Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 8/18/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

A few upcoming dates to remember:

  • All Shop locations will be CLOSED for our annual physical inventory from Monday, August 24, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020; we will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  
  • GSWNY will be CLOSED on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen to our virtual council hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 am.

​​​​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.

Say hello to the brand-new Girl Scout cookie: toast-yay!

Girl Scouts is kicking off the countdown to our 2021 cookie season by announcing the new French toast–inspired Toast-Yay!™ cookie! Available in select areas, each delightful, toast-shaped cookie is full of French toast flavor, dipped in delicious icing, and stamped with the iconic Girl Scout trefoil on top.  

Learn More

Show your spirit through art for a chance to be featured! 

Get your art featured on the landing page of our council’s M2 Fall Product Program System for the 2020 program. This means all WNY visitors to the Fall Sale will see your art! 

We will be featuring at least one piece of art from EACH COUNTY in our council. A top choice will be voted on to be displayed larger in the final collage of 9 pieces of art!

Click here to learn more about the contest and how to enter.

Thank you so much to Paula’s Donuts for this amazing donation that will help us serve more girls across Western New York through our Council Opportunity Fund!

The two-day Girl Scout-inspired donut sale resulted in a $19,000 donation! Thank you to everyone who supported Girl Scouts of Western New York and Paula’s during the sale! 

Pictured are Alana and Mariah from Troop 92216 enjoying the special donuts.

Zoom Into Fall: A live look at using Zoom for your Troop and Service Unit Meetings

Join us for one of our FREE adult training sessions on Wednesday, August 26, to learn all about how you can use Zoom this Fall to run your Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit meetings. We will walk you through setting up a Zoom account, how to schedule meetings, and how to run a Girl Scout meeting virtually. We will also go over some of our great resources to help you run virtual Girl Scouting easily and successfully!

GSUSA has subsidized the cost of professional zoom licenses for troops and GSWNY will soon be sharing how you can sign up for one. The monthly fee will be $3 per month ($36 per year). Licenses can be purchased by troops using troop funds, and for troops who need it, financial aid will be available to cover the cost. More details to come!

Questions? Contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or

Morning Session
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Evening Session
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than September 10, 2020. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blair at or 716-935-6076.

We look forward to seeing you on September 17, 2020.

RSVP for the Annual Meeting

Renew your Girl Scout membership by Sept. 30

Got a million things on your Back to School list? Check one off right now by renewing your Girl Scout membership! We make it easy using our online system, and we still have incentives left to give away. For girls and leaders, we’re still doing our $50 weekly gift card drawing, plus don’t forget our signature SAGE Tuition Rewards! Renew now!

Retail Item of the Week: New Badges Civics Badges K-12

Isn’t it the perfect time of year to earn a badge on civics? The Badges are $3.00 each, available for EVERY level of scouting, and are available for Curbside Pick-up at your local store!

Civics badges (grades K–12)
Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists, and, potentially, political leaders.

They research laws and how they’re created, voting and the electoral college, the representation of women in government, and more. They also research their local government officials and are encouraged to meet them.

Learn More About Badges

Introducing New York’s First Girl Scouts Academy in Rochester, NY − Innova Girls Academy Charter School

GSWNY is excited to partner with InnovaGirls Academy Charter School which is on track to be approved to be New York’s First Girl Scouts Academy in Rochester, NY. It is planned for a 2021 Opening (pending NYSED approval). Innova Academy is a proposed 4th-8th grade STEM school for young women in Rochester, with the belief that all girls in Rochester have the potential to become amazing leaders and problem solvers. Through this partnership, all Innova girls will have the opportunity to engage in Girl Scout programming on a daily basis, building courage, confidence, and character.

Innova STEM teachers will utilize Girl Scout programming in the computational thinking and science classrooms. This will include curriculum that is aligned to STEM badges and students completing a Girl Scout Journey at the conclusion of each unit in computational thinking and more. Learn more:

Learn more about our Badge in a Box opportunities!

Check out the video and photos below to learn more about our Badge in a Box experiences for girls. We have four boxes currently available for purchase, one for each level through Juniors. 

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New Girl Scout Badges: Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

✅Detecting a cyberattack using biometrics

✅Conducting breach analysis

✅Understanding how hackers operate

These are just a few things Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cyber Challenge brought to you by Raytheon Technologies.

Learn More About New Badges

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. 

International Peace Poster Contest from Lions Clubs Internationals

The Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest is open to any student 11-13 years old (by November 15) This is an activity that an individual troop can participate in or in a specific town or municipality, as well as one the students can do from home. Specific drop off locations will be arranged once the contest is underway. There is no cost to participate and the winner from each sponsored group receives a cash prize.

Posters are due by Wednesday, September 30. Use the link below to learn more or contact Amanda Dzierzanowski at or 1-888-837-6410 x6081.

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:

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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