Girl Scouts and Phil

Girl Scouts who participated in "Punxsutawney Phil's Weather Extravaganza" last year are pictured with Phantastic Phil statue.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — An upcoming event will bring Girl Scouts from throughout western Pennsylvania to tour Punxsutawney this month.

“Punxsutawney Phil’s Weather Extravaganza,” offering adventure and learning in the groundhog’s hometown, will be held April 27, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Director Marlene Lellock says this event is a partnership effort between the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and the PWDC.

“We developed the idea we could work together to create an event that would give Girl Scouts some learning, fun, some history and a little bit of physical activity,” she said.

Scouts and adults are broken into groups, and assigned to start the day at the center or at Gobbler’s Knob. After lunch, the groups switch places.

The Scouts can enjoy taking photos with the six-foot-tall public art sculptures, “Phantastic Phils,” while learning background information about them, too.

While strolling the Gobbler’s Knob walking trail, the girls will learn about the tradition of Groundhog Day before meeting for pizza, vegetables and fruit at lunchtime.

This is the Extravaganza’s fifth year, Lellock says, and it has been very successful, bringing an average of 70-80 Girl Scouts and their family members.

“Punxsutawney Phil’s Weather Extravaganza is a great way to give the Girl Scouts the real Punxsutawney experience,” Lellock said.

Register at www.gswpa.com. The cost is $23 per person and includes a patch and souvenir. For more information, call the PWDC at 814-938-1000.

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