The deadline for Camp Financial Aid is tomorrow, June 1

Our camperships exist to partner with you so your girl can go to camp. We want every girl to experience new opportunities to grow and not be held back by current circumstances. If you’d like assistance in sending your girl to camp, the time to apply is now.

Simply go to our website and register for camp. Here you can explain why you need the additional support in detail, as well as provide your household income information and submit the required documents. We need to know what you can provide, and we promise to never share the information with anyone.

As a reminder, in order to qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your girl must be a registered member of Girl Scouts of Western New York
  • Your application is due by June 1
  • You must be caught up on all your payments for cookies, QSP merchandise, programs, and prior years camp fees

See you at camp!

Girl Scouts in Action: Memorial Day 2018

Girl Scouts from around the council spent their Memorial Day Weekend embracing the true spirit of the holiday – honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom. From planting flowers to marching in parades and everything in between, GSWNY is so proud of our girls’ commitment to giving back.

Here are a few photos from their activities:

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“This past Saturday, Junior Jaylah B; along with fellow Girl Scouts, participated in the Memorial Day Wall of Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony, at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, where five Western New Yorkers were added to the Wall of Honor. This event recognized and honored those men and women who gave their lives in service protecting our nation’s freedom.”
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In preparation for the Memorial Day Parade in Honeoye Falls, Troops 60362, 60381, and 60514 from the Totiakton Service Unit weeded the flower bed around the Pioneer Cemetery signs. The girls had fun while learning a new skill and helping their community!
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“Girl Scouts from Troop 42024 (Corfu) participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Corfu, where they handed out red, white and blue necklaces to spectators, they also took part in the flag ceremony and memory flowers.”
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” West Seneca Service Unit 317 was well represented at the Memorial day parade. From Daisies on up and along with our wonderful leaders, they carried their flags with pride !”
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“Troop 20094 Walked in the lakewood ny parade”
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“The East Aurora Girl Scouts participated in the West Falls Memorial Day Parade and memorial service in West Falls, NY.”
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‘Brownie troop 60670
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Webster troops marched in the Memorial Day parade and participated in the ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. “

Visit our Facebook page to see the complete album!

Let’s Celebrate: GSWNY Town Hall Meetings

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the council, Girl Scouts of Western New York is holding Town Hall Meetings throughout our nine counties. Join us and learn about the new and exciting initiatives we have planned for the upcoming program year.

We also want to hear your feedback about current and/or new Girl Scout initiatives and give you the space to ask questions. Food will be provided and children are welcome to attend.

The Town Hall Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Choose the location that’s most convenient for you and plan to join us as we celebrate all things Girl Scouts.

5/29 – Hamburg Memorial Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave, Hamburg NY
5/30 – Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave, Buffalo NY
5/31 – Rochester Office – 1000 Elmwood Ave, Rochester NY 14620
6/13 – Lockport Office – 5000 Cambria Rd, Lockport NY
6/27 – City of Rochester – Location TBD – 6/27 at 6:30 p.m.

Additional events in Wyoming, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua, Livingston, and Cattaraugus counties will happen in late summer/early fall.

We hope to see you there!

One Week Left in Spring Renewal!

We’re in the last week of May and the LAST WEEK for SPRING RENEWAL! This means if you haven’t renewed your Girl Scouts membership for next year, now is the time to mark the task off your list while qualifying for sweet rewards!

MY 2019 Spring Renewal Flyer

As you can see above, there are still some amazing prizes up for grabs, like a drawing for some Amazon and GSWNY gift cards as well as savings at our store! Even better, all girls and co-leaders who renew by May 31 will automatically receive SAGE Tuition Points, aka FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!

What are you waiting for? Renew your membership today!

Camp Financial Aid Deadline is Approaching

We believe in the benefits of camping for your girl, like providing her opportunities to develop and improve her leadership skills and educate her about acceptance and tolerance. Because of this, we want to provide every opportunity we can to get her there.

Financial assistance is available for all who fill out an online camp application. You can begin the process by going online to register here. As a reminder, our camperships are meant to assist you, not cover the entire cost.

Once you fill out an application, you will be asked to complete the Financial Aid – Household Income Information section, including how much you plan to be able to contribute. We provide a section for you to explain why you’re asking for assistance in as much detail as possible. You’ll also be required to submit income verification documents.

Please remember all of what you submit is confidential and we will never share your story with anyone else.

