Mission Moment Recap – April

Girl Scouts in Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Monroe, Perry and York counties give back to the community and wrap up Cookie Season.

*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 April, our girls were busy making an impact by donating items to animal shelters, addressing period poverty, learning ways to reduce trash waste and so much more.

Girl Scouts work with state police to capture Cookie Thief

Girl Scouts from Troop 10970 in Perry County helped the Pennsylvania State Police interrogate, apprehend and hand-cuff the Cookie Thief! The girls participated in the investigation to earn their Detective Girl Scout Badges. They learned about DNA, finger printing, finger-print lifting, investigation techniques and more.

Daisy Girl Scouts provide supplies for animals seeking “furever” homes

Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 11339 in Dauphin County collected donations for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. After delivering the donations, humane society staff gave the girls a tour of the shelter.

Girl Scouts use cookie booths to help meet troop goal

Girl Scouts from Troop 51005 in Monroe County hosted several cookie booths to raise money for a trip to NYC in June. The girls’ determination was evident as they braved snow, rain and wind to keep their booths open!

Older Girl Scouts get creative with unique cookie booth theme

Girl Scouts from Troop 20443 in York County got innovative with their cookie booth to attract customers. Believing they lack the “cute factor” of younger Girl Scouts, the older girls created a theme and used inflatables to make their booth stand out to customers. Their efforts proved successful as many customers were drawn in by their creativity.

Senior Girl Scouts address period poverty with successful donation drive

Senior Girl Scouts from Troops 10235 and 10238 in Dauphin County held a supply drive and made period product packs to address period poverty. The Take Action Project resulted in more than 7,000 individual items being donated to the Healthy Steps Diaper Bank which sponsors the program.

Girls gather to make Earth Day crafts in York

Girl Scouts participating in the Extended Community Outreach Program in York County spent one of their weekly meetings making an Earth Day craft. The girls also did some coloring, played a few rounds of bingo and welcomed new girls who were attending the program for the first time.

Girl Scouts “MacGyver” cookie lift to deliver to second-floor resident

Girl Scouts from Troop 70070 in Lancaster County made a special Girl Scout Cookie delivery to a second-floor resident so they wouldn’t have to come down the stairs.

Girl Scouts below window selling cookies.
Girls sell out of cookies with help of Lancaster pet store

Girl Scouts from Troop 70070 in Lancaster County had a successful last cookie booth at Finnegan Farms in Lancaster. Finnegan Farms’ owner even dressed up as a dog to help the girls attract more customers. By the end of the day the girls were sold out of cookies.

Girl Scouts selling cookies at Finnegan Farms in Lancaster, PA.
Troop studies litter patterns to help reduce waste in community

Girl Scouts from Troop 50866 in Lackawanna County participated in a community clean up and litter study with Valley Community Library and the Sierra Club. The girls helped collect more than three bags of trash, two and a half bags of recyclables and multiple large items from a local park. The girls counted litter to study what is being dropped in the community where they live to learn how to reduce waste and educate the community.

Girl Scouts picking up trash and litter.
Daisies learn how to give back with funds earned from Cookie Season

Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 10729 in Dauphin County decided to use some of their Cookie Season proceeds to give back to Chambers Hill United Methodist Church’s food pantry. The girls decided how much of their cookie proceeds to use and went shopping for items using the church’s needs list, such as cereal, pasta and sauces.

Girl Scouts shopping.
Brownies and Juniors grant animal shelter “wishes” with money raised during Cookie Season

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 10286 in Dauphin County used some of their proceeds from Cookie Season to give back to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. The girls shopped for items on the organization’s wish list such as cat food, litter, treats, hay and toys. The troop enjoyed getting to decide how to use their funds for good.

Girl Scouts shopping.

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.

Girl Scout Mission Moment Recap – March

*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 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 camoriello@gshpa.org.

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!

Colleen Buck is a Program Coordinator for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at csypien@gshpa.org.

Girl Scouts get robotic, learn outdoor skills through GSHPA camp workshops

By Kristian Beverly

The sky is the limit for Girl Scout activities, and this week we’re highlighting STEAM Saturday robotics and Troop Adventure Day workshops that were held on Feb. 5 at two of our camp properties!

