A quarterly newsletter about Girl Scouts in your community.
Winter 2015: In the Winter 2015 edition of Connections, we delve deep into the positive outcomes of GSHPA’s two year signature program, Change It Up!, as well as how Girl Scout Cookies can help improve a community. We also take a look into the need for outdoor volunteers and highlight a way for families to get involved to support Girl Scouts in need.
Fall 2014: In this Connections edition see how a donor, a Girl Scout and a Camp Ranger show their love for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. We also celebrate a very sweet (and Thin-Minty) success and the introduction of our new, two-year signature program Change It Up!.
Summer 2014: In this issue we see how 91 Girl Scouts made over $199,000 worth of community improvements, we see how a handful of Girl Scouts conquered the wildness of Colorado, and we get sneak peek of GSHPA’s new signature program, Change It Up! Flip through and see what investing in girls can lead to!
Spring 2014: In this issue discover how Girl Scout resident camp creates lasting friendships and get a sneak peek at Camp Archbald’s new dining hall. Go on a Journey with a volunteer as she talks about her troop and shares tips! Take a peek into the past to see how volunteering has continued to be a timeless tradition. Don’t be surprised if our Fork it Over pictures makes you crave Girl Scout Cookies!
Winter 2014: In this Connections edition we take a look at how girls take a stand against bullying, make their first steps as entrepreneurs during the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie sale, and connect to their entire council through an innovative healthy teen cookie show. In addition, we get to see how the Girl Scout bond goes beyond time. Don’t forget to put Fork It Over on your calendar!
Fall 2013: In this issue get a behind the scenes look at Girl Scouts as the go on an adventure, groove their way to a healthy lifestyle, and even help save a life! Hear from a passionate volunteer and donor and see why they love Girl Scouts!
Spring 2013: Receive an insider’s look at GSHPA property upgrades, camp development future improvement plans and the brand new Girl Scout Cookie packaging.
Fall 2012: GSHPA hosted three events in Hershey, Wilkes-Barre and State College to celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, raising more than $260,000 that will be put towards GSHPA's Inspiring Generations campaign. View the full list of event sponsors.
Summer 2012: GSHPA congratulates the newest recipients of the coveted Girl Scout Gold Award. See how our 30 county council celebrated our 100th anniversary!
Spring 2012: Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary special presentation set to air on PBS stations throughout the council. Learn more about the Girl Scouts' trip to the Governor's residence, plus the kick off to this year's Cookie Program!
Fall 2011: State Legislators join Troop PA to generate buzz about our 100th anniversary. Why re-investing in today's girls is so necessary as we approach the 100th. Plus, mark your place in Girl Scout history!
Summer 2011: More than 80 Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania honored for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. Find out how Council is gearing up for our new Signature Programming initiative. Plus, Pledge to be Forever Green! Spring 2011: How Girl Scouts helped a Cadette in Hershey set and reach her goals for Olympic figure skating, hundreds of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania lead breast cancer survivors to victory with the Penn State Lady Lions, plus, Sleep Away Camp - taking girls back to basics.
Be Connected ♦ Volunteer Newsletter
A monthly newsletter for volunteers.
April 2015 – Beat the fall rush and get an early and easy start for 2015-2016 Girl Scouts year with Early Bird Registration. Planning a day trip? Check out the exciting news about travel roster requirements, updates are effective April 1, 2015.
March 2015 – With spring right around the corner, our camps need some TLC – join us throughout the month of April as we ready GSHPA camps. Can’t make it to camp? Join us for GSHPA’s Annual Meeting, registration now open.
February 2015 - Girl Scouts strive to “help people at all times” and Girl Scout Brownies will get the chance to do just that while earning their “Give Back” badge in a council-wide, give-back challenge that is a way of saying thanks to friends and neighbors for supporting the cookie sale.
January 2015 – It might be winter – but we are thinking spring! Outdoor Programs, Summer Camp and Girl Scout Cookies are on our minds. Find out the inside scoop.
December 2014 - December may be filled with cold weather, but it is also filled with cool, new things! Discover Digital Cookie, Cookie Crunch Time, and exciting winter Troop Adventure Camps. Speaking of camps, check out our winter availabilities. Feel like staying cozy at home? Join in on our FREE volunteer training webinars. This and so much more to discover!
November 2014 - The November Volunteer Newsletter is all about discovery as volunteers learn how girls can get involved with Change It Up! digitally, engage in online volunteer training, introduce Digital Cookie, which will enable girls to sell cookies online. Learn about the Girl Scout classic Discover, Connect and Take-Action for troops wanting to get involved in their communities. Also, find out more about our next big adventure to MONTANA!
