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

early bird patchToday, June 30, is the deadline for many things throughout the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways:

Early Bird registration closes today. Girls that register for the 2016-17 Girl Scout membership year by today get an exclusive patch. In addition, service units receive $2.50 for every girl that is registered by June 30 and troop leaders receive a mug when the majority of their troop registers during Early Bird. Also there is an exclusive opportunity for girls to begin selling early on the online portion of the Fall Product Sale when they are registered through Early Bird.

Financial reports and 12 months of bank statements, as well as Troop Progress Reports, are due by June 30. If you need assistance completing your financial reports, please contact your service unit treasurer or regional team member.

The 2017 cookie rewards can be voted for by girls through June 30. To cast your vote on the rewards you want to see next year, click here.

For more information, visit the council website at www.gsnypenn.org.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

we're openWe are excited to be listening to your comments and changing the hours of the New Hartford boutique back to being open Tuesdays and Thursdays for your shopping convenience! These new hours go into effect July 1.

The summer hours for the New Hartford boutique will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In appreciation of your understanding and patience we are also offering you a special sale! Shop in the New Hartford boutique any time in July and receive 10% off anything! Stop in, shop (don’t forget about using cookie dough!), and save some money.

Click here to see the hours of all of our boutiques.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Troop Tuesday bike trail
Troop 20354 recently helped the Rotary Club clean up some of the Canal Bike Trail that travels through Little Falls.

Great job helping to clean up your community girls! Share how your girls are making the world a better place and you could be featured in our Troop Tuesday! Send photos and info to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Gold Award
Twenty-four amazing young women have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award this year! We’re excited to spotlight their amazing projects and how they have made their communities better!

Ashley Van SlykeAshley Van Slyke of Manlius is a junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. For her Gold Award Take Action project she raised awareness of the need for religious tolerance. She did this in part by interviewing leaders of many different faiths. She compiled this information into a video and presentation that she shared at an event that she organized. She also made a DVD with a powerpoint and video and has shared it with youth groups throughout the area.

Jazzmin WipfJazzmin Wipf of Palmyra is a homeschooled senior that will be attending the University of Vermont this fall. She plans to study zoology and environmental science. For her project she raised awareness about the impact the rhinos have on the ecosystem and the need to save them from being killed for their horns. She worked with the Seneca Park Zoo and the DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage in Africa. The information she gathered during her research as well as the coloring pages she created to inspire children, was shared with the  Zoo and Orphanage for them to do educational programming with school age children.

Rebecca WolkenRebecca Wolken of Syracuse is a graduate of Bishop Grimes High School and is currently a student at SUNY Binghamton where she is studying business administration. Her take action project aimed to help children and teens waiting for medical care in emergency rooms. She created activity packs divided by age. All the activities are in binders so that staff can easily replicate them for years to come.

Lyndsey YackelLyndsey Yackel of Williamson is a senior at Williamson Senior High School. She will be attending Hofstra University in the fall where she plans to study early childhood education and musical theatre arts. Her project, “Getting Green with Kindergarteners” allowed her to combine her interest in working with young children with the opportunity to create awareness for the environment. A video of her project is on YouTube f or others to see and learn and hopefully use in their communities as well.

Over the past several weeks we have enjoyed featuring all of this year’s amazing young women that have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award! Are you working on earning your Girl Scout Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards? We want to know! Send info and pictures to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

smoking ban

Smoking in public areas affects many people. It doesn’t just hurt smokers, second-hand smoke hurts every living thing, even the trees. It can kill innocent people. Everybody can have problems breathing cigarette smoke, but some people can get really sick. No one enjoys sitting next to someone smoking at their child’s sports game or at a playground. Did you know that cigarette butts are not biodegradable? They can take up to 15 years to break down! More events would take place in public parks if there aren’t people smoking in the parks.

We Girl Scouts believe that living things shouldn’t have the threat of nicotine in public areas. We started a petition to make Vestal parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields smoke free. Since you’re reading this letter you must care about our community too. Place contact the Board of the Town of Vestal to tell them what you think about smoking in Town parks.

Sincerely,

Girl Scout Troop 30245

That was a letter to the editor that appeared in the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton on June 10.

The girls from Troop 30245 spent this year working on the “Breathe” journey and decided that for their take action project they wanted to take on the issue that tobacco use is permitted in Vestal town parks and on Vestal playgrounds and athletic fields. They worked with the Broome County Tobacco Free Coalition to learn the side effects of smoking and second-hand smoke, collected hundreds of signatures on a petition they wrote, wrote this letter to the editor, and attended the Vestal Town Board work session meeting on June 20 to propose a plan for the town to officially ban tobacco use in town parks and playgrounds. They also want to add signs to the parks and playgrounds to remind the public about the ban.

The Vestal Town Board members said they were impressed with the girls’ presentation and agreed to add the girls’ proposal to the agenda for the next town board meeting!

Way to take action to make your community a better place girls! We can’t wait to hear what happens! Send photos and info about what your girls are doing in their community to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

girl scout
Summertime is a great time to get out and bring the message of Girl Scouts to people in the community! Maybe you’ll be out and about with your family. Maybe your service team is working on recruiting new girls for troops for the fall. Here are three places you may not have thought about to share the message about joining Girl Scouts:

Libraries – Summer reading programs begin in just a few weeks and take place at many libraries across New York State. Check your local libraries calendar for program events geared toward school age children. If you happen to be attending an event, bring along some Girl Scout flyers, or parent brochures and talk to other parents attending and tell them what you love about volunteering for Girl Scouts!

Parks and pools – Hanging out at the playground or the community pool with your family or friends? Why not hang some Girl Scout posters? Or strike up a conversation with other adults there about Girl Scouts and all the fun your troop had this past year!

College campuses – College students head back to classes in mid-August. Maybe hold an information table during college student orientation or move-in weekend to talk about ways students could volunteer within your service unit.

For more information on volunteering, and our online volunteer application, visit the council website at www.gsnypenn.org.

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Recruitment

camp lifeIn just a few short weeks your Girl Scout may be headed off to summer camp. Maybe even for the first time. As a parent you may be feeling both excited for her to have this amazing experience and also a bit nervous too. Don’t worry. We’ve got some helpful tips to help both you and your Girl Scout be prepared for this exciting adventure!

Being prepared for summer camp will make your experience mush more enjoyable. Be sure to pack only whats needed and on any packing list you receive. Label all of your Girl Scout’s items. And don’t forget to get any health forms needed from your doctor prior to going to camp.

Have you visited the camp property your Girl Scout is headed too? Knowing what the camp is like beforehand helps ease nervousness of what to expect.

Talk about homesickness ahead of time. And about ways you can stay in touch while she’s away at camp, if she’s headed to resident camp.

Be prepared for noticing changes when she returns from camp. You may notice more independence, more confidence, more resiliency, and some new friends!

For more information on camp opportunities for your Girl Scout visit the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org

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