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Girl Scout Cookies Give Back

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania's Gift of Caring program gives customers the opportunity to donate packages of cookies through Digital Cookie. GSHPA is honored to announce our outstanding cookie sellers already exceeded our initial goal of 35,000 packages donated to the Gift of Caring campaign! Therefore, we increased our council goal to 70,000 packages by April 11th, which means we are 55% to our goal.

All of those tasty cookies then have to go somewhere! This year, GSHPA is proud to be partnering with Operation Gratitude for the Gift of Caring Program. Who is Operation Gratitude you might ask? What is their mission? Well, we are happy you asked! 

Operation Gratitude is an organization that "sends 300,000+ individually addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Care Givers." The heart of Operation Gratitude's mission is creating bonds between Americans and those who serve our country through various channels of outreach. 

Our friends at Operation Gratitude will be joining the Product Program Team on March 9th to hold a  Letter Writing event. These letters will accompany the Girl Scout Cookie donations!

Operation Gratitude strives to include several personal letters of thanks and gratitude in every Care Package we send. We receive many thank you emails from the Service Member and Frontline Responder Recipients stating that the letters are the most cherished item in their package. Participants are encouraged to write a few letters during the program and to include their email address (or the email address of a parent) as we often have package recipients reach out to express how much their letters mean to them!

GSHPA Mission Moments

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

  • Visit our Badge Kit store for holiday gifts for your Girl Scout!

First Virtual Volunteer Conference was a success

  • Girl Scout Juliette Mariska of Luzerne County honored service men and women—fallen, active, and veteran—by laying wreaths in partnership with Wreaths Across America at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock, Pa.
  • On Saturday, February 20th, GSHPA held our inaugural Virtual Volunteer Conference offering six different breakout sessions and networking opportunities! Our wonderful volunteers were flawless in maneuvering the brand new virtual conference system, and of course, when technological blips came about - they persevered! All of the presenters and staff's hard work preparing for this event was on display throughout the entirety of this event. 

    We extend our deepest appreciation to all of our Program Partners & Sponsors (listed below) who helped us put this one of a kind event together for our members.

    • Thin Mint Level: Highmark, Salon Synergy, Central Bark

    • Samoa Level: Central PA Summer Camp

    • Trefoil Level: Agrichicks, Brown’s Orchards

    If you are interested in more learning opportunities, connect with your Volunteer Support Coordinator.

Dauphin County Girl Scout shines in the Junior Journey Series

  • Logo for Gold Award Girl Scouts
  • Briana, a Junior from Dauphin County, has participated in many virtual programs this year, including the Virtual STEAM Mobile and the Junior Journey Series: Think Like an Engineer. In an after program survey, Briana's Mom expressed how much fun Briana was having, and how successful her inventions were. She stated, "She made her robot with a battery-operated toothbrush in a pool noodle, and her robot was able to draw a circle with markers attached!" 

    Reflecting on virtual programming, GSHPA Program Coordinator, Colleen Park stated, “If it wasn’t for virtual programming, girls wouldn’t have this opportunity to connect with Girl Scouts outside of their own troop earning a Journey award and badge, and completing a Take Action project all from the comfort of their own home.”

    If you haven’t had the chance to check out a Journey Series, we encourage you to sign up!

  • Vanessa proudly wears her extended vest to show off all of her earned patches.
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Girl Scout Cookie Mega Drop in Harrisburg, York, Scranton and Selinsgrove

03 Mar 2021

It’s an early March tradition for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA).

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Career Chat Series: Cyber Security

19 Feb 2021

GSHPA's March Career Chat delves into ethical hacking and other trending cyber security career paths

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Rally time: Girl leaders find creative ways to summon excitement for the Cookie Program

03 Feb 2021

A steady line of cars lined up for the southern York County Drive Through Cookie Rally in late January