Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 7/28/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Only two sessions left! Register your girl today!

We only have two weeks left for our camp, reimagined, which means only two more opportunities for your girl to experience camp right from your home . Each week is $60 and includes a Camp Activity Kit, three virtual sessions, a virtual dining hall experience, virtual campfires, self-led activities, and more! 

Registration for next week’s session on exploring closes Thursday, July 30. Our final session, happening August 10-14, is about taking action and registration closes Thursday, August 6.

Learn more about camp reimagined!

Only a few more days left to order your camp T-shirt! 
We extended the deadline to this Friday, July 31, so there’s still time to get yours! T-shirts youth medium to adult extra large are $15.00 per T-shirt. A 2X T-shirt is a $2.00 additional fee, 3X is $3.00 additional and 4X & 5X is a $4.00 additional fee. All T-shirt pricing includes shipping and handling.

Click here to order your camp shirt!

Earn the EXCLUSIVE 2020 Camp Patch!

All girls and adults who participate in our alternative camp programming are invited to earn our 2020 Summer Camp Patch! Girls who attend weekly sessions can order theirs here, but those who do not attend weekly can earn through this checklist!

We’ve created a unique summer of 2020 camp patch program. Girls and adults can complete a list of outdoor themed challenges to earn the patch.

Download the camp checklist!

Family and Troop Property Visits

We have seven sites open across our four camps open on Saturdays through August 14. Families and troops are invited to reserve a site and head to camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the sites below and head to to reserve your spot today! on Doubleknot today! View volunteer guidelines for in-person meetings

What do our alternative camp programs look like? 

Check out a few photos below of girls from previous sessions and view the full album on our Facebook page.

Did you miss last week’s Camp Seven Hills 90th Anniversary Celebration? Check out the slideshow that was shared featuring photos from over the years here!

Want to help shape creative, new ideas for how girls and families can engage with Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts is thinking about how best to address the needs of girls and their families during this increasingly virtual world and we want to hear from you!

We are looking for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to join us in a small group, panel discussion to provide input about current and future Girl Scout experiences – especially about some new, digital options!

The session will take place later this week. Please sign up at the forms below and indicate which times of the week would work for you.

Please note that we want to hear from girls directly. As such, girls should be comfortable talking in an online group setting and with new people.

As a thank you, everyone who participates in the focus group will receive a participation patch! We really value your opinions. Thank you in advance for your participation!

If you have questions, please email


Troop Co-Leaders, if you have yet to submit your TFAR for your troop this is the last week to do so. Submit your TFAR as soon as possible. The submission window deadline was June 30. Due to COVID-19, GSUSA extended the access to the Finance Tab on the VTK through July 31, 2020. Non-compliance of this mandatory submission will lead to a bank audit and possible suspension. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Service Unit Finance Consultant.

New Girl Scout Badges: STEM

Let her passion become a career that helps her change the world! With the new STEM Career badges, she’ll create a plan to turn her dreams into a reality.

Learn More About New Badges

There’s still time to join a Virtual Meet-Up!

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 through August 6. Use the links below to invite your friends and sign up your girls for upcoming meet-ups.

Daisy Meet-Ups

Brownie Meet-Ups

REMINDER: Our Feed the Need Food Drive runs through August 31

According to, 1 in 4 kids could face hunger this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. By helping to keep our community food banks, pantries, and cupboards stocked, the Girl Scouts of Western New York can help make a difference in our communities. 

Click here to learn more about our Feed the Need program and how you can participate.

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 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 for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:

Upcoming Virtual Events Posted
Below are our nationally produced virtual events scheduled over the next two weeks for girls, parents, volunteers, alums, and other supporters. All events are recorded and can also be accessed after the event via playback. 

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

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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