Building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

candleceremonyGirl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers many resources to volunteers to help them in their role and in working with girls. One of these resources is our short and snappy trainings, which are mini-trainings, that can be self-guided, offered on a variety of topics.

As many troops are planning end of year events and activities, here are three short and snappy trainings leaders may find helpful:

Bridging -  A Bridging ceremony marks the end of one level and the beginning of another in Girl Scouting. The “bridge,” or crossing over into a new program level, can be symbolized in different ways. Use your Imagination! This training will provide you with the steps necessary when bridging from one level in Girl Scouts to the next and also some ideas on ceremonies and supplies needed.

Parades - Parades are a great way for the residents of your town, village or city to see that there are Girl Scouts in their community. Chambers of Commerce might request that Girl Scouts participate in local parades, or a council staff person may get notifications or requests for participants from various organizations and agencies especially around major holidays. This training will explain all you need to know as you prepare to participate in your local community parade.

Court of Awards - A Court of Awards ceremony may include one or more troops/groups or several in an area. It is a time to pause and give recognition to the girls or adults who have accomplished something. The ceremony may include the distribution of badges, Journey awards, participation patches, or anything else that girls are eligible to receive as a result of their initiative and their troop/group program activities. This training offers a sample ceremony to help with planning.

For more information on these, and the many other short and snappy trainings available, visit the council website at






By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

i cant waitThere is a fun program event opportunity coming up for Brownie and Junior grade-level Girl Scouts! But it is coming up soon! It is happening this weekend! But, there is still time to register.

The Women in Music workshop program is happening this Sunday, April 27th, from 9:30-11:00am, at Syracuse University. It will be at Crouse College on the 2nd floor.

At the event girls will have the chance to learn about what it means to be a leader and an active participant in one of the worlds greatest art forms – music. Girls will learn about female composers, performers, conductors, and women in marching bands. They will create their own songs, make up new lyrics to some of their favorite tunes, learn how to march, and participate in some fun march-offs!

If you are interested in registering for this fun, free event, contact Sharon Griffin at

For information on other upcoming programs visit the council website at



Happy Earth Day!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Earth DayToday we celebrate Earth Day!

As Girl Scouts spending time outdoors, celebrating and enjoying the environment, and helping to take care of it, is part of what we do!

Here are some of the great programs coming up where we are celebrating our environment!

  • Horse Fan Badge Program at the Reisling Ridge Stables in Penn Yan on April 26. At this program girls will learn how to groom and tack a horse. Then girls will take a short ride around the arena to get some saddle time. Registration for this program is closed.
  • Animal Habitats at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne on April 26. Girls will learn about wild animals, investigate an animal habitat, create an animal house, explore endangered habitats, and help protect animals, all while earning the Animal Habitats badge. Registration for this program is closed.
  • Party in the Park at Franklin Field in Rome on April 27. This is a community wide Take Action Project in honor of Earth Day! Participants will be cleaning up the parks and the Mohawk River Trail in the city of Rome and then enjoy some pizza as a celebration following the clean-up. Registration for this program is closed.
  • Ms Fix It at Camp Trefoil on May 10. Girls will learn how to make basic repairs while helping to spruce up the camp. Girls will also learn how to take an energy audit if our buildings and learn about solar energy. The cost to attend is $8 per girl and the registration deadline is April 25.
  • Be A Hiker at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne on May 10. Girls will learn everything they need to know about going for a hike. You’ll decide where to go, try out a hiking skill, pick the right gear, pack a snack for energy, and then go on a hike. The cost to attend is $10 and the registration deadline is April 28.
  • Rainbow World Jamboree at Camp Hoover on May 16. Girls put their camping skills to the test. Girls and Leaders compete in camp skill challenges such as outdoor cooking, shelter building, lashing, knot tying and much more. It’s a weekend filled with whacky competitions and loads of fun! Registration for this program is full.
  • Whitewater Rafting in North River on May 31. This wilderness rafting trip takes girls through gorgeous Adirondack scenery and over thrilling whitewater rapids. Enjoy a fun filled day on the Hudson River. This trip includes a wet suit, snacks, and a barbecue to celebrate your accomplishments. The  cost is $65 and the registration deadline is May 9.
  • Play in the Dirt at Camp Trefoil on June 14. Girls will help us plant our raised garden beds and learn about plants, seeds, water, and soil. Girls will be able to explore our new greenhouse and discover how it works! The cost is $8 and the registration deadline is May 30.

These are just some of the many programs that we offer that allow girls to get outside, explore the environment we live in and help make the world a better place! To view more programs we offer, click here.

