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

outdoorsOff from work for a week or two? The kids on winter break from school? Don’t just cozy up in the house the whole time. This holiday season, spend quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors, Girl Scout style!

Why? Because the outdoors is infinitely FUN. There are endless things to discover and learn from! Plus, spending time outdoors is critical for physical and emotional health. Specific to girls, research has shown that even one outdoor experience a month benefits them, especially girls of comparatively low socioeconomic status. In other words, the outdoors is not just fun, it improves health and wellbeing – one of our favorite combos!

That’s why the outdoors is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. At Girl Scouts, we offer girls outdoor experiences in a safe, all-girl space where they’re free to stretch their minds and expand their skills, taking on challenges they might not feel as comfortable with in a coed environment.

park 1Did you know?

  • Girl Scouts has partnered with the National Park Service to encourage girls to visit a national park, monument, historical site, or seashore near them. While there, they’re encouraged to earn our Girl Scout Ranger Patch introduced in 2015.
  • Girl Scouts is actively involved with the National Park Service initiative Every Kid in a Park, which offers all fourth graders in the United States unlimited free admission for one year to any national park, historic site, seashore, or monument.
  • At Girl Scouts, girls have access to more than 24 AWESOME outdoors – and STEM-related badges across Girl Scout grade levels – plus outdoor opportunities are woven into all of our core program materials. These badges (details below!) encourage girls to become environmental stewards by exploring the natural environment around them. Girls learn about how STEM and the outdoors are linked, and they connect with female role models in environmental careers.
    • Naturalist Legacy badges (Bugs, Flowers, Trees, Sky, Water)
    • Science & Technology Skill Building badges (Home Scientist, Entertainment Technology, Science of Happiness, Science of Style)
    • Outdoors Skill Building badges (Hiker, Camper, Trailblazing, Adventurer)
    • Adventure Skill Building badges (Letterboxer, Geocaching, Night Owl, Traveler)
    • Innovation Skill Building badges (Inventor, Product Designer, Entrepreneur, Social Innovator)
    • (New!) Outdoor badges (Outdoor Adventurer Paddling, Archery, Horseback Riding, Ultimate Recreation Challenge)
    • …plus new Outdoor badges will be introduced in 2016!

And guess what? Even the Obama administration recognized Girl Scouts’ commitment to outdoor education and healthy living for girls this year, welcoming us onto the White House lawn for the first-ever White House campout. We couldn’t be more honored!

outdoors statsPlus, our More Than S’mores research (2104) found that 50 percent of girls surveyed said they wouldn’t have been able to do a certain outdoor activity (e.g., archery, horseback riding, canoeing/kayaking) had it not been for Girl Scouts! Additionally, 72 percent of girls said they’d improved a skill through their outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts, and 29 percent even said the experiences helped them overcome a fear of the outdoors – so inspiring!

Now if that’s not enough reason to get outdoors and get active this winter break Girl Scout style, we don’t know what is. Join us outside! It’s always a great time.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager


Leslie volunteering at camp.

She truly knows what it means to be a leader in her school, in her community, and in Girl Scouts.

Leslie is from Afton where she is a high school student and member of Girl Scout Troop 30755. She has been in Girl Scouts since 5-years-old, co-leads a Daisy troop and is a member of the Girl Advisory Board.

Leslie is always trying to help and solve problems. She started at the young age of 3 1/2. She asked an older couple if they wanted to hear her sing the new song she learned in pre-school. Just like that she made an immediate friend of the couple. She later took piano lessons in their home. When they had to move closer to their family, rather than change piano teachers, Leslie asked if they could skype. It was something that she, and the couple, immensely enjoyed.

At the age of 7, during the 2006 flood, she visited with displaced flood victims and led a sing-a-long with her mom. By the age of 12, during the 2011 flood, she helped at the shelter and at the senior apartment complex with the clean up. She now tutors a young girl, mentors other band and chorus members and is the go-to person for the high school music department. Leslie also volunteers at camp where she not only leads activities, but is a support to others when they are leading.

Leslie truly exemplifies what it means to be a Girl Scout!

Share your inspiring stories with us by sending photos and stories to

Happy Thanksgiving

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development


Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is thankful for all of our amazing volunteers, and for all of the girls we are able to bring a Girl Scout experience to in all of our communities.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.


Time is running out!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

15_InviteAFriend_Email_Invite-1_Invite a Friend-CB (2)There’s still time to invite a friend to volunteer.

Without incredible volunteers like you, all of the magic of Girl Scouts wouldn’t be possible. Right now, we need more amazing leaders like you to change more girls’ lives, helping them experience and discover more than ever before.

Invite a friend to become part of this epic adventure. Once they join as a Girl Scout leader, complete the application, and start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, head on over to to claim your prize!

Plus, double the friends means double the prize…
$100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend.

Offer ends December 1st.

Visit the council website for more information about volunteering and volunteer opportunities.



By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

recycling rocksSave the date for the second annual Lyons Trashion Show! It’s taking place March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Ohmann Theatre in Lyons.

So what exactly is a Trashion show? Girls can upcycle or recycle items into spectacular trashions. They can make amazing dresses, tops, bottoms, and accessories from recycled items in an effort to promote the reuse, reduce, recycle Girl Scout motto.

Categories that girls can enter include casual wear, formal wear, Girl Scout uniform of the future, and sporty.

The public is welcome to watch the Trashion show. The cost is 18 and over $2 and 4-17, $1. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Girl Scout Opportunity Fund which helps girls become Girl Scouts and participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Interested in registering your troop or girl to participate in the Trashion Show? Then contact Tracy Fraser at

We can’t wait to see what you come up with for your Trashion!

Cookie Convention Update

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

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There are over 100 people already registered for our first ever Cookie Convention, are you one of them? If not, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing kick-off to the 2016 cookie program!

More fun continues to be announced. Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes will have the opportunity to make some decorations so they can bling their cookie booths. There will also be a self esteem wall for girls to take selfies, post to our Instagram account, and share with others to show just how great you are!

Don’t forget to nominate a Girl Scout volunteer celebrity chef! The deadline to get those in is December 14. Volunteer celebrity chefs will make a non-bake recipe out of at least one kind of Girl Scout cookies. The winner will earn a trophy and bragging rights! The nomination form can be found here and you can send them into

The deadline to register for the Cookie Convention is December 9 so make sure you get your registrations in! For more information on registering or the overnight opportunities available, click here.

We can’t wait to celebrate the start of another great cookie program with you at our Cookie Convention!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

cooking2The Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 20881 in Sauquoit were making final plans for earning their Simple Cooking badge. They were planning on taking over the kitchen at a local high school and making the Croque Monsier sandwich and an Eclair for dessert. Then the violent attacks in Paris happened.

Since the girls had already chosen a French meal to prepare, co-leaders Rebecca Connors and Jill Hayes took that opportunity to discuss the current events and how each one of us can make a difference in making the world a better place. cooking1

“The girls all agreed that by practicing kindness, tolerance, and love, they can change the world,” Rebecca said.

Not only are these girls going to go on to change the world, they had a great time learning about cooking and preparing the meal!

Way to go girls! Share what your girls are doing in their communities by e-mailing photos and stories to You might be featured on our blog!


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