Important GSWNY Update 5-30-2020

To the Families of GSWNY,

We write to you today to inform you that North Tonawanda police arrested a troop co-leader and his wife who was a troop helper and they were arraigned in Niagara County Court late Friday on charges of sexually abusing two young children, ages eight and nine, according to a media report. At this point, though we immediately contacted police officials for details, we do not know who these victims are, or if they are involved in Girl Scouts, or not.

Nonetheless, we know you join all of us at the Girl Scouts of Western New York in voicing our concern for the two children and we want them to have the best-possible care and support.

This is hugely distressing to all of us at GSWNY, as it assuredly is for you as well. You are aware of the rules and regulations we emphasize involving adult-scout interactions. The father, Marty Walton, passed our thorough background check in October 2016 and, after the normal three-year coverage period, again in October 2019. We are unaware of when police say the children’s abuse took place, nor are we aware of how the reported abuse came to police attention.

Your first priority, and ours, of course, is the safety of our girls, and we take allegations like this very seriously. Given all we’ve seen in recent years about teachers, priests and youth leaders, we strive in everything we do to make sure our girls are protected. Indeed, while it does not lessen this case’s impact, this is the first such allegation in GSWNY history. This is profoundly upsetting, as we know it is to all of you. But while we sincerely apologize on behalf of Girl Scouts that Girl Scout volunteers are allegedly involved, we also pledge to you that we will be transparent and will cooperate and collaborate with law enforcement to the fullest extent necessary.  We trust that you will do the same.

In addition, we are reviewing all our rules and procedures, which are standard for and supported by Girl Scouting nationally. After that review, we will tighten and modify those rules, as needed. If changes need to be made, we will inform you and explain those modifications. We are also in consultation with our national Girl Scouting leaders and drawing on their experience in this area.
 
We did not learn of these charges until yesterday evening from a media report. We immediately discharged Mr. Walton as a troop co-leader, and his wife, Shani, from her role as helper in the troop. Their daughter has been involved with Girl Scouts of Western New York since 2016.

We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about this case, which goes against everything we teach and stand for. If you have questions, please call Morgan Williams-Bryant, Chief Impact Officer at 716-935-6034, or email. Please also feel free to email me as well. We ask that you direct any media inquiries to Callie Johnson, EVP of Marketing at 716-935-6023 or email.

We hope too that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this difficult time of COVID-19.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Alison Wilcox
CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York
 

Press Release:

Girl Scouts of Western New York Statement on Arrests
First time that allegations of this nature involve a GSWNY troop co-leader

DEPEW, NY (May 30, 2020) – The Girl Scouts of Western New York today issued the following information and statement, attributable to GSWNY CEO Alison Wilcox. It follows media reports saying North Tonawanda police charged a troop co-leader, and his volunteer wife, with sexually abusing two children. This will be the GSWNY’s only comment at this time.

By way of relevant background, please know this is the first time that a GSWNY volunteer has been involved in allegations such as these.

Also, our rules state that there are always at least two approved, unrelated, adult volunteers, at least one of whom is a female, with any girl or group of girls following prescribed adult-to-girl ratios. These include co-leaders, chaperones, and troop drivers, all of whom must pass a background check every three years. The father/troop co-leader in this case passed background checks in October 2016, and again in October 2019.

GSWNY has about 15,000 Girl Scouts, and more than 6,000 adult volunteers across its nine counties of operation. There have been no in-person Girl Scout meetings or sanctioned activities since March 15, due to COVID-19.

“First, we at the Girl Scouts of Western New York want to voice our concern for the two children and we want them to have the best-possible care and support. Though we immediately contacted police officials for details, we do not yet know whether the victims are involved in Girl Scouts. Nonetheless, we would reinforce that there is nothing more important to Girl Scouts than the safety and well-being of all children, and we take all such allegations very seriously.”

“This is hugely distressing to all of us at GSWNY. We constantly emphasize the rules and regulations involving adult-Girl Scout interactions, safety and well-being. The troop co-leader passed thorough background checks in 2016 and again in October 2019. We are unaware of when police say the children’s abuse took place, nor are we aware yet of how the reported abuse came to police attention, or on what evidence they brought charges. Both adults in this case were immediately removed Friday from all GSWNY activities. We are conducting a rigorous internal investigation, reviewing our regulations, and will cooperate fully with law enforcement.  We ask for privacy for the victims and their families at this difficult time.”