Tell us how your girls are participating in Earth Day this year!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

soaringTake part in interactive hands-on activities. Enjoy science fair projects presented by girls from right in your own backyard. Stay overnight at a museum. Does that sound like fun? Then don’t miss out on the first ever NYPENN Girl Scout Science Fair!

The science fair is on May 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira. The science fair is being made possible by the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, the Regional Science & Discovery Center, and the National Soaring Museum. The cost to attend is only $3 plus one non-perishable food item per person that will be donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The registration deadline is this Friday, April 25!

Those that want to can also stay overnight at the museum for the Sleeping With Sailplanes program! For details on that program, click here.

If you have a science fair project that you would like to showcase during the science fair, contact Melanie Moon at (607) 796-6202, ext. 2517 or

Think Camping!

By: Carleen Lattin, Troop Leader in Elmira

campAfter a long, harsh winter, the girls in my Cadette troop are anxious to get outside to do activities. Being stuck inside for so long, having meetings canceled due to inclement weather is not fun. They are starting to ask questions like, “When are we going camping?”

At the start of the year, that is the first thing girls always say they want to do – camping. When I gave them the option of two different weekends, they wanted to do both of course! Since the time they were Brownies, this does not surprise me.

So far, they have been to Yaiewano, Misty Hollow, Hoover, Comstock and Amahami. We have not made it yet to Trefoil because it is several hours away from us.

There are so many beautiful properties we have available for use. Who can pass up s’mores around a campfire or hiking the Beary Trail at Misty Hollow? Another favorite was hiking to the Fire Tower at Amahami and peeking in the Page Pond Hill building. Memories like this you can’t replace. I also remember at Misty Hollow on one trip alone seeing an owl, a bear in the far far distance, a raccoon mimicking me combing my hair and a fawn. Wow! How cool is that?!

Even if you are not a fan of camping, I still encourage a hike on the many trails in the areas around us, walk to get an ice cream. Get outside and make some memories!

Click here to view the various camping opportunities available for this summer!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

campAs spring gets closer, and summer is almost in sight, many troops are beginning to plan activities for their end of year, or even for over the summer. If you are looking for something to do with your troop, or individually, check out these three program events happening this summer!

Glimmerglass Festival Scout Day – Saturday July 26, 1:30-4pm, The Glimmerglass Festival, Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 NY Route 80, Cooperstown, NY, 13326, (Otsego County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12, adults, and non-registered girls. The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination, blending world-class opera and musical theater in a casual atmosphere on a lakeside campus in picturesque Cooperstown. Celebrate Girl Scouting with Glimmerglass’s second annual Scout Day. Experience the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, alongside Boy and Girl Scouts from the region. Show your troop pride by wearing your uniform! Visit the Glimmerglass web site for more information. If attending as a troop, adults within ratio required. Troops must provide a first aider.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari Girl Scout Picnic Event – Thursday August 14, 9:30am-7:00pm, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, 3183 NY Route 28, Old Forge, NY, 13420, (Herkimer County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12 and adults. Come to this one-day event and meet other Girl Scouts from across the state. Fee includes park admission, an all you can eat lunch buffet served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a private pavilion, gifts and activities.

Drain Divas – Tuesday, July 29, 9am-12noon, Castle Creek, Geneva, NY, 14456, (Ontario County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades 4–12 and adults. Help raise awareness to prevent water pollution by participating in the Castle Creek Storm Drain Labeling project! You will learn about how the drains in our cities work. You will also help attach custom designed circular labels that state “No Dumping, Drains to Lake” which will adhere to the curb. These signs will serve as a reminder to Geneva community members that the water entering the storm drain system flows to Seneca Lake. Help make your world a better place by stopping water pollution! You will earn the “Planet Saver” badge. Adults within ratio required. A first aider is provided.

For more information on these and the many other program event opportunities available visit the council website at


Early birds

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

i cant waitSpring. More sunshine, warmer days, birds singing, and in Girl Scouts, Early Bird Registration time!

Early bird registration opened Monday April 14 and runs through August 15th this year! Service units will receive a monetary incentive for each girl who registers prior to the August 15th deadline. Each girl will receive a patch for registering early, and new this year, each troop that registers early will receive a  certificate to design their own photo album to capture their Girl Scouts memories!

Paper registrations will only be accepted for those requesting financial assistance or using cookie dough to pay for their membership fee. All other registrations will need to be completed using eBiz.

For questions about registering early, or for assistance registering through the eBiz system, contact your Community Development Manager.

More information can be found at the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website at



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