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Dear Volunteers,

Celebrated from March 9-16 this year, Girl Scout Week brings us back to our reason for being. This is something we can lose sight of in the mad rush of the cookie sale.  


Our founder Juliette Gordon Low wanted one thing for every girl-for her to have the chance to live up to her full potential. From March 12, 1912 until today, this is the chance all of us in Girl Scouting have worked to provide to girls. We see girls beginning to understand their potential in the course of all of the "ordinary" things we do in Girl Scouting.   

  • When that quiet girl comes out of her shell after several troop meetings 
  • When those disheveled Cadettes arrive at camp in triumph from a week of paddling the Susquehanna
  • When the girls' empathy for others leads them to plan, finance and execute a unique community service project using their cookie money


And we hear time and again from Girl Scout alumnae about the crucial role of the Girl Scout leader. A leader who really believes in a girl helps her to believe in herself. A leader who is warm and supportive, keeps things fun, and is open to change, new experiences and challenges makes all the difference.  


Thank you for your commitment,

Signature - Jane Ransom
 Carolyn Warman Jane Ransom
 Board Chair   President & CEO

Girl Scout Cookie Sale Extension


Due to inclement weather, GSHPA will extend the Girl Scout Cookie sale to March 23 to allow girls to continue working towards their goals and for the community to stock up on their favorite cookies! Girl Scout troops in our 30 county service area have braved ice and snow to sell cookies and now they have another week to not only hit, but surpass their goals.


Don't forget that with the extension come new deadlines.

  • March 26, 2014: Deadline for troops to enter Girl Orders and Rewards in eBudde - 11:59 PM
  • March 31, 2014: All Balance Owed Forms due to Council
  • April 4, 2014: Proceeds due to Council
  • April 9, 2014: ACH Withdrawal
Annual Meeting Registration Now Open 


The Annual Meeting is the meeting that a local Girl Scout council holds every year to elect its board of directors and conduct other business essential to Girl Scouting in its geographic area. During this year's meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014, GSHPA delegates will receive updates on the business of the Council and will vote on the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors, the Board Development Committee and National Delegates for the GSUSA convention. While all members of GSHPA are welcome to attend, only delegates may vote.


If you are interested in attending this year's Annual Meeting, you are welcome to attend in person at our live location at WITF, 4801 Lindle Road in Harrisburg, PA 17111 or via live streaming webcast hosted at our State College, Scranton, Montoursville or York satellite locations. There is no fee to attend, but you must register by April 24. Please click here to register.
Camp Development Plan Update

Now in the midst of its 3rd year, work continues on our 5-year camp development plan. In addition to a number of cosmetic and health & safety improvements at Camp Echo Trail, Camp Furnace Hills, Camp Golden Pond, Camp Happy Valley and Camp Louise, here are a few updates on improvements that are in progress or in the works for Camp Archbald and Camp Small Valley:

Dining Hall at Camp Archbald (photos above) 


Despite the snow, freezing temps and icy conditions, construction on the brand new dining hall at Camp Archbald continues and is still on schedule to be open before the start of summer camp in July 2014*. Campers will be sure to enjoy the covered balcony overlooking the lake, the spacious interior complete with peaked ceilings, brand new bathrooms and a creative interior display of the decorative shutters from  the previous dining hall as a way to with connect the rich Girl Scout history that has always been a part of the Camp Archbald traditions.   


*Please note we will open up sections of Camp Archbald for troop rentals when we are 100% confident that the safety and security of our girls is not at risk due to the dining hall construction. We appreciate your continued patience in this regards.


New Construction Set to Begin at Camp Small Valley in July    


As soon as summer camp ends at Camp Small Valley this July, construction will begin on two new projects. Unfortunately, all of this construction means that the entire camp will be closed until we are 100% confident that the safety and security of our girls is not at risk. But don't worry, your troop and/or community can sign up for outdoor programs and/or still make reservations at any of our other six camps while Camp Small Valley is temporarily closed.


We will keep you posted on our progress and appreciate your patience as we continue to invest in our camps and the quality of the outdoor experience we are able to offer for girls.


