Girl Scout Mission Moment Recap – March

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By Catherine Amoriello

We love getting to see all of the great things our Girl Scouts are doing in their local communities! In March, our girls were busy making an impact by collecting donations for an animal shelter, giving back to veterans, leading a donation collection for a nursing home and so much more.

Junior Girl Scouts host pet supply drive for Bronze Award project

Junior Girl Scouts Leah and SkyLee from Troop 11570 in Dauphin County hosted a pet supply drive for their Bronze Award project. The supplies will be donated to the Perry County Animal Rescue. They also hosted a bake sale and used the proceeds to buy more supplies to donate.

Girl Scouts assist with church service

Girl Scouts Sophia, Lily and Kelsey from Troop 32817 in Luzerne County volunteered at Firwood United Methodist Church in Luzerne County. The girls participated in the service by reading, assisting with the offertory collection and extinguishing candles.

Girl Scouts in church.
Girl Scouts assist Rev. Craig Gommer with the Sunday service held at Firwood United Methodist Church.

Juliette rallies community to give back to nursing home residents

Juliette Junior Girl Scout Callie in Northumberland County packed 156 care packages for the residents of Mountain View, A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for her Bronze Award project. Callie chose this project to show the nursing home residents that their local community cares about them. After identifying resident needs, Callie reached out to local businesses, friends, family, her school and national businesses for donations needed for her collection.

Troop learns about money; has sweet outdoor adventure

Girl Scouts from Troop 20376 in York County visited Boscov’s for a lesson on money to earn a cookie badge. As part of the activity, the girls were tasked with finding three outfits they could get for $50 each.

Troop 20376 also teamed up with Girl Scouts from Troop 21195 for an adventure at Nixon County Park for the Maple Sugar Festival weekend. The girls had lots of fun at the event learning how syrup is made.

Troop faces snow to hold successful cookie booth

Girl Scouts from Troop 70070 in Lancaster County braved wintry weather to host their cookie booth. The snow couldn’t keep customers away as the girls sold 57 boxes of cookies.

Troop supports military troops with cookie donation event

Girl Scouts from Troop 52140 in Lackawanna County participated in a Girl Scout Cookie donation event. Customers at the event could buy boxes of cookies for themselves and then donate boxes of cookies to veterans at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center. The troop is aiming to get more than 200 boxes donated this year. The girls were also able to meet and speak with veterans at the event.

Girl Scouts and veterans.
Girl Scouts from Lackawanna County give back to veterans at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center.

Girl Scouts partner with Amazon for International Women’s Day talk

Girl Scouts Mari and Paige from Troop 51445 in Lackawanna County visited an Amazon site to present an International Women’s Day talk about the history of Girl Scouts and its impact on women.

Girl Scouts and Amazon.
Girl Scouts visit an Amazon site to share the impact of girl scouting for International Women’s Day.

Girl Scouts don cookie suits to draw customers to cookie booth

Girl Scouts from Troop 21077 in York County dressed up in cookie suits to advertise their products during their cookie booth sale.

Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies.
Girl Scouts display their Girl Scout pride at their cookie booth.

Girls learn about engineering design process through Academic Edge program

Girls in first and second grade in Dauphin County learned about and applied the engineering design process to help Mario design a new race track in honor of National Mario Day. The girls completed the same steps used by scientists, inventors and engineers. The girls completed the activity through a STEAM-focused Academic Edge program.

Academic Edge participants test their race track for a STEAM activity.

Do you have a Girl Scout Mission Moment to share? Submit it now so we can showcase your passion and hard work in next month’s recap!

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

York girl thrives with Girl Scout connections

Autism has its challenges, but one York mom sees how Girl Scouts has opened up opportunities for her daughter.

By Catherine Amoriello

Since Girl Scouts’ inception in 1912, the organization has been focused on inclusiveness, encouraging girls to be confident in themselves and their abilities and to support and lead one another. Years later this sentiment still rings true, and 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout Mara is just one of thousands of girls who has benefitted from the welcoming environment of Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout does a craft.
Mara showcases a craft she made through a Girl Scout activity.

