Troop Tuesday: Girl Scout Engineers In-Training

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Above Girl Scouts from Troop 60351 sift through parts during their day at Clarkson University, where the girls enjoyed a tech-filled day of collaborating and building robots.

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We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Jaime Alvarez @ jalvarez@gsnypenn.org.

Troop Tuesday: North Star Girl Scouts Dance Away Valentine’s Day Weekend

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Over the weekend, 70 girl participated in a Valentine’s Day Dance. Marcia Oney wrote in to tell us North Star consisting of Raquette Valley, International Rapids, Picquet, Oswegatchie, and Nikinsiaki Service Units were in attendance from Daises to Senior-level Girl Scouts at the Community Building in Madrid. Lastly, she told us, “The DJ, Jody Tosti did a great job and the girls had a great time.”

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Jaime Alvarez @ jalvarez@gsnypenn.org.

3 Ways Girls of Vision & Grit Can Excel

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There are plenty of ways for girls to advance themselves in new ways and Girl Scouts is here to help her along the way. We believe in empowering girls through choice—following passions and exploring possibilities. So, this week we’re highlighting three amazing opportunities to help her in her life-long journey.

Summer Camp Employment: Maybe she went to came every year when she was younger, and now she has the opportunity to help run it! We are now hiring seasonal camp staff for the summer of 2017. We’re looking for mature, creative, enthusiastic teamplayers, who have a passion for the outdoors to help us make this year’s camp season the best it can be.

Check out the full list of job opportunities here.

Bonus opportunities: Girls who work hard to grow and learn may be interested in a few outside challenges and contests to show their innovative and disruptive minds. We have two opportunities for girls interested in science and computer science, which ask how they can wield these fields to tackle social issues and make a positive change.

Check out all available Bonus Opportunities

Citizen Preparedness Corps: How would you properly prepare for any disaster? We’re holding a 2-hour training course on March 7 at our New Hartford Service Center to show you how. Always be prepared.

Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.

Sign up for this free program

Troop Tuesday: A Lost Story of Christmas Giving

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We received so many stories of good will over the holidays that one actually got lost in our inbox! We wanted to make sure to tell everyone about Brownie Troop 40514.

They took time over the holidays to deliver thank you baskets on Christmas Eve to local police and fire stations, as well as Hospitals in Broome and Tioga County.

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We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Jaime Alvarez @ jalvarez@gsnypenn.org.

Want Stronger Community Leaders Tomorrow? Invest In Girls Today

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What is the mark of a strong leader?

Is it the ability to inspire, and transform? The ability think strategically and possess a peerless view of the future?  The ability to calm, listen and unite during challenging times? Ample reserves of confidence, integrity, fearlessness and grit? These are all important qualities to consider when assessing one’s capacity for leadership.

One factor that should not be in consideration? The gender of the leader.

Regardless of political affiliation, many have expressed frustration over the seeming dearth of strong, capable leaders in our country, and the world at large. This watershed moment in our nation’s history presents a remarkable opportunity. The perceived leadership void that currently exists is actually paving the way for the next generation of visionaries prepared to boldly assume the mantle of leadership. We must unite in the quest to expand leadership development for girls and young women—across race, class, and beyond. Indeed, providing ever more girls with comprehensive, relevant leadership development opportunities will prove crucial to the vibrancy of tomorrow.

At Girl Scouts, we understand that before we can effectively address the leadership crisis for girls, we must first connect with under-served and underrepresented girls in a relevant and authentic way, one that speaks to acknowledging—and overcoming—their adversity.  To cite just a few sobering statistics, according to The State of Girls, a recent report released by the Girl Scout Research Institute, in 2015, 19 percent of girls ages 5 to 17 lived in poverty, compared to 17 percent in 2007. And in 2015, a higher proportion of high school girls seriously considered suicide (23%), compared with girls in 2007 (19%). And with 2017 off to a bit of a precarious start on all fronts, the effect on girls and their overall health, happiness, and achievement has hardly improved. It’s understandable that when you’re mired in despair, it can color your worldview, leaving you disillusioned about the extent of your own potential.

