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Vol. 5, Issue 3 • spring/summer 2013

what’s inside: S’more Fun Events, page 4 Programs, pages 12-33 Girls Teen Conference, page 36 Register Online, page 40 Discover Volunteerism, page 47


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Early bird membership registration begins April 1! Visit gswpa.org to learn more.

Girl Scout Grade Levels:

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Table of Contents S’more Event Listings...............................................................4 Date Planner...........................................................................5-9 County Event Planner....................................................... 10-11 Travel............................................................................................12 Programs.............................................................................13-32 Program Kits and Programs by Request..........................33 Program Team Meetings.......................................................34 Leadership Experience Workshops and Webinars......35 Girls Teen Conference.......................................................... 36 Save-the-Dates....................................................................... 37 Camp Work Weekends......................................................... 38 GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses............................... 39 Registration Information..................................................... 40 Event Registration Form................................................ 41-42 Scholarship Application................................................ 43-44 Volunteer-Led Area Day Camps................................. 45-46 Discover Volunteerism...................................................47-48 Adult Learning Opportunities............................................ 49

Grades 4-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-10

Grades 11-12

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


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S’more

Fun Events Whether you have been a Girl Scout for years or are new to Girl Scouting, research shows that girls benefit from a girls-only 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! To register for programs, visit gswpa.org and click on “Program and Camp Registration”.

Date Planner, Pages 5-9

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 10-12

Programs are listed alphabetically by county and include the page number where you’ll get more detailed information.

Travel Events, Page 12 Program Events, Pages 13-33 GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses, Page 39 Many of our events and activities take place at GSWPA offices and camps. Find the exact address for these locations here.

2013 S’more Fun Event Registration Instructions and Form, Pages 41-42

Everything you need to know to sign up for GSWPA programs!

2013 Scholarship Application, Pages 43-44 Scholarships are available!

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

Family

Series Volunteer Needed


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Date Planner Date Planner

Daisies, Grades K-1 March:

April:

6: Girl Scout Ways, pg 20 13: Daisies – Discover, Connect, Eat!, pg 18 13: Get Tangled Up in Rapunzel’s World!, pg 20 20: Belly Dancing, pg 14 20: Bridging to Brownies – Ready, Set, Hike, pg 15 20: Nature Days, pg 25 20: You’ll Flip Over Judo!, pg 32 22: Fancy Nancy – Green Day, pg 19 22: Get Ready for Camp!, pg 19 27: Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 27: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 27: Nature Days, pg 25 27: Spring into Spring the Girl Scout Way, pg 29 28: Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15

May:

4: Be Pretty As a Princess Party, pg 14 4: Nature Days, pg 25 4: Snap Happy Hunt, pg 29 11: High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 11: Mommy & Me Tea, pg 25 11: Nature Days, pg 25 11: Splish Splash, pg 29 11: Walk with Wildflowers, pg 31 17-18: My First Overnight at Camp Curry Creek, pg 25 17: Night Noises, pg 26 18: Cavern Adventures, pg 17 18: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 18: Mini Camp 101, pg 24 18-19: Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 18: Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29 21: Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 31: Simple Pleasures, pg 28

June:

1: Night Noises, pg 26 2: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 8: Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 8: Hoop Academy, pg 22 9: Super Summer Snack, pg 30 20: Crazy For Zumba, pg 17 22: Family Trees, pg 19 29: Bird Nerds, pg 15 29: Just Jewelry, pg 23

July:

23: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

August:

3: Bird Nerds, pg 15 3: Tennis Time, pg 31 10: Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 13: 27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 15: Sunny’s Trip to Munnell Run Farm, pg 30 25: Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24

September:

8: GRANDgardening, pg 20 21: Places in Peril, pg 27 28: National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25

October:

12: Camp Creepy, pg 17 26: Camp Creepy, pg 17

Girl Scout Daisies, Grades K-1

16: All About Science, pg 13 17: St. Patrick’s Day Soiree, pg 29 24-25: Passion for Fashion Sleepover, pg 27


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Brownies, Grades 2-3 March:

Date Planner

16: All About Science, pg 13 16: Green Girls Craft Day, pg 21 17: St. Patrick’s Day Soiree, pg 29 22-24: Wonders of Water Journey Weekend, pg 32 23: Obstacle Challenge, pg 26 24-25: Passion for Fashion Sleepover, pg 27

April:

Girl Scout Brownies, Grades 2-3

6: Brownie Hiker, pg 15 6: Girl Scout Ways, pg 20 13: Get Tangled Up in Rapunzel’s World!, pg 20 13: Snacks, Meals or New Cuisines, pg 29 13: Teach Me to ‘Toon!, pg 30 19: SWAPS, Songs and S’mores, pg 30 20: Belly Dancing, pg 14 20: Best Self to Health, pg 14 20-21: Brownie Troop Adventure Dog Sledding, pg 16 20: Native American Lore, pg 25 20: Nature Days, pg 25 20: You’ll Flip Over Judo!, pg 32 22: Get Ready for Camp!, pg 19 27: Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 27: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 27: Nature Days, pg 25 27: Play With Clay!, pg 27 27: Polywogs, pg 28 27: Smell the Flowers and Jump to Juniors, pg 29 27: Spring into Spring the Girl Scout Way, pg 29 28: Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15

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

Be Pretty As a Princess Party, pg 14 Little Mermaids, pg 24 Nature Days, pg 25 Snap Happy Hunt, pg 29 La Fille Mal Gardée with the Mercyhurst Dancers, pg 24 11: High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 11: Nature Days, pg 25 11: Splish Splash, pg 29 11: Walk with Wildflowers, pg 31 17-18: My First Overnight at Camp Curry Creek, pg 25 17: Night Noises, pg 26 18: Brownie Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods, pg 16 18: Cavern Adventures, pg 17 18: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 18: Mini Camp 101, pg 24 18-19: Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 18: Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29 18: Women in the Civil War, pg 32 19: Brownie Sisterhood and Traditions, pg 16 21: Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 22: Brownie Sisterhood and Traditions, pg 16 25: Fair Play, pg 18 29: Fair Play, pg 18 31: Simple Pleasures, pg 28

June:

1: Night Noises, pg 26 1: Trekkers in Training, pg 31 2: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 8: Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 8: Hoop Academy, pg 22 9: Super Summer Snack, pg 30 10: Zumba at the Y, pg 32 15: A “Hoot” of an Evening, pg 13 15: Droplet Discovery, pg 18 20: Crazy For Zumba, pg 17 22: Family Trees, pg 19 29: Bird Nerds, pg 15 29: Just Jewelry, pg 23

July:

18: Bugnanza, pg 16 23: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

August:

3: Bird Nerds, pg 15 3: Tennis Time, pg 31 10: Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 13: 27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 25: Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24

September:

8: GRANDgardening, pg 20 21: Places in Peril, pg 27 28: National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25 29: Bugs for Brownies, pg 16

October:

12: Camp Creepy, pg 17 26: Camp Creepy, pg 17


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Juniors, Grades 4-5 March:

April:

May: 4: 4: 4: 4: 4:

Be Pretty As a Princess Party, pg 14 First Aid Made!, pg 19 Little Mermaids, pg 24 Nature Days, pg 25 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Volunteer! Pittsburgh Marathon – Kids Marathon, pg 26 4: Snap Happy Hunt, pg 29 5: La Fille Mal Gardée with the Mercyhurst Dancers, pg 24 11: High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 11: In Bloom, pg 22 11: Nature Days, pg 25 11: Splish Splash, pg 29 11: Walk with Wildflowers, pg 31 14: Healthy Living, pg 22 17-18: My First Overnight at Camp Curry Creek, pg 25 17: Night Noises, pg 26 18: Cavern Adventures, pg 17 18: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 18: Flower Power!, pg 19 18: Juniors Explore, pg 23 18-19: Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 18: Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29 18: Women in the Civil War, pg 32 21: Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 25: Smart & Savvy Shoppers, pg 28 31: Simple Pleasures, pg 28

June:

1: Night Noises, pg 26 2: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 8: Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 8: Growing in the Garden, pg 21 8: Hoop Academy, pg 22 9: Super Summer Snack, pg 30 10: Zumba at the Y, pg 32

15: A “Hoot” of an Evening, pg 13 15: Nautical Road, pg 26 15: Penn’s Adventurers, pg 27 15: Rivers of Life, pg 28 20: Crazy For Zumba, pg 17 22: Family Trees, pg 19 22: Making and Baking with Solar Ovens, pg 24 22: Penn’s Adventurers in History, pg 27 25: Wonders of Wetlands, pg 32 29: Bird Nerds, pg 15 29: Just Jewelry, pg 23

July:

23: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

August:

3: Bird Nerds, pg 15 3: Outdoor Chefs, pg 27 3: Tennis Time, pg 31 10: Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 13: 27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 18: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 24: Clarion River Detectives, pg 17 25: Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24

September:

8: GRANDgardening, pg 20 14: Wet Does That Have to Do With Me?, pg 31 21: Places in Peril, pg 27 28: National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25

October:

12: Camp Creepy, pg 17 26: Camp Creepy, pg 17

Girl Scout Juniors, Grades 4-5

2: Basketball Skills Clinic with Allegheny Women’s Basketball, pg 14 6: Girl Scout Ways, pg 20 13: Junior Joyfest, pg 23 13: Snacks, Meals or New Cuisines, pg 29 13: Teach Me to ‘Toon!, pg 30 19: SWAPS, Songs and S’mores, pg 30 20: Belly Dancing, pg 14 20: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 20: Nature Days, pg 25 20: You’ll Flip Over Judo!, pg 32 21: Advanced Duct Tape Creations, pg 13 27: Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 27: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 27: Junior Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods, pg 23 27: Nature Days, pg 25 27: Nautical Road, pg 26 27: Polywogs, pg 28 27: Rivers of Live, pg 28 27: Smell the Flowers and Jump to Juniors, pg 29

27: Spring into Spring the Girl Scout Way, pg 29 28: Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15

Date Planner

10: Girl Scout Sunday, pg 20 16: All About Science, pg 13 16: Green Girls Craft Day, pg 21 17: St. Patrick’s Day Soiree, pg 29 23: Obstacle Challenge, pg 26 23-24: Junior Troop Adventure Dog Sledding, pg 23 24-25: Passion for Fashion Sleepover, pg 27


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Cadettes, Grades 6-8 March:

Date Planner

Girl Scout Cadettes, Grades 6-8

1-3: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 2: True Painting, pg 31 9: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 10: Girl Scout Sunday, pg 20 14: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 16: How Sweet It Is!, pg 22 21: Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 22: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 23: Caching In Crawford County, pg 16 23: Obstacle Challenge, pg 26 23: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 26: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 28: Silver Award Workshop, pg 35

April:

2: Basketball Skills Clinic with Allegheny Women’s Basketball, pg 14 6: Healthy Habits=Happy Girls, pg 21 11: Beauty Bites, pg 14 13: Couture, Cosmetics and Chemistry, pg 17 13: Golf Gurus, pg 20 13: Native American Awareness, pg 25 13: Outdoor Skills, pg 27 13: Snacks, Meals or New Cuisines, pg 29 13: Teach Me to ‘Toon!, pg 30 14: Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 18: Cross-Stitch Workshop, pg 17 19-21: Adventurers Wanted, pg 13 20: Babysitting 101, pg 13 20: Belly Dancing, pg 14 20: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 20: Stories with Alice II, pg 30 20: You’ll Flip Over Judo!, pg 32 21: Advanced Duct Tape Creations, pg 13 27: Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 27: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 27: Nautical Road, pg 26 27: Rivers of Live, pg 28 27: True Painting, pg 31 28: Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15

May: 4: 4: 4: 4:

Fiesta de Sugar Skulls, pg 19 First Aid Made!, pg 19 Little Mermaids, pg 24 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Volunteer! Pittsburgh Marathon – Kids Marathon, pg 26 4: Snap Happy Hunt, pg 29 10-12: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 11: Girls Teen Conference, pg 36 11: High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 11: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, pg 28 11: Splish Splash, pg 29 12: Plays, Productions, Patches – An Afternoon at New Hazlett Theater, pg 28 14: Healthy Living, pg 22 18: Branch Out, pg 15 18: Cavern Adventures, pg 17 18: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 18-19: Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 18: Smart Shooting Level 1 and 2, pg 28 18: Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29 18: Women in the Civil War, pg 32 21: Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 25: True Painting, pg 31 31: Simple Pleasures, pg 28

June:

2: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 8: Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 8: Hoop Academy, pg 22 9: Taking Steps to Volunteer, pg 30 10: Zumba at the Y, pg 32 12-16: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 15: Dragon Boating, pg 18 15: Media Fun – Let’s Make a Commercial that Matters, pg 24 15: Nautical Road, pg 26 15: Rivers of Life, pg 28 20: Crazy For Zumba, pg 17 22: Family Trees, pg 19 22: Making and Baking with Solar Ovens, pg 24 23: Super Summer Snack, pg 30 29: Just Jewelry, pg 23

July:

23: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

August:

3: Outdoor Chefs, pg 27 3: Tennis Time, pg 31 10: Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 13: 27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 14-18: Gunwale Girls, pg 21 18: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 24: Clarion River Detectives, pg 17 25: Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24 25: Nature’s Alternatives, pg 26

September:

8: GRANDgardening, pg 20 14: Wet Does That Have to Do With Me?, pg 31 21: Places in Peril, pg 27 28: National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25

October:

12: Haunted Hollow, pg 21


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March:

April:

6: Healthy Habits=Happy Girls, pg 21 6: Introduction to Toastmasters, pg 22 11: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 13: Couture, Cosmetics and Chemistry, pg 17 13: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 13: Golf Gurus, pg 20 13: Hard-Hatted Women, pg 21 13: Native American Awareness, pg 25 14: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 14: Speaking Truth to Power, pg 29 18: Cross-Stitch Workshop, pg 17 19-21: Adventurers Wanted, pg 13 20: Belly Dancing, pg 14 20: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 20: Stories with Alice II, pg 30

May:

1: Novelist Series, pg 26 4: Fiesta de Sugar Skulls, pg 19 4: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Volunteer! Pittsburgh Marathon – Kids Marathon, pg 26 10-12: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 11: Girls Teen Conference, pg 36 11: High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 11: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, pg 28 11: Splish Splash, pg 29 12: Plays, Productions, Patches – An Afternoon at New Hazlett Theater, pg 28 14: Healthy Living, pg 22 18-19: Back to Camping Basics, pg 14 18: Cavern Adventures, pg 17 18: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 18-19: Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 18: Smart Shooting Level 1 and 2, pg 28 18: Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29 21: Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 25: True Painting, pg 31 31: Simple Pleasures, pg 28

June:

