiana County Session 2: Sunday, April 22 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott — Lawrence County Session 3: Sunday, June 24 • 1:30-4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek — Jefferson County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee

Walk with the Wildflowers

Grow Green!

Join us on a short hike to discover different types of wildflowers, learn different uses for flowers and identify harmful plants. Participants can work toward earning the Council’s Own Wildflower Badge. Girls Grades: K-5 and families Session 1: Saturday, May 12 • 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Raccoon Creek State Park, 3000 State Rt. 18, Hookstown, PA 15050 — Beaver County Session 2: Saturday, May 19 • 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Sinnemahoning State Park, 4843 Park Rd., Austin, PA 16720 — Cameron County Cost: $4 per girl/No adult fee

Other Areas

Pennsylvania White Water

Join us on an unforgettable 17-mile, day-long adventure down Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. Expert guides will help navigate the canyon’s class II/III whitewater rapids, point out bald eagle nests and other wildlife, and tell you about the area’s history. Wetsuits, lunch and return transportation are provided. Requires 20 person minimum. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Sunday, March 25 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Pine Creek Outfitters, 5142 Rt. 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901 — Tioga County Cost: $65 per person

A Day at the Ranch

Enjoy a trail ride on horseback through the rolling hills of eastern Ohio and a hayride you will never forget. Bring your family and friends for a full day of fun on a real working ranch. Girls Grades: 2-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Faith Ranch, 89500 Jewett-Germano Rd., Jewett, OH 43986 — Harrison County, OH Cost: $29 per person

L.H.H. Rangers

The Ranger program is hands-on continuing leadership training for Girl Scouts who are interested in learning about the outdoors. Hike and help with trail maintenance, learn fire-building skills, campfire cooking and “Leave No Trace” methods, explore the Big Sandy Creek and complete service projects. Rangers are taught to identify wild flowers, birds, trees and animal tracks so they can lead council-sponsored Nature Day programs. Attending the L.H.H. Ranger program is not something you do once or twice: it is a commitment to developing your leadership skills and sharing your love of the outdoors with younger girls as you lead the Nature Day programs at Camp Roy Weller and Camp Conshatawba. Nature Days occur eight times a year, four in the fall (the last two Saturdays in September and first two Saturdays in October) and four in the spring (the last two Saturdays in April and first two Saturdays in May). To earn the Ranger Bar, girls must attend two camping weekends and a weeklong camp in June, as well as participate in four Nature Days. Requirements can be fulfilled over multiple years. Sixth graders are welcome to come and shadow a Nature Day to find out about being a Ranger. Girls Grades: 7-12 Session 1: Fri. May 4-Sun. May 6 Session 2: Sun. June 17-Thurs. June 21 Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525 — Preston County, WV Note: DO NOT send registrations or money to a GSWPA council office. If you are interested in becoming a Ranger, contact Dessa Summy, Ranger Director, at lhhrangers08@yahoo.ca or 724-628-0226.

Wonders of Water

Soak up the fun at this hands-on, interactive program about water. Earn the Love Water and Save Water parts of the WOW! Journey. This event includes a presentation about cave conservation, cave animals and cavern formation. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: May 4-5 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. 2:15 p.m. Location: Lincoln Caverns, 7703 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon, PA 16652 — Huntingdon County Cost: $30 per person

B.E.S.T. (Basic Eight Skills Training)

Going camping and being comfortable in the outdoors go hand-in-hand with Girl Scouts, but what if you don’t know basic outdoor skills? This is a great program for you to learn what are known as the “Basic Eight.” The introductory skills we will work on include outdoor manners, dressing for the outdoors, basic knots, knife safety, basic first aid, basic fire building and safety, outdoor cooking and nature conservation. Girls Grades: 4-9 Date/Time: June 1-3 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 1 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller — Preston County, WV Cost: $25 per person

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Great Fun! Allegheny County

Cambria County

Wear your sash or vest to cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates as they take on the Cincinnati Reds and receive a special Pittsburgh Pirates Girl Scout patch. Sign up by April 6 and qualify to participate in a special ON FIELD salute to GSWPA! Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date: Sunday, May 6 Gates Open: 12:05 p.m. Game Begins: 1:35 p.m. Location: PNC Park Cost—Left/Right Field Box: $21 per ticket (Clemente Package—each ticket includes a replica 21 jersey). Cost—Infield Grandstand: $10 per child 14 years old and under/$15 per adult. Capacity: Orders will be filled on a first-come, firstserved basis. Seats are subject to availability. Groups that wish to sit together must be submitted together. Registration Deadline: All ticket orders must be received by Monday, April 16. (Must be received by Friday, April 6 to qualify for on-field participation.) Registration: To purchase tickets, please contact Alexandra Layman at 412-325-4497 or via email at Alexandra.Layman@pirates.com.

Do you know what makes you awesome? Discover your awesomeness in this fun-filled program at the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Learn about women who have made a great impact on our society and learn how you can make an impact in your own community. Participants will also receive a pin/button from the facility. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 • 1-2:30 p.m. Location: Johnstown Area Heritage Association, 201 6th Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906 Cost: $14 per girl/No adult fee adult

Girl Scout Day at PNC Park

After you’ve visited all of the activities at Camp Creepy (pg. 32), be brave and cross the spooky bridge to Haunted Hollow. You can hike a haunted trail or visit our ghostly carnival, complete with a scary fun house maze and creepy carnival games. Experts will be on-hand to talk about ghost hunting and ghost hunting equipment. Haunted Hollow is not appropriate for kids under the age of 13 or those who scare easily. Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours to see everything. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, October 13 • 8-11 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing Cost—Option 1: Event Only — $15 per girl/No adult fee Cost—Option 2: Event and Meal — $19 per girl/ $4 per adult

Enjoy a fun day at camp while learning about bears. Make crafts, take a bear tracks hike, have a snack and enjoy song time! Girls Grades: K-1 Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Conshatawba Cost: $3 per girl/No adult fee

Victorian Tea Party

Come learn what it was like to be a woman in the 19th and 20th Century. This program will discuss topics like social class, etiquette and gender roles. We will also compare these roles to the roles women have today. After the program, enjoy hot or cold tea and light snacks provided by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Girls Grades: 2-8 Date/Time: Sunday, May 20 • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Johnstown Area Heritage Association, 201 6th Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906 Cost: $20 per girl/$8 per adult

Father and Daughter Fishing Derby

Take your dad or your favorite adult fishing at Lake Rowena and enjoy a picnic lunch under the pavilion. Girls and adults will be entered into a drawing for fishing supplies! All girls will get a fun patch for the day and trophies will be awarded for the largest fish and most fish caught per grade level. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, June 9 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Lake Rowena, Rowena Dr., Ebensburg, PA 15931 Cost: $8 per person

Great Fun!

Haunted Hollow

Teddy Bear Picnic

Event Listing

Butler County

Discover Your Awesomeness

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Great Fun! (cont.) Clarion County Cheer Spirit

Join other Girl Scouts to learn cheers and jumps, and play cheerleading games in this fun-filled mini-camp at the Clarion High School Gym! Each girl who attends will also receive a cheerleading fun patch. Girls should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, May 5 • 9-11 a.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, May 5 • noon-2 p.m. Location: Clarion Area Elementary School Gym, 800 Boundary St., Clarion, PA 16214 Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Event Listing

Erie County

Girl Scout Night with the Erie BayHawks

Great Fun!

