One Easy Way to Change a Girl’s Life (and get a gift in return)

One Easy Way to Change a Girl’s Life (and get a gift in return)

There’s only a few days left until our Invite-a-Friend Volunteer promotion ends, which is why we’re asking you to reach out to friends, family-members, Facebook acquaintances to see if they would be willing to start a new troop. You help the girls in your community and in return you and a friend get some money to stock up on supplies. It’s a win-win.

We know our council is big, spanning 26 counties across New York and Pennsylvania, which means we don’t want to leave out a single girl. You may not realize there’s even a need in your town, like Vicki Davis, a troop leader our in Richford, did when she started her own troop.

Originally, she started it so a handful of girls didn’t have to make the long commute to weekly meetings at the next town over. Once her troop was up and running, more girls came forward to join.

Why don’t you give a gift more valuable than trinkets to the girls in your community? Ask a friend to start a troop. More troops means more opportunities for girls, after all.

Let’s break down what an opportunity with the Girl Scouts can do:

96% of girls have tried at least one new thing as a Girl Scout—what a confidence booster!

93% of girls agree that Girl Scouts helped them learn leadership skills—her future just got brighter!

73% of girls improved their willingness to persist through challenges because of Girl Scouts—she will never back down!

Girl Scouts is about giving girls that safe space to grow and build their experience as future leaders.

This is just one example of what you would be helping to build:

The Invite-a-Friend promotion ends December 15. Don’t let this opportunity slip by. 

Sign up a friend now.

3 Things for Thursday: Only 4 Days Left to Sign-up for Our Huge Event!

3 Things for Thursday: Only 4 Days Left to Sign-up for Our Huge Event!

Just because the sun is setting earlier and the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean we’re slowing down! “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing,” writer Alfred Wainwright said. So, we’re gearing up and preparing a number of amazing opportunities and programs for Girl Scouts to enjoy throughout this snowy season.

1. Girl Scout Interest meetups: There’s never a bad time to sign up for Girl Scouts, which is why we’re continuing to hold a number of meet-ups for parents and girls to ask us questions and see what we’re all about.

Auburn Troop 61055 is inviting friends and families within their community to join them at the Brogan Manor Community Center on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. They’ll be offering all attending girls and Girl Scouts to participate in making a holiday craft. Meanwhile, parents can enjoying refreshments and learn more about Girl Scout opportunities in Auburn!

Troop 61055 is open to all girls in grades k-5.

2. Leave no trace: As Girl Scouts we make a promise to be good stewards—to leave the world a better place than we found it. We’re offering a Leave No Trace training—an essential course for any Girl Scout or Adult Volunteer who enjoys the outdoors. Practicing Leave No Trace and teaching others about it ensures that the outdoor spaces we love to enjoy will be around for years to come.

This program will be held on April 8, 2017, signups will begin in mid-February. Save the date!

3. Only 4 days left to register for CookieWow 17! You read that right, there’s a limited time left to sign up for our biggest event of the year: CookieWow. There’s a lot to celebrate this year, including 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, which has been marked by the release the s’more cookie. CookieWow is about having fun—showing girls the great things they can accomplish through the cookie program.

Join us January 14, 2017.

Learn more and sign-up here.

Troop Tuesday: Dress-Up & Celebrate!

Troop Tuesday: Dress-Up & Celebrate!

It’s never too late to dress up for Halloween, right? Karen Banks-Lindner writes to show us an Investiture Ceremony and Halloween party the Norwich Service Unit held early in November.

“After the [ceremony] we played Halloween games, celebrated Juliette Low’s Birthday with cupcakes and had a lot of fun,” Karen says. “There were Scouts of all ages present from Daisy to Ambassadors.”

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @

There’s an Important Vote Happening This Tuesday. Let Your Voice Be Heard.

There’s an Important Vote Happening This Tuesday. Let Your Voice Be Heard.

This Tuesday (November 29) we all become philanthropists. Cyber Monday and Black Friday are all about getting, and Giving Tuesday is all about, well, giving.

On this day you get to vote again, this time with your dollar! People across the nation have a chance to give toward organizations who are making things happen in and around our communities. We ask you to consider giving to the Girl Scouts of NYPENN, an organization which has been building girls of courage, confidence, and character for over 100 years.

