It’s almost time for school to be over and for summer to officially start and we cannot wait! Not only do our summer camps open in the beginning of July, we have other fun activities for our Girl Scouts to do.
If you aren’t a Girl Scout yet, we have an amazing promotion. Right now you can join Girl Scouts for just $35 and it covers the rest of this membership year AS WELL AS the next! Registering now means you’re getting more fun for less money!
Even though many troops meet less frequently throughout the summer, it doesn’t mean a Girl Scout can’t have her own fun. We have Community Events where girls can go to baseball games, water parks, and other events for reduced costs. There’s the STEMtastic Summer Challenge that encourages girls to keep learning in fun and interesting ways. Of course, we still have space in our camps for girls.
This deal is even sweeter for pre-k girls who can’t wait to be Daisies! Even if they aren’t five or in kindergarten yet, they qualify for extended year and can start their Girl Scout experience now.
One great way to begin her journey as a Daisy is to attend our Daisy for a Day event June 29. We’re having six parties around council the last weekend in June to get our future Daisies excited about being Girl Scouts.
Next time you need images or flyers for an event, check out the GSWNY Volunteer Marketing Asset Portal, password GSWNY1! We have editable flyers available for you to download highlighting our Four Pillars as well general event and join flyers in both full and half page styles. Also included is a GSWNY Brand Guide to ensure everything you create falls in line with the Girl Scout brand and doesn’t infringe on anything under trademark or copyright.
There are five types of flyer templates available, including designs for general upcoming events and styles focusing on our Four Pillars. STEM, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship, and Life Skills. All templates come in both full- and half-page to suit your specific needs.
All of this and more can be found on the GSWNY Volunteer Marketing Portal, password GSWNY1. Make sure you check out the Brand Guide as well to make sure your events and flyers go in-line with Girl Scouts branding without infringing on any copyrights.
If you have any questions about branding, flyer templates, or anything related to promoting your Girl Scouts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of our marketing team will be more than happy to assist with your inquiries!
No camp experience is complete with a few traditions. One of our most cherished are our Friendship Sticks. We close every resident camp season with a final camp fire. During this event, our camp staff will present the current camp director with a Friendship Stick. They read the story behind the tradition and explain why one is presented each year.
Next time you visit Camp Seven Hills or Camp Timbercrest, make sure you check out the dining halls and the Friendship Sticks on display. Now, without further delay, we present the legend behind the tradition:
The Legend of the Friendship Stick
The wood of the
friendship stick is alive and solid. It
is curved to fit the curve of the earth.
This symbolizes the friendship that can grow as do the wonderful trees
of the forest.
The green circle at the bottom is for faith—faith
in God and faith in one another. It is
first because it is the basis of a happy and meaningful life.
The next four circles represent the races of the
world. They stand close together
indicating that all people are equal.
Every person is capable of becoming a loyal friend.
The green of hope is above the races. It is hope for the future. It is hope that people everywhere will try to
overcome any differences and human failings.
Both faith and hope are green—a combination of hues; both combinations
of emotional feelings we cannot adequately describe. The four races bound by faith and hope can
produce unity—a working together for the good of all. The four paths lead toward a central goal
signifying the attainment of this unity.
The smiling face is the result of friendship based
on faith and unity. It is a reminder of
the person with whom we promise to be friends.
To be greeted by the smiling face of a friend is one of the greatest
joys we can experience.
The face is crowned by the Girl Scout colors
On the back, green is carefully placed opposite
the four races to show that peace and charity can exist among all people.
A Friendship Stick must be carved by its
giver. It shows time, thought, and
The Friendship Stick can be presented as a gesture
of international goodwill; as a part of an inter-troop activity; as a sign of
friendship between girls of one troop; at a campfire, or during an indoor
This legend has traveled with Girl Scouts and Girl
Guides throughout the world.
Author: Ann Evans, Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie
Camp kicks off in a month, but it doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to register. In fact, registration for session 1 at our day camp at Camp Piperwood doesn’t close until June 17. Session 1 registration for resident camp at Seven Hills and Timbercrest is open until June 24.
This means you can keep registering for camp all summer long! But the sooner you do, the more programs you’ll have access to before they sell out.