The Erie BayHawks are excited to invite the Girl Scouts out to a game this March! There will be many activities planned that include time with the players, coaches and dance team. This will give girls many opportunities to earn badges and experience a BayHawks game unlike ever before! Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, March 31 • 4:45-9:30 p.m. Location: Tullio Arena, 809 French St., Erie, PA 16501 Cost: $12 per person

Girl Scouts at Splash Lagoon

Spend a tropical afternoon in Erie at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park! Enjoy the water rides and brand new wave pool, and receive an exclusive Splash Lagoon Patch. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, June 10 • 1-5 p.m. Location: Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park, 8091 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509 Cost: $25 per person

Family Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing means no worms and no mess! Learn fly fishing basics and types of bait, and head to the lake to practice fly fishing techniques. Additional information will be provided to make your next fishing trip a successful one! Girls Grades: K-8 and families Date/Time: Saturday, July 7 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16505 Cost: $7 per girl/$2 per adult

Fishing 101

Learn the basics of fishing, including knot tying, casting, baiting the hook and taking a fish off of the hook. You’ll also explore the types of fish you can catch. Additional information will be provided to make your next fishing trip a successful one! Girls Grades: K-8 Date/Time: Saturday, July 21 • 9 a.m.-noon Location: Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16505 Cost: $7 per girl/$2 per adult

Luau

Come enjoy an island-themed lunch and play luau-themed games! You’ll also spend time swimming. Families are welcome. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, July 29 • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge Cost: $12 per girl/$10 per adult

Indiana County SMART Angler

Join Park Naturalist Mike Shaffer from Yellow Creek State Park for this four-hour program that focuses on being a “smart” angler. Through the SMART Angler program, you’ll learn about types of fish found in Pennsylvania, fish habitats, fishing safety and equipment, knot tying, outdoor manners and protecting our water resources. Each participant will learn basic fishing skills and gets to put those skills to use on Dragonfly Pond! Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, July 14 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Yellow Creek State Park, Environmental Learning Classroom, 170 Rt. 259 Highway, Penn Run, PA 15765 Cost: $18 per person

Jefferson County

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

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Celebrate Girl Scouts 100th birthday! Play some birthday party games, learn about Girl Scout history and decorate a birthday cake! Come ready to have fun and celebrate Girl Scouts. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 14 • 9 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, April 14 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek Cost: $15 per person

Jefferson County Archery Overnight

Girl Scout Ways

Lawrence County Horse Fun

Take a staff-led horse ride and learn the basics of grooming, horse breeds and saddling a horse. Participants should wear long pants and hard-soled, heeled boots or shoes. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Little Neshannock Stables, 1145 FayetteNew Wilmington Rd., New Wilmington, PA 16142 Cost: $42 per girl/No adult fee

Little Neshannock Stables Brownie Tour

Do you love horses? Do you want to see where they live and work? Take an hour tour of the Little Neshannock Stables facility, meet the horses and learn about their equipment. This is a great “afternoon break” activity for Girl Scout Brownies who are participating in the Camp Elliott Rejuvenation Weekend since Little Neshannock Stables is just down the road. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 • 2-3 p.m. Location: Little Neshannock Stables, 1145 FayetteNew Wilmington Rd., New Wilmington, PA 16142 Cost: $4 per girl/No adult fee

Discover SCUBA Diving—Intermediate

Girls and interested adults will have the opportunity to spend two hours learning about SCUBA diving in Crusty’s pristine quarry located in Volant. Divers will be one-on-one with a trained professional for this experience. The quarry is host to various species of fish, turtles and amphibians. Program price includes all equipment such as fins, masks, wet suits and SCUBA gear. Participants must be at least 12 years old and have proof of swimming abilities. Check gswpa.org or your local camp for swim test dates. Although not a required prerequisite, you can check out all of the equipment and practice using it at Camp Elliott’s pool this morning by signing up for the Discover SCUBA program. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 11 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Crusty’s Quarry, Volant, PA 16156 Cost: $55 per girl/$55 per participating adult

Horse Riders

Come to this program and take your knowledge of horses and their care to the next level. You’ll have a minimum of 45 minutes of riding time, so make sure you wear long pants and hard-soled, heeled boots or shoes. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 22 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Little Neshannock Stables, 1145 FayetteNew Wilmington Rd., New Wilmington, PA 16142 Cost: $52 per girl/No adult fee

Great Fun!

Learn about Girl Scout traditions and work toward completing Girl Scout Ways Legacy Badge. Have fun making sit-a-pons and prepare a campfire lunch and dessert. Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 19 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek Cost: $10 per girl/$4 per adult

Girls and interested adults will have the opportunity to spend an hour and a half learning about SCUBA and practicing breathing with the equipment in the calm environment of Camp Elliott’s pool. Program price includes all equipment such as fins, masks and SCUBA gear. Participants must be at least 12 years old and have proof of swimming abilities. Check gswpa.org or your local camp for swim test dates. Then, take your SCUBA experience to the next level and check out Discover SCUBA Diving—Intermediate this afternoon at a local quarry! Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 1: Saturday, Aug. 11 • 9-10:30 a.m. Session 2: Saturday, Aug. 11 • 10:30 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Elliott Cost: $40 per girl/$40 per participating adult

Event Listing

Work toward earning the Council’s Own Archery Badge. Learn the parts of a bow and arrow, try your aim at hitting the target and learn various shooting techniques. After an afternoon of archery fun, cook dinner over the campfire, make s’mores, sing songs and enjoy spending the night at camp! Girls Grades: 6-10 Date/Time: June 2-3 • Sat. 1 p.m.-Sun. 11 a.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek Cost: $12 per girl/$8 per adult

Discover SCUBA—Introduction

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Great Fun! (cont.) McKean County

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Career Day

GSWPA and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford are partnering to help you explore and discover your individual interests and abilities, and sample different career opportunities. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March 31 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Dr., Bradford, PA 16701 Cost: $12 per girl/$8 per adult

Father and Daughter Fishing Derby

Event Listing

Spend the day fishing with dad (or significant male adult)! Enjoy lunch and receive a patch. Special prizes will be given. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, June 16 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Hamlin Lake Park, Smethport, PA 16749 Cost: $5 per girl, $2.50 each additional girl in family/$5 per adult

Mercer County

S.M.A.R.T. Shooting—Levels 1 & 2

Great Fun!

You’ll have plenty of time for target practice, but you’ll also learn the parts of a gun and safety basics. Start by shooting a rifle, progress to a trap shoot and round out your day with refining your archery skills. Participants will receive a Harthegig Conservation Club S.M.A.R.T. Patch. Lunch will also be provided. Safety Activity Checkpoints states that you should be 12 years of age or above to work with a firearm. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 19 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Harthegig Conservation Club, 600 Rodgers Hill Rd., Fredonia, PA 16124 Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Harthegig Conservation Club Family Fun Day

Spend an afternoon with your family and learn more about this local club in your backyard. Travel through guided stations: Begin by shooting a rifle, progress to a trap shoot, and round out your afternoon by refining your archery skills. Safety Activity Checkpoints states that you should be 12 years old or above to work with a firearm. Participants will receive a Harthegig Conservation Club S.M.A.R.T. Patch. Food will be available for purchase. Girls Grades: 4-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 5 • noon-4 p.m. Location: Harthegig Conservation Club, 600 Rodgers Hill Rd., Fredonia, PA 16124 Cost: $3 per girl/No adult fee

Venango County

Top Shot Target Sports 2

Progress through as many NRA target sport shooting positions as possible and work toward earning your NRA Rifle Rocker. Must be 12 years old and have advanced shooting experience. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March 31 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Camp Singing Hills Cost: $16 per person

Hanging Out Afterschool

Harness up for some high ropes fun or practice your teamwork skills on the low elements. Either way, enjoy yourself on the Singing Hills Challenge Course! Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 1: Thursday, May 10 • 5-8 p.m. Session 2: Thursday, May 24 • 5-8 p.m. Location: Camp Singing Hills Cost: $9 per person

100th Anniversary Jamboree by the Lake Come and be a part of history! Celebrate the traditions that made Girl Scouts what it is today, including tent camping, campfires, outdoor cooking, games, songs, canoeing and archery. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: May 18-20 • Fri. 5 p.m.-Sun. 11 a.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters ­­‚ McKean County Cost: $35 per person

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Warren County Fishin’ for Fun!

