GSWNY Family Newsletter – April 2021

Why Just Trying is Sometimes Good Enough

Think back to when your girl was a toddler; do you remember that boundless enthusiasm and I-can-do-anything attitude? One day she wanted to be a writer and the next day she’d switched to wanting to be a dentist/astronaut (because dental hygiene is important even in space. Naturally!). But as girls get older, studies show that their fearless sense of adventure starts to give way to something a bit less fun: the pressure to be perfect. Just how serious is the problem though? By age 13, nearly half of girls say they “aren’t allowed to fail.” Scary, right?

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Earth Day Challenge

This year Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. Celebrate Earth Day all month long with your family by completing activities linked below to add up to 21 and earn your 2021 Earth Day patch. 

COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE

Spring Renewal is now open

Raising kids today is essentially uncharted territory, which is why Girl Scouts of Western New York is here for you and your family through it all. Cheering you on, lifting you up, celebrating your strengths. Today, tomorrow, together—we’re on your team. You’ve got this.

Girls who renew during April qualify for our Ultimate Spring Renewal Incentives, including a GSWNY Lunch Sack and the GSUSA Renewal patch.

RENEW TODAY

Celebrate your story in our Becoming Me program, inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama!

As we celebrate your strength, we want you to celebrate how far your girl has come this year and how far she’ll continue to go. Check out our new Becoming Me program, through which girls can explore their stories and who they can become, earn badges, and even attend a special members-only virtual event on May 6 with Mrs. Obama! Kick off a new year of Girl Scouting and save your spot by April 30.

Month of the Military Child

April is a time for many celebrations, including Month of the Military Child. Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts of Western New York are proud to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide. Celebrate the Month of the Military Child with using the button below.

Last week, 7,300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies were delivered to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base and Friends of Family Support Association as part of the Cookie Share Program. We are grateful for all our Girl Scout and customers who helped provide these sweet treats to many heroes in the military.

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See her independence soar at summer camp

Summer camp is an important part of Girl Scouting. Beyond the outdoor skills they develop and adventures they have, Girl Scouts grow as leaders at camp. 

Whether camp is in-person or alternative, we have opportunities for your girl to experience Girl Scout camp this year. Use the button below to learn more!

CAMP INFORMATION

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies /Juniors/Cadettes/ Seniors/Ambassadors

(In-Person) Earn Your Eco Explorer & Eco Advocates Badges –  S/A
Saturday, April 24 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

(In-Person) Earth Day: Give Back to Camp at Camp Seven Hills Lakeside – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults
Saturday, April 24 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Brownie Painting Badge – B
Saturday, April 24 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cyber Footprints – S/A
Thursday, April 29 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – J/C/S/A
Saturday, May 1 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Saturday, May 1 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Sunday, May 2 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dancer Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – B
Monday, May 3 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Staying Fit Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – J
Tuesday, May 4 | 6:00 PM -7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – J/C/S /A
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Appreciating You: A Day to Recharge & Renew – Adults
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Sunday, May 16 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Creating Spells with Beaverton Civic Theatre – J/C
Sunday, May 16 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Animal Habitats Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – J
Tuesday, May 18 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

(In-Person) Timbercrest Tidbits 2021: Loop the Lake Trail Nature Walk –  D/B/J
Wednesday, May 19 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Screen Writer Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – C
Saturday, May 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM



The programs listed above are available as of April 9, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org

Become a Girl Scout today and get two years of fun with this exclusive deal!

Our New Member Deal gives your girl access to all the fun of Girl Scouting this year and next! For only $35 you can register your girl now, and she’ll be set through September 2022 (annual membership is $25).

When registering, select ‘Extended Year’ as your Membership Year to unlock this deal.

JOIN TODAY

Girls who are currently in PreK through 12th grade are able to take advantage of this great deal. Looking to get involved as an adult member or volunteer? You can register using ‘Extended Year’ as well!

Incentives for Joining Now

Being a Girl Scout comes with a lot of benefits, but we have some additional incentives for people taking advantage of our New Member Deal! 

