Registration is now open for G.I.R.L. 2020!

Be a part of one big, bold celebration! G.I.R.L. 2020 is a momentous chance to spark change through targeted conversation, leadership, and action—Girl Scout style. Join generations of Girl Scouts and their supporters from across the nation and around the world—register now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Join thousands of women and girls, and their families and supporters, from around the world in Orlando, Florida, October 23–25, 2020. Hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, this mega event will provide attendees with unforgettable experiences as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities—connecting with some of the world’s most influential women along the way.

G.I.R.L. 2020 will be a weekend like none you’re been a part of before—one that centers the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the incredible promise it holds for all girls and the world.

Join generations of Girl Scouts and their supporters from across the nation and around the world—register now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

This March, Girl Scouts are out to brighten smiles again!

Just like last year, we’re holding our Making Smiles Bright dental health collection and patch program in March! Keep reading for more information and to see how you can get involved.


During the month of March, we’re focusing on dental health! Girl Scouts who participate will increase their knowledge of dental health and take action to provide dental hygiene supplies to other children in their communities. Girls in all levels are invited to participate and earn this exclusive patch.

The patch will be available for sale in our GSWNY Council Shops. Count the number of items you collect so we can see how many smiles we’ll make brighter!

Elements to the Patch Program:

Learn about teeth. What are the parts of a tooth? In a book or online,
find a diagram of a tooth and learn about its parts. Find the crown, root, enamel, pulp, and cementum. What is the importance of each part?

Find out why it is important to brush and floss every day. Make a personal brushing and flossing chart to record when you brush and floss for two weeks.

Discover how our diet helps or hurts our teeth. A healthy diet means healthier teeth but some foods like sugar can harm them. Learn about a balanced diet. Make a collage or draw a picture that shows which foods are either good or bad for our teeth.

Find out about careers related to dental health. For Daisies and Brownies and Juniors – Draw a picture of what you think a dental health professional looks like. For Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – Find out about college programs, that are offered at nearby schools, in the field of dental health.

Help others keep their teeth healthy too! Collect dental hygiene items such as toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpaste to donate to community dental clinics in Western New York. Bring your donations to your nearest GSWNY Service Center during the month of March.

Our GSWNY Dental Hygiene Collection will benefit local children through Western New York Community Dental Providers.

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Cast your vote for the new Council Patch!

We’re selecting a new patch to represent Girl Scouts of Western New York and we need your help! Last year, we asked for YOUR patch ideas and we loved seeing all the creativity.

Out of all your amazing submissions, we’ve selected our top 6 for everyone to vote on. We can’t wait to see the winner!

VOTE TODAY

Remember, the design of the patch is subject to change based on our design work with the printer, but the overall essence will remain.

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How to Survive Your Daughter’s First Crush

[This post is originally from GSUSA as part of their Raising Girls blog dedicated to parenting advice for daughters]

You knew this day would come, but you had no idea how soon. Now suddenly, the girl who’s never needed more than her family, her friends, and maybe the snuggles of a favorite pet is streaming sappy pop songs, wandering about with a silly grin on her face, and writing mysterious initials on her book covers/the back of her hand/any available surface.

It’s time to come to terms with reality: your daughter probably has a crush.

Now, crushes are called as such for a reason. As much as they can make a person feel happy, they can also leave one feeling rather dramatically destroyed by the world. So, as her parent, you’ll need to approach dealing with her first crush with caution; empathy; and, as always, love. Lots and lots of love! Here’s how you might navigate some trickier aspects of her first brush with puppy love.

The issue: You think she’s too young to be in love or dating.

Reality check: While it can be jarring to think of your girl having romantic feelings, remember that having a crush does not mean the same thing as dating or even being in love—even if she insists she feels that way. Crushes are often rooted in infatuation and go no further than a bit of daydreaming and doodling. Actual dating rarely comes with crushes. Plus, forbidding her to have a crush may only deepen her feelings—after all, so often when young people are told they can’t have or do something, they want to all the more.

Try this: If she’s been inking initials or someone’s name on everything in sight, take the time (when it’s just the two of you—you don’t want to embarrass her!) to ask who this special someone is and figure out why she likes them. And even if she says they’re “dating” or “going out,” there may not be any cause for alarm. Ask what those terms mean to her. To many young girls, dating or going out might just mean that they sit together at lunch—or perhaps that they like each other, everyone knows it, and they text! A little fact-finding can go a long way to soothe your nerves and open lines of communication. This way, when she does start dating in a more meaningful way in the years to come, she’ll already know she can trust and turn to you.

