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


By Lisa Kaminski; Community Development Manager

nice2There are many opportunities for girls in Girl Scouts to discover things about themselves like learning what their strengths are; to connect with others, whether that be with other girls in their troop, with girls from their service unit, council wide at council programs or camp programs, or with people in their communities; and to take action to make their world a better place, by providing community service, implementing take action projects, and seeing how their work can make a difference to others.

Sometimes a financial need creates a barrier to girls having those opportunities.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Opportunity Fund helps to eliminate those barriers so that all girls have access to the many opportunities in Girl Scouts. We are an inclusive organization that welcomes every girl to join in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For many families that are struggling through these tough economic times, the availability of financial assistance is the only way their daughters can participate. The Opportunity Fund provides confidential, needs-based aid to individual girl and adult* Girl Scout members. Opportunity Funds help cover expenses associated with essential resources and valuable activities/events for girls in need, including:

o    Membership Assistance

o    Girls Guide/Journey book

o    Uniform pieces

o    Activities that provide substantial Girl Scout Leadership Experience program value, including council camp programs

* Adults can apply for membership assistance or for troop/group activities when their participation is required for safety purposes.

We can eliminate barriers and provide all girls the opportunities they need to find the courage, confidence, and character to succeed.

For information on the Opportunity Fund guidelines and the application visit here

For information on making a donation to the Opportunity Fund visit the council website at

keep calm outdoorsIn February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move!, an initiative that encouraged kids all over the country to get out, get active, and create a healthier future for themselves and their families. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! this month, the White House has kicked things up a notch with the #GimmieFive challenge.

To join in the fun, just share five ways you’re leading a healthier life and challenge your friends and family to do the same by posting photos or videos with #GimmieFive on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, or Tumblr. Looking for inspiration? Here are five ways you might get active – outdoors! – as a Girl Scout.

  • Do a “detective hike” and investigate leaves or tracks along the trail as part of the Brownie Hiker badge.
  • Play a nighttime game of flashlight tag while earning the Junior Camper badge.
  • Take part in a wacky relay race as part of the Cadette Field Day badge.
  • Explore a farm or orchard along the Senior Sow What? Journey.
  • Go snorkeling, surfing, or tubing as part of the Ambassador Water badge.outdoors

Of course there are plenty of opportunities for our littlest Girl Scouts, too! Daisies might create their own “pedal power” by riding bikes on the Between Earth and Sky Journey, or play Red Light, Green Light outdoors while earning their Lupe petal.

Questions about the #GimmieFive challenge? Learn more at

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Cookie season is in full swing! Well your girls are out taking their initial cookie orders, don’t forget that booth sales begin March 28! It’s time to start planning when and where your girls will be out with their cookies serving them up to their cookie customers!

You can view when and where Girl Scout cookies will be near you by visiting or downloading the new cookie finder app for iOS and Android users.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

cookie weekendWelcome to National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2015!

This weekend we are celebrating the positive impact girls make on their communities through the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Not only are girls selling these delicious treats this weekend but they are learning the basic skills they need to be leaders in business and sales, manage their personal and family finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence handling money.

One hundred percent of the net revenue raised through Girl Scout Cookie sales stays locally, and girls decide how their troop cookie money is spent. This year’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend will celebrate girls across the country who use their cookie revenue to fund projects that impact their communities in amazing ways. It will also celebrate the essential “5 Skills” each #cookieboss learns through the cookie program: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Not only can you order traditional cookies like Thin Mints and Samoas this year, but there’s a new cookie available too! The Rah-Rah Raisins cookie is an oatmeal raisin cookie with whole grain oats, plump, juicy raisins, and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.

Local Girl Scouts that take part in a walkabout this weekend can submit their photos to the product sales department and earn the National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend patch!

Don’t forget to check out or use the newly enhanced official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free for your iOS or Android phone or mobile device to find out more about the cookies available and when and where cookies will be near you!

Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

icantwaitLooking for some new program events to take the girls in your troop to? Here are three:

Make your own fairy house – Sunday, April 12, 1-3pm, Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, NY Route 414, Waterloo, NY 13148, (Seneca County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–8. Have you ever seen a fairy house? They are adorable miniature homes, perfect for fairies, and made from materials found in nature. Come see where your creativity leads as you make your very own fairy house! This program is open to the public.

Party in the parks – Sunday, April 26, 1-4pm, Franklin Field, 1147 North James Street,  Rome, NY 13440, (Oneida County). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–12. Join in a community-wide Earth Day Take Action Project to clean up the parks and the Mohawk River Trail in the city of Rome. Meet at Franklin Field and be assigned an area to clean. When your work is done, return to Franklin Field for a pizza party to celebrate your accomplishment! Participants will receive an Earth Day patch.

Tour Engelbert Farms – Friday May 1st, Engelbert Farms, 182 Sunnyside Road, Nichols, NY 13812, (Tioga County New York). Open to Girl Scouts in grades K–5 and adults
Come see the milk house, the milking parlor, cows, pigs, and calves! Learn about farming and what it means to be an organic farmer. The tour will end at the farm store with a small stack.

For information on these and many other program event opportunities visit the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website at


By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Daisy petalsIt’s not too late, you know. There is always time to join Girl Scouts. Lots of people think that you can only join in the fall, at the start of the new school year. They think that they may have missed out on something and they would somehow be behind if they joined now.

That is simply not true.

There is always time to join Girl Scouting. Girls and adults can participate in Girl Scouts in a variety of different pathways. Want to be part of a troop? Great, we have troops that are looking for more girls and volunteers! And, there is no need to catch up on earning badges and awards that other girls may have earned. What each girl earns is individual.

Don’t have time for a troop? That’s OK. Maybe you’d like to participate by joining in on a series happening in your community, or just some great events that are taking place. You can find information about all sorts of program opportunities on the council website at

Think there’s no benefit to joining Girl Scouts at this time of year? Think again. 89% of parents say their Girl Scout is happier because of Girl Scouting. 95% of parents say she has made new friends because of her experience. And, 95% of volunteers say that they know they make girls lives better.

Want to find out more about joining? Visit the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website today.


Let’s Explore the Outdoors!

girls chooseOn Thursday, February 19, Girl Scouts joined President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, and other national park officials to announce a major new White House initiative dedicated to ensuring that every fourth grader in America has access to a national park. The “Every Kid in a Park” program, which is part of a buildup to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, will give every fourth-grade student and their family free access to national parks and officer public lands for a year. Our involvement in the announcement of this initiative is a truly awesome recognition of Girl Scout as a leading authority on the outdoors. This is all thanks to the work everyone in our Movement does every day to provide girls with unique outdoor adventures, from camping, to community recycling activities, to Gold Award projects centered on sustainable energy.

And Girl Scouts is continuing its century-long commitment to providing girls with outdoor opportunities, a commitment we renewed at our convention this past October as we prepared to roll out new outdoor badges and programs. It was there that we unveiled a new Girls’ Choice process in which Girl Scouts can vote on new Outdoor badges. First, we polled girls on their preference among three themes: Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Environment, and Outdoor Survival. They overwhelmingly voted for Outdoor Recreation, and, in December, we encouraged you to help girls vote on the badge topics, choosing among: Outdoor Challenge, On or In the Water, and Outdoor Explorer. The girls again made a clear choice – Outdoor Explorer – and on March 12, we hope that you’ll connect with us on Facebook or Twitter as we unveil the activities included in each new badge.

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