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Think Camping!

By: Carleen Lattin, Troop Leader in Elmira

campAfter a long, harsh winter, the girls in my Cadette troop are anxious to get outside to do activities. Being stuck inside for so long, having meetings canceled due to inclement weather is not fun. They are starting to ask questions like, “When are we going camping?”

At the start of the year, that is the first thing girls always say they want to do – camping. When I gave them the option of two different weekends, they wanted to do both of course! Since the time they were Brownies, this does not surprise me.

So far, they have been to Yaiewano, Misty Hollow, Hoover, Comstock and Amahami. We have not made it yet to Trefoil because it is several hours away from us.

There are so many beautiful properties we have available for use. Who can pass up s’mores around a campfire or hiking the Beary Trail at Misty Hollow? Another favorite was hiking to the Fire Tower at Amahami and peeking in the Page Pond Hill building. Memories like this you can’t replace. I also remember at Misty Hollow on one trip alone seeing an owl, a bear in the far far distance, a raccoon mimicking me combing my hair and a fawn. Wow! How cool is that?!

Even if you are not a fan of camping, I still encourage a hike on the many trails in the areas around us, walk to get an ice cream. Get outside and make some memories!

Click here to view the various camping opportunities available for this summer!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

campAs spring gets closer, and summer is almost in sight, many troops are beginning to plan activities for their end of year, or even for over the summer. If you are looking for something to do with your troop, or individually, check out these three program events happening this summer!

Glimmerglass Festival Scout Day – Saturday July 26, 1:30-4pm, The Glimmerglass Festival, Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 NY Route 80, Cooperstown, NY, 13326, (Otsego County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12, adults, and non-registered girls. The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination, blending world-class opera and musical theater in a casual atmosphere on a lakeside campus in picturesque Cooperstown. Celebrate Girl Scouting with Glimmerglass’s second annual Scout Day. Experience the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, alongside Boy and Girl Scouts from the region. Show your troop pride by wearing your uniform! Visit the Glimmerglass web site for more information. If attending as a troop, adults within ratio required. Troops must provide a first aider.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari Girl Scout Picnic Event – Thursday August 14, 9:30am-7:00pm, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, 3183 NY Route 28, Old Forge, NY, 13420, (Herkimer County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12 and adults. Come to this one-day event and meet other Girl Scouts from across the state. Fee includes park admission, an all you can eat lunch buffet served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a private pavilion, gifts and activities.

Drain Divas – Tuesday, July 29, 9am-12noon, Castle Creek, Geneva, NY, 14456, (Ontario County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades 4–12 and adults. Help raise awareness to prevent water pollution by participating in the Castle Creek Storm Drain Labeling project! You will learn about how the drains in our cities work. You will also help attach custom designed circular labels that state “No Dumping, Drains to Lake” which will adhere to the curb. These signs will serve as a reminder to Geneva community members that the water entering the storm drain system flows to Seneca Lake. Help make your world a better place by stopping water pollution! You will earn the “Planet Saver” badge. Adults within ratio required. A first aider is provided.

For more information on these and the many other program event opportunities available visit the council website at


Early birds

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

i cant waitSpring. More sunshine, warmer days, birds singing, and in Girl Scouts, Early Bird Registration time!

Early bird registration opened Monday April 14 and runs through August 15th this year! Service units will receive a monetary incentive for each girl who registers prior to the August 15th deadline. Each girl will receive a patch for registering early, and new this year, each troop that registers early will receive a  certificate to design their own photo album to capture their Girl Scouts memories!

Paper registrations will only be accepted for those requesting financial assistance or using cookie dough to pay for their membership fee. All other registrations will need to be completed using eBiz.

For questions about registering early, or for assistance registering through the eBiz system, contact your Community Development Manager.

More information can be found at the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website at



Join Us At Camp CEO!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

camp ceoDue to a hugely successful Camp CEO last year – we are bringing it back this year!

Girls in grades 9-12 will spend a weekend learning from some of the area’s top women executives. Not only that – but they will slip into their favorite t-shirt and hiking shoes and participate in all of the fun traditional camp activities that you enjoy, like canoeing, adventure games, swimming, and much more!

During the weekend there will be mentoring workshops and you will discover what life is like in a variety of careers and gain insight into the challenges and triumphs of these professional women.

Camp CEO is taking place August 22-24 at the Comstock Program Center, north of Ithaca. The cost to attend is $180. To register, click here.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to connect with some of the top women executives!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

buffalo stateAre you interested in majoring in the fine and performing arts in college? Do you want to talk to real students and professionals in the fields of the fine arts, music and dance? Then join the Buffalo State Campus Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 3 at the Buffalo State Campus!

All Girl Scouts, Daisies through Ambassadors, are invited to attend.