If you join by June 30, you have access to our SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards Points. The Tuition Rewards Points Program is a guaranteed tuition discount program collaborating with over 400 member private colleges and universities across the United States. Each Tuition Rewards Point equals $1.00 in tuition discounts. There are over 30 options in New York State. After joining, you can register your account at tuitionrewards.com.

We’re also giving away Girl Scout-branded shoes, in partnership with KSwiss! We have 10 pairs to give away to girls and 4 for adults.  You can get a glimpse of them here. Several styles are either sold out, or selling out fast, so you don’t want to miss your chance! 

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama! 

Finding your voice and becoming your best self? That’s what it means to be a Girl Scout! And through our new Becoming Me program, your girl will explore her story and who she can become, earn badges, and even attend a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama! The program launches on May 6 and you won’t want to miss out—learn more and save your spot by April 30.

On top of everything else, these rewards are cumulative, so the sooner you join, the more you get! Check out the full chart below for more information.

Have questions about joining Girl Scouts? Call 1-888-837-6410 or email join.us@gswny.org today!

Why Should Your Girl Join?

Joining Girl Scouts is the start of a new adventure—one that you get to choose! We know you’re unique and your experience as a Girl Scout should be, too. Here’s some of the fun you can have in the spring and summer when you become a Girl Scout.

Exclusive Programs

As a Girl Scout, you get access to exclusive programs that are based around our four program staples: STEM, outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship. 

Family Activities

Experience Girl Scouting as a family with our programs and challenges that can be done together on your schedule.

Girl Scouting at Home

We have a collection of Girl Scouting at Home resources that allow you to make your experience even more personal. Find what you love and keep exploring!

Outdoor Opportunities

Getting outside is one of our favorite parts of Girl Scouting. Opportunities include family hikes, outdoor events, summer camps, and so much more.

Self-care beyond sugar scrubs

Guest Post by Lena Budd, Volunteer Experience Manager at GSWNY

Self-care has been a popular phrase thrown around this past year as we have faced more societal and personal hurdles than ever before. More and more, people are beginning to see the value of putting yourself first and the value of caring for yourself as much as you care for others. Think of the line in the Girl Scout Law: respect myself and others. While taking time off for yourself might have once been viewed as selfish or frivolous, living through 2020 has taught us the value of keeping our tanks full.

This year for Volunteer Appreciation Month I’d like to spend some time focusing on self-appreciation and remind you to put yourself first – putting on your own oxygen mask first, so to speak. The topic of self-care has been popularized this past year, though often the conversation does not move past ideas like “make a sugar scrub!” which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. While we’re on the topic of self-care, here are some out-of-the-box ideas that I think can help you out both as a Girl Scout volunteer, but also as a person navigating life.

It’s okay to say “no.”

By saying no to others, you can be saying yes to yourself. Because we don’t want to upset our friends, family, or co-workers, many of us are inclined to immediately say yes when people ask for help. When we do say “no” we often feel the need to give a litany of reasons why we cannot offer our support; we might feel like saying “sorry, I can’t” is not good enough. We don’t want to disappoint anyone or be perceived as uncaring. Just saying “no” can help establish boundaries and save us from burning out. Check out this powerful conversation between Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey explaining how “no” can be a complete sentence.

Ask for help when you need it

Along with saying no, it is okay to say “help me.” This past year has put our minds and bodies through the metaphorical wringer. Nobody will think you are weak or silly if you let them know you need help. One great thing about being a Girl Scout volunteer is we are always happy to help! Rely on your Girl Scout sisterhood for advice and best practices.

Be patient and practice forgiveness

Just as we practice patience with children and other adults, practice patience with yourself. It is easy to put yourself down when things don’t work out the way you imagined or within your ideal timeframe. Practicing patience and forgiveness with yourself can help replace those negative thoughts with kinder ones. Remember to give yourself a little grace!

Journal your accomplishments

Like words of affirmation, journaling your accomplishments can help you shift your mindset. It serves as a reminder of all the great things you have accomplished. Taking even five minutes to journal at the end of the day can be enough time focused on yourself that you will begin to feel better. According to the University of Rochester, journaling can help manage anxiety and reduce stress.

