Member Essentials

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 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:

Download the Checklist

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 or call 1-888-837-6410.

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