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What an amazing year 2012 has been! Our council-girls, volunteers and staff-came together to celebrate our proud and amazing past while forging ahead into the second century of Girl Scouts. GSHPA organized our 100th anniversary activities around three goals:

  1. Empower girls to impact their community
    Girls and leaders delivered on this goal with outstanding Forever Green and 100th anniversary community service projects across our 30-county footprint.
  2. Increase the visibility of Girl Scouts
    he outpouring of local Service Unit celebrations and local exhibitions of our archives, as well as our television presence on Public TV and the establishment of Troop PA in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, translated into a flood of great press coverage from every region of the council, including front page and feature articles.
  3. Ensure a vibrant present and future for Girl Scouts
    The work we all did to achieve the goals above gave GSHPA the ability to tell a great story about our council's direction and demonstrate to our supporters that Girl Scouts is on the move and is needed by the girls of the second century. As a result, GSHPA raised $3.5 million over the past two years and we're optimistic about meeting our $5 million goal by our campaign deadline, which is September 30, 2013.

Our greatest 100th anniversary memories of all? They are of watching generations of Girl Scouts passing the torch to the younger girls in so many meaningful and loving ways. We all lived out GSHPA's 100th anniversary theme-Inspiring Generations-through the speakers, celebrations and service projects that celebrated and united the past, present and the future of our great Girl Scout movement.


Congratulations and endless thank you to every member of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Have a fabulous, healthy holiday season.


With appreciation,

 Signature - Kate Crowley                    Signature - Jane Ransom

Kate Crowley                                      Jane Ransom

 Board Chair                                        President & CEO

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Calling All Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors who love to Cook! 


Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who love cooking and want to incorporate a little more of Healthy Promise into some of their favorite mealtimes will not want to miss out on this! Encourage them to register now to attend one or both of our two-part Video Chat series entitled "Healthy Eating with Chef Jenn" from the comfort of their home computers while Chef Jenn shares her secrets to making everyday meals healthier. Chef Jenn Thompson owns ForknSpoon Café, an urban eatery in Lancaster, PA where her rotating menu includes a healthy selection of gourmet soups, artisan sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetable salads and dinner entrees and was recently named "2012 Best New Restaurant" by Lancaster County Magazine.


Episode 1 - January 22, 2013* from 7 - 8 p.m.

Click here to register.

*Don't wait, registration closes on January 16 at 11:59 p.m.


Episode 2 - February 19, 2013 from 7 - 8 p.m. 

Click here to register.

$6 per person per Episode (includes one Healthy Promise participation patch for each video chat.)

Learn to Be Healthy Website - FREE Subscription for Troop Leaders and Girls
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GSHPA is pleased to provide troop leaders who have requested their FREE volunteer Healthy Promise guides with a FREE subscription to a safe and fun website which offers health information and interactive games to youth audiences ages 5-18.


The FREE online subscription is also available to ALL registered girl members of GSHPA.


Please click here to access our Healthy Promise webpage with more information and/or to register for password and login information.




Free Healthy Promise Volunteer Guides

If you still haven't requested your free grade-level specific Volunteer Troop Leader Guide so your troop can incorporate Healthy Promise-themed activities into your upcoming troop meetings, don't wait! One FREE Healthy Promise Volunteer Guide is available for each registered troop during the 2013 membership year to get you started and must be requested by the troop's leader.


Please click on the appropriate link below to order for your troop level.

Registration Still Open for Cookie Rally/Cookie College Events
Kick off the Girl Scout Cookie Program in style at one of our five Cookie College locations! Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania will be hosting Cookie Rallies and Colleges on January 5, 2013 at locations in the North, Northeast, South, South Central and West Regions. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on December 14, 2012. Cost is $5 per girl.
Cookie Rallies - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Girl Scouts in grades K-5 can attend Cookie Rallies and participate in a variety of fun activities, while learning customer service and marketing techniques.

Cookie Colleges - 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 can become newly minted CEOs (Cookie Entrepreneur Officers) at Cookie College later in the afternoon from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. also for only $5 per girl. Once they "graduate" they will be armed with the tools they need for a successful cookie season!

The 2013 Cookie Program runs January 2 - March 17, 2013.

Traveling Store Dates Announced for this Spring


The GSHPA Council Store is hitting the road again this spring. The mobile version of the Council Store has been a huge hit among volunteers in all regions of our council, and we are scheduled to visit a total of four locations again this Spring. 


Plan now to check-out a variety of Girl Scout and GSHPA items at one of the five dates and locations listed below which is most convenient for you in March and April. 

  • Saturday, March 2 from 11 am - 2 pm at the York Service Center - 1213 Carlisle Road, York, PA
  • Saturday, March 9 from 11 am - 2 pm at the State College Service Center - 1040-1 Benner Pike, State College, PA
  • Saturday, March 16 from 11 am - 2 pm at the Montoursville Service Center - Parkview Center, Suite 1, 999 North Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, PA
  • Saturday, March 23 from 11 am - 2 pm at the Scranton Service Center - 1444 East Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant, PA

Need something now? Remember there's no need to wait for the Traveling Store, the online store is available 24/7! Click here to shop now!

