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Dear Volunteers,

Happy Girl Scout New Year! Troops are forming and weekend activities, such as the Healthy Promise: Just Dance event, are coming up.


Even as you reconnect with your girls, we encourage you to exercise your role in the governance of Girl Scouts through our delegate system. This year we'll be asking delegates for feedback on council strategic planning, volunteer money management and outstanding candidates for our Board and its committees.


Here's what's coming up:


Council Governance

If it has not done so already, your Girl Scout Community should elect its delegates to attend this month:

  • Delegate Orientation Webinar - Wed., Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.  


National Governance 

The Girl Scouts of the USA National Council Session will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 16-19, 2014.  


Members of GSHPA ages 14 and above are eligible to represent our council as National Delegates at this convention. National Delegate applications are due on December 31, 2013 and can be found here. Please encourage older girls and leading adult volunteers to apply. The Board Development Committee will select the slate of National Delegates for election at GSHPA's 2014 Annual Meeting.


Thank you for taking the time to consider these governance opportunities and have a fun and happy fall Girl Scout season.


Signature - Jane Ransom
 Carolyn Warman Jane Ransom
 Board Chair   President & CEO
New Girl Scout Year = Renewed Commitment to Healthy Promise


With the start of a new Girl Scout year, comes the start of the second year of GSHPA's very own Healthy Promise initiative - a council-wide collection of signature programming focused on increasing activity levels of our members and improving the food choices we make each and every day. This year's line-up of events and activities should keep everyone moving and engaged. Here's what's in store for your troop this year:

Healthy Promise Guide Books - Year 2


As a troop leader, you are encouraged to incorporate Healthy Promise-themed activities into your regular troop meetings from our very own Healthy Promise Guide Books. This free grade-level specific resource is available while supplies last for every troop leader to encourage their girls to get moving while also making healthier food choices. While completion of all of the activities is tied to a Healthy Promise-specific patch for each girl available for purchase online or in our council store, these same activities also align with as many as three* of the official Girl Scout badges included within the Girls' Guide to Girl Scouting for each of the grade levels. *Please note that the number of badges may vary depending on the grade level.


To request your free copy of the Healthy Promise Guide Book, click on your troop's grade level below and follow the instructions. Supplies are limited to one book per troop and the request for the book must be made by the troop leader (also known as the 01).

Healthy Promise Video Chats Return 


You watch Good Morning America, Morning Joe, New Day, The Today Show and CBS This Morning live from the comfort of your home, right? Well imagine if the members of your troop had the opportunity to watch a live show from the comfort of their own homes while using their computers all while actually participating in the conversation with the hosts and their fellow participants via a secure online chat - wouldn't that be cool? Well wait no longer! GSHPA is excited to offer a series of what we're calling Healthy Promise Video Chats for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors again this Fall where they do exactly that!


In November, we kickoff a series featuring the Teen Battle Chefs from Spoutwood Farm from Glen Rock, PA. Tune-in to this live show and watch the chefs dish up healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options along with cooking tips and tricks. Chat with the chefs during the show, ask questions and be ready to answer pop-quiz questions. A few lucky home viewers will win prizes for participating!  


Each Healthy Promise Video Chat will stream live to Girl Scouts in central and northeastern Pennsylvania via a secure internet service. Participants will watch the show from home on a personal computer or any electronic device that connects to the internet and plays video. Pre-registration and a password will be required for viewing. Each episode will air from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. The series will end in a cooking competition and Girl Scouts will vote on the winning recipe. New this year, a different Healthy Promise event patch for each Video Chat you attend! Register for all four episodes and get the whole collection. Video Chats are designed for Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Episodes cost $6 per girl viewer. The cost includes a patch. There is no cost for an adult viewer watching with a girl.   


Episode 1: Breakfast Bloopers


In the first episode of the series, the Teen Battle Chefs will share a recipe for a breakfast yogurt parfait. The chefs will also demonstrate the proper ways to handle foods and challenge viewers to catch their mistakes as they happen! In addition to earning a Healthy Promise event patch for participating in this Video Chat, Junior Girl Scouts will find that the show compliments the activities in the Simple Meals badge.  


Episode 1 will air Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Click here to register.

Episode 2: Make Your Plate MyPlate!


During the second Healthy Promise Video Chat, the Teen Battle Chefs get cooking with a well-balanced, lunch quesadilla recipe. Get every food group at every meal once you know how to cook with MyPlate, the USDA's recommended way to plan meals that contain servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy products. Be ready for a food group quiz! In addition to earning a Healthy Promise event patch for participating in this Video Chat, Cadettes working on the New Cuisines badge will enjoy this new twist on a Mexican favorite.  