2: Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 3: Women’s Health, pg 32 8: Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 8: Hoop Academy, pg 22 9: Taking Steps to Volunteer, pg 30 10: Zumba at the Y, pg 32 12-16: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 15: Dragon Boating, pg 18 15: Locavore, pg 24 15: Media Fun – Let’s Make a Commercial that Matters, pg 24 19: Working for Uncle Sam, pg 32 20: Crazy For Zumba, pg 17 22: Family Trees, pg 19 22: Making and Baking with Solar Ovens, pg 24 23: Super Summer Snack, pg 30 29: Just Jewelry, pg 23

July:

23: U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

August:

3: Tennis Time, pg 31 10: Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 13: 27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 14-18: Gunwale Girls, pg 21 18: Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 25: Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24

September:

8: GRANDgardening, pg 20 21: Places in Peril, pg 27 28: National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25

October:

8: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 12: Haunted Hollow, pg 21

Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors, Grades 9-12

1-3: L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 2: True Painting, pg 31 7: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 9: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 10: Girl Scout Sunday, pg 20 12: Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 14: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 22: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 23: Caching In Crawford County, pg 16 23: Obstacle Challenge, pg 26 23: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 26: Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35

21: Advanced Duct Tape Creations, pg 13 27: Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 27: Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 27: True Painting, pg 31 28: Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15

Date Planner

Seniors & Ambassadors, Grades 9-12


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County Event Planner Allegheny:

County Event Planner

27th Annual Kennywood Day 2013, pg 37 Babysitting 101, pg 13 Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power, pg 15 Couture, Cosmetics and Chemistry, pg 17 Dragon Boating, pg 18 First Aid Made!, pg 19 Get Ready for Camp!, pg 19 Girl Scout Day at PNC Park, pg 20 Girl Scout Sunday, pg 20 Girls Teen Conference, pg 36 Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Golf Gurus, pg 20 Hard-Hatted Women, pg 21 Junior Joyfest, pg 23 Little Mermaids, pg 24 Nautical Road, pg 26 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Volunteer! Pittsburgh Marathon – Kids Marathon, pg 26 Passion for Fashion Sleepover, pg 27 Play With Clay!, pg 27 Plays, Productions, Patches – An Afternoon at New Hazlett Theater, pg 28 Rivers of Life, pg 28 Scattin’ & Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration, pg 28 Taking Steps to Volunteer, pg 30 Teach Me to ‘Toon!, pg 30 You’ll Flip Over Judo!, pg 32

Armstrong:

Adventurers Wanted!, pg 13 Bridging at Skymeadow, pg 15 Family Trees, pg 19 Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Gunwale Girls, pg 21 Just Jewelry, pg 23 Novelist Series, pg 26 Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 Speaking Truth to Power, pg 29

Beaver:

Healthy Habits=Happy Girls, pg 21 Walk with Wildflowers, pg 31

Bedford:

Fishing Fun - Me and My Guy, pg 19 Mommy & Me Tea, pg 25 Snacks, Meals or New Cuisines, pg 29

Blair:

Belly Dancing, pg 14 Branch Out, pg 15 Crazy for Zumba, pg 17 Flower Power!, pg 19 Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Hoop Academy, pg 22 Obstacle Challenge, pg 26 Snap Happy Hunt, pg 29 Splish Splash, pg 29 Tennis Time, pg 31

Butler:

Beauty Bites, pg 14 Best Self to Health, pg 14 Camp Creepy, pg 17 Daisies – Discover, Connect, Eat!, pg 18 Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Haunted Hollow, pg 21 Night Noises, pg 26 Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 Stories with Alice II, pg 30

Cambria:

Camp Creepy, pg 17 Be Pretty As a Princess Party, pg 14 Fiesta de Sugar Skulls, pg 19 Outdoor Chefs, pg 27 Polywogs, pg 28 Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 St. Patrick’s Day Soiree, pg 29 SWAPS, Songs and S’mores, pg 30

Cameron:

Penn’s Adventurers, pg 27 Penn’s Adventurers in History, pg 27

Clarion:

Clarion River Detectives, pg 17 Healthy Living, pg 22 Zumba at the Y, pg 32

Clearfield:

How Sweet It Is!, pg 22 Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35

Crawford:

Basketball Skills Clinic with Allegheny Women’s Basketball, pg 14 Caching In Crawford County, pg 16

Elk:

Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Media Fun – Let’s Make a Commercial that Matters, pg 24 Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 Smell the Flowers and Jump to Juniors, pg 29 Wet Does That Have to Do With Me?, pg 31

Erie:

A “Hoot” of an Evening, pg 13 Brownie Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods, pg 16 Cross-Stitch Workshop, pg 17 Duct Tape Creations, pg 18 Get Tangled Up in Rapunzel’s World!, pg 20 GRANDgardening, pg 20 High Tea at Goodell Gardens, pg 22 Introduction to Toastmasters, pg 22 Junior Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods, pg 23 La Fille Mal Gardée with the Mercyhurst Dancers , pg 24 Mini Camp 101, pg 24 Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 U.S. Border Patrol Tour, pg 31

Fayette:

Cavern Adventures, pg 17 Juniors Explore, pg 23 Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35

Forest:

Working for Uncle Sam, pg 32

Greene:

National Public Lands Day – Day of Service, pg 25 True Painting, pg 31

Indiana:

Brownie Sisterhood and Traditions, pg 16 Bugs for Brownies, pg 16 Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP, pg 17 Droplet Discovery, pg 18 Fair Play, pg 18 In Bloom, pg 22 Lights, Camera, Hollywood, pg 24 Nature’s Alternatives, pg 26 Places in Peril, pg 27


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Jefferson:

Advanced Duct Tape Creations, pg 13 Making and Baking with Solar Ovens, pg 24 My First Overnight at Camp Curry Creek, pg 25 Spring into Spring the Girl Scout Way, pg 29 Super Summer Snack, pg 30 Wonders of Water Journey Weekend, pg 32

Lawrence:

Bird Nerds, pg 15 Women in the Civil War, pg 32 Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy, pg 19 Outdoor Skills, pg 27 Row, Row, Row Your Boat, pg 28 Simple Pleasures, pg 28 Super Summer Snack, pg 30

Mercer:

Bugnanza, pg 16 Smart & Savvy Shoppers, pg 28 Smart Shooting Level 1 and 2, pg 28 Sunny’s Trip to Munnell Run Farm, pg 30 Wonder of Wetlands, pg 32

Washington:

Preston County, West Virginia:

Westmoreland:

Growing in the Garden, pg 21 Spring Into Fun Day, pg 29

Brownie Troop Adventure Dog Sledding, pg 16 Junior Troop Adventure Dog Sledding, pg 23 L.H.H. Rangers, pg 23 Nature Days, pg 25 Overnight at Camp Roy Weller, pg 27 Silver & Gold Award Workshop, pg 35

Somerset:

Brownie Hiker, pg 15 Girl Scout Ways, pg 20

Venango:

Back to Camping Basics, pg 14

Warren:

Bridging to Brownies – Ready, Set, Hike!, pg 15 Fancy Nancy – Green Day, pg 19 Green Girls Craft Day, pg 21

Native American Awareness, pg 25 Native American Lore, pg 25 All About Science, pg 13 Brownie Sisterhood and Traditions, pg 16 Explore Fort Ligonier, pg 18 Fair Play, pg 18 Gold Award Workshop, pg 35 Locavore, pg 24 Silver Award Workshop, pg 35 Trekkers in Training, pg 31 Women’s Health, pg 32

County Event Planner

McKean:

Potter:


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Travel Brownie & Junior Getaway

Join us for two days of amusement park fun! Spend one day at Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA, home to the world’s oldest rollercoaster. The next day we will head out to Knoebels, winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Park Food for 14 years in a row. Transportation will pick up and drop off at the following locations: South Hills Village Mall and Monroeville Mall. All girls must have a parent, guardian or troop leader accompany them. Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Aug. 3-4, Sat. 7:30 a.m.-Sun. 11:40 p.m. Location: Lakemont & Knoebels Amusement Parks Cost: $198 per person. Price includes bus transportation, quad-occupancy lodging, all admission/program fees and meals. Minimum Capacity: 42 Registration Deadline: July 10

Explore Niagara

Join us for a bus trip to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY, for a day of ocean investigations. Explore all of the exhibits and spend some time at the touch tank. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Location: Transportation will pick up and drop off from Camp Hawthorne Ridge. Cost: $65 per person. Price includes transportation, meals and program fees. Minimum Capacity: 35 Registration Deadline: July 19

Gatlinburg Get Away

Plan ahead to get away during your last few weeks of summer vacation in 2013! Take a trip to Gatlinburg, TN, where you will enjoy a guided hike through the Smoky Mountains, shopping in Gatlinburg, a ride on the Gatlinburg incline and a night at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Girls Grades: 9-12; no adults Date: Monday, Aug. 5-Wednesday, Aug. 7 Location: Gatlinburg, TN Cost: $350 per girl Minimum Capacity: 20

Science Exploration

Join us for a bus trip to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh for a day of science investigations. Explore the hands-on exhibits and see a theater presentation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Location: Transportation will pick up and drop off at Camp Hawthorne Ridge. Cost: $65 per person Minimum Capacity: 35 Registration Deadline: March 25 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Daniel Hontz at dhontz@gswpa.org.

The Big Apple

Take in the sights and sounds as we explore the city that never sleeps. Check out the Summer Concert Series at The Today Show, tour Radio City Music Hall, visit Rockefeller Center including a view of New York City from the Top of the Rock, explore Times Square and 5th Avenue, participate in a Broadway Classroom experience, visit the 9/11 Memorial, shop in Chinatown, take a boat tour of Ellis Island, see the Broadway smash, The Lion King, and much more! Transportation will pick up and drop off at the following locations: Edinboro, Grove City, Wexford and Washington (pending participation). Girls Grades: K-12 (Girls in grades 5 and below must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Date/Time: Aug. 15-18, Thurs. 11 p.m.-Sun. 10 p.m. Location: New York City, NY Cost: $600 per person. Price includes all transportation, quad occupancy lodging in a Manhattan hotel, all meals and admission/program fees, as well as all taxes, tips and gratuities. Important Dates: Saturday, April 13: Non-refundable deposit ($200) and registration deadline. Friday, June 28: Final payment ($400) deadline. Minimum Capacity: 45 Registration Deadline: April 13


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Programs A Hoot of an Evening

Bring your flashlight and your families for an evening full of fun activities and adventure! The evening’s activities include learning all about wild owls whooo live in our area and going on an owl prowl night hike where Explorer Post Leader, Steve, will use his voice to sound like an owl in attempt to call in wild Barred Owls for you to see. Work with the Explorer Post members to dissect an owl pellet and make a s’more at the bonfire. Girls Grades: 2-5 and families Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Browns Farm, Asbury Woods, 5774 Sterrettania Rd., Fairview, PA 16415—Erie County Cost: $8 per person Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: June 9

Advanced Duct Tape

Are you ready to move to the next level of duct tape Creations? Make some fun and exciting duct tape items such as a messenger bag, a belt and more. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Sunday, May 4, 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girl Scout Dr., Brockway, PA, 15824—Jefferson County Cost: $13 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 19

Adventurer Wanted!

Spend the weekend at Camp Skymeadow and work with other Girl Scouts to plan the Gunwale Girls canoe trip. Decide where to go, how to get there, what to bring and the budget you’ll need to make it all happen. In addition to planning the trip, you’ll also work on the canoe skills needed to have a fun, exciting and successful trip. Girl Scout Seniors will earn their Adventurer badge. Girls Grades: 8-12 Date/Time: April 19-21, Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 1:30 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Ln., Avonmore, PA 15618—Armstrong County Cost: $30 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 10

Volunteer Opportunities!

All About Science

Join us at Saint Vincent College’s newly renovated Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion for a day of fun and exploration. Girls will participate in small science experiments, watch exciting chemistry demonstrations, enjoy a show in the planetarium, tour the campus and much more. All participants will be provided with a bag lunch. Registered girls will receive a fun patch. Girl Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Saint Vincent College – Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650—Westmoreland County Cost: $12 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: March 7

Babysitting 101

Babysitting 101 is back! In this day-long course exclusively for Girl Scout Cadettes, girls will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become responsible and confident babysitters. First aid basics, choking rescue techniques, child development and routine daily care are covered. Additionally, girls will learn tips on how to get a baby-sitting business started, playtime ideas for children of all ages and troubleshooting solutions to the most common problems a babysitter faces. Girls will receive a backpack and babysitting resource book and will be a step away from earning their Babysitting badge! Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Pleasant Hills Borough Building, 410 E. Bruceton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15236—Allegheny County Cost: $26 per girl/space is limited, please no adults. Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: April 3

Many of our upcoming programs have cool opportunities to volunteer. See individual program descriptions for specifics. For more information about volunteering in other ways, see pages 47-48, visit gswpa.org or e-mail volunteer@gswpa.org. PLEASE NOTE: ANY adults or children who are planning to stay for a program MUST be registered.


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Back to Camping Basics

With all the advances in technology, it’s easy to forget what the true spirit of camping is all about. Spend a night sharpening your pioneer camping skills while working together like early settlers. Bring your own camping gear so you are prepared to get back to nature. Learn how to build a shelter with items from nature, and cook over an open fire started with flint and steel. A limited number of tents can be rented for $10 per tent. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: May 18-19, Sat. 3 p.m.-Sun. 10 a.m. Location: Camp Singing Hills, 114 Singing Hills Rd., Oil City, PA 16301—Venango County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 4

Basketball Skills Clinic with Allegheny Women’s Basketball

Join college athletes and coaches from the Allegheny College Women’s Basketball Team to learn fundamentals of the game from ball handling, shooting form and technique, passing, rules of the game and defensive concepts. You’ll even learn some exclusive team concepts and drills from the Gators. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 2, 5-7:30 p.m. Location: Allegheny College, Wise Athletic Center, 493 Highland Ave., Meadville, PA 16335—Crawford County Cost: $19 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 21 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Brittney Shatto at bshatto@gswpa.org.

Be Pretty As a Princess Party

Join us for a day of fun and fantasy as you are transformed into a Girl Scout princess. As you move from station-to-station, make a wand, have your hair done, enjoy some fancy treats and be transformed into a royal lady. Wear your favorite party dress to take part in our special coronation ceremony! Girl Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-noon Location: GSWPA Johnstown Office, 612 Locust St., Johnstown, PA 15901—Cambria County Cost: $15 per girl/$3 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 2

Beauty Bites

Ever wonder what foods keep skin acne-free? Or what foods help fight illness? Cadettes will learn the answers to these questions in this Eating for Beauty badge program. Girls will create a Food Pyramid as a group, discussing good nutrition and balanced diets. The effects of food on their skin will be addressed, and girls will be tasked with coming up with a list of foods that have antioxidants. Girls will learn the ways that fiber and vitamins can energize and sample fruits that are packed full of them. At completion of this program, Cadettes will receive their Eating for Beauty badge. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. Location: Sincerely Yogurt, 5375 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia, PA 15044—Butler County Cost: $10 per girl/$6 per adult Minimum Capacity: 6 Registration Deadline: April 3

Belly Dancing

Discover the beauty of belly dancing while increasing coordination and flexibility. Afterward, cool off with some fun in the pool. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 13

Best Self to Health!

