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

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

programsSummer is in full swing! Girl Scout programs don’t stop just because it’s summer. We are offering some exciting programs and events for girls during the summer too!

The Glimmerglass Festival Scout Day is taking place on Saturday, July 26. This is the second annual Scout day and Scout’s will enjoy the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. Find out how you can attend here.

Don’t miss the Enchanted Forest Water Safari Girl Scout Picnic Event on Thursday, August 14. Girls can enjoy admission to Enchanted Forest Water Safari and a picnic with other Girl Scouts for a discounted price! Find more information here.

Want to help out the Food Bank of the Southern Tier? A program is taking place on Monday, August 18 for girls to tour the Food Bank and then spend some time volunteering with the Food Bank and learning about hunger. Find out how you can help here.

Make sure you stay tuned to our Programs and Events page at our website as we are beginning to post programs that will be taking place this fall.

 

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

comstock-lodgeAll Girl Scouts are invited to help us rededicate the Comstock Program Center and Camp Hoover!

The Comstock rededication is taking place on Sunday, August 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the camp. There we will incorporate our favorite memories from Yaiewano and Sugar Creek into Comstock. Taking the names of our favorite buildings from Yaiewano and Sugar Creek along with some additional treasures from those camps, we will dedicate areas of Comstock with them. We will blend campfire ashes from Yaiewano and Sugar Creek into a campfire at Comstock. The evening will conclude with a wishboat ceremony. For more information, or to register, click here.

The Hoover rededication is taking place Sunday, September 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the camp. We will incorporate our favorite memories from Camp Near Wilderness including the names of our favorite buildings and some additional treasures. We will dedicate areas of Camp Hoover with them. We will also blend campfire ashes from Camp Near Wilderness into a campfire at Hoover and also hold a wishboat ceremony. For more information, or to register, click here.

What are your favorite memories at our camps?

By: Carleen Lattin, Troop Leader in Elmira

leave no trace“Look at all those salamanders!” a Cadette Girl Scout exclaimed, while looking into the pond at the Misty Hollow Program Center in Corning.

Spring and summer means the weather starts getting nicer and Girl Scout activities take place outdoors.

My troop went camping in June at Misty Hollow Program Center, where the simplest things about camping brought the girls enthusiasm out. Going to the pond to explore water life, making s’mores, singing campfire songs and giggling in the hideaways turned Cadettes into excited girls. I highly recommend this camp when deciding where to go camping.

Even in summer time, Girl Scout activities don’t have to stop when school is out. Whether it is camping at one of the Girl Scout camps, individually or at troop camp, or on a trip to a park, etc. many girls will take this opportunity. Nature and outdoor activities is a strong foundation that Girl Scouts was based on and is universal. No matter what the region or climate, girls always participate in some kind of outdoor activity or in nature in Girl Scouts.

It is also very critical that while they are in the outdoors, that they are aware of Leave No Trace Behind. This is a program which teaches girls to leave nature intact and not ruin/damage/disturb the natural environment and to appreciate nature without damaging/disturbing or removing parts of it. Make sure that your family gets out and enjoys the beautiful weather before winter comes again in a few months!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

landing_volunteeringAs service unit begin planning for the fall season of Girl Scouting, here are three volunteer positions that can be part of a service team, depending on the needs of the community:

Communications representative – help service unit plan highly visible events and submit news releases to local media, and use social media avenues to communicate information through the service unit.

New volunteer mentor – stay up to date on new volunteers in the service unit or region, ensure new volunteers are familiar with available resources, and introduce new volunteers to all of the available pathways for involvement in Girl Scouts

Series and event coordinator – help to plan and implement events and series in assigned area, work with community partners to provide programs to girls, evaluate programs.

For more detailed volunteer job descriptions visit the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org If you are interested in one of the above positions, or any other volunteer position contact your local community development manager.

Cool for summer

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Is your troop meeting over the summer? Are you looking for fun, quick, unusual activities to do with the girls in your troop over the hot, summer, months? In Girl Scouting, one thing often heard, from both new and experienced volunteers, is that they are always looking for fun ideas on activities to do with the girls in their troops. Here is one that is simple, inexpensive, and can be customized to individual girls and adults.

Homemade ice cream – in a bag.

It only takes a handful of ingredients and about 5-10minutes of time, and the end result is a creamy, delicious serving of soft-serve ice cream. The hardest part of making this is keeping your hands from getting frostbite while shaking the bag for 5 minutes. You might suggest mittens or gloves for little hands, otherwise troop leaders will be shaking bags for every girl in the troop!

You could even make a game out of the shaking part – divide girls into teams of two and have them throw their bags back and forth to each other for the 5 minutes. See who throws the bags the most times.

Give this a try. Girl and adults will enjoy it.

Recipe:

Combine 2Tbsp sugar, 1cup half and half, and 1/2tsp vanilla extract in a quart-size ziploc bag and seal it tightly. Place 1/2 cup coarse salt (table salt is fine) in a gallon-size bag, then fill it halfway with ice cubes. Place the sealed smaller bag inside as well, and seal the larger bag. Shake bags for about 5 minutes. To customize – add chocolate syrup or pureed strawberries.

What is one of the easiest activities you’ve done with the girls in your troop?

 

By: Sandy Munyan, Web Specialist

fire towerI went out to Amahami last week to photograph our campers when I met Amelia. This was her first visit to the fire tower. She was quite taken with the idea that someone once lived here and she was eager to climb the tower herself.

The group began climbing, counting the number of steps as they went. One girl counted 113, another 114. About three quarters of the way up, Amelia got spooked. I was bringing up the rear and stopped on a landing below her. Facing her, I grasped a railing in each of my hands so she had the sensation of being protected as she approached me.

One of her sneakers was untied. I told her to sit down and tie her show. She did. Then I told her to fix her other sneaker as it was coming untied also. She did that, too. As she sat on the stair I asked her if she would like to go back up. No. I could see she was rattled.

I said to her, “As long as you’re already up here, let’s take a look at the view.” We were higher than the roof and chimney of the ranger’s cabin and she could look directly into the treetops. I gestured at the expanse stretching away from us, pointed out that we could not only hear the wind but see it passing through the threes. I pointed to a group of evergreen trees interspersed with leafy trees, showed her that while the pine trees stayed steady, she could see the leaves dancing as the breeze blew through them.

I turned my attention to the stairs below us, trying to decide which would make her feel better, me walking forward down the stairs like a normal person or should I back down them facing her. I turned my head back to her and before I could say anything about continuing down, Amelia said “I want to go up again.”

Perhaps climbing to terrifying heights was preferable to listening to me talk any more, but go back up she did – all the way to the top!

I was very proud of this girl!

You, as adults, can make a difference in a girls life in the simplest way! Share your stories with us by e-mailing kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

GS_DCTA_Mark_Stacked_RGB (2)Have you heard? You don’t need to be an official delegate to attend the 2014 Girl Scout Convention! Whether you’re an alumna, volunteer, staff, or just a big believer in all the great things Girl Scouts do, you’re invited to Girl Scouts’ 53rd national convention!

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-19, 2014. (Select events – Girl Scout History Conference 2014, Board Chair/CEO learning sessions, and Girl Scout University sessions – start a few days prior to the full convention kickoff.)

Girl Scout conventions only happen every three years. So don’t wait! This is your year to reunite with friends, deepen and share your knowledge of Girl Scouts, and help invigorate a global movement of girls, women, and men around the theme “Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World.” And your chance to save big – $70 big – on a four-day pass ends July 15. Don’t delay! Register now to save big at www.girlscouts.org/convention.

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