Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) launches a new series of free, at-home events to offer all girls a fun, interactive experience and the opportunity to connect with other girls. The events are centered on an activity—building and launching a rocket, creating a flower crown, or assembling a robot—and parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the fun with their girl.
The events will be held throughout the winter months and provide non-members the opportunity to experience the fun and friendship of Girl Scouts. View the full schedule and register to attend at gswpa.org/party. The December event schedule is:
- Rocket Launch Party, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.
- Robot Building Party, Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
- Flower Crown Party, Saturday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m.
GSWPA quickly pivoted to offer more virtual opportunities when stay-at-home orders were issued in March as a result of concerns around COVID-19. Since March, Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania and across the country have benefitted from GSWPA’s hundreds of hours of skill-building and educational material while many extracurricular activities were canceled.
“Our priority is always our Girl Scouts, but especially so during this pandemic,” says Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “While the way we are delivering these programs is new, they offer the same Girl Scout Leadership Experience that girls would have in person—fun and engaging skill-building activities alongside their friends.”
GSWPA expanded on this idea in October when the organization launched a new virtual troop option. Girls in virtual troops will earn badges and patches and participate in the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, which begins locally on Friday, Jan. 8, all from their home.
“As we all continue to confront more unknowns, a Girl Scout troop is where she’ll stay connected and expand her confidence,” said Burkart. “Our virtual troop option for girls in western Pennsylvania ensures that Girls Scouts remains available when so much else is changing.”
Similar to traditional troops, girls will benefit from community service and involvement, leadership growth, and taking on new challenges, all while in the supportive, all-girl troop environment that Girl Scouts provides.
Girl Scout membership dues are $25 annually per girl. Financial assistance is available through GSWPA to keep the Girl Scout experience accessible to all girls.
New this year, GSWPA also offers a membership gift option. Family and friends can purchase an annual membership and other special additions to give the gift of Girl Scouts to a girl in kindergarten through twelfth grade who lives in western Pennsylvania. Purchase the gift of Girl Scouts at gswpa.org/gift.
In-person troop meetings and activities follow current CDC and local guidelines. For local opportunities call 800-248-3355 and to learn more about joining, visit gswpa.org/join.