Brownies will get to know their bodies, try new foods and discuss eating and playing in a healthy way at this My Best Self badge workshop. Girls will learn how their bodies work, talk about what can cause belly aches and meet with a health helper to understand how they help girls stay healthy. Brownies will receive their My Best Self badge at completion of this workshop. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3 p.m. Location: Sincerely Yogurt, 5375 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia, PA 15044—Butler County Cost: $10 per girl/$6 per adult Minimum Capacity: 6 Registration Deadline: April 10


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Bird Nerds

The National Aviary is coming to camp and bringing their birds with them! At the first session meet birds of prey and penguins and learn about adaptations that help them thrive. During the second session owls will come to camp. Celebrate being a bird nerd with all of your best friends as we learn about these nocturnal creatures of the night. For additional fun, check out the Summer Troop Camping opportunities that are available at Camp Elliott during these weekends! Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.-noon Registration Deadline: June 15 Session 2: Saturday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m.-noon Registration Deadline: July 20 Cost: $12 per girl per session/$20 per girl for both sessions/ $6 per adult per session/$10 per adult for both sessions Location: Camp Elliott, 289 Camp Elliott Ln., Volant, PA 16156—Lawrence County Minimum Capacity: 20 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org.

Blitz, Block and Have a Ball with Pittsburgh Power!

Girl Scouts family and friends are invited to Girl Scout Afternoon with the Pittsburgh Power! In addition to an arena football game spectacular, girls and their families will enjoy on-field activities, have opportunities to meet with the dance team and can rotate through fun stations set up around the Consol Energy Center. The first 5,000 people to arrive at the game will receive a special giveaway, and everyone will cheer for $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks during the game! Top cookie sellers who attend will be recognized at half time! Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Location: Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219­­—Allegheny County Cost: $15 per person Registration: Please check Things to Do at gswpa.org for the link to register.

Branch Out

Grab your naturalist hat and get ready to branch out to get to know trees! Get together with your fellow Cadettes and dig into the science of trees, make a creative project, explore the connection between people and trees and just have some great tree fun! Girls will receive their Trees badge upon completion of the program. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Canoe Creek State Park, 205 Canoe Creek Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648—Blair County Cost: $10 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 10

Bridging at Skymeadow

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities as she moves on to the next level of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts and their families are invited to join us at Camp Skymeadow to take part in this important Girl Scout tradition together. The cost of the event includes the bridging kit for her level and food for all who attend. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Ln., Avonmore, PA 15618—Armstrong County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: May 29

Bridging to Brownies – Ready, Set, Hike!

Spend time on the trails at Chapman State Park learning to follow trail signs and how to pack for a hike. Take a hike while learning about the great things that are in store for you once you become a Brownie. Girls will earn their Brownie Hiker badge at the completion of the program. Girls Grades: 1 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Rd., Claredon, PA 16313—Warren County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 5 Volunteer Needed: Brownie Troop to teach trail signs; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Brownie Hiker

Earn your Brownie Hiker badge while exploring Laurel Hill State Park. Work through the steps of the badge with your Brownie friends as you talk with an experienced hiker, learn to follow trail signs, pack an energy snack and enjoy your hike! Girls will receive the Brownie Hiker badge upon completion of the program. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 1-4 p.m. Location: Laurel Hill State Park, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd., Somerset, PA 15501—Somerset County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: March 29


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Brownie Sisterhood and Traditions

As a Brownie, you’re part of an international sisterhood. Brownies all over the world share traditions and do good things to make the world a better place. In this badge workshop, you’ll try some special Brownie traditions (some that Girl Scouts have been sharing for 100 years!) and, of course, have a world of Brownie fun! Girls will receive their Girl Scout Ways badge and a snack. Girl Grades: 2-3 Session 1: Sunday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office, 126 E. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601—Westmoreland County Session 2: Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. Location: GSWPA Indiana Office, The Atrium, 665 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $8 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 13

Brownie Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods

Come out to Asbury Woods Nature Center for a day designed just for Brownies! Rotate through four, 40-minute activities designed so the girls will have fun while learning and fulfilling the requirements for the Brownie Bugs badge. Girls Grades: 2-3 Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, May 18, 12:45-4:15 p.m. Location: Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Rd., Erie, PA 16506—Erie County Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 8

Brownie Troop Adventure – Dog Sledding

Take your Brownie Troop on a dog sledding adventure! Your troop will not only feel the thrill of a working-dog ride, but also enjoy a personal, informative and fun visit with the dogs in their home environment; get hands-on experience; learn about the equipment and see a film while earning the Dog Mushing Try-It developed by the Alaska GS Council. Fee includes Saturday night snack, Sunday breakfast and pizza lunch. All participants will receive the Husky-Powered Dog Sledding patch, and girls will receive the Dog Sledding badge at program completion. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: April 20-21, Sat. 7 p.m.–Sun. 3 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Lane, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County, WV Cost: $80 per girl/$60 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 5

Bugnanza

Join us at Munnell Run Farm where we will showcase creatures that are often misunderstood as “creepycrawlies.” Learn about the beautiful and unique lives of the many bugs that call the wetlands, forests and fields home. The day will include: a spectacular video on the Butterfly King, a “bugiful” butterfly creativity craft, an exploratory bug walk and a “buglicious” snack. The activities throughout the day will allow girls to earn the Brownie Bugs badge. Be sure to dress for the weather because we will be outside for some of the day. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Thursday, July 18, 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Munnell Run Farm, 24 Avalon Ct., Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16137—Mercer County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 7 Registration Deadline: July 6

Bugs for Brownies

Earn your Legacy Naturalist Bugs badge while learning all there is to know about bugs! Explore natural habitats as you learn how to identify bugs, participate in a stream study to collect and study bugs, make buggy crafts and more. Be sure to bring water shoes/rain boots for the stream study! Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 1-4 p.m. Location: Tanoma Wetlands, 3775 Rayne Church Rd., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: September 18

Caching in Crawford County

Put your geocaching skills to the test while you try to find as many of the abandoned series caches in Woodcock Reservoir. Do you have what it takes to find all 14? You do? Grab your friends and join us at the Reserve to prove it. Girls who find all 14 caches will receive a fun patch! Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March, 23, 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Woodcock Reserve, 22079 State Highway 198, Saegertown, PA 16433—Crawford County Cost: $10 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 9


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Camp Creepy

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 play glow-in-the-dark games and more! Come as a troop or with family (chaperoned siblings are welcome too)! Plan to spend at least two to three hours to see everything. Looking for more scare? Turn to page 21 for information on Haunted Hollow, our older girl event at Camp Redwing. Please note that registrants for Camp Creepy will not be allowed to cross the bridge into Haunted Hollow unless they are registered for this event. Girls Grades: K-5 and families Session 1: Saturday, October 12, 5-9 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing, 103 Rader School Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053—Butler County Registration Deadline: October 1 Session 2: Saturday, October 26, 8-11 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba, 288 Oaks Rd., Summer Hill, PA 15958—Cambria County Registration Deadline: October 11 Cost Option 1: Event Only $15 per girl/No adult fee Cost Option 2: Event and Meal $19 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 100 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org for Redwing and Meredith Sortwell at msortwell@gswpa.org for Conshatawba.

Cavern Adventures

Join us for a trip to Laurel Caverns in Farmington, PA and explore the largest cave in Pennsylvania. Play mini-golf with your friends and have a picnic on the grounds. You can also turn this trip into an overnight with your troop or family at the Overnight at Camp Roy Weller program! Bus transportation will pickup and drop off at the Kittanning Office. Other stops may be added depending on interest. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Cost: $35 per person Minimum Capacity: 25 Registration Deadline: May 4

Celebrate Fiberarts at IUP

Explore works by members of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh with a docent at the Museum of IUP. These works may include quilts, tapestries, baskets and other forms of art that use threads and many kinds of fibers. Girl Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, August 10, 2-4 p.m. Location: Indiana University of Pennsylvania – John Sutton Hall, The University Museum, Room 111, 1011 South Dr., Indiana, PA 15705—Indiana County Cost: $5 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: August 2

Clarion River Detectives

There has been some suspicious activity on the Clarion River. The river has been visited by some interesting animals, but we can’t figure out which ones. We need your help to solve the mystery. Enjoy a guided canoe trip down the river while you stop, look for clues and collect evidence. You’ll also make molds of tracks found along the river bank and take them home with you. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Cook Forest State Park, 113 River Rd., Cooksburg, PA 16217—Clarion County Cost: $25 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: August 13

Couture, Cosmetics, and Chemistry

Girl Scout Seniors and bridging Cadettes will spend an afternoon as cosmetic chemists while earning their Science of Style badge. Sponsored by The Greater Pittsburgh Area Women Chemists Committee, girls will earn the badge while rotating through stations led by female chemists. Girls will make their own lip gloss and perfume, all while learning the chemistry behind their recently produced products. They will receive their Science of Style badge and a certificate from The Greater Pittsburgh Area Women Chemists Committee. Girls Grades: 8-10 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: University of Pittsburgh, Chevron Science Center, 219 Parkman Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15260—Allegheny County Cost: $12 per girl/no adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 3

Crazy for Zumba

Learn to Zumba, a fitness program that combines Latin rhythms with aerobic exercise. Join the fun as you shake, step, sway and sweat to an easy-to-follow routine. Enjoy tips on staying healthy and fit while enjoying a fruit smoothie, plus other fun activities! Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, July 20, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: July 13

Cross-Stitch Workshop

Create your own wall hanging! Learn the simple art of counted cross-stitch and show your friends how artistic you can be with thread as you learn to read a cross-stitch pattern and make a simple wall hanging. All materials will be provided. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Thursday, April 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Location: Edinboro Office Activity Wing, 5681 Rt. 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 8


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Daisies – Discover, Connect, Eat!

Tickle your taste buds at Sincerely Yogurt in Gibsonia! Daisies will learn about healthy snacking and how food can affect one’s energy and mood. Put your new knowledge to use by creating a delicious, healthy dessert at the self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings bar. You will earn a fun patch for attending. Girls Grades: K-1 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 1:30-3 p.m. Location: Sincerely Yogurt, 5375 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia, PA 15044—Butler County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 6 Registration Deadline: April 3

Dragon Boating

Dragon Boating is an ancient Chinese tradition dating back 2,400 years. Known for its color and excitement, dragon boat racing is one of the earliest forms of boat competition. During this program, you (and up to 19 of your newest, closest friends) will get out on the water to practice navigating this large vessel. Girls Grades: 6-8 Session 1: Saturday, June 15, 1-3 p.m. Girls Grades: 9-12 Session 2: Saturday, June 15, 1-3 p.m. Location: Three Rivers Rowing Association, Millvale Boathouse, 40 Riverfront Dr., Millvale, PA 15209— Allegheny County Cost: $30 per person Minimum Capacity: 16 Registration Deadline: June 1 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone and Lifeguard; to volunteer, please contact Andrea Kelly at akelly@gswpa.org.

Droplet Discovery

Bring a bottle of water to this Droplet Discovery program and learn what is in water other than H2O. Work on part of your Save Water award and the WOW Journey by creating and using chalk. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 1-5 p.m. Location: Tanoma Wetlands, 3775 Rayne Church Rd., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: June 5

Duct Tape Creations

Bring two rolls of your favorite duct tape and create some cool items to take home. Make a few items you can use and even one you can wear! Other duct tape needed will be provided. Girls Grades: 4-12 Session 1: Thursday, May 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: Edinboro Office Activity Wing, 5681 Rt. 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Registration Deadline: April 22 Session 2: Sunday August 18, 2-4:30 p.m. Location: Chicora Alliance Fellowship Hall, 310 E. Slippery Rock St., Chicora, PA—Butler County Registration Deadline: August 10 Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10

Explore Fort Ligonier

Join us for a special day of exciting, hands-on history about Fort Ligonier and the French and Indian War. The day will be filled with activities and guided programs by the fort’s staff, including the opportunity to visit several stations and participate in a variety of activities. Make a Native American craft and take a guided tour of the fort. Watch presentations by living historians and museum experts on camp layout and wilderness campaigning, drilling and marching, 18th century games and the role of women and girls. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Fort Ligonier, 200 S. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658—Westmoreland County Cost: $10 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 13

Fair Play

Playing fair means that everyone has the same chance to play because everyone follows the same rules. That’s what this badge workshop is all about. You’ll learn to work together to have the most fun possible. That’s fair play! All registered girls will receive their Fair Play badge and a snack. Girls Grades: 2-3 Session 1: Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office, 126 E. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601—Westmoreland County Session 2: Wednesday, May 29, 6-8 p.m. Location: GSWPA Indiana Office, The Atrium, 665 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $8 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 20


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Family Trees

Explore your family tree with the Armstrong County Historical Museum’s genealogy expert while using databases, software and microfiche to trace your ancestry. You may discover that you are related to a war hero or famous historical figure! All registered girls will receive a fun patch and snack. Brownies will work toward their My Family Story badge. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-noon Girl Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Saturday, June 22, 2-4 p.m. Location: Armstrong County Historical Museum, 300 N. McKean St., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Cost: $7 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 7 Registration Deadline: June 14

Fancy Nancy – Earth Day

Enjoy a story featuring your favorite character, Fancy Nancy, and learn why being green is important on Earth Day. Price includes a book and craft. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Monday, April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Warren Office, 589 Hospital Dr., Warren, PA 16365—Warren County Cost: $15 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 1

Fiesta de Sugar Skulls

Join us as we explore the traditions of Cinco de Mayo and transform you with sugar skull makeup. You’ll also check out the materials used when applying special makeup and learn more about the techniques used and local opportunities to expand your makeup skills! Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 1-3 p.m. Location: GSWPA Johnstown Office, 612 Locust St., Johnstown, PA 15901—Cambria County Cost: $15 per girl/$3 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 3

First Aid Made!

Girls will learn the basics of first aid, how to use a first aid kit and how and when to call for emergency help. Class topics will include choking rescue, injury prevention, bandaging practice, heat and cold emergencies and more. Make a first aid kit that will be yours to keep. Juniors and Cadettes will complete most requirements for the First Aid badges and receive a First Aid fun patch at program completion. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 9-11:30 a.m. Location: Pittsburgh Technical Institute, 111 McKee Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071—Allegheny County Cost: $20 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: April 24

Fishing Fun – Me and My Guy

Bring your special adult male (18 and older) with you for a day of fishing fun! Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting a hook and taking a fish off the hook. Spend time trying out your new skills and see what you can catch! Fun prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Price includes all equipment and lunch. Girls must attend with an adult (18 or older). Girls Grades: K-12 Session 1: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Shawnee State Park Pavilion #2, 132 State Park Rd., Schellsburg, PA 15559—Bedford County Registration Deadline: April 19 Session 2: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA 16735—McKean County Registration Deadline: May 4 Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 24 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone and fishing enthusiasts; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Flower Power!