Earlier this month, girls participated in a Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) STEAM Saturday workshop focused on robotics at Camp Happy Valley in Adams County. The girls drew and decorated their own paper robot before sharing their creations with each other.

They then received a lesson about Botley the robot. Botley is a robot that’s perfect for learning about the basics of coding. Botley is controlled by a remote that sends instructions such as “go forward” or “turn.” After their lesson, the girls broke up into groups before being handed their own robot.

Teamwork and friendship allowed the girls to learn and have fun. Some groups created obstacle courses for Botley. Others had it spin! Much fun and education was had in whatever capacity the girls choose to do with Botley. When asked if they had fun, there was a resounding “YES!”

On the same day as the STEAM robotics workshop, Daisies, Brownies and Juniors participated in Troop Adventure Day at Camp Furnace Hills in Lancaster County, where the girls learned about different outdoor skills.

Doesn’t it look like a lot of fun? 

Kristian Beverly is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in digital media for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at kbeverly@gshpa.org.

Girl Scout Mission Moment Recap – January and February

By Catherine Amoriello

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

We love getting to see all of the great things our Girl Scouts are doing in their local communities through our Mission Moment submissions! In January and February, our girls were busy making an impact by making hats for children in need, addressing food insecurities in their local community, connecting with residents at senior living homes and so much more.

Cadettes recognize Higher Award recipients in library display

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 10265 in Cumberland County helped plan, design and set up a Girl Scout display at Fredricksen Library. The display highlighted recent Gold, Silver and Bronze Award recipients from Service Unit (SU) 157 in Cumberland County. The display included new and old uniforms from friends and family members of SU 157, pictures, borrowed awards, cookie boxes and plush cookie prizes. The display also included QR codes that led to information about Higher Awards and joining Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout apparel displayed in case.
Girl Scout memorabilia rests in a display case at Fredricksen Library.

Girl Scouts honor military members with wreaths

Girl Scouts from Troops 34671, 30301, 33206 and 30130 in Luzerne County honored deceased military members at the Hanover Green Cemetery by placing wreaths for National Wreaths Across America Day.

Girl Scouts holding wreaths.
Girl Scouts prepare to honor diseased military members by placing wreaths on their grave markers.

Girl Scouts make hats for children in need

Girl Scouts from Troop 40418 in Centre County held a virtual party with The Brave Beanie Project, a local organization that donates beanies to children across the country who are chronically ill or are disabled. The girls made six beanies that will go to children in need.

Girl Scout holding hat.
A Girl Scout displays the beanie she made for The Brave Beanie Project.

Juniors get history lesson from historical society, museum

Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 10645 in Cumberland County learned about early settlers in Pennsylvania through a presentation from the Cumberland County Historical Society. The girls also visited the Oakes Museum of Natural History at Messiah University to complete activities to earn their Math in Nature badges.

Girl Scouts dressed in early Pennsylvania settler clothing.
Girl Scouts immerse themselves into a history lesson and dress up as early Pennsylvania settlers.

Daisies, Brownies and Cadette join forces to help food bank

Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 60070, Brownies from Troop 60071 and a Cadette from Troop 60073 in Lycoming County learned about needs versus wants at the Footprints of Montgomery food bank. The girls helped package 40 bags to be handed out to local residents in need and also contributed to the food bank’s diaper drive.

Girl Scouts at food bank.
Girl Scouts from troops 60070, 60071 and 60073 donate diapers to kick off their day at Footprints of Montgomery food bank.

Troop participates in record-breaking toy collection for children in need

Girl Scouts from Troop 71518 in Dauphin County volunteered at the Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss night to sort, count, bag and load trucks full of stuffed animals collected at the game in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network. The girls and their troop leaders were part of the world record for collecting over 52,000 bears.

Girl Scouts with stuffed animals.
Two Girl Scouts nearly disappear in the pile of plush toys collected during the Teddy Bear Toss.

