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

Girl Scouts Is Fun!

By: Emma Nagorny, Girl Scout Junior from Johnson City

laugh 1My name is Emma Nagorny and I am 9 years old. I live in Johnson City, NY and I am entering my fourth year of Girl Scouts. This year I am a Junior Girl Scout. I’m so excited to wear my new green uniform!

Girl Scouting is fun because you go on adventures and compose skills to help you as you grow. Some of the adventures I have experienced are being on the Girl Scout Media Team, learning about First Aid from an EMT, learning about financial responsibility, apple picking and helping a soup kitchen.

I love all the girls in my troop. We have a lot of fun together and laugh a lot.

Girl Scouting has helped me become a better person – someone who is kind and helpful. I hope every girl has a chance to be a Girl Scout!

Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

nypennInterested in joining Girl Scouts? You can attend one of the upcoming events taking places around the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction to find out how to join and how to volunteer! Here are three:

Wayne County Girl Scout Jamboree — Join leaders in Wayne County at the Girl Scout Jamboree on Saturday, August 29, from 1  to 3 p.m. at the Palmyra Fire Hall. Current Girl Scouts will provide activities, crafts and Girl Scout snacks. Local troop leaders will be available to answer questions and take registrations for the upcoming year. Annual cost is $15. Cash or credit card payment will be accepted.

Meet the Cat in the Hat — Join Girl Scouts, make something fun to take home, and meet the Cat in the Hat. September 12, 2-4pm at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, NY

Information Open House – Find out about Girl Scouts: How to join and how to volunteer! New Hartford, NY, September 22nd

Continue to check the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website, at, frequently for more information and registration events coming soon!


A weekend by the water

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

Marion view2Autumn is beginning. School will be back in full swing soon. Here is your chance to get your Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts together for a fun weekend, before they get super busy with school.

Come for a weekend of activities just for older girls, in and around the water and around camp. Advanced canoe techniques, water gymkhana, basic auto mechanics/maintenance, introduction to martial arts, archery, group dynamics, advanced outdoor cooking, Silver/Gold Award info, and personal health issues are some of the things we have in the works.

Friday, September 18- Sunday, September 20, 2015. Amahami Outdoor Center, 434 Page Pond Road, Deposit, NY 13754. (Broome County)

Come have fun, and enjoy a relaxing weekend together as a troop!

For more information, and to register for this amazing program opportunity, visit the council website at

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

codeDo you want to learn how to make your very own computer game? Maybe you want to draw some cool pictures. Make sure you attend the Secret to Code program on October 17 at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.

The program is open to girls in second through fourth grades and can be used as part of earning the Brownie Computer Expert badge or the Junior Entertainment Technology badge. You’ll learn the secret of computer coding and how to use commands, symbols, words, or letters to create your own game. You can also bring your iPad and download the game onto it so you can play it whenever you want!

The cost to attend is $6 per Girl Scout. The deadline to register for the program is October 7. To register, click here.

For more information on other programs and events being offered, click here.

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

park 1Clara, a Girl Scout Junior from Troop 10934 in the Fayetteville Manlius Service Unit, recently took a family vacation where they camped in the Acadia National Park in Maine for a week. While there she earned the very first Girl Scout Ranger Patch from Acadia as part of the partnership between the National Park Service and Girl Scouts.

Clara put in 10 hours to earn the patch. That included four hours of Ranger programs including a night sky program, three and a half hours of raking and cleaning carriage trails in the park, half an hour completing the Junior Ranger Program and two hours working on a custom project. For her project she created an information wheel template with facts and drawings to color about the park’s raptor birds such as the peregrine falcon.

Girl Scouts and the National Park Service announced the partnership park 2earlier this year which gives girls the opportunity to participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. To participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program you can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park near your home.

Share what your girls are doing in their communities (or even while on vacation with their families)! E-mail details and photos to

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

stray haven1Marissa and Kristina from Cadette Troop 41211 from Newark Valley love animals and that’s why when it came time for them to choose what they wanted to do to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award they visited their local pet shelter, Stray Haven.

When the girls visited they realized there wasn’t a good sign at the road that told people where the shelter was. They also noticed there was no sign on their building so people may not know where to go to visit the shelter – so that’s what they aimed to do.

They created and painted two wooden signs. They then handmade stamps to paint paw stray haven 2prints around the sign. Not only that but they spend an entire day out in the hot summer sun painting white paw prints down the driveway leading to Stray Haven. Marissa and Kristina then took old t-shirts that were donated and created 40 dog chew toys.

To help fund their Silver Award project the girls held a can drive which also gave them $65 to purchase dog and cat food and supplies to donate to the shelter.

The girls presented the signs to Stray Haven last weekend.

Share what your girls are doing to make their communities a better place! E-mail details and pictures to

Stray haven 3

Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

cookie1Anyone who knows me knows I was not born with a sweet tooth. Give me a potato chip, in any flavor, and I am the happiest person ever. But every once in a while I do get a yearning for a Girl Scout cookie. Who doesn’t? They’re delicious!

Luckily, I keep some in my freezer for times that they are not available from girls selling them. Add some creative ideas on ways to use them in recipes, from Pinterest, and you’ve got yourself some seriously sweet snacking options!

Here are three I’m trying soon:

No bake Samoa cheesecakes — shortbread cookies, chocolate, coconut, and cheesecake all mixed together. Yum!

No bake Tagalong peanut butter cheesecakes — same as above only with those amazing Tagalongs everyone loves so much!

Thin Mint ice cream popsicle – popsicle made with real cream and Thin Mint cookies. Perfect for an end of summer treat.

These recipes can be found here. Follow Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways on Pinterest too!

For more information about our council, visit the council website at


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