Washington County Horse Fan

Horsin’ Around

Spend the day with horses and earn your Horse Rider Badge. Learn how to get ready to ride, the different types of tack used to ride, and safety while participating in an equine activity. Then get in the saddle, learn how to ride and be able to handle a horse with confidence. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to demonstrate what you have learned! Girls Grades: 2-12 Session 1: Sunday, May 20 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Session 2: Sunday, June 3 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Three D Ranch, 270 Purdy Rd., Paris, PA 15021 Cost: $110 per girl/No fee for adults. Camping is available for an additional $10. Either a sack lunch can be brought or you may purchase lunch for an additional $5 per person. Dinner will be available for purchase for an additional $10 per person.

Make Me a Princess

Get ready to spend a day receiving the royal treatment. Make a tiara, wand and a beautiful princess skirt. Enjoy a royal snack with other princesses, just like you. Girls Grades: K-3 Session 1: Saturday, April 28 • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pk., Boswell, PA 15531 — Somerset County Girls Grades: K-5 Session 2: Saturday, May 5 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Proctor House, 108 N. Michael Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857 — Elk County Session 3: Saturday, May 19 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek — Jefferson County Session 4: Saturday, June 2 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Memorial Hall, 300 Chestnut St., Emporium, PA 15834 — Cameron County Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

Bullseye! Its Archery

Work toward earning the Council’s Own Archery Badge. Learn the parts of a bow and arrow, and try your aim at hitting the targets. Girls Grades: 4-8 Session 1: Saturday, April 14 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, April 14 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing — Butler County Session 3: Saturday, May 19 • 9:30 a.m.-noon Session 4: Saturday, May 19 • 1:30-4 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow — Armstrong County Session 5: Saturday, May 19 • 9-11 a.m. Session 6: Saturday, May 19 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Session 7: Saturday, May 19 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Session 8: Saturday, May 19 • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location: Camp Timberlake — Washington County Session 9: Saturday, June 2 • 9:30 a.m.-noon Session 10: Saturday, June 2 • 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge — Erie County Session 11: Saturday, June 2 • 10 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Resting Waters — McKean County Girl Grades: 9-12 Session 12: Saturday, June 2 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters — McKean County Cost: $9 per girl/No adult fee

Great Fun!

Do you love horses? Spend the day with GSWPA and earn your Horse Fan Badge! Learn the basics of how to care for a horse and the proper attire for riding a horse. You will also learn the parts of a saddle and bridle, so much more! Girls Grades: 2-12 Session 1: Sunday, April 22 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Session 2: Sunday, April 29 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Session 3: Sunday, May 6 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Three D Ranch, 270 Purdy Rd., Paris, PA 15021 Cost: $58 per girl/No fee for adults. Camping is available for an additional $10. Either a sack lunch can be brought or you may purchase lunch for an additional $5 per person. Dinner will be available for purchase for an additional $10 per person.

Multiple Counties Event Listing

Give a girl a fish, she’ll eat for a day; Teach a girl to fish and she will have a Girl Scout experience that will last a lifetime. Try your hand at the different types of fishing. We will be at different locations each week learning about native fish, techniques, bait and equipment. Experienced anglers will be onhand helping the girls with demonstrations. GSWPA is partnering with Warren County Council on Tourism’s ICOT fish program. Specially tagged fish will be worth prizes if caught. Each girl will receive a fun patch and recipes to try at home. Girls Grades: K-12 (Girls grades K-2 must be accompanied by an adult. Girls aged 16 and older must have a valid fishing license.) Session 1: Sunday, April 15 • 1-3 p.m. Session 2: Sunday, April 22 • 1-3 p.m. Session 3: Sunday, April 29 • 1-3 p.m. Session 4: Sunday, May 6 • 1-3 p.m. Location: Various locations within Warren County. Locations and driving directions will be included in the confirmation letter. Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee

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Great Fun! (cont.) Camp Creepy

Event Listing

At this Halloween festival featuring games, crafts and activity stations, you can go trick-or-treating, take a haunted hike, visit the mad scientist’s lab for spooky science experiments, make s’mores and hear stories at the campfire. You’ll also have the chance to play glow-in-the-dark games and more! Families are welcome too! Plan to spend at least two to three hours to see everything. Looking for more scare? Turn to Haunted Hollow (pg. 27) for information on our older girl event at Camp Redwing. A meal option of a hotdog, chips and a drink will be available. Girls Grades: K-5 and families Session 1: Saturday, Oct. 13 • 5-9 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing — Butler County Session 2: Saturday, Oct. 20 • 5-9 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge — Erie County Cost—Option 1: Event Only $15 per girl/No adult fee Cost—Option 2: Event and Meal $19 per girl/ $4 per adult

Other Areas

Weller Whodunit?

Great Fun!

Join us for a night of mystery as you and your team work together to figure out “whodunit.” This is a great event where you work as a team to have a great time. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: March 24-25 • Sat. 3 p.m.-Sun. noon Location: Camp Roy Weller — Preston County, WV Cost: $20 per girl/$15 per adult

Camporee and Canoe Float This fun-filled weekend will start by camping overnight at Pymatuning State Park. Canoes and kayaks will be provided as we pack up and float eight-and-a-half miles down the Shenango River to Greenville. There, we will set up for a camporee and camp out for another night in Greenville’s Riverside Park. Bring your instruments and your favorite song book as we take this opportunity to continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary. Participants must have proof of swimming abilities. Shuttle service will be available for drivers to pick up their vehicles from the start location. All meals will be provided. Please bring your own tents. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: May 25-27 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 10 a.m. Location Start: Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Rd., Jamestown, PA 16134 — Crawford County Location End: Greenville Riverside Park, Memorial Dr., Greenville, PA 16125 — Mercer County Cost: $55 per person

Mission Sisterhood Weekend

Find out what makes a good friend by completing activities from the Mission: Sisterhood Journey, and make new friends through teambuilding activities. Girls Grades: 9-10 Date/Time: April 27-29 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. noon Location: Camp Roy Weller — Preston County, WV Cost: $20 per girl/$15 per adult

Go Batty

Fly away with us! Explore the nighttime sky through the eyes of a bat. Learn what bats eat, where they live and what role they play in the ecosystem. Girls will receive the Going Batty Badge, courtesy of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: May 18-19 • Fri. 7 p.m.-Sat. 5:45 p.m. Location: Lincoln Caverns, 7703 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon, PA 16652 — Huntingdon County Cost: $30 per girl/$20 per adults

Camp Roy Weller Reunion

Join us in celebration of Camp Roy Weller and its great history with Girl Scouts. Take this amazing opportunity to “get to know” or reconnect with this amazing property and all you can do there. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 7 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller — Preston County, WV Cost: Free

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Indie Girl Program Opportunities What’s an Indie Girl? Girl Scouts is for EVERY GIRL…and you don’t need to join a troop. Girl Scouts is customizable to meet the busy schedule of today’s active girl. Simply become an Individually Registered Girl Scout— Indie Girl—and you can enjoy all of the activities, programs and projects that makes Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania so much fun. Indie Girls are welcome to enjoy any program offered by GSWPA—these are special Indie Girl-only programs so that you can meet other Indie Girls who are as unique as you.

You can:

• go to camp • earn badges and patches • work toward your Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold awards

• • • • •

travel and explore create and dream impact your community learn and grow and…sell cookies!

Register today at gswpa.org… We’re waiting for you!