October 2014 - Welcome to the 2014-2015 Girl Scout Year and with the new year comes new opportunities! Check out our outdoor programs and our new signature program, Change It Up!. Need some resources like tips for building relationships with parents, online webinar trainings and volunteer recognitions? They are all here! Don’t forget to celebrate our founder’s, Juliette Gordon Low, birthday on Oct. 31!
September 2014 - As we get ready to end one year and transition into a new it is always good to reflect on why we are a volunteer-see what others have shared about their experiences. Also learn about upcoming outdoor programs, exciting and flexible volunteer opportunities, and links to helpful resources and tips for getting your year started.
August 2014 - There is a lot to celebrate-the completion of the Camp Archbald dining hall, eight honorees at the Inspiring Generations Gala, and of course you! Join us at the Volunteer Kick-Off as we energize for the upcoming year!
July 2014 - July is an exciting time for volunteers to take advantage of some upcoming opportunities! Volunteers can learns something new and connect with other volunteers at our Volunteer Kick-Off Convention and outdoor training opportunities. Not to mention—a very special invite!
June 2014- We have plenty to celebrate in this Be Connected edition with a record breaking number of Gold Award recipients, passionate volunteers and a new look to our online store! We are in need for TAC volunteers AND there are great offers for volunteers. Read more to find out!
May 2014- As we look forward to next year with Early Bird registration and getting fit with the Keep Movin’ Video (deadline May 28) we also remember our Board Secretary, Laura Muia, whose passion for Girl Scouting and brave approach will be missed sorely by her entire Girl Scout family.
April 2014 - Look for Early Bird Registration April 15-June 30! Sign up online for another action packed year of Girl Scouts and your Girl Scout will receive a free fun patch! It's time for your troop to put their dancing shoes on and compete in the Keep Movin' dance video competition. After your troop is done dancing, come hang at one of GSHPA's indoor traverse walls and climb away!
March 2014 - The GSHPA Annual Meeting registration is now open, but that isn't the only good news, the Girl Scout Cookie sale was extended until March 23! Be sure to register your Girl Scout for summer camp because spots are going fast, and check out the camp development plan updates.
February 2014 - In February’s Be Connected, we celebrate National Cookie Weekend, the opening of camp registration, and our Spring and Summer Outdoor Programs. Troops can get out and enjoy the spring weather with our Camp Work Days while volunteers can get a refresher on the Volunteer Essentials. It may be winter, but we are thinking spring!
January 2014 - 2014 just got a lot easier! With the Jan. 10th launch of our new online registration software called eBiz, registering for programs, trainings and even summer camp will be a whole lot easier. This new software will replace ECouncil as new girl program and adult training opportunities are introduced.
Decemeber 2013- Start your troop's adventure with exploding the idea of a meeting trip, an overnight trip or even an international trip. Find tips and trip ideas inside this edition of the Volunteer Newsletter.
November 2013 - Enjoy new outdoor adventures, learn how to reserve a camping unit 7 easy steps and get a sneak peek at the It's Your World, Change it! Journey.
October 2013 - Welcome back! With the troop year in full swing we wanted to extend details about our upcoming Healthy Promise events and November Outdoor Programs. There's fun for all ages!
September 2013 - Tap into a handy communication toolkit for 2013-2014, and view the new Girl Scout recruitment campaign.
August 2013 - Get an insider's view at the final list of Girl Scout Communities. Learn more about the new Girl Scout Communitiy model, all GSHPA volunteers are invited to participate in an informational webinar.
July 2013- GSHPA celebrates 80 Gold Award recipients from across council. In addition, learn about about a shift from Service Units to Girl Scout Communities.
June 2013 - Check out GSHPA Camp Development Plan's progress! Don't forget just because your troop is taking a break from your traditional meeting schedule now that school is out for the summer doesn't mean you can't pull together that camping trip you never seemed to have time to take.
May 2013 - There's no time to waste! Re-register online today, and don't forget to sign your daughter up for summer camp. Camp season is in full swing next month!
April 2013- This month's buzz is GSHPA's Early Bird Membership Renewal, and, believe it or not, the brand new online process is simple. Check out the user video demos for step-by-step instructions.
March 2013 - Early Bird re-registration is right around the corner! GSHPA is offering 20% off any GSHPA online purchase totaling $25 or more to anyone (that's any girl or adult member) who re-registers for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout year using our new online registration process between April 10, 2013 and June 30, 2013.
February 2013- Mark your calendars for April 21, 2013, two-time softball Olympian and ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza has confirmed she will kick-off Healthy Promise's council-wide effort to walk a million miles, at the Million Mile Walk in Wilkes-Barre.