Girl Scouts make holiday cards for SpiriTrust Lutheran residents

Girl Scouts from Troop 81659 in York County made Valentine’s Day cards for residents at SpiriTrust Lutheran during a trip to Camp Happy Valley.

Valentine's Day cards.
Girl Scouts show their creativity and kindness through Valentine’s Day cards for SpiriTrust Lutheran residents.

Girl Scouts and Providence Place of Lancaster residents connect through song and camp memories

Girl Scouts from Troop 71348 and Juliettes from Service Unit 715 in Lancaster County visited Providence Place of Lancaster to help residents make Valentine’s crafts. During their visit, the girls and residents shared snacks, sang Girl Scout songs and exchanged stories and memories of camp.

Girl Scouts with Valentine's Day crafts.
Girl Scouts showcase the crafts they made with residents at Providence Place of Lancaster.

Girl Scouts learn healthy habits with Franklin & Marshall College sorority

Girl Scouts from Troop 71348 and Service Unit 715 in Lancaster County earned their Healthy Habits patch with the help of sorority Kappa Delta at Franklin & Marshall College. The sorority hosted a workshop for the girls to share information about eating healthy and staying active, as well as a Zumba session.

Girl Scouts with sorority.
Sorority sisters and Girl Scouts gather to explore healthy habits.

Junior hosts collection drives for Bronze Award project

Junior Girl Scout Ava Lebo from Troop 11570 in Dauphin County hosted a clothing and food drive for Bethesda Mission for her Bronze Award project. She also hosted a bake sale and used the proceeds to purchase more items needed by the homeless shelter.

Girl Scout Ava Lebo and Bethesda Mission volunteer Donald Koch load donated supplies for Koch to distribute to places in need.

Juniors, Seniors and Ambassadors participate in community service project to help nonprofit

Junior, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts from troops 33206, 34671 and 30130 in Luzerne County volunteered at Parenting Autism United to assist with painting projects for the organization’s new office.

Girl Scouts get hands on at Parenting Autism United’s new office to help the organization complete painting projects.

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.

Tips and Tricks for 2022 Cookie Season

This time of year there are more ways than ever for girls to participate in Girl Scouts by learning new skills and reaching new goals. We have some tried and true tips to share with you to make this cookie season the best one yet! Use the tips on this blog post along with the following resources for a very successful season.

GSHPA Volunteer Resources

GSHPA Cookie Seller Resources

GSHPA Product Program Toolkit

Cookie Rookie and Cookie Captain Program

Girl Scouts marketing their booth during the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

2022 Booth Tips

We are always so proud of how creative our girls are and how well they think outside of the box when it comes to cookies. Check out these tips for COVID-19 safe cookie booths:

  1. Print a QR code to your Digital Cookie site on labels, and add those labels to every box sold, or on a thank you card included with each purchase. This way the customer knows how to order more!
  2. Set up a Cookie Drive Thru – work with a local business to secure a safe spot to set up such as a parking lot and offer a drive thru service
  3. Consider using the Digital Cookie App or a credit card processing app to accept payments in a no-contact way. If you collect cash, be sure to use gloves to retrieve the money to allow for minimal customer contact.
  4. Host a virtual booth via social media or Zoom. Be sure to have adult supervision during the booth, as well as a payment and delivery plan in place before the event!
  5.  Take advantage of holidays and bundling cookies. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to tie a bow around a couple of boxes as a fun holiday promotion, or run a 4 for $20 sale with boxes already grouped together for easy buying.
  6. Create social distance signage for your booth so customers can see from a distance exactly what you are selling. Use a creative booth setup to encourage packing of cookies happening in one spot while payment transactions can happen in another.
Girl Scouts collecting payment at their booth in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Extra Tips for Extra Sales

  • Dedicate a day of sales to Gift of Caring – call 10+ people and ask them to order cookies that can be delivered to essential workers, military or others.
  • Reach out to local businesses such as restaurants, car dealerships, etc. to buy cookies from your troop to give to employees or customers as a thank you!
  • Share recipes with your customers to show them all the delicious things they can do with their cookies, other than just eat them straight from the box!
  • Go back to the basics and fill a wagon with cookies and take a walk around your neighborhood
  • Create an order form station at your mailbox to encourage neighbors out for a walk or mailmen and delivery service employees to order cookies in an easy no contact way.

