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When you’re a Girl Scout exciting happenings take place 365 days a year. Whether you’re a Girl Scout, volunteer, parent, supporter-or just looking for something fun -here are just some events that we just can’t wait to share with you!

Important Volunteer Clearance Updates

GSHPA is asking all of our volunteers who are in the direct care of children under the age of 18 to complete the PA state required Background Checks by July 1, 2016.

We are here to help you! Check your Volunteer Clearance status with a GSHPA staff member today to see when your clearances expire or what required clearances you need to complete.

Click here to access our Background Check webpage to learn more and start the volunteer clearances or call us at 800.692.7816 for assistance.

Volunteers: Early Bird Renewal April 15-July 1

There are so many reasons to participate in our Early Bird Renewal. Patches, setting up your troop prior to the recruitment rush, and a handy, limited edition Girl Scout tote bag for  our volutneers!
All you have to do is:

    1. Complete a simple, online survey
    2. Get yourself re-registered for the 2017 Girl Scout year
    3. Complete your background checks

Your Membership Associate with contact you to help get you started! Questions? Call or Email your Membership Associate.

Nominate an Inspiring Girl Scout

Nominate an inspiring Girl Scout, Gold Award recipient, or volunteer to be honored during our Inspiring Generations Gala to be held in October 2016. Deadline for nomination: May 9, 2016. See form for award descriptions. Questions? Email Lynne at

The Hepschmidt Leadership Center for Girls Open House: April 14th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

After four months, the Harrisburg headquarters are now officially complete and will re-open under the new name The Hepschmidt Leadership Center for Girls! Join us for our open house to celebrate and take a tour of our new facility! Learn more here.

GSHPA Program Sponsored Event

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME - It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME. It’s time to have XTREME fun with your family! Get your tickets today!

Shout Out Girl Scout!

Tristen Clews, from St. Clair, is a real life saver-literally! What started out as a fun day at the Baltimore Aquarium with her Girl Scout Troop 31072 quickly turned into an emergency when a woman fell into the Inner Harbor on May 30, 2015.

As soon as the Girl Scouts exited the bus to explore the aquarium, they heard screams from the woman. Tristen’s father, an experienced EMT, ran over to assist, but could not pull her out of hte water. Instead of just joining the crowd of bystanders, Tristen took action.

“Tristen ran across the bridge and retrieved a life ring from the emergency box,” said Scott Clews, Tristen’s father

“I was a little scared because I never saw anything like that before,” said Tristen who was only 13 at the time. Despite being scared, Tristen was able to retrieve the ring that helped pull the woman to safety.

"It felt good knowing that I did something to help," she said.

Gene Taylor, Safety/Risk Manager and Chief Security Officer with the National Aquarium, also took note of Tristen’s ability to take action.

“It is refreshing to witness young people getting involved with an emergency response. The future looks good with Tristen Clews in the world.”

Thank you, Tristen for showing us that heroines come in all ages!

Tristen’s Advice for Girl Scouts: Try your best to figure out what you need to do in the situation. If you don’t know find someone to ask for help immediately.


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