Flowers are more than just good looks – they also have power. You’ll dig up the secret power of flowers while earning your Flowers badge! Enjoy spending time at Canoe Creek State Park while you uncover the science of flowers, find out how flowers help people, make a flower craft and enjoy spending time with your friends! Girls will receive the Junior Flowers badge upon completion of the program. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon Location: Canoe Creek State Park, 205 Canoe Creek Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648—Blair County Cost: $10 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 10

Get Ready for Camp!

Singing songs, eating s’mores and making new friends are just some of the great things about attending a summer camp program. Join us at Camp Yough for just that: songs, s’mores and friends around the campfire! You’ll get to tour camp and see where you’ll stay when you visit us in the summer. Meet other girls who are also coming to camp and make a new friend early! Not planning to go to summer camp? Come anyway and maybe you’ll change your mind! Girls Grades: K-3 and families Date/Time: Monday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Yough, 429 Duncan Station Rd., McKeesport, PA 15135—Allegheny County Cost: $5 per person Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: April 15 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Andrea Kelly at akelly@gswpa.org.


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Get Tangled Up in Rapunzel’s World!

Watch the princess movie, Tangled, then create your own crowns and hats and enjoy refreshments. Girls will have a royal ball! Grades K-3 Date/Time: Saturday. April 13, 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, PA 16417—Erie County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 13 Registration Deadline: April 6

Girl Scout Day at PNC Park

Join us for an afternoon of baseball and celebrate Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania with your family and friends! Wear your sash or vest to cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates as they take on the Cincinnati Reds and receive a commemorative Pittsburgh Pirates patch. Register by May 17 for a chance to go ON FIELD at PNC Park and be recognized during a special salute to GSWPA prior to the start of the game (subject to change). Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, June 2 Gates Open: 12:05 p.m. Game Begins: 1:35 p.m. Location: PNC Park Cost-Outfield Box: $25 per ticket (Clemente Package – includes a replica Clemente jersey). Cost-Grandstand: $13 per child 14 years old and younger/$18 per adult **A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit GSWPA. To order: Contact Alexandra Layman at (412) 325-4497 or Alexandra.Layman@pirates.com or visit www.pirates.com/girlscouts.

Girl Scout Sunday

Girl Scouts are invited to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon at Camp Yough earning their My Promise, My Faith pin through a series of rotating stations. Girls will speak with women of various faiths, dissect the Girl Scout Law, make a mirror of positive quotations, create a poster that explains what was learned during the program and make a plan of how to live by faith and the Girl Scout Law. Pin will be provided at program completion. Light refreshments will be served. Girls Grades: 4-10 Date/Time: Sunday, March 10, 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Yough, 429 Duncan Station Rd., McKeesport, PA 15135—Allegheny County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 18 Registration Deadline: February 27 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator; to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Girl Scout Ways

Learn and earn the Girl Scout Ways badge for your age-level. Girls will explore Girl Scout customs, traditions, sisterhood and how to leave a place better than they found it. Girls Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. Location: Grace United Methodist Church, 320 Felgar Rd., Somerset, PA 15501—Somerset County Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: March 27

Golf Gurus

FORE!! Girl Scouts are in for a tee-rrific day as they spend a morning with The First Tee of Pittsburgh at this introductory golf clinic. Girl Scouts can work on their Legacy Athletes badges while discovering the etiquette and rules of the great game of golf. Girls will work with golf coaches learning the parts of a putting green and proper golf grip. Girls Grades: 6-10 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon Location: Bob O’Conner Golf Course, 5370 Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15217—Allegheny County Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 8 Registration Deadline: April 3

GRANDgardening

September 8 is Grandparents’ Day. What a great opportunity to bring your grandparent out to Goodell Gardens! Plant some fall bulbs, tour the Pollinator Garden, plant milkweed seeds to take home and tag monarchs! You and your grandparent will also enjoy a “high tea” with hot tea and scones for an afternoon snack. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 8, 3-4:30 p.m. Location: Goodell Gardens and Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Cost: $5 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: August 30


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Green Girl Craft Day

Learn about recycling and how to make fun crafts to take home using different recyclable materials. Girls Grades: 3-5 Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 1-4 p.m. Location: Warren Girl Scout Office, 589 Hospital Dr., Warren, PA 16365—Warren County Cost: $15 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 1

Growing in the Garden

Explore your inner gardener at the Genesee Environmental Center and complete steps 1-3 of the Junior Gardner badge. Tour the Pyramid Greenhouse featuring goldfish ponds, tropical and desert plants, as well as a variety of fruit trees. While there, earn your Simple Meals badge as you prepare fresh salads, ice cream waffles and homemade pizzas in an outdoor brick oven. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: The Genesee Environmental Center, 682 Ellisburg Rd., Genesee, PA 16923—Potter County Cost: $18 per girl/$12 per adult Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: May 31 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact currycreek@gswpa.org.

Gunwale Girls

Take the Gunwale Girls canoe trip you planned at Adventurer Wanted! Spend four days and three nights on the river. Girls Grades: 8-12 Date/Time: August 14-18, Wed. 10 a.m.-Sun. 4 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Ln., Avonmore, PA 15618—Armstrong County Cost: $200 per person Minimum Capacity: 8 Registration Deadline: July 24

Hard-Hatted Women

Ever considered a career working in carpentry? This program gives high school-aged Girl Scouts insight into the full range of non-traditional and high-demand growth industries of the future. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to tour the Greater Pittsburgh Carpenter’s Union training facilities, discover opportunities for women in carpentry and work with experienced woodworkers to build their own birdhouses. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Greater Pittsburgh Carpenter’s Union Training Facility, 652 Ridge Rd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15205— Allegheny County Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: March 27 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Haunted Hollow

After you’ve visited all of the activities at Camp Creepy, 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 Date/Time: Saturday, October 12, 8-11 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing, 103 Rader School Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053—Butler County Option 1: Event Only $15 per girl/No adult fee Option 2: Event and Meal $19 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: October 1 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org.

Healthy Habits=Happy Girls

As a tween or teen, it’s very important to practice good health habits, as the choices you make now will impact your health in the future. Cadettes and Seniors can earn your Eating for Beauty and Women’s Health badges at this program sponsored by the Beaver Valley Heart Association. Delve into topics of proper skin care, healthy eating and taking care of your body. Make UV sensitive bracelets, receive healthy recipes to use at home and receive a T-shirt and badges at program completion. Girls Grades: 6-10 Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-noon Location: United Way of Beaver, 3582 Brodhead Rd., Monaca, PA 15061—Beaver County Cost: $6 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: March 29


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Healthy Living

Learn about fitness, food and all the fun you can have while staying fit. Work toward your Healthy Living badge by listening, talking and actively participating with a health professional. Receive a packet of information to help continue your goals of healthy living. Please dress in comfortable clothing and sneakers. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14, 6-7 p.m. Location: Clarion YMCA, 15952 U.S. 322, Clarion, PA 16214—Clarion County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: May 1

High Tea at Goodell Gardens

Bring your mothers (or significant female adult) to Goodell Gardens to visit the “Garden of Eden” created by Carrie and Margaret, two sisters who valued conservation, education and the beauty of nature. Tour the Gardens, plant a pot of spring annuals to take home and have “high tea” in the event barn to celebrate Mother’s Day. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m. Location: Goodell Gardens and Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 1

Hoop Academy

Join Sam Pierce of Next Level Basketball Academy for basic basketball skills and drills. Afterward, relax those muscles with a dip in the pool. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: June 1

How Sweet It Is!

Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago and how you can make it yourself today. Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, choose the right trees for tapping and where to place the taps. Find out how Parker Dam State Park’s small operation produces this tasteful treat. Lunch is included and as an added bonus, you’ll also complete the requirements for the Cadette Trees badge while you’re at it. Sweet! Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Parker Dam State Park, 28 Fairview Rd., Penfield, PA 15849—Clearfield County Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 8

In Bloom

Work on your Junior Flowers badge and view local spring flowers. Girls will work with volunteers from Evergreen Conservancy. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 1-4 p.m. Location: Tanoma Wetlands, 3775 Rayne Church Rd., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 1

Introduction to Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is an organization devoted to helping its members develop communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The Youth Leadership Program is an informal course in the arts of communication and leadership. Think of what is ahead for you – college interviews, job interviews, presentations, etc. This program can prepare you for all those things and more. You’ll increase your self-confidence and have fun doing it! Local Toastmaster members will introduce this program with a four-hour session where you will get a taste of the Toastmaster program and begin your journey to improving your communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Bring a lunch, a notebook and a pen. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Edinboro Office Activity Wing, 5681 Rt. 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 7 Registration Deadline: March 27 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Brittney Shatto at bshatto@gswpa.org.


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Junior Joy Fest

Get excited for this jam-packed joy fest full of fun, friends and earning badges! Girl Scout Juniors will earn and receive their Detective, Animal Habitats and Gardener badges as part of this event. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 1-4 p.m. Location: Camp Yough, 429 Duncan Station Rd., McKeesport, PA 15135—Allegheny County Cost: $20 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 30 Registration Deadline: March 30

Junior Spring Activity Day at Asbury Woods

Come out to Asbury Woods Nature Center for a day designed just for Girl Scout Juniors! Rotate through four, 40-minute activities designed so the girls will have fun while learning and fulfilling the requirements for the Junior Animal Habitats badge. Girls Grades: 4-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 27, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, April 27, 12:45-4:15 p.m. Location: Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Rd., Erie, PA 16506—Erie County Cost: $8 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: April 17

Junior Troop Adventure – Dog Sledding

Take your Junior Troop on a dog sledding adventure! Your troop will not only feel the thrill of a working-dog ride, but also enjoy a personal, informative and fun visit with the dogs in their home environment; get hands-on experience; learn about the equipment and see a film while earning the Dog Sledding badge developed by the Alaska GS Council. Fee includes Saturday night snack, Sunday breakfast and pizza lunch. All participants will receive the Husky-Powered Dog Sledding patch, and girls will receive the Dog Sledding badge at program completion. Girl Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: March 23-24, Sat. 7 p.m.–Sun. 3 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Lane, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County, WV Cost: $80 per girl/$60 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 8

Juniors Explore

Wear clothes you can get dirty on this caving adventure where you and your friends will earn the Laurel Caverns Cave Explorer patch. Girls will go on a field walk to see some surface land features over the cave and tour the lit areas of the cave! Then, put on your helmet and we’ll use our cave maps to go spelunking into some of the undeveloped areas of the Laurel Caverns. You’ll even get to “mine” your own piece of take-home clay! Participants must be at least 9 years old. Don’t want to go home just yet? Sign up for the Overnight at Camp Roy Weller program for an overnight filled with a campfire and s’mores!

Juniors Explore (cont.) Girls Grades: 4-5 (Girls must be at least 9 years of age to participate.) Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2-5 p.m. Location: Laurel Caverns, 200 Cavern Park Rd., Farmington, PA 15437—Fayette County Cost: $20 per person Minimum Capacity: 6 Registration Deadline: May 4 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Andrea Kelly at akelly@gswpa.org.

Just Jewelry

Want more sparkle in your life? Try making jewelry! It’s easy and inexpensive to do. You can design necklaces, bracelets or earrings for yourself or to give to other people. You will learn how to make different kinds of jewelry and a gift for a friend. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 1: Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: K-5 Session 2: Saturday, June 29, 2-4 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: June 21

L.H.H. Rangers

Calling all girls who love the outdoors and are interested in expanding their knowledge of the wild and improving their leadership skills! Join the L.H.H. Ranger program to increase your fire building, campfire cooking, Leave No Trace and wildlife identification skills, and learn how to teach those skills to younger Girl Scouts. Learn how to present your newly acquired knowledge and share your love of the outdoors with younger girls as you lead the Nature Day programs at Camp Roy Weller. Participate in the great service projects at camp to ensure the enjoyment of the area by others for years to come. 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 more about being a Ranger. Girls Grades: 7-12 Session 1: March 1-3, Fri. 5 p.m.-Sun. noon Cost: $15 per girl Registration Deadline: February 22 Session 2: May 10-12, Fri. 5 p.m.-Sun. noon Cost: $15 per girl Registration Deadline: May 3 Session 3: June 12-16, Wed. 5 p.m.-Sun. 2 p.m. Cost: $75 per girl Registration Deadline: June 5 Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County Minimum Capacity: 5


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La Fille Mal Gardée with the Mercyhurst Dancers

See a comedic story ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée (The Badly Guarded Daughter), where a love sick young lady is challenged by an arranged marriage to the very rich town simpleton. Meet dancers, touch tutus and pointe shoes, learn dance steps and go backstage for a behind-the-scenes tour. Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 1:30-5 p.m. Location: Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546—Erie County Cost: $12 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 24

Lights, Camera, Hollywood

Spend the afternoon touring the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Learn about his life and what it was like to be a movie star in the early part of the 20th Century. We’ll even watch a movie in the replica 30’s theater at the museum! Girl Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: The Jimmy Stewart Museum, 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $7 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: August 17

Little Mermaids

Did you know that 95% of the Earth is covered by water? In this introductory class on skin-diving and snorkeling, Girl Scouts will become familiar with how to explore more of their world underwater! Gain knowledge of snorkeling equipment and safety, learn basic watermanship skills while participating in underwater drills and recognize careers for women in diving-related fields. This program incorporates aspects of the Brownie WOW Journey, Junior Get Moving and Amuse Journeys, and Cadette Breathe Journey. Participating girls will receive a special skin-diving and snorkeling fun patch. Please note: swimming ability is required. Girls Grades: 2-8 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Olympic Swim & Health Club, 517 Twin Oak Dr., Penn Hills, PA 15235—Allegheny County Cost: $20 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity:15 Registration Deadline: April 24 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Locavore

A locavore is someone committed to eating locally grown, seasonal foods. The efforts of locavores can be important (and delicious) steps toward healthful eating, helping the environment and supporting local farmers. Ready to try it out? At the completion of this badge workshop, all registered girls will receive the Girl Scout Senior Locavore badge. Girl Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 1-4 p.m. Location: The Market at New Ken, 4323 Shearsburg Rd., New Kensington, PA 15068—Westmoreland County Cost: $10 per girl/$3 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: June 7

