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Power of Positivity 2017 Annual IMPACT Report www.gshpa.org


Girl Scout Promise

Girl Scout Law

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.

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.

Build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


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Board of Directors 2017–2018 BOARD OFFICERS Chair of the Board Kathy W. McCorkle Mechanicsburg, PA Vice Chair Deborah A. Kolsovsky Scranton, PA Secretary Melinda C. Ghilardi, Esq. Dunmore, PA Treasurer Stacy Klann Mechanicsburg, PA MEMBERS AT LARGE Lynn M. Bachstein Trucksville, PA

Betsy Keefer York, PA

Joanne M. Bankos York, PA

Barbara G. Lyman, Ph.D. Shippensburg, PA

Karen D. Best Lemoyne, PA

Jeshanah McLeod Dillsburg, PA

Amy Brayford Berwick, PA

Nancy J. Tulli Hummelstown, PA

Karen K. Deklinski, Wormleysburg, PA

Deborah Vereen New Cumberland, PA

Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, Jr. Lancaster, PA

Adrienne M. Vicari Enola, PA

Stacey O. Irwin, Ph.D. Lancaster, PA

Yvette L. Willson, Esq. State College, PA


Dear Friends of GSHPA, At a time when girls juggle a myriad of mixed messages about how to become successful young women, we are proud that Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania provides powerful and relevant programming to help girls make positive choices. When Girl Scouts began, more than 100 years ago, founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to provide experiences for girls to build independence, confidence and courage. Today, that same commitment to helping girls grow through progressive and challenging activities is demonstrated by the accomplishments of Girl Scouts in hundreds of troops across central and northeastern Pennsylvania. With partnerships growing across our 30-county footprint, we are building programs and opportunities for girls to explore, grow, learn, progress and develop through outdoor experiences, leadership activities, STEM initiatives and civic engagement. It’s never been more important to champion girls’ futures and to fuel the female leadership pipeline in our communities, our country and in the world. Girl Scouts is as critical and vital today as it has ever been throughout its 105-year legacy of inspiring and empowering girls—and the women they will become. Because of the dedication and passion of our volunteers, GSHPA offers exciting adventures for girls; continues to strengthen an already robust program calendar; and continues to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Please take a moment to review our annual report and celebrate with GSHPA this past year’s accomplishments. On behalf of our girls, our volunteers, our families and our partners, thank you for investing your time, interest and generosity today, in the girls who are the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Girl Scouts are: GOGETTERS

They take responsibility for raising funds for troop activities, expanding their horizons and investing in themselves and each other.


They explore technology and gain valuable skills, advancing into new areas of expertise.


They launch initiatives, building a lifelong toolkit of abilities and talent.


They charge ahead to pave the way for younger girls, creating a legacy of positive support for future Girl Scouts. Kathryn W. McCorkle Chair of the Board

Ellen M. Kyzer, MPA, President and CEO


Power of People Volunteers are the people power of GSHPA; they create, plan, cultivate and develop G.I.R.L.s across every aspect of Girl Scouting. We exist because our volunteers commit to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. During 2017, a number of resources were re-tooled and shared with volunteers in new ways. The G.I.R.L. Guide (formerly the Program Partner Directory) was produced in an entirely different format, including an event calendar right inside the pages of the guide. At two unique Volunteer Kick-Off events (one at Messiah College; another at Bloomsburg University), hundreds of volunteers were pampered and recognized for the energy and enthusiasm they give all year long. And the online Volunteer Toolkit is providing tools, techniques and tactics directly to volunteers anytime, anywhere.


Volunteers are the people power of GSHPA. They commit to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Power of Promise Girl Scouting happens because our donors support the promise of learning, leadership and legacy. 2016–2017 Corporate and Foundation Partners

Snayberger Memorial Foundation The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation The Tombros Foundation T. Luke and Elizabeth H. Toomey Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities UGI Utilities, Inc UPMC Pinnacle Irene R. Weidman Charitable Trust Weis Markets, Inc. Whitaker Fund for Science and Math, a Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation Capital BlueCross Collens-Wagner Agency, Inc. Dauphin County Parks and Recreation William E.C. & Mary Dearden Foundation Elmer Naugle Foundation Ferree Foundation Forever Media, Inc. Gannett Fleming, Inc. Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation Glatfelter Insurance Group Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Highmark Blue Shield Lawrence L. & Julia Z. Hoverter Charitable Foundation Kenneth Bankert Foundation, Inc. Kiwanis Club of Lebanon Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation The G. Dewey & Mary J. Krumrine Foundation The Magee Foundation McCormick Family Foundation Members 1st Federal Credit Union The Middleswarth Foundation Milton Hershey School Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Motorworld Automotive Group Mutual of America Penn Waste, Inc. PNC Financial Services Group PPL Corporation PPL Foundation Pollock Foundation

