Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 6/16/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please see the updates below:

Girl Scout In-Person Gathering

Please note that while certain geographic areas within our council have lessened the restrictions on gatherings, Girl Scout in-person meetings, events and activities are considered to be in Phase 4 which is not yet open in Western New York counties. Girl Scout in-person activities continue to be cancelled through June 30, 2020.  We will provide any updates for future planning when available. Please know that the activities that you participate in outside of Girl Scouts are completely at your discretion, but that all in-person Girl Scout programs and activities are still prohibited during this time. Thank you so much in advance for your cooperation.

Attend a Wellness & Self-Care Session for Girls (Optional)

Wellness & Self-Care for Girls: Tips to Becoming a Healthier You” with Karl Shallowhorn: Session 1
Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Zoom
(Meeting ID: 982 4027 9391 and Password: 923936)

Wellness & Self-Care for Girls: Tips to Becoming a Healthier You” with Karl Shallowhorn: Session 2
Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom
(Meeting ID: 958 2953 5714 and Password: 290065)

For questions, please reach out to us at Customer Care or call 1-888-837-6410. 

Statement from GSUSA

Black Lives Matter. We need to make that clear. Racism goes against the values of Girl Scouts, and although we have acted to counter racism throughout our history, we know we have enormous work ahead of us to build a truly anti-racist organization. We are prioritizing these efforts, both on an individual level and within every aspect of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of the USA and all 111 Girl Scout councils will engage in challenging discussions, center voices we haven’t listened to in the past, act with integrity, and learn from any missteps. We pledge to never stop working to create the just and equitable world that every girl, and all of us, deserve

Juneteenth is a historic and
national celebration that
observes the ending of
slavery in the United States. 

Learn more

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21!

Here’s to all the dads raising awesome daughters! Happy Father’s Day! 💚

Just because we can’t come together in-person, doesn’t mean that summer is cancelled! We’re offering a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors. It’s camp, reimagined with The Summer We Camped At Home! Girls in Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts ages 5-17 can be registered. The weekly cost including the home-delivered Camp Activity Kit is $60 – financial aid is available. 

Use the link below to learn more about our virtual summer camp programs and register today!

Learn more about camp

Announcing a special June Renewal Pop-Up Prize!

During the month of June, we have a

We have two weeks left in June Renewal and in addition to our current incentives, we have a special pop-up opportunity!

Girls who renew by midnight Sunday, June 21, will be entered into a drawing to win (1) her choice: either a 1-year Disney Plus+ Membership OR a Kindle Kids Edition

Leaders who renew by midnight Sunday, June 21,  will be entered into a drawing to win (1) your choice: either a 1-year Amazon Prime Membership or a $100 Amazon gift card

Renew when you’re ready

If you or your girls are not in a position to renew right now, don’t worry – our signature Renewal perk, SAGE Tuition Rewards points , can be earned by girls, co-leaders, and service unit managers who renew by September 30. Financial aid is available.

The Annual Troop Financial Activity Report Submission Window is Open! 

Co-Leaders! The time to submit the annual online Troop Financial Activity Report, or T-FAR, is here! June 1–30 is 2020 T-FAR Time!

A new T-FAR Training Slideshow PowerPoint has been created.  Even if you aren’t new to T-FAR submission, please review it – there are updates as well as information regarding the GSUSA Covid-19 troop fund extension guidelines you won’t want to miss.  Don’t forget you will need to attach your May bank statement to the report.

If you have any questions – please reach out to or 1-888-837-6410.

Ready to BE AMAZING in 2021?

Our recognition voting is now open! Check out the new theme and vote on our 2021 recognitions that you love best! 


Girl Scouts Run the World Party—Instagram Live Event

Join GSUSA on Saturday, June 27, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET, for an exclusive Instagram Live party presented by Girl Scouts, Jam Jr., and Justice. With all of the challenges we’ve faced and will continue to face this year, we hope you’ll celebrate with us all that we have accomplished together, as we look forward to the summer and a brighter future ahead. This 90-minute virtual event will feature:

  • Special performances by Jam Jr. artists
  • Music by 13-year-old twin DJs Amira and Kayl
  • Product giveaways from Girl Scouts and Justice

For a sneak peek of the giveaways and to sign up for future Girl Scout virtual events, visit our online store.

Join your Girl Scout sisters from all over the United States and invite your friends to be part of the fun to make it extra special—you’re sure to remember this party for years to come! 

This is a free event for Girl Scouts and friends. Follow @girlscouts on Instagram and join us LIVE on June 27.

Learn more

Upcoming National Webinars

Awesome Girls: Family STEM Series – Junior Think Like a Programmer!
Wednesday, June 17 | 4:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Activities, inspired by our Girl Scout STEM curriculum and rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, cover a range of STEM topics and connections to exciting STEM careers. We will cover the basics of what algorithms are and how computer scientists use them, lead the girls in a hands-on exercise to create their own algorithm, then segue into creating a rapid prototype that could execute their algorithm.


Tips for Troop Leaders LIVE: Bringing the Great Outdoors Home
Wednesday, July 1 | 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Outdoor activities offer so much more than fun in the sun; they’re about building tangible outdoor skills, forging deep friendships, and growing girls’ confidence. So how do you keep the excitement and  learning going when traditional summer experiences, like camp, are canceled? In this webcast, we’ll discuss how you can successfully balance virtual activities with hands-on family fun to keep building your troop’s outdoor skills—yes, even from home.


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 – Gold Award Edition

We’re highlighting the more than 30 Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award this past year! 

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

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