Making and Baking with Solar Ovens

Learn how to use the sun’s energy to cook up a tasty treat with simple solar ovens. Once our ovens are made, use them to make lunch. (Hot dogs, nachos and apples will be provided.) Please bring a pair of sunglasses, pot holders, a black pot and/or cookie sheet and your own drink. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Saturday June 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girl Scout Dr., Brockway PA 15824—Jefferson County Cost: $10 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: June 13

Media Fun – Let’s Make a Commercial that Matters

Do you have something to say? Do you have a message you want someone to hear? Learn how to write, direct and film a Public Service Announcement. Better yet, learn how you can have your PSA entered into a GSUSA contest. This program will also help girls earn a Skill Builder badge. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Proctor House, 117 N. Michael St. Marys, St. Marys, PA 15857—Elk County Cost: $10 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: June 1

Mini Camp 101

Enjoy a day at Camp Hawthorne Ridge while discovering some of the fun activities that you can do at Resident Camp such as crafts, songs, cooking, hiking, geocaching, letterboxing and more. Girls Grades: K-3 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, PA 16917—Erie County Cost: $8 per girl/no adult fee Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 7


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Mommy & Me Tea

Spend your afternoon with mom (or significant female adult) and learn the customs and traditions of “tea time.” Create, make and enjoy your own snacks. Dressing up is encouraged! Girls Grades: K-1 Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford, PA 15522—Bedford County Cost: $10 per person Minimum Capacity: 30 Registration Deadline: May 1

My First Overnight at Camp Curry Creek

This program is designed for girls and their significant female adult (18 or older) who haven’t stayed overnight at camp. Enjoy some great Girl Scout camp traditions, including a campfire, complete with songs and s’mores, making and trading SWAPS, making your own sit-upon and enjoying the sisterhood of other Girl Scouts. Learn about nature at the Environmental Center, explore the creek and row along the pond before heading home with lots of great stories to tell about your first overnight at camp. A fun patch is included. Girls Grades: K-5 Date/Time: May 17-18, Fri. 6 p.m.-Sat. 4 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girls Scout Dr., Brockway, PA 15824—Jefferson County Cost: $20 per person Minimum Capacity: 6 Registration Deadline: April 26 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

National Public Lands Day – Day of Service

Celebrate one of our great state parks by joining us for a day of service as we participate in National Public Lands Day. Come early to hike the trails, and we’ll meet at noon to do service projects identified by the park staff. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, noon-4 p.m. Location: Ryerson Station State Park, 361 Bristoria Rd., Wind Ridge, PA 15380—Greene County Cost: $4 per person Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: September 20 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Andrea Kelly at akelly@gswpa.org.

Native American Awareness

Take a trip back through time 200 years to the year 1770 to visit a Native American Frontier Cabin. Learn about ways of life and traditions of the colonial Native Americans, play a traditional game and make a colonial Native American recipe around a campfire. Step even further into the past to the year 1570, 400 years ago, to explore an Eastern Woodland Indian Village. Participate in a variety of hands-on activities such as grinding corn, using an at’latl, and cooking

Native American Awareness (cont.) a pre-historic Native American recipe around a campfire. In the afternoon, learn and make your own Native American game as well as receive your very own Native American name. The day will close with a lesson on college pathways, career exploration and a team-building experience of creating a Native American dwelling – a wigwam. Be sure to pack a lunch and dress for the weather! Girls Grades: 6-10 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 10:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 401 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312—Washington County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 29

Native American Lore

Take a trip back through time 200 years to the year 1770 to visit a Native American Frontier Cabin. Learn about ways of life and traditions of the Colonial Native Americans. Step even further into the past to the year 1570, 400 years ago, to explore an Eastern Woodland Indian Village. Participate in a variety of hands-on activities such as grinding corn, cooking a Native American recipe around a campfire, and learning and making your own Native American game. End the day by making a Native American beaded necklace and receiving your very own Native American name! Be sure to pack a lunch and dress for the weather. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 10:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 401 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312—Washington County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 5

Nature Days

Join the L.H.H. Rangers (girls in grades 7-12) 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. Take home a plant and tree identification booklet and a Nature Day patch. This program is run by older Girl Scouts in grades 7-12. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration Deadline: April 13 Session 2: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration Deadline: April 20 Session 3: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration Deadline: April 27 Session 4: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 4 Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County Cost: $6 per girl /No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 5


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Nature’s Alternatives

Spend the afternoon working on part of the Breathe Journey. Girls will make a kite and see a solar and wind power demonstration. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 1-4 p.m. Location: Tanoma Wetlands, 3775 Rayne Church Rd., Indiana, PA 15701—Indiana County Cost: $10 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: August 14

Nautical Road

On this RiverQuest voyage, explore the basics of river navigation, locks and dams, and maintaining navigable river channels. Learn about the different means of transport and how they compare: barge, railway and highway. This is a perfect program to compliment Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes working on the It’s Your Planet-Love It! Journeys. Receive a Riverworks Discovery Duck patch at the conclusion of this program! Girls Grades: 4-8 Session 1: Saturday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Session 2: Saturday, June 15, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: RiverQuest Vessel, Explorer, 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212—Allegheny County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 30 Registration Deadline: April 17

Night Noises

Bring your family to experience camp at night. We’ll take an educational night hike and see how fun the outdoors can be when the sun goes down. What’s the best part about being at camp at night? S’mores of course! Girls Grades: K-5 and families Session 1: Friday, May 17, 8-10 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott, 289 Camp Elliott Ln., Volant, PA 16156—Lawrence County Registration Deadline: May 1 Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 8-10 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing, 103 Rader School Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053—Butler County Registration Deadline: May 17 Cost: $5 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org.

Novelist Series

Whether it’s sharing a meal with a historical figure, unearthing ancient treasures, spending the summer in outer space or dancing flamenco in Spain, writing a novel lets you dream the world your way. As you write descriptions and dialogue, invent situations and make up feelings, you’ll experience the fun of a novelist’s career – spending time with new friends (characters you’ve created) and in other worlds (those from your imagination). You’ll end up with something impressive to share for college admissions – a work of fiction you wrote yourself! At the completion of the series, all registered girls will have earned their Novelist badge. Attendance at both sessions is required to earn the badge. Girl Grades: 9-12 Session 1: Wednesday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. Session 2: Wednesday, May 8, 6-9 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Cost: $15 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: April 24

Obstacle Challenge

Team up to complete an obstacle course. Afterward, cool off with some fun in the pool. Girls Grades: 3-12 Date/Time: Saturday, March 23, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 16

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Volunteer! Pittsburgh Marathon, Kids Marathon

Girl Scout Juniors through Ambassadors are invited to help hundreds of spirited sprinters by volunteering at the Pittsburgh Kid’s Marathon. Girls in grades 4-5 can help by making sure the runners are hydrated by passing out water and cleaning up after. Cadettes and Seniors can serve as Course Marshalls, providing encouragement and motivation to the runners and helping to ensure the young runners’ safety. The task of reuniting runners to their families will be handled by Ambassadors, who’ll volunteer their time at the “Family Reunion Area” located at the race finish line. All participants will receive an official Pittsburgh Marathon Volunteer T-shirt, and Girl Scouts will receive a participation patch. Girls Grades: 4-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-noon Location: Point State Park, 600 Commonwealth Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15222—Allegheny County Cost: $2 per person Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: April 24


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Outdoor Chefs

Learn how to create a complete meal using only outdoor cooking methods, including a foil box oven, buddy burners, milk cartons, planks and a campfire. You’ll be surprised how everyday items can be used to produce delicious treats for your friends and family when using your resources and creativity! Juniors will work toward their Simple Meals badge, and Cadettes will work toward their New Cuisines badge. Girl Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba, 288 Oaks Rd., Summerhill, PA 15958—Cambria County Cost: $12 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: July 24

Outdoor Skills

Spend some time outside having fun and exploring all the cool things you can do. We will spend the day knot tying, shelter building and orienteering. At the end of the day, you’ll have some impressive skills to show off on your next troop or family camping trip. Girls Grades: 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA 16735—McKean County Cost: $10 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: March 29 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Overnight at Camp Roy Weller

After spending the day at Laurel Caverns, head to Camp Roy Weller for an overnight filled with a campfire and s’mores! This is a great idea for people attending the Cavern Adventures program or the Juniors Explore program. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: May 18-19, Sat. 6 p.m.-Sun. 9 a.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525-Preston County Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: May 4

Passion for Fashion Sleepover

Get ready for an evening of fun and fashion! Silk-screen a T-shirt, create a bottle cap bracelet, sew a felt brooch, and explore the museum. Dinner, late-night snacks and a light breakfast will be provided. You’ll even sleep in select exhibit spaces. Girls Grades: K-5 Date/Time: March 24-25, Sat. 5:30 p.m.-Sun. 8 a.m. Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212—Allegheny County Cost: $40 per girl/$25 per adult Minimum Capacity: 50 Registration Deadline: March 13

Penn’s Adventurers

Ready for an adventure? Penn’s Adventurers builds outdoor skills, enhances knowledge of natural resources and encourages healthy experiences. All participants will receive a fun patch. Want to attend but it’s too far to drive for a two-hour program? Consider troop camping at Camp Curry Creek this weekend. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Sizerville State Park, 199 E. Cowley Run Rd., Emporium, PA, 15834—Cameron County Cost: $2 per person Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: May 31

Penn’s Adventurers in History

Long ago, Pennsylvania State Parks were quite different than they are today. The secrets of history are waiting to be discovered in piles of stone, restored buildings, rare documents and uncovered artifacts. Discover the exciting history of Sizerville State Park. All participants will receive a fun patch. Want to attend but it’s too far to drive for a two-hour program? Consider troop camping at Camp Curry Creek this weekend. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Sizerville State Park, 199 E. Cowley Run Rd., Emporium, PA, 15834—Cameron County Cost: $2 per person Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: June 7

Places in Peril

Visit the Museum at IUP and explore photographs and large paintings of threatened environments around the world. Juniors will work toward their Animal Habitats badge, and Seniors will work toward their Voice for Animals badge. Girl Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Saturday, September 21, 2-4 p.m. Location: Indiana University of Pennsylvania – John Sutton Hall, The University Museum, Room 111, 1011 South Dr., Indiana, PA 15705—Indiana County Cost: $5 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: September 13

Play with Clay!

Earn your Brownie Potters badge at this workshop hosted by the Father Ryan Arts Center. Learn about the history of clay and explore the equipment used when working with clay. Make a handmade goblet and a bird sculpture. Girls will receive their Potters badge. Adult fee includes program participation. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136—Allegheny County Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 17


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Polywogs

Spend some time at Camp Conshatawba while learning all there is to know about frogs! Explore the Nature Center and learn the life cycle of frogs, make crafts, play games and enjoy froggy snacks. Girls Grades: 2-3 Session 1: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: 4-5 Session 2: Saturday, April 27, 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba, 288 Oaks Rd., Summerhill, PA 15958—Cambria County Cost: $7 per girl/$3 per adult Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: April 19

Plays, Productions, Patches – An Afternoon at New Hazlett Theater

You’re invited to spend an afternoon with Prime Stage Theater viewing a live theater production based on the Newberry Award winning novel by Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons. Literature comes to life in this play about 13-year-old Sal, who ultimately realizes things—and people—are not always what they seem. After the show, take an exclusive theater tour and speak with Production Assistants who run the show behind the scenes. Girl Scouts will receive a participation patch. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Sunday, May 12, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Location: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square E., Pittsburgh, PA 15212—Allegheny County Cost: $12 per girl/$20 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 24

Rivers of Life

While sailing on the RiverQuest Explorer, get an insider’s look into the biodiversity of life in and around Pittsburgh’s Rivers. Learn how people have depended on rivers throughout history, and gain understanding of current river preservation. Juniors and Cadettes working on their It’s Your Planet-Love It! Journey apply lessons learned, and all participants will receive a Riverworks Discovery Otter patch! (This program counts for step two of the Junior Animal Habitats badge.) Girls Grades: 4-8 Session 1: Saturday, April 27, 9-10:30 a.m. Session 2: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: RiverQuest Vessel, Explorer, 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212—Allegheny County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 30 Registration Deadline: May 29

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Spend time on the lake at Camp Resting Waters. Learn new strokes, practice old ones or just spend a lazy day enjoying being out on the water. Camp fire lunch included. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA 16735—McKean County Cost: $15 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 26

Scattin’ and Swingin’ – A Jazz Exploration

Enjoy this jazz education event at the Manchester Craftsman Guild. Led by local jazz educators, be introduced to jazz music through a series of short performances with audience participation components. Learn about the origins of jazz, musical improvisation and how jazz musicians work collaboratively for a unique sound. You’ll also receive a Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild participation patch. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Friday, May 21, 7-8 p.m. Location: Manchester Craftsman Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233—Allegheny County Cost: $7 per person Minimum Capacity: 30 Registration Deadline: May 8

Simple Pleasures

Enjoy the simple pleasures of Girl Scouting at Camp Resting Waters: s’mores and songs by the campfire, nature hikes, paddling on the lake and more. Having so much fun you don’t want to go home? Don’t. Go ahead and stay the night. You can rent lodging at camp by contacting camprentals@gswpa.org. Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Friday, May 31, 4-8 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA 16735—McKean County Cost: $10 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 17 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator with Council Support; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Smart & Savvy Shoppers

Do you know the difference between your needs and wants? Explore those themes at Prime Outlets in Grove City! Spend the afternoon earning your Savvy Shopper badge by investigating the latest trends, analyzing customer reviews, venturing out on a comparison scavenger hunt and thinking about future purchases! Receive $5 in spending money, a snack and, at program completion, your Savvy Shopper badge. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Saturday, May 25, noon-3 p.m. Location: Grove City Mall, Food Court, 1911 Leesburg Grove City Rd., Grove City, PA 16127—Mercer County Cost: $15 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 16 Registration Deadline: May 15

Smart Shooting Level 1 and 2

Take your first shot or improve on your skills. Learn parts of a gun and safety basics. Practice shooting indoors and out on the archery range. Have lunch and complete an obstacle course that includes tomahawk and spear throwing as well as a rope swing. Girls must be at least 12 years old by date of the program to participate. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Harthegig Conservation Club, 600 Rogers Hill Rd., Fredonia, PA 16124—Mercer County Cost: $18 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: May 4 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org.


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Smell the Flowers and Jump to Juniors!