2016–2017 Circle of Friends Diamond E. Louise Hepschmidt* Betsy Keefer Emerald Joanne and Stephen Bankos Mimi Barash Coppersmith Katherine Bishop Amy P. De Shong, Esq. Sidney J. Prejean and Melinda C. Ghilardi Tom and Mary Jane Kistler Ellen M. Kyzer Robert and Donna Pullo Tourmaline Marion C. and William Alexander Lynn Bachstein Nancy Adams Besch Karen Diener Best Janice R. Black Amy Brayford Thomas and June Brown *Denotes donors who were deceased in FY2017


Power of Promise continued Louise Brown Thomas Brown Catherine and John Bush Linda and John Davis Mary Dearden Brendan and Karen Degenhart Karen and Joseph Deklinski Linda and Blake Gall Virginia Goodrich Norma J. Gotwalt* Stacy M. Klann Deborah Kolsovsky Dolly and Rocky Lalvani Bernadette A. Lear Veronica Longenecker Barbara Lyman Kathryn W. and David McCorkle Jeshanah McLeod J. Michael and Wendy Melhorn Tim Melita Suzanne Moore Heidi Nicholas and Bruce Fleischer Neal and Linda Rhoads Jack F. Snider

Barb and Steve Taylor Milicent and Edward Treat Nancy J. Tulli Adrienne M. Vicari Paul W. and Judy S. Ware Paul and Dana Witt Coni Wolf

United Way Partners Centre County United Way Clinton County United Way Danville Area United Way Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Huntingdon County United Way United Way of Columbia County United Way of Franklin County United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties United Way of Lebanon County United Way of the Capital Region United Way of York County Wyoming County United Way *Denotes donors who were deceased in FY2017

In addition to donors listed here, GSHPA recognizes the generosity of donors who choose to remain anonymous.

GSHPA strives to present the highest level of accuracy in our recordkeeping. If an error is made, please accept our apology and reach out to the Fund Development office at 800.692.7816 so we may correct it.


Power of Philanthropy Celebrating a Lifetime Commitment with an Eternal Legacy Because of her deep and abiding commitment to Girl Scouts, Eleanor Martin Allen will give girls the chance to be part of Girl Scouts for generations. Ellie died on August 5, 2017, after a long and happy life made richer by her devotion to community service. Her estate planning included a bequest to Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, continuing her lifetime focus on empowering women and girls in central Pennsylvania. “My siblings and I recognize how important Girl Scouting was to our mother throughout her life,” according to daughter Barbara Allen. “My sister Melissa and I greatly benefited from our participation in troops and camp experiences while growing up in Harrisburg, and I continued as a camp counselor and troop leader during my college years. In fact, many of my favorite camp songs have found their way into the early childhood music classes I teach in Maine! We are delighted that Girl Scouting is as relevant to today’s girls as it was to us 50 years ago.” Embracing the Girl Scout mission to “make the world a better place,” Ellie experienced the benefit of Girl Scouting as a girl member. As an adult, her volunteerism began as a Brownie Troop Leader and grew exponentially through the years, culminating in the role of President of the Hemlock Girl Scout Council in 1967. Her leadership was instrumental in unifying the council through its merger in the 1960s. “Ellie’s legacy is a tribute to her commitment to building girls with strong leadership qualities,” shared Ellen Kyzer, president & CEO. “Her generosity will continue to plant seeds of courage and confidence in hundreds of girls each year, encouraging and preparing the leaders of tomorrow.” “We are so proud of the legacy our mother left for girls in central Pennsylvania,” said Barbara. Girl Scouts is proud to celebrate Eleanor Allen’s life and legacy and joins thousands of girls in expressing heartfelt thanks for her thoughtful gift. For more information about making a charitable bequest or other types of charitable giving, please contact the GSHPA Development Team at 800.692.7816 or development@gshpa.org. 9

Eleanor M. Allen

“We are so proud of the legacy our mother left for girls in central Pennsylvania.” —Barbara Allen

Power of G.I.R.L. As a Girl Scout progresses from a Daisy all the way to Ambassador, she tries new things, explores areas of interest, and learns along the way. The culmination of that learning is her accomplishment of the Girl Scout Gold Award project. In May, 51 exemplary Leaders representing Senior and Ambassador levels were recognized at the Gold Award Luncheon. The extraordinary achievements of four Gold Award Girl Scouts were captured on film by our generous partner, UGI. Watch each girl share her vision for building community solutions in the online edition of this report.