Bullseye! Its Archery

GS Indie Fest 2012 No troop? No problem. Come have fun with other Indies (Individually Registered Girl Scout, formerly Juliettes). Join us at WLD Ranch in Girard, for some horseback riding! Come back for more Indie fun at Wildwood Highlands for some laser tag, mini golf and other Girl Scout activities. Girls Grades: K-12 Session 1: Saturday, March 24 • 1-5 p.m. Location: WLD Ranch, 7351 Woolsey Rd., Girard, PA 16417 — Erie County Cost: $25 per person Session 2: Sunday, April 22 • 1-4 p.m. Location: Wildwood Highlands, 2330 Wildwood Rd., Wildwood, PA 15091 — Allegheny County Cost: $25 per girl/No adult fee ($25 per adult if participating in activities)

Work toward earning the Council’s Own Archery Badge. Learn the parts of a bow and arrow, and try your aim at hitting the targets. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 • 9-11 a.m. Location: Camp Redwing, 103 Rader School Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053 — Butler County Cost: $9 per girl/No adult fee

aMAZE Journey Weekend

Come and join us for a fun-filled weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other Indie Girls and earn the Interact and Peacemaker awards. We’ll sing by the fire, make gourmet s’mores and enjoy being out at camp. By the time you leave, you will be ready to Take Action and go for your Silver Award. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: July 16-18 • Mon. 6 p.m.- Wed. 2 p.m. Location: Camp Timberlake — Washington County Cost: $49 per girl, includes all meals and materials (including Journey books and awards)/$25 per adult

Are you interested in singing in our 100th anniversary girl choir? Check out page 3 for more info.

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Camp Property Site Team Spring Meetings All registered members 14 years and older are welcome to join our team of volunteers who want to make a difference at their favorite camp: Be a part of the planning committee for the work weekend… Brainstorm ways to improve the camp properties through repairs and refreshing the overall appearance… Help us identify projects for troops to work on while camping. Both girls and adults can be a part of our “green” Watt Watchers program, which will be introduced at our March meetings! For more information, please contact Pamela Balas at 800-248-3355 ext 1123 or Tom Benoit at 800-248-3355 ext 1707. We look forward to hearing from you!  All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

March 2012 Camp Conshatawba Camp Curry Creek Camp Elliott Camp Hawthorne Ridge Camp Redwing Camp Resting Waters Camp Roy Weller Camp Singing Hills Camp Skymeadow

September 2012 March 8 March 13 March 6 March 8 March 5 March 14 March 7 March 15 March 1

Camp Conshatawba Camp Curry Creek Camp Elliott Camp Hawthorne Ridge Camp Redwing Camp Resting Waters Camp Roy Weller Camp Singing Hills Camp Skymeadow

June 5 June 12 June 6 June 8 June 4 June 19 June 6 June 14 June 7

November 2012

June 2012 Camp Conshatawba Camp Curry Creek Camp Elliott Camp Hawthorne Ridge Camp Redwing Camp Resting Waters Camp Roy Weller Camp Singing Hills Camp Skymeadow

Camp Conshatawba Camp Curry Creek Camp Elliott Camp Hawthorne Ridge Camp Redwing Camp Resting Waters Camp Roy Weller Camp Singing Hills Camp Skymeadow

Sept. 11 Sept. 11 Sept. 4 Sept. 6 Sept. 10 Sept. 18 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 13

Nov. 13 Nov. 13 Nov. 6 Nov. 8 Nov. 12 Nov. 20 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 15

Who: All Girl Scouts and registered volunteers who

are approved through our Volunteer Application process.

When: May 4-6 Where: Camp Conshatawba, Camp Curry Creek, Camp Elliott, Camp Hawthorne Ridge, Camp Singing Hills, Camp Skymeadow, Camp Redwing, Camp Resting Waters and Camp Roy Weller.

Join us at your favorite camp for a Camp Work Weekend! May 4-6, 2012

Team up with other girls and adults working on projects throughout the camp. Bring your Girl Scout(s) and join the camp’s site team in repairing and refreshing the camp property. Members can stay overnight at no charge. (You’re welcome to stay Friday, Saturday or both nights.) You are also welcome to come on Saturday just for the day. A hot breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Saturday and a continental breakfast served on Sunday. In the evening, join us for a traditional Girl Scout campfire. Contact Pam Balas at 800-248-3355 ext 1123 or pbalas@gswpa.org, or Tom Benoit at 800-248-3355 ext 1707 or tbenoit@gswpa.org. We’re also planning a family work event this fall. Stay tuned!

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GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses New Office Hours

The GSWPA offices are open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon.

GSWPA Offices

GSWPA Camps

Beaver

Pittsburgh

Camp Conshatawba

Camp Resting Waters

443 Third St. Beaver, PA 15009 Beaver County

30 Isabella St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Allegheny County

288 Oaks Rd. Summerhill, PA 15958 Cambria County

2566 Campbelltown Rd. Kane, PA 16735 McKean County

Duncansville

Smethport

Camp Curry Creek

Camp Roy Weller

2875 Route 764, Suite 12 Duncansville, PA 16635 Blair County

217 West Main St. Smethport, PA 16749 McKean County

60 Girl Scout Dr. Brockway, PA 15824 Jefferson County

32 Trilium Ln. Brucetown Mills, WV 26525 Preston County

Edinboro

Southpointe

Camp Elliott

Camp Singing Hills

5681 Route 6N Edinboro, PA 16412 Erie County

345 Southpointe Blvd. Suite 125 Canonsburg, PA 15317 Washington County

289 Camp Elliott Ln. Volant, PA 16156 Lawrence County

114 Singing Hills Rd. Oil City, PA 16301 Venango County

Warren

Camp Hawthorne Ridge

Camp Skymeadow

185 Hospital Dr. Warren, PA 16365 Warren County

7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd. Girard, PA 16417 Erie County

Wexford

Camp Redwing

11279 Perry Highway Suite 505 Wexford, PA 15090 Allegheny County

103 Rader School Rd. Renfrew, PA 16053 Butler County

Greensburg 126 East Otterman St. Greensburg, PA 15601 Westmoreland County

Indiana The Atrium 665 Philadelphia St. Indiana, PA 15701 Indiana County

Johnstown 612 Locust St. Johnstown, PA 15901 Cambria County

Kittanning 2359 Freeport Rd. Kittanning, PA 16201 Armstrong County

164 Skymeadow Ln. Avonmore, PA 15618 Westmoreland County

Camp Timberlake 2334 Beallsville Rd. Marianna, PA 15345 Washington County

Camp Yough 429 Duncan Station Rd. McKeesport, PA 15135 Allegheny County

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Register Online

You can easily register online or by fax or mail. Registration for the spring/summer S’more Fun events begins March 13. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at midnight March. 13. Online registration is a faster, more accurate way to register. Our registration help desk phone line, 800-248-3355 ext 1460, is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon, or you can email helpdesk@gswpa.org for assistance. Paper registrations received prior to March 13 will be placed in a file and will be registered randomly starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 13. GSWPA cannot guarantee registrations received on or before March 13 will be registered on March 13.

Girl Members/Parents/Volunteers

Go to gswpa.org and click “Calendar and Registration” at the top of the page. You will be taken to the Online Registration homepage. Please follow the instructions on that page to register. You will need to be a registered member to register for our events. Please be sure to purchase your membership registration before you register for any events, programs or trainings. If you need assistance with registration: • View the online registration FAQs by clicking Help Desk on the Online Registration site. • Send an email to helpdesk@gswpa.org. • Contact the GSWPA Help Desk at 800-248-3355 ext 1460.

Cancellation:

All GSWPA-operated event dates, times and locations are subject to change or cancellation, due to inclement weather or if the minimum participation requirement has not been met. If this occurs, the event will be cancelled two weeks prior to the date and registrants will be notified immediately. Refunds for Events and Trainings will be given when: • GSWPA cancels the event. • Participants cancel at least five (5) weeks prior to an event. • The participant cannot attend due to a medical reason. A written request for a refund, including a physician’s statement, must be sent by the parent/guardian within two (2) weeks of the event. • The participant cannot attend due to a family emergency. • A written request for a refund, including an explanation of the emergency situation, is sent by the parent/guardian within two (2) weeks of the event. Address written refund correspondence to: Registrar, GSWPA, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412.

