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

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Troop 41007 badge1The Girl Scouts from Troop 41007 from Arkport spent time learning about philanthropy in order to earn the Philanthropist badge!

The girls spent a month on the badge and brought in canned goods every week. On the last day they took the food to their local food bank in Hornell. While there they were able to take a tour and find out why and where the food they collected goes.

Way to go girls! What are your girls doing to help out their communities? E-mail details and pictures to

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Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

nypenn_2-color_crFeel like you’ve been cooped up inside lately? Wanting to connect with other Girl Scout volunteers and have some fun? Why not register for Cabin Fever in the Corning area!

The adult volunteer training event is taking place on February 27th and here are three things you can learn by participating:

Troop management — have questions on how to run a troop meeting, paperwork, planning activities? This is the workshop for you!

First Aid and CPR — need to update your troop first aid certification? There is an additional fee for this course.

Ceremonies and Traditions — want to plan amazing ceremonies for your troop or service unit? Want to learn some of the traditions in Girl Scouts? Join us and have some fun while learning!

For more information or to register for this event, visit the council website at


World Thinking Day

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

thinking dayAs a Girl Scout you are part of a network of girls and women around the globe and each year we celebrate this connection on February 22, World Thinking Day.

This year the theme for World Thinking Day is “Connect”.

This is a day to explore and celebrate all of the connections that make our lives fuller and happier. A day to connect with yourself, with your friends, with your communities, and with the world.

There are some amazing activities on the Girl Scouts website,, for girls to take part in and learn about connecting with others. From keeping a happiness diary, to having an invite a friend to Girl Scouts event, to making the world a better place through a community take action project.

There’s even a Thinking day Award patch for girls to earn by completing different activities.

So, start planning, find ways to connect, and celebrate this year’s World Thinking Day!

For more information about Girl Scouts visit the NYPENN website at


From the Girl Scouts of the USA Blog:

black history monthWhen you think about history, it’s likely that you think about things that happened a long time ago, perhaps even in a land far, far away. But the truth is, history is happening right now – it’s all around us, and it vibrates through the very fabric of the Girl Scout movement. Think about it: Girl Scouts all over the country are in the process of making history in their schools and communities, instituting meaningful change, standing up for what’s right, breaking records, and setting new precedents.

All of this is why when we celebrate Black History Month, as we’re so excited to do this month, we not only honor and remember the phenomenal black women we learned about in our history books in school – we also celebrate the ongoing strength and vision of the black girls and women who are creating change as we speak.

Just take a minute to think about the black women, both you and more experienced at life, who’ve made headlines in the past few years:

  • In 2014, Mo’ne Davis, then 13, wasn’t just the first African American girl to play in the Little League World Series, she was also the first girl to pitch a shutout in the competition’s history.
  • That same year, Mia Love got attention as the first black Republican woman in Congress.
  • And in the legal world, 2015 brought us Paulette Browne, who was named the first woman of color to become president of the American Bar Association.
  • Last year, Misty Copeland was the first African American woman to be named principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater’s 75-year history.
  • Also in 2015, Viola Davis became the first African American actress to take home an Emmy award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, and quoted civil rights activist Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.
  • The U.S. Senate made Loretta Lynch the first Black female attorney general in 2015.
  • Last year, actress and recording star Zendaya not only spoke out against stereotypes about African American hair, she also teamed up with Mattel to create the first Black Barbie doll with a natural hair style. “When I was little, I couldn’t find a Barbie who looked like me. My…how times have changed,” she said.

We have so much to learn from the leaders who have shaped our world, and we’re excited to fill our social media feeds this Black History Month with a showcase of Black women who changed our world in decades past as well as some who continue to do so today. For inspiration from some of the greatest, ranging from Coretta Scott King to Serena Williams, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Did you know we are celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend again in February? We’re excited to be celebrating our girls successes in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and how they are using their cookie proceeds to attend camp, have fantastic travel opportunities, and do wonderful things in their communities! Have a story to share? E-mail it to We can’t wait to celebrate our amazing girls!

The podcast for February, recorded by two of our talented Girl Media Group members, focuses on National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. We hope you’re planning on holding booth sales and walking about your communities to sell cookies during the weekend! We can’t wait to see your photos and stories!

butterfly1We’re so excited to be offering you so many great programs at camp this summer! We have several of our international camp workers returning again this summer and our own Outdoor Program Manager, Mandi Torres, talked to some of them about last summer and what they are most looking forward to this summer.

Camp Name:

Where you’re from:
Derby, England, UK

What you’re studying at University:
Childhood Studies at The University of Wolverhampton

Favorite memory of camp 2015:
Can the whole summer be my favorite memory??? It is so hard to choose just one! Although one stands out for me! Having a birthday on camp, also the first camp counselor birthday of the summer!!! For me I had never been away from my parents on my birthday, so I was quite homesick on that day but all of the other camp counselor’s made it so special and it will be a birthday I will never forget. Just thinking about it puts the biggest smile on my face!

Favorite camp song:
butterfly2For slow song: Linger
For fast song: There was a great big moose

What’s the best part of camp (for the girls):
Meeting the other girls. I saw groups of girls who had never met before be really close friends by the end of the week. And the range of activities that the girls got to do, because they could have been doing archery in the morning and then the high ropes in the afternoon.

Best part of your job:
Seeing the girls happy and excited to do an activity or at the end of the week when a girl would come back with their parents and say what a brilliant week that they had.

What you’re looking forward to in summer 2016:
Just to be back at camp! I miss it so much, from the people to being next to Cayuga Lake.

Why girls should come to camp:
It is a brilliant experience. I have met some incredible people from both sides of the pond that I hope will be friends for life. I have had some once in a lifetime experiences and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

butterfly3Name one thing about you the girls might not know:
I was terrified about coming! I didn’t know what to expect, and for me being away from family scared me so much as I had never been away from them for that long. But getting there and meeting both the rest of the British staff and the American staff made me so much more comfortable and excited for the rest of the summer. Being at camp for those 7/8 weeks also proved to me that I can work with children, because you are with the girls 24 hours for 5 days straight, so it proved to me that I do have the patience to work with them and that I can change plans within minutes, whether it be because of the weather or the schedule changes.

Anything else you want to say?
Coming to camp is one of the best decision I have ever made. I loved it so much and I miss it so much! Saying that I am excited to come back would be an understatement!!!

Camp life is the best life! Register to have an amazing summer at Girl Scout Summer Camp!


Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

MelvinThe 2016 Summer camp registration season is open! Do you know a girl interested in summer camp? And did you know girls do not have to have been involved with a troop to attend summer camp?

The brochure is listed on the council website. Here are three programs being offered this summer:

Water Bugs – This summer camp program will take place at Camp Trefoil. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and make a splash at camp. Have fun playing water games, exploring around the pond and boating. Spend most of your time in and around the water, but also have a chance to try other activities like arts and crafts, hiking and more. For girls going into 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall.

Crafty Creations – At Camp Comstock. Look all around you. It’s your time to see your planet through the eyes of an artist … You! Spend your time testing different ways to express yourself through paint and colors of the world! When you are not creating your special items you will enjoy all the traditional camp activities. For girls going into 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall.

Camp CEO – For girls going into 9th grade & up.  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 female 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.

For more information on these and all of the other summer camp program opportunities visit the council website at


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