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.


2019 Entrepreneurship discussion with
National Gold Award Girl Scouts

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.

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