Pittsford Girl Scouts battle period insecurity with care kits

The Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Pittsford Service Unit recently hosted a menstrual pad packing party to help local girls and women.

Girl Scouts sixth grade and up met on a day off of school to assemble the kits which included 4 pads, 2 liners, a hand sanitizer, a friendship bracelet, a Scensibles disposal bag, and instructions for use, as well as positive messages. The kits were assembled for in-need schools in the Rochester City School District where girls sometimes miss classes or use unsanitary solutions because of their lack of access to supplies. Forty girls gathered at the Pittsford Library for the event and were able to pack 2000 period supply kits.

Sophia Schulitz, a Senior Girl Scout, said, “Period insecurity is scary! Girls around the world miss school or are bullied for this. I am glad we can help some of the girls in our community!”

The Pittsford Service Unit hopes that by providing the kits to girls and making menstrual care something normal to talk about they can end period insecurity and empower girls their own age.

This is the third year the service unit worked with Scensibles, which provided the disposal bags for free and helped the girls organize the party. Scensibles provided 2000 pink satin pouches, 8000 sanitary pads, 4000 hand wipes, 4000 Scensibles bags, and 2000 friendship bracelets. This project is an important part of the company’s charitable efforts. The Girl Scouts provided panty liners for the kits and also the girl power to assemble all of it!

The girls also received $750 from the Pittsford Rotary Club to support their project. This allowed them to increase the size of the kits from previous years of working on this project. Additional supplies were donated to the Pittsford Food Cupboard to assist women in the community who need the supplies.

Alice Camaione: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alice Camaione of Pittsford, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Camaione’s project was titled “LGBTQ+ Inclusion.”

Camaione explained, “My Gold Award Project centered around educating others in my school in Rochester about the psychology behind prejudice, how this impacts the way we interact with other social groups, and more specifically, how these instances of prejudice and discrimination impact the LGBTQ+ community, both within my school and nationally. To do this, I administered a survey to gauge the general attitude of students and faculty towards the LGBTQ+ community, after which I gathered the data from a little over 200 responses and created a lesson plan to address these issues. I then presented this lesson to various classes, including Health, Speech, and French, before creating a final presentation for the school administration, board members, teachers, and community members. I hope this project impacts others in my school community to show that all types of diversity should be welcome, as well as ways they can reach out and support the LGBTQ+ community in my school and the immediate Rochester area.”

Camaione added, “Throughout my 14 years as a scout, Girl Scouts has provided a nurturing environment where I can develop my sense of self outside of societal pressures. Girl Scouts has always been a place where I can truly be myself without judgment, and I have gained the leadership skills necessary to pursue my goals.”
Camaione will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elizabeth Fredette of Fairport, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Fredette’s project was titled “Update of Potter Park.”Fredette explained, “Potter Park is a relatively popular meeting place for many groups in our town of Fairport, but due to the building’s historical status we can’t hang anything on the walls. To fix this issue I made an easel which groups can write on as well as hang posters from. I also updated the first aid kit that was already at Potter, making sure to create a paper so that the Fairport Service Unit could keep the kit updated for the next 5 years. Finally I took this whole process and created a video which I posted on YouTube so that other girls could update their own community centers.”

Fredette added, “Girl Scouts has given me so many opportunities to give back to my community over the years. It has also helped me to meet many other girls and even given me the chance to see the impact of my influence on them. Girl Scouts has given me almost all of my strong female role models, including my troop leader who was also my mother, all of my fellow scouts’ mothers and all the women who helped run the Fairport Service Unit. I don’t think I would be as confident in myself as I am had I not been given the chance to be a Girl Scout. I’ve built a friendship with the scouts of my troop which I’m sure will extend well into our adult lives.”

Fredette will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Kayla Stevens: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Kayla Stevens of Pittsford, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Stevens’ project was titled “Connections Through Music.”

Stevens explained, “Music has always been a huge part of my life, and I currently play the clarinet in the youth orchestra at The Hochstein School, a music and dance school in Rochester. When brainstorming what I could do for my Gold Award Project, I knew I wanted to give back to Hochstein’s wonderful community. I sorted through Hochstein’s paper files and historical documents about the staff, faculty, and board members, then I entered key information from these papers into a Google Sheets document. With the information I found in paper files, I was able to create columns in the spreadsheet for data about members’ names, jobs, years they worked at Hochstein, last-known addresses or phone numbers, and some biographical information found in files or online. Before creating this digital system, it was very difficult to find specific information about people connected to Hochstein, since everything was on paper and stored all over the building. But now, all that information is easily accessible since it’s consolidated into one place on the Google Sheets document. In the future, this document will help Hochstein reconnect with its history and community in preparation for its 100th anniversary celebration in 2020 and many years beyond.”

Stevens added, “My Girl Scout troop currently consists of 8 girls from 3 different schools. Even though not all of us hang out together outside of Girl Scout events, we have a great level of trust in one another and turn to each other for support and advice. If it weren’t for Girl Scouts, I do not think I would have this amazing group of girl friends who promote so much positivity and vibrancy in life. I am so glad I have remained a Girl Scout in high school because I feel as though the close friendship I have with these girls is an extremely special and unique experience.”

Stevens will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Gabriella Commisso: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Gabriella Commisso of Pittsford, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Commisso’s project was titled “The Five R’s” and promoted environmental stewardship for students.

Commisso explained, “I created a website titled The Five R’s aimed at students in grades 3-5. The website provides information, activities, worksheets, and projects about waste reduction, following the Five R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. I presented the website with other activities at four 5th-grade classrooms at Thornell Road and Park Road Elementary. I chose this project because I care a lot about the environment and want to make sure other kids get the exposure to environmental issues that I did. Trash reduction is something tangible which is easier for students to understand. With the students, I showed them a birdhouse made out of a milk carton, did a fun composting activity, and left the class a mini-compost made from a bottle that they can watch over the course of the school year!”

Commisso added, “I met some of my best friends from my troop. I can trust and rely on them for ANYTHING, and without Girl Scouts, I wouldn’t have so many people who are so important to me. Girl Scouts has also allowed me to pursue something which is very important to me, environmental outreach, through the Gold Award.”

Commisso will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.