For further background: https://www.gswny.org/en/for-volunteers/volunteer-resources.html https://www.gswny.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gswny/documents/Volunteer%20Essentials%202019-2020%20GSWNY.pdf https://www.gswny.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gswny/documents/safety_activity_checkpoints_2019_edition_7.1.2019.pdf

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 15,000 girls and over 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities.

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Member Essentials – 5/19/20

Girl Scouts of Western New York will be closed for our Spring Holiday Break from Monday, May 25, 2020 through May 29, 2020. We will reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. There will be no Member Essentials communication sent next week. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


June Renewal Campaign

As many of you are aware, GSWNY usually runs a “Spring Renewal” campaign in March-April, when we encourage current members to renew their memberships for the following Girl Scout year (which begins October 1).  We opted to postpone our early renewal campaign until June, and we are excited to get started! June Renewal is a great way to get your membership settled for next year and qualify for some great incentive drawings.

  • While our campaign officially runs June 1-30, members who renew prior to 6/1 will qualify for all time-related incentives and drawings.
  • We have updated our renewal incentives – see them all here . All girls who renew during June will earn the GSUSA Renewal patch, and those who renew by June 7 will also earn the brand new GSWNY patch – so new it’s not yet available for purchase!  We’re also offering lots of Best Year Ever pack drawings for girls, co-leaders and troops who renew by June 30.  And who knows, there might even be some pop-up prizes too! 
  • We understand that families may be experiencing financial hardship and wish to remind our Girl Scout families that we have financial assistance available for girl and volunteer membership renewal that you can select during the renewal process.
  • Please note: our signature Renewal perk, Sage Tuition Rewards points, will be earned by girls, co-leaders and service unit managers who renew by September 30. Each SAGE Point equals $1 in tuition/scholarship at over 400 colleges and universities. Girl renewal earns 2,500 points and Co-Leader/SUM renewal earns 3,500 points. That means a $25 girl membership renewal equals $2,500 in college savings!
  • Contact Customer Care with any questions!

Are you ready to renew now?  Head to our Renewal page to get started! 


Volunteers held a “virtual friendship circle” during the Virtual Celebration on 4-29-20 to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month.


Shop for Gold Award Swag Online

Our retail shops may currently be closed, but you can still visit our online shop to purchase the items below and more! Standard shipping is free on all online orders, no minimum purchase necessary.

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Surveys are open! At Girl Scouts, we care about your opinions and experience, and we need your help to understand what’s working and what’s not. Check your email for your personal invitation to take the Girl Scout Voices Count survey and share your thoughts. We want to hear from you! (Service unit volunteers will be surveyed in June.)


National Webinars: Week of May 18 to 22

Tips for Troop Leaders – LIVE: Leading Engaging Virtual Meeting with Your Daisies and Brownies (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Wednesday, May 20 | 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You love that your youngest go-getters are energetic and excited about Girl Scouts, but that very energy is what makes it challenging to capture their attention and keep your virtual meeting on track. In this webcast, we’ll talk with three troop leaders about how they successfully manage virtual meetings with their Daisies and Brownies.

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LIVE! Awesome Girls: World Centre Challenge Tour of Our Chalet

Wednesday, May 20 | 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the live event we’ll be demonstrating tips and tricks to get everything to fit in your bag. An important part of packing is choosing the right items to bring. To help you think about what items you need for an international trip, when you join the live event we encourage you to have a carry-on sized bag and some items you would need for an international trip, including clothing. Then you can practice your packing skills live with us.

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LIVE! Awesome Girls: World Centre Challenge Tour of Pax Lodge

Thursday, May 21 | 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join Pax Lodge for a tour of our World Centre in Hampstead, North London. After the tour, test your knowledge by taking a fun, short quiz. Then, join us for an activity where you will learn to make origami doves. There will also be a chance to ask questions about Pax Lodge, what life is like here in the UK, and how you can come and visit us.

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LIVE! Awesome Girls: World Centre Challenge Tour of Our Cabana

Friday, May 22 | 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join Our Cabaña for a tour of our World Centre in the “City of Eternal Spring,” Cuernavaca, Mexico. After the tour, show off your creative side by making your own Lucha Libre mask. There will also be a chance to ask questions about Our Cabaña, what life is like here in Mexico, and how you can come and visit us.

