3 Things for Thursday: Discover the Adventures Near You

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Winter is a great time to discover more of the world, or even things you may have not known about in your own hometown. There’s so much to discover, and we want to help inspire you to think about taking on a new adventure.

Discover More: The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier in Binghamton is putting on a number of programs and events for Girl Scouts of all ages on January 28. Daisies and Brownies can learn how to think ahead when saving their pennies; Juniors can learn how to become savvy shoppers; or you can gather up your entire troop for a sleepover in the Discovery Center!

For more information check out The Discovery Center’s events page.

Let’s Go to Broadway! The Service Unit Manager in the Vestal area has put together a bus trip to NYC to see the Broadway show Aladdin on Sunday, February 12! She has 26 seats left and is opening it up to other Service Units.

If you have a non-registered friend that would like to go the cost is $140.

For more information or to get tickets email Kristen Duff at kduff@binghamton.edu.

Discover more (with a friend): Enjoy winter at our Comstock Adventure Center on February 5 with your favorite pal! We’ll go on a winter hike, make a winter craft, and warm up with some hot chocolate. If the weather permits, we can try out the cross country skis and snowshoes.

Sign up here.

For a full list of the events and programs going on throughout the NYPENN community, visit our website.

Troop Tuesday: CookieWow!


We kicked-off the Girl Scout Cookie season with two amazing events across the NYPENN community. We had over 1,500 attend our second annual CookieWow event in Syracuse and a number of Girl Scouts in attendance at our sister event in Ogdensburg.

It was wonderful to see Girl Scouts of all ages participating in all our programs, sharing their hopes and goals for the upcoming cookie season, and having fun!

Thank you all for making CookieWow such a fun and memorable event! We can’t wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish through your cookie sales.

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Girl Scout Giving Never Goes on Holiday

How did you spend your time over the holiday break? Susan Donahue writes to tell us about what 1 of her Daisies and 2 of her Brownies decided to do over the holidays:

“This is a photo of 3 of my girls from Raquette Valley Service Unit 501 from Norwood/Norfolk troop 60351. These girls delivered donations to our local animal shelter over Christmas break as part of a badge they were working on.”

Great job girls!

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

3 Things for Thursday: She Probably Won’t Learn About These Things in School


We’re all about creating learning opportunities for our Girl Scouts. We want to make sure they have the right tools to succeed. So, we’ve put together a few workshops for the young ladies within our council to prepare them as they progress forward in life and seek to shoulder more responsibilities.

  1. Retail 101: Learn what goes on behind the scenes at our retail store at the Oakdale Mall. This one hour class will show you how it all works: ordering and marking merchandise, stocking shelves, arranging displays, ringing a sale, and handling customer service.

You will get to have hands-on experience and meet with staff.

Even better, participating girls will receive an “It’s all about the business patch” and a 25% coupon to shop the store.

Register for this program (2/16)

  1. Talk Saves Lives: Learn the risk factors and warning signs, how to talk directly with a person at risk, how to connect him/her with a mental health professional, and to dispel myths surrounding suicide and what we’ve learned from scientific research.

Register for this program (3/22)

  1. Safe Dating Workshop: It’s time to raise awareness. The National and NYS Youth Risk Behavior Survey and other data indicate increasing trends in adolescent dating abuse. This program is indented to help raise awareness of the issue and equip teens with the skills and resources they need to have healthy relationships. Girl Scouts wants her to be able to recognize toxic situations in her own life, as well as other’s. We will also be working on positive communication and conflict resolution.Register for this program (2/22)

Troop Tuesday: It’s Your World, Change It

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Donna Clark writes to tell us about a new Daisy and Brownie troop, who just completed their ‘It’s Your World, Change It’ journeys.

“Their Take Action project was to make tote bags from t-shirts (use resources wisely) and put items in the bags that a child might like to have if they were injured or sick.  The bags were donated to Southern Cayuga Instant Aid Ambulance Service to give to children that they assist.”

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Remember This When the Girl Scouts Come Knocking

With each cookie sale Aubrey gets closer to her goal of going to camp this summer. For Girl Scouts, the cookie sale is how they fund community projects and adventures. It’s a meaningful exchange when you buy a box of cookies, you’re encouraging girls to make their own way and go further.

This year marks 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. It’s an important part of our history, which shows the entrepreneurial spirit of girls–their willingness to find a way to create the means to reach a larger, greater goal.

Aubrey wants to sell 1,000 cookies this season, so to help her in her mission, she’s attending the Girl Scout NYPENN CookieWow convention. There she’ll gain resources to help boost her sales and confidence to make her camp dreams a reality.

The only question left to ask is, what will you do when Aubrey knocks on your door?

Learn more about CookieWow

Do you have a cookie story? What have you done with your earnings from cookie sales in the past? And what are you planning on doing with your cookie money this year? Let us know by emailing nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

3 Things for Thursday: Here’s a Few Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Winter Weekends

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What do you want to get out of your weekends as we start the new year? Maybe you want to get outside of the house for a day (or more). The month of January may be cold, but we have something available for every weekend ahead.

1. STEM into the future: Get out to the Salmon Run Mall this weekend (Saturday, January 7) and entertain your inner scientist! Activities include:  Color Mixing Tops; Lava Cups; Exploding Popsicle Sticks; Catapult Building/Testing; Drawing Robots; 3D Shapes; Origami and Marble Maze. No registration necessary.

Find out more about this event

2. Go snowshoeing through Montezuma’s forests: Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to snowshoe through Montezuma’s forests and grasslands on Saturday, January 21. Learn how to read the stories left in the snow by their resident foxes, coyotes, rabbits, and birds. Have you ever wondered how cold-blooded critters survive in the winter? Discover where reptiles and amphibians hide during this season. After snowshoeing, girl Scouts can warm up with a delicious cup of hot cocoa in the Center!

Register for this event.

3. Spend a Winter Weekend at Trefoil: Enjoy a weekend of activities indoors and out from Friday, January 27- Sunday January 29. Girls will have an opportunity to experience STEM, an edible science experiment, arts and crafts, and traditional winter camp fun. Meals on Saturday and Sunday are provided. You are more than welcome to bring your own sleds, snowshoes, or cross country skis.

Register for this winter weekend.

Don’t see anything you like here, thankfully we have a larger list of events and programs on our website. Check it out.