Mara joined Girl Scouts in 2019 as a Brownie at the suggestion of her third grade autistic support teacher. Mara has high-functioning autism, which her mother Becca Thiec described as facing certain challenges with communication but being able to function with minimal assistance in a general education classroom. When Mara joined Girl Scout Troop 20484 in York County, she was welcomed by her troop mates who encouraged her and helped her overcome those challenges.

“We were doing fun patch work for the 110th celebration. One of the activities was doing puzzles which can be a difficult thing for her,” Thiec said. “The girls encouraged her and got her involved with the activity.”

Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies.
Mara and her friends advertise Girl Scout Cookies for their 2022 Cookie Season.

The girls in Mara’s troop have become genuine friends. Mara said seeing her friends every other week is her favorite part about being in Girl Scouts, and after listing off a stream of names when asked who her friends are, Thiec confirmed Mara had just named every girl in her troop.

“Rose and Jazz in particular will literally say, ‘Hey Mara, what’s up?’ ‘Mara come on!’ They made sure she was along with them for whatever we were doing as a troop that the other girls then saw how to get Mara more involved and help boost her confidence,” Thiec said.

Along with many friendships, Mara has also gained confidence, independence and communication skills since joining her troop. Thiec credits the Girl Scouts.

“She has opened up more socially than before, which is related to autism. We did a skating party at the beginning of February and she saw a couple that fell. I think between maturity level and the Girl Scouts, she actually went out and said, ‘Are you OK?’ She wouldn’t have done that before,” Thiec said.

Girl Scout with her mom.
Mara with her mother Becca Thiec.

Thiec is a big supporter of her daughter’s Girl Scout experience. She usually stays at the troop meetings to provide one-on-one assistance for Mara if needed, but Mara has become increasingly more independent.

“There’s times she’s pushing me away – that’s a good thing if she’s pushing me away. She doesn’t want mommy’s help for certain tasks that’s being asked of her in troop meetings or troop functions,” Thiec said.

Through Girl Scouts, Mara has been able to participate in a multitude of activities she wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. From completing a Take Action Project with her troop where they collected donations for a homeless shelter, to visiting Foxfire House at Camp Furnace Hills in Lancaster County, to going indoor camping, Girl Scouts has provided Mara the opportunity to challenge herself. She even went horseback riding.

Girl Scout riding a horse.
Mara rides a horse for the first time through an activity planned by her troop.

“She was definitely afraid,” Thiec said of her daughter’s first introduction to equestrianism. “[But] she actually got on a horse and did horseback riding. If there wasn’t somebody there that she already knew, she wouldn’t have done it.”

Thiec is looking forward to seeing Mara continue to apply the life skills she’s learning in Girl Scouts in her everyday life.

“[I’m] just hoping that with what she has gained social-skill wise, [she] keeps pushing forward, that she doesn’t regress which I don’t think she will,” Thiec said. “Overall I can see social interaction growth, and overall growth. She’s doing so well.”

While Mara’s Girl Scout experience may differ from others because of her autism, Thiec believes the inclusiveness of Girl Scouts reaches all girls.

“It doesn’t matter if a girl has a disability or not,” Thiec said. “As long as you can find the troop that is open-armed, like mine is, they’ll accept her no matter what.”

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

How Girl Scout troops can help humanitarian crisis caused by Russia-Ukraine war

As the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Europe, Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) has shared opportunities for Girl Scouts to raise money in support of our sister Girl Guides and their volunteers and families who are being impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Here are some ways that girls can offer their support.

Additionally, below are resources for members and their families to help navigate discussions concerning the ongoing conflict.

GSHPA receives $65,000 in gaming grant funds to build new yurts at Camp Small Valley

By Catherine Amoriello

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is excited to announce it has been awarded $65,000 in gaming grant funds to build two new yurts at Camp Small Valley in Dauphin County.

