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Make a Difference

Girl Scouts make a difference every day in their communities.

Girl members work individually and collectively on projects they have identified as needs in their cities and towns. Below are just a few of the wonderful take action projects of Girl Scouts. Share your take action project!

Gold Award Project Brings Life to County
McGinnis and Marissa with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo McGinnis M. of Endwell heard Binghamton was named one of the five most depressing cities in the United States based on job loss and lack of optimism. She didn’t think her county was depressing at all so created “BroomeQuest” to show off the great things about Broome County as her Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project. To do this, McGinnis has left 25 scavenger hunts in parks across Broome County that show off the great things the county has to offer. The clue sheets for each BroomeQuest have local history written by the Broome County Historian and nature notes written by an award winning naturalist. Once individuals complete the 1–2 mile hike they will receive a stamp for their journals that were carved from stamp carvers around New York that represent Broome County activities and history. She has been able to share her project on more than one occasion, including with Governor Andrew Cuomo when she represented the council at the Girl Scout Legislative Network in Albany!

Visit BroomeQuest and read more about this great community project. McGinnis has gone on to speak around the county about her project and was honored along with 24 other young women this year for earning Girl Scouting’s highest award.

Gold Award Project Refurbishes Town
Gold Award contender Emily E. is working to give the historic Baldwinsville four corners a mural facelift. To gather input from the community on what should be included in the mural, Emily reached out to community members through a Facebook page. See the progress the mural is taking!

Baking Pies for Food Pantry
Girl Scouts in Weedsport came together in November 2012 to bake pies for the Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry in preparation for the Thanksgiving basket distribution. Each year more than 70 families look to the pantry to collect a turkey and trimmings. See video and more.

Bringing a Little Comfort to the ER
Raquette Valley Girl Scouts made and donated fleece pillows to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. See photo.