Member Essentials – 7/14/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Western New York has now reached Phase Four for reopening, and we are pleased to be able to resume some limited in-person Girl Scouting activities and events.  The information below is current as of July 7, 2020 and will be in place through August 31, 2020.  We continue to evaluate and reassess and will inform you if anything changes.

As the risk of COVID-19 is still present in our community, we continue to promote and encourage virtual and at-home programming as the safest option.  For those who wish to meet in person we have safety guidelines in place to reduce the risk.  There are many ways to participate in Girl Scouting, so please choose the way that works best for you.   

Before leading any in-person Girl Scout activities, volunteers must review the Safety Activity guidelines for in-person meetings, and review one of the two July 9, 2020 webinar recordings below: 

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

Thank you for all you do!


Our alternative camp programs are designed to bring the fun of camp directly to you, and now with new guidelines we have sites open on our properties on Saturdays through August! Check out the information below for more ways to get involved. 

We also still have our weekly camp, reimagined programs that you can register for today! Each week is $60 and includes a Camp Activity Kit with invitations for three virtual meetings, program supplies, self-led activities, and more! These are a great way to get connected with old and new friends and get the camp experience from your home. 

Learn more about camp


Upcoming Adult Recruitments

Yesterday we had our first round of ‘Tell Me S’More about Girl Scouts,’ information sessions designed to talk to adults all about Girl Scouts and volunteering! We have two sessions left, Monday July 20 and 27 at 8 p.m. If you know someone who is interested, invite them using the link below!

LEARN MORE


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


Our next round of Virtual Meet-Ups begin today!

Our Meet-ups are four-week 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 Daisies meeting Tuesdays and Brownies meeting Thursdays. Use the links below to invite your friends and sign up your girls for upcoming meet-ups.

Daisy Meet-Ups

Brownie Meet-Ups


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:

Global Gender Equality Series
Tuesday, July 7 | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Activities, inspired by our Girl Scout STEM Have you ever found yourself wondering how you can make the world a better place? Do you want to raise awareness and learn how to advocate for gender equality? This series is a wonderful place to start. Fourteen Girl Scouts from across the country devised a six-part virtual series covering the most pressing issues facing girls today.

Topics include Girls’ Access to Education, Girls in Leadership, Girls in STEM, and Gender-Based Violence. You’ll learn about what’s happening around the world and how we can make a difference here in the United States. Girls will also earn the 2020 Global Action Award that will be mailed to participants at the end of the program.

This series has a $25 registration fee and will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 4:00–6:00 p.m. EDT 6/30/2020 through 8/4/2020. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details about the activities and what you’ll earn

REGISTER FOR GENDER EQUALITY SERIES

LIVE! Awesome Girls: Behind the Scenes-How Women in Congress Get Things Done
Tuesday, July 14 | 6:15 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how a law is passed or change is made in government? Now’s your chance to explore the ins and outs with Girl Scouts of the USA’s “Behind the Scenes: How Women in Congress Get Things Done” virtual event on July 14, 2020.

This event for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (girls in grades 6 through 12) will include a panel of female congressional representatives. They’ll share stories for how they work to create change through their roles. They’ll discuss the importance of collaboration and standing for your beliefs. After the panel, the event will open to a Q&A for girls to submit questions for the Congresswomen to answer live during the webcast.

REGISTER FOR WOMEN IN CONGRESS

Tips for Troop Leaders: Navigating Challenging Conversations with Your Girls
Wednesday, July 15 | 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

This has been a difficult year, and Girl Scout troops weren’t excluded. With families stressed by COVID-19 changes and violent racism, how can you be prepared for any difficult conversations that may come up in your troop? On this webcast, we’ll talk with Valerie Weaver, a social worker from Girl Scouts of Greater New York, about how you can prepare yourself to best support your girls.

REGISTER FOR TROOP LEADERS

QuestFest
Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m. to Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is excited to present virtual QuestFest to you this summer from the comfort of your own home! Join us on July 18th for a day full of fun challenges and experiences! Using a smart phone, your team will choose challenges to submit on our QuestFest app and receive points – the more creative, the more points awarded!

Wrap up the event with us during the virtual closing celebration on July 19th. During this celebration, competitive team winners will be announced and prizes will be given to the best of the best!

To find out more about QuestFest and to register, please go to our website at http://www.gsquestfest.org.

REGISTER FOR QUESTFEST


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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