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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 http://www.gsnypenn.org

 

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 http://www.gsnypenn.org

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.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

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What goes into being a Girl Scout volunteer? What are the hardest parts? What are the joys?

It can be an intimidating time – becoming a volunteer for any organization. Sometimes you’re not quite sure what you’re doing or what you’re getting yourself into. That’s why we put together this monthly blog series. We are going to follow a relatively new volunteer throughout her Girl Scout volunteer experience. That way you can see first hand what it is like to volunteer with the Girl Scouts. So grab your friends, sit back, and experience first hand the experience of a Girl Scout volunteer.

We last checked in with Andrea Decker from Endicott in November when she was taking her girls on her first field trip. After a long winter’s rest her troop has finally come back together to participate in the cookie program.

When the troop came back together after the holiday break they finished working on the games badge that they had started before the break. The girls played Pancake Pile Up which helped them work as a team and cheer each other on. They also played Headbanz which encouraged the girls to use their creativity. At the end of that meeting everyone tasted the new Girl Scout cookie Rah-Rah Raisins (everyone liked them!)

Andrea’s troop was part of a much larger troop last year that became three troops this year. So to kick off the cookie program the leaders decided to have a cookie rally at the school they meet at and invite all the troops together. Kindergarten through third grade attended. The girls watched a video, “Calling All Cookie Rookies” that is available on the resources page on our website.

“The video provided a great overview of the cookie program and essentials for the girls to know,” Andrea said.

The group was then broken up into two smaller groups. The first group learned about all the different kinds of cookies and played a match/characteristic game about the cookies. Andrea’s troop was in charge of the second station.

“The girls taught the younger troops about cookie booth essentials like smiling, what to say when someone comes to the table and how to make change,” she said. “We then had a large circle in which the girls were able to sample every cookie and vote for their favorite by cheers.”

The rally ended with some cookie songs that really had the girls ready to sell!

During the rally the troop leaders provided the parents with important information like important dates, permission slips and troop permission forms.

In addition to cookies, the troop has some exciting events planned coming up as well. In March, the girls will be starting their service unit project where they have decided to help sheltered animals. The girls are also interested in attending the sing-along at the Oakdale Mall where they will pick out a song to perform.

In April, the troop will be joining another troop at Camp Hoover for a one-night camp out. They are planning on using their cookie earnings to fund the trip and will be working with the girls from the other troop to help plan meals, activities, and a packing list.

We will check back in with Andrea and her troop in March to see how the cookie program is going and follow the start of their first service unit project!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

WTD patchGirl Scouts of the USA wants you to share your guiding light on World Thinking Day!

World Thinking Day is Sunday and gives girls an opportunity to participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. The theme for World Thinking Day 2015 is girls worldwide say “we can create peace through partnerships.” The theme is based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8: to develop a global partnership for development.

World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community – one of nearly 150 countries – with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

guiding lightThe light of a candle has been used for years by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to feel connected and now it’s your chance to connect, share, and shake the world and social media with your Girl Scout spirit! You are challenged to find a creative way to share your #guidinglight!

All you have to do is think of a way to show the world your #guidinglight. You can simply light a candle, or you can get creative and use the sun, your laptop, a lantern, the torch on your phone, a spark from two pieces of flint, or even a campfire! You can also get your family and friends to participate!

Take a selfie, upload it with a message to share with this worldwide movement, and challenge someone else or a whole country to do the same!

Share your picture using the #guidinglight hashtag. Tag: @girlscouts, @wagggs_world.

The social media push will start tomorrow (February 21) with a video message from the WAGGGS World Board Chair Nicola Grinstead. The action will circle the globe, starting on the morning of February 22 in either Kiribati or New Zealand, and ending at midnight in Alaska or Hawaii, where the #guidinglight challenge will be closed with a film featuring your guiding lights! Make sure you stay tuned to social media this weekend to see how widely the #guidinglight has spread throughout the world!

Make sure you share all your World Thinking Day pictures with us as well! E-mail them to kdunne@gsnypenn.org and you could see them on our Facebook or Instagram pages next week!

Have fun and be creative sharing your #guidinglight!

Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

cookie1As your troop begins planning for cookie booth sales, consider ways to make your booth more attractive to customers passing by, and hopefully increase sales.

One way to increase sales at a cookie booth is to offer customers a taste of what they could be buying. But, not just any taste. How about lots of unique, fun recipes that you could make using Girl Scout cookies! Maybe make one of these three and then provide your booth customers with samples. It just might make someone want to buy more cookies!

Thin Mint cake pops – chocolate cake, thin mint cookies, cream cheese frosting and all in the fun shape of a cake pop! Who could resist??

RahRah Raisin apple crisp – a mix of apples, raisins, cookies, oats, and topping. Mmmmmm…..

Samoa truffles – Just 3 ingredients and just like the cookies they won’t last long!

For more information on cookie booths visit www.gsnypenn.org All of the above recipes were found on pinterest or here.

 

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Lou Henry working with Girl Scouts in the field.

Lou Henry working with Girl Scouts in the field.

With Girl Scout Week approaching in just a few weeks, are you looking for ideas for what you could do with the girls in your troop to mark the occasion? Well, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has the Honoring Our Heritage Patch program!

The Honoring Our Heritage Patch program is an opportunity to learn about both the history of Girl Scouting in the United States and the history of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council. There is a treasure chest full of activities and a leader notebook to help facilitate the activities. Treasure chests are available for loan at all of the service centers. Inside you will find games, books, photos, and vintage uniforms, among other things.

Girls can earn the Honoring Our Heritage patch for completing a set number of requirements based on their grade level. Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts complete 4 requirements, while Juniors complete 6 and all grade levels above Juniors complete 8. Girls have to complete at least one requirement from each of the Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities. Activities topics include awards, special Girl Scout days, fashion show, Juliette’s pastimes, and history and archives.

If you would like to learn more about the Honoring Our Heritage patch or borrow one of the treasure chests you can check out the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website, at www.gsnypenn.org, or contact a community development manager at the service center closest to you.

 

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