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

Bridging and Awards

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Bridging to adults1As springs gets into full swing over the next few weeks and as the end of the school year starts to be in our sights, many troops begin to think about ways to recognize the girls for the awards they have earned, and also to celebrate girls’ achievements of moving up to a new level in Girl Scouts.

An end of year Court of Awards and Bridging ceremony is the perfect way to recognize girls’ hard work, celebrate success, and involve families.

A Court of Awards ceremony may include one or more troops/groups or several in an area. It is a time to pause and give recognition to the girls or adults who have accomplished something. The ceremony may include the distribution of badges, Journey awards, participation patches, or anything else that girls are eligible to receive as a result of their initiative and their troop/group program activities.

Time should be allowed for girls to really achieve something before this ceremony is held, and can be held as many times during the year as you choose. A flag ceremony to open the Court of Awards is always appropriate. The leader can give a summary of activities and service projects accomplished during the year, and review some of the hard work that has gone to the earning of badges, both by the group and by individual girls. The awards are presented to each girl individually.

A Bridging ceremony marks the end of one level and the beginning of another in Girl Scouting. The “bridge,” or crossing over into a new program level, can be symbolized in different ways. Use your Imagination!

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has short and snappy training resources for troop leaders on both of these topics, as well as many other topics. For more information, and to find those training resources, visit the council website at


By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

I know with the cold weather we’ve been having it’s hard to think about the summer but you don’t want to miss the great Girl Scout summer camp sessions being offered this year! Several have already filled up so take a look at the camp brochure and register today!

Still not sure if your summer will include a trip to Girl Scout summer camp? Sadie and Sophia from the Syracuse area, and members of the NYPENN Girl Media Team, tell you why you should make sure you attend camp this year in April’s podcast!

Why do you attend Girl Scout summer camp every year?

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

gift of caringHave you heard the line from Girl Scout cookie customers – “I already bought enough cookies”? Then remind them about the council Gift of Caring program! Not only will they support girls but they will be making a worthwhile donation!

The council Gift of Caring program is once again supporting the Military Family Assistance Center. The center shares the donated cookies with Veteran groups, military members and family members throughout New York State. Last year, thanks to the support of local communities, we were able to donate 1,100 cases of cookies to the center – that’s over 13,000 boxes of deliciousness and skills for girls!

If you participate in the council Gift of Caring program you can earn the Gift of Caring patch!

Make sure your cookie customers know about this great program!

To find cookies near you, click here, or download the free cookie finder app for iPhone and Android users.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Girl Media Team member Hannah and staff member Christina on WETM in Elmira to talk cookies!

Girl Media Team member Hannah and staff member Christina on WETM in Elmira to talk cookies!

Have you heard about the awesome Girl Media Team?

Several of our girls just finished making the rounds for cookie interviews and were on various radio and television stations helping us to promote the sale! These girls are truly amazing – as demonstrated by a couple of them in this video of them on Bridge Street back in February.

We are looking to expand our team in all areas so if your daughter is in fourth grade or up, loves Girl Scouts, and is outspoken, then the NYPENN Girl Media Team is for her!

As a member of the team, you will be trained to talk to the media about Girl Scouts, be involved in recording the monthly council podcasts, write council blogs…and the best part is you’ll have fun!

Several former NYPENN Girl Media Team members have gone on to college to major in communications. If that’s what you’re interested in this could be the activity that sets you a part from the other hundreds of applicants. There are trainings set up in Johnson City and Cicero that you can still be part of!

  • April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Johnson City Service Center
  • April 7 at 10 a.m. at the Cicero Service Center

All you need to do to get involved is to fill out the application and permission form, found here and e-mail them to

Don’t worry if you’re not near Johnson City or Cicero. I will schedule a training in your area!

I can’t wait to meet you and to show you what fun the Girl Media Team is!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

shoppingLooking to get out and about with your troop this spring? Here are three new program event opportunities for girls:

Zumba and Dance – Friday, April 3, 6:30-7:30pm, Victor Parks and Recreation, 1290 Blossom Road, Victor, NY 14564, (Ontario County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–3 and adults. Get moving and zumba with your friends! Dance, exercise, and enjoy time with other local Girl Scouts. Brownies, earn your Dance badge at this program. Program fee includes the badge for Brownies.

Earth Day event – Saturday, April 25, 10am-noon, Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street,   Binghamton, NY 13905, (Broome County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–8. Go green! Explore the effects of pollution on the environment. Explore many creative ways to use recycled items instead of sending them to landfills. Learn about alternative energy sources and ways to save the earth from your own home. The Brownie Household Elf badge is included in the program fee for Brownies; an Earth Day patch is included in the program fee for other grade levels.