Introducing Girl Scout Teams

Each year, girls from throughout our 30 counties decide not to register or re-register for Girl Scouts because they don't think they can fit the traditional, year-round Girl Scout troop experience into their already packed schedules. In an effort to engage more of these girls in Girl Scouts, GSHPA will pilot a new series program called Girl Scout Teams this spring in select communities throughout our council footprint.


Based on feedback we have received over the years from this group of girls and their parents, Girl Scout Teams will attempt to engage girls in grades 2 - 5 (Brownies and Juniors) via a condensed 6-8 week Journey-based series on pre-established meeting dates/times, at set locations and with the guarantee that trained and background checked volunteers will be in place on day one.


Still in its infancy, we are starting out small and will only offer this opportunity this spring in a few select communities in partnership with local YMCAs, JCCs or community rec centers. Each of our partners have agreed to host at least one Brownie and one Junior Girl Scout team at one or more of their facilities. These same partners have also agreed to market the opportunities to their members and/or the communities they serve while also handling all program registration for us. GSHPA will supply the trained volunteers, also known as Girl Scout Team Coaches, along with all of the supplies and materials.


The all-inclusive fee* will include the following:

- Girl Scout Journey book

- All of the badges/awards earned throughout the session

- All of her supplies

-2014 Girl Scout membership

-Girl Scout t-shirt

-Either a Brownie or a Junior pin

*the all-inclusive fee will vary from one community to the next depending on our arrangement with each community partner.


Based on initial feedback from our community partners, we are anticipating a positive response and will keep you posted!


If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Girl Scout Teams, please send an email to or call 717-233-1656.


Girl Scout Camp Spots Going Fast!

With adventures like exploring trails on horseback, trekking 50 feet up in the air on the high ropes course, hitting the bull's-eye at the archery range, and soaring down a zip line, it comes as no surprise that spots for GSHPA's Summer Camps are going fast, especially at its new low price!


  • Traditional Camp = $249 +$50 non-refundable deposit
  • Ranch Camp = $399 + $50 non-refundable deposit


Girl Scout Camp is a timeless tradition where new and exciting challenges are just waiting to be conquered by girls. Whether girls sign up for traditional or *ranch camp, they will create everlasting memories as they make forever friends...but first they have to register!  


Camp Small Valley
Camp Dates
Camp Archbald
Camp Dates
  • June 15-20
  • June 22-27
  • July 6-11
  • July 20-25
  • July 27-August 1
  • August 3-8


Stop thinking about the snow and start thinking about summer and S'Mores!


Click here to view our Camp Guide to see all the activities we can offer your girl!  


Click here to register today to secure your Girl Scout's spot for a summer camp she will never forget!


*3 out 6 ranch camps are already filled! Sign up to secure your spot for ranch camp today! Does your Girl Scout want to try horseback riding, but she doesn't want to commit to a full week? Sign her up for Traditional Summer Camp where she can saddle up for a trail ride activity for only $30 more!

Fork It Over in Support of GSHPA

Join us on Tuesday, April 29 at Santander Stadium for the York Revolutions game against the Lancaster Barnstormers and GSHPA's one of a kind culinary event, Fork it Over.


Take your taste buds on a tour of local chefs' creations inspired by Girl Scout Cookies to support Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania! Appetizer, entr´┐Że and dessert recipes will be judged by a variety of food editors and local personalities.   


It might be the York Revolution's first home game against their local rivals, the Lancaster Barnstormers, but with our silent auction, you might take home some flavors of the region. Come for the culinary creations. Stay for the game!


When: Tuesday, April 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: White Rose Hall-Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York

Cost: $40 (tickets are $50 after April 1)    


Register: Click here to buy your tickets today or call 800.692.7816

*Other light fare will be provided as well as a cash bar.


Girl Scouts Get Ready to aMAZE in May

Did you know that every 7 minutes a child is being bullied? Chances are your Girl Scout has either been bullied or has at least witnessed someone being bullied.Together, as Girl Scouts, we can put a stop to bullying!


