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Troop 27188 helps our Animal Friends

Troop 27188 recently visited Animal Friends to earn their Pets badge. The girls also made posters, presentations and ran donation drives within their school classrooms to collect towels and blankets for the animals. They had 17 very large bags to donate! In addition, they made a monetary donation from cookie sales to sponsor a pet, provide medication and name a shelter animal. So proud of these girls and their hard work!

Sabra N. Richart Honored with Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Local Girl Receives Girl Scout Gold Award
Sabra N. Richart Honored with Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Girl Scouting’s highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world.

For Sabra Richart from Cranberry Township, PA, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

This award, presented to Sabra by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs.

Sabra graduated this year from Seneca Valley School District and served in a leadership position as a Program Aide for GSWPA Troop 20074, a Directors Assistant for the Cranberry Service Area Day Camp in 2017 and as a Junior Councilor for the same Day Camp from 2012-2016. Sabra has also served as a Service Area Delegate to the annual meeting for three years and as a regular member of the local Color Guard. As a Girl Scout member for 12 years, Miss Richart is a Girl Scout Ambassador of Troop 20074. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Mrs. Kelly Weston Seneca Valley SHS Chemistry teacher, Miss Lexi Smith Seneca Valley Graduate, and Mrs. Erika Arbogast President of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh and by Ms. Kriss Svidro Gold Award Mentor from GSWPA. Her Gold Award project began in January 2017 and was completed in May of the same year.

After a friend expressed concern that she wouldn’t be able to fully participate in the school’s Chemistry lab because of her physical challenges, Miss Richart decided to aid the teachers and administration adapt the current curriculum for students such as her friend. To accomplish this, she became familiar with the United States ADA laws and used that information to compile a binder of chemistry focused experiments that are educational, adaptable, and fun for students with disabilities, specifically ones who are visually impaired.

She researched and tested experiments that produce a reaction that can be perceived by senses other than sight such as touch, sound and smell. After testing a variety of experiments in the lab with students, Sabra identified specific projects to be included in the binder. She then put these experiments together into one unified lesson plan that she delivered copies of to local school district science teachers and other organizations in Pittsburgh as well as across the country. These binders will make her project available for future chemistry students not only in the Greater Pittsburgh region, but also nationwide.

Sabra is now attending Penn State University in State College for Chemistry.

The Gold Award is a national award, with national standards, and it represents a Girl Scout’s time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making her community better.

Not only do Gold Award projects help communities, they also give girls important leadership skills, teaching them to seek out the work that needs doing in the world.

There are other benefits to going gold as well. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

For more information, visit http://www.gswpa.org/girls/awards/gold-award/.

About Girl Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 3-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visitgswpa.org.

Samantha Mill Honored with Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Girl Scouting’s highest awards – the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards – are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world.

For Samantha, from Seneca Valley High school in Harmony, PA, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

This award, presented to Sam by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address needs of a community.

Samantha Mill is a Junior at Seneca Valley High School. As a Girl Scout member for 9 years, Miss Mill is a Girl Scout Ambassador of Troop 20519. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Tracy Glass, an elementary band teacher at Evans City Elementary School in the Seneca Valley School District as well as student members of the Seneca Valley Roaring Raider Marching Band and student members of the Seneca Valley Wind Ensemble. Sam’s Gold Award project planning began in the spring of 2016 and was completed in the fall of 2016.

Samantha’s Gold Award project was aimed to assist middle school aged band students in the improvement of their playing ability through a partnership between middle schoolers and high school band students. Samantha recruited volunteers from the high school marching band and wind ensemble to work with students at Evans City Middle School during afterschool sectionals. Approximately 23 members of the sixth grade band participated. These sectionals were held for one-hour after school each week for five weeks in the fall of 2016. The high school volunteers helped prepare students to perform holiday music in small ensembles for the school’s annual “Deck the Halls with Music” event at Evans City Middle School, in which middle school band students perform in the hallways, collecting donations for the local food banks from students, faculty and staff as they arrive at school. The high school students served as role models for the younger band students, allowing them the opportunity to see and hear what they will be able to do if they continue to practice and continue with their music education. The high school students were also able to reflect on their own experiences in order to help the younger students improve. Overall, the project was a great success for all students involved. Everyone involved with Samantha’s Gold Award project learned from this experience.

