It’s not too late to join the cookie fun!

Girl Scout cookie season is FINALLY here, meaning for a few short months the world can enjoy our delicious cookies. For the girls, it’s about participating in the largest girl-led business in the world and learning about entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

If your girl hasn’t renewed yet, it’s not too late to get her in on the fun! Girls often tell us selling cookies is one of their favorite activities.

She can either participate with a troop or on her own schedule as an Individually Registered Girl – also known as a Juliette.

To check out our participation options, visit our Opportunity Catalog through your MYGS account. 

  • Your email address is your log in.
  • Select “Add/Change Troop” under Membership and enter your zip code.

You’ll see the available troops in your area as well as the Individually Registered Girl option.

Only registered girls are able to sell cookies and earn incentives, so make sure your girl’s registration is current!

Contact us at 1-888-837-6410 or Customercare@gswny.org with any questions or if you need assistance getting your girl registered.

Renew Today

Introducing the 2019 Camp Director for Camp Timbercrest

[This post originally appeared on Camp Timbercrest News]

This year, Paula Austin will serve as the Camp Director at Camp Timbercrest! She’s crazy excited about her new position, and we’re pretty excited too! Check out the interview below to learn more about your new director. 

What is your camp name?
Zoe

Why did you choose this name?                                                                              I have no idea how I ended up with it.  It was 1997 and I was a CIT, it was too long ago and there was no big memorable reason behind it. Now however, my name is most often associated with “Zoe Cakes,” a dessert I created during a cookout gone wrong in 1999.  I was thrilled when my daughter started coming to camp to find out that they still make them!

Zoe making her infamous zoecakes! 

How many years have you worked at camp? What were your previous positions?                                                                                                                       Over the last 20 years, I have worked at Seven Hills off and on for 11 summers. This will be my first summer at Timbercrest, and I can’t wait to experience all it has to offer.  Previous positions include junior counselor, assistant unit leader, unit leader, CIT director, head counselor, administrative assistant,and assistant camp director.                     

Did you ever camp as a Girl Scout? If so, where and when?                          Camping was one of my favorite things to do with my Girl Scout troop as a kid!  We had a pretty tight group that was together from Daisy up until high school. Our favorite winter camping destination was Sky High which had a great sledding hill behind the cabin.  We cabin camped at Green Lake, Margaret Castle,and Seven Hills, and got to try out the platform tents at Seven Hills when we participated in the encampments for our service unit.  

What’s one of your favorite camp memories?                                                     It’s hard to pick a favorite camp memory!  However, some of my favorite summers were the three that I spent working with the CIT’s.  I loved watching the growth that happened throughout their program and the transition from camper to staff.  The following year, when they would return as staff, I loved being the one to give them their staff shirts during staff week.  Many of them had come to camp since they were little.  The symbolism of that shirt and their long journey to finally be a counselor was always a huge moment for them, and a favorite of mine!

Why do you think girls should come to camp this summer?                          Girls should come to camp because they will find the best version of themselves there!  It sounds so cheesy, but its so true.  When a girl comes to camp, she is met with daily opportunities to step outside of her comfort zone, out of her everyday life, and experience new things.  The growth that can happen in a single week at camp is unbelievable.  Sometimes it is little things, a seven year old left to get the shampoo out of her hair without her parents help for the first time.  A nine year old that has spent a few summers at camp and “finally” makes it to yellow cap at her swim test.  A girl that thought she was afraid of bugs and now she can remove a daddy long legs from her tent to help out a friend.  First time on a horse, in a canoe,shooting an arrow, or trying the ropes course… camp has so many unbelievable opportunities!!

Paula in other role as mom of four!

What’s your favorite part about camp?                                                                 My favorite part of camp is campfires, specifically closing campfires.  While everything at camp is special, it is the traditions that keep girls coming back year after year.  At closing campfire, girls are presented with their 5, 10, 15+ year pins or patches.  It is such a big moment for so many.  The first time I attended a closing campfire as a CIT, I watched the girls telling their favorite memory during their five years at camp before getting presented with their pins.  It was at that moment that I was hooked on camp! I knew I wanted to meet that milestone and more!  Last summer, I was able to present my own daughter with her five year pin at Seven Hills and it was such an amazing thing for us both.  I was so proud of her for her five summer sat camp, but more than that, it was such a great moment to share with her as we share our love for camp!

Celebrating Judy Cranston

Leader – Mentor – Friend

With heavy hearts we say farewell to our fearless leader, Judy Cranston. She joined us in 2009 as our COO and helped navigate our merger from several councils around our nine counties to the organization we are today, Girl Scouts of Western New York.