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The issue: You don’t approve of the person she’s crushing on.

Reality check: Most crushes, especially at this age, are fleeting, so there’s almost no chance of this person being in her life for the long haul. But beyond that, you might want to take a step back and make sure you aren’t assuming things about her crush based on how they look, what part of town they live in, or something else that likely has nothing to do with why your daughter likes them.

Try this: Ask your girl what it is she likes or admires about this person. If she focuses on appearances first—spoiler alert, she probably thinks her crush has great hair—go deeper, and ask her if they’re kind to others or if they share any particular interests with her. This is a good opportunity for you to talk about what makes a person worthy of attention and admiration over some of the more superficial qualities she might be focused on. If there are more serious concerns about this person, like an inappropriate age difference, known behavioral problems, or something else, bring them up gently, and ask her how she feels about those things. Hearing her out and having a conversation with her (even if you know you’re eventually going to have to flat-out tell her this person isn’t worthy of her affections) will help her feel respected; heard; and, most of all, that you really care and aren’t just saying “no” to be mean.

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The issue: Her crush doesn’t like her back.

Reality check: The sight of your daughter crying into her cereal bowl over some super awkward kid may seem ridiculous to you—not to mention a waste of her precious time and energy—but to her, this is anything but silly. Think back to your early crushes and how, even if they didn’t last long, it felt like the sun rose and set by that person’s existence in your life. Your daughter likely feels that way right now.

Try this: Instead of telling her to “get over it” or that her crush wasn’t so great anyway, find a quiet moment to ask her how she’s feeling, then actually listen. She’s been rejected by someone she really likes (even if you don’t think they’re great shakes!), and she’s probably hurting. Be there for her, and try to find things to do together that will brighten her day. Maybe you can plan some time to watch a favorite movie or schedule a night when her best girl friends can come for a sleepover party. Over time, she’ll almost definitely start to feel better, and your bond will be stronger than ever.

Have you seen the 2020 Camp Guides yet?

Released last month, the 2020 Day and Resident Camp Guides have us very excited for summer!

We love getting outdoors and all the opportunities to do so at camp! View the guides online or stop into a Service Center to pick up a physical copy (limited number available).

For Troop Camping information, head to the Outdoor Programs Guide.

This year, we’re celebrating 90 years at Camp Seven Hills!

[This post originally appeared on campsevenhillsnews.com]

Saturday, August 8 – Activities begin at 9:30 a.m.

In 1930, Camp Seven Hills opened its doors to its first 50 campers. Since then, the grounds have hosted thousands of Girl Scouts from Western New York. This summer, you’re invited to join us in our celebration of 90 years of adventure.

Come and see how the camp has grown and developed over the years through tours showcasing what we’ve done and then see what we’re planning on a dream with us tour. There will be a special, candelit path ceremony and plenty of s’mores to go around.

Of course, we’ll also have some of our favorite camp activities including swimming, boating, horseback riding, ropes course, arts and crafts, and evening campfires. Ropes course and horseback riding will be on a first come, first served basis and will be an additional fee payable at camp.

You also have the option to stay all weekend for our annual Friends & Family Weekend, happening August 7 to 9. Arrival is 7 p.m. Friday and departure is 9 a.m. Sunday.

Register online by July 20, 2020

  • $30 per person for Saturday
  • $40 per person (1 night)
  • $70 per person (2 nights)
  • Children under five years old are free

Questions? Please contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410

The initial order period for Girl Scout Cookies closes February 9

Girls can keep collecting orders through February, but the initial order period ends Sunday, February 9. The current ordered gathered and initial recognition selections must be entered into Smart Cookies by 11:59 p.m.

As a reminder, the final payment and recognition order are due by Tuesday, March 31, at 11:59 p.m.

All girls who sell at least 170 packages by February 8 will earn the Initial Recognition Reward, which is the ‘Chase Your Adventure’ hoodie and ‘Goal Getter’ patch.

Girls who add 10 more boxes will receive a limited edition swag tag!

Questions? Contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.