GSHPA Annual Impact Report 2019

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e k a t flig h t a year of transformative experiences for girls •



Susquehanna Wayne


Wyoming Lackawanna

Sullivan Lycoming



Counties Served

Luzerne Monroe

Montour Columbia




Girl Scout Promise

Snyder Northumberland Schuylkill Juniata Perry

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Dauphin Lebanon

Huntingdon Cumberland Lancaster

Fulton Franklin

GSHPA Headquarters Northeast Region GSHPA Headquarters Area Service Center

Camp Archbald

Northeast Region



North Region Center West Region Area Service

Camp Small Valley

Camp Furnace Hills

North Region

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


South Central Region SouthVehicle Region Mobile Programming Camp Happy Valley

West Region

Mobile Programming Vehicle

South Central Region

South Region

Camp Archbald

Camp Small Valley

Camp Furnace Hills

Camp Happy Valley

Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.


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Corporate & Foundation Partners

Aetna Foundation • Airie Knipel, Harry V. & J. William Warehime Foundation • Alexander W. Dick Foundation and Trust • Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation • Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz • Capital Virginia John Katherine Bishop Blue Cross • Centre County United Way • Centre Foundation • Charles A. Robertson Trust • Citizens’ Electric Mimi Barash Coppersmith Company • Crull S. Kister Trust • Dauphin County Commissioners • Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board • Betsy Keefer Mary Dearden Dr. Hermann & Mary J. Zwerling Community Trust • Edwards Business Systems • Estate of Charles P. Oyler • Sidney J. Prejean & Melinda C. Ghilardi Evangelical Community Hospital • Exelon Generation • Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank • First National Bank • Tom & Mary Jane Kistler Gannett Fleming, Inc. • Geisinger Health System • Giant Food Stores, LLC • Girl Scouts of the USA • Glatfelter Nancy J. Tulli • Glatfelter Insurance Group • Grace H. Hostetter Trust • GraphTech • Greater Susquehanna County United Senator Patricia Vance Way • Hershey Entertainment Resorts • Highmark Blue Shield • Huntingdon County United Way • Irene R. Adrienne M. Vicari, Herbert Rowland Weidman Charitable Trust • Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC • John Family Foundation • Karns Quality Foods • & Grubic Lafayette Ambassador Bank • Lamar Advertising • Lancaster County Community Foundation • Lawrence L. & Julia Z. Hoverter Charitable Foundation • M&T Charitable Foundation • McCormick Family Foundation • McKonly & Asbury • McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC • Mutual of America • Pennsylvania College of Technology • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency • Phoenix Contact • PNC Financial Services Group • PNC Foundation • PPL Corporation • PPO&S, Inc. • Scranton Area Community Foundation • T. Luke & Tourmaline Elizabeth H. Toomey Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities • The Anne Brossman Marion C. & William Alexander John & Eleanor Fogarty Neal & Linda Rhoads Sweigart Charitable Foundation • The Bishop Foundation • The Dime Bank • The Donald B. Kristie Aurience Linda & Blake Gall Danna Rich-Collins & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation • The Elmer Naugle Foundation • The Foundation for Amy Brayford Virginia Goodrich Mary Root Enhancing Communities • The G. Dewey & Mary J. Krumrine Foundation • The Hershey June Brown Kyle Kauffman Daren Russ Company • The Magee Foundation • The Mattioli Foundation • The Neal & Linda Bridget Casher Marilyn Derr Kauffman Jack F. Snider Rhoads Charitable Fund • The Powder Mill Foundation • The Rite Aid Foundation • Crystal Christ Stacy M. Klann Dianne Steimling UGI Utilities, Inc • United Way of Columbia & Montour Counties • United Way of Linda & John Davis Deborah Kolsovsky Deborah D. Vereen Franklin County • United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties • United Way of Brendan & Karen Degenhart Ellen M. Kyzer Paul & Dana Witt Lebanon County • United Way of the Capital Region • United Way of York County Bill Hoffmann Jeshanah McLeod Coni Wolf • UPMC Health Plan • W. Paul Fegley Community Trust Fund • Weis Markets, Inc. Elizabeth Ingraham Suzanne Moore Hattie Woods • West Pharmaceuticals • William & Gemima Brossman Charitable Foundation Galen & Nancy Dreibelbis William M. & Jane E. Murray Cornelia M. Yoder • William E.C. & Mary Dearden Foundation • William H. Young Charitable Trust • Heidi Nicholas & Bruce Fleischer Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania • Woodlands Bank • Wyoming County United Way



GSHPA also would like to recognize those donors who give generously and anonymously.



