Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 1/5/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Happy New Year! We are grateful to all of our members for your continued participation and support of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We are looking forward to another great year of Girl Scouting in 2021. 

We have also heard from some of you about concerns about the production of Girl Scout cookies and the use of palm oil. GSUSA is committed to ensuring the development and use of sustainable practices that protect human rights. As the world’s current food supply is intricately tied to the use of palm oil, we believe promoting sustainable manufacturing principles is the most responsible approach for Girl Scouts.

To be very clear, child labor has no place in the production of Girl Scout Cookies. We have and continue to work with our baker, ABC Bakers, to increase the transparency and sustainability of our production lines and sourcing to prevent these types of occurrences from happening. Our baker has worked to ensure that the palm oil used in making Girl Scout cookies is certified sustainable by the RSPO and continues to research viable alternatives. Read more about palm oil and Girl Scout cookies:

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.

Thank you for all you do!

Our annual Join-a-Thon is back next Wednesday! The G.I.R.L. Scout Join-a-Thon is a 12-hour membership drive offering unique incentives to both adults and girls who register during the allotted time. 

We have several prize options available for our new members. All girls who  join during the promotion will receive an exclusive Join-a-Thon patch, and all who join will be entered into a drawing for three prizes, including gift cards and a year supply of cookies!

Current members also have a chance to win! If you refer someone to join Girl Scouts as a co-leader and they do on January 13, you’re entered into a gift card drawing for the store of your choice. Simply fill out this form to let us know who you are and who you talked to about joining:

Direct sales starting

Initial Order Taking begins Saturday! 

The Girl Scout Cookie Season kicked off online in December, but this Saturday, January 9, marks the start of the initial order taking period. This is the time when girls can take in-person orders (and still collect online orders) through February 7.

Plus, there are early recognition awards girls can win if they reach their goals of 170/180/200 packages, including a hoodie, keyring, and patch!

Cookie Resources

Starting this Friday: Coffee Break with Your Product Program Team

Starting the first week of January, our Product Program Team is going live weekly to go over different topics and answer your cookie questions. 

You’re invited to join them Friday, January 8, at 10 a.m. as they welcome everyone to the 2021 Cooke Program, discuss our new cookie, show how to send e-cards with direct ship options, how to register, and more!

All videos will premiere on our Facebook page and be available after for viewing on demand.

Reminder: Renewal Incentive Distribution!

We are finally starting to receive our shipments of GS-branded face masks from GSUSA! We are currently sorting through over 7,000 masks and patches. Troop packets will be delivered to SU’s starting in January and troops will be informed by their SUM regarding safe pickup. Troops with only 1 renewal or Juliettes will have incentives mailed to them in January.

Retail Item of the Week: Antibacterial Door Opener

Stay healthy and safe during 2021 using this stylist Girl Scout Antibacterial Door Opener! Keep it on your key ring for easy access and use it to open doors, touch screens, and use pin pads safely.

Price: $5.00

Email your local shop today to set up a time/date for Curbside Pickup.


Thanks Badge & Thanks Badge II: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight

We’re going to kick off the New Year learning about the Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II – which are the highest awards volunteers can earn! The Thanks Badges recognizes volunteer service which has had an impact on the entire council or entire Girl Scout movement. The Thanks Badge II is the highest award given to an individual volunteer. Only previous Thanks Badge recipients can earn the Thanks Badge II.


Senior/Ambassador Collage Artist
Tuesday, January 19 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM via Zoom

Get started on the Senior Collage Artist badge with local collage artist Jesse Amesmith! Jesse will lead us through the basics of collaging and share about her journey as a collage artist. Join us for a fun and inspiring night of creativity! Girls will need to supply their own scissors, old magazines/newspapers/etc., glue, and paper.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jesse is a collage artist, tarot reader, musician & Yogi living in Rochester, NY. “I’m more interested in process than product.” Jesse says. “Exploring the middle is much more exciting to me than any end result.” Making art & music are integral parts of how she processes life, and explores the major themes of what it means to be an evolving person. You can learn more about Jesse and view samples of her art at

Registration Deadline: January 8


Join us for a fun filled day at camp this winter as we build a winter shelter, try snowshoeing or go for a winter hike, get warm around a fire, play winter games, and more. Event will occur even if there is no snow. Fun patch, Hot Cocoa, and snack included. Please pack a bagged Lunch. 

Timbercrest – 1/23 | Seven Hill s- 1/30 | Seven Hills – 1/31 | Piperwood – 2/6 | Piperwood – 2/7

Do you know or want to know all of the planets in our solar system? Do you like to adventure outside at night to look at the sky? Do you dream about going into space someday? Join us at camp for the evening and learn how to read the stars, find constellations, take a night hike, and hear how other cultures explain the night sky through myths and stories around the campfire. 

Timbercrest – 1/23 | Seven Hills – 1/30 | Piperwood – 2/6

Calling all Seniors and Ambassadors who have heard what it takes to camp in the snow. Are you ready to give it a try and show us how Girl Scout Strong you are? This program is not for the novice camper. Come spend the night in a tent in near freezing temperatures, practice the skills you learned in Winter Camping Basics  and see what it’s like first hand. You are stronger than you think! (“Winter Camping Basics” strongly recommended but not required). 

Seven Hills – 2/20-21 | Timbercrest – 3/6-7

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. 

Upcoming Buffalo Zoo Virtual Programs! 

By level:

  • Brownie Bugs
  • Junior Animal Habitats
  • Daisy Tula Petal
  • Cadette Animal Helpers

Looking for more options? Head to for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 31151 in Clarence held a virtual bridging ceremony. The troop of 14 girls are officially Juniors!

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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