Celebrate Girl Scouting through the Girl Scout Week Challenge!

This Girl Scout Week, we’re inviting you to celebrate Girl Scouting and past and present! With activities taken from vintage Girl Scout handbooks, we can’t wait to see what you and your troop do!

Girls who participate in at least three Girl Scouting activities during Girl Scout Week will qualify for a GSWNY Girl Scout Week patch. These activities can be done individually, as part of your troop, or with our council.

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You may need to research some of these on the internet or update them for our modern times! See how many you can do and be sure to share photos with us on our GSWY social media sites! #GSWNYGirlScoutWeekChallenge

Girl Scout Week is March 8-14, 2020, and that is when the activities can be completed to earn the patch.

Plus, don’t forget to show your Girl Scout spirit on Girl Scout Pride Day happening Friday, March 13!

Girl Scouts locked in at the library!

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What do Hermie the Wormie, a baby bumblebee, and dancing daisies have in common? They are all parts of the happy singalong that Girl Scouts enjoyed at the recent overnight lock-in event held in Westfield’s Patterson Library.

Girl Scouts from Westfield,  Chautauqua Lake, and Sherman schools (Twin Lakes and Southwest Corners Service Units) gathered as the library was closing to take over the basement level and hang out with their sister Girl Scouts of all ages. The 24 girls included four Daisies, four Brownies, nine Juniors, and seven Cadettes.

Activities ranged from a good, old-fashioned singalong to making S.W.A.P.S. (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere-art projects designed to share with others at scouting events), to watching movies in their pajamas and reading anything they chose. They were also given a guided tour of the library at night by Patterson Library’s own Amy Stephenson, leader of one of Westfield’s Cadette troops. Many had never been to the Patterson Library before, so this was a special treat.

Girls from different school districts met and became friends, and look forward to seeing each other at future events.

“Events like these that bring girls from our service units together really help our girls get to know their sister Girl Scouts, as well as see that scouting is so much bigger than their own troop or school district,” said Patty Bowen, who organized the event.

“So many of the younger girls enjoyed playing in the children’s section of the library,  and the older ones were amazing helpers, working in teams to make enough grilled cheese sandwiches to feed an army!” said Bowen’s co-leader,  Wendy Graham. “Since this was our first such event, we’re taking what we learned and are now working hard to tailor future events for the younger and older scouts. In the spring our service unit will host a weekend that includes activities for the little ones, as well as a special overnight for the older girls. We are always striving to do better!”

Judging by the smiling faces at Patterson Library during this event, they are off to a good start.

Thank you, Daisy, for how you changed the world!

Today marks the passing of Juliette Gordon Low on January 17, 1927. The following obituary appeared in The New York Times the next day.

She passed away in the Low home in Savannah, GA, after a battle with breast cancer and complications surrounding the treatments of the time.

We appreciate all she did for girls and how her legacy continues to impact the lives of millions of girls, volunteers, and communities across America and beyond.

Honoring Patricia Whittington's more than 50 years of service

While many of her peers were talking Woodstock back in 1969, Patricia Whittington was also talking Girl Scouts. She had joined the Girl Scouts while a young girl as they advocated for civil rights and launched an initiative to overcome prejudice.

She was there as a young adult when the actress Debbie Reynolds (who was a troop leader) headed a project to introduce the Girl Scouts to under-served communities while building value for the older girls. Soon she would be a part of their work to improve understanding of ecology with a new environmental education program.

Patricia Whittington joined the Girl Scouts in the early 1950’s and earned her First Class and Curved Bars as a Girl Scout. As an adult and parent her service never stopped. In addition to numerous stints as a Troop Leader and Cookie Manager, she served in various leadership capacities for the Aurora Service Unit, which helps coordinate all the local troops. She’s also volunteered regionally for the Girls Scouts of Buffalo & Erie County and served as a delegate at national conferences.