What are you waiting for? Register for camp today!
To everyone who participated in Spring Renewal, THANK YOU! As you may know, one of the great incentives you received is SAGE Tuition Reward Points. Girls earned 2,500 points, and co-leaders and SUMs earned 3,500 points.
To receive these points, you must create a SAGE Tuition Rewards account for yourself or your girl by Friday, June 7. If you previously created an account, you do not need to take this step again. If both a leader and a child earned points, ensure that your child is listed as a designated child on your account.
If you need to create an account, visit www.tuitionrewards.com. At that time, you can designate recipients for the tuition points or edit the list later. While on the website, you can learn more about how the points work, who can use them, qualifying colleges, and more. We also have FAQs about SAGE Tuition Rewards for your reference.
You must set up your SAGE Rewards account by Friday, June 7, or you will lose your earned points. Points cannot be added retroactively if account is not set up at time of transfer.
Your points will be loaded when they are applied in August. You will have until September 30, 2019 to check your account for proper application of points. After that date, points cannot be added, even if you had an account in place at the time of transfer.
Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer. So don’t delay, sign up now and reserve your spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts summer camp!
NEW! The Great Girl Scout Adventurer (for girls 5 years old or entering K-8 fall 2019) Session 1: July 1-3 & 5, 2019
Begin your summer adventure! Brownie Girls will practice the art of letterboxing, Juniors will explore geocaching, and Daisies and Cadettes will put their problem-solving skills to the test! Everyday riddles and adventures are in store for all! Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges: Daisy: Vi’s Story / Brownie: Letter Boxer / Junior: Geocacher / Cadette: Special Agent/Trailblazer
Night Owls with Lasertron Sleep-In (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 1: July 7-12, 2019
Are you ready to experience nature’s nightlife at Camp Seven Hills? Prowl around our trails at night, search the sky for a shooting star, have a glow-in-the-dark party with games, plan a kitchen raid, and shop in the Tuck Shop, all at night. You will also head out to Lasertron for a laser tag sleep-in. Stay up all night playing laser tag and games along with pizza and pop. After a hard night of play, sleep late the next morning with time to enjoy your favorite camp activities in the afternoon. Girls must be at least 46 inches tall in order to participate at Lasertron.
SPECIAL EVENT – Lasertron Lock In at Camp Seven Hills
Attention Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops! Camp Seven Hills is offering a Lasertron Lock In Night for their campers in the Night Owls program and we have additional spots available that we would like to offer to you!
When – Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from Midnight to 6 a.m. Where – Lasertron 5101 N Bailey Ave, Buffalo Cost – $40 per person (includes Lasertron, pizza, pop and arcade)
Camp staff will be in attendance to supervise all girls. If you are interested and or require additional information please contact Janet DePetrillo, Director of Camp Administration, at 716-935-6063.
Camp Seven Hills Family Camp Weekend – July 19-21, 2019
Make it a family affair
at Camp Seven Hills. During your day enjoy swimming, boating, horseback riding,
crafts, games, archery, or hiking the forest trails. Spend the evening around
the campfire toasting marshmallows and chatting with family and friends. The
possibilities are endless. Open to all
girls and their families. Arrival time is Friday at 8 p.m. and departure is
Sunday at 9 a.m.
will be placed in platform or cabin tent units only. Each sleeping tent sleeps
four to five people. A family of six or more will be placed in two (2) sleeping
tents. Horseback riding is on a first come, first served basis for an
additional fee of $10 per person. Riders must be able to ride without
assistance. Riders must be at
least 6 years old or older.
Primitive Archer Girl(for girls ages 14 and up) Sessions 4: July 28-Aug. 2, 2019
Connect with trees and
your inner archer. Starting from scratch, raw materials, and girl power, you’ll
make your own wooden self-bow through traditional woodworking. You’ll be
instructed on the wisdom and knowledge of traditional bow crafting, how to use
basic hand tools, cordage twisting for bow strings, ancient fire-bending
techniques to straighten arrows and fletching with real feathers. You will, of
course, have the chance to test out your handiwork with target practice in the
woods and on the fields to round out this amazing experience.