Also recognized were

400+ Silver Award recipients representing the Cadette level

890+ “When I was nine, I was the shy, quiet girl in the back of the room. Throughout my Girl Scout career I have become more confident.” — Emily K.

“I learned that being a Girl Scout is being a leader and wanting to inspire and empower others to be a leader as well.” — Geeta L.



“Just because I am from a small town in central Pennsylvania doesn’t mean I can’t do big things.” — Alexis W.

“It made me realize what I was capable of doing. Without Scouts I don’t know what I would be like. I feel like with this run I left [my mark] in my hometown.” — Julya G. 10

Bronze Award recipients representing the Junior level

Empowering today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Power of Partnership The power of working with program partners to deliver Girl Scouting right in the communities where girls live soared to new heights throughout 2017. Programs can take many forms—from one-hour long recess programs focusing on STEM projects to more complex afterschool programs—particularly when adult volunteers serve as mentors and presenters. Girls learned to build bridges in a program conducted by Women in Transportation; national partner, American Petroleum Institute (API) offered a program to help girls earn the mineral patch; Katapault Engineering in Dillsburg provided hands-on technical learning in their office Maker Space; and minor league baseball teams offered Girl Scout themed events and camp-outs throughout GSHPA’s 30-county market. Our valuable program partners represent business, non-profit community organizations, child care providers, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities and YMCAs. Nearly 2,400 girls participated in programs that our partners conducted, sponsored, offered and supported.

Summer Camp

The outdoor experience in all its forms is a foundational program of Girl Scouts. Our girl members can participate in camping activities across many different focused curriculum areas. New this year was “Mini-camp” which offered a shorter sleepaway camp experience of just three days to 140 Brownies and Juniors. Other camp themes included Ranch camp, for girls interested in horses and equine care; CIT—counselor in training, for girls who plan to serve as future camp counselors; and Troop Adventure Camp, which offers topics ranging from Art in the Outdoors for Brownies to Winter Survival for Cadettes.

Troop Adventure Camp

More than ever, GSHPA is building programs based on what our membership wants. Girl input is a vital aspect of offering the right programs at ideal locations. Recently, GSHPA surveyed all girl members, asking what themes they prefer at day and resident camps. Top picks ranged from Animal Adventure to Ooey-Gooey/Silly Science. We will keep asking these innovators what they want and providing progressively more challenging activities for girls.



girls served Backpacking Adventure


girls served Girl vs Wild


girls served

1,014 girls served

Foxfire Program


girls served Nature Explorers


girls served

Power of Participation Since GSHPA launched the Girls GO STEM program, thousands of girls have experienced the power of learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Add to that the impact of the on-the-go STEM Mobile, courtesy of our program partner PPL, and girls are getting a hands-on look at curriculum that covers everything from Coding Robots to Making Slime! Once girls get a chance to explore more than 50 high-tech experiments and activities, they begin thinking differently about what their future education could hold. The very first STEM Expo drew more than 1,000 Girl Scouts, volunteers and parents along with more than 45 program partners who inspired the girls to dig deeper into STEM fields. The event was such a success that it sparked three STEM Expo events scheduled for 2018; all being offered at college campuses. Our Girl Scout Innovators are learning about how Virtual Reality can impact their day to day reality. They can code a robot right in the moment; and test their technology prowess. Most of all, girls are finding out in real time that …

“Little girls can do anything that grown men can do.”

STEM Stats Curriculum ­— virtual reality, robotics & coding, engineering, and environmental impact


locations since June 2017 launch


program spots available weekly

2,300+ Girl Scouts served

Fully booked through April 2018

Power of Planning Fiscal Year of October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 Financial management throughout fiscal year 2017 was characterized by an intense focus on reducing operating cost through streamlining processes, using technology to improve efficiency and defining an effective staffing model.