Put down the phone!

While many of us are working and schooling online, shopping online, and connecting with each other online through FaceTime and Zoom, it is also important to remember to put the phone down and take a break from screen time! Set your phone on airplane mode to give yourself a mental break. Take time to mediate, go on a walk, read a book, or clean your home. Unplugging can boost mental health, as well as giving your eyes and brain a rest from the harsh light of screens. According to a large-scale international study on rest (The Rest Test) the top ways people rest do not include anything digital – rather the test found people rest via reading, napping, being in nature, or simply spending time alone.

Treat yourself!

Finally, take time to treat yourself. Yes, even if this is making a DIY Sugar Scrub! Order dessert, go out for coffee, take a hike, go shopping, exercise, or take a bubble bath; this list goes on and on. Do something special just for you once in a while, you deserve it!

Remember, as this past year has shown us – this is not a sprint, this is an ultra-marathon. I challenge you to take a few minutes each week to focus on self-care and self-appreciation. I hope this will help improve your personal life and Girl Scout volunteer experience. Let us know what you plan to do for yourself, or what you enjoy doing that helps you unwind and refocus!

Ultimate Spring Renewal is ending soon!

We’re halfway through April, which means you only have two weeks left to take advantage of our Ultimate Spring Renewal Incentives! They include:

  • Renew by 4/14 to be entered to win one of those adorable cookie-inspired KSwiss sneakers – 5 girl and 5 co-leader winners to be drawn! LAST CHANCE!
  • Co-leaders and girls who renew by 4/30 will earn a GSWNY lunch sack.   
  • Troops who renew 90% of girls + 2 co-leaders by 4/30 will earn a $20 GSWNY credit for shop, program or property.
  • Girls, co-leaders and SUMs who renew by 5/31 will earn SAGE Scholars Tuition Reward points.
  • Join us for a new program launching May 6, with a members-only virtual event featuring former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Renew your membership by April 30 to take advantage of all this amazingness!

Check out the rewards below, and renew today!

Member Essentials – 4/13/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

We want to provide you with an exciting update regarding our 2021 summer camp programs.  Our camp team has been working hard to assure that our camp programs will be able to operate in person and that hard work has paid off.  We are very happy to announce that we are planning to operate our summer day camp programs , Camp Piperwood and Camp Windy Meadows in person for summer 2021. We also understand how important it is for our Girl Scouts to have the full outdoor camp experience and that includes overnight camping.  We are pleased to announce that starting summer 2021, troop camp overnights will be rolled out in a phased approach. 

The health and safety of our campers, camp staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority and we are confident in our ability to follow all currently stated public health safety guidelines for summer day camp operation. As we learned this past year, health officials may make changes to safety guidelines and we will keep you updated if we need to make any changes to our summer camp plans.

Please know that we have every intention of operating our resident camp programs, Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest in person as well. However, we are still waiting on specific safety and operational guidelines from the New York State Health Department. We are hoping that we will be in receipt of them soon and will be able to provide you with updated information at that time. A decision on whether we will be offering alternative camp this summer has not been determined at this time.

Please see the two letters about day camp and troop camp here. If you have additional questions regarding day camp, or Phase I troop camping for summer 2021  or need assistance with pre-registering your troop, please reach out to customer care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888 837-6410. 

Thank you for all you do!


Spring Renewal Sneaker Drawing – Last chance to qualify!

Girls and co-leaders who renew by Thursday 4/14 11:59 pm will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 pairs of KSwiss cookie-inspired sneakers! We also have Girl Scout lunch sacks for all girls and co-leaders who renew by 4/30. There’s great incentives for troops too! Check out the complete list of incentives and instructions for renewal on our Renewal page.

VISIT RENEW PAGE

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama! 