Wizard Camp (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019) Session 1: July 7-12, 2019
Welcome to a week of
wizardry and adventures! Make oozing and exploding potions, discover helpful
plants, and try some magic defense techniques. Spend time conquering your fears
with your friends as you play broomstick sports and compete in the Camp Wizard
New! Timbercrest Firebenders (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019) Session
4: July 28-Aug. 2, 2019
your chance to learn and/or fine tune your outdoor skills. Outdoor
professionals will work with and teach you different methods of fire building,
outdoor cooking with edible plants, and shelter building. Identify things in
nature, take a hike and learn to use a compass and map. Apply your skills and
work as a team in the great outdoors.
New! Canoeing the Allegheny Reservoir (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Sessions 4-5: July 28-Aug. 9, 2019
Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegheny Reservoir as it takes you through the state park and the national forest. Professional guides from Adventures in Fitness will start your trip at Webs Ferry in Allegany State Park and end your journey in Tionesta, PA. Paddle with friends, pitch tents, and share stores around the campfire at night.
New! Imagine and K’Nex with day trip (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 3: July 21-26, 2019
Use your imagination!
Create fun craft projects using a variety of supplies such as K’nex Kits and
natural materials. Create miniature theme park activities or water slides to
show off to your friends. You will also get to see your creative park creations
come to life when you take a trip to Splash Lagoon with your fellow Imagine and
Connect friends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of how things operate. There
will be plenty of time left to spend in the park, too. All this and the other
great camp activities are included. Girls will earn requirements towards the
Think Like An Engineer Journey.
Me and My Favorite Gal (for girls in grades K-6) Session 3c July 26-28
Girls bring your “favorite gal” (mom, aunt, grandmother, sister, cousin or friend) to enjoy all that Camp Timbercrest has to offer. Go hiking on our adventurous trails, swim in Keyser Lake and play on our new and really cool water toys, make a special gift to take home in arts and crafts and spend time around the campfire with your fellow camp friends. This special time is yours to spend as you and your “favorite gal”would like. Favorite gal must be 21 years of age or older. Troops/girls/gals will be placed in Jackman Lodge and one Yurt.
a Difference in a Child’s Life, Be a Summer Camp Counselor!
Do you want to volunteer this summer? Are you looking to do an internship for college credit or majoring in education or camping administration? Do you love working with children in an outdoor setting? You can be part of a fantastic summer experience and make a difference in a child’s life! All you need to do is become a summer camp counselor.
You will help girls ages 5-17 develop their full potential; learn to work with, relate to, and respect others; and make decisions while contributing to the camp community. In addition, girls and staff alike will make and rekindle friendships, laugh, smile, and experience many new and different things. Paid and volunteer positions available.
Positions available at Camp Seven
Hills and Camp Timbercrest (Resident Camp):
Camp is a commitment of 6/7 weeks, 1
week of staff training and 5/6 weeks of camp.
Although we would like all staff to be able to commit to the entire
summer, we realize that sometimes situations arise that prevent this. If this is the case for you, please do not
let this deter you from applying. We
will work with you on the number of weeks that you can commit to working at
Day Camp Dates: Staff week-
Saturday, June 22 to June 27, and July 1 through August 10, 2019 summer
Resident Camp Dates: Staff
week- Saturday, June 29 to Friday, July 5, and July 7 to August 11, 2019
summer camp sessions.
With June comes the arrival of summer, which means it’s time to #escapetheindoors and get outside! All this month, find ways you can get outside and enjoy nature at its warmest.
This celebration dates back more than 20 years to when Bill Clinton was president. At the time, it was Great Outdoors Week and now has grown “into a month-long celebration of the outdoors and all the healthful, social and economic benefits it brings. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month.”
The Great Outdoors Month website has the resources to help you plan your next adventure and experience the outdoors however you prefer. No matter what you do, we want to see how #outdoorlikeagirl!
Of course, don’t forget about the opportunities for you with Girl Scouts all summer long! Girl Scout Camp doesn’t officially start until July, but registering now gets you one step closer.
Share your photos with us either by emailing us email@example.com, tagging us on social media, or using the hashtag #gswny. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate Great Outdoors Month!