GSWPA Grand Celebration
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|Fri, 08-10-2012 - 1:47pm|
Our council's Grand Celebration, as they are calling it for the 100th anniversary is next weekend in Pittsburgh. I haven't heard it being talking up very much and as I look through the schedule, it just doesn't seem very much fun. My daughter even decided she wasn't going to go, so I guess that makes 2 of us.
The parade on Saturday morning- you had to pre-register and pay $3 for insurance to walk in or $30 for a float and it had to represent some decade of scouts. There's been no talk in our area of even trying to pull together a service unit group or anything and I've heard of nobody else planning to do the parade.
The bridging ceremony is only for girls moving up to the next level, unlike other cities where the bridging ceremony is representing the Girl Scout organization bridging to the next century where every person gets to walk across the bridge. For girls who are not moving up, they are welcome to stand at the far end of the bridge and welcome the girls who are moving up a level. For my troop, only 1 is moving to cadettes and 1 moving to seniors... the rest are staying at their level, so we will just have a troop bridging ceremony before school starts.
Many of the local museums and the science center are having Girl Scout sleepovers so they will be close to the action... however, they don't start til late and they have you out early so you can go do the parade or whatever. And these same things are available at other times where you would be able to spend the day at the museum or whatever. And the zoo is offering $2 off if you are wearing a sash/vest/pins or something that identifies you as a Girl Scout.
They are offering (if you reserved them a while back) hotel rooms in Pittsburgh for over $100 a night for 4 people.
They are also having an alumni coctail session with samoa and thin mint martinis. I'm pretty sure you had to pre-register for this as well... but it's not my style so I didn't really pay attention.
Where is the camporee or something that gives girls a chance to run around and have fun... where is the climbing wall and the inflatable jumpy things... where is the free archery sessions that girls crave... why is it in the city- besides showing off? I think a 100th anniversary celebration should be more for the girls than showing them off. I know some other councils seem to be doing what I suggested and I'm just frustrated that despite filling out surveys and talking to people and being ready to offer volunteer hours at something else that they went this way.
If anyone happens to go, I'd love to have a report.... anyone going to Pittsburgh's Girl Scout Grand Celebration for all of the Western PA council?