Statement of Financial Position for the period ended September 2017

Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets for the period ended September 2017

Total (Unaudited) FYE2017 CURRENT ASSETS (Unaudited) Cash and cash equivalents $1,933,224 UNRESTRICTED REVENUE AND PUBLIC SUPPORT Custodian funds 100,761 Program-related revenue Inventory 7,751 Program-related product sales $8,868,228 Accounts receivable, net Cost of product sales (2,564,090) United Way 186,857 Program service and camp fees 364,166 Other 61,722 Miscellaneous and rental revenue 55,020 Prepaid expenses 288,510 Total program related revenue 6,723,324 Current portion of pledges receivable, net 169,652 UNRESTRICTED PUBLIC SUPPORT Total current assets 2,748,477 Contributions and grants 190,555 OTHER ASSETS United Way 42,376 Investments 7,599,657 Special fundraising events, net 50,934 Assets limited as to use 676,230 Net assets released from Beneficial interests in perpetual trusts 561,491 restrictions-operating 502,876 Pledges receivable, net, less current portion 80,400 Total public support 786,741 Total other assets 8,917,778 Investment gain, net of fees 419,162 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Total unrestricted revenue and Less accumulated depreciation 9,078,354 public support 7,929,227 Total assets 20,744,609 FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES LIABILITIES Program Services Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 264,920 Girl Scout Leadership Experience 4,885,467 Accrued wages and vacation 178,979 Programs 2,034,976 Capital lease liability 61,975 Total program services 6,920,443 Line of credit - Supporting Services Custodian funds 100,761 Management and general 772,323 Deferred program revenue 4,300 Fundraising 409,323 Total liabilities 610,935 Total program services 1,181,646 Total functional expenses 8,102,089 NET ASSETS Net unrestricted cash operating margin (172,862) Unrestricted Operating 8,625,437 OTHER CHANGES TO UNRESTRICTED NET ASSETS Board designated 744,839 Gas lease royalties 699,820 Land, building, & equipment 9,078,354 Unrealized gain (loss) on investments 500,676 Total unrestricted net assets 18,448,630 Gain (loss) on sale of asset 117,756 Temporarily restricted 855,742 Other non-operating income 393,551 Permanently restricted 829,302 Depreciation (660,949) Total other changes to unrestricted Total net assets $20,133,674 net assets 1,050,854 Change in unrestricted net assets 877,992 Total liabilities and net assets $20,744,609 CHANGE IN NET RESTRICTED ASSETS Contributions and grants 418,007 United Way 240,927 Investment gain, net of fees 28,036 Unrealized gain (loss) on investments 32,209 Net assets released from restrictions-operating (529,443)

Change in restricted net assets

Change in total assets

$189,736 $1,067,728

GSHPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. In addition, to ensure full equality of opportunity in all operations and activities of the organization, every staff member employed in Girl Scouting shall be selected under fair employment procedures that provide equal employment opportunities. Independent auditor report of FYE2017 results will be available February 2018.


Power of Passion Every year, thousands of Go-Getter Girl Scouts of all ages take a proactive stance on an important topic: COOKIES! Girls aren’t just selling cookies, they are also learning pivotal life skills like planning to meet a goal and how budgeting works. And, with the help of Digital Cookie, girls are stacking up cookie sales in a big way. In 2017, online sales increased by 99.92% because of Digital Cookie. Girls across 30 counties sold nearly 57,000 boxes of cookies and hand-delivered approximately 32,000 of those boxes, demonstrating that the personal touch is still the most important technique in sales! Proceeds from cookie sales support troop activities and programs for girls. Here’s a look at how the cookie crumbles from the annual initiative.

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of Cookie sales supports direct girl programming and activities


of Cookie sales purchases the product from approved bakers


of Cookie sales funds administration and coordination

GSHPA Cookie Booths will be selling cookies between February 23–March 25, 2018.


Power of Purpose In a unique program called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, GSHPA provides the positive and powerful attributes of Girl Scouting to girls and their mothers in an environment that doesn’t always offer choices. Through Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, girls and their incarcerated mothers hold traditional Girl Scout meetings, strengthening their bond and developing quality role-modeling for good parenting behavior. Because Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is completely free to mothers and their daughters, it also paid for camp and mini-camp experiences for a group of girls, ranging from daisies to juniors. The girls received financial assistance for camp supplies, transportation and camp fees. Experiencing many activities for the first time, one of the girls remarked on her favorite camp first … eating apple pie! Within our 30-county footprint, the needs of girls are wideranging. Through generous donors, creative programming, powerful partners and supportive communities, GSHPA remains committed to delivering a life-changing experience to all G.I.R.L.s.

Throughout GSHPA’s 30-county service area, there are 72 Service Units, which collectively support 1,609 active troops. Troops can consist of a single age level, or may have multiple ages and levels represented.


K-1st graders


Brownies 2–3 graders


Juniors 4–5 graders


Cadettes 6–8 graders



9–10 graders


Ambassadors 11–12 graders


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— Juliette Gordon Low

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