For the last three years she’s been our CEO and continued to lead by example and push us to further success. Her passion for our mission was displayed by the way she led every day.

During her farewell celebration, there was hardly a dry eye in the house as staff members shared stories of the impact she had on their lives. She wasn’t an unavailable CEO; she gained our respect by relating to us and most importantly, caring about us.

Leader, mentor, and friend are three of the best words to describe Judy, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t more. Pulling from the Girl Scout Promise and Law, you see how she’s friendly and helpful; considerate and caring; courageous and strong; responsible for what she says and does; respects herself and others; and is a sister to every Girl Scout.

Staff submitted words like encouraging, inspirational, supportive, kind, leader, welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, wise, hilarious, and fun-loving. When you think about a person who embodies all those characteristics, it’s easy to understand while she’ll be so missed.

Fortunately, we can comfort ourselves knowing we’re still in wonderful hands.

Alison Wilcox has served as our COO for three years and will now become our CEO. With 17 years of global experience in organization leadership and experience with Girl Scouts both at the national and local levels, Alison has channeled her passion for championing women and girls into a successful career. We’re thankful to have Alison, an alumna, as our new CEO.

To access all of Judy Cranston’s tweets while she was our CEO, click here (Excel Spreadsheet)

It’s Snow Much Fun to be a Girl Scout: 2019 Recruitment Contest

Welcome to the second year of this exciting recruitment campaign! We’re so excited to do it again, especially with our fun new changes for 2019. There are two pieces to this contest: a Service Unit challenge and prize and a challenge to start 10 new troops.

Criteria for the Service Unit Challenge

  • Hold at least one new member recruitment event between January 7 and March 3, 2019.
  • For each recruitment event you host you earn one entry to win. The more events you hold, the more chances you have of winning! You must fill out one Wufoo form to be entered. The form can be found here: https://gswny.wufoo.com/forms/su-recruitment-contest-2019
  • We will choose one winner of our prize which is a Glow Dance Party Kit for you to use as a Service Unit event. Glow dances are increasingly popular, and with the kit it will be very easy to host an amazing event for your girls. The kit includes black lights, glow in the dark body paint, glow sticks, and everything else you would need! You can host the party as a standalone event, as part of a SUCO, or as a yearend celebration.
  • Please reach out to your SU’s CES for any support you will need including flyers or promotional materials.

Criteria for the New Troop Challenge

  • The goal of this challenge is to form 10 new troops across GSWNY between January 7 and March 3, 2019.
  • The first ten troops to form with at least five girls and two registered, trained, and approved co-leaders will receive a $50 gift certificate to the GSWNY shop or a retail store of their choosing.
  • Please promote this challenge at any recruitments you host during the Snow Much Fun period so new troops in your SU can be eligible. New troops will be added to the Opportunity Catalog prior to January 7 and they will be clearly marked for this promotion. We can give you the eligible troop numbers prior to any event you host if you’d like. Please reach out to your CES with questions.

Thank you for your help in adding new girls and adult members to Girl Scouts! Good luck!

Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Get ready to experience the #GirlScoutCampLife because registration is now open for all three of our camps – Camp Timbercrest, Camp Piperwood, and Camp Seven Hills!

Check out the camp guides to see what programs are available here.

Register for Camp

Camp Guides are out now!

We’re still months away from summer and our camp season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming about all the fun we’re going to have. Both our Resident and Camp Guides are out to tell you all about the amazing programs we have planned this summer!

View the Resident Camp Guide | Day Camp Guide

To learn more about all our camp options, visit our Summer Camp page!

Registration opens soon!

IT’S OFFICIALLY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON

Today kicks off the long awaited Girl Scout Cookie Season! Girl Scouts of Western New Work will be selling cookies through the forms until the end of February. At the beginning of March you’ll start to see booths all around Western New York.

More than just an amazing and local fundraiser, our Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. Our girls are more than sellers – they’re entrepreneurs.

You support is more than just financial; you’re helping Girl Scouts learn 5 Skills:

Skill #1—Goal Setting “I know I can do it!” 

Skill #2—Decision Making “I make smarter decisions.”

Skill #3—Money Management “I make change happen!”

Skill #4—People Skills “I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box.”

Skill #5—Business Ethics “Selling cookies is more than just business.”

Ready to find some cookies? Click here to learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Fulfilling your resolutions is as easy as being a Girl Scout

The New Year rolling around is practically synonymous with resolutions. There doesn’t seem to be a better time to change your life than at the start of a brand new year filled with hope and possibility.