Start Selling Today!

Every girl in Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania benefits from the Cookie Program. From Girl Scout camp to programs to trips and activities with their troop, each girl gets an amazing Girl Scout experience as a result of the program. Not a Girl Scout yet? Join today!

New Year, New STEAM Activities

By Colleen Buck

Happy New Year Girl Scouts! With cold winter weather comes spending more time indoors. But time indoors doesn’t have to be boring! Try out these fun Winter Science Experiments to embrace the winter weather inside.

Create Fake Snow

You will need:

  • A deep baking dish or foil baking dish
  • 3 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup white conditioner

Instructions:

  1. Mix ½ cup conditioner with 3 cups baking soda
  2. Mix until well blended and moldable texture is achieved

Snowball Launchers

This project can be found on the Little Bins for Little Hands site, and is a great experiment in physics for girls of all ages. Girls will learn about Newton’s 3 laws of motion by creating force using the balloon, testing acceleration when different amounts of force are used, and finding that with our actions in this experiment there will be equal and opposite reaction.

Snow Volcano

You will need:

  • 2 spoonful’s of baking soda
  • 1 spoonful dish soap
  • A few drops of food coloring of your choice (red makes a good lava color)
  • 30 ml vinegar
  • Spoon
  • Snow
  • Small container

Instructions:

  1. Add everything except the vinegar to the container and stir well.
  2. Carefully shape a volcano around the container using snow – don’t forget to leave the opening of the volcano at the top!
  3. Add your vinegar through the opening and watch as the volcano erupts! For a larger eruption, add more dish soap, stir, then pour more vinegar.

How does this work?

Vinegar is an acid, and when mixed with baking soda (an alkali) they react together to neutralize each other. This reaction releases carbon dioxide, a gas, which is the bubbles that you see. The bubbles of gas make the dish soap bubble up to make a thick “lava”!

Reindeer Pipe Cleaner Circuit

Karyn at the Teach Beside Me blog shows readers how to create a reindeer circuit This electrical circuit project is perfect for the season, and teaches that an electrical circuit is made up of a source of electrical power, wires that can carry the current, and a light bulb. It is also a great way for girls to experiment with what happens when the circuit is intact versus broken.

Home Grown Crystals

You will need:

  • Borax, sugar or salt
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wooden spoon
  • String
  • Tall glass or mason jar

Instructions:

  1. First use your pipe cleaners to make shapes. Simple shapes work best, such as hearts, spirals or circles. Tie your shape to a wooden spoon that is longer than the opening to the glass or jar you will use.
  2. Pick whether you will use borax, sugar or salt.
  3. Boil a couple cups of water (WITH ADULT SUPERVISION). Add your crystal substance (borax, salt or sugar) until it dissolves. Then add more….and more….and more! You will be making this a supersaturated solution, which means that you will keep adding your substance and letting it dissolve. You will know that you have added enough when a small bit remains at the bottom of the pot/jar that will not dissolve.
  4. Once your supersaturated solution is ready, pour it carefully into the glass or jar, leaving about an inch at the top. If you would like to add color you can add a few drops of food coloring.
  5. Add your wooden spoon to the top of the glass/jar with the pipe cleaner shapes hanging in the solution. Make sure the shape does not touch the bottom of the container.
  6. Borax will make the crystals grow quickly, sugar takes about a week to fully form, and salt will take a few days.

This project is a great way to develop an experiment to see how the different substances react and what other variables such as sunlight or fans blowing air might do to the crystal growing process!

Don’t forget to document your experiments with pictures and send them in to us as a Mission Moment!

