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!

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

Troop 20173’s favorite moments from the G.I.R.L. Experience

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“Repeat after me: ‘I am extraordinary!'”

“I am extraordinary!”

Girls from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20173 came together at Daemen College recently to celebrate their uniqueness during the first ever G.I.R.L. Experience Conference there.

They listened to keynote speakers, all strong women who are masters in their respective fields, talk about how they overcame obstacles to follow their path. The women represented Girl Scouts’ G.I.R.L. traits: Go-getter, Risk-taker, Innovator, and Leader.

Desiree paid special attention to Holly Hubert, FBI cyber crimes unit expert and CEO of Global Security IQ. Eleven-year-old Desiree has dreamed of being an FBI agent herself.

“Venus was my favorite. She was so funny,” said Lilly. Venus Quates, founder and CEO of Launch Tech and GSWNY board member told the girls how she took her “weirdness” and embraced it, eventually becoming the first woman of color to own a tech company in Western New York. Her humor won over the girls, allowing her message to resonate.

“I loved the aerialists.  I could’ve watched them all day,” Grace said. Members of Aerial Arts of Rochester, a circus school owned by Jennifer D’Ovidio who was one of the speakers, performed in the Hall of Experiences for the girls.

In addition,  the girls met Alison Wilcox,  CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. She gave them each a CEO patch to mark the occasion and talked about growing up in a remote area of Canada with a houseful of siblings.

Other experiences at the event included a taste of self defense,  practicing plate-spinning, climbing a rock wall outside on a very cold day, various arts and crafts, and many other activities.

The inspiring event was a good prelude to G.I.R.L. 2020, the national Girl Scout convention. The three-day-event will be held in Orlando,  FL, and Troop 20173 has plans to attend. After bridging over the Golden Gate Bridge in April 2019, the girls are eager for their next adventure.

How Troop 60841 from Penfield used their troop funds to show the Christmas Spirit

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The fifth grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 60841 from St. Joseph School in Penfield showed their Christmas Spirit by using their troop funds to support a family in need.

They contacted Dimitri House who paired them up with a homeless mother of three children, the oldest being a girl also in fifth grade. They received the wish lists of the children and took a trip to the store where they worked together carefully choosing items and using money management skills.

On their December meeting day, the Girl Scouts learned gift wrapping skills and used teamwork to successfully wrap all the gifts and send them off.

The 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program is upon us!

New year, new chances to buy Girl Scout cookies! Okay, so maybe that’s not a thing, but it should be because the Girl Scout Cookie Program is upon us. Online orders kicked off last month with in-person cookie orders starting next week.

With so many dates, we thought we’d provide an overview of what you need to know:

  • January 11 to February 8: The initial cookie order period starts. This is where girls will have the order forms and go to door to door and to friends and family.
  • February 27 to 29: Cookies are here! This weekend, all ordered cookies are delivered around council. If you order directly from a girl, you can expect to receive your cookies around this time.
  • March 1 to 29: Cookie booths! This is when you’ll see our Girl Scouts out and about with cookies available to purchase. If you want to find a booth near you, check out the Girl Scout Cookie Finder.

If you have any questions about Girl Scout Cookies, contact our Customer Care department at 1-888-837-6410 and customercare@gswny.org.

For Cookie Sellers: if you’d like a more detailed timeline, including information about the lottery, Smart Cookies, order submission deadlines, and more, visit gswny.org.