January 2013- Didn't make it to the Regional Cookie Events? No worries, click to get an insider's look at GSHPA's Cookie College and Cookie Rally. Don't forget to add National Girl Scout Cookie Day to your February calendar and keep a lookout for the release of the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar.
December 2012- Do you love to cook? Sign up to join Chef Jenn from ForknSpoon Café for a two-part Video Chat series. GSHPA Council Store is hitting the road again this spring, check out the scheduled dates.
November 2012 - Register today for Cookie Rally/Cookie College on January 5, 2013! Don't forget to sign up for the Healthy Promise Webcast at WITF television studio. Seats are limited for the live studio audience.
October 2012 - GSHPA encourages troop leaders to challenge girls to make a Healthy Promise this fall and details steps to setting up/or updating troop bank accounts.
September 2012 - GSHPA launches registration for free volunteer training weekends and gives a sneak peek into our newest signature program, Healthy Promise, which promotes great nutrition and exercise.
August 2012 - Our commitment to introducing more girls to Girl Scouts in 2012 - 2013, Bridging to the Second Century, meet the newest Girl Scout Gold Awardees, plus FREE volunteer training weekends this fall!
June 2012 - Girls Scouts across Pennsylvania's 3 councils plant trees to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. Important information about Camporee. Plus, there's still time to sign up for Volunteer-led trainings!
May 2012 - Register today for the 100th Anniversary Camporee! Learn about two great volunteer-led trainings set for summer and fall, plus meet our amazing top sellers from this year's Cookie Program!
April 2012 - Camporee Update! See what's in store for our 100th Anniversary Camporee! The 100th Anniversary Essay Contest winners are announced. Read their stories about how Girl Scouts has inspired them. Plus, a Rock the Mall YouTube contest. Your girls could win a chance to get on stage for the Rock the Mall Sing a long!
March 2012 - Free Volunteer Training Weekends are scheduled for spring! Air dates set for Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary special on PBS. Plus, encourage girls to participate in Doodle 4 Google.
February 2012 - See what's on the early agenda for the 100th Anniversary Camporee! Camp guides are available - registration begins March 1. Plus, check out our Gold Award Spotlight of the Month!
January 2012 - Cookie Colleges/Rallies go council-wide! Join GSHPA for a Forever Green day at the movies. Plus test your Girl Scout history with our 100th Anniversary fact of the month.
December 2011 - Convention Update: Check out what the GSHPA Delegates learned at the 52nd National Convention. Join us for the 100 Grand Girl Scouts Challenge. Plus, there's still time to go green and take our EcoFootprint Challenge!
November 2011 - State legislators join Troop PA during a ceremony at the State Capitol to help generate excitement about the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. See all the great things GSHPA has planned for the upcoming celebration with events throughout the council! October 2011 - It's the start of a new troop year, check out our latest Good Rule of Thumb, plus new partnership opportunities for volunteers, and learn how you can join Girl Scouts from around the country in a special 100th Anniversary Girl Scout hike! September 2011 - Check out the Council's work plan for the coming year. Goodbye SafetyWise and VRG, say hello to the new Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Checkpoints! Plus take our EcoFootprint Challenge and help reduce your carbon footprint! August 2011 - Learn about how we're gearing up for our new Signature Programming Initiative! Find out how our Council's dedication to the Family Partnership Program has helped us increase our success. Plus, the traveling store is back by popular demand.
July 2011 - Get a jumpstart on the new Girl Scout year by attending a Volunteer Training Kick-Off event! Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are honored, plus, a date is set for Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along in Washington D.C. May 2011 - This year's annual meeting is facilitated via videoconferencing technology, find out how you can become an official visitor of the 52nd Girl Scout National Convention, plus a date is set to honor this year's Girl Scout Gold Award recipients! April 2011 - Kicking Off Forever Green Event! One of Radio Disney's biggest pop stars is playing at this HUGE Girl Scout Event. Don't miss your chance to join in the fun! The new location for our York Office is open and ready for visitors, plus the registration deadline for scholarships is approaching. March 2011 - GSHPA is now on Facebook! Volunteer Training Weekends are set. Learn how to register for Troop Adventure Camp, plus property reservation upgrades are in the works. February 2011 - Troop Adventure Camp is back! Scholarship deadline is almost here. The Council Store goes on tour and more volunteer training weekends are coming up. January 2011 - Forever Green mini-grant deadline gets extended, a great opportunity for volunteers interested in helping to raise money for GSHPA, Cookie College 2011 is a huge success, plus preparation for transition to new Girl Scout materials is underway.
GSHPA Annual Report ♦ Helping Today's Girls Become Tomorrow's Leaders