Camp Spotlight

Here at GSHPA, we are looking forward to warmer days with friends in the great outdoors! Getting outdoors is an important part of Girl Scouting, which is why GSHPA offers a variety of camp options, including Summer Camp, troop camping, Day Camps, family camping, and campground property rentals! Some of the most amazing Girl Scout memories are made at GSHPA’s campgrounds.  

In order to prepare ourselves for another season of camping we wanted to hear from one of our very own Girl Scouts! We asked Emily, a first year Cadette from Bear Creep Troop 32109, to share about her favorite Girl Scout camping experiences.  

Read below for what Emily had to say about Girl Scout camping! 

What is a favorite Girl Scout camping memory?  

Emily: “When my friends and I went down the slip and slide, and the water slide. We also had a water fight with balloons and water guns, we even used buckets and filled them with water and ice. It was so much fun!” 

What is something that you have learned while camping with Girl Scouts? 

Emily: “I learned how to make friends. I kept in touch with my friend that I made at camp who was alone at camp and I went and introduced myself and we became friends.” 

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout camp and why?  

Emily: “I have been to Camp Archbald and Camp Small Valley. I like Camp Small Valley the best. I enjoy swimming in the pool versus swimming in a lake.” 

What is a new experience you had camping with Girl Scouts?  

Emily: “I had many new experiences at camp. I have camped during the worst of storms and although it can be scary we still had fun during the down pouring rain. I also went horseback riding and it was so fun we got to walk with them and ride them. Also just being away from home is a new experience that I have learned to adjust to, but I’m not going lie, I do get a bit homesick sometimes.” 

What is something you would tell a new Girl Scout going camping for her first time? 

Emily: “I would say just to make as many friends as you can. Making friends is making memories.” 

To find out how you can make your own memories at a GSHPA camp check out our website. Do you have GSHPA camp memories to share? Tell us about them in the comments below or contact us about being featured in a blog post!  

5 Patches to Earn this Winter

Filling a vest or sash with colorful patches and badges is a wonderful way for Girl Scouts to remember all the adventures and skills they are experiencing.  Both badges and patches and an important part of the Girl Scout experience, many people use the words interchangeably without understanding the important difference between the two.  

What is the difference? I’m glad you asked! 

Badges 

Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts said it best, 

“Every badge you earn is tied up to your motto. This badge is not a reward for something you have done once or for an examination you have passed.  Badges are not medals to wear on your sleeve to show what a smart girl you are.  A badge is a symbol that you have done the thing that stands for often enough, thoroughly enough, and well enough to be prepared to give service in it.  You wear the badge to let people know that you are prepared and will to be called on because you are a Girl Scout.  And Girl Scouting is not just knowing, but doing.  Not just doing, but being.”

Juliette Gordon Low

Badges are to help girls explore their interest and learn new skills.  They require specific steps and are displayed on the front of their uniforms.  

The steps for each badge are listed in the badge descriptions that are published in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.  Girls must complete each step to earn the badge.   

Here is a complete listing of badges for every age level.  

Patches 

Patches are similar to badges in look, but are considered “unofficial” and are worn on the back of the girls sash or vest.  Patches are handy if the girls want to do a fun activity or try something new that isn’t badge related.  

Girls can get a fun patch for any activity they participate in through Girl Scouts.  It could be a hike, museum visit, STEAM program, or a virtual event, she has no limit to the number of patches she can display on her back.  

Fun patches are the best! They give the girls the freedom to get creative and mix in activities for service, for celebrations, and for team building/bonding, or just for fun! Recently we met Vanessa, a Daisy in Troop 10581 Vanessa and her grandmother did virtual Girl Scout activities all summer, and collected so many patches her grandmother added a panel on the back of her vest!  

Vanessa showing off her patches!

Girl Scouts love to collect the patches and their vests/sashes become a scrapbook of all their adventures and accomplishments.  Here are a few more patches to add to your girls’ collections this winter and some trivia to test your badge/patch knowledge.  

Virtual Hangout Patch  

Anti-Racism Patch 

Baking at Home Patch  

Future STEM-inist Patch  

Draw The Lines PA

Clean Water Grows on Trees

Suffrage Centennial Patch

Trivia Corner 

Baking is a science and Girl scouts have plenty of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) badges to explore.  How many STEM badges does Girl Scouts offer? 

  1. 47 
  2. 20 
  3. 78 

In the 1980’s the most popular Junior Badge was: 

  1. Housekeeping 
  2. First Aid 
  3. Math Whiz 
  4. Art in the Round 

Which is NOT one of the four main categories badges are split into 

  1. STEM 
  2. Outdoors 
  3. Life Skills 
  4. Teaching 

What is one thing you can do to earn a gardening fun patch? 

  1. Research how to care for different plants.  
  2. Talk to a master gardener. 
  3. Plant your own garden.  
  4. All of the above.  

What is one thing I can do to earn a SWAPS fun patch? Let us know your answers in the comments! 


Post by Liz Bleacher