When you look at one of our Girl Scouts you will see clusters of badges that she wears on her sash or vest to highlight the different skills that she’s learned with her troop. You might see a box of the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies that she’s marketing to new customers. And you will see a bright, beaming smile as she has fun with her troop of friends. What you might not see, at least at first, is that this is a G.I.R.L. She is a
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Her head is full of insightful ideas and plans to improve her community. Her ears are open and ready to listen to her fellow Girl Scouts, because she knows that collaboration and teamwork are necessary. Her eyes are optimistically looking ahead to her future and the leadership opportunities she can take on today. Her heart beats with hope as she discovers that she has the ability to change the world. Her hands are ready for hard work and she isn’t afraid that they will get a little bit dirty or scraped up if she falls or fails because she has the drive and determination to get up and try again. Her voice is strong, confident and wants to be heard. This is what a Girl Scout is made of and your support and partnership with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania helps her understand that she is a leader.
Thanks to you, this year we celebrated milestones, welcomed exciting new changes, and first and foremost encouraged today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Veronica Longenecker Ellen M. Kyzer MPA
Board Chair President & CEO
Jody Boland has fond memories of her mother’s leadership role in her Girl Scout troop. During long talks over campfires and on educational trips, Jane Brown, Jody’s mom, planted seeds and instilled in her the idea that girls are capable of doing anything they put their minds to.
“My mother, aunt and father were all involved in Girl Scouts,” Jody explained. “Mom loved it so much that she kept volunteering when I left for college. She served as Chairman of the Council Cookie Sales and Director of the Arcona Girl Scouts Day Camp for the Hemlock Girl Scout Council. I was the envy of my dorm when mom would send me Girl Scout ‘cookie care packages’ so I wouldn’t miss out on the fun. When I became a mom I had no doubt that when my daughter was old enough to be a Daisy I would sign her up and, following in my mother’s footsteps, volunteer as her troop leader.”
Jody’s entire family knows first-hand the life-changing impact that Girl Scouts has on girls. Her aunt, Ellie Allen, is a lifetime Girl Scout and served as the President of the Hemlock Girl Scout Council from 1967-1973. Ellie has been a donor for over 20 years. Her financial support has included a major commitment to the recent renovations of the Girl Scout office in Harrisburg as well as gifts to support the annual Gold Award ceremony. Hundreds of girls have benefitted from this special family’s generous gifts of time, talent, and financial support.When Jane Brown died in June of this year, GSHPA was honored to learn that Jane maintained her strong devotion to Girl Scouts and made GSHPA a part of her legacy.
Through Jane’s estate gift, she continues to plant seeds, ensuring that future generations of girls will have the same experience that she, Ellie, and Jody had, and will grow in courage, confidence, and character through Girl Scouts.
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60% of current job openings in the United States require candidates with STEM skills. Sadly, data is showing that women are not pursuing these fields. Women are reported to be less confident than men in their STEM abilities even among those taking AP classes and achieving higher GPAs. Data is not destiny.
The Gold Award is more than just a pin a Girl Scout wears with pride. It represents years of hard work, hundreds of hours solving community issues, and a century of women who became a catalyst for change.
The more a Girl Scout spends time outdoors the more she grows. Not in inches and centimeters, but in courage, confidence and character. She grows her list of experiences from discovering a trail on horseback to climbing over her fear of heights and up a 50 foot tower. Getting outdoors encourages our Girl Scouts to grow in ways they didn’t even think were possible.
Since the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts in 1917, cookies have powered girls and Girl Scouts to fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world. It is more than just a box of cookies. It’s a box of opportunities.
In 2017, girls have a new way to power even more awesome adventures-new Girl Scout S’mores cookies! With every box of Girl Scout Cookies you buy this year, you help support tomorrow’s courage boosting, confidence-inspiring, character-building, make-the-world-a- better place experience. (In the most delicious way too!)
These are real life examples of the Girl Scout mission hard at work. Leadership is not defined by age, but rather how much heart and soul a person dedicates to helping those in need. On October 16, 2016, seven Girl Scouts, spanning across multiple generations, were recognized for their work in making our world a better place.Empower and uplift other girls to make the future brighter
Melly, Arianna, and Aaliyah clung to their mothers as they sobbed their good-byes during the first meeting of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB). This new and transformative program is dedicated to strengthening relationships between incarcerated mothers and their daughters while reinforcing life skills to ensure girls make positive life decisions.
Not even April showers could stop 400 Girl Scouts, volunteers and family members from exploring the outdoor possibilities of Camp Small Valley in Halifax at GSHPA’s inaugural Outdoor Extravaganza. Girl Scouts conducted science experiments in the Star Center’s laboratory, saddled up for horse rides, and strived to overcome the towering climbing wall.