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Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania vows to help plant 5 million trees in nation-wide Tree Promise


Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is hosting its first tree-planting event from 9 a.m. to noon, April 24, at Camp Small Valley in Halifax. This event is a part of a nationwide conservation initiative to plant 5 million trees in five years.

Gold Award Girl Scout, Lauren Braught, will be hosting the event. There will be 100 trees planted at Camp Small Valley at the event – kicking off Girl Scouts USA Tree Promise. Lauren will provide instruction on tree planting, and all-level Girl Scouts are encouraged to sign up to plant a tree in partnership with Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership, a program of Chesapeake Bay Foundation. All local media is invited to attend.

“We are honored to have Lauren’s experience with Chesapeake Bay Foundation Student Leader program dovetail into our council’s kickoff to Girl Scouts USA Tree Promise initiative,” said Lutricia Eberly, GSHPA Director of Outdoor and Program Experiences. “The power of this moment is that younger Girl Scouts are able to look up to Lauren, learn how to correctly plant trees, and be inspired for their own Gold Award project.”

What is the Tree Promise? Girl Scouts is joining forces with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project and American Forests to launch a bold tree-planting initiative. What better person to ask to help plant, protect, and honor trees than the Girls Scouts? Girl Scouts “use resources wisely” and “make the world a better place” every day by following the Girl Scout Law and Girl Scout Promise.

What is the Gold Award? The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond


  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. – Kickoff and opening remarks from Lauren Braught, the Pennsylvania Woman’s Commission and GSHPA President & CEO, Janet Donovan.
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m. Lauren will instruct groups of Girl Scout juniors, cadettes and brownies on how to plant trees.

There will also be two other GSHPA events happening at Camp Small Valley on April 24th. The Summer Camp Open House begins at 10 a.m., and a Nature Explorers event begins at noon. All events held at the camp will follow COVID-19 guidelines.


Camp Small Valley

88 Hemlock Road

Halifax PA 17032