Episode 2 will air Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Click here to register.

Episode 3: Make Way for New Cuisines!


Be ready to kick it up a notch during the third Healthy Promise Video Chat! The Teen Battle Chefs will be sharing a Caribbean Salsa recipe that is sweet than spicy. The chefs will also demonstrate knife skills and review the best ways to chop the fruits and veggies included in this dish. Salsa is a good way to be sure you eat a rainbow of fresh foods even during the cold winter months. Seniors completing the Locavore Badge will want to tuck this recipe away for the summer when Pennsylvania produce is plentiful! Cadettes seeking regional recipes and perfecting their chopping skills might find this episode especially interesting.  


Episode 3 will air Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Click here to register.

Episode 4: The Final Battle


In the fourth and final episode, two teams of Teen Chefs will "battle" it out while cooking dinner recipes with mystery ingredients. Home viewers will get to score the teams on their overall presentation and use of the mystery ingredient. Please join us and learn how to make two healthy meals with surprising ingredients!  


Episode 4 will air Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Click here to register.

Girl Scouts Just Dance! Event 


Only a few more spots are left in the October 20th morning session (9 a.m. - noon) of our 2013-2014 Healthy Promise dance-themed event at Hempfield Rec in Landisville, PA in Lancaster County. Don't wait much longer to sign-up your troop - the afternoon session is already full! This is definitely going to be a dance event you and your troop won't want to miss! Cost is $15 per person.


Click here to register for the 9 a.m. - noon session.

Registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on October 6.

Check-Out November's Outdoor Programs

November is a great time to take your troop outdoors. Check out the full listing of upcoming Outdoor Programs at From Troop Adventure Camp to Nature Explorers programs, we have something for almost every girl. 


2013 Fall Work Days at GSHPA Camps

Fall Work Days provide service opportunities for troops and their families while helping to prepare our camps for fall and winter camping. Work days include and are not limited to:
  • Taking down and storing tents and pavilion flies
  • Putting cots and mattresses into winter storage areas
  • Straightening wood piles and fire rings
  • Storing equipment from seasonal units
  • Cleaning gutters, raking leaves and general clean up
  • Cleaning and preparing year round units for fall and winter camping

This year's Work Days are scheduled on the following dates at the camp locations listed below:

Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • At Camp Furnace Hills - to register to participate or ask questions, please contact Shirley Kelly, Property Manager at 800-692-7816 or (Only Senior and Ambassador age levels may participate at Furnace Hills)                                                                                      
  • At Camp Louise - to register to participate or ask questions, please contact Joe Trivelpiece, Ranger at 570-759-8236.

Saturday, April 20, 2014

  • At Camp Echo Trail - to register to participate or ask questions, Josh Harper, Ranger at 717-927-8165 or 

Some details to note:

  • Each camp will be closed for its work weekend - only troops working may camp
  • The Work Day will be scheduled for eight hours; Adult groups coming for partial days are welcome.
    • Troops should report to the Camp Dining Hall at 8:30 a.m. for morning assignments
    • At lunch, afternoon assignments will be given
    • Limited accommodations are available for troops/groups participating in the workday. Troops will camp free, but must meet all training requirements and adult ratios. Register for camping through the Registrar Department in Harrisburg, by completing all camping registration forms.
    • Saturday lunch will be provided
    • Non- Girl Scout adults and male groups will be in the camps
In This Issue
New Girl Scout Year = Renewed Commitment to Healthy Promise
Healthy Promise Guide Books - Year 2
Healthy Promise Video Chats Return
Girl Scouts Just Dance! Event
Check-Out November's Outdoor Programs
2013 Fall Work Days at GSHPA Camps

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Save the Date!

October 5 - Traveling Store at York office from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.    


October 12 - Archery Training at Camp Echo Trail

October 12 - Traveling Store at Montoursville office from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


October 14 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. in State College   


October 15 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. in York    


October 16 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. in  Montoursville

October 17 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. in Harrisburg    


October 19 - Traveling Store at State College office from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


October 19 - Work Day at Camp Furnace Hills


October 19 - Work Day at Camp Louise


October 20 - Girl Scouts Just Dance event at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.


October 22 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. in Scranton  


October 23 - Fall Regional Governance Meeting at 6 p.m. via webinar  


October 26 - Traveling Store at Scranton office from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


November 2 - Outdoor Basics Training at Camp Small Valley 

November 3 - Outdoor Basics Training at Camp Furnace Hills


January 4 - Cookie Rallies/Cookie Colleges Return   


April 20 - Work day at Camp Echo Trail  


May 3 - GSHPA Annual Meeting  


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