Camp Registration Begins January 1, 2013
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, summer camp is probably NOT on your mind - but it should be! Summer camp registration begins January 1, 2013! Camp guides are being mailed to girls and troop leaders later this month, so look for yours soon.
Camp Small Valley in Halifax, PA will be your destination station for Summer Camp 2013. We have exciting new programs, a new state of the art Adventure Course with ropes courses, a climbing wall and zip line, as well as a new archery range and barn! Ever hear of Ga-ga? Not the singer - the game! Girls will get to test their skills dodging the ball in our new Ga-ga pit too! Plus, both Traditional and Ranch Camp are back this year! We are even testing out a session of mini-camp - which might entice girls who are ready for more than day camp but are unsure if they are ready for a full week of sleep away camp.
Sleep Away Camp Weeks
  • June 16 - 21
  • June 23 - 28
  • June 30 - July 3 (Mini-camp)
  • July 7 - July 12
  • July 14 - 19
  • July 21 - 26
  • July 28 - August 2
  • August 4 - 9
  • August 11 - 16
Western Riding Camp
  • June 16 - July 19
English Riding Camp
  • July 21 - August 16

As we continue to enhance our outdoor programs and facilities, we are only able to offer a premier camping experience at Camp Small Valley in 2013. While we'll begin construction on the new dining hall at Camp Archbald soon, it will not be ready in time for this year's summer camp season. But don't worry, Camp Archbald will be up and running in 2014! Click here for our Summer Camp webpage with all the information you need to know!

In This Issue
Healthy Promise Video Chats and Webcasts
Learn to Be Healthy Website - FREE Subscription
Cookie Rally/College Events
Traveling Store Dates Announced
Never Too Early to Think Summer Camp!

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December 24, 2012 -

January 1, 2013:

ALL GSHPA offices are closed.


December 22, 2012 -

January 9, 2013:
Council Store, online store and phone line orders are closed.


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Family Partnership 2013


The 2013 Family Partnership campaign is scheduled for March 15 - May 31, 2013.


Click here to learn more or contact Kimberly Clapper at kclapper@gshpa.org or 800.692.7816.

100th Anniversary Mini-Grant Financial Reports Due
January 31


If your service unit received a 100th Anniversary mini-grant, don't forget to submit your financial report to Shelly Sprenkle by January 31, 2013. Not submitting your financial report will automatically make your Service Unit ineligible to receive a Healthy Promise mini-grant for next Fall.


Click here to access to the required report

Save the Date!

January 1 - Summer Camp Registration Opens
January 5 - Cookie Rally/Cookie College events within each region
January 12 - Healthy Promise Webcast Live from WITF Studio in Harrisburg
January 22 - Healthy Cooking with Chef Jen Series via Live Video Chat - Part 1 for Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors
January 25 - 27- Volunteer-Led Leadership Enrichment Weekend at Camp Echo Trail
February 9 - Healthy Cooking with Chef Jen Series via Live Video Chat - Part 2 for Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors
February 9 - Healthy Promise Webcast Live from Millersville University
March 2 - Traveling Store at the York Office
March 5 - Regional Governance Meeting at the Montoursville Office
March 6 - Regional Governance Meeting at the Harrisburg Office
March 7 - Regional Governance Meeting at the Scranton Office
March 9 - Traveling Store at the State College Office
March 11 - Camp Information Night at Scranton Area Service Center
March 12 - Regional Governance Meeting in York (Location TBD)
March 13 - Regional Governance Meeting at the State College Office
March 13 - Camp Information Night at Harrisburg Area Service Center
March 14 - Regional Governance Meeting via Webinar
March 16 - Traveling Store at the Montoursville Office
March 19 - Camp Information Night at Montoursville Area Service Center
March 21 - Camp Information Night at York Area Service Center
March 23 - Traveling Store at the Scranton Office
March 25 - Camp Information Night at Harrisburg Area Service Center
April 1 - Camp Information Night at Camp Small Valley, Halifax
April 13 - Million Mile Walk Challenge
April 27 - GSHPA Annual Meeting
May 17 - 19 - aMAZE weekend for Cadettes at Camp Small Valley 
2012 - 2013 Delegates


Congratulations and a big "thank you" to those who have been elected as GSHPA's 2012-2013 Service Unit Delegates.


Click here to see the list.


The GSHPA Service Unit Delegate serves as the primary communication link between the Girl Scout members in her/his service unit and GSHPA's Board of Directors. Delegates have the opportunity to influence governance decisions which benefit all girls in GSHPA's jurisdiction.


Service Unit Managers, please ensure your service unit is represented by electing delegates at your next meeting.


For more information or to have questions addressed, contact your Membership Associate or Regional Director.

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