Other than the income requirements, there are a few considerations to remember:

  • Your girl must be a registered member of Girl Scouts of Western New York
  • Your application is due by June 1
  • You must be caught up on all your payments for cookies, QSP merchandise, programs, and prior years camp fees

We look forward to seeing your girl at camp!

Girl Scout Alums Remind the World That Girl Scouts Grows Female Leaders Who Drive Powerful Change

Girl Scouts of the USA recently released a new national PSA, “Lifetime of Leadership,” heralding the organization’s legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in fields such as technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have created through activism, speaking up, breaking glass ceilings, and more—and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change.

From philanthropist Melinda Gates and athlete Venus Williams, to supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, Girl Scout alums highlighted in the PSA have inspired people worldwide. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the PSA also features Dolores Huerta, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ellen Kuras, Dr. N. Jan Davis, Tyra Banks, Sheryl Crow, Céline Dion, Dakota Fanning, Susan Wojcicki, Senator Susan Collins, and Cassandra Levesque, a 19-year-old Girl Scout alum who worked to ban child marriage in New Hampshire.

“Lifetime of Leadership” brings to life what recent studies have shown: Girl Scouts have better life outcomes than their non–Girl Scout peers. They are more confident, seek challenges to a greater degree, are more active decision-makers, and are more proficient problem-solvers in their communities. The PSA also shows how civic engagement is a core part of the Girl Scout DNA—which is why it premiered today at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. This unique event, which took place in Philadelphia, featured a keynote address from educator and former second lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, and a panel moderated by writer, professor, and television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Thousands of girls and those who care about them joined in-person and virtually for a conversation about preparing girls to lead positive change. The PSA brought to life what a Girl Scout’s leadership journey can look like as she grows into a woman, and it inspired all in attendance to take the lead and take action in support of causes they care about.

“We are proud to premiere our powerful new PSA and showcase the impactful change that Girl Scout alums have created to make the world a better place,” said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA CEO. “We know that leadership and meaningful civic action start at a young age—at home, at school, and in local communities. This PSA is a rallying cry for more girls to realize their leadership potential with Girl Scouts. The world is counting on them, and we hope our more than 50 million alums will be inspired to reconnect with us and share their leadership journey with the next generation of girls who will lead our country into the future.”

“I have no doubt that the girls of today will become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Supporting them, empowering them and ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve is good for all of us,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “My Girl Scout experience taught me confidence, perseverance, and gave me skills that inspired me to pursue public service and helped me become a better leader. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization that gives girls the place and the opportunity to develop their powerful voices.”

The new Girl Scout PSA was created and written by Girl Scout alum, Rachel Howald, founder and CCO, Invisible Man.

To watch the PSA and for more information about Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org/leadership. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.

Renew today and save on college later!

With only three weeks left, Spring Renewal is winding down but the incentives are still amazing. If you renew before June 1, you are still eligible for exclusive events in the fall, drawings for Amazon gift cards, and the guarantee of Sage Tuition Rewards.

If you aren’t sure what that means for you, check out the video below:

Basically, Sage Tuition Rewards is a partnership with more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States, including some right in our backyard like RIT and Canisius. Every point you receive translates to $1 to go toward college tuition, meaning renewing as a girl is $2500 in college rewards and as a co-leader that’s $3500 in college rewards. You can combine these amounts in an account, which means you’ve earned $6000 for college just this year.

The best part is they’re transferable. Anyone who’s younger than a high school senior is eligible to use and apply the points, making them the perfect gift for your daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren!

Don’t miss these (and other great prizes) by renewing your Girl Scout Membership today!

MY 2019 Spring Renewal Flyer

Join with Extended Year Membership Today!

Did you know Girl Scouts is a year-round activity? Despite popular beliefs, our programming doesn’t just start in the fall – we have opportunities all summer long (and not just camp!)

Today you can start your girl’s one-of-a-kind Girl Scout adventure that lasts all year! Even better, with this brand new promotion, she can enjoy being a Girl Scout for more than a year.

Staring May 1, Girl Scouts announced an unbeatable extended-year membership offer available for new girls and volunteers. For one low price, you get 17 months of being a member instead of 12!

We believe in helping your girl become a G.I.R.L., or a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader. Help her discover this spirit this summer and unleash her potential today!

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Take advantage of Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal kicked off April 1, but there’s still time to enjoy the incentives that comes with renewing your membership early.

With Girl Scouts, your girl will turn the question ‘can I?’ into the statement of confidence ‘I will!’ We believe there’s no challenge we can’t overcome together. We are every day optimists. Self-starters. Problem-solvers. Adventure-seekers. Change-makers. In short, we empower girls of courage, confidence, and character, and renewing your girl’s membership puts her on the same path.

