Make a difference just by shopping online

Black Friday is upon us and Cyber Monday is approaching quickly. You’ve created your gift list and checked it twice, so now you’re determined to find the best deals. Did you know that you could save money AND support Girl Scouts of Western New York at the same time?

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We need your input on how to improve the trail system at Seven Hills!

[This post originally appeared on campsevenhillsnews.com]

If you love Camp Seven Hills, we’d love to have you as part of this exciting opportunity!

We recently received an exciting grant to create a Trail Master Plan for Camp Seven Hills and we’d love for you to be part of the project! We’re engaging with Pashek, a Landscape Architect Studio, who will be conducting focus groups, gathering information, and developing the overall plan. By the spring, we’ll be recruiting volunteers to assist in fully enhancing one of the trails.

As someone who knows and loves Camp Seven Hills, we would love your input! On Tuesday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m., we will be conducting a focus group at the Depew Service Center (3332 Walden Ave). During the meeting we will discuss trail use, why you might not be using them, future utilization, potential trail activities, and more. Food and drinks will also be provided.

Although this will be a pretty interactive workshop, we will provide a webinar line for those that are unable to attend in person. We hope you can join us!

RSVP HERE

Hippie Pandas win Champions Award and 1st place Robot Performance!

[The following post was submitted to us by Cheryl Lawniczak for the Hippie Pandas. If you’d like to submit your story, email communications@gswny.org]

The GSWNY FIRST Lego Robotics team Hippie Pandas has won Champions Award and our robot scored the highest points at their first competition. They have earned a spot in the Finger Lakes Regional Championship  tournament which is December 8th.

This year.s theme is City Shapers and they had to come up with an innovative solution to help our community with a building or public space. The problem they chose was there was no outdoor activity that would be accessible to all ages and abilities to promote community cooperation and interaction. Their project was to build an Interactive Musical Park featuring The Hippie  Panda Musical Tower of Play and Freenotes Harmony Park outdoor percussion instruments.

During the research the talked with many experts: Town Supervisor, Director of Parks and Recreation, Construction Manager who recently installed the ADA playground at a local school, an Industrial Hygienist to determine sound levels and the Richard Cooke the Grammy Award winning inventor of Freenotes Harmony Park instruments!

The girls’ robot has innovative design that allows quick change out of attachments. They call the concept the Universal Gravity Attachments. Their robot activates LEGO mission models such as aligning a crane and lowering the load onto a building, removing a traffic jam, releasing a wheelchair swing, lowering an elevator, staging modular buildings across the field and raising flags on a bridge.

It’s been an exciting year and they are busy preparing for the Regional!

Hilton Girl Scouts earn Silver Award with new gaga ball pit

[The following story was shared with GSWNY by Troop 60437. To share your story, please email communications@gswny.org]

Three girls from Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Troop 60437 recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Award. Natalie Porter, Tiffany Wenzel, and Emily Richards created a gaga ball pit at their local park.

The Girl Scout Silver Award can be earned by Cadette Girl Scouts who are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. The goal is for girls to identify an issue in the community that they care about then develop a sustainable project that helps to solve the problem. The goal is to find the root of the problem and create solutions that will have a lasting impact.

The girls learned how to play gaga ball at Girl Scout camp and they wanted to share their love of the game with others in their community. Originally they proposed a wooden pit to their town board. The town loved the idea, but requested the girls use composite lumber to create a low-maintenance and long-lasting project, which meant a higher cost. The girls raised money for their project by applying for a grant and also running a bottle drive. Local businessman,  Keith Wrisley of LJ’s Remodeling, Inc., saw their bottle drive and donated the remaining cost of the project, as well as some building materials. Hilton-Parma Parks & Recreation also donated a concrete and rubber base to further ensure the project would remain low maintenance and sustainable. The girls were also able to add an ADA door to the pit so children of all abilities could access the pit and enjoy the game. The gaga ball pit is located at the Parma Town Hall.

The girls’ troop co-leader, Melissa Wenzel, stated, “We are so proud of the girls. This project had its challenges, and the girls got discouraged at points, but they persevered and were so pleased when the project was finished!”

Their other co-leader, Chrissy Porter, added, “The girls could not have completed the project without the generous sponsorships they received. The girls had a vision but it was the support of the town and our donor who made it possible.”

Girl Scout Tiffany Wenzel said, “The project was difficult but I had a lot of fun planning and working toward the final product. I am so glad we stuck it out and were able to accomplish something so big that the whole community can enjoy. I truly believe we have made a lasting impact on the community and I’m proud of what we have done.”

The Girl Scouts wanted to thank everyone who assisted with the project through donations and support.

Tom Venniro, the Hilton-Parma Parks & Recreation Director, stated, “The Town of Parma is thrilled to have a brand new gaga pit at Parma Town Park thanks to the generous donations from Girl Scout Troop 60437 and a private funder. The troop came to me back in May of 2019 with a very impressive proposal and worked incredibly hard to support the project and ultimately complete all phases of installation. Parma Town Park has so many great amenities, but did not have a permanent gaga pit, so this adds such a great element as gaga has been one of the fastest growing games/activities over the past five to six years. Upon completion of the build, the troop members hopped in and started playing immediately and although we still look forward to some finishing touches, we have already seen children intuitively hop in the pit and play in the short time it has been up, despite colder weather conditions. It is our pleasure to be able to thank Troop 60437 for a new park amenity that will bring joy to our community for years to come.”

Check out the Fall 2019 edition of Girl Talk!

Girl Talk is a quarterly publication that highlights stories from around the council, whether it’s about girls, adults, programs,  or partners! For our late fall publication, we highlight the 50th Anniversary of Skills and Chills, our 2019 Women of Distinction, two sisters from Cattaraugus County earning gold medals in Jiu Jitsu, and more!

Click Here to Read the Full Edition

Girl Scouts of Western New York Weekly Round Up – November 21, 2019

We love seeing our Girl Scouts out and about, whether they’re doing a service project, attending a council program, having a party, going on a field trip, and everything in between! Here’s some of the submissions we received this week:

“Girl Scout Troop 60434 had a busy week with some amazing diverse experiences. We started with a Scoutsgiving celebration on Thursday at the Tops Cooking School where we earned our simple meals badge. Then we “kicked off” our practice with a purpose badge at Martial Arts America on Saturday. We wrapped up the weekend on Sunday earning our digital photography badge at the Apple Store. So much fun!!!”

“Pittsford Cadette Troop 60722 used their Fall Product Sale profits to make snack bags for the families at Ronald McDonald House! It was a fun trip to Walmart and then bagging, decorating, and assembly! Great work, Girl Scouts!”

“Daisy Troop 30072 from the Sweet Home area headed to Camp Piperwood last weekend for their very first campout! Their activities included completing the Three Cheers for Animals Journey, animal pose yoga, skits in a bag, a PJ fashion show, a snowy hike, flashlight BINGO, tacos in a bag, s’mores, and a dress up dinner party with their GS Sisters who were in the lodge above them and were working on their Social Butterfly Badge. The girls can not wait to camp again in May!”

“Troop 31020 visited Kiss 98.5 and got a your of the studio, plus a mega-sweet shoutout on the radio! They especially wanted to thank DJ Anthony for leading a nice discussion about bullying, stereotyping, and being a good person all of the time!”

To send us photos of your Girl Scouting activities, email communications@gswny.org!