Register by Fax or Mail Step 1: Get a paper copy of the S’more Fun Event Registration Form. Go to gswpa.org and click “Calendar and Registration” at the top of the page. Click on “Program Activities and Events” on the left, and then click on “S’more Fun Events Registration Form” at the bottom of the page. Or, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355 ext 1460. Step 2: Return the completed form and your payment. To register by mail, return the completed form and payment to: GSWPA, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412 at least two (2) weeks prior to the program. Late registrations will be taken after the deadline, only if space is available. If using fax, be sure to include the completed form and credit card information to cover the cost of registration. The fax number is 814-734-7701. Please note: We are unable to accept email, verbal and telephone registrations.

Registration for the spring/summer S’more Fun events begins March 13.

Registration Information Registration begins March 13. Most registration deadlines are three weeks prior to the event date, so check each S’more Fun listing carefully. Events fill quickly—be sure to register early. Add-ons after the registration deadline will be made on an as-available basis. Troop leaders: When accompanying girls to an event, be mindful of providing adequate adult to girl ratios. A separate registration form and check are required for each event. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please download a Scholarship Form at gswpa.org, or contact the Help Desk to request a copy. When attending an event, please bring the completed Health History form with you. You may download the form at gswpa.org. Non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Girls ages 5-17 who are not currently Girl Scout members but wish to become a member should add $12 to the event fee to cover the annual membership dues with Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The membership year is Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Once registered as a Girl Scout, girls will receive information about more events and opportunities in which they may participate. Event Confirmation: Detailed confirmation materials will be sent directly to each participant, for both troop and individual registrations, upon receipt of the event registration. Receipt of confirmation material does not guarantee that the event will meet the minimum participant requirement to operate. All registration correspondence, including confirmation materials, will occur via email if an email address is provided on the event registration form. Write neatly. If an email address is not provided, correspondence will occur via mail. All incoming registration checks are receipted prior to being entered into the event registration system. Do not assume that you are registered for an event if the check is cashed. Once an event is full, registrants will be placed on a wait list, notified of their status and be given options to: 1) remain on the wait list, 2) reschedule or 3) cancel. New sessions may also be scheduled for those events that fill quickly. Be sure to check the Calendar and Registration site often for updates and program additions. If you are unable to attend, please contact a registrar at registrar@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355 ext 1460 so that someone on the waiting list may use the space reserved for you.

Early Bird Membership Registration

Early Bird Membership Registration will begin on April 5, 2012. Parents may have received instructions on how to register their daughter and themselves at Cookie Delivery in mid-February. GSWPA’s goal is to go “Forever Green”—to do so, we are asking that you submit your membership through GSWPA Online Registration site.

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You must be a member of Girl Scouts to register for program and/or training opportunities.

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S’more Fun Events Registration Form 1. Use this form to register for S’more Fun Events. List each participant’s information on the back of the form. 2. Select your event. Use one form per event. You may make photocopies of this form as needed or download more forms at gswpa.org. 3. You can register three ways: Visit our Online Registration System at gswpa.org and click “Calendar and Registration” at the top of the homepage. Mail the completed form and payment to: GSWPA, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412. Fax the completed form and credit card information to cover the cost of the event. The fax number is 814-734-7701. 4. E-mail, verbal and telephone reservations will not be accepted. Participant: q Individual q Troop/Group

Service Unit:

Adult/Volunteer/Participant’s Name: Address: Street

City

E-mail:

State

Phone: (

Zip Code

)

(If girl is younger than 13 years of age, please provide family/parent e-mail address.)

Program Information 1st Choice: Location:

Date/Time:

Event Name

Place/ Location

2nd Choice:

Event Name

Location:

Session #

Time

Session #

Time

Date/Time:

Place/ Location

Health History Please list any health-related information that may be useful to the adult in charge (allergies, activity restrictions, etc.): ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ You are required to complete a full Health History Form and bring it with you to the event. This form will be included in your confirmation materials and is available for download at gswpa.org on the “Program Activities & Events Registration Procedures and Forms” page under “Family Resources.”

# Girls attending ________

X per girl/person fee:

$__________

# Adults attending ________

X per adult/person fee: $__________

Total girl fee:

$ _____________

Total adult fees: $ _____________ Total enclosed $ _____________

q Check/Money Order (Make checks payable to GSWPA) q Cookie Dough/Nut Bucks $____________ q Scholarship request (please complete and attach Scholarship form) q $12 Membership (If currently not a Girl Scout, please include $12 to cover membership.) Charge My: q Visa q MasterCard q AMEX q Discover

$____________

Card number: ____________________________________ Exp. date: __________________ 3-digit code: __________ Signature: _______________________________________ Print Name: _____________________________________

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Ros ter - S’more Fun Events Scholarship Form Adults Attending:

Scholarships are available to GIRLS ONLY. All information provided is strictly confidential. For event/camp registration, send this form

1. Name ______________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ along with the event/camp registration form(s) and all applicable payments to: Council Registrar, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412. For membership registration, attach this form to the member’s registration form and submit to your Service Unit Registrar or Membership Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street City State Zip Code Manager. Deadline date: For all events, three (3) weeks prior to the start date. For Membership Registration, no deadline date.

2. Name ______________________________________ Girl Name: E-mail ____________________________________________ Troop #: __________________________________________________________ Girl Scout Service Unit: (______)_________________ Address Phone Street Zip Code Parent/Guardian Name(s): City State Parent/Guardian Occupation(s): E-mail ____________________________________________ 3. Name ______________________________________ Address:

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street City State Zip Code Street

City

State

Zip Code

Home Phone: Work Phone: Cell Phone: 4. Name ______________________________________ E-mail: E-mail ____________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Girl lives with: q both parents q one parent q other (specify): Street

Number of children (under 18) in household:

City

Girls Attending: Sources of income (check all applicable):

State

Zip Code

Number of adults in household:

1. ______________________________________ Grade _______ q Name Salaries q Investments q Alimony E-mail _________________________________ q Child Support q Food Stamps q Pensions q Social Security q Public Assistance q Unemployment Compensation q SSI Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street q Other source(s):

City

State

Zip Code

Total annual household income combining all sources: 2. Name ______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Grade _______ q Less than $10,000 q $10,000 - $15,000 q $15,001 - $20,000 q $20,001 - $30,000 Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street q $30,001 - $40,000

City q $40,001 - $50,000

State q $50,001 - $60,000

Zip Code q $60,001 - $70,000

q $70,000+

3. Name ______________________________________ E-mailq Yes _________________________________ Grade _______ q No Does your family qualify for the free- or reduced-lunch program? Please check box q if you have previously applied for a scholarship in this year or any past year. Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street City State How many girls in your family are applying for a scholarship this year?

Zip Code

I am applying for a scholarship for: (Check one and complete the appropriate section.) 4. Name ______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Grade _______

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ q Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration Street

City

State

Zip Code

q Event/Program q Camp Title/name: E-mail _________________________________ 5. Name ______________________________________ Grade _______ Date(s): Time/Session:

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street

City

State

Zip Code

Event/Program Fee: $ Camp Fee: $ 6.10 percent of the total event/program Name ______________________________________ E-mailCamp deposit (enclosed) _________________________________ Grade _______ - $ fee (enclosed) - $ 10 percent of the total camp fee (enclosed) - $ Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) - $ - $ Street City State Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) Zip Code Amount troop can pay (enclosed) - $ Amount troop can pay (enclosed) - $ 7.Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed) Name ______________________________________ E-mail Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed) _________________________________ Grade _______ - $ - $

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Scholarship amount requested: = $ Scholarship amount requested: = $ Street

City

State

Zip Code

GSUSA Membership Registration: $ 12 Describe specific reasons/circumstances for requesting a 8.Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) Name ______________________________________ E-mailscholarship. Must _________________________________ Grade _______ - $ be completed. (Attach additional sheet if Amount troop can pay (enclosed) - $ necessary.) Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed) - $ Street City State Zip Code = $ 9.Scholarship amount requested: Name ______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Grade _______

Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ I certify that all information in this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. False information is a basis for

