GSWPA Grand Celebration

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
GSWPA Grand Celebration
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?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2000
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 5:26pm
The only thing I saw around this area was a gathering at a church. There may have been more, but I didn't see anything in the paper.

What your area is doing in Pittsburgh sounds like it could be fun, but it also sounds expensive and not very scout like. It fits with my issue that GS earn a MALL patch. I just don't understand why a Mall Lock-in and patch makes sense.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 11:38am
I don't know where in the state you are, but the Girl Scouts North East Ohio council is having 2 camporees to cover the huge area that they represent... one was in April at the Canfield Fairground and the other is in September at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington. The April one was cold, but it really was what my idea of a Girl Scout celebration should be... and it was in line with what our Boy Scout council did at Moraine State Park for the 100th anniversary in 2010- but the Boy Scout one was many times larger in scale.
Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 10:15am
Chicagoland has several things going on to celebrate. We did a few things, but since we are now done with scouts, as the girls all graduated HS, we have not payed attention to many things.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 2:25pm

Everything for our area was done back in March, when the anniversary actually was.  We did have campfires in several areas of our city etc.  But that was about it.  Our big encampment year was 2011 so we "celebrated" a 100 years of gs then, even though it was 99.  : )

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-1999
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 9:28am
Ours was back in March too. On the actual birthday, they encouraged local groups, SUs, etc to hold a friendship circle and there were several large ones that you could attend as well. They were all at supposed to happen at 7:12 or 19:12. My troop hosted a birthday party that night at our Church for the SU.

We had about 7-8 troops put on a craft or game and had birthday cake. I was able to get a hold of some used candles that churches use at Easter so everyone had a candle for the ceremony. I was able to pull together components of a Juliette Low costume from Good Will, so my daughter dressed up and walked around. Some of the other girls read part of a speech of hers as well. We had about 80 girls there I think.

There were lots of things happening at the council too, but I don't remember them. Our Day Camp this past summer had a 100 year theme and other areas have had 100 year themed events through out the summer.