If you’re a resolution person, you aren’t alone. Research shows that almost 60% of people admit to making New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, the best intentions only carry us so far because only 8% are successful.

In a recent survey of 2,000 people, the numbers showed that despite how different we are, we’re largely looking to improve the same areas of our life. Whether it’s being healthier, planning to be financially responsible, bettering yourself, or learning something new, we all want this year to be different.

We have a way to help you make that difference.

Being a Girl Scout is about building and empowering yourself to take on the world. It doesn’t matter if you join as a girl or volunteer – we know you’ll walk away with the experience to check off your resolutions.

We hear from leaders that because they volunteer, they’re more active. Our girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie sale, aka the largest girl-led business in the world. But it’s not just about selling delicious cookies; Girl Scouts learn about financial literacy and entrepreneurship along the way. Don’t even get us started on everything new you’ll learn as a Girl Scout.

If you really want to make a difference in your life or help shape your daughter’s life, join Girl Scouts today. For more than 100 years, we’ve been building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We are for girls, by girls, always.

Here’s to making 2019 the best year ever!

Mark Your Calendars for Camp!

Summer may seem like it’s ages away, but we have some dates to help you get the countdown started. Though our camps don’t officially open until July, we have important dates for you to know along the way to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

January

Camp Guides Go Live Monday, January 14! Get your first look at this year’s programs at Camp Seven Hills, Camp Timbercrest, and Camp Piperwood. Registration is open and ready for you!

February

Girl Scout Cookie Season! Okay, this technically begins in January, but it goes through February before booths start in March. This is important for camp because if you sell 1,000+ boxes, you can receive a free week at camp!

March

Early Bird Discount Ends! Make sure your Girl Scout is registered for camp by Friday, March 29, to enjoy a $20 Early Bird Discount!

April

Taste of Camp Recruitment Events: If you’re new to summer camp, this your chance to visit us and get a glimpse of what your camp experience will look like. Informational sessions, tours, and a sampling of camp crafts will be available. You will also have an opportunity to register for summer camp 2019, and a chance to enter your name for a FREE WEEK OF CAMP and other cool camp prizes.

  • Saturday, April 27, 1 to 3 p.m. at Camp Piperwood

May

Taste of Camp Recruitment Events: If you’re new to summer camp, this your chance to visit us and get a glimpse of what your camp experience will look like. Informational sessions, tours, and a sampling of camp crafts will be available. You will also have an opportunity to register for summer camp 2019, and a chance to enter your name for a FREE WEEK OF CAMP and other cool camp prizes.

  • Saturday, May 4, 1 to 3 p.m., at Camp Seven Hills
  • Saturday, May 11, 1 to 3 p.m., at Camp Timbercrest

June

Campership Deadline. Financial aid is available for all girls who are members of GSWNY. Just complete the Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application as soon as possible for consideration. Please feel free to contact us for assistance with completing the form. Saturday, June 1.

Open House at Camp Piperwood. Take tours of the camp property, get answers to your questions, and get a preview of some of our summer camp programs. Camp is located at 2222 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport, NY 14450. Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Open House at Camp Timbercrest. Take tours of Timbercrest and get a firsthand look at our top-notch facilities. Spend the evening meeting our qualified staff and observing camp in its summer operation. Stop by the Tuck Shop for a look at our new summer merchandise. Open House will be at Camp Timbercrest: 11169 Moore Rd., Randolph, NY 14772. Sunday, June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.

July

Day Camp Opens July 1! Day camp ends Friday, August 9, and runs from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Open House at Camp Seven Hills. Tours of Camp Seven Hills will be ongoing throughout this evening. While at camp, you will get a firsthand look at our top-notch facilities. Spend the evening meeting our qualified staff and observing Camp Seven Hills in its summer operation. Stop by the Tuck Shop for a look at our new summer merchandise. Open House will be on the Goodyear side of camp only: 10150 Olean Road (Rt 16), Holland, NY 14080. Monday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Resident Camps Open! Camp runs from July 7 to August 9, and each session begins Sunday at 1 p.m. and ends Friday at 7 p.m.

Friends and Family Camp Weekend. Make it a family affair at our resident camps. During your day enjoy swimming, boating, horseback riding, crafts, games, archery, or hiking the forest trails/enjoying leisurely walks. Spend the evening around the campfire toasting marshmallows and chatting with family and friends. The possibilities are endless.

  • Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, at Camp Timbercrest
  • Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, at Camp Seven Hills