The funds come from revenue generated at Hollywood Casino and are allocated to local organizations by Dauphin County Commissioners. The grant is part of a total $8 million that will be shared with the casino’s host county and municipalities.

Yurt at girl-only camp property Camp Small Valley in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
The yurts at Camp Small Valley are the camp’s most popular lodging option and are available to rent any time of the year.

GSHPA applied for funds to build more yurts at Camp Small Valley because the current structures are its most popular lodging option and serve as a unique draw to the camp property. Yurts are circular-dome structures with walls that are built on platforms. This design dates back nearly 3,000 years to Central Asia. GSHPA’s yurts comfortably accommodate larger groups and are available to rent any season of the year making them an ideal lodging option year-round.

“Our girls love the yurts because their round shapes, bunk beds, screen doors and high ceilings make them fun to hang out in,” said Ginger Aurand, a troop leader for Service Unit (SU) 646. “I would recommend the yurts for all other Scouts, but especially to young Scouts who are experiencing camp for the first time. The yurts have a comfortable feel and almost feel home-like.”

The addition of these new yurts will create opportunity for more girls and camp visitors to use the property and enjoy their outdoor experience. GSHPA anticipates the new yurts being completed and ready for use by fall 2023.

Camp Small Valley hosts GSHPA’s summer resident camp and year-round, council-sponsored outdoor events. The yurts are a component of overnight camping with Girl Scouts, which is a longstanding and well-established element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). We know that participation in outdoor programs promotes a higher level of engagement in environmental stewardship, and Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences are stronger problem-solvers and better challenge-seekers.

Camp Small Valley, its yurts and its other amenities are not only available to Girl Scouts but to any and all looking for a unique camping experience. Families, schools, organizations and individuals are welcome to rent lodging and amenities through GSHPA and are encouraged to learn more about GSHPA Summer Camp properties.

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

Hanover-based orthodontic practice gives back through Girl Scout Cookies

EDITOR’S NOTE (March 29, 2022) David Ross Orthodontics pledges to purchase two cases of Girl Scout Cookies per troop, not per girl.

By Catherine Amoriello

Dr. David Ross of David Ross Orthodontics
Dr. David Ross of David Ross Orthodontics

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is more than halfway through its Girl Scout Cookie Season and our girls are going stronger than ever! While Girl Scouts work hard to sell their cookies and hone their entrepreneurship skills, it’s important to remember that Cookie Season would not be possible without the support of many individuals. From our bakers, to our volunteers, to our cookie-loving customers, we appreciate all who support our Girl Scouts in reaching their cookie goals. One such supporter of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is Dr. David Ross of David Ross Orthodontics out of Hanover, Pa., and Lutherville-Timonium, Md.

This year will be the fourth year the practice is pledging to purchase two cases of Girl Scout Cookies per girl. As an orthodontic practice that serves a mostly younger demographic, supporting girls aligns with Ross’ philanthropic goals.

“The core of our practice is children. Anything that comes into our focal point of supporting kids, supporting programs that support children or supporting schools has always been the main focus of David Ross Orthodontics,” Ross said.

Dr. David Ross of David Ross Orthodontics with young Girl Scout and Girl Scout Cookies.
A Girl Scout shows her appreciation for David Ross Orthodontics’ support of her cookie endeavors.

Ross began the practice’s cookie initiative as a way to eliminate the challenge girls face of having to go door-to-door, or wait for customers to come to them to buy cookies. The initiative not only provides direct support to Girl Scouts and their troops, but gives back to individuals making a difference in the community as well. All cookies purchased by Ross are donated to first responders in Hanover, including police officers, firefighters, nurses and other community heroes.

“We support them [Girl Scouts] and take the cookies to support others in a pay it forward concept, which is how we run our business,” Ross said. “We have always done this, but the pandemic adds to the ‘thank you’ for all the hard work they do. Giving back to them has been so great and something that we want to do.”

In 2021, the practice purchased and donated more than 35 cases, or about 420 boxes, of Girl Scout Cookies. The practice does not have a limit to how many girls it will support through buying cases of cookies, and it welcomes any girl from any troop to get involved by emailing or calling/texting their office in Hanover at 717-637-4131.