Now through May 31, renew you and your girls membership to enjoy the following incentives! While many involve contests, renewing early guarantees each girl and co-leader renewed receives Sage Tuition Reward Points.

If you’re unfamiliar with this, a SAGE point equals $1 in tuition/scholarship at more than 400 participating colleges and  universities. In short, renewing your girls membership for $25 turns into $2,500 in college savings!

Girls

  • Entered into a drawing for THREE $100 Amazon gift cards
  • Qualify for exclusive Welcome Back event in the fall
  • 2,500 Sage Tuition Points

Co-Leaders

  • Entered into a drawing for THREE $100 Amazon gift cards
  • 3,500 Sage Tuition Points

Adults

  • 10% off adult apparel with renewal receipt (single use, expires 9/30/18)

Troops

  • When 100% of troop is renewed with at least two renewed co-leaders, your troop is entered into a drawing for THREE $200 GSWNY Program cards

Service Unites

  • Each Service Unit that reaches 40% girl renewal or hire will receive a 3rd party gift card equal to their renewal percentage
  • 2,500 Sage Tuition Points for Service Unit Manager

Don’t delay – renew today! 

Why Girl Scouts should still be the choice for your girl

Today Boy Scouts announced a change in who they are – while its parent organization will keep the title of Boy Scouts of America, its actual boy scouting program will be called ‘Scouts BSA,’ starting next February. This change came after the controversial decision in 2017 to let girls join its program.

For more than a century, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts coexisted with programming designed to nurture boys and girls in separate, targeted environments with strategies to aid in leadership development. As the world changed, so did the programs to reflect the current challenges each gender faced and the best way to overcome. At least that’s the case for Girl Scouts.

It’s not a secret that both organizations have experienced declines in membership due to increased competition. Families are running from one activity to the next and for a number of reasons, including a lack of understanding, Scouting is falling lower and lower in importance. While both organizations have felt these effects, we’ve chosen to respond differently.

Boy Scouts is throwing up the Hail Mary by inviting girls into their programming. A campaign set to launch this summer – ‘Scout Me In’ – is designed to show the ease of taking all your children to the same meeting, making it more convenient to be a Scout. Rather than design unique programs, Scouts BSA will simply divide boys and girls where they will follow the same curriculum. A selling point is that now girls can also work toward the highly praised level of Eagle Scout.

What that fails to mention is Girl Scouts already have the option to not only reach that same level, but pass it with their project. The Girl Scout Gold Award, while less seen, requires more time and effort to achieve than the award of Eagle Scout. Because it doesn’t have the Boy Scout boost and notoriety, few understand just how incredible it is for a girl to become a Gold Award recipient.

More importantly, Girl Scouts refuses to budge from its stance on only accepting girls because it will not compromise its mission. Especially in today’s world with more and more women finding their voice and fighting for their seat at the table, we understand the value of what we do. We’re showing girls from a young age their value and letting them know they’re capable of anything. We believe in building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, and we don’t plan to step away from that.

Girl Scouts is an organization that is fun for girls, but we can’t forget its importance. Yes, it might mean taking your children two places for their troop meetings, but your child’s future shouldn’t be built on convenience. While we try to make it as easy as possible for you, we want your girl to be a part of our organization because of what she can become.

We’re more than cookies, crafts, and friendship bracelets. We see the lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics so we’re creating more programs to expose girls to these opportunities at a young age. We teach outdoor skills and survival, all while making sure your girl is empowered.

Our programming comes from years of research to ensure we’re raising female leaders. Even better, we have proven results. All of our female Secretaries of State were Girl Scouts. Almost all female astronauts. Your girl has potential, and we want her to unleash it early and often with Girl Scouts.

Lee Snodgrass from the Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes council summarizes it well:

“We proudly own the ‘Girl’ in Girl Scouts. Since our inception, Girl Scouts of the USA has been about putting girls front and center, ensuring that everything we do is with their best interests in mind and equips them to be the fearless leaders and change-makers our more than 50 million alums prove themselves to be. For 106 years, Girl Scouts has prepared girls with essential leadership skills and provided them with a supportive network of girls and women who can face any challenge, from the wilderness to the boardroom, with confidence, compassion, and success. Our focus has always been and always will be girls.”

Girls Scouts isn’t just an activity for your girl. It can change her life beyond the memories she’ll make at at camp and the lifelong friends she’ll find. Just like you, we believe in your girl’s greatness. Join us today and help her grow.