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

By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator

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A Girl Scout going for her Gold Award represents a huge moment in not only her life, but in the lives of the people around her. For Emily Murphy, a Girl Scout Ambassador, she wanted to find a way to promote fitness and community building.

The Gold Award allows girls to reflect on their community and connect to an issue in a personal way. It’s about finding a way to leave a place better than you found it.

Emily found her project in the repair of the Ellis Hollow Community Center playground (EHCC).

“The Bob Leathers-designed playground has been a hub of joyful play at the EHCC for nearly 30 years,” says Liam Murphy, an assistant leader of Girl Scout Troop 41107 and Emily’s father. “Kids from all backgrounds and schools have come together to enjoy the kid-inspired play structure. In fact, we had some of the original designers return to help – Rita Rosenburg, her daughters and a grandson all helped (and had some fun revisiting their original kid-drawings of the features they wanted in the playground!).”

Her main goals were to get the suspension bridge in working order again. Check.

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Repair the deep divots under the swings, and even replace one of the more loved swings entirely. Check.

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Sift and freshen up the sandbox. Check.

And renovate the tire bridges. Check.

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Liam says this project “was done with the help of over 25 volunteers … some from her own Girl Scout Troop, some from the Senior Class at LACS, some from Cub Scout Pack 55 and Boy Scout Troop 55 and others from the Ellis Hollow community.”

Thanks goes to Emily for her leadership on this project, which has helped better her community.

We’re always looking to share stories (large and small) about our girls and what they’re doing in and for their community. Send photos and info to nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Ride for Alive Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Lilly and Lily from Skaneateles, NY Troop 10029 and Jasmine from Troop 10860 shown handing out water at last Saturday’s Ride for Alive walk and run. Participants at the event can choose to walk 2 miles, run a 5K, or bike 10, 25, or 50 miles. The fundraising event benefits cancer survivors in New York State and beyond. The girls boosted spirits, cheering on runners and walkers and giving a boost with a cool cup of water.

Way to get involved with your community girls!

Want to be featured in our Troop Tuesday? Tell us what your girls are doing! E-mail info and photos to nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

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Registration for our annual Girl Scouts sleepover event Veni. Vidi. Vici! is now open.

The theme this year will be “Rock the Outdoors!” There will be a rockin’ dance party, obstacle course, and animal exhibit. Not to mention swimming, learning about insect with an Entomology expert, and lots more fun activities.

When: November 12-13

Where: 9499 Weston Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413

The event costs $35 for girls and adults, however, volunteers can attend for free. If you would like to volunteer for this event, click this link to register as a volunteer. All volunteers are required to give at least 4 hours of time.

Check out the events page for more information: https://www.gsnypenn.org/en/events-repository/2016/_12th_annual_veni_vi.html

By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator

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Is your girl looking to earn a little cash? Get certified in babysitting.

Get your Red Cross certification. These two day Red Cross certification courses are being offered across Jefferson County. The lessons will help prepare your girl for the adventures of babysitting. She’ll learn how to take care of children of all ages, learn fun games and, most important, First Aid and CPR.

In-Store Discount! If you’re looking to get saving on some Girl Scout swag, the Girl Scout stores of the NYPENN community are offering 50 percent off clearance items until July 30th. We have stores in Cicero, Horseheads, Johnson City, and New Hartford. Check our website for hours across all our stores.

What is your girl curious about? We want to know what interests your girl. Does she want to know more about the stars? Or maybe she’s curious about the microbes that live in and around us. We want to showcase things that will help nurture her imagination. Send in questions to nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

As always, you can find more information at gsnypenn.org.

By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator

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The Girl Scouts of Troop 10092 tackled a huge project within their local community: hunger.

It’s estimated one in seven Americans (that’s around 46 million people) are food insecure; they depend on food pantries to feed themselves and their families. Troop 10092 saw first-hand how much of a need there was in their own community.

“While working on their journey (Amaze), their take-action project was a food drive for the local food pantry,” Troop Leader Karyl Carter said. “They created flyers and collection boxes. They personally delivered it to the local food pantry and [the woman there] was just beside herself with what they had collected. They returned the following day to help sort everything. They also assisted with the distribution. I think they were surprised at how much of a need there is even in our small community.

The experience remained with them when Troop 10092 started brainstorming for their Silver Award Project. While there were many other ideas, the girls chose to go further, settling on an even bigger project: a community garden.

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Those fortunate enough may not realize, for some, food pantries are not a one-time emergency—it’s a staple. This means pantries need more than canned goods, which are often high in sodium and eating too much can lead to high blood pressure. Gardens are one way to provide food pantries with nutritional meals. After all, would you rather eat some Tomato Soup or a veggie stir-fry?

A garden requires a lot of planning. “The piece of land needed to be tilled, cleared of rocks, roots and twigs and then fertilized,” Karyl said. “They let that sit for a couple of weeks and then it was time to plant. Plants were donated to us by a local vendor! They laid down the weed fabric and laid out the plants. After that, they needed to put a small fence around the garden to keep the bunnies out as best we could.”

The girls even constructed a rain barrel to collect water for the garden when they found out a water source they thought would be available was not. Karyl said there have been many snags along the way, but the girls have not been deterred.

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So far, the girls have provided at around 20lbs of vegetables to the food pantry from their garden. Their yields have been summer squash and zucchini. They expect to harvest tomatoes, green peppers, and green beans soon.

“They have also put together some simple recipes that we’ll be giving the food pantry to distribute with the vegetables!”

Way to go girls.

We’re always looking to share stories about our girls and what they’re doing in and for their community. Send photos and info to nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Girls from Troop 40438 participated in the 20th annual Rose Walk at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua in June. The proceeds from the walk benefit the patients of the Fralick Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Thompson Health.

Way to get involved with your community girls! Want to be featured in our Troop Tuesday? Tell us what your girls are doing! E-mail info and photos to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

Attend A Fall Kick-Off!

regional-kickoffOur regional fall kick-off meetings are scheduled!

All adult Girl Scout volunteers are encouraged to join us, especially leaders, co-leaders, assistants and service team members. The kick-offs will consist of a Community Partner Fair, council updates, breakout sessions, a chance to interact with the board and the chance to win an amazing door prize! Last year we gave away $100 towards a camp rental!

The dates of this year’s fall kick-offs are as follows:

  • August 16 at the Camillus Fire Department – Details
  • August 18 at the Geneva Presbyterian Church – Details
  • August 23 at Mullin’s Restaurant in Gouverneur – Details
  • August 25 at the New Hartford High School – Details
  • August 30 at the Vestal American Legion – Details
  • August 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads – Details

We can’t wait to kick off another great membership year with you, our dedicated volunteers!

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