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

It officially starts soon!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

icantwaitIt officially starts in just two days! the 2014 Fall Product Sale program, that is.

If you have not received training from your service unit product sale coordinator contact them today! or contact your Community Development Manager. We’ll make sure you are up to date on all of the exciting changes happening with the sale this year!

We also have some YouTube videos for volunteers to view – and 2 of the 3 are already on the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org Visit the website to learn more about how to use Nut-e and also how to register for the online magazine site.

There are some fantastic products available as well as fantastic rewards for girls and troops!

So, get ready and help get the girls excited!

For more information on the sale visit the council website.

Attend An Autumn Mixer!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

icantwaitHave an experience you’ll always remember by being a Girl Scout volunteer! The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. is holding autumn mixers for adults to learn more about what being a Girl Scout volunteer is all about. As a volunteer you’ll introduce girls to new experiences which show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence which will last long after the experience is over. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made, those moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

The Syracuse area mixer is taking place tonight at the Prime Steakhouse, 101 E. Water Street in Syracuse from 5:30-7 P.M.

The Binghamton area mixer is taking place Wednesday, October 8 at the Lost Dog Cafe, 222 Water Street in Binghamton from 5:30-7 p.m.

Whether you can give a day, a few weeks, or the whole year, it all starts with you. Become a role model they’ll always remember. Learn more about being a trip advisor, travel chaperone, troop leader, virtual pathway coordinator, outdoor events coordinator, outdoor series facilitator, day camp coordinator, and many more.

There will also be appetizers and a cash bar.

An RSVP is required to attend.

To RSVP for the Syracuse area mixer text “RSVP Mixer” to (315) 723-8849 or email cverratti@gsnypenn.org.

To RSVP for the Binghamton area mixer contact Sara Snitchler at (607) 724-6572, ext. 2427 or ssnitchler@gsnypenn.org.

Become a Girl Scout Volunteer!

GS_DCTA_Mark_Stacked_RGB (2)Take action! Advance registration for 2014’s Girl Scout Convention ends October 2.

That’s right – it’s not too late to register for the 2014 Girl Scout Convention – and girls can still register for the Girl Scout Leadership Institute! So there is still time to get in on the fun and invite friends and family members to join in too. And don’t forget the great learning opportunities that begin before the full kick off of convention, including Girl Scout History Conference 2014 and Girl Scout University.

Those who are already registered can add activities before October 2 by going to the registration site, clicking on “modify an existing registration,” and signing in.

Don’t delay – Advance registration will end at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 2.

This year, Girl Scouts of Utah is the host of the Girl Scouts’ 53rd national convention in the spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-19, 2014. Learn more about attending, including discounted travel arrangements and special gatherings that start a few days before convention’s official kickoff (including Girl Scout History Conference 2014 and several learning opportunities). Register Now!

Local Girl Scouts Paint Fence!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

paintingGirl Scout Cadette Troop 10461 from Oswego recently scraped and painted the fence around the grave of Dr. Mary Walker in the Rural Cemetery in Oswego.

Mary Edwards Walker was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon that was born and raised in Oswego. She was the only woman ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor!

Way to go girls!

Share your community service projects with us by e-mailing them with a photo to kdunne@gsnypenn.org and you might see them appear here!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager,Community Development

gold awardThe Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest award in Girl Scouting. It can be earned by girls in 9th-12th grades. Earning the Gold award challenges girls to change their world by helping to solve a community problem.

The steps involved in working toward earning the Gold Award include identifying and investigating an issue a girl cares about, building a support team to help and creating a plan of action, presenting the plan and taking action on it, and finally educating others on the project and its outcomes.

There are three areas that Gold Award recipients report benefits in.

1. Higher education and career – Girls who earn the Gold Award can distinguish themselves in the college application process, obtain college scholarships for their achievement, and enter the military at a higher rank.

2. Life skills – Gold awardees are seen as role models and leaders, they learn to master time management skills, and help to make the world a better place.

3. Community – working on the Gold Award allows girls to tackle a community issue, and establish a network of support to create a sustainable solution

For more information on the Gold award visit the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website at www.gsnypenn.org or the GSUSA website at http://www.girlscouts.org/program/highest_awards/gold_award.asp

 

 

Growing Daisies

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

blog 2Of course you know the title of the post is not referring to the flowers, but the newest Girl Scouts. School started just recently, and parents everywhere are still in the process of becoming acclimated to the new school year. At least I know I am. Everything can be new and scary. The new teachers, new homework schedules, fall after-school activities, and getting back into the school year routine. But after a few weeks things begin to calm down and children, and parents, begin to gain more confidence.

Being thrown into a new situation without tools to know what to do or how to handle it can be scary!

Kind of like being a new Girl Scout leader with group of those Kindergarten and first grade girls. Imagine, there you are sitting at a meeting with 12-15 Kindergarten girls staring at you. What are you going to teach them in Girl Scouting? What activities will fill your time? What things do the girls enjoy doing? So many questions!! I know from talking to many leaders through the years that, just like getting through those first few days of school, once you are through the first few meetings and begin to form friendships within the troop, things seem less chaotic.

So, here are some ideas for activities to get you started.

* Have the girls look through the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and suggest activities they would like to do throughout the year

* Choose a few activities from the Daisy Flower Garden Journey book

* Play some get to know you games

* Begin learning about the Girl Scout Promise

* Learn about Juliette Gordon Low

* Make a troop kaper chart

* Plan an Investiture ceremony

If you want to learn about managing your new troop attend a troop management class being offered at various locations throughout the council. Meet other leaders, share ideas, learn about managing your troop, forming parent committees, and more!

For more information check out the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org

 

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

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Why are you a Girl Scout volunteer?

“I like being a positive role model,” said Richard.

“Because I get to expose the girls to so many new things and experience. It is rewarding to watch them learn new things,” said Cari.

“I am proud to be part of a special lifetime journey,” said Shamika

Were you a Girl Scout? Did you wish you were? By being a Girl Scout volunteer you have the opportunity to change a girls life! Girl Scouts exists because of our volunteers. It doesn’t matter about your time or talent, there is a place for you within Girl Scouts.

As a Girl Scout volunteer you can choose to work directly with girls by being a troop leader or advisor, designing or implementing a program for girls, or even sharing a skill or career with girls. You can reach out to the community and tell various boards and community groups about the wonderful work Girl Scouts is doing. You can work with other adults by serving on our board, leading a workshop or training, or even providing administrative help. Any role you decide to take on will impact the girls and their Girl Scout experience.

To find out more information about the volunteer opportunities available within Girl Scouts, click here.

Why are you a Girl Scout volunteer?

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