Ready for another year of discovery, fun, and sisterhood? Get started now with our new Becoming Me program, where girls will earn badges, explore their stories and who they can become, and even join their Girl Scouts sisters across the country for a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama on May 6!  
Register for the event »

Lifetime Members + Renewal

Lifetime Members who are leaders or SUMs must renew their positions by incentive deadlines in order to qualify.  Lifetime Members do not automatically qualify for any renewal incentives (except “Adult” incentive) – their positions must be renewed for 2022 in order to earn.  If you need assistance to renew your position, please contact customercare@gswny.org or 888-837-6410.

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.


The Girl Scout Shop will have a special offer to show our appreciation to our volunteers!

For every shop visit between April 19-30, 2021 in-person or for a curbside pickup order, you get a chance at a spin!

There will be 10 different offers*: percent off your purchase of apparel, accessories and gifts, free item, or buy one get one free clearance items. 

*Sample of offers – some may differ in each shop location

The Five Languages of Appreciation

During April, we’re celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Month! The impact that a simple thank you has on people from our wonderful troop co-leaders, to our dedicated Service Unit team members, and to all other incredible volunteers, is incredible to see. It’s very easy to tell someone thank you, but did you know that most people prefer to be thanked in specific ways? Some people love applause and public accolades while others really do not like to have the spotlight put on them. So how do you go about thanking someone?

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The GSWNY Volunteer Experience Team is hosting our 2nd New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new co-leaders on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The purpose of the virtual meeting will be for them to meet GSWNY staff face to face, learn about our council’s various departments and what they do through a series of short presentations, and network with other volunteers. 

Service Unit Team members are also invited; come meet and greet your new volunteers.

REGISTER TODAY

To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Stuffed Animals AND a Girl Scout Towel

We have a variety of these adorable super soft animals to show your Girl Scout Love.

Original price $11.95/$12.95 | Spring Sale Price is $8.99 each (while supplies last)

Plus, our 30X60 beach towel will be a great summer accessory!

Original price $21.95 | Spring Sale Price is $14.99 each (while supplies last)

Girl Scout Shops – Time for a Spring Sale!

The shops are having a GSWNY April Spring Sale, we will feature several items throughout the entire month and feature a select few each week. 

Email us at Shop.Buffalo@gswny.org, Shop.Jamestown@gswny.org, Shop.Lockport@gswny.org & Shop.Rochester@gswny.org to learn all about these items or come check them out in person! Our shops are open Monday 1:00-4:00 pm for curbside pickup only, Wednesday 2:00-6:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping and Friday 1:00-4:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping during the months of April & May!

For in-person shopping we do recommend if you have a large shop order to please email them to us a few days before your visit allowing us time to have it ready and you still have plenty time to look around.


New for GSWNY Members on Facebook!

To provide an improved customer service experience for our members on the GSWNY Facebook page, we’ve made some updates. In addition to viewing great content on the GSWNY main Facebook page, GSWNY members will now also have a special place to collaborate and receive helpful information through our private GSWNY members-only group ! This group will help to foster greater collaboration and information sharing for members. Use the link below to learn more and join!

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FA/CPR Certification Updates

Jamestown 

Attention Troop Leaders, Troop First Aiders and other Girl Scout volunteers in the Jamestown area who need to renew your FA/CPR Certification, Saturday April 17th at 10am GSWNY and our partner EPIC Trainings, Inc. are offering a session of the First Aid and CPR Blended Learning Classes right there at the Jamestown office. To register for this opportunity contact EPIC Trainings, Inc. right away via phone at (585)615-4379 or by email at mail@epictrainings.com.

Rochester

Are you in the Rochester area and need to renew your FA/CPR Certification, but missed our April 7th session? Don’t worry, we have 2 sessions coming up at our Rochester offices in May. On Saturday May 1st at 10am and Wednesday May 5th at 6pm GSWNY and our partner EPIC Trainings, Inc. are offering sessions of the First Aid and CPR Blended Learning Classes. To register for one of these opportunities contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.

REGISTER TODAY



Last Chance to Register (registration deadline extended to 4/14)!!!

Championship Martial Arts 716 – Martial Arts for Brownies
Sunday, April 18 | 12:00-12:45 pm
Cost: $3

This is an opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn some basic self-defense in a positive and safe environment. The class will focus on martial art exercises and self-defense drills. This program includes a fun patch to be mailed after the program.

