GSWPA Celebrates Girl Scout Week
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania joins Girl Scouts around the country to make the world a better place as we celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 98th anniversary of Girl Scouts from March 7-13. More than three million girls in the United States and more than 35,000 girls in Western Pennsylvania are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts.
Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. When the organization was founded in 1912, many girls’ paths in life were limited and Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl, and founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912.
“Girl Scout Week is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place,” stated CEO, Patricia A. Burkart. “It is also an opportunity to thank the countless committed volunteers in our community who give so much to Girl Scouting all year long. With your support, we are able to continue to offer girls of Western Pennsylvania the encouragement, coaching and resources they need to develop their leadership skills.”
Girl Scout Week projects are part of a broader initiative by Girl Scouting to help girls lead by example in their communities and in the larger world around them. With leadership development at the organization’s core, today’s Girl Scouts take part in a vast array of activities from extreme sports to international travel and science and technology projects, as well as gain knowledge about such things as business and economics.
Several events are planned throughout the council to celebrate Girl Scout Week. The annual Girl Scout Mall Event will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA. Activities like a Troop Parade, fashion and talent show and sing-a-long are scheduled. The Girl Scout shop will be onsite selling merchandise, including a special Mall Event patch. Information on Girl Scout membership and summer camp opportunities will also be available.
Girl Scout Troop #51563 will be collecting books to benefit St. Joseph School in Coraopolis as a community service project. St. Joseph School’s library was damaged by a recent flood and they are in need of fiction and nonfiction books appropriate for students in grades K-8. For information on how to donate books, call Gail Clendaniel at 724-935-6143.
Girl Scouts in Warren County will hold their annual Girl Scout Art Show March 14th through 27th at the Warren County Regional Arts and Culture Center. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 14 from 2 – 4 p.m. Girl Scouts of all ages are encouraged to submit original artwork in the categories of Crafts, Fine Arts and Troop Entries. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and honorable mention for each age level. For more information, contact Jennifer Fox-Riggin at 814-723-4990.
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s Alumnae Association will celebrate with adult alumnae, business professionals and other friends at a Cookies & Cocktails Happy Hour on Friday, March 12 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Red Star Agave Grill in Greensburg. The cost for this evening of networking is $25 per person and includes two drink tickets, hot appetizers and a silent auction. Attendees will also enjoy Girl Scout cookies and Thin Mintinis. Proceeds support the programs and services of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. Reservations are appreciated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-248-3355 ×1215 by March 6. Log on to www.gswpa.org for more information about the opportunities and events offered by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.
Proclamations have been issued to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania by Mayor Sinnott, Mayor of the City of Erie, Mayor Trigona, Mayor of the City of Johnstown and Mayor Ravenstahl, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh. The Proclamations celebrate the 98th birthday of Girl Scouting and recognize the Girl Scout program for its role in encouraging girls to reflect on their individual styles and strengths.