Street City State Zip Code disqualification for current and future consideration. Scholarships will not be considered for any girls/family with delinquent monies due to the council. All outstanding monies owed to the council must be paid prior to distribution of the scholarship awards. 10. Name ______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Grade _______

Signature of Parent / Guardian: Date: Address __________________________________________________________ Phone (______)_________________ Street

City

State

Zip Code

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Scholarship Form Scholarship Form Scholarship Application Instructions SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Scholarships are available to GIRLS ONLY who: Scholarships • are registered members of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA). are available to GIRLS ONLY who: • are new to GSWPA for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration. • are registered members of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA). • are new to GSWPA for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration. Scholarships may be requested at any time at least three (3) weeks prior to an event. Scholarships for the membership fee may be requested at any time. Scholarships may be requested at any time at least three (3) weeks prior to an event. Scholarships for the membership fee may be requested at any time. Scholarships may be requested and awarded for each of the following, once per membership year: Scholarships may be requested and awarded for each of the following, once per membership year: • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration fee • One council-operated event per edition of S’MORE • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration fee • One council-sponsored summer day camp • One council-operated event per edition of S’MORE • One summer resident camp (including CORE and family camp) • One council-sponsored summer day camp • GSUSA Destinations • One summer resident camp (including CORE and family camp) • GSUSA Destinations Scholarships may be granted for other national or council girl opportunities and will be made available based on the availability of funds. Scholarships may be granted for other national or council girl opportunities and will be made available based on the availability of funds. Parents/guardians are to complete the scholarship application and include it with the membership and/or event/camp registration form. Submit them together along with the appropriate deposit and/or fee. Parents/guardians are to complete the scholarship application and include it with the membership and/or event/camp registration form. Submit them together along with the appropriate deposit and/or fee. For events/programs, the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay a minimum of 10 percent of the fee. For events/programs, the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay a minimum of 10 percent of the fee. For summer camp (including resident, CORE and family camp), the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay the registration deposit plus 10 percent of the total camp fee. For summer camp (including resident, CORE and family camp), the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay the registration deposit plus 10 percent of the total camp fee. Indicate total annual household income and all income sources. All information provided on the application is strictly confidential. Indicate total annual household income and all income sources. All information provided on the application is strictly confidential. Scholarships are awarded based both on apparent need and the availability of funds. Scholarships are awarded based both on apparent need and the availability of funds. GSWPA will determine the grant amount based on the family income, circumstances and budgetary limitations. GSWPA will determine the grant amount based on the family income, circumstances and budgetary limitations. Scholarships will not be granted when there is an outstanding debt (i.e. NSF check, delinquent fall product or cookie sale monies and/or debts to the council shop). Scholarships will not be granted when there is an outstanding debt (i.e. NSF check, delinquent fall product or cookie sale monies and/or debts to the council shop). Scholarships are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Scholarships are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. The parent/guardian will be notified by letter regarding the scholarship amount granted. The parent/guardian will be notified by letter regarding the scholarship amount granted. Fill out the other side of this form to apply for a scholarship. If you need assistance completing the form, contact the Help Desk at 800-248-3355 ext. 1460. Fill out the other side of this form to apply for a scholarship. If you need assistance completing the form, contact the Help Desk at 800-248-3355 ext. 1460. Notification for Accounts Receivable Conversion (ARC): Checks received by Girl Scout Western Pennsylvania may be converted into an electronic debit for clearing. The creation of an electronic debit requires Girl Scout Western Pennsylvania to Notification for Accounts Receivable Conversion (ARC): Checks received by Girl Scout Western Pennsylvania may be destroy the original check for privacy reasons. You will not be receiving your check back from the bank. converted into an electronic debit for clearing. The creation of an electronic debit requires Girl Scout Western Pennsylvania to destroy the original check for privacy reasons. You will not be receiving your check back from the bank.

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Scholarship Form Scholarships are available to GIRLS ONLY. All information provided is strictly confidential. For event/camp registration, send this form along with the event/camp registration form(s) and all applicable payments to: Council Registrar, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412. For membership registration, attach this form to the member’s registration form and submit to your Service Unit Registrar or Membership Manager. Deadline date: For all events, three (3) weeks prior to the start date. For Membership Registration, no deadline date. Girl Name: Troop #: Girl Scout Service Unit: Parent/Guardian Name(s): Parent/Guardian Occupation(s): Address: Street

Home Phone: E-mail:

Work Phone:

Cell Phone:

City

State

Zip Code

Girl lives with: q both parents q one parent q other (specify): Number of children (under 18) in household: Number of adults in household: Sources of income (check all applicable): q Salaries q Investments q Pensions q Social Security q Other source(s):

q Alimony q Public Assistance

Total annual household income combining all sources: q Less than $10,000 q $10,000 - $15,000 q $15,001 - $20,000 q $30,001 - $40,000 q $40,001 - $50,000 q $50,001 - $60,000

q Child Support q Food Stamps q Unemployment Compensation q SSI

q $20,001 - $30,000 q $60,001 - $70,000

q $70,000+

q Yes q No Does your family qualify for the free- or reduced-lunch program? Please check box q if you have previously applied for a scholarship in this year or any past year. How many girls in your family are applying for a scholarship this year? I am applying for a scholarship for: (Check one and complete the appropriate section.) q Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration q Event/Program q Camp Title/name: Date(s): Time/Session: Event/Program Fee: 10 percent of the total event/program fee (enclosed) Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) Amount troop can pay (enclosed) Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed)

$

Scholarship amount requested:

- $ - $ - $ - $

Camp Fee: Camp deposit (enclosed) 10 percent of the total camp fee (enclosed) Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) Amount troop can pay (enclosed) Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed)

$ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $

= $

Scholarship amount requested:

= $

GSUSA Membership Registration: Additional amount family can pay (enclosed) Amount troop can pay (enclosed) Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed)

$ - $ - $ - $

Scholarship amount requested:

= $

12

Describe specific reasons/circumstances for requesting a scholarship. Must be completed. (Attach additional sheet if necessary.)

I certify that all information in this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. False information is a basis for disqualification for current and future consideration. Scholarships will not be considered for any girls/family with delinquent monies due to the council. All outstanding monies owed to the council must be paid prior to distribution of the scholarship awards. Signature of Parent / Guardian:

Date:

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Discover Volunteerism Mark Your Calendar Grand Celebration Celebrating Volunteers

Date/Time:  Saturday, Aug. 18 • noon-6 p.m. Location:  Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh, PA Join GSWPA volunteers as we celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary at the 2012 Grand Celebration in Pittsburgh. Enjoy the Volunteer Hospitality Area where you can kick back with fellow volunteers, enjoy a light snack and refreshments, network, celebrate history and swap stories. Join us for a chance to win fun prizes. Watch gswpa.org for updates.

“Do you remember when we were at camp and we forgot syrup and all of the fixin’s for the pancakes? That didn’t stop us…we had pancakes with marshmallows, jam, chocolate chips and bug juice. We still laugh about it years later: The girls learned to be very resourceful and still had fun. Isn’t that what Girl Scouts is all about?” —Stories like this will be shared throughout the afternoon.

Leader’s Day • April 22, 2012 Girl Scout Volunteer Recognition Week is April 16-22 and we would like to recognize and thank all of our GSWPA volunteers. Check out the ideas below to celebrate these special people! • Share a Girl Scout Thank You e-card from GSWPA. Visit gswpa.org/volunteer/traditions/ girl-scout-leaders-day to access the free card. • Nominate someone for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Go to the Volunteer Resources section of gswpa.org for an application. • Create a slide show of your troop “in action,” and share it with your troop volunteers and Service Unit Manager or Team via email, at your troop meeting or on a CD. Nothing says “thank you” better than sharing success.   • Have your girls create a thank you card for your Service Unit leadership and/or troop volunteers. • Post a “thank you” on Facebook, Twitter or your Service Unit website.