*Cadettes in grades 6 - 8 are invited to attend aMAZE Weekend, a fast-paced overnight program that includes the personal challenge of high ropes, the team challenge of low ropes and the open challenge of creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to stop bullying on May 17th-18th at Camp Small Valley. Girl Scouts will feel empowered as they work through the activities and discover that they are capable of doing aMAZING things all while learning how they can stop bullying!


Girl Scouts can come with their troop or adventure out alone, but no matter how they arrive they will leave with new and lasting friendships. Look for aMAZE Weekend registration to open at on April 1, 2014.  


Dates: May 17-18, 2014 

Times: 9 a.m. Saturday - 10 a.m. Sunday 
Age Level: Cadettes only 
Cost: Girl - $68 (Cost includes activities, aMAZE Journey book, aMAZE Journey Award, 3 meals, snacks and overnight accommodations.); ADDITIONAL ADULTS ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND. 
Location: Camp Small Valley in Halifax, Dauphin County

*Participants must be registered girl members of GSHPA at the Cadette grade level. This is a girl-only activity and the adult/girl ratios will be covered by council-provided, event staff.


Bling It On!!
2013 Bling Your Booth Contest Winner - Troop 80793 of Greencastle, PA


The Girl Scout Cookie booth is almost as iconic as the cookies displayed on it, so why not bring more attention to it by participating in GSHPA's second annual Bling Your Booth Contest (Feb. 14-March 16)?


How does a troop show off their booth? It's easy!

  1. Troops work together to decide how they want to decorate their cookie booths.
  2. Once the booth is decorated and out for all the community to see, troop leaders can snap a photo of the Girl Scout Troop and their blinged out cookie booth.
  3. Troop leaders must submit the picture of the booth to by 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2014.

From there a panel of judges will pick the top five entries and post to GHSPA's main Facebook page and GSHPA's Proudct Sales Facebook page on March 24.


The booth with the most "likes" on Facebook by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 will be declared the 2014 Bling Your Booth contest winner and will receive an Ice Cream Social Party and a Bling Your Booth patch for each girl in the troop who participated!


What are you waiting for? Bling Your Booth. Get your Facebook friends to like GSHPA's Facebook page and vote for your troop's booth!


Click here to view all of the 2013 contest entries.  

Raise the Region event in North region

Please plan to support Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA by joining the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania's (FCFP) Raise the Region event, a 30-hour regional fundraising event beginning Wednesday, 3/12/14 at 6:00 p.m. and ending Thursday 3/13/14 at 11:59 p.m.  In partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealership, FCFP will hold the event to help various agencies offering support and services to the communities of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. Your online gift designated to GSHPA will be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d with additional dollars from a portion of a generous $125,000 contribution from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. Your donation will also help raise additional support by qualifying GSHPA for other monetary prizes. All gifts are tax deductible and will help strengthen the mission of GSHPA.


In This Issue
Girl Scout Cookie Sale Extension
Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
Camp Development Plan Update
Introducing Girl Scout Teams
Girl Scout Camp Spots Going Fast!
Fork It Over in Support of GSHPA
Girl Scouts Get Ready to aMAZE in May
Bling It On!!
Raise the Region event in North region

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Save the Date!

March 8 - Traveling Store in Montoursville

March 11 - Regional Governance Meeting in York


March 12 - Regional Governance Meeting in State College


March 13 - Regional Governance Meeting Webinar


March 15 - Traveling Store in State College

March 22 - Traveling Store in Scranton

March 28 - GSHPA Scholarship Applications Due by 4:30 p.m.

April 4 - 6 - Work Days at Camp Echo Trail

April 4 - 6 - Work Days at Camp Furnace Hills

April 11 - 13 - Work Days at Camp Louise


April 25 - 27 - Work Days at Camp Archbald  


April 29 - Fork it Over event in York  


May 3 - GSHPA Annual Meeting from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

May 17-18 - aMAZE Weekend

June 8 - Healthy Promise Finale at City Island in Harrisburg, PA 


June 21 - Gold Award Ceremony at Founder's Hall in Hershey, PA


July 31 - Financial Reports Due to your Membership Associate

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