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.

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.

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.