Camp Piperwood inspires girls through powerful female role models

Similar to how girls at resident camp are with their units all week, those who attend Camp Piperwood are sorted into groups by age and every group is given a name that corresponds with the camp’s theme.

For 2019, Camp Piperwood has the theme of ‘Explore More’ and the camp staff wanted to choose powerful female role models that relate to exploration. Each Girl Scout level pulls from a different area, whether fiction or non-fiction.

The Daisy groups are named for TV and movie characters:

  • Dora the Explorer
  • Kim Possible
  • Velma and Daphne from Scooby Doo

The Brownies are literary themed:

  • Cam Jansen
  • Babysitters Club
  • Nancy Drew
  • Ramona Quimby
  • Trixie Belden
  • The Sisters 8

The Juniors are scientists:

  • Jane Goodall
  • Madame Curie
  • Rachel Carson
  • Sally Ride
  • Mae Jemison

And the Cadettes are named for historical leaders and explorers:

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Bessie Coleman
  • Nelly Bly
  • Sacagawea
  • Pocahontas

Those doing ropes are Amelia Earhart.

Each week, all the girls who come to Camp Piperwood sign a Kindness Contract with their group. These documents serve as an agreement between groups that they will treat each other, their counselors, and the other campers with respect.

Beyond others they interact with, these contracts are also about ways to be respectful to themselves and a reminder to always treat themselves well.

Check out some of the Kindness Contracts from this year!

Troop 20173 attends Golden Gate Bridging Event

Five Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 20173 had the experience of a lifetime as they joined 7,000 of their Girl Scouting sisters on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge for the Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Golden Gate Bridging Event. 

The girls, Westfield fifth graders Brooke Luce, Lilly Teeter, Desiree Bowen and Grace Graham and Cassadaga’s Lily Hafner, joined leaders Patricia Bowen and Wendy Graham on a whirlwind trip across the country. The four-day adventure was a time of firsts: for many, it was the first time they had flown; for some, it was their first time away from family; and for all it was their first time amid so many of their Girl Scout peers.

“In Girl Scouting, when a girl moves up to a new level they call it bridging,” Patty Bowen said. “We’ve had bridging ceremonies over small local bridges before. When we found out girls on the west coast bridged over one of the Engineering Wonders of the World, we were in.”

The ceremony was only for 5th graders bridging from Juniors to Cadettes, which means all of Troop 20173 was eligible.

“Then we just had to find funds,” Wendy Graham said.

The catch: the event was just over 4 weeks away when the leaders found out about it. 

“Our small community just came together to make sure we could afford it. It gives me goosebumps to think of everyone who helped to make this happen. We received donations from our local American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, VFW, VFW Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, and Westfield Fisheries along with many personal donations people made when they heard about what we wanted to do and the opportunity we wanted to give these girls. We even had most of the money for our seven flights paid for by one individual donor. It was that one anonymous donation that got the ball rolling!” Bowen said.

In the end, the girls were able to see redwoods in Muir Woods, tour San Francisco by bus, visit Sausalito, take a ferry ride past Alcatraz, ride a cable car, and see the sea lions on Pier 39.

“And that’s all besides the main event!” Graham said. “Bridging day included walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, various Girl Scout stations set up in Chrissy Field, and our girls got to meet the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California and earned her special CEO patch.  The ceremonies closed with the largest friendship circle in the world, which was truly awesome to see and experience.”

A real bonus was that the girls got to meet the pilot on their return trip- herself a woman in a largely male-dominated industry!

Despite a few bouts of homesickness, all of the girls say they are eager to travel again. They are already looking toward their next scouting adventure, which was truly awesome to see.”

You have less than a week to register with Extended Year Membership!

We’re in the final days of extended year! Don’t miss your chance to get a jump on Girl Scouting with Extended Year Membership!


We’ve already talked about how Girl Scouting is a year-round experience, and now we have the best way to get started! Our Extended Year Membership gives you the fun of Girl Scouts the rest of this year AND the entire next year as well.

Regular membership is $25 per membership year, which runs October to September. Extended Year Membership gives you the rest of the 2018-2019 year AND the 2019-2020 year for only $35.

That means you can attend our exciting upcoming programs, go to camp, find your troop, and learn what it’s like being a Girl Scout ahead of the fall rush. You give yourself an edge now instead of rushing around during the busy back to school season.

For pre-k girls, this means they can join right now with Extended Year and have a whole summer of fun before the year kicks off in October. We even have a special Daisy Launch initiative, featuring activities and parties throughout the summer for our new Daisies.

Begin your journey as a Girl Scout today and join with Extended Year Membership!

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On-Time Renewal is coming!

The summer coming to a close isn’t a complete bummer when you remember it’s almost time for the new Girl Scouting year!

If you missed Spring Renewal, there’s still time to renew your membership and receive some amazing incentives, like gift cards and pop-up gifts. Plus, we have a new incentive for troops this year that you’re going to love. Stay tuned to learn more!

Set a reminder now because On-Time Renewal starts Thursday, August 1, in just eight short days!

Thank you for a wonderful Girls Scouts Love State Parks Weekend!

Last weekend, Girl Scouts of the USA held the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! More than 100 of our councils participated, welcoming girls into nearly 400 state in parks in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

In Western New York, we had welcome centers at four of our state parks and encouraged girls to go to others as well. Nearly 350 of our Girl Scouts signed up to visit a park in New York state!

We spent the weekend at Allegany, Letchworth, Buffalo Habor, and Beaver Island. It was amazing to see all the girls and their friends and families who came outdoors to experience these amazing locations practically in our backyards.

A Junior and Cadette Girl Scout at Beaver Island State Park
A group of Girl Scouts and their families ready to go on the Excalibur Boat Ride at Buffalo Harbor State Park
This Girl Scout got to meet Juliette Gordon Low at Allegany State Park
A Girl Scout visiting our welcome center at Letchworth State Park

To view more photos from these four state parks, check out the full album here. To see parent submissions from these and other parks, click here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s event, happening September 12 and 13, 2020!

Congratulations to Taylor C.!

Taylor, C. – Completed the Girl Survey for Outdoor Programming

Run by the Outdoor Department, this survey was designed to learn from girls what they want when it comes to outdoor programming. Whether it was a fun idea or more of something they wanted to do, they were invited to participate through the survey to win a prize! Taylor C. was the winner, and her prize was a bag of camp goodies! Since Taylor loves Girl Scout camp, we know these will come in handy.

Resident Camp is open!

Yesterday marked the official first day of resident camp at both Camp Timbercrest and Camp Seven Hills! We were so excited to see our Session 1 campers arrive so we could begin our first exciting week.

You can stay updated all summer long with our camp activities by checkout out our camp blogs and Flickr account!

Camp Timbercrest News

Camp Seven Hills News

GSWNY Camp Photos

Plus, you can still register for our remaining sessions! Learn more at gswny.org.