Destinations: Space Academy Guest Blog Post

Cadette Girl Scout Evelyn “Evie” Mathie attended Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama for six days as part of our Destinations program. She was a recipient of D-Pass funding granted to Girl Scouts from our council. While at camp, not only did I make many new and amazing friends, but I learned so much from themContinue reading “Destinations: Space Academy Guest Blog Post”

Cookies to Camping (Part 2)

The countdown is on! Girl Scout Cookie Season is only one month away, and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store for our cookie bosses. What goals will you achieve this year? That’s up to you! Remember Indie Girl Scout sisters Illy and Nina from Bethel Park who had their sightsContinue reading “Cookies to Camping (Part 2)”

Raspberry Rally Contest

110 years ago, Juliette Gordon Low imagined a movement where all girls could come together and embrace their unique strengths and passions. Ensuring that all girls had a place to develop their leadership skills, advocate for themselves and others, and turn their ambitions into reality—these are the ideas Juliette rallied behind, leading her to establishContinue reading “Raspberry Rally Contest”

Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black recalls her time as a Girl Scout in Cheswick, where her favorite memory was going to Camp Henry Kaufmann as a troop. Up until she graduated high school, her mom was her troop leader. “It gave us the opportunity to spend time and experience so much together,” she said. “I wanted the sameContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Black”

Rallying around our cookie bosses

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has a sweet announcement coming—the name of the new Girl Scout Cookie that will be joining the 2023 lineup nationwide! Before we rally around a new cookie, we want to highlight some of our cookie bosses, their goals, and the impact the Girl Scout Cookie Program has had on their lives.Continue reading “Rallying around our cookie bosses”

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Rankin

When thinking about her Girl Scout memories, Emily Rankin says her favorite—the one that inspires her to continue volunteering—is when she was camping with her first troop as a volunteer. “The girls were probably Brownies,” she said. “I got to the cabin a little late on the first night. All of a sudden, one ofContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Rankin”

Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Balas

Watching girls grow into responsible, service-minded young women is Heather Balas’s favorite part about volunteering with Girl Scouts. “It is incredibly rewarding to watch these young girls grow and to know that you had a small part in that,” she said. When Heather’s oldest daughter expressed interest in joining Girl Scouts, Heather signed her upContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Balas”

Volunteer Spotlight: Misty Stephens

When Girl Scout information was presented to Misty Stephens and her daughters at their local library, she knew it would not only be a wonderful opportunity for her girls, but for herself, too. Misty has been a troop leader for five years, and this year she took on a new role as service unit troopContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Misty Stephens”

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Benedetto

Jeanette Benedetto has been volunteering with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania ever since she signed her daughter up a little over three years ago. Although she didn’t plan to be a troop leader right away, it was a great way for her to make new friends after recently moving to the Pittsburgh area. She thought sheContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Benedetto”

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Smialowski

“My [Girl] Scouts are fantastic—they are strong, independent, compassionate young ladies. They are my favorite thing about scouting,” says volunteer Julie Smialowski. For nine years, Julie was a Girl Scout in North East Ohio—she was even part of the first year of Daisy Girl Scouts in 1984! Her fond memories mixed with her desire forContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Smialowski”