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Watch weekdays at 3:12 p.m. on GSWNY’s Facebook Page to see videos from staff and membership.

Make sure you check in every day at 3:12 to catch us live. Can’t make the live broadcast? View all our Trefoil TV videos on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

THIS WEEK: Girl Scout Traditions

GET CAUGHT UP: View previous videos on YouTube, including last week’s Health and Wellness videos.

Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! We regularly add new resources, including new Virtual Badge Work for all Girl Scout Levels on Thursdays!


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Our Girl Scouts are putting their ingenuity to work and doing great things across our WNY community. Check out a few examples below.

We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you in two weeks! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Gold Award mural for visitation center

Last year, Girl Scout Emma Smith completed her Gold Award mural for the Monroe County Visitation Center, a part of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children. We receive a story of Emma’s hard work from SPCC itself last year and included that in a prior blog post. Emma recently sent us additional photos and information.

Emma stated, “I chose this project because I wanted to use my love and skills for art to make a difference for the children going through hard times at the Visitation Center. The project impacted my community by brightening up the environment for the children.”

Emma explained, “I had to do research about foster care in Monroe County and how to paint a mural. I’d never painted something so large before! I had to connect with staff at the Society for the protection and Care of Children, the Monroe County Department of Human Services, Girl Scouts of Western NY, and other professionals. I submitted personal designs and got approval from the county to begin painting. I used the money I had earned in Girl Scouts selling cookies over the past ten years to fund my project and purchase the supplies I needed, then there was the painting itself, which I did over a four-day period.”

Her mural is of the downtown Rochester skyline and features landmark buildings and the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge that stretches over the Genesee River.

Emma is an official GSWNY 2020 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. She will be receiving her Gold Award accolades including her pin this year and will be included in a virtual acknowledgement of this year’s awardees. This year’s recipients will also be offered the opportunity to be recognized at the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony.

Member Essentials – 5/12/20

Special message from GSWNY camp and property staff

2020 Summer Camp Announcement

Earlier today, we announced our difficult but necessary decision to cancel all GSWNY overnight and day camps for the summer of 2020, effective today. 

We recognize that this decision may disappoint our families and Girl Scouts. However, our top priorities remain the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff. 

To read the complete announcement on our blog, please click here. FAQs related to our camp cancellation can also be found on the blog here.


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GSUSA Covid-19 Update: Troop Funds Extension Guidelines

SUSA has allowed a one-time extension for 12th graders to use money-earned funds to reschedule their spring/summer 2020 cancelled activities into the next membership year. The extended time is 9/30/20 – 8/31/21. This extension is specifically to meet the needs of girls whose plans were cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19.  It is NOT to support the planning and financing of new or additional Girl Scout activities. Extensions for Gold Awardees are also included.

Please click this link to read the guidelines in its entirety.

Regarding Non-12th Grade Troops : Please note – To provide a positive Girl Scout program for our girls, our guidelines strongly encourage a troop to spend down funds within the year the funds are earned. However, in light of Covid-19 troop functions have been limited, consequently, we are aware that carry-over balances may be larger than usual on your 2020 T-FAR submission. Should a troop intend to save their funds for an upcoming trip or event, the annual Troop Financial Activity Report (T-FAR submission window June 1- June 29, 2020) requests a notation regarding the purpose for carrying over a balance in excess of $1000. 


Surveys are open! At Girl Scouts, we care about your opinions and experience, and we need your help to understand what’s working and what’s not. Check your email for your personal invitation to take the Girl Scout Voices Count survey and share your thoughts. We want to hear from you! (Service unit volunteers will be surveyed in June.)


Check out more virtual programs at the Buffalo Zoo! 

The Buffalo Zoo is offering virtual The Buffalo Zoo added seven new programs to earn virtual Girl Scout badges! Each badge includes animal demonstrations, exclusive live views of animal exhibits at the zoo, and badge-related discussions and activities.

Badge Levels:

  • Social Innovator (Seniors)
  • Pets (Brownies)
  • Clover (Daisies)
  • Bugs (Brownies)
  • Agent of Change (Junior)
  • Animal Helpers (Cadettes)
  • Rosie (Daisies)

Learn More

Watch weekdays at 3:12 p.m. on GSWNY’s Facebook Page to see videos from staff and membership.

