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

By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern

Caeresa RichardsonCaeresa Richardson, a recently elected member of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors, is a winner of the Stover Volunteerism Award for her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts. The Eaton program recognizes employees who have distinguished themselves in their community through charitable service.

Caeresa works as an Associate Product Line Manager with Eaton’s Crouse Hinds Division. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate of the John Hopkins Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers. Caeresa is very active in the Central New York community and has collaborated in several leadership capacities with organizations such as A Good Life Youth Foundation and The Promise Land Church. She is also a member of Junior League of Syracuse. In 2014, she was a recipient of the YWCA Diversity Achiever Award for her contributions to the CNY community. She lives in Liverpool, New York with her husband, David.

As a winner of the volunteerism award, she will receive a certificate and Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will receive a check for $500 from Eaton. When asked why she works with the Girl Scouts, Caeresa said, “I chose to volunteer with the Girl Scouts [of] NYPENN because, to me, the mission and values of the Girl Scouts organization align with my personal mission and dedication for the development of professional women and young girls.” Thank you, Caeresa, for your efforts to help girls become great women.


By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern

Two Girl Scout Juniors from Endicott, NY recently received the Bronze Award. Sheridan and Abigail learned about the foster care system in their community – why children would be removed from their homes and how they ended up in foster care – and decided to do something to help. Because foster children often don’t have belongings of their own, Sheridan and Abigail wanted to give them something personal; something beyond basic necessities. The girls explained to their church congregation what life is like for foster children and asked them to donate blankets, stuffed animals, books, and dental care items as part of their almsgiving during Lent. After several weeks, the girls were able to assemble several dozen bags from the donations and give them to the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference. They also delivered a box of books and toothbrushes for the residential facility. Thank you, Sheridan and Abigail, for making other children’s difficult lives a little easier.bronze

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

andrea1Have you taken a look at the new girls’ choice outdoor badges? Girls’ choice outdoor badges were chosen by girls and are made for the awesome adventure seeker, team builder, and problem solver! They are the newest way for girls to explore their world. There is one for nearly each grade level in Girl Scouts. Here are three of them:

Brownie Outdoor Adventurer Badge – Climb the tallest hill you can find! Buddy up with a friend and explore your neighborhood during a night walk. There are tons of exciting adventures for you!

Junior Horseback Riding Badge – Learn the basics of horseback riding and safety when you prepare, practice and ride!

Cadette Archery Badge – Archery takes strength, focus, good form, and practice. Challenge yourself as you build your skills and learn how to shoot on a range. Bull’s eye!

For more information on these, and the other outdoor badges for different grade levels, visit a Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathway boutique, or the online store at


Fall Kickoff Meetings

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

volunteer1Save the date!

Adult volunteers, please join us for a showcase of opportunities that includes adult learning opportunities, programs for girls, recruitment materials, department updates, and networking and idea sharing with volunteers from your neighboring service units.

Check-in: 5:30–6p.m.
Meeting and dinner begin at 6 p.m. and are expected to end at 8:30 p.m.

If you wish to attend one of these events, please RSVP by the registration deadline for that event. There is going to be lots of fun, lots of learning, and lots of sharing!

The kickoff meetings will be taking place between August 11-26 in various locations throughout the NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction. You can find information on specific dates and locations in each region of our council here

Don’t wait! Reserve today!


be a friend

Middle school is a crucial age for young girls. It’s a time when they’re more self-aware than ever, constantly viewing themselves through the eyes of their peers. It’s also the age when girls develop the most insecurities as they begin to deal with bullying behavior from their peers. That’s why we introduced Be a Friend First (BFF), an initiative designed to complement the aMAZE! Journey. It gives middle school girls valuable skills they can use to develop healthy relationships, prevent bullying behavior, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities.

Troop 1067 from Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council developed a Take Action project based on BFF. With their “9 Ways to be a Great Friend” chart, they sent a positive message about friendship to rising sixth-graders. The aim of this project was to diminish bullying concerns, and it aligned perfectly with the BFF mission, which is to explore issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques. Without a doubt, Troop 1067’s Take Action project will help prepare girls to foster healthy relationships as they enter sixth grade. Bravo, girls!

Learn more about how your troop can integrate BFF into their projects.

By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern

Water Safari

Are you ready to beat the heat with a splash this summer? Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge, NY is running two great programs for NYPENN Pathways Girl Scouts who want to get wet!

The first special offer is discount tickets, good June 17-July 2 and August 24-September 7. Girl Scouts in grades K-12, adults, and non-registered friends can come play with a day of fun and friendship in the Park! What an awesome way to meet Girl Scouts from across the state! Ticket prices are $17 per person age 3-11; $19 per person age 12 or older. That’s almost 40% off gate prices! Deadline to purchase tickets is 9/6.

The next event being held by the park is Girl Scout Water Safari Picnic Day on August 11. Girl Scouts in grades K-12, adults, and non-registered pals can enjoy a day of food, family, and fun at the LARGEST water park in New York State! Girls will make new friends with Girl Scouts from other regions as they participate in activities and enjoy an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-BUFFET. The buffet will be held from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in a special pavilion designated for Girl Scouts attending this event. Tickets are $27.95 per person and include Admission to the Park, the picnic buffet, and a gift for the girls. Adults within ratio are required for this trip. Deadline to purchase tickets is 8/8.

To purchase tickets for either of these events, go to the Enchanted Forest Water Safari web site and enter promo code NYPENN2015 for exclusive access.

SallyCampBy: Sally Roesch Wagner, Founding Director, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

What is it about that summer at Girl Scout camp that consumes a piece of my memory larger than the one week one summer it occupied in my life?

I pull out the smell of Earth freshly washed, clean leaves pouring out pure oxygen from their pores intoxicating.

It was dramatic – the weeping girl from another school, in the country, perhaps, a farm girl, surrounded by a sympathetic sisterhood as she sobbed out over and over how she saw Mary in the cumulus clouds accumulating before a storm , the Virgin Mary perched atop one. The girl must have been Catholic.

The terrible, passionate 10-year-old crushes on the older women counselors who were all of 16 probably – the first of their arrogant, wordly age group to look us in the eye with interest and remember our names.

The mad juggling for position: who would sit beside you, who would you jockey to get to the side of. Pairing off, shunning in a merciless pee-wee version of Survivor.

It was a lifetime of pre-teen childhood lived in a week.

And there were things I made. This may not have been such a big thing with kids whose parents made things with them, but we were not a making family. Something woodburned, I remember, even the smell of the burning electrical stick forcing its way into the wood and the miracle of seeing my name engraved like my father burned our brand HHH into his cattle.

I still have the perfect knife, fork and spoon I carved out of light wood – a creation I still marvel that these hands were capable of making.

It wasn’t like the summers at our lake cottage. There were parents at the lake, the same ones we had during the school year minus the fathers, who came out only on weekends. Their absence loosened the mothers who became giddy and playful – like kids when the teacher leaves the room.

The thread of time sagged at the lake from the end of school to the beginning , yawning lazily in the buzzing bug-laden sun.

Camp was tense with the tight time.

Camp was new kids. And different foods. Catching a glimpse of the world outside what was known.

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