Juniors (and Brownies ready to fly up), join us as we explore the trails and fields of Wykoff Run Natural Area. Take a hike to discover what flowers and other plant life “bloom” in the area. After our hike, enjoy a picnic and discussion of what being a Girl Scout entails. Information will be shared about badge requirements and other awards available to Juniors. Participants will receive a fun patch. Girls Grades: 3-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Wykoff Run Natural Area—Elk County Address Cost: $8 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 12 Volunteer Needed: Junior Troop to help lead craft; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Snacks, Meals, or New Cuisines

Make and create delicious snacks, learn about meal planning and earn the Legacy badge for your age-level. Then, taste test your own creations! Girls Grades: 2-5 Session 1: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon Girls Grades: 6-8 Session 2: Saturday, April 13, 1-3 p.m. Location: St. John’s Church United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford, PA 15522—Bedford County Cost: $10 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: April 3

Snap Happy Hunt

Enjoy a fun day of photography. Learn the basics while on a photo scavenger hunt! Girls Grades: K-6 Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 1-3 p.m. Location: Penn State Altoona Campus, 300 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601—Blair County Cost: $9 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 27

Speaking Truth to Power

You want your voice heard. It’s so important that one of your Leadership Journeys is about just that – speaking up about and acting on issues that are crucial in your world. If you want your voice heard by the government, it helps to know about public policy, the laws and government actions surrounding particular issues. To influence public policy, it’s important to know how you can work to affect change in your community, country and world. This Ambassador Citizen badge workshop is your opportunity to find out! All registered girls will earn their Public Policy badge upon workshop completion. Girl Scout Seniors can use this program as part of their bridging to Ambassador process. Girl Grades: 10-12 Date/Time: Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Cost: $8 per girl/$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: April 8

Splish Splash

Learn some basic swim moves and have a blast in the heated pool. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing smoothie. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 4

Spring into Fun Day!

Spring is in the air! Spend a day enjoying the outdoors with crafts, games and lunch. Make take-home crafts and SWAPS and enjoy activities from the It’s Your Planet, Love It Journey series. Also, spend the day participating in a community service project. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Assembly Community Park, Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748—Potter County Cost: $20 per girl/$15 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: April 30

Spring into Spring the Girl Scout Way

Learn about Girl Scouts while having fun. Play a game, make a SWAP, learn a tradition, earn a badge and make fun, easy, do-it-yourself summer snacks. You’ll also earn your Skill Builder badge for springing into this program. Girls Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girl Scout Dr., Brockway, PA, 15824—Jefferson County Cost: $13 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 12

St. Patrick’s Day Soiree

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate by making festive crafts, enjoying green treats, listening to traditional Irish music and learning about Irish culture. Be festive and wear your favorite green clothes! At the end of our fun, you’ll take home a treat bag and a fun patch. Girl Grades: K-5 Date/Time: Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m. Location: GSWPA Johnstown Office, 612 Locust St., Johnstown, PA 15901—Cambria County Cost: $10 per girl /$2 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: March 8


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Stories with ALICE II

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will create stories using the Alice computer programming system. Advanced techniques will be covered such as incorporating sound into Alice worlds and handling mouse and keyboard input for creating video games. Participants should have completed an Alice workshop at Slippery Rock University or elsewhere before enrolling in Stories with Alice II. This workshop is sponsored by the Computer Science Department of Slippery Rock University. Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Slippery Rock University, Advanced Science & Technology Hall, Kiester Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057—Butler County Cost: $9 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 8 Registration Deadline: April 10

Sunny’s Trip to Munnell Run Farm

Join Sunny at Munnell Run Farm as she learns about the many plants and animals that call the farm “paradise.” The day will include: stories about Sunny’s visit, a sunflower craft, a wagon ride that showcases various sites on the farm, milking Clara the Cow and making old-fashioned, homemade ice cream. Be sure to dress for the weather because we will be outside for some of the day. Girls Grades: K-1 Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2-4 p.m. Location: Munnell Run Farm, 24 Avalon Ct., Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16137—Mercer County Cost: $6 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 7 Registration Deadline: August 7

Super Summer Snack

Learn to make fun, easy, do-it-yourself summer snacks. At this program, learn some quick, easy snacks that you can make yourself for summer days when you want something a little different. Girls will also earn a Skill Builder badge for participating in this program. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Sunday, June 9, 1-3 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girl Scout Dr., Brockway, PA, 15824—Jefferson County Registration Deadline: May 24 Session 2: Sunday, June 9, 1-3 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA, 16735—McKean County Registration Deadline: May 24 Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 3: Sunday, June 23, 1- 3 p.m. Location: Camp Resting Waters, 2566 Campbelltown Rd., Kane, PA, 16735—McKean County Registration Deadline: April 30 Cost: $13 per girl/$10 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10

SWAPS, Songs and S’mores

Spend the evening at camp making new friends and enjoying camp favorites! Rotate through stations to make SWAPS, learn camp songs and decorate your own song book to take home. Before you go, enjoy a fire while making gourmet s’mores and singing all your new favorite songs! Girls Grades: 2-5 Date/Time: Friday, April 19, 6-9:30 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba, 288 Oaks Rd., Summerhill, PA 15958—Cambria County Cost: $7 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: April 12

Taking Steps to Volunteer

Bridging Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are asked to help out at a fundraiser walk for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Girls will help with set up and tear down of the event, in addition to working with the kids’ corral booth, aiding children in arts, crafts, and games. All volunteers will receive a Take Steps T-shirt, and Girl Scouts will receive a participation patch. Food and drinks will be provided. Girl Scouts can use volunteering at this event as a service project, while meeting folks who live and work within their communities; all in support of raising funds and awareness for Crohn’s and IBD diseases. Girls Grades: 8-12 Date/Time: Sunday, June 9, 3-7 p.m. Location: Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213—Allegheny County Cost: $2 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 22 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Teach Me Toon! A Comic Strip Workshop.

Apply your imaginations to the art of cartooning at this workshop run by Joe Wos, executive director of The Toonseum. Merging art with the written word, comic strips are more than just lines on a page. In skilled hands, comic strips can be powerful tools of self-expression. Learn the basics of cartooning by developing your own comic strips! Juniors can work toward their Drawing badge, while Cadettes will earn portions of their Comic Artist badge. Girls will also receive a Toonseum participation pin. ‘Toon in and sign up! Girls Grades: 2-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Location: The Toonseum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222—Allegheny County Cost: $18 per girl/$8 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 3


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Tennis Time

Have you ever wanted to try tennis? Now’s your chance! Learn the basics of tennis in comfort on one of three indoor courts. Afterward, relax those muscles in the heated indoor pool. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 1-3 p.m. Location: Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, 2900 Plank Rd., Altoona, PA 16602—Blair County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: July 27

Trekkers in Training

Work on the Brownie Hiker badge while spending the day learning what to take on a hike and make as a snack to take on your trek. Girls will also learn about National Parks Day and hike a trail. Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Keystone State Park, 1150 Keystone Park Rd., Derry, PA 15627—Westmoreland County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: May 22

True Painting

Learn about famous women artists and different mediums and techniques used by popular artists. Each session will concentrate on a different art media. The first session will focus on portrait painting. Water color painting will be introduced in the next session followed by a rare form of lithography in the last session. Attend one session or all sessions (recommended). All materials and instructions are provided. Join us to discover the true artist in each of us! Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 1-Frida’s Self Portrait: Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 1-3 p.m. Registration Deadline: February 23 Session 2-Cassatt with Water Colors: Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 1-3 p.m. Registration Deadline: April 20 Session 3-Kathe Schmidt Heart Felt Lithography: Date/Time: Saturday, May 25, 1-3 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 18 Location: Eva K. Bowlby Library, 311 North West St., Waynesburg PA 15370—Greene County Cost: $8 per girl each session/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 5

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 an exclusive fun patch. Girls Grades: K-5 Session 1: Tuesday, July 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Girls Grades: 6-12 Session 2: Thursday, July 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Location: U.S. Border Patrol Facility, 7851 Traut Dr., Fairview, PA 16415—Erie County Cost: $3 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: July 11

Walk with Wildflowers

Join us on a short hike to discover different types of wildflowers, learn different uses for flowers and identify harmful plants. Girls Grades: K-5 and families Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 2-4 p.m. Location: Raccoon Creek State Park, 3000 State Rt. 18, Hookstown, PA 15050—Beaver County Cost: $4 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: April 26 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Karla Schell at kschell@gswpa.org.

Wet Does That Have to Do With Me?

Wetlands are considered valuable because they clean the water, recharge water supplies, reduce flood risks and provide fish and wildlife habitat. Quick fact: an acre of wetland can store 1-1.5 million gallons of floodwater. Join us at the West Creek Wetland Learning Center for the answers to the title question and to learn other facts about the importance of wetlands. Program will count toward requirements of the Junior Habitat badge and the Cadette Breathe Leadership Journey. Healthy snack provided. Girls Grades: 4-8 Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 1-4 p.m. Location: West Creek Wetlands Learning Center, 204 West Creek Rd., St. Mary’s, PA 15857—Elk County Cost: $5 per person Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: September 1 Volunteer Needed: Event Chaperone; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.


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Women in the Civil War

Spend the day immersed in history as you discover how women and children lived during the Civil War. Rotate through stations learning about the schooling, games, food and fashion of the time period. You’ll receive your Women and the Civil War patch upon completion. Cadettes are encouraged to sign up as Program Aides. Girls Grades: 2-5 Program Aides: Grades 6-8 Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott, 289 Camp Elliott Ln., Volant, PA 16156—Lawrence County Cost: $55 per girl/$25 per adult Minimum Capacity: 20 Registration Deadline: May 8 Volunteer Needed: Program Facilitator or Program Aides; to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Women’s Health

Nothing’s more important than good health. As women, we have unique health issues at every stage of our lives. By earning your Women’s Health badge, you’ll identify health topics facing women in your community and across the globe, learn about careers in the health field and focus on techniques to help you stay healthy. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Monday, June 3, 5-7 p.m. Location: Adagio Health, 451 Hyde Park Rd., Hyde Park Plaza, Leechburg PA, 15656—Westmoreland County Cost: $7 per girl/No adult fee Minimum Capacity: 5 Registration Deadline: May 28

Wonders of Water Journey Weekend

Join us for a weekend of water-filled fun at Camp Curry Creek. You and your Brownie friends will join the Brownie ELF on some wonder-filled adventures as we explore the Wonders of Water. Learn about the water cycle, make your own rainbow and experience what it’s like to live in places where there is not enough water. Come to understand why the right to clean water is so important to everyone on Earth. Along the way, Brownies will earn their LOVE Water, SAVE Water and SHARE Water awards. After completing your take action project in your community, add your WOW! award to your vest, too! Girls Grades: 2-3 Date/Time: March 22-24, Fri. 7 p.m.-Sun. 3 p.m. Location: Camp Curry Creek, 60 Girl Scout Dr., Brockway, PA 15824—Jefferson County Cost: $49 per girl/$25 per adult Minimum Capacity: 25 Registration Deadline: March 8 Volunteer Needed: Cadette Troop working on LIA award; to volunteer, please contact Krista Kimmel at kkimmel@gswpa.org.

Wonders of Wetlands

Put on your boots and get your binoculars ready because we are going on an adventure to explore the many wonders of wetlands! Join Munnell Run Farm this spring to learn about wetlands and their unique importance in nature. The day will include a wetlands trail trek,

Wonders of Wetlands (cont.) wetland animals’ house discovery, wetlands “snack,” and many more exciting, hands-on activities. End the day with a wetlands scavenger hunt and earn the Junior Animal Habitat badge. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather because we will be outside, rain or shine. Wear waterproof footwear as well. Girls Grades: 4-5 Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. Location: Munnell Run Farm. 24 Avalon Ct., Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16137—Mercer County Cost: $8 per girl/$4 per adult Minimum Capacity: 7 Registration Deadline: June 15

Working for Uncle Sam

Learn about the many exciting federal careers available for those with a love of the outdoors, science and nature. Meet rangers and scientists from the Allegheny National Forest, and get one step closer to a fulfilling career. End the day by participating in a service project and getting a hands-on perspective of the work of Forest employees. Picnic lunch included. Girls Grades: 9-12 Date/Time: Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Marienville District Office, Allegheny National Forest, 131 Smokey Ln., Marienville, PA 16239—Forest County Cost: $6 per person Minimum Capacity: 15 Registration Deadline: June 10

You’ll Flip Over Judo!

Are you looking for a new way to exercise? Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Try out Judo! In this two hour Judo workshop, learn basic Judo moves and falls, explore the history of Judo, and see advanced Judo demonstrations. Brownie and Junior participants will earn steps toward their My Best Self and Staying Fit badges, while Cadettes can apply learned information to their Good Sportsmanship badge. Participating girls will receive a Martial Arts fun patch… Sayonara! Girls Grades: K-8 Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: South Hills Judo Club, 2620 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15227—Allegheny County Cost: $15 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 12 Registration Deadline: April 10

Zumba at the Y

Learn to Zumba, a fitness program that combines Latin rhythms with aerobic exercise. Join the fun as you shake, step, sway and sweat to an easy-to-follow routine. Also, enjoy tips to staying healthy and fit while enjoying a fruit smoothie, plus other fun activities! Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and bring a water bottle for hydration! Girls Grades: 2-12 Date/Time: Monday, June 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Clarion YMCA, 15952 U.S. 322, Clarion, PA 16214—Clarion County Cost: $8 per girl/$5 per adult Minimum Capacity: 10 Registration Deadline: May 31


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Program Kits and Programs by Request Resources for service units and troop leaders looking for activities to do with their group of girls!

Program Kits Program Kits are great for troops, groups or service units who want to run programs on their own. Each kit includes written program instructions and non-consumable materials. Look for new Program Kits coming soon!

Programs by Request Programs by Request are special GSWPA programs that can be provided to your group on a date and in a location that you choose. Choose a program from the suggested list below. We’re always open to new suggestions too!

How many girls and adults do I need to run a program?

This number varies from program to program. Your number of adults must meet ratio. Please refer to Volunteer Essentials or visit gswpa.org.

I don’t have the minimum number of girls in my troop. Does that mean we can’t request a program?

Not at all! Ask other troops in your area to team up with you for a program. We can also advertise your program on our website and open the program up to any girls in your area.

How much does a program cost?

The cost of each program includes a deposit and a per girl and adult fee. Each program cost varies. Please refer to each program description at gswpa.org.

Why do I need to pay a deposit? What is it for?

In order to begin the process of creating a customized program for you, we require a deposit. This will hold your program facilitator’s time.

Will my deposit be refunded?

Yes, your deposit will be refunded once participation rosters have been submitted to GSWPA. However, your deposit will not be refunded if you cancel or do not meet the minimum number of girls.