Sleeping with Dinosaurs – Friday, May 15 7pm to Saturday, May 16 8:30am, Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, (Tompkins County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12 and adults
Step back into the Ice Age! Study fossils, solve problems, and learn how to do real science. Let the Museum of the Earth educators lead you in hands-on activities and teach you how to do real science. Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum. Finish the night by sleeping next to the dinosaurs! Bring your own breakfast.

For information on these and many other new program event opportunities, visit the council website at


Early birds

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

icantwaitThe calendar says spring. I believe just about everyone wants it to arrive. We’re waiting….patiently. Spring. Warmer weather, birds singing, flowers popping through the ground, green grass. And, early bird registration at Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.

Information about early bird registration will be coming out soon. This year watch for incentives for girls, troops and service units who get their registrations completed early. It makes the busy, fall season, less hectic.

Once early bird registration opens members of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will be able to register online by creating an online account and using a credit or debit card. Troop leaders will be able to manage their troop members online until September 30, 2015. Parents or guardians can also manage their family members. One person per family will be designated the family manager. If any problems are encountered during the registration process members can contact for assistance.

Some things to remember when registering online: make sure to register for the correct membership year; choose the appropriate adult position code; troop numbers are 5 digits; membership fees are non-refundable and can not be transferred to another member; check your entries for accuracy; and print or save your receipt.

Paper registrations can also be found at under Forms.

Watch for more information coming soon!




By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

outward boundYou asked for it and they are here – summer camp sessions for older girls! Take a look at some of the offerings that could give you a summer adventure this year!

At Camp Trefoil:

  • Whitewater Rafting on the Hudson River: open to girls in grades 9 and up from August 2-7. If you enjoy high adventure, this week is for you! You will go whitewater rafting down the Hudson River twice on this trip, once in a raft and the second time in an inflatable kayak! Travel to Adirondack River Outfitters to enjoy three nights camping at Lake Durant and rafting on the Hudson. You will practice your skills in inflatable kayaks to prepare for your river trip. All participants must attend a pre-trip meeting in May. When you are not on the river, you can choose to hike to a waterfall or just relax at your campsite.
  • Designed By You: open to girls in grades 9 and up from July 26-31. Are you thinking that you have been there/done that and camp has nothing to offer you? Think again – come and design the program of your choice from arts and crafts to adventure on the ropes course, and biking or explore Camp Trefoil and camp where you have never camped before. This program is totally up to you.
  • CIT 2: open to girls who are 16 years old before 7/1/15 from July 26 to August 7. Do you dream of becoming a great leader? This program can help you prepare to work at camp as a counselor or in another position. Participants must leave camp between sessions, July 31-August 2. All prospective CIT 2’s must submit a resume and essay with their registration telling us about their prior camping experience, their leadership experience with children, and why they want to be a CIT 2.

At Comstock:

  • CIT 1: Girls must be 15 years old before 7/1/15 from July 5-17. Do you want to be a camp counselor someday? You’ll learn more about yourself and strengthen your leadership skills in areas like group dynamics, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Participants must leave camp between sessions, July 10-12. You need to have completed at least two resident camp programs or have equivalent troop camping experience. All prospective CIT 1’s must submit an essay with their registration telling why they would like to become a CIT1.
  • Wild and Free: open to girls in grades 9 and up from July 12-17. Veteran camper this year and want to plan your own week and activities here at camp? Well this is the program for you! You’ll get to decide what activities you want to do during your stay here, but don’t forget to let your counselor in on your adventures to help make sure you have a safe and fun experience!
  • Leave Your Mark: open to girls in grades 9 and up from July 19-24. Create duct tape art, faux painting, hanging wallpaper or just a border at Camp Comstock this year! Use these projects to leave your own mark at camp such as duct tape flowers for a table or create a duct tape sculpture with the sky as the limit!
  • Camp CEO: open to girls in grades 9 and up from August 21-23. Have you ever thought of being your own boss or a top executive of a growing company? Get a jump start to your future and spend your weekend learning from some of the area’s top women executives. They will also be participating in the same camp activities as you like hiking, swimming, canoeing and adventure games. Through mentoring activities and workshops, you will discover what life is like in a variety of careers and gain insight into the challenges and triumphs of these professional women.

Don’t let these sessions that you asked for being canceled due to low enrollment! Get your registration in today and guarantee yourself an amazing summer! For more information or to register, click here.

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