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

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

How can you help a girl in your local area become a leader in her community? By volunteering for Girl Scouts! There are many opportunities available for you to help a girl learn amazing skills and develop into a role model herself. Members of the NYPENN Girl Media Team tell you what a Girl Scout volunteer can help them accomplish in August’s podcast. Take a listen and let us know why you volunteer for Girl Scouts!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Water SafariIs you troop doing activities through the summer to stay involved and connected? Are you looking for ideas for things to do? Here are three:

August is golf month – take the girls miniature golfing or to a driving range

Invent some silly recipes and make a silly recipe book — bubble gum pizza is one idea. Find pictures to add to your cookbook and enjoy a day of crafts.

Host a spa day for girls and a special female adult where everyone gets pedicures and has homemade lemonade the girls make themselves.

You can find lots of ideas for simple, easy, inexpensive activities to do with the girls in your troop throughout the summer. Visit the council website at, or the GSNYPENN Pinterest page

By Lisa Kaminski, Manager, Community Development

nypennThe start of the new school year is inching closer and closer, and with that many service units are looking to begin doing some recruitment to find girls, adults, and families interested in Girl Scouts. Sharing Girl Scouts at community events, libraries, back to school picnics, and playgrounds all around Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction.

If you need an idea for an amazing and fun program activity for recruitment this fall try hosting a Marshmallow Olympics! Play marshmallow throw for target practice and marshmallow catch, have a twenty inch dash race with marshmallows, see who can fill a marshmallow bucket the quickest, or who can be the most creative building a creature out of sticky marshmallows. Of course, you’ll want to have s’mores for a snack after all that fun!

A great way to show girls different, fun things they can do in Girl Scouts, to get them connecting to one another, and to talk to families about the benefits of joining Girl Scouts!

Thanks to Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland for sharing their fantastic event plans!

For more information about recruitment or about joining Girl Scouts visit the council website at


Think Ahead To Fall

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

nypennSaturday marks the first day of August and the time when we actively begin back to school shopping. Picking up school supplies, new backpacks and clothes, buying larger shoes, and preparing for our kids to start a new school year.

Not only do your daughters have back to school to be thinking about, but back to Girl Scouts as well! There are already several programs scheduled through November that you can register for. Some of those include:

  • The Hobby Horse Hoe Down at the Painted Bar Stables in Burdett on September 19. This program is for Brownies to learn all about horses, practice grooming, learn some basic riding techniques and take a ride around the arena.
  • The Susquehanna River Raiders competitive canoe racing special interest group on September 20 at the Amahami Outdoor Center. Girl Scouts that are 11 and up as of May 1, 2016 can take part in this competitive team. Girls will learn canoeing skills from professional racers, have fun and learn to “read the river.”
  • The Jamboree and Geology Weekend at the Herkimer Diamond Mines from September 25-27. Girls of all ages can attend this geology weekend. Girls will be able to take home all diamonds found in the mines, all fossils found in the mines or the sluice, all gemstones found in the sluice, and all jewelry and gift items made.
  • The Harvest Festival at Amahami on October 3. All Girl Scouts can join in at the 4th annual Harvest Festival. Girls can go on a hike, make fall crafts, and learn some new songs while taking part in various contests and enjoying fall foods.
  • The Scavenger Hunt in NYC from October 9-11. Girls in grades 4-12 can take on New York City looking for items in Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal. There will also be sightseeing and shopping.
  • The Spooktacular Camp-In at Buffalo Museum of Science from October 24-25. Girls in grades K-3 can take a trip into the world of the unknown! During the overnight girls will find out why things glow in the dark, where those weird sounds come from, and do bats really get tangled in your hair?
  • Girls Are IT at Syracuse University’s iSchool on November 14. Girls in grades 6-12 will join students from the Syracuse University Information Technology School. Participating girls can choose from workshops on topics such as blogging, video editing, information technology, web design and social media.

There are other programs already scheduled, and new ones added regularly. Make sure you stay tuned to our programs and events page for the updated list!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

red crossThe Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help save lives and we are asking for you to help!

Everyone who donates blood or platelets at any donation center throughout New York State by July 31 will receive a box of Girl Scout cookies while supplies last.

It’s quick. It’s easy. And it could help save a life!

Donation centers are located in Albany, Binghamton, Utica, Liverpool, Rochester, Perinton, Greece, West Henrietta, Cheektowaga, and North Tonawanda.

Choose your day to donate by visiting the Red Cross Blood Donation web site or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

Take part in the American Red Cross’s 100 days of summer, 100 days of hope campaign, #chooseyourday to donate and receive free cookies!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

fairLooking for something fun to do to wind down the summer and usher the kids back into school? Then why not join us at the Great New York State Fair!

The fair runs August 27-September 7 and we will be represented in the Youth Building throughout the fair with a table. Not only that but September 2 is Girl Scout Day! Make sure you stop out and see us marching in the parade at 6 p.m.

There is always a lot to do at the Great New York State Fair so make it an all day visit, take in the sights and sounds, and make sure you stop over to see us!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Quilt01Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

That is what Girl Scouts is all about. Every day volunteers work with girls to teach them about a myriad of things. Learning about careers in their community by visiting the fire station, cooking, kayaking, camping, business sales skill. All of the life skills that girls are learning are increasing their confidence, and teaching them to courageously face challenges and opportunities. Being a part of a group, with positive adult role models, and positive peer interaction while they are learning, and having fun, provides them with character.

Making the world a better place. I think that’s the most important part. Using all of that courage, confidence, and character to better our world, whether it is within a girl’s family, her neighborhood, her larger community, or more globally. Taking action to make a difference.

Troops all around the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction are working on take action projects. All the time. There are so many good things happening in our communities because of girls, and the volunteers who work with them.

Here are three:

Junior Troop 30181, thought that some families might not be able to provide candy and goodies for their children at Easter time. They created over 110 goodie bags and distributed them at a soup kitchen at a local church so that more children in their community could enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Oswego service unit has been doing emergency room bags for kids as a service project.  They put together bags with a small toy, coloring sheets, story book and crayons so that kids who are either patients or waiting for a family member have something to do while they wait.

An Auburn, NY Daisy troop decided while working on the Daisy flower garden journey that parts of their community needed beautification. They planted flowers at schools to brighten their community.

For more ideas on ways girls can take action in their communities, visit the council website at


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