Program areas at GSGNY
Girl development: over 17,500 girls participated in the Girl Scout leadership experience through a variety of pathways (troop, weekend camp, one-day events, series, travel, and virtual) adapted to an urban landscape, the Council also delivered programming in four focal areas: stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); business and entreprenuership; outdoor education and adventure; and leadership. Over 9,000 managed their own Girl Scout cookie businesses, selling over 1.2 million boxes of cookies. We served 2,603 girls in the Council's science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) experiences in 2020. This inlcuded hour of code, badge days, museum visits, breaking the code camp and virtual cybersecurity academy. 144 girls participated in the 2019-2020 Girl Scout leadership institute through a hybrid model that started in-person and moved to a virtual platform. Girls engaged in age-specific academic transition workshops, joined peer-led committees and attended professional development and career readiness workshops. 1,441 Girl scouts had an outdoor environmental in-person experience prior to the pandemic. Our New online programming included a New self-pace virtual learning model to accommodate the needs of our girls reaching 1,688 particpants. 16 courses were created with 395 lessons. 56 girls earned the Girl Scout gold award, 91 girls earned their silver award and 226 girls earned their bronze award - these are the highest recognitions that girls can earn in Girl scouting, earned by completing projects that improve their communities in sustainable ways. Additionally, 56 eligible Girl scouts at the Council received college scholarships. The Council continued expansion of the troop 6000 program to provide Girl scouting in homeless shelters to over 500 members across 18 shelter sites. They participated in Girl Scout world thinking day in february, sold cookies, and participated in troop activities where they earned badges through weekly meetings.
Camp operations: the Council's camp kaufmann in dutchess county, ny provided outdoor educational programs which were dirsupted due to the pandemic. In its place, the counsel designed an on-line virtual alternative, Girl sccout summer 2.0. 262 girls of all ages participated in in a series of staff and girl-led sessions to bring camp into the home and discover, learn, and have fun, while making New friends and exploring their immediate environment with simple materials and minimal supplies. Virtual campers met twice a day in small groups based on Girl Scout level separated into four themes: interstellar explorers, center stage experience, cybersecurity academy, and summer safari. Each week ended with an evening event for all campers to present what they learned, take virtual trips, and perform showcases. Prior to the pandemic in march, 914 Girl scouts attended seasonal themed weekend camp events including 15 teams of girls at robotics and leadership weekend retreats.
Volunteer opportunities: the Girl Scout program advances the development of 15 key outcomes for girls related to discovering, connecting, and taking action in their community. Through the Council's volunteer corps of over 6,500 adults, they were able to serve girls in virtually every zip code across the five boroughs. Volunteers participated in training to enhance their knowledge of the Girl Scout program and ability to provide girls with travel-related, stem, and camp experiences.