Colleen is a Program Coordinator for GSHPA

STEAM Saturday Robotics

At the beginning of December the GSHPA Program Team ran our STEAM Saturday Robotics program, and we had so much fun! Girls from across council joined us at Camp Small Valley and we got to not only learn about robots, but also design our own robots! Daisy through Junior Girl Scouts got to learn about coding with Botley the Robot, while older Girl Scouts had the chance to build and code their QScout Robots. If you missed our December STEAM Saturday Robotics, we would love to see you in February at Camp Happy Valley or Camp Archbald. We will have a morning and an afternoon session each day, and everyone is welcome to reserve time on property overnight or spend the day at camp!

Holiday Dinner: Girl Scout Style

By Rebekah Stefl

As we move through the holidays there is one important thing on all our minds: food! While you may already have your favorite holiday treats in mind, we wanted to share some new ones on our tables this year! Of course, we had to add a Girl Scout twist! All the recipes below were created using our delicious Fall Fundraiser products!

Everything Seasoned Cheese Ball

You will need:

  • 16 Oz. softened cream cheese
  • 2 Cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 scallions chopped
  • 1 tsp. Worscestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2/3 Cup Everything Seasoned Cashews finely chopped

Instructions:

Start by putting softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Add grated cheese, scallions and seasonings then mix well to combine. Begin forming the mixture into a round ball, we recommend creasing your hands. Place the finely chopped Everything Seasoned Cashews on a plate and begin pressing them gently into the mixture to coat all the sides. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to all to firm.

Honey Roasted Peanut Crusted Chicken

You will need:

  • 1 Cup Honey Roasted Peanuts finely chopped
  • ½ Cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ Cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb uncooked chicken tenders

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow dish, beat eggs. In another shallow dish place flour and in another mix breadcrumbs and finely chopped Honey Roasted Peanuts. Coat chicken with flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture. Place coated chicken on baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes until chicken is fully cooked and coating is golden brown.

Roasted Green Beans & Cashews

You will need:

  • 1-2 lbs fresh green beans trimmed
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Cashews chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped (or to taste)  
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add chopped garlic to skillet and begin browning then add green beans; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add water, bring to boil then reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 7-10 minutes until green beans are tender stirring occasionally. Add cashews, salt and pepper to taste then toss to combine.

Peanut Butter Penguin Blossoms

You will need:

  • ½ Cup granulated sugar
  • ½ Cup packed brown sugar
  • ½  Cup butter softened
  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Extra granulated sugar for coating
  • 36 Peanut Butter Penguins

Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine ½ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until dough forms. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar and place on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown then immediately press 1 Peanut Butter Penguin in the center of each cookie. Remove from baking sheet to cool.

Dulce Daisy Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/34 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 36-48 Dulce Daisies

Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth then add egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour, baking soda and baking powder until well combined. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Immediately press one Dulce Daisy in the center of each warm cookie. Remove from baking sheet and allow to fully cool.

What are you making this season? Share your favorites in the comments!

Rebekah Stefl is a Volunteer Support Coordinator at GSHPA.

GSHPA Winter Challenge

The weather is starting to get chilly and we have even seen the first snow flakes of the year. This is the time of year we all start to think of staying warm and indoors. That does not mean that you need to get cabin fever and bored with the winter weather, GSHPA’s program team have a solution for you. Our 2021 Winter Challenge! This is a list of fun activities for all ages that will keep you busy indoors and out through the cold weather months.

Between December 1 and January 31 choose your adventure, try something new and get out and explore. GSHPA’s program team has collected 75 activities that cover a range on interests and badge requirements. This challenge is designed to be done independently, with your friends and family, or with your troop and is similar to the Summer Scavenger Hunt GSPHA Program hosted last year!

Adults can save and/or print the guide so their girls can cross off each activity as they complete their adventure. The number of activities girls will need to complete is based on their Girl Scout level- there is a number of activities required to earn the patch. When you have completed the activities, just fill out this form to submit your entry and purchase a snow fun patch for $3.

Many of the activities on the list can be completed by attending a scheduled GSHPA event or one hosted by our partners. Please check out our calendar to see what fun activities you want to try to fight of the winter blues!

Tag your photos and videos with @gsheartpa and add #gshpawinter2021 as you complete tasks so we can see what everyone is doing this winter. Stay warm and have fun!!!!!