Alice Gipe served as secretary of the State High Outing Club in her junior year and then as president in her senior year. As a club officer, she has collaborated with other club officers to plan trips and outings. She also helped organize a gear drive to make club trips more accessible to inexperienced members. In her role as president, she has increased the club outings and worked to grow the club membership to 81 members.
Alice has also worked as a ski instructor as our local ski mountain where she worked with kids and adults of all skill and ability levels and a Leader in Training at an outdoor summer camp.
As a Girl Scout in Troop 40214, Alice has undertaken a very challenging project increasing accessibility to the forests for the local community. For her Gold Award, she chose to make trail improvements to a very popular trail just a few miles from the Penn State Campus (Shingletown Gap). This trail is also the site of unmarked ruins from the early iron industry. Alice’s project highlights this history by building an informational kiosk.
I value the meaningful connections that I am able to make with the young campers, and I am able to teach them about the wonders of nature while also building on my own knowledge on the same topic. All in all, these experiences in the outdoors have also led me to settle on Environmental Science as a path of future study in college because I have developed such a passion for the environment.Alice Gipe