The greater truth is this: We cannot hope to flourish as a society by dismissing the promise represented in half of our population. We see talented women who contribute their intelligence, passion, and expertise across the spectrum—and we need more. Girls represent a vital, underutilized and untapped resource of remarkable potential that can―and must―be harnessed to the full benefit of humanity.

At the Girl Scouts of NYPENN, we understand that before we can effectively address the leadership crisis for girls, we must first connect with those who are underserved and underrepresented in a relevant and authentic way, that speaks to acknowledging—and overcoming—their adversity. Conclusively, statistics show that wherever girls are thriving in the United States, the Girl Scout Movement is strong and impactful.  Our comprehensive programming instills the integral skills that ensure girls are well-equipped to navigate interpersonal and professional arenas. And we approach this responsibility with the dedication it deserves, offering girls a foundation for leadership development through our STEM and leadership training initiatives

In short, we’re on the cusp of ushering in a leadership renaissance for girls, nurturing and elevating the next generation of female leaders who will leave an indelible imprint on our nation and our world. And when you really contemplate what that means for the health of our global society, it’s staggering.

We need society at large to invest in girls—in a greater, more sustained capacity. And for a movement to reach the height of its impact, it must embrace allies outside the fold.  We need our brethren-in-arms, our male counterparts who offer their unwavering support—in deeds and donations—and are integral to sustaining our cause for the long haul.

Now as an organization, we sincerely appreciate all of the ongoing support through the purchase of our delicious and iconic Girl Scout Cookies.  However, those sales represent a mere fraction of the funding needed to provide the kind of in-depth, nurturing and proven programming our girls need to grow and thrive.  We all can demonstrate our personal and organizational leadership by making an impact today and investing in our future.

Your investment now is the fuel that propels our girls towards leadership greatness tomorrow.

Ultimately, the leadership gap in America is not a girls’ issue or a women’s issue―it’s our issue.

You can help invest in girls by joining our Family Partnership Program

4 Opportunities Where She Can Take the Lead and Learn

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Leadership can take many forms in our public and private lives. We here at GSNYPENN want to make sure girls are comfortable taking the lead in every aspect of their professional and personal lives. We have several programs and opportunities coming up for Girl Scouts to learn about how they can be prepared to take the lead in unexpected situations.

Talk saves lives: Learn the risk factors and warning signs, how to talk directly with a person at risk, how to connect him/her with a mental health professional, and to dispel myths surrounding suicide and what we’ve learned from scientific research.

Sign up for this program for March 22

Safe dating workshop: What does a good relationship look like? It’s an important question, which this program is equipped to answer. We will help teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Girls will begin to explore what constitutes healthy relationships, provide them with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships, and work on positive communication and conflict resolution.

Sign up for this program for February 22

Leaders in training: Spend this day at camp pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, and growing your leader voice!

This program is all about exploring your own leadership style and personality, along with learning how to work with other leadership styles and personalities.We will play many challenging team-building games to exercise our teamwork skills, and explore our leadership styles and personality through individualized quizzes and whole group activities.

Sign up for this program for February 23

Become a Delegate: Get ready to ride the bus to Columbus Ohio to represent Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways at our national convention in October. We’re encouraging our most vocal Girl Scouts (14 years and older) to sign up to become delegates at this year’s National Convention. Deadline is midnight, February 3rd and you can fax or email in your registration.

Find out how you can lead our council and let your voice be heard through this special event.

Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts at the Powderpuff Derby

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A group of Norwich Girl Scouts held a powderpuff derby, Service Unit Manager Karen writes. The “35 girls raced cars and we also had a cookie rally at the same time. Looking forward to next year when the Dad’s have asked if they can also race.”

Sounds like a fun time!

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Jaime Alvarez @ jalvarez@gsnypenn.org.