New Girl Scouts Patch Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

Lieutenant Governor Hochul Makes an Announcement with the Girl Scouts Councils of New York StateNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in New York gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted suffrage to women across the U.S. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York, including NYPENN Pathways, will participate in the patch program, giving girls across the state an engaging way to learn about the history of the women’s movement in New York and envision how they can lead for justice.

“From the birth of the women’s suffrage movement with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the strongest in-the-nation paid family leave and the Women’s Equality Act, New York has remained on the forefront of the battle for women’s rights and gender equality,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new patch is a great opportunity for girls across New York to learn about the importance of the fight for women’s suffrage as they become the next generation to lead the movement for equality and justice for all.”

Lieutenant Governor Hochul was joined by representatives from the seven New York Girl Scouts councils and Girl Scouts from across the state at a ceremony on March 27, held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Representatives from NYPENN were present , including NYPENN Girl Scouts (pictured with Lieutenant Governor Hochul in above photo, L-R) Brook Tester and Nicole Smith from Troop 10047, Juliette/IRM Ally Wilde, and Juliette/IRM Juliana Buonfiglio. The girls are residents of Manlius, N.Y.

“This year marks a great opportunity to celebrate women’s accomplishments and contributions to our history, including fighting for the right to vote,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The women’s suffrage Girl Scouts Patch is the next step in the Girl Scouts’ history of advocacy and empowerment on behalf of girls and women, and I look forward to joining with these girls throughout the coming year to learn and share about women’s equality. The patch is a key part of the Women’s Suffrage Commission’s work to inspire the next generation of young women who want to rise up and achieve great things themselves.”

womenssuffragepatchupdateThe patch program, developed by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, asks New York Girl Scouts to think about what justice means to them, how the Women’s Rights Movement is a part of their lives today, and encourages them to make advocacy a part of their lives. They must learn the names of key suffragette leaders and the definition of civil disobedience, visit (virtually or in person) key sites in the women’s rights movement, create a suffrage banner, and play games popular for girls 100 years ago, among other things.

View the patch  here and details about the patch program here. Instructions regarding where to get the patch once the program is completed are forthcoming and will be shared/updated. 

The seven New York Girl Scouts Councils participating in the patch program are:

  • Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Western New York

Julie Dale, CEO of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc., said, “The first convention on women’s rights was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, an historic town in our council. These pioneering women were audacious and remind us that all people must be accepted as equal. As modern Girl Scouts, we continue their mission and guide girls to become leaders who have the courage and conviction to stand for what they believe in. It is only fitting that we celebrate these early women who recognized the importance of coming together and shared their voices to win the right to vote.”

The Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing statewide programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State, and 2020, which will be a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified. The Commission’s programs will celebrate the accomplishment of women’s suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all. To get involved, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Girl Scout Week Like A G.I.R.L.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week Like A G.I.R.L.

It’s great to be a Girl Scout! To celebrate being a part of this amazing and empowering organization, Girl Scouts get a whole week to be recognized on a national scale!

Girl Scout Week starts this Sunday, March 12 and runs through Saturday March 18.

In the past, troops and service units have come up with their own activities or used activities from other councils to participate. This year, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has taken the lead on some simple, easy to accomplish activities for each day during Girl Scout Week!

We’d love for our troops and individual scouts to post pictures or videos to social media using the hashtags #NYPENNGSW17 and #GirlScoutWeek, so that we can see the wonderful things you are doing to celebrate – from singing your favorite camp songs at the top of your lungs, to hosting a bash for the Girl Scout’s 105th birthday (who doesn’t love an excuse to eat cake?)!

GS Week PatchEveryone who posts using these hashtags will be entered into a raffle for the Girl Scout Week fun patch. We’ll award patches to three individuals. One grand prize winner will win patches for her whole troop! These colorful patches are also available for purchase in all boutiques for those who participate in any or all of the Girl Scout Week activities described.

The Girl Scout Week webpage also includes a printable version of daily activities and the Girl Scout Sunday flyer.

Thanks for all that YOU do to make being in Girl Scouts the best experience ever! Have fun celebrating Girl Scout Week 2017!

Time To Get Your Cookie Game On!

Time To Get Your Cookie Game On!

Y94 and iHeartRadio want to help Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways and our troops sell even more cookies with Y94’s Cookie Crumble!

Spread the news and get EVERYONE you know to nominate YOUR troop for a chance to set up a booth and sell cookies at a special event with Y94 morning show host Pat McMahon in the Canyon at Destiny USA later this month!

Nominate Your Troop
Now through Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Required information: Troop Number, Leader Name, Leader Phone #
Top 8 NYPENN troops will advance

Y94 host Pat McMahon will reveal the top 8 troops during his morning show on Monday, March 13!

Then Vote to Advance the Top 4 Troops!
March 13 at 10 a.m. – Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Top 4 troops will join Y94 at Destiny USA on March 25 or 26 to sell even more cookies! (cookies provided by council)

While you’re at it…
Y94 is holding another contest to vote for your favorite type of Girl Scout Cookie! Vote and you’ll be registered to win a CASE of every variety of Girl Scout Cookie available through our council. Vote for your favorite cookie!

Share this information and our social media posts regarding the contest with all of your friends and family! Be sure to follow NYPENN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Many thanks to our friends at Y94 and iHeartRadio for helping Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways make 2017 the BEST COOKIE SEASON EVER!

 

 

 

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.