And in case you were wondering, yes, Ross not only donates cookies but enjoys them himself as well! The orthodontist’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie is Thin Mints (but they have to be frozen).

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

Lisa Hall Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, shares entrepreneurship wisdom

By Colleen Buck

As we continue our Cookie Season here at Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA), we remain focused on bestowing entrepreneurship knowledge and skills upon girls to help them succeed in their cookie endeavors. As our young entrepreneurs are busy out in the field promoting and selling cookies, we got the chance to chat with former Girl Scout and entrepreneurship guru Lisa Hall Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Zielinski kindly imparted valuable entrepreneurship advice for us to share with all of you future female business leaders, so read on to learn how to take your passion for entrepreneurship to the next level!

“I think women of all ages can do amazing things when they put their minds to it, and we can achieve more by working together.”

Lisa hall zielinski, director of the university of scranton small business development center (SBDC)
Lisa Hall Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Lisa Hall Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

According to your online profile, you were raised in a family business. Can you describe what that experience was like and how it influenced your career path?

Growing up in my family’s automotive business, I learned a little bit about everything! I helped out with everything from finances to inventory to changing tires and rebuilding engines. I was voted Most Mechanical in my high school class – maybe not what every girl dreams of, but not every girl is the same. I learned to appreciate small businesses and how important they are to families and communities and, while I was not always clear about exactly what I wanted to do for a career, I knew small businesses would be an important part.

What are some of your responsibilities as director of The University of Scranton SBDC?

As Director of The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), I oversee the organization and lead an awesome team of staff and interns who provide educational programming and individual consulting to entrepreneurs in eight counties in Northeastern and Northern Tier Pennsylvania. Aside from leading the team, I manage our operation from start to finish. I make sure we are on task on every project, achieve goals and keep in compliance with all policies and grant guidelines. Collaboration is also a major part of my job, working with colleagues and partners across the region. I also teach some of our training classes, and I teach undergraduate classes in the Kania School of Management.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people and the variety! My team, our university students, our partners and the clients we serve are what I love most about my job. I am an extrovert and get my energy from connecting with others. I also like the variety of my work. I get to do a little bit of everything and I use many of the skills and knowledge I learned through my education – leadership, marketing, psychology, accounting, math, and so on. Believe it or not, I even use algebra!

What challenges do you face in your job?

Running a nonprofit means lots of juggling. There is never enough time or funding to reach all of the people or do all of the projects. With so many people to serve, it can be really hard for me to prioritize and set boundaries and to help my team do so also.

Lisa Hall Zielinski with Tomorrow's Leaders Today (TLT) participants.
Lisa Hall Zielinski with participants of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) program.

Can you speak to the importance of mentorship within the field of entrepreneurship/business?

I think mentorship is positive in any field, but especially when it comes to entrepreneurship and business. Having someone else to talk to and learn from can be extremely helpful, especially when you are on your own trying to run a business. You don’t have to do everything exactly as a mentor would do, but hearing their experience and getting their input can be really helpful when it comes to overcoming challenges or pursuing opportunities.

Do you mentor any girls/women in the area of business and/or entrepreneurship?

I have worked with many women and young women over time, starting with my time at Keystone College where I ran a leadership center and continuing when I came to The University of Scranton through my work with the SBDC. I have closely mentored a handful of young women because I think it’s critically important that we help each other succeed. I think women of all ages can do amazing things when they put their minds to it, and we can achieve more by working together!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. What challenges do you think Girl Scouts face in the program that might mirror challenges adult entrepreneurs face?

No matter what your age, it’s hard work to market and sell products or services with all of the information and competition in our world today. Coming up with new and innovative ways to reach customers is something every entrepreneur should be thinking about these days and it’s not easy. The good thing is that Girl Scout Cookies are delicious! (I have two favorites, by the way, Caramel deLites and Lemonades!)

What benefits do you think entrepreneurship skills provide young girls?