Here is a look at what each of the workshops provided will focus on:

  • Music: Led by the Buffalo State branch of the National Association of Future Music Educators, Daisies will get to learn songs and moves to show off to their friends and family. Brownies and Juniors will learn about all the different instruments and figure out which one might be the best choice for them! Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will get a tour of the college-level facilities and learn about what it might be like to study music in college.
  • Dance: With the help of the Buffalo State Pop Dance team, all girls will learn an exciting form of dance that is used on campus to promote school spirit and build excitement at the Buffalo State sporting events.
  • Fine Arts: The girls will work first apart, and then together to create a collaborative city design using puzzles, a quilt and many other materials such as colored pencils, markers, crayon and construction paper. Led by a graduate student in Art Education, after each girl creates her own work of art, they will be combined together to create one amazing, Girl Scout artwork!
  • Museum Arts: At the art museum housed on the Buffalo State campus, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, award-winning college artist Russell Ram will lead the Girl Scouts in a collage project that links words with images. As each of us responds differently to visual images, every piece created will be unique and personal. Beads, ribbons, and all types of collage materials will be incorporated into these one of a kind works of art.

The cost to register is $18 per girl and includes the cost of materials for the workshops, a Festival of the Arts patch, and a Festival of the Arts t-shirt. The deadline to register is April 28 and payment is due by April 30.

To register, e-mail or call (315) 879-2397.

How Sweet It Is

By: Kylie Pierce, Troop Leader in Rome

Sized_Cookies_ThinmintsMy co-leader and I have had a lot of fun helping our Daisies with their first Cookie Program, but even we had a little trepidation about our first cookie booth. Our girls have come out of their individual shells with us for the most part, but around strangers they are still a little shy (which isn’t necessarily a bad trait when it comes to strangers!). At our previous meeting we role-played what cookie transactions would look like, and the sorts of responses that they could give to various questions. They seemed to have a lot of fun acting out sales with their peers.

When we announced our first cookie booth slot and location, we expected that we would have some girls attend, but the troop turned out nearly in full force to support their girl-led goal of going to the zoo. They decorated their table with coloring sheets of zoo animals, and each Girl Scout wanted to be the first to sell a box. Our setup brought herding cats to mind – every girl was excited and anxious about the sale’s success.

After a little further organizing of ourselves and the group, the girls picked a buddy and, as we had done in meetings, each set of buddies had rotating jobs. Some girls would attract customers with boxes of various cookies as they came through the door, some girls would help restock the table, and two girls at a time would sell to customers. Each girl, when it was time to sell, signed a “Thank You for Supporting Our Troop” note, one of which went with every order.

I was a bit nervous that we would be overwhelming with customers – while we were unloading a previous cookie delivery, no fewer than three cars stopped on the street to inquire if we had any extras because they hadn’t placed an order yet! That said, my worries were groundless, and the cookie customers were our best allies. They knew that the girls were learning how to be Girl Scouting’s youngest entrepreneurs, and they played their parts particularly well. Customers asked the girls how much each box cost, let the girls tally the final bill, and even asked them to make suggestions on their favorite cookie, all with the patience of saints. They seemed genuinely happy to be receiving their perennial favorite cookies, and knowing that some of the proceeds were helping the girls go to the zoo made the deal even sweeter.

By the end of the evening, the girls were completing all their transactional steps without any assistance, and were so excited to learn that the nine of them sold an average of just over ten boxes each! They were able to feel the excitement of making and reaching a goal – many wanted to close our table and go directly to the zoo with their earnings. The five skills of the Cookie Program were executed beautifully by our budding businesswomen. In my mind, that is the sweetest transaction of all.

i cant waitBy Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Here at Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways we are always adding new and exciting program events and activities for girls to take part in! Here are three new upcoming programs. Check them out!

Robot Riot – Four Wednesdays, April 16 through May 7, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cicero Service Center, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, 8170 Thompson Road, Cicero, NY 13039, (Onondaga County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades 4–12, adults, and non-registered girls. Build a robot and program it to do your bidding! Compete to see what your robot can do. Participants, including adults, work individually or in pairs using a Lego Mindstorm kit provided by Girl Scouts. At the end of the series, travel to SUNYIT for Robot Riot on May 11, 2014. Progress to the next level as a FIRST Lego League team. Series dates are April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 7. Adults within ratio required. Troops must provide a first aider.

I can cook too — Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Vella Kitchens, 237 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Macedon, NY 14502. Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–5 and adults. Help prepare a soup, dinner, and dessert at this interactive cooking demonstration. Get to eat everything you make! Take home a recipe packet so you can re-create all of the food with your family. Receive a cooking fun patch for participating. A first aider is provided.

Day with Wolves – Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Wolf Mountain Center, 562 Hopkins Crandall Road, Smyrna, NY 13464, (Chenango County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12. Adults within ratio required. Troops must provide a first aider. Supports the following journeys: Daisy: 3 Cheers for Animals, Brownie: Quest, JunioraMUSE

For more information on these and the many other events available visit the council website at


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