Remember to take a moment to recognize yourself as a volunteer also.

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Discover Volunteerism (cont.)

Upcoming Events Go to gswpa.org for more information on these volunteer activities and more. Updates are made regularly, so check back frequently.

Quilting Weekend

Attention quilting lovers! Join other adult “quilters” March 16-18 for a fun weekend at Camp Redwing.  Gather at least 20 of your favorite T-shirts to make a fabulous T-Shirt Quilt. Don’t miss it!

Adult Facilitator’s Spring Conference

The 2012 Facilitator’s Conference is scheduled for May 18-20 at Camp Roy Weller. GSWPA facilitators come together at this annual meeting for enrichment opportunities and the chance to network with other facilitators. Want to be an adult facilitator and have a positive impact on a girl’s experience with Girl Scouting? Contact Carmen Toothman at 800-248-3355 ext 1117 or ctoothman@gswpa.org.

Women’s Weekend

Don’t miss this great get-a-way weekend, Aug. 9-12 at Camp Curry Creek.  Come for a day, two days or the whole weekend for fun and relaxation. Many different activities will be available each day. There is something for everyone, and you can choose to do as little or as much as you want. You’ll also get to see old friends and meet new ones.

Craft Weekend

Enjoy crafting? Then Sept. 14-16 at Camp Conshatawba is the weekend for you! A wide variety of great crafts are planned: some can be used with your Girl Scouts and some to decorate your home.

Tote Bags and Catch-A-Can Weekend

Getting organized has never been so much fun! Make a Tote Bag and a Catch-A-Can to carry your special items. Don’t know what a Catch-A-Can Is? Come and join us on Oct. 19-21 at Camp Skymeadow to find out!    

Volunteer Support Webinars The GSWPA Volunteer Management Department hosts monthly webinars on the third Thursday of every month from 10-11 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. Each month will feature a new topic. They provide volunteers with the opportunity to hear from experts about what works, learn different aspects of council and share ideas. To register, visit gswpa.org, and select “Calendar and Registration,” and choose “Adult Training & Events“ on the left-hand side. After you register for the webinar, a meeting request will be forwarded to your current email address in our database. Please contact Terra Corsini at 1-800-248-3355 ext 1410 or tcorsini@gswpa.org with questions.

Session Dates and Topics: March 15 April 19 May 17 July 19 • Sept. 13 • Oct. 18 • Nov. 8 • • • •

National Volunteer Week: Leader’s Day Ideas Online Registration: Nuts & Bolts Girls Networking/Mentoring Ideas Guidelines for Troop Registration, Volunteer Process and Retail MagNut Sales: Future Entrepreneurs What Is New at Your Camp? What a Cookie Can Do: The Girl Scout Cookie Program

If you miss any of the webinars, you can see the slide shows and frequently asked questions at gswpa.org.

Other Opportunities Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouting 101 is offered online. Girl Scouting 101 replaces Online Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Essentials. The easy-to-use orientation introduces new volunteers to Girl Scouts’ inspiring national leadership experience, from the Journeys resources and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to cookie sales, safety guidelines and much more. In just 45-50 minutes, volunteers will complete Girl Scouting 101 and be ready to begin their GSWPA Journey! Get started by clicking on Adult Learning Opportunities on the Volunteer page of gswpa.org.

Webinar Trainings

Experience the latest in technology through a “GoTo Webinar,” which allows both audio and visual training. Leaders of all age levels will learn characteristics of girls, the Girl Scout meeting process, Journeys, finances and so much more!  Register for a grade level training online at gswpa.org/CalendarandRegistration.

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Volunteer Spotlight Meet Darlene Seath! Darlene Seath (back row, left), our featured Spotlight Volunteer, with her Girl Scout Troop 30421.

1. In your own words, what is a volunteer?

A volunteer is anyone who gives of themselves, their time or talents without expecting anything in return.

2. With what Council did you most recently volunteer?

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

3. What volunteer position(s) have you held with Girl Scouts?

Assistant leader, leader, Service Unit delegate and Service Unit event coordinator, Hawthorne Ridge site team member, Certified Archery Instructor and day camp unit leader.

4. Why did you choose to become a Girl Scout volunteer?

My daughter wanted to be a Girl Scout Daisy and they needed an Assistant Leader to start a troop. I was a Den Mother and Webelos Leader with my husband for my son and thoroughly enjoyed it. I figured I better volunteer if this was the only way she could join a troop. That was 12 years ago.

7. How did you come to know Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania?

I was a Girl Scout Junior and Cadette and then became a Leader when my daughter was trying to join a troop.

8. What volunteer positions are you most interested in now?

I really enjoy them all. Every one of them is unique.

9. What are your initial thoughts and

reactions to your volunteer experience?

I think GSWPA is really striving to provide the best experiences possible for girls. Is it perfect? No, but that is where the girls can try and make a difference. I encourage the girls in my troop to attend Town Hall and Site Team meetings, and several have applied for the new girl positions on the Board of Directors. We even had three go to the National Convention in Houston, one as a Girl Delegate and two to the Leadership Conference. I always encourage the girls to get involved if they want to make change happen. I think feeling ownership of their troop, camps and council helps with the retention of girls in Girl Scouts, especially past the middle school years.

5. What motivates you, in general, to

10. What is one of your most memorable

The girls are just so driven and full of ideas. I see a successful leader in each and every one of them. They always have a project going so there is never an end point in sight; we just keep pushing ahead. When I see the girls engaged in a project or interacting in the community I think, “What would they be doing right now if they were not in Girl Scouts? Would they have these opportunities?” We do things that they would never be able to do if it were not for their involvement in Girl Scouts. Every time a girl says, “I remember when we did this or that,” or that they had a great time, it empowers me to keep going. As long as they keep coming back I will be here.

I could never pick just one. I have had so many adventures with our troop. We have done a lot of traveling—seeing the girls plan, make phone calls, research, write checks, etc., and then experience what they have planned,´ has been a highlight of my volunteer years. Spending two weeks with teenagers on the road is pretty unforgettable. I think they would say it was making desserts while blindfolded. The one thing, though, that really sticks out in my mind was when the girls decided to make a memory book for their bridging ceremony this last fall. Each girl created a page on a different topic such as memorable camp experiences, trips we have taken, favorite badge work, etc. They also did a page on memories of their leaders. It was funny yet heartwarming. They do remember the things we have done and I hope I am making a difference in their lives.

volunteer, and want to help others?

6. How many years have you volunteered? More than 12 years.

volunteer experiences?

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Volunteering at Camp? Make sure you have the trainings you need. Outdoor 101

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101.  Choose either the self-study or hands-on format. This training focuses on age-appropriate activities, outdoor progression, facility reservation procedures, safety hazard tips for outdoors, fire safety when using a fireplace and planning in partnership with girls for a lodge camping experience. The self-study format is designed for volunteers to learn at their own pace. A question and answer sheet is completed and submitted for credit to be given. To access the self study guide, go to gswpa.org and click on the Volunteer section.  A link to the Outdoor 101 manual is available for you to begin your course by clicking on Adult Learning Opportunities. The hands-on format is a two-hour course and is generally offered at a Girl Scout camp property or a site chosen by the trainer. There is no charge for this course.

Basic Camping Skills

Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101 and Outdoor 101. This four-hour course focuses on understanding how to make, use and extinguish a campfire; tips on planning, preparation and cleanup steps for a cook-out; learning basic tool crafts and elementary knots; making simple meals; knife safety; graces to use in the camp setting; and learning how to work in partnership with girls for outdoor cooking experiences.  This course is geared toward, but not limited to, troop leaders of grades 2-5. Completion of this training allows you to stay overnight in lodges and cabins at councilowned properties, and to lead cookouts and have campfires. It is also required for any outdoor cooking or fire-building at any site— including non-GSWPA properties.

Basic Platform Tent and Yurt Camping Skills Prerequisite: Girl Scouting 101, Outdoor 101 and Basic Camping Skills.

