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Let's Get Outdoors!

On behalf of the outdoor program team, we are excited to share with you the amazing things that are happening on all four GSHPA camp properties. These updates, improvements, experiences and enhancements are all a result of the board decision in July 2020 to increase our focus on outdoor programming through investments in our camp properties. 

If you aren’t familiar with GSHPA camp properties, click  here to learn which property has yurts and which one has a lake. Discover which one has a pool, and which one has a house listed on the National Historic Registry. Notice the properties in proximity to a ski resort, or ones that have a climbing wall. One property has a brand new slingshot range, and two properties have new non-facilitated team-building elements. There are lodges with flush toilets, as well as rustic cabins or tents. One of our Girl Scout camps is the second oldest in the United States!

Since summer 2020,work days at Camp Furnace Hills and Camp Archbald resulted in over 1500 hours of adult time and over 600 hours of girl time, and GSHPA has invested over $300,000 in deferred maintenance across all 4 camp properties.

The outdoors is IN, and we look forward to seeing you at a camp property for an overnight, family camp, a badge day, STEM in the Outdoors, a campfire or for any other reason!

Join us in making a GSHPA camp property part of your Girl Scout memories!

GSHPA Mission Moments

A Gold Celebration

  • 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 May 22, we honored 59 Gold Award recipients at our Gold Award Virtual Celebration! Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Earning your Gold Award is no easy task. Did you know that only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award? 

    View the 2021 Gold Award Yearbook.

Circle of Excellence

  • Logo for Gold Award Girl Scouts
  • Last month, our President and CEO, Janet Donovan, was announced as a 2021 Circle of Excellence honoree from the Central Penn Business Journal! The honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. Join us in congratulating Janet!

    Check out the full article.

Proud of your Perseverance

  • GSHPA wants to say CONGRATULATIONS to all of our girls graduating from high school this year! You have persevered during challenging times and never gave up. We understand that your senior year looked different because of COVID and it may seem like you missed out on the traditional experience, but we are so proud of you and all of your achievements! Now, go out there and continue to be the world changers you are! Let us take the next step with you - once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.

    Become a Lifetime Member today!

Camp Furnace Hills Open House

  • GSHPA and the Furnace Hills Camping Association hosted an open house on May 16 at the Lancaster County historic property. More than 100 visitors entered the camp property and enjoyed historic tours, played games, planted several trees, listened to music and learned more about the camp’s offerings. The camp is home to the historic Foxfire House, a building that dates back to the 1800s. Volunteers led tours inside the house which showed how people made their meals, rested and sometimes played with homemade toys.

    Learn more about Foxfire House programming.