Current Program Kits:

• Bow Wows and Meows – Grades 4-5 • Bubbleology – Grades K-3 • Ms. President – Grades K-5 • Underground Railroad – Grades K-12 • Win-Win – Grades 4-6

NEW! Intro to Robotics

Ignite your enthusiasm for science and technology by working with our LEGO robots. Learn how ultrasonic, light, sound and touch sensors work. Test your programming skills to teach your robot how to navigate through mazes and challenges. Girls Grades: 4-12

NEW! Robot Rovers

Embark on an adventure to solve a challenge by building an autonomous robot. Girls must have completed Intro to Robotics or have experience with LEGO robots to participate. Girls Grades: 4-12

Other Programs by Request:

• Aloha! – Grades 1-10 • Basic Eight – Grades K-12 • Camp Champ Scramble – Grades 6-12 • Canoe Level I – Grades 4-8 • Canoe Level II – Grades 9-12 • Fashion Designer – Grades 2-12 • Food Chemistry – Grades K-12 • For Goodness Cakes – Grades 4-12 • Geocaching 101 – Grades 4-12 • Gingerbread Houses – Grades 4-12 • Insane Improv – Grades 4-12 • Jet-Set-GO! – Grades 2-12 • Journey Weekends – Grades 2-12 • Leave No Trace – Grades 4-12 • Legacy Naturalist Badges – Grades 2-12 • Nature Walks – Grades K-8 • Outdoor Cooking Skills – Grades K-12 • Penguins – Grades K-8 • Pet Care 101 – Grades K-3 • Pole to Pole – Grades K-5 • Recycled Crafts – Grades 1-12 • Spa-Tacular – Grades 4-8 • SWAPS – Grades 1-12 • Winter Survival – Grades 4-12


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Program Team Meetings

This is your chance to have a say in what’s going on at your favorite camp. Girls and adults are all welcome to join the Program Teams. Participants will help with planning programming and property decisions. Girls Grades: 8-12, adults Cost: No fee Minimum Capacity: 5

Camp Elliott Team Meeting

Camp Roy Weller Team Meeting

Camp Hawthorne Ridge Team Meeting

Camp Singing Hills Team Meeting

Camp Redwing Team Meeting

Camp Skymeadow Team Meeting

Session 1: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott, 289 Camp Elliott Ln., Volant, PA 16156—Lawrence County Session 1: Friday, March 1, 6-7 p.m. Session 2: Monday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge-Curtze Cabin, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, PA 16417—Erie County Session 1: Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Wexford Office, 11279 Perry Hwy., Suite 505, Wexford, PA 15090—Allegheny County

Session 1: Wednesday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: Wednesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County Session 1: Thursday, March 7, 6-7 p.m. Session 2: Tuesday, May 7, 6-7 p.m. Location: Camp Singing Hills-Evening Song Lodge, 114 Singing Hills Rd, Oil City, Pa, 16301—Venango County Session 1: Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Ln., Avonmore, PA 15618—Armstrong County

Allegheny County Team Meeting

Session 1: Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Yough, 429 Duncan Station Rd., McKeesport, PA 15135—Allegheny County


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Girl Scout Leadership Experience Workshops and Webinars Bronze Award Workshop Webinar

Get answers to your Bronze Award questions! Your Bronze Award begins with learning the Journey process. Join this webinar to explore the project requirements for the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Girls Grades: 4-5 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Date/Time: Wednesday, March 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: No fee

Silver Award Workshop

What is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn? Get answers to your Silver Award questions! Your Girl Scout Silver Award begins with a Journey as a pre-requisite. Come explore the project requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award. Girls Grades: 6-8 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Session 1: Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063—Butler County Session 2: Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Session 3: Sunday, April 14, 1-2:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office, 126 E. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601—Westmoreland County Cost: No fee

Silver & Gold Award Workshop

Get answers to your Silver and Gold Award questions! Come explore the project requirements for the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award and review the process. Girls Grades: 6-12 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Session 1: Friday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Johnstown Office, 612 Locust St., Johnstown, PA 15901—Cambria County Session 2: Saturday, March 9, 9-11 a.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, PA 16417—Erie County Session 3: Friday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Bigler YMCA, 61 Walker Rd., Bigler, PA 16825 —Clearfield County Session 4: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Camp Roy Weller, 32 Trillium Ln., Bruceton Mills, WV 26525—Preston County Session 5: Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Chamber of Commerce Uniontown, 65 W. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401—Fayette County Session 6: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Karns City High School, 1446 Kittanning Pike, Karns City, PA 16041—Butler County Cost: No fee

Silver & Gold Award Workshop Webinar Get answers to your Silver and Gold Award questions! Join this webinar to explore the project requirements for the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award and review the process. Girls Grades: 6-12 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders & Parents welcome) Session 1: Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m. Session 2: Wednesday, April 10, 7-9 p.m. Session 3: Wednesday, July 10, 7-9 p.m. Session 4: Wednesday, August 28, 7-9 p.m. Session 5: Wednesday, September 11, 7-9 p.m. Cost: No fee

Gold Award Workshop

Get 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 for the Girl Scout Gold Award. It will change your life! A Gold Award Workshop is now a Mandatory pre-requisite. Girls Grades: 9-12 and adults (Leaders, Co-Leaders, and Parents welcome) Session 1: Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: GSWPA Kittanning Office, 2359 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201—Armstrong County Session 2: Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063—Butler County Session 3: Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: William Anderson Library, 1037 Stotler Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235—Allegheny County Session 4: Saturday, April 13, 9-11 a.m. Location: GSWPA Duncansville Office, 2875 Route 764 Suite 12, Duncansville, PA 15601—Blair County Session 5: Sunday, April 14, 3-5 p.m. Location: GSWPA Greensburg Office, 126 E. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601—Westmoreland County Session 6: Tuesday, October 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: William Anderson Library, 1037 Stotler Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235—Allegheny County Cost: No fee


Girls Teen Conference It’s Your World, Get Ready to Lead It! Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Chatham University

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is taking the lead to help you discover your interests, connect with peers and take action in your future. You won’t want to miss this unique leadership opportunity to participate in GSWPA’s 2013 Teen Conference on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Chatham University. Participants will receive lunch, a snack and dinner at the University. Created by teens and for teens, this daylong event will empower girls and introduce them to new ideas in the areas that meet girls’ interests.

Girls Grades: 6-12 Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Chatham University, 106 Woodland Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238—Allegheny County Cost: $40 per girl/$20 per adult Minimum Capacity: 100 Registration Deadline: April 30 Volunteers Needed: Program Facilitators and Workshop Presenters (if you are interested in offering a workshop or have knowledge in one of the areas below); to volunteer, please contact Mallory Deptola at mdeptola@gswpa.org.

Career Choices

What career is right for you? Women today have so many career paths from which to choose. Where do your skills and interests lie? Discover your future path at the 2013 Teen Conference.

Center Stage

Do you dream of performing on stage or want to know more about acting and theater? Explore the stage at the 2013 Teen Conference.

Food Science

Learn more about the science of what we eat and how to make choices that are healthy for your body and our earth.

Media Messages From the Internet to magazines, girls are surrounded by the media. Discuss how the media affects the images and stereotypes of real women and girls.

Broadcasting

Discover what it takes to report the news and how to be confident in front of a camera.

Girls Got Tech-skills

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers are some of the fastest growing fields in the job industry. Learn about how you can prepare yourself for a rewarding, fun, and exciting STEM career.

College Applications

Forms, deadlines and applications, oh my! Find out more about what steps you can take to apply for college and financial aid.

Adult Enrichment Help your teen prepare for college by learning about the college application process, deciding on the right college, and seeking financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


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27th Annual

Kennywood Day Girl Scouts Making Kennywood Memories

YAY! Kennywood is open! Celebrate Kennywood’s 27th Girl Scout Day with your friends and family. Activities will include games from past decades of Girl Scouts, contests, sing-a-longs, a Girl Scout parade, SWAPS and much more Girl Scout fun! Girls Grades: K-12 and families Date/Time: Tuesday, August 13, 10 a.m.-park closing Location: Kennywood Amusement Park, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122—Allegheny County Cost: $24.50 per person (price may change) Registration Deadline: Tickets will be on sale at the Girl Scout Council shops from April 15-August 13. Parade Information: Troops participating in the parade are encouraged to bring a decorated troop banner. Troops that purchase tickets between May 1-June 1, are automatically entered into a drawing to win refreshment coupons for their entire troop on Girl Scouts Kennywood Day.

It’s Your Planet – Love It!

Environmental Leadership Summit

Check out all the reasons why Camp Roy Weller’s Eberly Learning Center is eco-friendly, use your pocket microscope to study microorganisms from the ponds or see what macro invertebrates hang out in the Big Sandy Creek. Save the date for October 18-19 to travel to Camp Roy Weller where girls in grades 6-12 will participate in activities to increase their local and global awareness. Station partners from greater Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia will join us to provide hands-on activities to help us gain a better understanding of the world we live in. Look for details this summer to enter the It’s Your Planet Take Action projects you’ve already completed to inspire other girls and to compete to win prizes, like a free GSWPA program or a free weekend at camp for you and your troop!


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Don’t Miss Our Volunteer Camp Work Weekends! Here’s your chance to spend a day or the weekend in a beautiful camp setting at no charge – while giving your favorite camp a little TLC. Team up with other girls* and registered adults while working on projects at GSWPA camp properties, May 3-5 or October 4-5, from 7 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bring your fellow Girl Scouts and join the Camp Volunteer Site Teams while they repair and refresh our camp properties.

Choose where and how long you stay. Camp work weekends are also a great time to explore a new camp. Choose from the following camps: • • • • • • • • •

Conshatawba (Cambria County), Curry Creek (Jefferson County), Elliott (Lawrence County), Hawthorne Ridge (Erie County), Singing Hills (Venango County), Skymeadow (Armstrong County), Redwing (Butler County), Resting Waters (McKean County) or Roy Weller (Preston, WV).

Can’t stay all weekend?

No problem! Pick the weekend schedule that works best for you and register online through the Things to Do section at gswpa.org, or use the form on page 41. • • • •

Friday evening (overnight) and Saturday, Saturday only (including program activities), Saturday-Sunday or All weekend.

All meals will be served on Saturday, with a continental breakfast on Sunday. After you get your hands dirty with a variety of projects, enjoy free time at the camp each late afternoon and evening. Program activities will also include an evening campfire. For more information, contact Pamela Balas at pbalas@gswpa.org or Tom Benoit at tbenoit@gswpa.org.

Important Details *All volunteers are required to complete the volunteer application, process. Troops attending must meet the girl/adult ratio as outlined in GSWPA’s Volunteer Essentials. All Girl Scouts attending must either register with their troop or an approved registered adult.


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GSWPA Office and Camp Addresses GSWPA Offices

GSWPA Camps

Beaver

Smethport

Camp Conshatawba

Camp Redwing

443 Third St. Beaver, PA 15009 Beaver County

217 West Main St. Smethport, PA 16749 McKean County

288 Oaks Rd. Summerhill, PA 15958 Cambria County

103 Rader School Rd. Renfrew, PA 16053 Butler County

Duncansville

Southpointe

Camp Curry Creek

Camp Resting Waters

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

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

60 Girl Scout Dr. Brockway, PA 15824 Jefferson County

2566 Campbelltown Rd. Kane, PA 16735 McKean County

Warren

Camp Elliott

Camp Roy Weller

289 Camp Elliott Ln. Volant, PA 16156 Lawrence County

32 Trilium Ln. Brucetown Mills, WV 26525 Preston County

Camp Hawthorne Ridge

Camp Singing Hills

Edinboro 5681 Route 6N Edinboro, PA 16412 Erie 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

Pittsburgh 30 Isabella St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Allegheny County

185 Hospital Dr. Warren, PA 16365 Warren County

Wexford 11279 Perry Highway Suite 505 Wexford, PA 15090 Allegheny County

7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd. Girard, PA 16417 Erie County

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

Camp Skymeadow 164 Skymeadow Ln. Avonmore, PA 15618 Westmoreland County

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


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Online Registration You can easily register online or by fax or mail. Online registration is a faster, more accurate way to register. (If you’re paying with Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, Program Award Certificates, or if applying for a scholarship, please use paper registration forms.) Program information, such as date, time or location, may change. Please visit gswpa.org for program updates and/or additional information.

Girl Members/ Parents/Volunteers Step 1 – Register Online

• Go to gswpa.org and click “Program & Camp Registration.” (If you need to sign up as a member or renew a membership, start with “Register/Renew Membership.” You will need to be a registered member and have a valid e-mail address to register online for our events. Please be sure to purchase your membership registration before you register for any events, programs or trainings.)

Step 2 – Log-in/Activate Account

• Each member within the same family has her/his own account with a unique username and password. • If you OR your daughter has ever been a registered Girl Scout or has attended a program, event, camp or training, you have an account in our database. (Parents/Guardians have an account if their daughter is in our database.)

Step 3 – Select Program Activities & Events

• Choose Program Activities & Events from the menu on the left. • Make your selection. • Click “Add to cart.”

Step 4 – Verify your shopping cart • Click on “Continue Shopping” or “Check Out.”

Step 5 – Pay for your order

• If you’re registering your daughter for an event, her name and address must appear in the “Ship to Address” field. • Enter payment information. • Select “Process My Order.” • Print your receipt. Congratulations! You’ve successfully registered for an activity!

Help is available: • View the online registration FAQs by clicking Help Desk on the Online registration site. • Send an e-mail to helpdesk@gswpa.org Contact the GSWPA Help Desk at 800-248-3355 ext 1460, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon on Friday.

During the months of March, April, May, June, September and October, we will offer extended Help Desk hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Refunds for Events and Trainings will only 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 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.

Program Kit Instructions:

• If you’re interested in renting a Program Kit (see page 33), just follow these easy steps: • E-mail programkit@gswpa.org for kit availability and more information. In addition to your contact information, please include your girls‘ age levels, approximate number of attendees and the anticipated location of your program. All program kids include a $25 refundable deposition in addition to the rental costs.

Programs by Request Instructions:

New extended Help Desk hours!

• Check out the list of Programs by Request on page 33. Reserve a program by registering online at gswpa.org. Only one person should register for your entire troop or group. A deposit will be required to reserve your Program by Request.


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Scholarship Form SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Scholarships are available to GIRLS ONLY who: • 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 and awarded for each of the following, once per membership year: • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration fee • One council-operated event as listed on our online calendar and registration Web site, or in the fall/winter or spring/summer issues of S’more • One council-sponsored summer Resident Camp (including CORE and Family camp and Summer Troop Camping Programs as listed in S’more) • GSUSA destinations 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. For events/programs, the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay a minimum of 10 % of the fee. For summer camp (including resident, CORE, Family camp and Summer Troop Camping Programs as listed in S’more), the Girl Scout family will be expected to pay the registration deposit plus 10 % of the total camp fee. 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. 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 MagNut or Cookie Program monies and/or debts to any Council Shop). Scholarships are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. 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. 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 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, there is no deadline date. Girl Name: Troop #:

Girl Scout Service Unit:

Parent/Guardian Name(s): Parent/Guardian Occupation(s): Address:

Street

Home Phone:

City

State

Work Phone:

Zip Code

Cell Phone:

E-mail:  both parents  one parent  other (specify): Girl lives with: Number of children (under 18) in household:

Sources of income (check all applicable): Investments Social Security

Salaries Pensions Other source

Number of adults in household:

Alimony Public Assistance

Child Support Unemployment Compensation

Total annual household income combining all sources: Less than $10,000 $10,000-$15,000 $15,001-$20,000 $30,001-$40,000 $40,001-$50,000 $50,001-$60,000 Does your family qualify for the free or reduced-lunch program?