The Gold Award is a national award, with national standards, and it represents a Girl Scout’s time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making her community a better place.

Not only do Gold Award projects help communities, they also give girls important leadership skills, teaching them to seek out the work that needs doing in the world.

There are other benefits to going gold as well. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

 

Mini Camp 2017 Registrations Now Being Accepted

CRANBERRY NEIGHBORHOOD 2017 MINI CAMP

GSWPA Camp Redwing

BEGINS:   FRIDAY, July 28, 2017        ENDS:  SUNDAY, July 30, 2017

 

MINI-CAMP 2017 is open to Cranberry Girl Scouts who are currently registered as Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors.  You may attend whether or not your troop leader does.  Any girl who wishes to attend but is not currently a registered Girl Scout will be required to pay an additional registration fee.

                                                        

SITE:   GSWPA Camp Redwing

103 Rader School Road

Renfrew, PA  16053

724.972.3097

 

Mini Camp Staff:  Ann Szurley (annszurley@gmail.com) and Tabatha Mill (tabbim@zoominternet.net)

 

COST: $105.00 – Total fee for Girl Scouts

$60.00 – Total fee for Adults ($75 if not currently registered as a Girl Scout)

$120.00 – Total for non – Girl Scouts (includes $15 mandatory registration fee)

 (ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE)

 FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

 

ADULTS MUST HAVE UP TO DATE CLEARANCES AND BE A REGISTERED GIRL SCOUT IN ORDER TO ATTEND.

TO REGISTER PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FORM BELOW

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 28, 2017.  All forms (3) and payment must be received at above address or dropped off at the Cranberry Girl Scout Leader meeting in May.  NO EXCEPTIONS.       

 

PROGRAM HI-LIGHTS:  Outdoor fun, tent camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, crafts, singing, archery, camping skills, canoeing, swimming and other related activities.

 

Mini-Camp 2016 Registration Form and Information Sheet

 

 

Day Camp Registrations are Now Open

Day Camp Registration opened in March and are being accepted through April 18th.

Wednesday, June 7, 2016 – 7:45a.m. – 5:30p.m.

Thursday, June 8, 2016 – 7:45a.m. – 5:30p.m.

 

SITE:   CAMP BUCOCO (150 BUCOCO LANE, SLIPPERY ROCK, PA   16057)

Day Camp will be Wed, June 7th and Thursday June 8th at Camp Bucoco in Slippery Rock.  The camp experience will include age-appropriate activities such as hiking, outdoor cooking, geocaching, singing, swimming, games, archery and so much more! There is also a Junior Camp Councilor opportunity for girls currently in 7-12th grades.  The Junior Camp Councilor plans and executes all of the activities that the younger campers participate in.  How cool is that?! Girls leading girls! Sign up today! Adult helpers are always in need to make it a family event and make sure all of our campers are safe!

Grades K-6: $50.00 Total Fee; $40 Total Fee for sibling scouts

Grades 7-12: $30.00 day only/ $40 Overnight option

Adult helpers: NO FEE!

All camp activities, bus transportation to/from camp, supplies, bandana, camp shirt, drinks, snacks, lunch on day 1 (girls are to bring lunch on the second day) and badges.

 

Will affording camp be a hardship for your family? Consider applying for financial aid! Assistance is offered for one scout for one camp per scouting year and must be approved by the Service Team. Click here to access the form to apply for a Service Area Grant to cover part of the cost of camp: Financial Aid Form for Camp

 

CAMP FORMS:

2017 DayCamp Info

2017DayCampRegistration

2017-Day-Camp-Reg-Adult

2017-Day-Camp-Jr-Counselor

Girl Health History Form

Adult Health History Form

Camp Director’s Assistant Openings

Senior / Ambassador scouts only- February 12th DEADLINE for applications is approaching- please send them in as soon as possible!!!!