I believe the skills young girls can learn through entrepreneurship are skills for life! Through entrepreneurship, girls can learn critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, self-discipline and much more. They can build skills in financial literacy and leadership and learn how to set and achieve goals. All of these things help build strengths that are important no matter what they choose to do in life. Also, we need more woman-owned businesses! Through entrepreneurship, women can create their own economic independence, create jobs for others and make a positive impact on our economy.

Lisa Hall Zielinski recognized as Northeast PA Business Journal's 2013 Top 25 Women in Business.
Lisa Hall Zielinski was recognized as one of Northeast PA Business Journal’s 2013 Top 25 Women in Business.

What advice would you give to girls interested in a career in business/entrepreneurship?

Try lots of things and don’t be afraid to fail! I keep quotes posted near my desk to create a motivating environment. This one is from Woody Allen: “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” While most of us strive for success and want to avoid the pain of failure at all costs, I think we often learn more from our ideas that don’t work and it often leads us to come up with even better ones!

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, can you share your favorite memory from your time as a Girl Scout?

I was a Girl Scout and my mom was a leader. I have very clear memories of meetings, specific projects and outdoor adventures. I remember towers of cookies piled in our kitchen during cookie time! I also helped my mom when my younger sister was a Daisy. In fact, the day after I got my driver’s license, I drove a car full of Daisies to the airport for a tour!

Pennsylvania governor celebrates 110th birthday of Girl Scouts with GSHPA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf receives Girl Scout Cookies from Janet Donovan, President and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie is the Thin Mint. At right is Janet Donovan, President and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.

Representatives from Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) were welcomed to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on March 9 to mark a milestone in the Girl Scouts’ history: the 110th birthday celebration.

March 12 marks the day that Founder Juliette Gordon Lowe organized the first Girl Scout Troop in Savannah, Georgia. Lowe was ahead of her time as she helped organize enrichment programs, service projects and outdoor activities. Since the time of the first meeting with 18 girls present, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.

Janet Donovan, GSHPA President and CEO, was joined by Hershey-area Girl Scouts and sisters Alexis and Scarlett, a sixth-grade Cadette and a Daisy in first grade, respectively; and Raina, a third-grader and Brownie from Middletown.

GSHPA presented Gov. Wolf with his favorite Girl Scout Cookie, Thin Mints, as well as the newest Girl Scout Cookie, Adventurefuls (full transparency: the governor did pay for the cookies). Gov. Wolf also signed the GSHPA Happy Birthday poster and stood for various photos with the visiting Girl Scouts.

We thank the governor and his team for their hospitality this past week.

Below are some highlights from the visit.

Tips and tricks for your Girl Scout Cookie Booth

By: Colleen Buck

Girl Scout Cookie Booth season is just around the corner! Booths are a great way to increase troop sales while having a fun time. To have a successful booth, it is important to make sure you have everything you will need the day of, including smiles and excited girls! While we have had to adjust the way we hold cookie booths in the past two seasons, it’s important to be prepared to set the troop up for success. Read on for some tried-and-true ways to help your troop have a successful cookie booth season!

Teach girls cookie booth etiquette.

Service with a smile: Don’t forget to thank your customers!

This is a very important first step for cookie booths! Girls and troops are representing Girl Scouts to both their customers as well as the location that has allowed a booth to be set up. It is important to remind girls that stores and other locations may have certain rules in place, so knowing those rules ahead of time will be helpful. Actions like running around the entrance or inside of a store may result in that location not allowing us to return in the future.

No matter what age girls are at the booth, it is also important to remember to smile and say, “Thank you!” Showing customers our Girl Scout spirit will not only encourage them to return as customers in the future, but might even help to increase sales at the booth. Making sure each girl knows the cost of each cookie, what each cookie tastes like, knowing which cookies fit certain dietary concerns and how the troop will use the money earned can help boost sales as well.

Dress for success!

Look good, feel good: wear your Girl Scout uniform with pride!

