New Girl Scouts Patch Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

Lieutenant Governor Hochul Makes an Announcement with the Girl Scouts Councils of New York StateNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in New York gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted suffrage to women across the U.S. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York, including NYPENN Pathways, will participate in the patch program, giving girls across the state an engaging way to learn about the history of the women’s movement in New York and envision how they can lead for justice.

“From the birth of the women’s suffrage movement with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the strongest in-the-nation paid family leave and the Women’s Equality Act, New York has remained on the forefront of the battle for women’s rights and gender equality,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new patch is a great opportunity for girls across New York to learn about the importance of the fight for women’s suffrage as they become the next generation to lead the movement for equality and justice for all.”

Lieutenant Governor Hochul was joined by representatives from the seven New York Girl Scouts councils and Girl Scouts from across the state at a ceremony on March 27, held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Representatives from NYPENN were present , including NYPENN Girl Scouts (pictured with Lieutenant Governor Hochul in above photo, L-R) Brook Tester and Nicole Smith from Troop 10047, Juliette/IRM Ally Wilde, and Juliette/IRM Juliana Buonfiglio. The girls are residents of Manlius, N.Y.

“This year marks a great opportunity to celebrate women’s accomplishments and contributions to our history, including fighting for the right to vote,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The women’s suffrage Girl Scouts Patch is the next step in the Girl Scouts’ history of advocacy and empowerment on behalf of girls and women, and I look forward to joining with these girls throughout the coming year to learn and share about women’s equality. The patch is a key part of the Women’s Suffrage Commission’s work to inspire the next generation of young women who want to rise up and achieve great things themselves.”

womenssuffragepatchupdateThe patch program, developed by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, asks New York Girl Scouts to think about what justice means to them, how the Women’s Rights Movement is a part of their lives today, and encourages them to make advocacy a part of their lives. They must learn the names of key suffragette leaders and the definition of civil disobedience, visit (virtually or in person) key sites in the women’s rights movement, create a suffrage banner, and play games popular for girls 100 years ago, among other things.

View the patch  here and details about the patch program here

The seven New York Girl Scouts Councils participating in the patch program are:

  • Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Western New York

Julie Dale, CEO of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc., said, “The first convention on women’s rights was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, an historic town in our council. These pioneering women were audacious and remind us that all people must be accepted as equal. As modern Girl Scouts, we continue their mission and guide girls to become leaders who have the courage and conviction to stand for what they believe in. It is only fitting that we celebrate these early women who recognized the importance of coming together and shared their voices to win the right to vote.”

The Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing statewide programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State, and 2020, which will be a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified. The Commission’s programs will celebrate the accomplishment of women’s suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all. To get involved, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

 

 

 

 

 

Time To Get Your Cookie Game On!

Time To Get Your Cookie Game On!

Y94 and iHeartRadio want to help Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways and our troops sell even more cookies with Y94’s Cookie Crumble!

Spread the news and get EVERYONE you know to nominate YOUR troop for a chance to set up a booth and sell cookies at a special event with Y94 morning show host Pat McMahon in the Canyon at Destiny USA later this month!

Nominate Your Troop
Now through Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Required information: Troop Number, Leader Name, Leader Phone #
Top 8 NYPENN troops will advance

Y94 host Pat McMahon will reveal the top 8 troops during his morning show on Monday, March 13!

Then Vote to Advance the Top 4 Troops!
March 13 at 10 a.m. – Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Top 4 troops will join Y94 at Destiny USA on March 25 or 26 to sell even more cookies! (cookies provided by council)

While you’re at it…
Y94 is holding another contest to vote for your favorite type of Girl Scout Cookie! Vote and you’ll be registered to win a CASE of every variety of Girl Scout Cookie available through our council. Vote for your favorite cookie!

Share this information and our social media posts regarding the contest with all of your friends and family! Be sure to follow NYPENN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Many thanks to our friends at Y94 and iHeartRadio for helping Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways make 2017 the BEST COOKIE SEASON EVER!

 

 

 

3 Ways Girls of Vision & Grit Can Excel

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There are plenty of ways for girls to advance themselves in new ways and Girl Scouts is here to help her along the way. We believe in empowering girls through choice—following passions and exploring possibilities. So, this week we’re highlighting three amazing opportunities to help her in her life-long journey.

Summer Camp Employment: Maybe she went to came every year when she was younger, and now she has the opportunity to help run it! We are now hiring seasonal camp staff for the summer of 2017. We’re looking for mature, creative, enthusiastic teamplayers, who have a passion for the outdoors to help us make this year’s camp season the best it can be.

Check out the full list of job opportunities here.

Bonus opportunities: Girls who work hard to grow and learn may be interested in a few outside challenges and contests to show their innovative and disruptive minds. We have two opportunities for girls interested in science and computer science, which ask how they can wield these fields to tackle social issues and make a positive change.

Check out all available Bonus Opportunities

Citizen Preparedness Corps: How would you properly prepare for any disaster? We’re holding a 2-hour training course on March 7 at our New Hartford Service Center to show you how. Always be prepared.

Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.

Sign up for this free program

4 Opportunities Where She Can Take the Lead and Learn

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Leadership can take many forms in our public and private lives. We here at GSNYPENN want to make sure girls are comfortable taking the lead in every aspect of their professional and personal lives. We have several programs and opportunities coming up for Girl Scouts to learn about how they can be prepared to take the lead in unexpected situations.

Talk saves lives: Learn the risk factors and warning signs, how to talk directly with a person at risk, how to connect him/her with a mental health professional, and to dispel myths surrounding suicide and what we’ve learned from scientific research.

Sign up for this program for March 22

Safe dating workshop: What does a good relationship look like? It’s an important question, which this program is equipped to answer. We will help teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Girls will begin to explore what constitutes healthy relationships, provide them with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships, and work on positive communication and conflict resolution.

Sign up for this program for February 22

Leaders in training: Spend this day at camp pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, and growing your leader voice!

This program is all about exploring your own leadership style and personality, along with learning how to work with other leadership styles and personalities.We will play many challenging team-building games to exercise our teamwork skills, and explore our leadership styles and personality through individualized quizzes and whole group activities.

Sign up for this program for February 23

Become a Delegate: Get ready to ride the bus to Columbus Ohio to represent Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways at our national convention in October. We’re encouraging our most vocal Girl Scouts (14 years and older) to sign up to become delegates at this year’s National Convention. Deadline is midnight, February 3rd and you can fax or email in your registration.

Find out how you can lead our council and let your voice be heard through this special event.

Your Questions About Camp: Answered

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This winter weather puts us in a mind to think of the warm days ahead: summer. For girls across our council (whether they are girl scouts or not), they have the opportunity to join us for a number of adventures. Camp registration will open February 1 and we can’t wait for you to see what we have planned!

Until that time, however, we have a few upcoming events parents might be interested in attending.

Come see our camps first-hand: We will be hosting two open houses with the option for an overnight stay at our Comstock and Trefoil properties. This is an opportunity for parents and their daughters to see camp and have all their questions about our facilities answered in this first-hand experience prior to the start of summer camp.

There will be traditional camp games, crafts, and activities which may including archery, boating, and hiking! Lunch is included!

Comstock open house- May 6

Trefoil open house- May 27

Camp Info Nights: If you don’t have time to go to come to one of our camp open houses, then come to one of our MANY camp information nights starting in March! Get all of your questions about summer camp answered. Families and troops alike are invited to join us in making a traditional camp snack, GORP, while you meet our camp directors, get to see our camp video, learn more about the facilities at our camps, what a typical week is like at camp, and how this summer’s new and improved program is going to work.

This informational session is perfect for new parents and campers, but also for returning campers who have questions about our new offerings for 2017.

Non-registered girls and adults are welcome to attend. This session is free of charge, however, participants must be pre-register due to limited space.

See the list of Camp Info Nights

Explore camp other ways: Don’t forget, our camps are open for special programs and troop reservations prior to the start of summer camp, so don’t miss out!

Check out our full list of programs and ways you can start having fun at camp now.

Troop Tuesday: CookieWow!

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We kicked-off the Girl Scout Cookie season with two amazing events across the NYPENN community. We had over 1,500 attend our second annual CookieWow event in Syracuse and a number of Girl Scouts in attendance at our sister event in Ogdensburg.

It was wonderful to see Girl Scouts of all ages participating in all our programs, sharing their hopes and goals for the upcoming cookie season, and having fun!

Thank you all for making CookieWow such a fun and memorable event! We can’t wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish through your cookie sales.

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We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Jaime Alvarez @ jalvarez@gsnypenn.org.

3 Things for Thursday: She Probably Won’t Learn About These Things in School

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We’re all about creating learning opportunities for our Girl Scouts. We want to make sure they have the right tools to succeed. So, we’ve put together a few workshops for the young ladies within our council to prepare them as they progress forward in life and seek to shoulder more responsibilities.

  1. Retail 101: Learn what goes on behind the scenes at our retail store at the Oakdale Mall. This one hour class will show you how it all works: ordering and marking merchandise, stocking shelves, arranging displays, ringing a sale, and handling customer service.

You will get to have hands-on experience and meet with staff.

Even better, participating girls will receive an “It’s all about the business patch” and a 25% coupon to shop the store.

Register for this program (2/16)

  1. Talk Saves Lives: Learn the risk factors and warning signs, how to talk directly with a person at risk, how to connect him/her with a mental health professional, and to dispel myths surrounding suicide and what we’ve learned from scientific research.

Register for this program (3/22)

  1. Safe Dating Workshop: It’s time to raise awareness. The National and NYS Youth Risk Behavior Survey and other data indicate increasing trends in adolescent dating abuse. This program is indented to help raise awareness of the issue and equip teens with the skills and resources they need to have healthy relationships. Girl Scouts wants her to be able to recognize toxic situations in her own life, as well as other’s. We will also be working on positive communication and conflict resolution.Register for this program (2/22)