Summer, Simply the Best

Summer is simply the best! No school means late nights for the kids, parents do not have a choice, looser schedules with more time to play and hang out, nice weather means we can do everything outside, play, read, explore, eat, and so much more. GSHPA has a plethora of ways for you to fill your lovely long summer days, a bucket list if you’d like.  We have created a Summer Scavenger Hunt that you can complete that will take you through all of the areas that Girl Scouts love.   

Summer Scavenger Hunt 

Between June 1st and August 31st, girls who complete 25 activities from our Summer Scavenger Hunt, may purchase the summer patch from our council store.  Girls who complete 50 or more activities will be entered to win a special prize! 

You will have all summer to collect the variety of activities, from making s’mores, to earning new badges, to climbing a tree, to creating an electromagnet, and so much more! 

Find the Scavenger Hunt on the Summer page at 

STEAM Summer Kick-off 

Kick off your summer right! Join us for a week jam packed with activities, special guests, live events, and fun to get your summer jump started in STEAM.  During the week we will be joined by guests from NASA, Pennian Bank, Da Vinci Science Center, Byrnes Health Education Center, Dickinson College Farm and more.   

Visit our webpage to register for events and find out more information! Check back throughout the summer for independent activities and more ways to participate! 

STEAM with the Program Team 

We have new topics for our favorite GSHPA virtual series! Join us every Wednesday to explore STEAM topics with our program coordinator, Liz Bleacher.  We will be engineering shoes, try some homemade chemistry, practice self-care, challenge each other with bottle flipping and much more.  Is there a topic you’d like to explore let us know at  

GSHPA Girls Go Summer Club 

We are offering a free and unique opportunity for ALL girls to participate in a brand new experience – membership not required.   Each week we will work together to discover what it means to be a GIRL, through activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), nature, life skills, and friendship all summer long.   

We will be meeting virtually so you can join us from where ever you happen to be at the time. We are looking forward to hosting some from our own backyards, we love the nice weather!  

Register Here 

GSHPA Outdoor Challenge

If you are looking for examples of what to do outdoors in nature this summer, GSHPA Girls Scouts are going to have the opportunity to participate in the second year of the Outdoor Challenge.  Take the time to really challenge yourself by identifying animal tracks, geocaching, lighting campfires, and so much more from the 2021 list.

Once again, this year the service unit with the highest percentage of participants will win a Troop Adventure Day, exclusively for their Service Unit.

Get the Challenge Here

Family Camp

Sometimes the best kind of camp is with family, our outdoors team is offering two family camp experiences at Camp Archbald and Camp Happy Valley this summer.  The entire family or just mom (or aunt, grandma, ect.) and daughter can come enjoy fun filled days and nights at camp.  Themes this year are “Mom and Me”, “Splash Spectacluar”, and “Around the World”, these are open to girls of all levels and their families.

Register Here

So what do you do if you have a full summer, but still want to experience camp? Well take a look at the brand new series of day experiences at Camp Happy Valley.  This is a great way for girls with a busy summer to have the change to still enjoy a summer camp experience, led by GSHPA Summer Camp staff of course. 

Summer Reading List

The GSHPA Program Team went on a search of our shelves and our local libraries to find some fun book for you to read this summer. Check out this post for some summer time book adventures, remember to try something new.

It is a full list to keep anyone busy this summer, please share with us what your plans are and the adventures you are having below in the comments.

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