Why Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts is all about making change at the local level. You may have even benefited from the work of a Girl Scouts in your community, like Emily from Downsville whose project will help first responders save lives. There’s also the girls of troop 20354 who are continuing a conservation out in Little Falls and the young ladies of troop 10092 who helped deliver fresh food to local pantries from their own garden. Wherever you live the Girl Scouts are there acting as the helping hands of local communities beautifying parks, helping those in need, and leading projects that seek to make life better for everyone.

They are the public servants of our towns, which is why we’re asking people to give locally. A donation will help ensure girls across the NYPENN council have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. It will help send a girl to camp, participate in an event, travel abroad, or fund a community project. Please.

Give Today!

Or consider Starting a Troop and enrich the lives of girls in your area.

Girl Scout Troop 20354 is Keeping Up an Important Relief Effort

Girl Scout Troop 20354 is Keeping Up an Important Relief Effort

At its core, the Girl Scouts is about leaving a place better than we found it. Girl Scout troop 20354 out in Little Falls has been working hard toward their Bronze Award, which touches on the subject of conservation.

“[They] recently went to the Herkimer Home to place birdhouses in the back fields to help rejuvenate the American Bluebird population,” Troop Leader Holly Pelzer wrote. “Also the Herkimer home gets birdwatchers from the area that will be able to enjoy the birds that habitat the houses.”

As far as conservation status, the American Bluebird has been move to “Least Concern.” It’s because of continued efforts, like those of Troop 20354, which help it remain that way. Today, the American Bluebird populations have been on the rise, up from a dramatic decline in the early 20th Century when new species were being introduced to the North American Continent, such as European Starlings and House Sparrows. These species made nest holes difficult for bluebirds to hold onto.

In the 1960s and 1970s, efforts to provide relief to this bird from the unnatural selection humans had brought helped breathe new life into a population verging on extinction. The establishment of bluebird trails and nest box campaigns have helped reduce competition from non-native species and led to a thriving population.

If you want to learn more about birds and other conservation efforts, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a sanctuary where people can go to observe these creatures, which make up such an important part of our ecosystem.

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @

Troop Tuesday: Diaper Drive

Troop Tuesday: Diaper Drive

Troop #10494 has done amazing work. They raised $285 in donations plus 3,296 diapers for a total of 6,146 diapers donated to the CNY Diaper Bank–that’s a month’s worth of diaper assistance to 120 babies. This was all done in fun Girl Scout fashion–at a service unit pajama party!

Troop Leader Sonja Rizzo said, “The troop also received about 200 items for the FM food bank which is outstanding as well.”

Your troop could make a difference to families in need right now! Learn how:

Want to be featured in a Troop Tuesday? Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @



3 Things for Thursday: Seeking Delegates, a Special Volunteer Promotion, and More

3 Things for Thursday: Seeking Delegates, a Special Volunteer Promotion, and More

This edition of Three Things we set our sights (mostly) on 2017–the future of Girl Scouts.

We need Girl Scouts to represent! In October 2017 in Ohio, there will be a meeting of the councils. Every three years, members from each council in Girl Scouts of the USA gather to conduct business on a national scale. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will send between 6 and 12 national delegates to the October 4-8, 2017 National Convention to attend the festivities and represent us at the National Council Meeting.

If you’re interested in applying for the position, sign-up here.

Refer a friend, change more girls’ lives—everybody wins. We’re introducing a special promotion just for volunteers. Now through December 15, 2016, invite a friend to volunteer with Girl Scouts and…

  • You get $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ official online store—sweet!
  • Your friend gets awesome resources (a $50 value!) to help them get their troop up and running—so cool!
  • Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize…

$100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome.

Offer ends December 15, 2016.

Find out more about the program here.

There’s less than three weeks left to register for Cookie Convention 2017! This year’s Cookie Convention will be bigger and better than ever! New venue, exciting new vendors, new activities and events! Whether this is your first Girl Scout Cookie Sale or an experienced top seller, Cookie Convention is the best way to get the season started right.

*Please note: IF YOU are VOLUNTEERING, you don’t pay the $10 fee. Those volunteering for Cookie Convention must sign up with the SignUp Genius page instead of on ebiz.

Sign up for Cookie Convention.