This overnight course (approximately 21 hours long) focuses on a camping experience in tents, including platform tents and yurts. Included in this course is the care and use of platform tents or yurts, more outdoor cooking options, knots needed for platform tent and yurt camping, simple lashing skills, advanced tool craft, care and use of lanterns and nature skills.  This outdoor training is geared toward, but not limited to, Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador leaders.

Additional Outdoor Enrichments include: Intro to Backpacking, Basic Archery Certification, Canoeing, First Aid/CPR and Wilderness First Aid.  View additional enrichment opportunities, and see all trainings, program activities and events, at gswpa.org.  Choose a topic, register online and attend!  (A small project fee may be included.)

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Adult Learning Opportunity Instructions

Training Policy All volunteers will receive training for their position and will be required to complete additional trainings that are designated as mandatory for their position within a specified time frame. Training will ensure that each volunteer has the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in her/his work. Registration Instructions Registration is required for all council-sponsored learning opportunities. To register online: Visit gswpa.org and click on “Calendar and Registration.”

To register by mail: Download the Learning Opportunities Registration form, and send to: GSWPA Edinboro Office 5681 Route 6N Edinboro, PA 16412

• If the course has a fee, you must include payment (check or credit card information) with your registration. • Due to the high volume of trainings, phone registrations cannot be accepted. • Confirmation letters will be sent via email (if provided) or U.S. Mail with any additional information you may need. • The deadline for registering for training will be two weeks before the date of the course. • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Trainings fill quickly—don’t wait for the deadline! • If after registering, you are unable to attend, please contact a registrar at registrar@gswpa.org or call 800-248-3355 ext. 1460. • You must bring your completed health history form with you to the training. This form can be downloaded at gswpa.org. You’ll receive one in your confirmation letter. Child Care Babysitting is not provided. Small children may be distracting to both the trainer/learning facilitator and the participants. Please make arrangements for the care of your children while you attend a training session. Punctuality Please be punctual to ensure that all training sessions begin and end at the times indicated. Participants who miss more than 30 minutes of training will not receive credit for the session until the missed training information is completed through another training session, at which time the training card will be signed. Cancellations Training sessions may be cancelled due to inclement weather, trainer illness or if fewer than five (5) people register by the deadline. If a training session is cancelled, only those registered will be notified. Refund Policy Refunds will be given when: • Participants cancel at least five (5) weeks prior to an event. • The council cancels the learning opportunity. • The participant cannot attend due to illness, and a physician’s statement accompanies a written request for a refund. • The participant cannot attend due to a family emergency and an explanation of the emergency situation accompanies a written request for a refund. • A written notice of cancellation addressed to: Registrar, GSWPA, 5681 Route 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412, is received at least two (2) weeks prior to the event, unless due to medical or family emergency. Notification for Accounts Receivable Conversion (ARC) Checks received by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania may be converted into an electronic debit for clearing. The creation of an electronic debit requires Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania to destroy the original check for privacy reasons. You will not receive your check back from the bank. Please visit gswpa.org for the most up-to-date information on additions, amendments or cancellations of Adult Learning Opportunities.

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for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” –Maya Angelou

Point Park University is proud to partner with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting! We have been educating future leaders since 1960, and will welcome Girl Scouts to our campus for these special events: • 100 Years of Women’s Leadership with First Lady of the Commonwealth Susan Corbett • 100th Anniversary Grand Celebration Weekend To learn more about us, visit pointpark.edu

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Congratulations, Girl Scouts, on 100 years of success!

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In light of the negative messaging on t-shirts and the often unflattering images of girls in advertising, GSWPA is Taking Action!

GSWPA t-shirt Design Contest

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Design GSWPA’S new t-shirt and spread the word that you’re proud to be a strong, smart girl!

The Girl Scout with the winning design will receive a free t-shirt featuring her artwork.

Send your design and contact information to kdunmire@gswpa.org or GSWPA, Attn: Kylie Dunmire, 2359 Freeport Road, Kittanning, PA 16201

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Annual Meeting Save-the-Date All members 14 years and older are invited to the GSWPA Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. You can attend live at our main location at the University of Pittsburgh, or join us via the satellite location nearest you. Announcement and registration details are coming soon, or check gswpa.org/volunteers/volunteerresources/forms for more info!

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: Make a Day of the Annual Meeting! In response to volunteer requests, plans are in the works for a unique volunteer event in the afternoon after the Annual Meeting.  Since so many volunteers are already gathering together on this day, why not take the opportunity to plan an adult recognition luncheon, an adult learning opportunity or an adult activity at your Annual Meeting location? If you would like to be a part of the planning for this afternoon, or to find out what plans are being established in your area, please contact Terra Corsini at tcorsini@gswpa.org. Updates will be forthcoming.

Gold Awardees

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania congratulates the girls who completed their Girl Scout Gold Award between March 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn—these girls join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities, and developed the leadership skills that set a foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. For a complete listing of this year’s Gold Awardees, and to read about the meaningful projects they completed, please visit gswpa.org/girls/awards/gold-award. (And check back often for the most up-to-date list!)

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Own a piece of Girl Scout history! Get your 100th Anniversary keepsakes while supplies last.

Year of the Girl Tote Bag — $14

Year of the Girl Logo T-shirt in black. Available in girl and adult sizes. Black Tee — $15-$19

Year of the Girl Pins — $.80 each Year of the Girl Iron-on Patch — $3

100th Anniversary Disc — This disc is to be worn behind the membership star and grade level disc of the anniversary year. It can be worn by Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors. (Membership star and grade level disc purchased separately.)

Forever Green Sale ! Monday, March 12

Celebrate Girl Scout’s 100th Birthday with the Council Shop. Save 15 percent off green merchandise. Refreshments will be served. (Sale excludes Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, badges, awards, pins, sale and clearance items. Other restrictions may apply.) Final Days­­­—Get your Special Introductory Pricing of $16.87 on the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting through March 12! (Regular price is $22.50.)

New Council Shop Hours The Beaver, Edinboro, Greensburg, Kittanning, Johnstown and Pittsburgh Shops will be open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon. On occasion, the shops may be closed from 1-1:30 p.m. Please call ahead if you plan on visiting during this time. Please call in advance before traveling to any of our other shops.   

Extended Hours The Shop has extended Saturday hours at most GSWPA Council Shop locations on Saturday, April 21, May 5 and May 19, 2012.  Check with your local shop to ensure participation.

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Celebrating 100 years of Volunteers

It’s a great time to be a Girl Scout Volunteer! 

Schedule tight? Not a problem! Today’s Girl Scouts offers flexible ways to participate. Spend a day running a sports clinic. An afternoon running a career workshop. Take girls on a week-long trip. The opportunities are endless. No matter what you choose to do, you’ll be making a lasting and positive impact on the lives of girls. Consider getting involved in: • • • • •

Camp: Share your appreciation for the outdoors with girls. Events: Perfect if you have high energy but limited availability. Series: Love dance? Chess? Yoga? Share your passion in a way that fits your schedule. Travel: Take girls on a trip across town or across the world. Troop: Help girls explore their interests, skills, goals and dreams throughout the year.

Get involved today by visiting gswpa.org/volunteers, or contact us at 800-248-3355 ext 1410 or volunteer@gswpa.org.

Calling all former Girl Scouts! As a Girl Scout Great, reconnect with Girl Scouting through our Alumnae Association.

Girl Scout Greats, our Girl Scouts Alumnae, come from all walks of life: inspirational volunteers, business and political leaders, scientists and inventors, devoted parents, and celebrities pursuing their dreams. They all have this in common—they’re Girl Scouts, just like you. The stories of today’s generation of girls are being written at this very moment… And the missing link in the journey from girl to future leader may be you! We invite you to reconnect with Girl Scouting through our Alumnae Association. For more information about GSWPA’s Alumnae Association, visit gswpa.org/alumnae or email us at alumnae@gswpa.org.


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