How to Live On My Own Using the MoneySKILL™ Program for Ambassadors
Sunday, April 18 | 1:00-2:00 pm
Cost: $3

Join students from the University at Buffalo School of Management for an interactive program about budgeting! Learn how to manage your money and plan for your future. The On My Own badge will be mailed out after the program.


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Two New Badge in a Box sets are available now!

Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $5.00. If there is not a grant available in your area, members can apply for Council Opportunity Funds.

There are a limited number of boxes available for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional cost per box. Click here to order your Badge in a Box >>


Awesome Girls: Start Your Engines with Automotive Design

Leaders/adults/girls can still earn free the GM patch by watching the recorded program. Limited patches are left and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once girls have watched the program they can email girl.experience@gswny.org to request their patch.

Link to the playback of this program


Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Girl Scouts have a long tradition of making the world a better place through community service. Our Cookie Share program encourages girls and community members to make a difference by donating Girl Scout cookies to the military and community organizations here in WNY.

Last week, 7,300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies were delivered to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base and Friends of Family Support Association – FFSA for distribution! Congratulations to all our Girl Scouts and their customers who were able to make this happen! You have provided a much loved sweet treat to many happy heroes! Thank you, 914th Air Refueling Wing and 107th Attack Wing for your service! 💚


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Day Camp Update – April 13, 2021

Dear GSWNY Camp Families,

We want to provide you with an exciting update regarding our 2021 summer camp programs.  Our camp team has been working hard to assure that our camp programs will be able to operate in person and that hard work has paid off.  We are very happy to announce that we are planning to operate our summer day camp programs, Camp Piperwood and Camp Windy Meadows in person for summer 2021.  

The health and safety of our campers, camp staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority and we are confident in our ability to follow all public health safety guidelines for summer day camp operation. As we learned this past year, health officials may make changes to safety guidelines and we will keep you updated if we need to make any changes to our summer camp plans.

Please know that we have every intention of operating our resident camp programs, Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest in person as well. However, we are still waiting on specific safety and operational guidelines from the New York State Health Department.  We are hoping that we will be in receipt of them soon and will be able to provide you with updated information at that time. A decision on whether we will be offering alternative camp this summer has not been determined at this time.   

We know that operating our summer day camp programs in person is very exciting news and that girls are very excited to get back to camp to see their friends and favorite counselors again.   Our camp pre-registration portal on Camp Doc is still in place and will be open until April 30, 2021.  We strongly encourage you to please pre-register your girl to reserve her a spot at camp as our sessions are filling up very quickly and our camp sessions and program options are reduced this year by 50%.  This is part of our required COVID-19 safety guidelines which can be found here.If you find that you are not comfortable sending your girl to camp or we are unable to provide her with the program of her choice, please remember that the required $25 deposit is refundable.

On May 1, 2021, families that have pre-registered will receive an email from Camp Doc and GSWNY letting them know that the summer 2021 camp registration portal is open and it will be at that time that families can continue with completing their girl’s camp registration and camper profile.  

We are equally excited as you are about our day camp programs operating in person this summer and we want to assure you that we will have very specific COVID-19 safety protocols in place for campers and staff to follow.   To help prepare parents/guardians and girls for camp, we will be offering COVID-19 guidelines and summer camp information session nights.   Look for additional information regarding dates and times coming soon.

If you have additional questions regarding day camp for this summer or need assistance with pre-registering your troop, please reach out to customer care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888 837-6410. 

Troop Camp Adventure Update – April 13, 2021

Dear GSWNY Troop Leaders,

We want to provide you with an exciting update regarding our 2021 summer camp programs.  We understand how important it is for our troops to have the full outdoor camp experience and that includes overnight camping.  We are pleased to announce that starting summer 2021, troop camp overnights will be rolled out in a phased approach. 

It is our intention to operate our resident camp programs (Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest in person however, we are still waiting on specific safety and operational guidelines from the New York State Health Department.  We are hoping that we will be in receipt of them soon and will be able to provide you with updated information at that time.  