New Day Camp Volunteer Positions!

Camp DA’s (Directors Assistants)

Requirements: Must have been a Day Camp Junior Counselor for 2 years. You must submit an application.

 DA’s applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a group of leaders.

 There will be approximately 6-8 scouts chosen.

Responsibilities: DA’s will work directly with camp directors to develop 1 to 2 stations. They will be responsible to train the Junior Counselors at camp on how to run their station. They will need to oversee that all supplies needed to run their station get there ahead of time and are cleaned up and returned to the lodge after. They will need to work with JC’s to come up with time filling activities if needed. You may not get to work directly with your friends during camp hours, or if you do you must be able to lead them. 

If interested- please fill out the application document and send it to Ann Szurley.

If you have any questions or need the application document, contact me via email annszurley@gmail.com

Thank you.

Local Girl Scouts Make Warm Blankets for Cancer Patients

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Cranberry Area Girl Scouts of all ages used a day off of school to work together creating nearly 125 blankets for cancer patients in honor of their founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  Juliette Gordon Low died in 1927 of breast cancer,  a time in our history when cancer wasn’t openly discussed.  This project was selected as the Cranberry Neighborhood Service Unit Project of the Year for 2016 and follows several other scouting year projects designed to help the local community while encouraging scouts of all ages to work together for a common goal.
 
Today, girls are painfully aware that cancer is a struggle for many and they do not want to sit on the sidelines but instead want to do something to encourage others.  In fact, many Girl Scout families in Cranberry have been affected by cancer in some way and several local girls wanted a way to help.  Scouts from Troops 20519 and 20074, Samantha Mill, Andi Mikula, Sabra Richart and Alena Richart, all had grandmothers who were diagnosed with cancer over the past year and they put their diverse skills together to help coordinate the blanket making program.  Samantha was made aware of a need for blankets at a local cancer center while her grandmother was undergoing treatment recently for uterine cancer.  She learned that these centers routinely run out of blankets. Andi, Sabra and Alena learned that there was a great deal of misinformation still in the community about cancer prevention and treatment. The girls each worked with their leaders and the Cranberry Girl Scout Service Unit to plan the day by making SWAPs and posters, researching cancer, collecting supplies and organizing the activities.  Other troop leaders joined the efforts and recruited moms, who were cancer survivors, to set up drop off locations for supplies and help to publicize the event. 
 
More than 70 scouts from 16 different troops, ranging in age from 5 – 17, and leaders, worked together tirelessly on Friday, November 11, 2016 and at home, preparing fleece and tying knots making no sew blankets which will be donated to local cancer patients undergoing treatments at a variety of locations in the Pittsburgh Area. Locations include Children’s Hospital, St. Margaret’s Hospital Cancer Unit where Samantha’s grandmother received treatment and the Cancer Center at AGH Wellness Pavilion in Wexford where Andi’s grandmother received treatment.  Patients, along with Samantha’s grandmother, have already received the blankets with much appreciation.
Photos courtesy of Tabatha Mill and Tatiana Brower
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Cranberry Girl Scouts are Neighbors for Neighbors

Cranberry Girl Scout Troop #24126 is participating in Neighbors for Neighbors this holiday season, and will host a tree in the municipal center and several other locations in Cranberry with wish lists for children in need.

Neighbors for Neighbors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the holidays a little brighter for local children in need, by fulfilling items from their wish lists.

In 2015, the organization brightened the holidays for approximately 240 Pittsburgh area children.

There are many ways to get involved.  Help spread cheer this holiday season by making a donation, sponsoring a child’s Wish List(s) or purchasing a Wish List item.  A Wish List typically consists of five to seven items a child would like for Christmas.  The cost of sponsoring a Wish List is around $150. One-hundred percent of the tax-deductible contribution will go directly to local children in need.

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