Troop Tuesday: Spreading Holiday Cheer

Troop Tuesday: Spreading Holiday Cheer

The month of December is a wonderful time to let the spirit of giving thrive. Close to 90 girls went out to sing holiday carols at the Maple Downs Senior Home in Fayetteville this month. These Girl Scouts were all a part of the Fayetteville-Manlius Service Unit 139.

Looking to spread some holiday cheer this season? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Troop Tuesday: Filling Bags with Hope

Troop Tuesday: Filling Bags with Hope

Troop 10053 had quite a haul of food to deliver to the CNY Food Bank! They helped fill bags for Brown Bags of Hope at a Tops in Camillus, NY. These Girl Scouts packed paper grocery bags bought by customers of Tops with food equaling $5, $10, or $20.

Here’s how many they filled:

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We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Troop Tuesday: Dress-Up & Celebrate!

Troop Tuesday: Dress-Up & Celebrate!

It’s never too late to dress up for Halloween, right? Karen Banks-Lindner writes to show us an Investiture Ceremony and Halloween party the Norwich Service Unit held early in November.

“After the [ceremony] we played Halloween games, celebrated Juliette Low’s Birthday with cupcakes and had a lot of fun,” Karen says. “There were Scouts of all ages present from Daisy to Ambassadors.”

We want to know what our Girl Scouts are up to. Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Troop Tuesday: Diaper Drive

Troop Tuesday: Diaper Drive

Troop #10494 has done amazing work. They raised $285 in donations plus 3,296 diapers for a total of 6,146 diapers donated to the CNY Diaper Bank–that’s a month’s worth of diaper assistance to 120 babies. This was all done in fun Girl Scout fashion–at a service unit pajama party!

Troop Leader Sonja Rizzo said, “The troop also received about 200 items for the FM food bank which is outstanding as well.”

Your troop could make a difference to families in need right now! Learn how: http://www.cnydiaperbank.org/run-a-diaper-drive/

Want to be featured in a Troop Tuesday? Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

 

 

Troop Tuesday: Bread Run

Troop Tuesday: Bread Run

Fabius Brownie Troop 10179 could be seen volunteering at the CNY Bread Run this year (their first). The race can be run as a Half Marathon, 5K, or Fun Run. These Girl Scouts stood by to help cheer on racers and hand out some much-needed refreshments.

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Want to be featured in a Troop Tuesday? Email photos and a short description to Natalie Shoemaker @ nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

Girl Scout Troop 40181 Chooses the Next President

Girl Scout Troop 40181 Chooses the Next President

The most interesting part of this 2016 Election has been the discussions between Girl Scouts and their parents and troop leaders. Questions should always be encouraged–this is an important and wonderful part of living in a democracy. so, I’d like to highlight how troop leader Erin Rouse used the 2016 Election to empower the voices of her Brownie Troop 40181.

“At tonight’s meeting, which happened to be the evening before Election Day 2016, the girl’s learned the basics of Elections,” she wrote to us an email. “We talked about the process… starting from registering at age 18 to visiting a polling place on Election Day.”

They discussed the significance of the vote for women, in particular, Erin wrote, “We talked about the 19th amendment and Susan B. Anthony.” The girls also learned what a ballot is and how all the votes are tallied up, which all help determine the next President.

As a fun exercise, Erin had the girls voice who they would want to be the next President. “We set up a mock Presidential election and the girls went through the process ending with their votes on who they want to be our next president,” Erin wrote. “Our winner was Hillary Clinton! 5 to 1.”

Erin is hoping to continue educating her Girl Scouts about the political process well after the Election. “We are going to look into visiting the Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester in the near future, as well as the Woman’s rights museum in Seneca Falls.”

As Girl Scouts, we are public servants, committed to using the many to make change at a local level. The Presidency, represents the ultimate commitment to serving the people, but on a national and sometimes global scale.

What do your Girl Scouts think of this 2016 Election? How have you used it to discuss the democratic process?