Camp Days are Still Ahead for Our Girl Scout Alumnae at This Can’t-Miss Weekend Retreat

Camp Days are Still Ahead for Our Girl Scout Alumnae at This Can’t-Miss Weekend Retreat

Camp means something to everyone. We all remember the apprehension of our first week away from mom and dad and that feeling of being someone new. You can experience that again, just as an adult.

The Girl Scouts of NYPENN is offering our Girl Scout alumnae–adults, recently graduated Ambassadors, all–a chance to retreat back into nostalgia and return to Camp Amahami for a special weekend event on October 15th, 2016.

Here’s your chance to hike those old familiar trails, visit the waterfront, eat meals in the lodge, get creative with arts and crafts, try your aim at archery or climb to the top of the Fire Tower. Join in campfire sing a-longs, learning new songs and reveling in the old favorites. Most of all, see those faces that you always promised to remember.

CEO Julie Dale will be attending this weekend event and giving a “State of the Girl Scouts talk during the day. Event-goers will have a chance to chat about recent changes and reminisce about how it was and how our organization has evolved to where it is today.

History and Archives will also be testing our “campers” knowledge with a fun bout of trivia, so brush up, ladies.

But, perhaps, best of all, campers will have an opportunity to work on a special community service project, which will help benefit local girls. We won’t say what it is, but donations of fleece would be welcome to help out with the project. Please contact Kim Tait for more information or drop donations off at the Johnson City Girl Scout Shop located in the Oakdale Mall.

Register for the event here.

The Day program runs 11:30 am – 7:30 pm and includes lunch and dinner with a suggested donation of $15.

Free overnight accommodations available in Rowe and Gladstone Lodge, but you must reserve your spot at time of registration. Both lodges have full bathroom facilities, heat and electricity. Bring your own bedding.

For any questions about this event, please call Deb Joyce at 800.943.4414 ext. 2018.

3 Things for Thursday: Lost memories, future adventures, and more

3 Things for Thursday: Lost memories, future adventures, and more

This week’s edition of Three Things is all about camp—the things we’ve loved, the places we’ve lost, and the memories the next generation have yet to make at these magical escapes.

Misty Hollow: The loss of Misty Hollow was a blow for many (if not all) of us. A camp beloved by many. But that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. A troop will be having a Misty Garden dedication on Thursday, September 29th. We hope that we can have as many troops there as possible to help dedicate the garden that honors the Misty Hollow camp we all love and miss.

Find out how to RSVP to this event on Facebook.

Harvest Festival: We’re having a Harvest Festival at the Amahami Adventure Center on October 1st. Go on a guided hike, make a fall craft, and enjoy in a no-hands allowed donut eating contest. Girls will have an opportunity to learn how to fish from Professional Angler Jim Root!

Find out more how to register about this event on our Facebook Page.

Troop Adventures: Listen, we understand summer is over. Some of us are missing the adventures we had during our week at Amahami, Hoover, Trefoil, or Comstock. But that doesn’t mean our Girl Scouts have to wait till summer to zipline at Trefoil or have a camp-out at Hoover. So, why not build new camp memories in the off-season at one of our Adventure Centers.

Find out how your Troop can reserve a site at one of our properties.

Troop Tuesday: Lock-in with SU SugarMoss

Troop Tuesday: Lock-in with SU SugarMoss

This spring, 68 Girl Scouts of the SugarMoss Service Unit gathered for a sleepover event. The theme: Cruising on the USS SugarMoss. Girls from Kindergarten to 12th grade were in attendance, and there was something for everyone.

The younger girls enjoyed a dance party, followed by a Spa experiences for the older Scouts. Games included cruise ship staples, such as shuffleboard and BINGO and some furry friends from the local animal sanctuary dropped by for a visit.

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The girls brought donations of food and toys for the animals to take back to the shelter to enjoy.