Yes

$20,001-$30,000 $60,001-$70,000

Food Stamps SSI

$70,000+

No

Please check box  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.)  Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) membership registration  Event/Program  Camp

Title/name: Date(s):

Time/Session:

Event/Program Fee: 10 % 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)

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Scholarship amount requested:

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GSUSA Membership Registration: Additional amount family can pay (enclosed)

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Amount troop can pay (enclosed) - $ Nut Bucks and/or Cookie Dough credit (enclosed) - $ Scholarship amount requested:

Camp Fee: Camp deposit (enclosed) 10 % 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) -

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

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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:


Volunteer-Led Area Day Camps Check out gswpa.org for more information on volunteer-led Day Camps!

Greater Erie Area Day Camp

Greater Erie Area Day Camp (GEA Day Camp) at Hawthorne Ridge will be back this summer! Join us for a great week of outdoor adventure and fun, one week only. Meet new friends and enjoy the great nature facilities at Hawthorne Ridge. Hiking, swimming, crafts, games, songs, outdoor cooking and more are waiting for you! Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: June 17-21, Mon. 9 a.m.-Fri. 3:30 p.m. Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, Girard, PA Cost: $55 per camper through April 30/$60 per camper beginning May 1/$10 per tagalong (Day Camp volunteer’s preschool or male child up to 10 years old) Registration Deadline: June 1 For more information or if you would like to volunteer: Please call Darlene Kinnear (Daisy Mae) at 814-796-3577 or e-mail Laura Symes (Professor) at GEADayCamp13@gmail.com.

Blue Spruce Day Camp

Activities will include: outdoor cooking, crafts, hiking, singing, games and general fun at camp. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: July 15-19, Mon. 9 a.m.-Fri. 3 p.m. (babysitting available one hour before and after camp); optional overnight July 17 for Grades 4-12. Location: Blue Spruce County Park, 1128 Blue Spruce Rd., Indiana, PA 15701 Cost: $45 through June 15 / $50 after June 15 If a girl is not a registered Girl Scout, an additional $12 will be added to registration cost. NO Bus Transportation is provided. Mail registrations and payment to: GSWPA, 665 Philadelphia Street, The Atrium, STU 014, Indiana, PA 15701 For more information: Lindy Fails, 724-388-6291 or Karen Facteau 724-840-7893

Burrell Township Day Camp

Activities will include: outdoor cooking, crafts, hiking, singing, games, and general fun at camp. Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: July 22-26, Mon. 9 a.m.-Fri. 3 p.m.; optional overnight July 24 for Grades 4-12. Location: Burrell Township Rod & Gun Club, 404 East Devinney Hollow Rd., Blairsville, PA 15717 Cost: $45 through June 15/$50 after June 15 If a girl is not a registered Girl Scout, an additional $12 will be added to registration cost. NO Bus Transportation is provided. Mail registrations and payment to: GSWPA, 665 Philadelphia Street, The Atrium, STU 014, Indiana, PA 15701 For more information: Deb Clawson, 724-459-9243

Lawrence County Girl Scouts Day Camp

This year’s theme is Pioneer Days. Take a step back in time as we explore life as a pioneer. Learn how to cook over an open fire, churn butter, craft your own toy, and enjoy the simpler things in life! Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: June 17-21; optional overnight June 19 for Grades 5-12 Location: Camp Elliott, Volant, PA Cost $45 for registered Girl Scouts; additional $5 for overnight $10 for Tagalongs (must be potty trained) No charge for Program Aides that volunteer for the week For more information: Kristin Anthony, 724-924-9194 or k10anthony@verizon.net

Camp Conshatawba Day Camp

Girls Grades: K-12 Date/Time: June 17-21 Location: Camp Conshatawba, Summerhill, PA Cost: $45 through May 10/$50 after May 10 Bus Fee: $25 For more information: Dona Hershberger, 814-255-4341 or djh4341@verizon.net


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Volunteer-Led Area Day Camps (cont.) Deer Lakes Twilight Camp

This year is all about dance … each day is filled with activities, crafts, music and snacks. Girls Grades: K-7 Date/Time: July 8-12, Mon. 5-Fri. 8 p.m. Location: Deer Lakes Park Carp Field Cost: $40 per girl For more information: Michelle Bailey at shelbailey93@hotmail.com or Mary Matthews at mematthews@comcast.net

Firefly Day Camp – Survivor

Join old friends and new ones for fun and games. Participate in Girl Scout traditions. Girls Grades: 1-5; Grades 6-12 may volunteer as “VIP” aides. Date/Time: June 24-27 (Mon. 9 a.m.-Wed. 2 p.m.; Thurs. 5-9 p.m.) Location: Cecil Park, 3655 Millers Run Road, Cecil, PA 15321 Cost: $25 per girl For more information: Miss Marti @ 412-526-1035 or firefly.daycamp@yahoo.com

Peters Township Day Camp

Back to the basics and Girl Scouts through the decades. We will highlight what made it fun to be a Girl Scout each decade. Girls Grades: K-6 Girls Grades 7-12 will be Program Aides - Training days TBA Date/Time: July 8-12, Mon. 9 a.m.-Fri. 3:30 p.m. Location: Peterswood Park, 750 Bebout Rd., Venetia, PA 15367 Cost: TBD For more information: Emily Powell-Hyjurick at haileyb638@gmail.com

Warren Day Camp

A new and exciting adventure awaits you at the Warren County Day Camp. This year’s theme is “Gr8 2 B a GRL!” Girls Grades: K-12 Date: July 8-12 Location: Chapman State Park, Warren, PA Cost: $55 per girl by May 1; $60 per girl after May 1. Tagalongs: $10 per preschool-aged child or boys up to 10 years old. For more information: Tracy Slater, 814-661-3541 or tracylslater@hotmail.com


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Discover Volunteerism Girl Scouting wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers! Be sure to reach out and thank those volunteers who make Girl Scouting a reality in your family.

Here are just a few great ideas to get you started: • Nominate someone for a Volunteer Recognition Award, including the Volunteer of Excellence and the 2013 GSWPA Volunteer of the Year. • If you don’t already, lend support in a troop activity. • Bake a cake, dinner or make her favorite treat. • Design and present a special award or certificate. • Do a good deed or random act of kindness for your leader or her family. • Have a picture taken of the entire troop for your leader. • Write a letter to the editor about everything your leader inspires in you. • Create a display about Girl Scout Leaders for your local library. • Make a scrapbook of the troop’s activities or individual scrapbook pages from each girl for their leader — include pictures or draw favorite memories and say why they like being a Girl Scout. • Compose a recipe book with contributions from all the girls in their own words and pictures, and give it to her with samples. • Shop for leader appreciation items at the Girl Scout shop nearest you. Upcoming! Be sure to check out more online tips for Leaders’ Day 2013 at gswpa.org.

Celebrate! April 15-21

National Volunteer Week

April 22

Girl Scouts Leader’s Day

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

Grade Level Trainings (Daisy-Ambassador) As a new leader you won’t want to miss this training: Topics include the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, girl-led activities, age progression, how to organize a troop meeting, sample troop meetings and much more.

Camp Skills Trainings

For new or seasoned leaders: Basic Camping Skills This four-hour course focuses on the basics of an overall girls outdoor camping experience: understanding how to make, use and extinguish a campfire; tips on planning, preparation and clean-up for outdoor cooking; basic tool craft; and elementary knots. Basic Platform Tent & Yurt This overnight course, approximately 21 hours long, focuses on a camping experience in tents, including platform tents and yurts. Outdoor 101 Take this course online, as a self-study packet or as a classroom outdoor adult learning opportunity that focuses on age appropriate activities, outdoor progression, reservation procedures, safety hazards in the out-of-doors, and fire safety.

Facilitator Trainings

For all Adult Facilitators new and experienced: Annual Adult Volunteer Facilitators Spring Conference ( April 12-14, Camp Conshatawba, weekend-long) As a Facilitator, you will experience training, networking and new ideas for 2013 and beyond!

Fall Foliage Festivities at Camp Skymeadow:

Adult Sewing Potpourri Weekend A fantastic weekend to explore and learn a variety of small projects for making wall hangings, table toppers and stuffed animals. Sewing machine needed.


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Discover Volunteerism (cont.) Volunteer Support Webinars! The GSWPA Volunteer Management Department will continue to host monthly adult volunteer webinars on the third Thursday of every month from 10-11 a.m. Each month will feature a new topic. To register, visit gswpa.org, select “Register/Renew Membership” 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 e-mail address in our database. Please contact volunteer@ gswpa.org with any of your questions. If you miss any of the webinars, you can see and hear the complete presentation at gswpa.org.

Program Volunteer Orientation Have an interest in volunteering for GSWPA programs? Join us for an introduction and orientation on the basics of volunteering for programs. We will equip you with the information and tools you need to be an effective program volunteer. This is a great time to get familiar with opportunities and needs in your area and to get to know your local program staff. Session 1: Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Redwing, 103 Rader School Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053—Butler County Registration Deadline: March 12 Session 2: Wednesday, March 20, 6-8 p.m. Location: Camp Conshatawba, 288 Oaks Rd., Summerhill, PA 15958—Cambria County Registration Deadline: March 13 Session 3: Tuesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m. Location: Edinboro Office Activity Wing, 5681 Rt. 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Registration Deadline: April 8 Session 4: Tuesday, July 16, 6-8 p.m. Location: Edinboro Office Activity Wing, 5681 Rt. 6N, Edinboro, PA 16412—Erie County Registration Deadline: July 15 Session 5: Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Elliott, 289 Camp Elliott Ln., Volant, PA 16156—Lawrence County Registration Deadline: October 29 Session 6: Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Ln., Avonmore, PA 15618—Armstrong County Registration Deadline: October 31 Cost: No fee Minimum Capacity: 5

Certification/Skills Checks: If you already have documented experience or training in various outdoor skills, this is your time to get the verification that is needed to instruct for a GSWPA program or event. (This is intended as a verification of previous skills only and not as an initial training in these areas.) If you’re interested in getting trained as an instructor, contact Volunteer Management to set up a Training by Request.

Camp Skymeadow: Wednesday, June 19 • Basic Water Rescue: 4-5 p.m. • Swimming Level: 4-8 p.m. • Archery: 6-8 p.m. • Canoeing: 5-8 p.m.

Camp Conshatawba: Saturday, June 15 • Archery: 3-5 p.m.

Camp Redwing: Monday, July 1 • Basic Water Rescue: 4-5 p.m. (This does not include Lifeguarding.) • Swimming Level: 4-8 p.m. • Archery: 6-8 p.m. • Canoeing: 5-8 p.m.

Volunteer Recognition Be sure to nominate that special volunteer who goes above and beyond on behalf of Girl Scouts! Who can submit a nomination for the Volunteer of the Year Award? • Fellow Volunteers • GSWPA Staff Members Not a current volunteer or GSWPA staff member? Initiate the process by e-mailing adultawards@gswpa.org and telling us about that special volunteer! For forms or more information, visit gswpa.org/volunteers/adult-awards.

Nominations for the GSWPA 2013 Volunteer of the Year award are due March 15!


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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 the “Register/Renew Membership” button, then choose “Adult Training & Events” on the left side.

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 e-mail (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 under Volunteer Resources. 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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The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania congratulates the girls who completed their Girl Scout Gold Award between March 2012 and February 2013. By earning this award, 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. Coming soon, our website will feature Gold Awardees and some of the meaningful projects they’ve completed. Visit gswpa.org this spring for more details.

Annual Meeting

Save-the-Date

Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All members 14 years and older are invited to the GSWPA Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. You can attend live at our main location in Indiana, or join us via the satellite location nearest you. Announcement and registration details are coming soon, or check gswpa.org for more info!

Product Sales

Did you know that you can use Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks and Girl Program Reward Certificates to help pay for your GSWPA camp experience or any of these fun programs listed in S’more? You can also use them at the Camp Trading Posts which will be stocked with a variety of fun camp T-shirts, sweatshirts and other fun camp merchandise. Use them now — remember this year’s Nut Bucks and Cookie Dough expire September 30, 2013.


Council Shop

Check out the new items available.

New Merchandise Brand new favorites have arrived: scarves, tote bags, key chains, lanyards and jewelry. Visit your local Council Shop or shop online for all of your Girl Scout needs! gswpa.org/shop

Tote Bag $16

Scarf $35

Lanyard $4

Coming Soon! Our Online Shop is getting a new look!

Charm Key Ring $12

Heritage Trefoil Key Pendant $40

Council Shop Hours

The Beaver, Edinboro, Greensburg, Kittanning, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh shops will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon. On occasion, the shops may be closed between 1-1:30 p.m. Please call ahead if you plan on visiting at this time. Please call in advance before traveling to our Warren and Duncansville locations.

Extended Hours

Shop extended Saturday hours 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at most GSWPA Council Shop Locations: April 27, May 11, and May 18. Check with your local shop to ensure participation.

SALE

Look for great discounts in our shops during the Green Sale on Girl Scout’s 101st Birthday, Tuesday, March 12. Refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it to a shop, celebrate our birthday online. Enjoy 101 hours of free shipping March 8-12. Visit gswpa.org/shop.

Birthday Patch $1.25


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Be on the lookout for our new e-newsletters! Filled with great ideas for girls and volunteers, offered in a fun, environmentally-friendly format!

G.O. (Girls Online) - For girls and parents! G.O. is a place where girls and parents can get up-to-date information about all the fun things available through Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. This quarterly e-newsletter highlights upcoming programs, camps, events, and series; features photo spotlights of girls in action in our council; lists leadership opportunities for girls; introduces new products and sales at the Council Shop; and provides details about upcoming special Girl Scout days and how you can celebrate.

Lead On Lead On is a place where alumnae, volunteers, adult members and facilitators can get the information they need while learning fun things at the same time. This quarterly e-newsletter spotlights learning opportunities, tips for product sales, specials at the Council Shop, volunteer needs and more!

Want to be sure to receive your quarterly issues of G.O. (Girls Online) and/or Lead On? Sign-up for the e-newsletters that interest you on our home page at gswpa.org.

GSWPA S'more Spring/Summer 2013 Magazine  

GSWPA S'more Spring/Summer 2013 Magazine listing fun events from March to October 2013.

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