Mission Moment Recap – May

Girl Scouts in Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Susquehanna and York counties give back to community.

*All Mission Moment information is submitted by volunteers/members. Should you have any questions regarding a submission, please email camoriello@gshpa.org.

By Catherine Amoriello

We love getting to see all of the great things our Girl Scouts are doing in their local communities! In May, our girls were busy making an impact by planting trees, learning about recycling, volunteering at early learning events and so much more.

Girls assemble to move donated boxes of cookies.

Girl Scouts from Troop 21229 in York County donated over 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Harvest of Blessing food pantry. Through a Girl Scout assembly line, the girls used team work to move the boxes from vehicles to the pantry.

Girl Scouts get outdoors to plant 300 trees at York County farm.

Cadette and Junior Girl Scouts teamed up to plant trees at Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education in York County. Forty girls, along with their parents and family members, planted 300 trees, including species such as lilac, winterberry, willow and hazelnut. The girls also learned about water pollution and steps they can take to help keep their environment clean.

Girls plant trees to benefit local wildlife.

Girl Scouts from Service Unit 707 in Lancaster County met at Millport Conservancy to plant 32 hackberry tree seedlings. They also installed tubes and stakes to protect the trees from animals and mowers. Because of their efforts, local wildlife will benefit from the berry-like fruit the trees will produce.

Girls plant and learn about trees during a Tree Plant-o-Ree event.

Girl Scouts from Troops 40324, 40350, 40370 and 40440 in Juniata and Mifflin counties participated in a Tree Plant-o-Ree event. With the help of representatives from the Juniata County Conservation District, the girls learned about the importance of the watershed ecosystem and how to plant and care for trees.

Girl Scouts planting trees.

Troop pays a visit to a local art gallery to learn about different creative art styles.

Girl Scouts from Troop 10479 in Perry County visited Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) to learn about art. The girls got to meet a local artist and learn the different ways to create art through poetry, books, pictures, jewelry and pottery. The girls will put what they learned to practice by creating their own art to display at the troop’s bridging ceremony.

Girls join forces with other community members to give back to the homeless.

Girl Scouts in Monroe County made crochet sleeping mats for homeless individuals. The girls partnered with women from a local church who taught them how to crochet. The initiative has brought in multiple Girl Scout Troops to contribute to the community service project.

Troop aims to make the world a better place through environmental awareness projects.

Girl Scouts from Troop 60082 in Northumberland County focused on the environment for their Take Action Project. The girls made a video to educate others about how they can make the world a better place through the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). The troop’s next focus is to plan a clean-up project to encourage community members to participate in caring for the environment.

Girls celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day by gifting Girl Scout Cookies to staff.

Girl Scouts from Troop 10265 in Cumberland County shared their gratitude for their teachers and school staff by donating Girl Scout Cookies to Camp Hill and East Pennsboro middle schools on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Juniors and Cadettes celebrate Earth Day with a tree planting.

Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts from Troops 12300 and 14101 in Dauphin County dug, planted, watered and mulched trees at Susquehanna Union Green in honor of Earth Day. The girls received support from community partners for the project, including the Rotary Club of Susquehanna Township and Vartan Group, Inc.

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors make pet beds for a local pet rescue.

Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Troops 70304 and 70416 in Lancaster County made no-sew pet beds to donate to the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. The girls made the beds as part of their Conestoga River Girl Scouts service project and also collected much needed donations of food and pet supplies for the pantry.

Older girls inspire and lead young children at early learning events.

Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts from Troop 71266 in Lancaster County volunteered at several early learning events hosted by the Solanco School District. At one event, the girls helped pre-school children do fun games for STEAM in Suessville. The girls’ impact on the children was so great, it inspired an attendee to register to be a Brownie Girl Scout because she “wanted to be like them.”

Older Girl Scouts at Suessville event.

Girls provide maintenance help to a local nonprofit.

Girl Scouts from Troop 81010 in Franklin County helped a local nonprofit summer camp with service projects. The girls learned how to mulch, use garden and power tools and make maintenance repairs. Their efforts totaled 80 combined hours of volunteer work.

Girl Scouts helping at camp.

Daisies apply new environmental education to earn their final petals.

Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 40037 in Centre County hosted guest speaker Joanne Shafer from Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) to talk about how reducing, reusing and recycling materials can help “make the world a better place.” The girls reused toilet paper and paper towel rolls as planters for sunflower seeds and ultimately earned their last petal for the year to complete the Girl Scout Law petal set.

Daisies and Brownies discover math in nature through GSHPA-led Badge Day experiences.

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts learned all about how we can find examples of math in nature during Badge Days at Camp Furnace Hills in Lancaster County and Camp Happy Valley in Adams County. By the end of the event, the girls discovered new tools to help them collect data and measurements, identified shapes and patterns, and designed new pieces of nature-inspired artwork.

Troop plants a pollinator garden to help local community environment.

Girl Scouts from Troop 30096 in Luzerne County participated in a community project to plant a pollinator garden in their local community. Each girl helped plant flowers and learned about the importance of pollinators in the environment. The troop will continue to visit the garden to help with upkeep.

Troop learns backpacking fundamentals through volunteer-led backpacking program.

Girl Scouts from Troop 33265 in Susquehanna County participated in a volunteer-led Intro to Backpacking program at Camp Archbald. Each girl chose her gear, food, clothing, first aid and essential items to bring along on the troop’s hike. The girls packed their bags, read maps, followed trails and discovered various plants and wildlife on their hike.

Daisies and Brownies get an art lesson from a local artist and teacher.

Brownie Girl Scouts from Troop 11420 in Cumberland County met local artist and teacher Jess Singer to learn about her creative process and make their own art. Singer provided each girl with her own personally designed coloring page to decorate. Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 10617 also joined in on the fun in anticipation of bridging to Brownies.

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 camoriello@gshpa.org.

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