TICONDEROGA Girl Scouts "builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place" and has served local girls since 1916. Nearly one of every eight girls between 5-17 years old is a Girl Scout, gaining access to leadership and team-building skills, career skills and exploration, and character building with the guidance of caring adult role models. Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York was created from the union of four Girl Scout Councils (Hudson Valley, Mohawk Pathways, Adirondack and North Country) and now serves Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Greene, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties and a portion of St. Lawrence County. Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York: serves over 14,500 girls and their families; serves over 6,500 adults and volunteers; serves more girls within the region and reducing/eliminating any waiting lists of girls who have signed up to be involved with Girl Scouting; increases the capacity to meet the rapidly changing needs of today's girls to achieve the goals of program delivery, volunteer management and funding; features increasing educational programs, including outdoor education, girl safety, science & technology and experiences where girls have expressed an interest ; reaches out to girls in rural areas and decreasing the barrier of distance for girls to participate in Girl Scout activities and educational programming ; features increasing Girl Scout programming in urban areas and continuing to form partnerships with local community organizations that provide opportunities for under-served families; and continues to set the example of leadership and self-determination that are an inherent part of the Girl Scout program. Call 1-888-4GSNENY or 489-8110 for more information.