Member Essentials – 6/23/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

We promised to keep you updated regarding the important news we shared related to the initial May 30, 2020 Update and  June 2, 2020 Update. On Friday, June 19, we released an update regarding new, related information. You can read the  press release on our blog.

At Girl Scouts of Western New York, the safety and well-being of our girls and all children is our highest priority.

If you have questions, please call our Customer Care line at 1-888-837-6410, or email Morgan Williams-Bryant, Chief Impact Officer. 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 via email .

Upcoming Council Holiday Closure
The GSWNY Council will be CLOSED Friday, July 3, 2020 and Monday, July 6, 2020 to observe the 4th of July Holiday. We will reopen to regular virtual business hours on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Thank you.

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


Renew your Girl Scout membership today to qualify for great prizes and SAGE Tuition Rewards Points!

Here’s to all the dads raising

We’re down to our last week of June Renewal, which means you have seven days to qualify for some amazing prizes! 

All girls who renew before midnight on June 30 will receive a GSUSA renewal patch, and be entered to win one of the 20 Best Year Ever Packs, featuring a $20 GSWNY card and a Girl Scout t-shirt.

All co-leaders who renew before midnight on June 30 will be entered into a drawing for one of 5 Best Year Ever Packs for leaders, featuring a $20 GSWNY card and Girl Scout t-shirt.

All troops who have all their girls renewed and two co-leaders before midnight on June 30 will be entered in to win one of two Best Year Ever Packs for troops, featuring a $100 GSWNY card, $100 GSWNY property credit, and a free program-on-a-box rental.

Renew Today

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.


Registration is now open for GSWNY’s camp, reimagined!

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!

Your Girl Scout (and her non-Girl Scout friends!) are invited to be a part of a unique camp experience in your own home and backyard. Starting July 6, we will have a weekly theme and home-delivered Camp Activity kits, meaning camp is coming right to your front door. 

The weekly cost is $60 for registered Girl Scouts, and includes her Camp Activity Kit with age-appropriate activities to do in three virtual sessions throughout the week as well as on her own, a virtual dining hall experience, virtual campfires, and more! Financial aid is available. 

Spots are filling fast, so head to gswny.org to learn more and register today!

Learn more about camp


Last week, GSUSA shared its support for the Black Lives Matter movement and its commitment to proactively building an anti-racist organization. They officially launched the Girl Scouts’ anti-racism pledge, elevating diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice as organizational priorities and outlining the associated actions they are currently taking with regard to their leadership, staff hiring practices and training, and support for our girls and volunteers.

We encourage all Girl Scouts—girls, families, volunteers, alums, and staff—along with all of our supporters, to sign the pledge and commit to taking action to make the world a just and equitable place. We also encourage you to spread the word among your members, colleagues, friends, and wider networks.


One Week Left to Submit Your Annual Troop Financial Activity Report
Deadline is Midnight Tuesday, June 30

If you have already submitted your T-FAR we wish to thank you!!!  If you haven’t, the deadline is approaching.  Are you having connection issues? The best platform to use to get to www.gswny.org is through Chrome.  You will need to attach a copy of your May troop bank statement.

A reminder: As of July 1, GSUSA removes access to the Volunteer Tool Kit for any volunteers who have not re-registered for the 2020-2021 Membership Year. The T-FAR lives in the Finance Tab on the Volunteer Tool Kit.

If you have any questions – please reach out to Customercare@gswny.org 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! 

VOTE TODAY


Girl Scouts Run the Your girl is invited to one of our upcoming Virtual Meet-Ups!

Our Meet-ups are free month-long interactive programs offering all girls a taste of the Girl Scout experience. Girls will meet new friends, tap into their creativity, and discover how to take the lead in her own life and the world. Both current and non-Girl Scouts are invited.

The meet-ups are held weekly, with preK girls entering kindergarten in the fall meeting Fridays, Daisies meeting Tuesdays, and Brownies meeting Thursdays. Use the links below to invite your friends and sign up your girls for upcoming meet-ups, and be on the lookout for additional dates!

Prek Meet-Ups

Daisy Meet-Ups

Brownie Meet-Ups


Upcoming National Webinars

LIVE! Awesome Girls: Returning to the Outdoors Responsibly
Wednesday, June 24 | Two Sessions

Activities, inspired by our Girl Scout STEM curriculum and rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, cover a range of STEM topics and

Connect with The North Face’s top high adventure athletes to learn how they have stayed mentally and physically strong during Stay at Home. As they begin to head back outdoors, learn tips and tricks from these leaders on how to do so responsibly. Adventurous Girl Scouts will facilitate a conversation with The North Face’s high adventure athletes.

This program features two sessions, one for girls in grades K-5 and one for girls in grades 6-12. Use the links below to register. These are open to any girl, so invite your friends!

Girls in Grades K-5 | 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Girls in Grades 6-12 | 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Live and Learn featuring Rubye Del Harden
Thursday, June 25 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join Girl Scouts Heart of the South  for a remarkable series highlighting women and their journeys in leadership. Hear stories of their education and career, barriers they overcame, things that built their confidence and advice they have for the next generation of female leaders. Each session will conclude with a Q & A. Click here to learn more about Rubye Del Harden.

REGISTER FOR LIVE AND LEARN

Girl Scouts Run the World Party – Instagram Live Event
Saturday, June 27 | 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, June 27, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET, for an exclusive virtual Girl Scout party filled with music by DJs Amira and Kayla, product giveaways from Girl Scouts and Justice , and special performances by Jam Jr. artists. Invite your Girl Scout sisters and friends to join in on the fun to make it extra special—you’re sure to remember this party for years to come! Follow @girlscouts on Instagram and join us LIVE on June 27.


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.


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! Below are this week’s featured Girl Scouts, but you can read about all the Gold Award Girl Scouts at gswnyblog.com


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

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