Make sure you check in every day at 3:12 to catch us live. Can’t make the live broadcast? View all our Trefoil TV videos on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

THIS WEEK: Health and Wellness

  • 5-11-20: Guided Nature Meditation (Meditation MP3 download)
  • 5-12-20: I Am A Rainbow! Yoga with Kidding Around Yoga with Donna
  • 5-13-20: Paper Plate Awards
  • 5-14-20: Happy Hiking with Girl Scout Arianna
  • 5-15-20: Mindful Coloring
  • 5-16-20: DIY Windchimes

NEXT WEEK: Stay tuned for more information regarding our week on Girl Scout Traditions!

GET CAUGHT UP: View previous videos on YouTube, including last week’s Fun and Games videos.

Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! We regularly add new resources, including new Virtual Badge Work for all Girl Scout Levels on Thursdays!


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Our Girl Scouts are putting their ingenuity to work and doing great things across our WNY community. Check out a few examples below.

We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next week! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

2020 Summer Camp Announcement

Dear Girl Scouts of WNY Family,  

We hope you and your families are safe and well.   

It may not come as a surprise, but given the current and expected impact of COVID-19 on our community, we’ve made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel all GSWNY overnight and day camps for the summer of 2020, effective today.  

Special message from GSWNY camp and property staff

We recognize that this decision may disappoint our families and Girl Scouts. The importance of outdoor experiences as a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) cannot be overstated. However, our top priorities remain the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff. 

After careful consideration, we have made the following decisions that will impact summer programming for our Council:  

  • All 2020 summer resident and day camp programs are cancelled. This includes programs at Camp Timbercrest, Camp Seven Hills, Camp Piperwood, and Camp Windy Meadows.  All registered campers will receive full refunds.  
  • We are also cancelling property rentals through August 31, 2020. Refunds for the cancellations will be issued within 30 days.   
  • We will offer alternative and virtual summer camp programming. Please let us know what you think our Girl Scouts would like to see offered. Please fill out this survey  by May 18th to let us know your ideas. Survey participants will be entered in a raffle to receive a gift basket of camp merchandise.  
  • We also announced last week that all other in-person Girl Scout programs are cancelled through June 30, 2020. This includes in-person troop meetings, travel, events, and programs. We will continue to monitor public-health guidance and evaluate when small in-person gatherings can resume, and if there is any possibility of accessing our camp properties for troops or families this summer. We will do our best to accommodate small groups.   
  • Our offices, shops, and camp properties remain closed until further notice. Updates regarding our physical locations are available on our website, www.gswny.org.  

GSWNY will continue to provide virtual and online programming for our Girl Scouts. Visit Girl Scouting at Home, updated weekly, to find more activities. Be on the lookout for exciting alternative camp programming based on your survey feedback.  

We want every girl to have the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the world around her, whether that be at camp, with her troop, or with family. We thank you for your continued patience while our council worked to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and its spread, while also doing our best to provide a quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We look forward to sharing another summer of exploring nature, diving into new skills, and building friendships with our camp family in 2021. 

I want to add that I am proud of the innovative ways our girls, volunteers and staff have responded during this time of crisis. They provided service to our community, arranged virtual troop meetings, online experiences, adult training, and badge and program activities for our members. In these difficult times, our Girl Scouts are leading the way, and I thank you.  

To date, our Trefoil TV videos available on FacebookYouTube, and Instagram (offering activities for girls and adults) have collectively been viewed over 52,000 times! While this pandemic has offered opportunities for us to grow and develop new ways to connect with our membership, it has also forced us to consider our in-person programming.   

If you have any questions about camp, programming, or any other Girl Scout opportunities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out to our Customer Care Team at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org  

We are happy to continue serving our members during this time and together we are staying #GirlScoutStrong.   

Yours in Girl Scouting,  

Alison Wilcox 

Chief Executive Officer 

If you have additional questions, please click here for our Summer Camp FAQs 

GSWNY Summer Camp 2020 Cancellation- Frequently Asked Questions

We have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to suspend all Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) camps for the summer of 2020 out of an abundance of caution considering the current and expected impact of COVID-19 on our community. This is a difficult decision given the importance of outdoor experiences as part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), but the safety and wellbeing of our girls, volunteers, and staff is our top priority.  

