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Partnership in Action: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania


Girl Scouts USA Tree Promise and the Partnership share in protecting the environment

Five million trees planted in the next five years.


It's a bold nationwide initiative and one that the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is proud to support.


GSHPA is also honored to have a bold partner in this effort: Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, a program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).


The Heart of PA Council kicked off its local initiative in April by hosting its first tree-planting event at Camp Small Valley in northern Dauphin County. GSHPA Gold Award Girl Scout, Lauren Braught, led the charge.


Lauren's Gold Award Project in the fall of 2020 involved planting 50 trees at Camp Small Valley. Topping that effort, she helped to plant 100 trees at the April event, which kicked off Girl Scouts USA Tree Promise. Lauren, a recent high school graduate from Cumberland County, provided instruction on tree planting to Girl Scout members and volunteers. Adults also joined in on the fun.


"We were honored to have Lauren's experience with CBF Student Leader program and dovetail that experience into our council's Tree Promise kickoff," said Lutricia Eberly, GSHPA Director of Outdoor and Program Experiences. "The power of that moment is that younger Girl Scouts are able to look up to Lauren, learn how to correctly plant trees, and be inspired for their own Gold Award project."


A month later, Lauren was helping young Girl Scouts again as she assisted in planting dozens more trees at Camp Furnace Hill's open house celebration on May 16.


Check out GSHPA's event calendar for future opportunities to plant trees in your neighborhood.


What is the Tree Promise?

Girl Scouts joined forces with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project and American Forests. What better person to ask to help plant, protect, and honor trees than the Girls Scouts? Members "use resources wisely" and "make the world a better place" every day by following the Girl Scout Law and Girl Scout Promise.


What is the Gold Award?

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. Seniors and ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond.


—Cathy Hirko, Director of Marketing and Communications, Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania



Read more about how Girl Scouts can earn a patch while learning about the importance of trees and their impact on clean water.