Troops plant trees, donate to others and learn life-saving skills

Carbon County girls help others celebrate milestones with a DIY birthday kit

Girl Scout Troup 30903 was busy with the goal of offering others a chance to make a happy birthday for those they love.

The Troop collected enough birthday cake-making goodies to pack up 14 birthday-in-a-bag essentials and donated them to their local food pantry. The bags contained such birthday staples as a cake pan, cake mix, icing and a can of soda to substitute in the mix for eggs and oil. Candles, plates, napkins, a card and additional fun birthday items rounded out the bags. The community-oriented project helps to share the meaning of being special on your birthday with those who might need that caring gesture the most.

These Girl Scouts weren’t the only ones busy recently. From planting trees to collecting and making birthday donation kits, learning life-saving skills and supporting victim intervention programs, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania have been busy with community and service projects to make our world a better place.

Read on for more Mission Moments from girls in Pike and Lancaster counties!

Four GSHPA Troops joined forces to plant 100 trees

Joining with Girl Scouts planting projects from across the nation, four Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Troops planted trees on the campus of Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster County.

Armstrong is an international wall and ceiling design and manufacturing firm based in Pennsylvania. The Girl Scouts Tree Promise aims to repopulate areas with new trees in an effort to help forests re-grow and fight the effects of climate change.

Girl Scouts have agreed to take “5 million actions” to help this effort by planting and protecting trees, the Girl Scout Tree Promise website said. Girl Scout Troup 70441 organized the “Take Action” event, sponsored by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. The organization’s goal is the restoration and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay area.

Pike County Girl Scouts use Cookie sale proceeds to support those in need

Cadettes from Pike County Troup 51441 used proceeds from their 2023 cookie sales to support a local Victims Intervention Program (VIP). The girls’ donation included a child’s pack-and-play, towels, bedding sets and Girl Scouts Cookies.

VIP provides services including counseling, housing and housing assistance to those who need it in Wayne and Pike counties. Engaging with community organizations – including delivering their donation items to VIP, gave the girls a chance to learn about and support others in a tangible way.

Along with selling Girl Scout Cookies, the girls learn entrepreneurial skills including engaging with the public, sales, fundraising – including seeking matching donor funds from their sponsors, managing the Cookie product and money, as well as encouraging their sponsors to support community investment. 

Manheim Girl Scouts learn life-saving skills

Girl Scouts seniors and ambassadors in Lancaster County Troup 70531, located in Manheim, completed Stop the Bleed training at their March first aid meeting. A local surgeon and former Girl Scout leader led the training program.

Participants were trained how to triage patients, pack wounds and apply a tourniquet. Stop the Bleed is a not-for-profit organization. It is organized by members of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to provide life-saving bleeding control emergency skills to the public.

GSHPA CEO Visits Quarryville’s Girl Scout Sunday celebration

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania President and CEO Janet Donovan visited Girl Scouts troops in Quarryville, Lancaster County on Girl Scout Sunday celebrations on March 12. Dozens of Troops in our council’s footprint celebrated their faith during Girl Scout week on March 5 through March 12.

Submit a Mission Moment today so we can showcase your Girl Scouts’ recent experiences and accomplishments next month! Visit our Mission Moment Recap webpage on the GSHPA Blog to see more Mission Moments from previous months.

*All Mission Moment information is submitted by volunteers/members. Should you have any questions regarding a submission, please email

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