Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 10/6/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please look out for an email tomorrow with the updated COVID-19 guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Council will be CLOSED on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm for a Staff Development and CLOSED all day on Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day. We will return to our virtual business hours on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 8:30 am.

REMINDER: 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.

Haven’t Renewed Yet? – Don’t Miss the Fall Fun!

You can still renew your girl’s (or your) Girl Scout membership and jump into all the fun this fall. From Zoom cupcake decorating to in-person archery to Virtual STEM-a-Palooza, there are so many unique ways for your girl to connect to her sister Girl Scouts and have a blast! She can participate with her troop or go solo, whatever works for you. Renew today!

As planning begins for 2020 Girl Scout Camp, we have one question – what do YOU think this year’s theme should be? Our theme last year, Camp: Life Unplugged, came from Kaura C., a senior from Olean, known at camp as ‘Legacy.’ 

You can submit one to three ideas for the 2020=1 Summer Camp Theme Contest and our winner will receive a 2021 Camp Hoodie and have their photo shared as the mastermind behind this year’s theme. All submissions must be received by Thursday, October 13, at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

Click the button below to access the 2021 Summer Camp Theme Contest survey.


Retail Item of the Week: GSWNY Knit Hat

Cozy sweater, hot cocoa, and boot season are almost upon us! Complete your Fall/Winter look with this adorable Fashion KNIT HAT! It comes in one size fits most and is the perfect fit for Adult Volunteers and Juniors/Cadettes alike!

We premiered this hat last Spring and had a HUGE positive response! Get them before they sell out by emailing your local Girl Scout Shop to put in/schedule a pick up for your order TODAY!

Price: $23.00

GSWNY Skills and Chills 50th Anniversary Hoodie is now available!

The hoodie color is dark heather gray with a left chest embroidery of the 50th Skills and Chills patch and the back is a white silkscreen of the Campsick definition. Hoodies youth medium to adult extra large are $26.00 per hoodie. A 2X hoodie is a $3.00 additional fee, 3X is a $4.00 additional and 4X & 5X is a $5.00 additional fee. All hoodie pricing includes shipping and handling.

The deadline date to order is Friday, October 23, 2020.


Girl Scouts of Western New York invites you to attend a virtual Town Hall Meeting on October 14, 2020

We want to hear your voice and opinion on the current National Council Session Proposals through the survey below or by attending our Town Hall Meeting. You will hear summaries of the proposals from a few of our National Delegates and get the chance to discuss the proposals with our National Delegates, Staff, Board Members and volunteers.

Attendees can also ask your questions and share your input about any other Girl Scout topics with council leadership.

We hope to see you on October 14, 2020 at 6:30pm!


Trail Service Day at Seven Hills

We’re looking for some troops to help us maintain one of our Seven Hills trails. Come and enjoy some time outdoors while helping to improve our outdoor spaces! We’ll be meeting from 10-2pm on Saturday, October 24. All ages are welcome to participate. If you’re interested, please RSVP to Hope to see you out there!

Appreciation Pin: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – October 2020

We are kicking off the 2021 Membership Year with a focus on The Appreciation Pin! This award recognizes a volunteer that has shown a measurable impact, giving outstanding service delivery to one service unit or geographic area. To earn the Appreciation Pin, a volunteer must nominate the awardee, and the nomination must be approved by the GSWNY Adult Recognition Committee. One peer reference is needed to endorse this nomination. 


REMINDER: Your Girl Scout Member Account. More Features. More Fun!
Please review and update your household email address prior to Go-Live.

(Unique Email Slide Deck Here)

Later this fall, Girl Scouts of Western New Yorkwill debut a refreshed member account management system designed with you in mind. Cleaner views, more features and functions, and enhanced search options will make it easier for you to find more fun for your Girl Scout!

In the new platform, all parents/caregivers must have a unique email address to identify them in the new environment. In our current system, many parents/caregivers are sharing one email address to access their family’s Girl Scout account. To ensure a smooth transition for your family, and to avoid the need to ask for assistance later, we’re encouraging all members to take a moment to review and prepare your household for our fresh new environment by following these 3 steps:

1. Log in to your MyGS login page account.
2. Review the email addresses for your household, are the parents/caregivers in your household using the same email address? If yes, complete the next step.
3. Provide a new email address for the secondary caregiver.

You’re all set! Thank you for your help in ensuring a smooth transition for your family to Girl Scouts’ refreshed member account platform.

Look for a brief introduction to the new features you’ll find when accessing your Girl Scout account coming later this fall. We think you’re going to like it!

Professional Zoom Licenses for Troops

GSUSA has subsidized the cost of professional Zoom licenses for troops. The monthly fee will be $3 per month ($36 per year).

Licenses can be purchased by troops using troop funds, or troops can request financial aid support through the Council Opportunity Fund. 

There is only one license per troop available, and the license is good through July 31, 2021. Use the button below to request your Zoom license today.


Girls Go Techbridge with the Society of Women Engineers
J / C / S / A

Join the Society of Women Engineers from Western New York and the University at Buffalo for a morning of engineering fun and creativity as we complete projects from Techbridge Design Time. Girls will explore the engineering design process with activities such as building the safest cookie package and then testing their prototype.

Included: A kit of program supplies and Design Time fun patch. (Options to receive the kit include curbside pickup in Rochester or Buffalo, or shipped to home by mail.)

Additional supplies needed (not included): markers, scissors, a heavy book, access to water.



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

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. 

Virtual Girl Scout Workshops with Seneca Park Zoo

October 18, 2020:

  • 10 a.m. Brownies: Wonders of Water
  • 1 p.m. Daisies: Between Earth & Sky
  • 3 p.m. Juniors: Animal Habitats

Virtual workshops range from 30 min to 1 hour and include:

  • Lesson taught by a Zoo educator to help earn patches and badges
  • Observing Zoo animals
  • Time for Q&A

Cost: $15 per girl


Virtual Girl Scout Badges with the Buffalo Zoo

Dates available throughout 2020 with programs for different Girl Scout levels.

Each badge includes:

  • Animal demonstrations
  • Exclusive live views of animal exhibits at the zoo
  • Badge-related discussions and activities

Is your troop interested in a badge that’s not listed? Contact us at and we can set up a custom badge for your group of 10 or more girls.


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

Our 51st Annual Skills and Chills looked a little different than normal, but the feelings were just the same! Girls participated in virtual and in-person events, including one girl saw, archery, orienteering, kayaking, firebuilding, and more! 

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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