Growing up among brothers, Elizabeth “Liz” Mahoney found a sisterhood at Girl Scouts. The connections she made and the experiences she was offered at Girl Scouts became such a meaningful part sarah of her childhood that she felt compelled to continue with her daughter, Sarah. Now, with Liz cheering her on as both her mother and Troop Leader, Sarah has travelled internationally, and made a state-wide impact with her Gold Award project. Sarah credits her confidence and ability to form connections among her peers and community members to her experiences at Girl Scouts. She began as a Brownie, and though she completed both her Bronze and Silver awards, it was an overheard conversation about the rewards of the Gold Award from an older sarah Girl Scout that really sparked her desire to go for Gold herself. It was always her plan to approach veterans’ issues with her project, so when the relocation of her high school resulted in their Veterans Memorial Albert Hess, being left behind, Sarah took action. Lewisburg Area What started as an effort to move the WWII Veteran memorial to the new location quickly gained support among community members and became a state-wide campaign to raise awareness for veterans’



issues. Though her project was technically completed in May of 2019, Sarah has since interviewed local veterans, compiled a Youtube video to document their stories, and worked with a state representative to establish November as Veterans’ Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. In the midst of working on her Gold Award project, Sarah embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica with the Girl Scout Destinations program. There, she swam with sea life and connected with girls from all across the globe, extending her Girl Scout sisterhood even wider than her own troop in Lewisburg, PA. These were the meaningful experiences – building confidence, bettering communities, and connecting with girls of diverse backgrounds, whether they live down the street or across the country which Liz wanted for her daughter. Though the way girls from generation to generation experience Girl Scouts is unique, Liz and Sarah are the example that courage, confidence, and character Liz are truly in a Girl Scouts’ DNA.



Summer of STEAM


Each week of Lebanon Day Camp highlighted a different letter of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), and the girls surprised me more and more with each new activity. In just a few weeks, they had transformed into confident, inquisitive leaders who felt ready to take on the next day - whatever challenges it may bring. Both girls and counselors focused on mindfulness, teamwork, and collaboration in order to tackle not only the STEAM challenges before us, but behavioral and emotional issues we faced throughout our time together. On the last day of camp, we sent home a well-rounded, diverse, sisterhood of Girl Scouts, ready to change the world.

-Colleen Park, STEAM Program Coordinator

Taking it on the road

With the help of GSHPA Financial Assistance, Lebanon Day Camp served approximately 100 girls this summer!


In its fourth year, the STEAM (formerly STEM) Mobile brought hands-on activities to thousands of girls across our footprint. They hypothesized, created, built, imagined, and more - all in the comfort of their regular Girl Scout meeting space. Over With four vehicles on the road to deliver 66,000 this free programming, our potential to miles engage the future female leaders in covered! 18 STEAM is greater than ever before. curriculum options offered! 27 counties visited!

GSHPA is excited to announce that we have been awarded a KidCents Regional Grant from The RiteAid Foundation. This generous grant will fund our Northeast Regional STEAM Mobile in 2020!


Outdoors Makes a Difference Girls become leaders in the outdoors. Summer Camp is driven by girl choice. This may Over 1,400 be the first time in a girl’s life that she is making girls served every decision for herself – from what to eat to through Outdoor what activity she chooses. 82.6% of girls who Experiences! attended GSHPA Summer Camp in 2019 said that girls like them can be leaders.

Outdoor experiences help girls unplug. GSBB at SCI Muncy currently serves 9 girls and their mothers.

Girls that spend most of their time inside often tell us that it is during GSHPA outdoor experience programming that they spend the most time outdoors. “One of our campers told me she wanted to get a step tracker for all of the steps she took at camp because the most walking she does at home is downstairs to watch TV.” - 2019 Summer Camp Counselor

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars


-Caroline Ross, Community Initiatives Coordinator

Within the program’s first few weeks, our new Girl Scouts set out to explore the possibilities of connecting with peers of similar experiences through activities that promote leadership development and creative expression. The mothers at SCI Muncy campus have fully embraced their roles as Girl Scout ambassadors by planning Mother-Daughter meetings and exploring their role as a mother while having difficult conversations about their familial relationships. The GSBB SCI Muncy troop looks forward to its first Mother-Daughter meeting in early 2020!

65 adult members served through Adult Enrichment opportunities!

Spark Curiosity Event Series March - May 2019 3 regions and over 1,500 girls served!

highlights Early Bird Membership Renewal goals for 2019 were met - and surpassed!

STEAM Expo at Bucknell University October 2019 Over 400 girls in attendance!

11,678 girls participated in the Cookie Program. 5,008 girls participated in the Fall Product Program. GSHPA received a $175,000 grant for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars in The State Correctional Institution-Muncy. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania is the generous lead funder through the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund grant. This is the largest programmatic donation GSHPA has received since its inception!

In addition to the approximately 2,000 York County girls served by the STEAM Mobile, GSHPA served 264 girls in six schools in the York City School District after-school program. Girls spent six weeks learning about STEAM innovation and dreaming for their future careers thanks to generous community support. $248,570 in Financial Assistance provided directly to girls in 2019!


Truly, ours is a circle of friendships, united by our

ideals. Juliette Gordon Low

350 Hale Ave. Harrisburg, PA 17104 Phone: 800.692.7816 Fax: 717.234.5097