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?
When you shop with AmazonSmile, a portion of your qualifying purchase comes back to us and helps us build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. There aren’t extra taxes or hidden fees; it really is this simple.
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!
[The following post was submitted to us by Cheryl Lawniczak for the Hippie Pandas. If you’d like to submit your story, email email@example.com]
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!
[The following story was shared with GSWNY by Troop 60437. To share your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.
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
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!”
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.”
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.”
Girl Scouts wanted to thank everyone who assisted with the project through
donations and support.
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.”
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!
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!”
Are you a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Girl Scout who loves science? Are you curious about stars, space, and astronomy? If you answered yes to either of those questions, we have the club for you!
Last June, local Girl Scouts boarded a plane and began their NASA journey to the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. They spent a week learning about the stars, the sun, space, and how to start – and run – an astronomy club. They worked through the summer to outline a series of meetings and activities to start up this fall, and now they’re ready to share this information with you!
Join us on Thursday, November 21, at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Central Library in Downtown Buffalo where you can meet your NASA-trained Girl Scout “Mission Control” team.
As a founding member of our inaugural club, you will: Meet girls who share your interest, expand your knowledge of the cosmos, keep up with the latest news from NASA, learn to operate our awesome club telescope, hear from guest speakers, participate in hands-on activities, and more!
Meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month at the Buffalo Central Library in Downtown Buffalo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Non-Girl Scouts who would love to join this club are invited, but must register to be a Girl Scout either at a Stargazers meeting or online at gswny.org/join.
The cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt, supplies, membership to the Buffalo Astronomical Association, and a discounted membership to the Buffalo Museum of Science.
2019-2020 Meeting Schedule:
December (no meeting – Happy Holidays!)
February (no meeting)
May 30 – Explore the Sky and S;more at Girl Scouts Camp Windy Meadows
Zaria Gibson-Stevenson recently completed her Gold Award project! Watch her project and learn more about it, in her own words!
“I did a Girl Scout recruitment and awareness video that interviewed African American/Black Girl Scouts from all troop levels talking about how fun and exciting scouting can be. My Gold Award Project video, Inspire You, will hopefully help brown and black girls stay in Girl Scouting to the Ambassador level, and encourage new girls to join Girl Scouts.”
“My Inspire You Gold Award Project video helped others by showing brown and black girls the benefits of Girl Scouting. It also showed positive images of brown and black girls doing positive things. It also gave my Girl Scout sisters and I another positive experience in Girl Scouting.
I was able to bond with my Girl Scout sisters, and encourage them on one day completing their Gold Award Projects. I was able to serve as a role model to them, and that made me feel good. Another good thing that came out of my Gold Award Project was that many of my Girl Scout sisters in my Williams Park Service Unit stated how they now wanted to work on their Gold Awards.
One of my Girl Scout sisters told me that when she heard that I was doing my Gold Award Project, it motivated her to complete her Silver Award. I was humbled and honored to be an inspiration to my younger Girl Scout sisters. It has taught me that you never know who is looking at you, and it is always important to set a good example.”
“I hope to encourage African American/Black girls to join Girl Scouts, to stay in Girl Scouts, and to see all of the benefits of Girl Scouting. I want my video viewers to learn about the importance of being a good Girl Scout sister, the activities/journeys some scouts participated in, the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and how to be a sister to every Girl Scout.
While going on Girl Scout cookie fundraisers/troop activities, my Girl Scout sisters and I would often get comments from others in the community about how surprised they were to discover that black and brown girls were involved in scouting, and that I was involved in a predominately black/brown Girl Scout troop. They would often comment how many of my Caucasian/White Girl Scout sisters were often visible in Girl Scouting, and that they did not know any black/brown troops existed. I wanted to do something to change that.”