While much has changed since her first days, the core values of the Girl Scouts has remained the same, and Patricia Whittington has loaned her time and talents to the organization in every one of those years. All four of her daughters were active Girl Scouts and remain involved as adults as Troop Leaders and managers for the East Aurora Unit.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 the Girl Scouts in East Aurora recognized the retiring leader and volunteer by dedicating a Little Free Library and a park bench at the Aurora Community Pool Park at 690 South Street in her honor. A second bench was also installed to salute Girl Scouts of the past, present and future. Members of her family, friends, other leaders, and many of the Girl Scouts whose lives she touched were present for the surprise presentation.

The dedication was organized by Girl Scout Calissa Rosinski, who built the library and coordinated signage for the occasion, as part of her Silver Award. The Immaculate Conception graduate and incoming East Aurora High School freshmen is the daughter of Kelly & Philip Rosinski of East Aurora.

Pittsford Girl Scouts battle period insecurity with care kits

The Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Pittsford Service Unit recently hosted a menstrual pad packing party to help local girls and women.

Girl Scouts sixth grade and up met on a day off of school to assemble the kits which included 4 pads, 2 liners, a hand sanitizer, a friendship bracelet, a Scensibles disposal bag, and instructions for use, as well as positive messages. The kits were assembled for in-need schools in the Rochester City School District where girls sometimes miss classes or use unsanitary solutions because of their lack of access to supplies. Forty girls gathered at the Pittsford Library for the event and were able to pack 2000 period supply kits.

Sophia Schulitz, a Senior Girl Scout, said, “Period insecurity is scary! Girls around the world miss school or are bullied for this. I am glad we can help some of the girls in our community!”

The Pittsford Service Unit hopes that by providing the kits to girls and making menstrual care something normal to talk about they can end period insecurity and empower girls their own age.

This is the third year the service unit worked with Scensibles, which provided the disposal bags for free and helped the girls organize the party. Scensibles provided 2000 pink satin pouches, 8000 sanitary pads, 4000 hand wipes, 4000 Scensibles bags, and 2000 friendship bracelets. This project is an important part of the company’s charitable efforts. The Girl Scouts provided panty liners for the kits and also the girl power to assemble all of it!

The girls also received $750 from the Pittsford Rotary Club to support their project. This allowed them to increase the size of the kits from previous years of working on this project. Additional supplies were donated to the Pittsford Food Cupboard to assist women in the community who need the supplies.

More of Ava's musical work toward her Gold Award!

Girl Scout Ava is continuing work on her Girl Scout Gold Award. A portion of her project has been live violin performances in nursing homes in her local area. She’s expanded to include her troop in her performances at 2 locations recently. Can’t wait to see her get her Gold Award in June at the ceremony! 💛💛💛

Our Snow Much Fun contest is back for 2020!

We all know how fun it is to be a Girl Scout, and this winter we’re spreading the word! For the third year, we’re holding our Snow Much Fun to Be a Girl Scout contest for service units and new troops!

Girl Scout isn’t just fun because of the different activities and opportunities available for the girls, but more importantly because of why our program exists. We’re here to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, and we have more than 100 years of experience in doing just that.

Whether you’re a new troop forming or a service unit looking to grow, we have opportunities for you to get great prizes. From January 13 to March 2, we have multiple chances for you to win.

Service Unit Contest

Every service unit has two chances to win $100!

  1. The SU that registers the most girls between January 13 and March 2 will win $100.
  2. The SU that holds their own recruitment event between January 13 and March will be entered to win $100. Every event you hold is another entry to win.

IMPORTANT: If you want to participate in the SU Snow Much Fun contest, you must submit this form: http://bit.ly/2020snowmuchfun

Make sure you promote the New Troop Contest at your events!

New Troop Contest

If you start a new troop between January 13 and March 2, 2020, you can win a $50 gift card. The first 10 new troops with 2 approved leaders and at least 8 girls will receive a $50 gift card to Walmart, Joanne Fabrics, or our GSWNY shop.

Get started today by visiting bit.ly/GSWNYnewtroop to learn about starting a troop and to complete a New Troop Request form. Once we know you’re interested, we’ll help you get started!

Thank you to everyone who joins in our mission!

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