Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 9/8/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

As our girls and families settle into a school year that is much different than usual, we welcome you back to another Girl Scout year. We are so glad to continue to be GS strong and to be here for girls. Thank you so much to our volunteers who give tirelessly to ensure that girls have access to this important program, and to the sisterhood and belonging that Girl Scouts does best.

We know that our members and families are facing so many challenges right now – with the pandemic, racial injustice, financial insecurity, and disruptions to school and business, among others.

Please know that at Girl Scouts of Western New York we continue to seek to be a safe place for our members, and an important resource as the expert on girls.

For financial resources, we offer financial assistance through our Council Opportunity Fund, generously funded by community donors and supporters.  Adults and girls may apply for financial aid for Girl Scout membership, troop dues, uniforms, program supplies and program fees.  We never turn a girl away, and there are resources to help if you need (financial aid form).

Our thoughts are also with Daniel Prude’s family, and our Rochester community, as news was released this past week that Daniel Prude was killed by police in March in Rochester, NY, and community members have been protesting this senseless act for several days. At Girl Scouts, racism and hate have no home here, and we stand up for and with our Black girls, Black members and the Black community and affirm that Black Lives Matter. 

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee will soon be releasing a patch program for girls to learn about racial justice and equality. 

In the interim, for resources on how to help your girl with the issues of today, GSUSA offers articles and resources through Raising Awesome Girls here, including taking action against racism, girls’ mental health, and school success.

We will continue to share more details about our 2020-2021 program and next week will have updated COVID-19 resources to help volunteers and families’ choose the best way to participate in Girl Scouts this year. 

Girl Scouts is not cancelled – we continue to be here for our girls and for you. Our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place remains as crucial as ever.

Thank you,

For social media, we are currently accepting photos of in-person meetings and events again, but all submissions MUST show girls, families, and vendors following all safety guidelines regarding COVID. You can read the FAQs here .

Due to the fact that it is often impossible to tell who is in the same household visually, we are only accepting photos that show all girls and adults properly wearing masks and social distancing. We understand this limits the number and types of photos that can be submitted and will be accepted for posting, but due to the number of questions we have received about what is being depicted in photos we can currently only use photos clearly following the above rules.

We apologize for any confusion and for the limitations this imposes, but we want to make sure we are clear about the safety of our members. We reserve the right not to post any photos for any reason. Photos can be sent to For questions about guidelines, please contact Customer Care at or 1-888-837-6410.

​​​​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.

It’s the last month of the membership year–have YOU renewed yet?

Did you know that the Girl Scout membership year runs October 1 through September 30? That means current memberships will be expiring soon. We make it so easy using our online system, and we’ve got some great giveaways. We’ll be giving away one $50 Amazon or Target gift card every Wednesday in August and September – one for girls and one for leaders, so the sooner you renew, the better chance you have to win! Renew now!

We need your vote for the Fall Product Program website!

Help us decide the top choice for the M2 Artwork Contest for the Fall Sale. The top voted artwork will be featured larger than others in the final collage on the M2 landing page for GSWNY. Voting ends September 10. 

Vote Today

Every year, Girl Scouts explore the natural wonders found across our country during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. This weekend, September 12 and 13, you’re invited to join your fellow Girl Scouts in celebrating our shared love for the outdoors with your local state parks, along with your troop, friends, and family.

Learn More

Beyond the Tap
A – Virtual Event
What can the power of water do? In this program, you will gain knowledge about water you didn’t know before. Ambassadors will earn part of the Water badge.

Wednesday, September 16
Registration closes 9/13
Register Here
Archery and Orienteering Adventures
J/C/S/ A – Camp Piperwood
During this fun-filled day you will learn about archery safety from certified instructors, and then how to use a compass to navigate the trails.

Sunday, September 20
Registration closes 9/14
Register Here
Staying Fit & Eating for You
J/C – Virtual Event
Join us to learn about getting healthy through managing our stress, getting better sleep, what foods are healthy and which ones are not, and fun ways we can get exercise! 

Monday, September 21
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
Voting 101
S/A – Virtual Event
Join the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara and the NAACP Buffalo Branch to learn the ins and outs of voting! Girls will discuss the importance of voting, how to become informed voters, and will fill out their own voter registration form!

Tuesday, September 22
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
GS 101: College Knowledge Parts 1&2
S/A – Virtual Event
Throughout this two-part program you will explore which colleges are best suited for your interests and then develop a financial plan to pay for your education.

Wednesday, September 23 & 30
Registration closes 9/20
Register Here
STEM Career Exploration
J/C – Virtual Event
Girls will participate in virtual learning to explore different STEM careers while earning the new 2020-2021 STEM Career Exploration Badge!

Wednesday, September 23
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
Daisy Sun Catcher
D – Virtual Event
During this program daisies will work towards earning the Outdoor Art Maker badge where they will learn about the sounds of nature, observe the colors of nature, and showcase their nature art skills by making their very own sun catcher.  

Saturday, October 10
Registration closes 9/18
Register Here
Change Around the World Journey
B – Virtual Event
Girls will take a journey around the world to learn about other girls that are making impactful change, not just in their community, but globally. Girls will hear stories and brainstorm how they can make change in the world. 

Saturday, October 10
Registration closes 9/18
Register Here

Looking for more to do? Check out our Programs & Events at

If you haven’t completed the September survey yet, please take 2 minutes to provide feedback to GSWNY – and help us be even better!

Parent Survey – What programming do you want to see for your girl?

Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scouts of Western New York Trefoil Buff

This week’s item is the Girl Scouts of Western New York Trefoil Buff! It’s available online (with free shipping) OR email your local shop for Curbside Pick-Up!

This buff can be worn 16 different ways, including as a face mask!

Order Online Today

The Rochester & Lockport Shops will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9th – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

  • These two locations are open to take shop orders from all areas. If you do not live close enough for curbside pick-up service please ask for your order to be mailed, there will be no shipping charged (unless your order includes books)
  • Curbside Pick-up is open Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Email your shop orders to the email address below, a retail staff member will call you to confirm your order for payment and schedule your curbside pick-up date and time.

The Buffalo & Jamestown Shops will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Monday, September 21st – 1:00-4:00 pm

  • These two locations need additional time to get organized after some exciting things have happened; Buffalo moved into a new beautiful building and Jamestown received new paint and flooring.
  • Curbside Pick-up will be open Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Email your shop orders to the email address below, a retail staff member will call you to confirm your order for payment and schedule your curbside pick-up date and time.

The Batavia Shop will not reopen at this time for any curbside pick-up service; we ask for you to please contact the Rochester Shop to place your orders. There will be no shipping charged unless your order includes books.

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

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:

Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Reaching a milestone: Cadette Troop 70090 from Nicowe-Penpoint completed their silver award paperwork while maintaining social distancing by sitting outside at separate tables (with parents). They are officially seniors now! And lined up for a photo while maintaining distance.

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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