Saturday, August 10 is National S’mores Day and Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) invites all girls in grades K-12 and their families to celebrate at special events across western Pennsylvania. Events will be held at the following locations:
- Allison Park: Friday, August 9, 6-8 p.m., Hampton Community Park, Alcoa & Hardt Pavilion, 3101 McCully Road
- Bradford: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., 240 Minard Run Road
- Cresson Township: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., Allegheny Portage National Railroad, 201 Maintenance Drive
- Hermitage: Thursday, August 15, 6-8 p.m., Buhl Park, Shelter # 2, 715 Hazen Road
- Erie: Friday, August 9, 6-8 p.m., St Marks Catholic Church, 695 Smithson Avenue
- Uniontown: Saturday, August 10, 6-8 p.m., Dunlap Creek Park, 788 New Salem Road
- Glen Richey: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., Glen Richey Fireman's Park, 86 T-551
- Holidaysburg: Saturday, August 10, 6-8 p.m., Canoe Creek Education Center Pavilion, 205 Canoe Creek Road
- McKeesport: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., Elizabeth Township Recreational Center, 429 Duncan Station Road
- McMurray: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., 250 Thompsonville Road
- Moon Township: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 987 Beaver Grade Road
- New Wilmington: Saturday, August 10, 6-8 p.m., New Wilmington Borough Park, S Market Street
- Verona: Saturday, August 10, 6-8 p.m., Penn Hills Community Park, 120 Colorado Street
Attendees will make s’mores, enjoy fun activities, and learn more about Girl Scouts and the organization’s mission of building courage, confidence, and character in girls. Council staff or members of local Service Units will be available at the National S’mores Day events to help girls renew or sign up. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are also invited to attend. To register for a local celebration, please visit gswpa.org/activities.
Girls currently registered as Girl Scouts and those who register at the event will receive a free National S'mores Day patch. Additionally, Girl Scouts can receive a special “Make S’more Friends” patch by bringing a friend.
S’mores are classic campfire treats that are rooted in Girl Scout history. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts" from 1927. The recipe is credited to Loretta Scott Crew, a troop leader who reportedly made them by the campfire for Girl Scouts. Although it is unknown when the name was shortened, recipes for "Some Mores" are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1971.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) released the popular Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie in 2016, which was the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. GSWPA will continue to offer Girl Scout S’mores™, a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling, as part of the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie lineup, joining classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®.
For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.