If our resident camps operate in person, then Phase I of troop camp will be offered at Camp Timbercrest this summer.  Due to safety protocols we will not be offering our S.P. troop camp options.  It is our hope that we will be able to offer S.P. Troop Camping again in summer 2022.  Troops will be able to participate in our Troop Camp Adventure Programs and experience camp in its full operation.  We know that troops are very eager to start providing camp overnight experiences for their girls.  Our camp pre-registration portal on Camp Doc is still in place and will be open until April 30, 2021.  We strongly encourage you to please pre-register your troop to reserve a spot at camp as our sessions are filling up very quickly and our camp sessions and program options are reduced this year by 50%.  This is part of our required COVID-19 safety guidelines which can be found here. If we are unable to provide your troop with the program of your choice, please remember that the required $25 deposit is refundable.

On May 1, 2021, troops that have pre-registered will receive an email from Camp Doc and GSWNY letting them know that the summer camp 2021 camp registration portal is open and it will be at that time that you can continue with completing your troops camp registration and camper profile.   We have adjusted our sleeping accommodations this summer to comply with our COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.  Troops that participate in our Troop Camp Adventure will be placed in our cabin tent or platform tents only.  Girls will sleep 2-3 in a tent, while adults will also sleep 2-3 in a separate tent.  

Starting in the fall of 2021, Phase II of troop camp overnights will be rolled out with additional details and safety guidelines. 

We are equally excited as you are about our troops being able to participate in troop camping this summer and we want to assure you that we will have very specific COVID-19 safety protocols in place for campers and staff to follow.   To help prepare parents/guardians, troop leaders and girls for camp, we will be offering COVID-19 guidelines and summer camp information session nights.   Look for additional information regarding dates and times coming soon.

If you have additional questions regarding Phase I troop camping  for summer 2021  or need assistance with pre-registering your troop, please reach out to customer care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888 837-6410. 

Manning & Napier donates Girl Scout cookies to local hometown heroes

WESTERN NEW YORK (April 9, 2021) – On April 9, 2021, Manning & Napier donated 500 packages of Girl Scout cookies to The Hometown Heroes Project through the Girl Scouts of Western New York. The cookies were delivered to local essential workers, first responders, and other hometown heroes to thank them for their tireless work in the WNY community.

Manning & Napier’s purchase will also support local Girl Scouts in their entrepreneurial efforts. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world, where girls get hands-on practice with a variety of skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics as they learn to think like entrepreneurs. Through the Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including community service, travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.

The Hometown Heroes Project is an effort from the Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) to make our corner of the world a little brighter and thank local hometown heroes such as first responders, essential workers, and community organizations for their service. GSWNY partners with businesses by providing the link to donating in their community while simultaneously supporting Girl Scout troops in their area.

Manning & Napier is an investment firm in Fairport, NY, with $20 billion in assets under management and more than 45 years of management experience. They provide a broad range of investments through separately managed accounts, mutual funds and collective investment trust funds.

The purchase of Girl Scout cookies is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® isn’t only about cookies; it’s about helping the next generation of young female entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful. The proceeds stay local in the WNY region. Girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects, while GSWNY depends on the funds to deliver life-changing Girl Scout programming to 14,000 girls in Western New York.

To become a Hometown Heroes sponsor, contact customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Western New York, visit www.gswny.org today.

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit http://www.gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

Arbor Capital Management donates Girl Scout cookies to local hometown heroes

WESTERN NEW YORK (April 9, 2021) – On April 9, 2021, Arbor Capital Management donated 500 packages of Girl Scout cookies to The Hometown Heroes Project through the Girl Scouts of Western New York. The cookies were delivered to local essential workers, first responders, and other hometown heroes to thank them for their tireless work in the WNY community.

Arbor Capital Managements’ purchase will also support local Girl Scouts in their entrepreneurial efforts. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world, where girls get hands-on practice with a variety of skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics as they learn to think like entrepreneurs. Through the Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including community service, travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.