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

3 Things for Thursday: Girl Scouts Past, Present, and Future

3 Things for Thursday: Girl Scouts Past, Present, and Future

On this week’s Three Things, we have something for the Girl Scouts of the past, present, and future—yes, girls who may not even be with us, yet. Scroll on, dear reader for the full list of events that should appeal to every level of Girl Scout.

Past: Maybe you were a Girl Scout once. We’re offering our Girl Scout alumnae to return to Camp Amahami for a special weekend event. Here’s your chance to hike those old familiar trails, visit the waterfront, eat meals in the lodge, get creative with arts and crafts, try your aim at archery or climb to the top of the Fire Tower. Join in campfire sing a-longs, learning new songs and reveling in the old favorites. Most of all, see those faces that you always promised to remember.

Find out how to register on our Facebook page. 

Present: The Syracuse Women’s Soccer Team is having a “Girl Scout Day” this Sunday. The team has invites Girl Scouts of all ages to come to a free game to cheer them on during their season opener against Notre Dame.  As part of our Scout Day theme all scouts in attendance will be recognized over the PA system. This should be a fun filled day full of activities and more!

Get all the details on our Facebook page.

Future: We’re looking for girls interested in Girl Scouts. However, we understand for some parents, they might feel uncertain about signing their daughter up for Girl Scouts. That’s why we’re putting on a number of meet-up events across the NYPENN region to help parents get a feel for our organization, learn what we’re all about, and meet the volunteers and troops in their area.

So, if you know someone who’s on the fence, share this list of meet-up events with them. We’re excited to meet them.

Troop Tuesday: Alfred Almond Troops

Troop Tuesday: Alfred Almond Troops

Above Girl Scouts of all ages from the Alfred Almond Troops, Daisies through Ambassadors participated in their local parade–they even rode their own Girl Scout-themed float. The float won the Town Board Choice Award.

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

An Undetermined Number of Things for Thursday: Gauging Interest in Girl Scouts

An Undetermined Number of Things for Thursday: Gauging Interest in Girl Scouts

Tis’ the season for Girl Scout sign-ups! We understand a lot of people may be aware of the Girl Scout entity (we’ve been around for a while, now), but not entirely sure about who we are and what we do. We understand this can be a barrier to entry, and some parents may not be ready to take the leap to sign-up their daughter.

That’s why we’ve setup a number of interest meetings around the NYPenn region for parents and girls to come meet us and the troops in their area.

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At these meet-ups, girls will have the opportunity to participate in brief activity or craft, while parents can get a feel for the volunteers and troops in their area—what they do and when and where they meet.

If you don’t have time to pop-in to one of our interest meetings, browse our website (we even have a special section for parents that may help answer some of your questions). You can even contact us on Facebook if you want to know more or call our customer care line at 800-943-4414.

Their Paintings Left Us Inspired

Their Paintings Left Us Inspired

Our Cicero office turned into an art gallery on August 30th—hanging in the hallways of Girl Scouts of NYPENN headquarters were some amazing works completed by our art contest winners.

Some have shared the pieces on social media, remarking on their beautiful execution—others have even commented that one painting should be turned into a Girl Scout patch. I’ll let you decide.

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The winners were given a 16 by 20 canvas, five colors of paint (red, blue, yellow, black, and white), and two brushes.

One of the girls (left above) described her piece, telling us, it represents “the kindness, the beauty, the power we have.” On the painting was a profound quote everyone—not just Girl Scouts—should carry with them as we walk through this world:

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.”

-Juliette Gordon Low

The quote reads like a rallying cry, directed at all peoples to carry their best selves forward. The quote is from How Girl Scouts Can Help Their Countrywhich you can read in its entirety (for free).

What thought these girls have put into their projects. They’ve made quite an impression, (which is what all good art should do). Keep it up!

Have something you’d like featured on our blog, tell us about it! Want to share an op-ed about the day-in-the-life of a volunteer? Or perhaps you have an idea for a piece you’d like to see on this page? Send submissions/pitches/ideas to me (Natalie Shoemaker) at nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org