Whenever we are representing Girl Scouts we want to dress for the part! Uniforms are the perfect way to not only represent Girl Scouts as an organization, but to catch the eye of potential customers. With that said, here in Pennsylvania we all know the weather in March and April can have a mind of its own! Be sure to check the weather forecast the night before a booth, and notify families that dressing in layers is always best. Even if the start of a cookie booth is warm and sunny, the end of a shift may not be.

Dress and prepare for comfort as well. Having one or two camp chairs for girls to take short breaks in can be helpful. Standing for hours on end is difficult, so taking measures to ensure comfort is important and will help the girls recharge throughout their shifts. Similarly, having things like carpet squares to stand on, or hand warmers for pockets can provide comfort and allow for a more successful booth shift.

Create an eye-catching booth.

Advertise with flair: make your booth stand out with bright colors and signs!

Bring the customers to you by decorating the booth with vibrant colors, signs, cookie themed décor and more! This is the perfect time to let the troop’s creativity shine. Little Brownie Baker has some great ideas for booth crafts and decorations that can really help jazz up the presentation and draw in customers. Having fun with the booth and using decorations, signs and even costumes will also create a fun energy that will allow the girls to have fun and the customers to have some fun as well!

Don’t forget, cookie cases and individual cookie boxes make for some great materials to use while crafting. A cookie box pennant to hang above or on the table takes care of advertising what is being sold and checks the boxes for fun and vibrant! For even more awesome cookie booth crafts, Pinterest is also a great resource!

Have fun!

When it comes to running a cookie booth, the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Customers will naturally be drawn in to a booth where girls are energetic, smiling, conversational and happy to be there. Be prepared, create a visual booth that draws people in and remember that Cookie Season helps provide our girls with amazing skills and opportunities for the future!

Your one-stop shop for all things Mega Drop

By Catherine Amoriello

EDITOR’S NOTE (March 11, 2022) Because of the predicted snowstorm for March 12, several Mega Drop events have been postponed. Please refer to this document for any updates.

FACT CORRECTION (March 11, 2022) Cookie booths will be open beginning March 12.

(Original blog post from March 9, 2022)

The wait for Girl Scout Cookies is almost over as we near Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania’s (GSHPA) annual Girl Scout Cookie Mega Drop on March 12! The Mega Drop is no small, spur-of-the-moment event but rather a carefully crafted machine that moves thousands of cookies to troops across GSHPA’s 30-county footprint.

Girl Scout loads Girl Scout Cookies into car.
Volunteers within GSHPA’s 30-county footprint will come from far and wide to pick up their cookies at this year’s Mega Drop distribution event.

The Mega Drop involves multiple GSHPA staff members and volunteers who are stationed at various distribution locations. With an event this large and complex we know you’ve got questions, and lucky for you, we’ve got answers.


What is the Girl Scout Cookie Mega Drop?

The Mega Drop is an all-day distribution event where Girl Scout Troops stop at a distribution site near them to collect cookies to provide to their customers.

Where does the Mega Drop take place?

Mega Drops take place at several locations within GSHPA’s footprint. Locations include Parks Warehouse in Harrisburg, Susquehanna Mall in Selinsgrove, PNC Field in Scranton and York Water Company (Mount Rose location) in York.

When is the Mega Drop?

This year’s Mega Drop will be held on March 12 and begin at 9 a.m. at all distribution locations. All Mega Drops will run until 2 p.m., excluding the York location which will remain active until 3 p.m.

How many boxes of cookies get distributed at the Mega Drop?

This year, almost 404,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will be distributed to troops across GSHPA’s 30-county footprint!

Can I come watch the Mega Drop in action?

Yes! The public and media is welcome to witness the amazing endeavors of the Mega Drops in real time at any of the distribution locations. Additionally, the “That’s What Cheese Said” food truck will be providing delicious food for purchase at the York location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If Girl Scout Cookies are being distributed on March 12, when will I receive the cookies that I ordered?

If you ordered cookies within the initial order time frame (between Jan. 6 and Feb. 6), your cookies will be in Girl Scout hands by the end of the day on March 12! After March 12 you can reach out to the Girl Scout you ordered cookies from to inquire about the status of your order and delivery.

