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

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

nypenn_2-color_crGirl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has many resources to help volunteers in their roles, working with girls, and helping to make Girl Scouting stronger in all of our communities. One of these resources is our Short and Snappy training guidelines.

We have a Short and Snappy training on social media guidelines. Here are three tips from the training:

Be responsible for what you say and do – remember that things that are posted online are not private and could remain available for viewing for a long time. Use discretion, and ask questions, if you are unsure about posting something. Make sure information you are posting is correct. Check with the GSNYPENN Marketing and communications department if you need additional information.

Be sure girl safety is the #1 priority – never post personal information, meeting information, and always have parent/guardian permission before posting.

Share enthusiasm – If you are posting for a troop, or service unit, share great things that are coming up that girls and families may be interested in participating in, share how people can help by volunteering, and be sure to select links to other website carefully to be sure they are also in accordance with Girl Scout principles.

For more information on this Short and Snappy training, visit the council website at



Daisy Sprouts

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

girl scoutIn some areas of the NYPENN Pathways council this spring and summer a special short-term series program is being offered to girls who will be entering Kindergarten this coming September.

The Daisy Sprout series will give girls who are heading to kindergarten this fall a small glimpse of what Daisy Girl Scouts will be like. Girls will have a chance to make new friends, hear what Daisy Girl Scouts can do, and to have fun! Parents and family members of the girls can learn about the volunteer opportunities available, as a Daisy Girl Scout troop leader, and also how they can help the troop, or volunteer with their local service team too!

Adults will also have the chance to begin the volunteer process early so they will be prepared to begin their new Daisy troops once school starts again in the fall.

Daisy Sprout programs are being planned in Schuyler, Wayne, Ontario, and Cayuga counties, as well as many others!

For information on Daisy Sprout programs being offered near your community, or on how your local volunteers and girls can help to plan one of these program, contact your area Community Recruitment Manager.

For more information on Girl Scouts and all of the amazing program opportunities for girls, visit the council website at

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Troop 50240 pillowsGirls from Troop 50240 from the Raquette Valley Service Unit made fleece pillows which were donated to the Maple Wood Nursing Home in Canton. This is an annual community service project.

The girls recently visited the nursing home to deliver the pillows.

Way to go girls! Do you want to be featured in our Troop Tuesday?  Tell us what your girls are doing! Send it to

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

We are so excited to be recognizing the amazing young women in our area that have recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award!

Watch May’s podcast to hear more about how we’re recognizing these incredible young women!

Find out more information about the Gold Award luncheon and the annual meeting, here.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Brynn NASA artwork1Brynn Shepardson, a third-grade Girl Scout from Troop 20480 in Little Falls was one of two students chosen in a recent contest held by the Herkimer County Legislature!

The Herkimer County Legislature received 135 entries from nine different schools for its “Journey to Mars – My Trip to Space” art contest.

Brynn presented her art piece to a delegation from NASA on April 13 and then attended the county legislature meeting. The artwork was then display at the Mohawk Antique Mall on April 16 and has since been shipped to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be displayed there.


Great work Brynn! Share what your girls are doing in their communities by e-mailing photos and information to

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

gsoutdoorsIt is spring and warmer weather is here! get your troop outside and have some fun at some of our upcoming program events! Here are three:

Wow, Wetlands – Sunday, May 15, 12:00-2:00pm. Experience the natural world firsthand as you explore the natural setting of the forest and wetlands. Walk on Nichols Pond’s very own Wetland Boardwalk and Lookout. Learn about wetlands and how they impact us and the environment. You’ll also complete a nature-related craft using only materials found in nature! Please bring a bag lunch and a water bottle.

Frog Frenzy – Wednesday, June 1, 6-8pm. Through a hands-on exploration of live pond animals, Girl Scouts will learn how to identify the animals found in a pond, their role in the pond, animal life cycles, and the food chain of a pond. We will also get a chance to see a lot of wiggly creatures!

Get Moving – Saturday, June 25, 1-2:30pm. Take a hike to explore and observe how animals use energy! Trees, wildflowers, bees, birds and chipmunks all use energy differently. How do they consume, use, and transfer energy throughout their ecosystem? We will discuss food chains and webs, as well as other key aspects of ecology.

For more information on these and many other program opportunities for girls visit the council website at

Girls Changing the World

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

girl scoutThe highest awards in Girl Scouts are the Bronze Award for Junior Girl Scouts, the Silver Award for Cadette Girl Scouts and the Gold Award. Do you have girls working on these awards, and completing take action projects to earn their award? Did you know that Girl Scouts has a way for girls to share their projects with the world, letting everyone know what they are doing in their communities to change the world?

The Girl Scouts website,, has an interactive map that shows how girls all over the world are making great changes! Whether it is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, girls can share what they are doing, and have it mapped by their location to be an inspiration to others and to get inspiration from others too!

Visit the website here to share your story and how you are making the world a better place.

For more information about Girl Scouts visit the council website at


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