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

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Gold Award
Twenty-four amazing young women have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award this year! We’re excited to spotlight their amazing projects and how they have made their communities better!

Gwen B. of Little Falls is a graduate of Little Falls High School and currently attends SUNY Albany. Gwen’s project was entitled “Little Falls Lending Libraries” and it addressed the issue of literacy in the community.

Zaria ColbertZaria C. of Fort Drum is a senior at Carthage High School. She will be attending the University of Texas at San Antonio where she plans to major in kinesiology and minor in Spanish. For her project Zaria addressed sexual harassment in her community with an emphasis on teens and the school setting.

Mackenzie C. of Walworth is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and is currently a student at John Carroll University. Mackenzie’s project entailed creating a database of old barns in Walworth for the Office of Historian of Wayne County. The database is used to trace the history of the barns and will be available online or at the office for people interested in architecture, history, or genealogy.

Lucy CraigLucy C. of Rock Stream is a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and is currently a student at Mount Aloysius College. Her project raised awareness of childhood cancers and other diseases that lead to hair loss. As part of her project Lucy held an event where volunteers donated their hair. Her event will be held annually by her Girl Scout troop.

Over the next several weeks we will continue to feature these amazing young women! Are your girls working on earning their Girl Scout Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards? Let us know what they’re doing! E-mailing photos and info to

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Troop leaders we want to hear from you! Do you know a girl in grades 9-12 that would benefit from the Camp CEO experience? Then nominate her!

Camp CEO is a camp-based leadership development experience where Central New York’s most accomplished women connect with the next generation of leaders. These women will share their insider wisdom, encouragement, and advice girls need to succeed in today’s professional atmosphere, including college preparedness.

In addition girls have the chance to interact with the CEOs as they canoe on Cayuga Lake, sit around the campfire, hike to a waterfall, and participate in team challenges. Camp CEO is a wonderful opportunity for girls who may not have the financial opportunity to camp, as full funding is available (minus a $10 registration fee).

Send your nominations to and provide the name and contact info for the camper and a brief statement as to why you think she would benefit from Camp CEO.

Register for Camp CEO here.

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

mcginnis at camp ceoSummer camp season is almost upon us. There are still camps at GSNYPENN that have openings for girls looking to have an amazing summer adventure! Maybe you already know that Girl Scout camp is fun, that you’ll meet new friends, and that you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn new things. But did you know that there are lots of benefits to attending Girl Scout camp?

Here are three:

Girl Scout camp builds confidence and self-esteem. It offers non-competitive and diverse opportunities for girls to reach success. Girls can accomplish something every day.

Girls develop life long skills. Girls can learn and grow their sports abilities, artistic talents, and adventure skills. Girls are offered the opportunity to discover, connect, and take action around things they love to do.

Girls develop independence. Camp is the perfect place for making decisions and developing who they are.

If you would like your Girl Scout to have these opportunities, consider sending her to a GSNYPENN summer camp program. For more information on programs available visit the council website at




Marching through town

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

newark vet's paradeIt is that time of year again. Spring and summertime often mean that girls and troops may be asked to participate in community parades. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has a short and snappy training for volunteers planning on taking their troops to participate in parades.

Parades are a great way for the residents of your town, village or city to see that there are Girl Scouts in their community. Chambers of Commerce might request that Girl Scouts participate in local parades, or a council staff person may get notifications or requests for participants from various organizations and agencies especially around major holidays.

If you are asked to participate in the parade there are a few things that need to be considered before you agree to participate:

1. Is the location accessible to all participants in the group?

2. Is it appropriate to the girls in your group?

3. Are restrooms available?

4. Proximity to medical facilities

When using floats at parades follow the following guidelines:

1. Automobile insurance is covering the trucks and automobiles that are drawing floats

2. Construction of the float is safe

3. Use non-toxic or highly flammable materials

4. Body of float is secured to the vehicle

5. Portable ABC fire extinguishers are aboard the float

6. Secure seating is available for riders on floats or a secure handhold/safety harness if standing

7. Participants do not walk close to moving floats

8. An adult accompanies girls on any moving float

9. Nothing is distributed to onlookers from a moving vehicle or float

Volunteers should refer to the safety activity checkpoints for all of the guidelines. There are also a number of other short and snappy trainings available as volunteer resources, on topics such as bridging, court of awards, conflict management, and planning trips with girls. Check them out by visiting the council website at

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

IMG_0609Girl Scout Sauquoit Troop 20881 donated cookies that were sent to U.S. Marine Corps. Pvt. Tristan Sheppard and his platoon stationed in Spain as an Air-Ground Crisis Response Task Force. The cookies were enjoyed by all!

Way to go girls! Share what your girls are doing and you could be featured in our Troop Tuesday! Send info to

By: McGinnis Miller, Girl Scout Ambassador and Girl Media Team Member from Endwell

mcginnis at camp ceoIf you are thinking about going to camp this summer, I wanted to let you know about Camp CEO. I went to it two years in a row and it was one of the most fun things I have done as an older Girl Scout.

Camp CEO is a great mix of fun camp activities and interesting leadership workshops. You will be paired for the weekend with a successful female CEO and learn from her the challenges and triumphs she had as she worked her way toward her goals. You will have the chance to talk to the CEOs as you canoe on Cayuga Lake, sit around the campfire, hike to a waterfall, or are in team challenges with the CEOs. You will learn first-hand what these CEO’s think it takes to be a leader.

One year, I was teamed up with a dentist, and we built a model bridge while we talked about networking. The bridge represented span and support, two key points of networking. She also taught me confidence: from having a firm handshake to believing that I can be anything that I want to be, like an engineer.

As Seniors and Ambassadors we have been leaders and mentors to younger girls, both in and out of Girl Scouts. Now it is our turn to learn from women who are further along a path that could be very similar to our own. We are the next generation of leaders and we have this unique opportunity to learn from these strong women.

I really enjoyed being part of Camp CEO. I hope you get a chance to go this year!

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend and there are full funding opportunities available (minus a $10 registration fee). To register for Camp CEO, click here.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Elaina“She has blossomed because of Girl Scouts,” Elaina’s mom Heather said.

Elaina, from Ogdensburg Cadette Troop 50204, was very shy. So much so that she would only join Girl Scouts if her mom agreed to go and stay the entire time. She didn’t even want her mom out of her sight.

That was 5 years ago. And now?

“She has gone to week long sleep-over camp, first in Harrisville and then in Ithaca!” Heather said.

She has also completed her Girl Scout Bronze Award and is working towards her Girl Scout Silver Award.

“If it had not been for Girl Scouts she would have never considered doing this pageant,” Heather said.

The pageant is the state leg of the National American Miss. Elaina was chosen to compete based on a series of interviews with national pageant officials last month. Contestants compete in four categories: Formal Wear Modeling, Personal Introduction, Interview, and Community Service Project. The emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence and learning new skills, such as good attitudes about competitions, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.

“She is excited about the pageant because it is focused on the inside of the girl instead of just the outside. It is not a beauty pageant but a growing confidence pageant,” Heather said.

Elaina will head to Rochester to compete in the pageant August 27-29. The winner will go on to compete at the National American Miss pageant in Disneyland, California later this year.

Good luck Elaina and way to go! Are your girls doing incredible things? We want to know! E-mail

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