Schedule of Events

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

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Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony on Friday, Aug. 17, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 6–9p.m., will feature a flag ceremony in partnership with members of our various Armed Forces and local marching bands and drum lines. Be sure not to miss this exciting start to the Grand Celebration.

Don't miss the exclusive performance by Savvy at 7:45 p.m.! The band will be signing autographs before and after their set.


Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012

Parade -- 100 Years of History & A Future of Possibilities

Girl Scouts are taking over downtown Pittsburgh with a festive parade on Saturday, Aug. 18! Current Girl Scouts, alumnae of all ages and Girl Scout volunteers can participate in the parade honoring each decade of our Girl Scout History. The procession will be organized by individual decade starting with 1912–1919 and ending with 2000–BEYOND.

GSWPA encourages participants to be creative! Select a decade in our history to replicate within your walking group or float and visit the Girl Scout USA timeline to find inspiration.

Here is the parade participant schedule:

  • Volunteer check-in: 7:30 a.m.
  • Participant check-in: 8 a.m.
  • Official line up: 9:15 a.m.
  • Parade start time: 9:45-10 a.m.
  • Estimated end time: noon
  • Route: Grant St. & Oliver to Blvd. of the Allies & Stanwix

Parade participants need to mark their interest on the Grand Celebration registration form. Please note the deadline to register to participate in the parade is Friday, July 13, 2012. Each participant of a walking group will need to pay a $3 safety fee. Each float will need to pay a $30 safety feel. (This covers each participant associate with the float and will need to be paid by one representative when completing her reservation.) If you have questions, please contact Allison Burns.

100th Anniversary Honorary Committee & Sponsorship Tea Service (Invitation Only)
Noon-2 p.m.
Point Park University

This exclusive, invitation-only tea service hosted by Point Park University, will bring together our 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee, Troop PA and yearlong 100th Anniversary Sponsors.

Volunteer Information Gallery (Formerly Volunteer Hospitality Area)

Be sure to stop by the exhibit area of the Wyndham Grand on Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the 100th Anniversary Grand Celebration in Pittsburgh. We will have a small token of appreciation for volunteers and a chance to win a gift basket from GSWPA. We will also be selling GSWPA volunteer T-shirts, our new Alumnae 100th Anniversary cookbook and tickets for our 100th Anniversary Quilt Raffle.

We look forward to meeting many of our amazing volunteers at the Grand Celebration!

Program Partners
Noon-5 pm
Multiple Locations in Pittsburgh Area

Program partners from the Pittsburgh area will offer unique discounted events specifically targeted to our Girl Scout audience. Some of our program providers include the following.

  • Point Park University
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
  • The Outdoor Classroom
  • Old Economy Village
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • The Frick Art and Historical Center
  • Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center
  • National Aviary

Program Partner Activities

Girl Scout Exhibit Hall
10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Convention Center

Our diverse list of exhibitors including many of the regions companies, nonprofits and program providers will highlight exciting and educational programs. This fun space will allow our audience to engage one on one with exhibitors who all have a stake in developing the leadership potential and opportunities for our Girl Scout community.

You can also check out our Girl Scout shop!

Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony
5-6 p.m.
Roberto Clemente Bridge

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It is a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. In honor of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts is inviting Girl Scouts from all over Western Pennsylvania to participate in one massive bridging ceremony under the backdrop of the Pittsburgh skyline.


Alumnae Cocktail Reception
7-9 p.m.
Omni William Penn

Generations of alumnae and lifetime members will gather for an evening cocktail social of swapping stories and networking. A great opportunity for alumnae to connect with alumnae from Western PA. Guests are welcome (with an additional registration fee.)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012

Gold Award and First Class Scout Alumnae Brunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Omni William Penn Hotel

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, recipients join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally. The invitation only Gold Award and First Class Scout Alumnae Brunch will be an opportunity for generations of Gold Award Recipients to gather and reflect. The brunch will also host keynote speaker Frances Hesselbein, former executive director of local Girl Scout council, and founder of the Leader to Leader Institute.
Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh and Giant Eagle, Inc.

Forever Green Action Project

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

In early 2012, more than 2 million Girl Scouts nationwide launched take action projects in their homes, schools and communities that will ultimately lead to sustainable behavior change improving the environment and protecting natural resources. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania will culminate this yearlong initiative with a massive collection of plastic reduction. Girls will collect and drop off their reusable plastics at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, then stay for educational activities to learn other fun and sustainable ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Program partners participating in the Forever Green Take Action Project include: Watt Watchers, PROP, PAWC and Westmoreland Cleanways. Learn more about GSUSA's Forever Green project -- and don't forget to take the Forever Green Pledge!

Faith-Based Celebration

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

The Interfaith Celebration will take place at the Convention Center on Sunday from 1:30–3 p.m. The main part of the service will be lead by a multi-faith group of older Girl Scouts leading a Girl Scout Own Ceremony with the theme of “To Serve God…and to Help People at All Times.” The 100th Anniversary GSWPA Choir, made of up of girls from around our council, will also perform.

Time Capsule
All Weekend
Various Locations

Our “Time Capsule” is a roving event! There will be backdrops set up at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Omni William Penn and the Wyndham Grand Hotel, and girls, alum and troops will be able to pose with a white board answering the question “What is your wish for the next 100 years of Girl Scouting?” These photos will be made into a video montage, joining other photos taken throughout 2012.


Slumber Parties

Please remember to maintain the correct girl to chaperone ratio at each of these locations.

Have an all-night adventure at the Carnegie Science Center! Explore the science behind super heroes, take part in exciting scientific experiments and enjoy a breathtaking Omnimax movie. The Science Center will help fuel your brain power by providing a late-night snack and continental breakfast in the morning. Friday’s slumber party begins at 9:30 p.m. following the Opening Ceremony and concludes at 9:15 a.m., just in time to watch the Girl Scout Parade. Saturday’s slumber party begins directly after the Bridging Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. To register, please contact Susan Reinhold at 412-237-1637.

Please contact Erin Murray at (412) 454-6314 or EKMurray@heinzhistorycenter.org for more information.

The Children’s Museum Pittsburgh has two different slumber party options:

  1. Friday 9 p.m.-Saturday 8 a.m. The Museum’s exhibits will remain open until 11 p.m. for you to explore, and they will provide late-night snacks. Wake up in the morning to a hearty breakfast before heading downtown for the Grand Celebration Parade. $30 per person.
  2. Saturday 6 p.m.-Sunday 10 a.m. This is a big night! Have pizza for dinner, followed by an evening of games, challenges and obstacles in the museum exhibit spaces. There will be late-night snacks to keep you going, until lights out at 11 p.m. Wake up in the morning to a hearty breakfast before going downtown for the Forever Green Action Project. $40 per person.
  3. Please contact Barb Wettergreen at (412) 322-5058 × 240 or bwettergreen@pittsburghkids.org for more information on The Children's Museum Pittsburgh.

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