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The Girl Scouts at St. Joe’s...

Shawnee Service Unit #223 would like to thank St. Joseph Church for supporting our Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pa, for many many years. We can honestly say some of our strongest troops have been formed within your walls, those girls have grown to become prominent in the community, and many continue to serve this church as well as our local Girl Scout organization to this day.


We currently have three levels of troops that meet at the church….

  • A Daisy troop (girls in kindergarten and 1st grade), meets Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:30pm.
  • A Brownie troop (girls in 2nd and 3rd grade), meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30pm.
  • A Junior troop (girls in 4th and 5th grade), meets on Mondays from 6:30 – 8:00pm.


Getting Involved

The Girl Scouts organization is 99% volunteer-run, which means the girls depend on caring adult volunteers to serve on Troop Leadership Teams, as activity coordinators or mentors, to provide transportation, to help identify community resources and more. Volunteers may choose to work directly with girls, with adults or behind the scenes! Tell us what you like to do and we will find a great way for you to help!


If you would like to become involved with these young ladies and their troop please contact Cindy Dermer at the York Girl Scout Council Office at (717) 757-3561 or (800) 692-7816.


What does Girl Scouts offer?

In Girl Scouts, a girl will embark on a wonderful journey exposing her to new ideas, developing her untapped talents and helping her acquire essential life skills and interests that she will carry far into the future. Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12, with 3.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts continues as the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and presently holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


Who can join Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts is for EVERY girl, everywhere. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in grades K-12 regardless of racial, ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic background; sexual orientation; nationality; or physical or mental abilities. Most girls who join are part of a troop, with increasing numbers of girls ages 12-18 participating as individuals. Age-appropriate materials are developed by Girl Scouts of the USA to enrich the girls’ experience and guide them to achieve their goals.


What is a Girl Scout troop?

A Girl Scout troop is generally 10-15 girls, of similar ages or interests, who meet together regularly and plan activities, work on projects and provide community service. Troops are guided by a team of trained adult volunteer Girl Scout Leaders and other supportive adults. Girl Scout troops usually meet during the academic year. Depending on members’ schedules, troops may meet after school, in the evening or on weekends—weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.


Girl planning is an essential component of the program, empowering girls to make decisions and build self-confidence. At younger age levels, Leaders will play a larger part in offering choices to the girls. As the girls grow older, they become the primary planners and leaders of the group. Activities may include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Leadership Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • Community Service Projects
  • Resident/Day Camp
  • Outdoor Activities/Education
  • Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Science, Technology and Aviation Adventures
  • Healthy Living
  • And much more!


Does a girl have to join a troop?

No, girls can participate as their schedule allows! As individual members, girls are eligible to participate in all Girl Scouts leadership and learning activities like the cookie program, camp, events, travel or special workshops. Special interest groups, such as service learning or high adventure, may also be available.
How can I help my girl get into a troop?


There are many girls seeking placement into troops, so they often fill up as soon as they are formed. This means that there may be a wait to find an opening in an existing troop — particularly for girls in grades K-5. Parents are encouraged to consider helping form new troops by being part of a Troop Leadership Team. This assures your girl a spot in a troop at a time and location that is convenient for you! To learn more about forming a new troop or just find out if there’s room in the troops that currently meet at your church please contact Cindy Dermer at the York Girl Scout office at (717) 757-3561 or (800) 692-7816.


How much does Girl Scouts cost?

The national membership dues are only $12 per year and include accident and activity insurance. 96% of Girl Scouts participate in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. It is the troop ‘learnings and earnings’ from the annual Cookie Sale that girls will use for achieving goals, planning, budgeting and paying for most of their own activities. Additionally, most troops also ask girls to contribute “Troop Dues,” a small amount of money which is collected at each meeting. A parent’s financial status should not affect a girl’s ability to participate in Girl Scouts. Therefore, no girl will be denied membership because of an inability to pay.


How are troop leaders chosen?

Adults who work with girls are chosen with great care. Volunteers are interviewed, must provide references and are screened through a national criminal background check.


Girl Scout Leaders also receive in-depth training and support. In this way, they acquire skills for working with youth and ways of involving girls in planning their own activities.


Contact Information

Becky Pfeiffer


•  St. Joseph Parish, York  •  2935 Kingston Road  •  York, Pennsylvania  •  17402  • 

•  Phone: (717) 755-7503  •  Fax: (717) 757-1900  • •

Part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg