Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 10/27/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

October 31 is Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

For Girl Scouts, Halloween is much more than costumes and candy – it’s also our founder’s birthday! In 1860, Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah and began a life that would ultimately lead to the creation of our beloved organization! To celebrate, many of our troops celebrate through birthday parties, costume parties, service projects, and more! If you’d like to submit individual or troop activities to GSWNY, please email photo(s) and a description to

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.

Troop Leader Tips for Safe and Fun In-Person Meetings

We asked our amazing troop leaders for their best tips on keeping in-person meetings safe and fun! Check out their wisdom on our Troop Leader Blueprint page

Now more than ever, you need friends to share and create memories with, through in-person and virtual events. We challenge YOU to get out there and Grow Your Girl Crew because what’s better than making new friends?

Invite your friends, classmates, teammates, club mates, and every girl in between to join Girl Scouts now through January 31, 2021. And you know the cool part? Not only can they get to be a part of the Girl Scouting fun, there are prizes for you, too! 

Prizes include: GSWNY crewneck, a patch with charms, Air Pods, and more! 


Virtual National Council Session

Friday, October 23-Sunday, October 25 was our first virtual National Council Session in the history of Girl Scouts of the USA!

Thank you to our Girl Scouts of WNY delegates and alternates who led the way. We were so proud of all of our delegates and alternates, and especially our 4 girl delegates! Girl Scouts of WNY delegation led the way on clarifying, supporting, and debating several of the proposals. Our delegation joined our sister councils across the country for over 30 hours of discovery, discussion, parliamentarian procedures, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the democratic process. We can’t wait to share more over the coming weeks!

There’s still time to enter our Fall Nature Photo Contest! 

Our Outdoor Department put together a great guide full of self-led activities for troops and families to do outside. 

Activities include hiking challenges and badges, a fall photo contest, and more! 

Download the guide today and get outside with your troop and/or family.


GSWNY Properties Available for Use

Our properties are currently available for use. However, in the interest of safety, we’ve modified our offerings. View our page here for an overview of our current procedures.

Join us for the Cookie Jar LIVE tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, but leadership cultivation should continue on as they become adults as well! Please join Alison Wilcox, CEO of GSWNY, and Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, President of Buffalo State College, for a conversation about board leadership, civic engagement, and how women can use these opportunities to help their careers and uplift their communities. Have a question you’d like them to answer? Email it to

This video will premiere live on Facebook at 9 a.m. and will be reshared to YouTube after.

Election Day is next week Tuesday, November 3.  Civic education has always been a cornerstone of Girl Scouting, and we are proud that the majority of women in elected office are Girl Scout alums!  In 2020 Girl Scouting released new civics badges for girls at:

Check out the article on Raising Awesome Girls about talking with your girl about voting and the election:

At GSWNY we encourage all members to vote!   

Face to Face with GSWNY: New Leader Welcome Meeting

The Volunteer Experience Team is hosting a New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new leaders on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The purpose of the virtual meeting will be for them to meet GSWNY staff face to face, learn about our council’s various departments and what they do through a series of short presentations, and network with other volunteers. Service Unit Team members are also invited; come meet and greet your new volunteers.

Meeting Agenda
6:00 – 6:10 Welcoming remarks
6:10 – 7:00 Support Department presentations
7:00 – 7:30 Q & A Please sign up to attend using the Zoom registration link.

Registration will be open through the start of the meeting! Please come join us for the evening – an opportunity for YOU to have some Face to Face Time  with GSWNY and new co leaders in your Service Unit!

If you have any questions contact our Customer Care Team at 888-837-6410 or


Retail Item of the Week: Free Trefoil Tech Mirror!

This week, in honor of Juliette Gordon Lowe’s Birthday, we are paying it forward to YOU! You can get a FREE trefoil tech mirror with the purchase of $30 or more from your local Girl Scout shop in WNY.

This tech mirror looks great on the back of your phone or any tech device! It also is the perfect stocking stuffing for your Girl Scout or thank you gift for a co-leader! Email your local store TODAY to put your order in!

Additional Tech Mirrors available for $8.00 (1 PER guest per transaction per day) ***Does not include Badge in the Box Sales. ***

Do you know about Fun Patches?

Fun Patches are a GREAT way to show how you participated in an activity, event or visited a special place. These patches are to be worn on the back of the Girl Scout sash, vest or tunic.

The pictures are a few samples of the +1,000 different fun patches that are available. Did you know you can view the patch catalog online? Just go to and then submit your order to any shop via email for a curbside pickup service!

Please allow a few weeks for your fun patch order to come in​​.

Upcoming Outdoor Programs 

Check out Ebiz for the latest additions to our listings. “Art at Camp” and “Starry Night at Camp” with two possible locations for each, at Camp Seven Hills and Camp Piperwood have something for every level. Sign up today, join us for some outdoor fun, and earn a badge in the process. We hope to see you there!

Wondermakers Pumpkin Patch
D/B – Virtual
Celebrate autumn and Halloween with fun stories from England, Puerto Rico, Turkey, and the African American tradition. Children from the audience will be invited to help The Wondermakers act out the folk tales.

Saturday, October 31 | 11-11:35 a.m.
Deadline to Register Extended!
Register Here
Introduction to Quilling
S/A – Virtual
What is quilling?  It is art of thin strips of paper rolled, shaped, and glued that result in creating a decorative design. Learn the basic steps and different types of rolls to craft a unique creation. Once you know the steps and rolls the possibilities are endless; from intricate designs to monograms. These make great gifts for all occasions or a something special for you. 

Wednesday, November 11 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration closes TODAY
Register Here

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

On October 24, Girl Scout members gathered at Camp Seven Hills to assist with a trail maintenance and development project. Here are two pictures submitted by Troop 30656.

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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