Oh snap – I just realized I haven’t bought any Girl Scout Cookies yet! Can I still buy cookies?

Of course you can! You can purchase your favorite Girl Scout Cookies using the Girl Scout Cookie Finder. Through the Cookie Finder, you’ll easily find where cookie-selling booths are being established in your local area and when booths will be open. Booths will be open starting March 18 and cookies will be available for purchase until April 17. Customers can also find troop links to order online.

I personally don’t need any cookies, but I want to help the cause! Is there any way I can make a donation of some sort to the Girl Scout Cookie Program?

Absolutely! In addition to buying cookies for yourself you can also donate cookies online to Operation Gratitude and help GSHPA reach its goal of donating 50,000 packages to military members at home and overseas.

GSHPA Mega Drop History

The annual Mega Drop was established at GSHPA in 2019, making it a relatively new event for the council. While GSHPA has always distributed cookies, volunteers often had to find time during the work week to pick up their cookies which could make for a stressful experience for girls, volunteers and GSHPA staff alike.

Girl Scout Cookies.
Almost 404,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will be distributed at GSHPA’s 2022 Mega Drop.

When Jess Delp, GSHPA Director of Product Program and Retail, learned about the philosophy of Mega Drop at a product program conference in 2018, she discovered a way to distribute cookies in a less stressful (and dare we say more fun?) way. Cookie distribution evolved from a week-long mad dash into a well-organized, single-day event that allows the council to deliver cookies in a more convenient way to majority of the Service Units.

“I love it [Mega Drop] because my goal is to always make things easier for the volunteers. They already give so much of their time and energy to Girl Scouts all year long. To be able to offer deliveries on a Saturday and get so many cookies in the hands of our troops and members is awesome,” Delp said. “The more we can support our girls and volunteers in their cookie endeavors, the better.”

P.S. – Stay tuned for our next blog post on March 12 which will provide LIVE updates from all four of our Mega Drop distribution sites!

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

GSHPA staff joins the fun of World Thinking Day

By Rebekah Stefl

As you may know, Feb. 22 is a significant day for Girl Scouts. On this day, we celebrate World Thinking Day, the International Day of Friendship! Originally established in 1926, World Thinking Day is an opportunity for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe to celebrate their differences and friendships. In honor of the friendship between Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of Girl Scouts, Baden-Powell’s birthday on Feb. 22 was selected as the official date for World Thinking Day.

Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day by learning and experiencing cultures around the world. Of course, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) staff is no exception! GSHPA’s World Thinking Day celebration was led by its Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC). The committee’s mission is to educate and celebrate the diverse culture within GSHPA’s staff and stakeholders, as well as create and offer resources and tools to demonstrate appreciation and understanding for staff.

On Feb. 22, the GSHPA CAC brought the staff together for many cultural activities in honor of World Thinking Day. Staff members had the opportunity to participate in three category competitions for Best Background, Best Costume (Traditional) and Most Interesting Item from Another Country (see the winners in the slideshow below!).

GSHPA Staff World Thinking Day Category Winners

Afterward, our staff moved into virtual breakout rooms for fun activities to learn more about cultures around the world. They enjoyed trivia, games, learning about unique world festivals and much more. Along the way, staff members shared their own travel experiences and comradery! At the end of the event, the staff left with a variety of goodies including candies from across the globe, personalized luggage tags and a staff cookbook featuring family recipes from staff members.

We invite you to join in on the fun and follow this Mango Lassi recipe included in our GSHPA cookbook, submitted by GSHPA HR Generalist Nancy Spinella!

Mango Lassi Smoothie


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe mango (peeled, pitted and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Thin curls of mango peels


  1. Process the yogurt, mango, sugar and ice cubes in a blender until the ice is partially crushed.
  2. Pour with ice into chilled mugs or glasses and garnish with the mango peel.
  3. Sip and enjoy!
Rebekah Stefl is a Volunteer Support Coordinator for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at