Like you, we have an emotional connection to camp. It’s not just the time outdoors among friends. It’s part of who we are. It was a tough decision, but it was the right decision. At Girl Scouts, we must always lead with the health and safety of our girls, and that health and safety would unfortunately be in jeopardy if we delivered camp programming this summer. We know you have many questions, so we have compiled this frequently asked questions document to try and provide answers. If you have additional questions that are not answered in this FAQ, please contact customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.  

Which camps are cancelled?  

Camp Piperwood Day Camp, Camp Timbercrest Resident Camp, Camp Seven Hills Resident Camp, and Camp Windy Meadows Day Camp.  

Camp is what we look forward to every summer. What were the factors that went into this decision?  

We look forward to camp too. It’s part of what makes Girl Scouts great. We looked at several factors. As mentioned, the health and safety of our campers and some 160 staff members and volunteers comes first. This is a guiding point in all decision making at our council, and we could not satisfactorily protect every campers’, volunteers’, and staffs’ health and safety in a camp setting during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

I have already paid for camp. When can I expect my refund?  

We will begin processing camp refunds on May 13; refunds will come by credit card if your CampDocs account had one stored or by check through the mail. Please allow up to 30 days for refund processing and receipt.  

If you are able, we hope you will consider donating a portion of your refund to help support sister Girl Scouts who are experiencing hardship at this time. A donation to the Council Opportunity Fund helps fund memberships, uniforms, badges, program supplies, and more to ensure every girl has the opportunity to participate fully in Girl Scouts. Please donate at www.gswny.org/donate  

Also, although summer camp may be cancelled, the Girl Scout experience she enjoys and depends on is still happening – and we are looking forward to continuing our program in new and innovative ways throughout the summer and into the fall. If you’re ready to renew for next year, you can qualify for incentives during our June Renewal campaign. Watch for more details later in May! 

I purchased a 2020 Girl Scout Membership when I registered for camp. Will this be refunded?  

Your Girl Scout Membership will not automatically be refunded.  Girl Scouts of Western New York has many ways that your daughter can still participate this summer even though summer camp has been cancelled. Check out our Girl Scouts at Home resources on our website and stay tuned for more details on upcoming summer programming options. If you feel you don’t want to continue with Girl Scouts, you may contact customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410 for a refund of your membership dues.  

My daughter earned Program Reward Cards during the 2020 cookie program that she was planning on using for 2020 summer camp, what happens with that?  

The Program Reward Card has been extended to Sept 30, 2021. It can be combined with next year’s Program Reward Card and used for programs and or summer camp.

What happens if part of my camper’s fees were paid with financial assistance?  

For camper’s registration paid via financial assistance, those dollars will simply go back into our Campership Fund.  

I already purchased a Camp Care Package. Can I get a refund?  

Yes, you will receive a full refund for your Camp Care Package.  

What if we wanted to do Troop Camping if limitations on gatherings are lifted?  

If restrictions are lifted, GSWNY will follow the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, WHO and our state and local governments and will update you as to the type of troop camp events (troop camping, SUCO or day events) that would be allowed.    

Are GSWNY camp facilities also closed?  

Right now, we have cancelled property reservations through August 31. We’ll take it month by month and if the situation changes so that we can safely accommodate small gatherings and larger groups, we will do our best to accommodate property reservations.  

Are all council events for the summer cancelled?  

This is a fluid situation and we are doing our best to plan with many unknowns. All council events for June have been cancelled. We will closely watch recommendations by experts as we get closer to July-August events and communicate cancellation updates accordingly.  

Can my troop or Service Area visit one of our GSWNY properties as a group or to host an event this summer?  

Right now, property usage is unavailable through August 31. The council made this determination based on the best information from the CDC and county health departments. We cancelled camp sessions now because our planning time is much longer than a few weeks. It is our hope that troops and Service Units will be able to have activities this summer—especially outdoor activities at our beautiful GSWNY properties! If we need to extend the restrictions on property usage beyond August 31, we will communicate that as soon as possible and continue to process full refunds on reservation fees paid.  

Will there be camp next year?  

Camp is one of the cornerstones of Girl Scouts. We remain committed to preserving and protecting our camp properties and summer camp programs. Although we cannot predict how this virus will impact next summer’s programming, rest assured that we are planning for Summer Camp 2021. All of our Girl Scout camps will run again next summer if we can do so safely. 

Member Essentials – 5/5/20

Please note that given the new status of school closures in WNY through June 30, the cancellation of all in-person Girl Scout programs is extended until at least June 30, 2020.  Members can utilize this letter when requesting refunds from vendors (including bookings for G.I.R.L. 2020 in Orlando).

