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

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By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is inviting your girl to camp her way to success this summer! Comstock Program Center, on the west side of Cayuga Lake just north of Ithaca, is hosting CEO Camp for 48 girls in grades nine through twelve, August 20-23. This amazing program connects girls with Central New York’s most accomplished women to increase their confidence and professional insights while they participate in traditional camping activities. Girls will learn teamwork and leadership skills while they hike waterfalls and canoe with women that are successful in their fields. They will expand their network of forever friends and invested adult mentors. This program is so popular that it has been expanded an extra day this year! Here’s what previous campers have to say about how the program has benefitted them:

“My ‘aha’ moment was when my advisor told me that leadership is never something you do alone. You always have people who help you along the way.”

“The mentors helped me to realize that I have to live my life the way I want.”

Don’t let your girl miss out on this learning opportunity. She is a leader of tomorrow. Leadership should be fun!

A girl doesn’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend Camp CEO. Thanks to funds from the Triad and Allyn Foundations and several individuals, all girls attending are being given scholarships. Girls just need to submit an application, along with the non-refundable $50 application fee.

Girls and parents of registered Girl Scouts interested in this program should visit page 9 of our camp brochure.

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

keep calm outdoorsLooking for some fun places to take the girls in your troop to? Maybe you didn’t even realize that all three are in the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction. Get out your safety activity checkpoints, do some girl planning, complete your troop travel agreement, and get on the road this summer to visit one of these three places:

Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame – GS NYPENN has an agreement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame for girls to earn a  patch when making a visit. Complete the museum discovery tour which focuses on character traits and virtues and earn the fun patch! The activities to earn the patch were designed by a Girl Scout troop from Cooperstown, NY.

Herkimer Diamond Mines – Go and mine for diamonds. Herkimer Diamonds. There are area campgrounds to make it a weekend trip and they are offering a Girl Scout Jamboree this fall too! You can even learn how to make your diamonds into jewelry after you find them.

Watkins Glen Gorge – Take a hike through Watkins Glen state park gorge trail. Learn environmental history, see 200 foot cliffs and 19 waterfalls along the way!

You can find the troop travel agreement forms on the council website at

gold_awardBy Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

If you haven’t reserved a place for yourself at the 6th annual meeting of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways yet, do it today! The event will take place on Saturday, May 30th, at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Meet and greet our Board members and the service unit delegates. In the morning, hear the latest council news and be part of interactive breakout sessions on our governance structure.

After lunch, we will have the pleasure of recognizing the young women from throughout our council who have achieved the highest award in Girl Scouting, the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. Be there to share in their excitement and see their projects!

Everyone is welcome. Visit the council website at to RSVP

MarianBy: Marian Van Vlack, Lifetime Girl Scout from Whitesville, NY

Just two weeks until I start my hike!  However, all of my attention has been diverted and focused completely on finishing the semester and graduating.  I had to put my planning on hold as I finished my final projects, wrote my papers, and took exams.  I spent my last week tying up loose ends and spending time with all my friends from school.  It’s been a bittersweet time as I say goodbye to the place that has been my home and the people who have been my family for the past five years.  As I’ve started going through this transition I am more and more excited about spending time on the trail.  It will be good to have some time to reflect on the transition I’m making.  I’ve spent the last eighteen years as a student, and for the first time since I can remember I won’t be starting classes in the fall.  Even though I haven’t had much time for preparations these past few weeks, I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I want to get out of my time on the trail.  I will have a lot of time to think and reflect while out in the wilderness and that is just what I need to prepare for this new chapter in my life.  I am now officially a graduate of RIT and I’m ready for my next adventure!

By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern


Two Girl Scout Cadettes are encouraging others to read and making money in the process. Athena S. and Emma W. of troop 10806 created the winning video for the 2015 Teen Video Challenge by the Summer Reading at New York State Libraries program. The contest was open to all New York State teens between the ages of 13-18. Videos had to be between 30-90 minutes long and reflect the 2015 CSLP teen slogan “Unmask” for the Summer Reading Hero theme. Athena and Emma chose the slogan “Unmask Your Imagination” and featured a sorceress reading “Dark Arts Defense for Heroes” who comes face to face with a villain reading “5 Spells to Totally Trash Heroes.” The sorceress sees that the villain looks like she could be her twin. She goes back to her book, glad that reading material at the library will help teens “be ready for whatever their moods might unmask through imagination.” Athena and Emma received a prize of $150 plus a $50 donation for their library. To see the result of their hard work, visit the Summer Reading at New York State Libraries page at: Athena and Emma will also be honored at a Summer Reading Program kick-off at the Dewitt Community Library on June 29 from 2-4 p.m. Join the fun!

early birdBy Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

There is just a little over a month left for early bird registration for the 2015-2016 membership year. Don’t forget these three amazing incentives for registering early!

Any girl who registers by the June 30th deadline will receive an early bird patch!

Troops that participate in early bird registration can get a 20% discount on merchandise at the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways boutiques.Imagine how much you can save on troop supplies like badges and patches!

Service units will receive a financial incentive for each girl that re-registers early. These funds can be used toward service unit events for girls, so that more girls have more opportunities in their communities to participate in fun Girl Scout events and programs.

Re-register now!

For more information visit the council website at

Short and Snappy

newark vet's paradeBy Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Spring and summertime often mean that girls and troops may be asked to participate in community parades. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has a short and snappy training for volunteers planning on taking their troops to participate in parades.

Parades are a great way for the residents of your town, village or city to see that there are Girl Scouts in their community. Chambers of Commerce might request that Girl Scouts participate in local parades, or a council staff person may get notifications or requests for participants from various organizations and agencies especially around major holidays.

If you are asked to participate in the parade there are a few things that need to be considered before you agree to participate:

1. Is the location accessible to all participants in the group?

2. Is it appropriate to the girls in your group?

3. Are restrooms available?

4. Proximity to medical facilities

When using floats at parades follow the following guidelines:

1. Automobile insurance is covering the trucks and automobiles that are drawing floats

2. Construction of the float is safe

3. Use non-toxic or highly flammable materials

4. Body of float is secured to the vehicle

5. Portable ABC fire extinguishers are aboard the float

6. Secure seating is available for riders on floats or a secure handhold/safety harness if standing

7. Participants do not walk close to moving floats

8. An adult accompanies girls on any moving float

9. Nothing is distributed to onlookers from a moving vehicle or float

Volunteers should refer to the safety activity checkpoints for all of the guidelines. There are also a number of other short and snappy trainings available as volunteer resources, on topics such as bridging, court of awards, conflict management, and planning trips with girls. Check them out by visiting the council website at

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