Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 10/13/20

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.

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!

Please see this link to the updated COVID-19 guidelines for meeting in-person that was shared in last week’s email from our CEO, Alison Wilcox.

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 6:30 p.m.

GSWNY Town Hall Survey

Don’t miss out on our 2020 Fall Product Program!

Your Girl Scout can help her troop earn startup funds while earning awesome rewards and a personalized patch for herself! Don’t wait! Set up her online site today to allow family and friends plenty of time to shop online and help her reach her goal.

Girls who send 15+ e-mails to friends and family will earn the TRUST YOUR STRENGTHS patch!

Virtual Participation is so easy!
Troops and girls who feel unsure about in person selling right now can easily participate in the Fall Program by simply sending emails to potential customers and not offering Girl Delivery as an option. All sales would be paid for by the customer and shipped directly to them, eliminating any in person contact or delivery of product. This is a fantastic way to earn startup funds for your troop without ever having to leave your house. Easy Peasy!

  • Create your account in M2. Be sure to design your avatar!
  • Set a sales goal and select the rewards you would like to earn.
  • Send emails through the M2 system to friends and family and share your sales link via social media. Do not offer Girl Delivery.
  • All online orders automatically go into the M2 system so you don’t have to enter them.

All product orders are paid for online and shipped directly to the customer so you or your troop do not have to handle any product or make deliveries to customers.

Girl Scouts of Western New York will offer a gluten free Girl Scout Cookie again this year. Troops must let us know of their intent to participate in advance of our normal ordering and selling period.

Pre-order is required by ABC Bakers due to the special requirements of gluten free products. If your troop would like to order Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Chip, please read ALL the details below and submit your order by October 23, 2020. Payment will be due in March at the same time as all other varieties.

  • Pre-orders are in CASE AMOUNTS only. (12 packages per case)
  • The gluten free cookies will retail for $5.00 per pouch. Troop proceeds will follow the same plan as all other cookies sold.
  • We can only guarantee product to troops who special order the GF cookies by October 23, 2020.
  • Cases that are pre-ordered will be distributed with the troop’s initial cookie order at Service Unit (or Mega Drop) delivery.
  • Caramel Chocolate Chip will not appear on the cookie order card.

Submit your troop order by visiting the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s website: Order link is on the home page. Caramel Chocolate Chip sales DO count toward girl recognitions.

Questions? Contact us at 1.888.837.6410 or

You’re invited to an online Halloween Fun Party!

Girl Scout members are invited to join us for a free virtual Halloween Fun Party Thursday, October 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, and we’ll play games and have a scavenger hunt! RSVP is required.


Do you have friends who aren’t Girl Scouts? Invite them to our recruitment events happening during Halloween Week, October 19 to 26. There may just be some prizes in it for you if they join! Stay tuned for more information and check upcoming sign-up events here.

Introducing the Anti-Racism patch!

This new Anti-Racism Patch features engaging activities for your girl at any grade level. Find out or learn about an interesting fact? Share it with us and send a photo of you completing an activity from the patch to email.

To find the new patch – please click here.


It’s your last chance to tell us your camp theme idea!

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: Free Girl Scout Tote BAG with purchase of $75 or more!

Promotion will run Oct. 14 – Oct. 21

This Tote bag is the perfect way to keep you organized for this year’s Girl Scout season! Or it’s the perfect place to keep all your Girl Scouts items together!

This week ONLY with the purchase of $75 or more, from our WNY Girl Scout Shops, you can get this tote bag FREE! Remember to email your local shop your order and arrange Free Curbside Pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays!

Can’t pick up the order this week? No problem! We will process your order (with your free tote) and hold it here till you’re ready to pick it up!

Additional Totes can be purchased for $15.00

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!

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.


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 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. 

New Badge in a Box options!

We have new $10 Badge in a Boxes available for all levels!

  • Democracy (all Girl Scout levels): Learn about how government works through games and activities. Also be part of the Girl Scouts national service project Promote the Vote and receive a fun patch. (Photo coming soon.)
  • Senior Space Science Expert: Become a Space Scientist and discover “shifting stars”, compare your eyes to telescopes, and scrapbook the lives of stars! 
  • Ambassador Programming Robots: Do you want to build a robot? Have fun learning how robots work and how to control them and make your own robot that creates art! 

Grant funds available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $5.00. If there is not a grant available in your area, members can  apply for Council Opportunity Funds


This event is for every Girl Scout Cadette, no matter where you are located. Come join us for an action packed weekend of skills and fun. Let your imagination travel to the Wild West. This event is for Cadette troops and Juliettes at the Cadette level. Download the form to learn more . Registration is $20. 



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

Troop 20010 spent their last meeting at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk, finishing up their VOTE posters and painting some VOTE rocks. The girls had a lot of fun with these non-partisan activities. They also met with some local politicians and learned about rights and responsibilities as they worked toward their democracy and government badges

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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