We have been closely monitoring public health guidelines and expect to finalize our plans for Summer Camp and notify members about summer programs the week of May 11. We thank members for your patience.

Also, please be aware of our new virtual office hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesdays from 9am-11am and 2pm-6pm
  • Fridays from 9am-11am
  • Saturdays from 9am-12pm

We are here for you. Please contact Customer Care if there are any questions at  customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.


Are you an essential worker?

GSWNY wants to find out which of our volunteers are essentials workers! If you (or another volunteer you know) is, please fill out the form below.

Thank you!

Essential Worker Survey


This photo is from a 2018 GSUSA astronomy camp as part of the NASA-SETI Partnership

Mental Health and Youth: Signs Symptoms and IJoin The Space Mission Experience happening tonight!

If you weren’t able to attend the Youth In celebration of National Astronaut’s Day, GSUSA and AstraFemina present The Space Mission Experience virtual events tonight, Tuesday, May 5! Available at two different times – younger girl (grades K-5) at 6:15 pm EST and older girl (grades 6-12) at 7:15 pm EST – girls will get to meet a former astronaut and hear her space journey. They will have a chance to ask questions as well!

The Space Mission Experience for K-5 | May 5, 2020 | 6:15 p.m

The Space Mission Experience for 6-12 | May 5, 2020 | 7:15 p.m.


#GivingTuesdayNow is happening today!

Today we hope you will join us as we participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving.  

We realize families are having to make hard choices about their finances and Girl Scouts may have to fall to the bottom of their list. Because of this, we are expecting a significant increase in the number of families requesting assistance to pay for their daughter’s $25.00 registration fee.  

Today, you can take some of the worry away for these families by helping us Power Our Promise and help change a girl’s life by making a gift of $25.00 to our Girl Opportunity Fund.   Help spread the word! Share our Giving Tuesday post and share what Girl Scouts means to you on your social accounts. Use the hashtags #PowerOurPromise and #GivingTuesdayNow. 

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Join the Buffalo Zoo for a Virtual Girl Scout Badge!

The Buffalo Zoo is offering virtual badge opportunities for Brownies, Juniors and Seniors! Each badge includes animal demonstrations, exclusive live views of animal exhibits at the zoo, and badge-related discussions and activities. 

Download the flyer today for more information including dates, registration, and pricing.

Looking for more virtual badge opportunities? Visit our Girl Scouting at Home page on our website for council patches, badge resources, virtual tours, and much more!

Watch weekdays at 3:12 p.m. on GSWNY’s Facebook Page to see videos from staff and membership.

Make sure you check in every day at 3:12 to catch us live. Can’t make the live broadcast? View all our Trefoil TV videos on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

THIS WEEK: Fun and Games
5/5 – DIY Rainstick
5/6 – Make Your Own Chalk & Chalk Obstacle Course
5/7 – Celtic Knots with Girl Scout Odessa
5/8 – Minute to Win It Games
5/9 – Virtual Games to Play with Your Troop

NEXT WEEK:  Join us for next week’s Trefoil TV sessions focused on Health & Wellness! Activities will include a yoga session with Kidding Around Yoga, DIY self care items, and more!

GET CAUGHT UP: View previous videos on YouTube, including last week’s STEM videos.

Want more Fun and Games? Take the challenge now!

Try out your favorite activities! When you earn enough points you have earned your patch! This Program Patch will cost $1.25. To place an order for this patch please complete this link:
https://gswny.wufoo.com/forms/mgh201s0q4sgwv/

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Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! We regularly add new resources, including new Virtual Badge Work for all Girl Scout Levels on Thursdays!


Congratulations to Girl Scout Alyssa MacLefko for winning the Gannon University Hackathon Cybersecurity Competition and receiving a full-tuition scholarship!

Alyssa was one of 120 students who competed in the first round and one of 15 who qualified to compete at Gannon for the second round. She was also the only female student who qualified for the second round. Alyssa will attend Gannon in the fall and major in cybersecurity. 

We’re so proud of Alyssa and her accomplishments! She was even recognized on GSUSA’s Facebook and Twitter!

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Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Our Girl Scouts are putting their ingenuity to work and doing great things across our WNY community. Check out a few examples below.

We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next week! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.