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






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!




Here Are Some of Our Favorite Camp Memories

Here Are Some of Our Favorite Camp Memories

Camp is over, so we thought it would be nice to look back at some of our favorite camp memories from this summer.

Wishboat ceremony at Camp Comstock

The wishboats are made from found items in nature. It’s a quiet ceremony. And each wishboat represents a vessel carrying a girl’s hopes into the world.

Ropes course at the Nature Center during resident camp at Comstock

Climbing trees and walking a tight rope.

Riding the zipline at Camp Trefoil

Take a ride between the trees!

Reaching the top of Phelps Mountain during the backpacking trip during Trefoil Resident Camp

Reaching the peak and realizing the vast mountains still left to conquer.

Learning what it takes to be a leader during Camp CEO

Have a favorite memory from camp? Share it with us! Email your story to

Three Things for Thursday: Save on Girl Scout Swag

By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator


Is your girl looking to earn a little cash? Get certified in babysitting.

Get your Red Cross certification. These two day Red Cross certification courses are being offered across Jefferson County. The lessons will help prepare your girl for the adventures of babysitting. She’ll learn how to take care of children of all ages, learn fun games and, most important, First Aid and CPR.

In-Store Discount! If you’re looking to get saving on some Girl Scout swag, the Girl Scout stores of the NYPENN community are offering 50 percent off clearance items until July 30th. We have stores in Cicero, Horseheads, Johnson City, and New Hartford. Check our website for hours across all our stores.

What is your girl curious about? We want to know what interests your girl. Does she want to know more about the stars? Or maybe she’s curious about the microbes that live in and around us. We want to showcase things that will help nurture her imagination. Send in questions to

As always, you can find more information at

Troop Tuesday – Troop 40438

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Rose Walk troop tuesday
Girls from Troop 40438 participated in the 20th annual Rose Walk at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua in June. The proceeds from the walk benefit the patients of the Fralick Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Thompson Health.

Way to get involved with your community girls! Want to be featured in our Troop Tuesday? Tell us what your girls are doing! E-mail info and photos to

Attend A Fall Kick-Off!

regional-kickoffOur regional fall kick-off meetings are scheduled!

All adult Girl Scout volunteers are encouraged to join us, especially leaders, co-leaders, assistants and service team members. The kick-offs will consist of a Community Partner Fair, council updates, breakout sessions, a chance to interact with the board and the chance to win an amazing door prize! Last year we gave away $100 towards a camp rental!

The dates of this year’s fall kick-offs are as follows:

  • August 16 at the Camillus Fire Department – Details
  • August 18 at the Geneva Presbyterian Church – Details
  • August 23 at Mullin’s Restaurant in Gouverneur – Details
  • August 25 at the New Hartford High School – Details
  • August 30 at the Vestal American Legion – Details
  • August 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads – Details

We can’t wait to kick off another great membership year with you, our dedicated volunteers!

Fun Coding Projects for Girls This Summer!

codingCoding is such an incredible adventure that it can up the (learning) fun on even the hottest summer days. Help her forget the heat or rain outside by lighting up her world and her imagination with these awesome coding projects that let her tell her story through technology.

These fun activities are sure to life her spirits, empower her to think big, and teach her so much.

  1. Let’s dance! She can mix dance and code to create some dazzling visuals. This activity is sure to put her brain in motion, and add a little sparkle to any day. Let’s do it.
  2. Let’s animate! She can create her own animated GIFs to share with friends and family. Soooo much fun. Let’s do it.
  3. Let’s design! Does she love fashion? She can use code to create her very own LED dress – it’s out-of-this-world cool. Let’s do it.

With code, she can do all of this and so much more. Plus, she can be inspired to pursue a passion and turn it into an amazing and fulfilling career. Code can help make a lot of great things happen; it can even make the world a better place – for her and for all of us!

Love these projects? There are tons more you can check out and share with your girl on the Made with Code projects page.