The Hometown Heroes Project is an effort from the Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) to make our corner of the world a little brighter and thank local hometown heroes such as first responders, essential workers, and community organizations for their service. GSWNY partners with businesses by providing the link to donating in their community while simultaneously supporting Girl Scout troops in their area.

Arbor Capital Management is an independent wealth management firm specializing in providing a combination of financial growth and wealth preservation services to investors with financial assets ranging from five hundred thousand dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars. They focus on wealth preservation and growth as well as on relationships, clarity, service and performance.

The purchase of Girl Scout cookies is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® isn’t only about cookies; it’s about helping the next generation of young female entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful. The proceeds stay local in the WNY region. Girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects, while GSWNY depends on the funds to deliver life-changing Girl Scout programming to 14,000 girls in Western New York.

To become a Hometown Heroes sponsor, contact customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Western New York, visit www.gswny.org today.

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit http://www.gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

April 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in April include the ends of Passover and Deaf History Month; National Autism Month; Easter; Ramadan; Earth Day’ and Arbor Day.


Passover (Began March 27, Ended April 4)

Passover is a Jewish celebration to represent the Israelites being led out of Egypt, also know as the Exodus. The standard length is eight days and it begins with either one or two nights of seder, a specific feast. Individual celebrations may vary, but there are certain things to expect at seder, including prayers and a seder plate. This contains a number of things including unleavened bread (matzoh), bitter herbs (maror), and more.

The matzoah, or unleavened bread, represents the speed in which the Israelites left Egypt. Their bread didn’t have time to rise, so they honor this during Passover celebrations. Learn more about Passover


Deaf History Month (Began March 13, Ends April 15)

This month actually spans two, as it ends April 15. The reason for this comes down the significant days for the Deaf community in history. The first was April 15, 1817, when the first permanent public school for the deaf was established in Hartford, Connecticut. The second recognizes the signing of the Gallaudet University charter on April 8, 1964, by President Abraham Lincoln. This established the only university in the world that exists only for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Finally is March 13, 1988, when the Deaf Now protest took place, which resulted in the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University. Read more from the National Association of the Deaf


Autism Awareness Month

The entire month of April is dedicated to autism awareness. Autism, a brain disorder that can affect a person’s ability to communicate, respond, and form relationships, is considered a growing health crisis by the United Nations. Ten years ago, 1 in 125 children were diagnosed. In 2020, the rate of prevalence increased to 1 in 54.

With a goal of increased awareness, organizations try and educate the public about signs and symptoms of autism, as well as ways to celebrate differences and encourage kindness. April 2 is celebrated as World Autism Day, where people are invited to wear blue.


Easter (April 4)

This celebration features both religious and secular traditions. The roots of the holiday tie back to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah whose life and teaching define Christianity. For Christians, it is a week of remembrance beginning with Palm Sunday the week before and leading to Good Friday (the crucifixion) and then the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Church services throughout the week are common, with Friday being a time of reflection on the cross and Sunday a celebration.

Outside of religion, Easter is a fun spring holiday celebrated by many. While most of the traditions, including coloring eggs, stem from religious symbols, today they standalone. The Easter Bunny delivers baskets of goodies and candy to children. Easter Egg Hunts are common ways communities and churches celebrate.


Ramadan (Begins April 12)

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and viewed as the most sacred. According to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramadan sees the gates of Heaven opened while the devils are chained in a locked Hell. It was during Ramadan that God first revealed the beginning of the Quran to Mohammed during the Night of Power.

Muslims who observe Ramadan will spend every day, from dawn until sunset, fasting as it is a time of spiritual discipline where they can examine their relationship with God and strengthen their faith. But it is not necessarily a somber time, despite the fasting. Instead, this is a time of joy that is meant to celebrated with families and loved ones. Learn more about Ramadan >>>


Earth Day (April 22)

Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 as a way to show support for our environment. Activities are held that support this initiative and people are reminded to be mindful of how we treat our planet. Plus, we have a GSWNY patch challenge designed to help you celebrate!


Arbor Day (April 30)

Arbor Day is all about caring for our trees! It’s a day of observance where both individuals and organizations plant trees. While many countries celebrate, the date will vary based on planting seasons.