Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 1/19/21

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.

Thank you for all you do!

GSWNY will be closed on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for Staff Development. We will reopen on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, to our virtual hours at 11:00 am. You can visit our website at for all council updates or submit an inquiry to any time.

2021 Summer Camp Announcement

If you haven’t already read the camp newsletter, please do that first. It explains multiple vital pieces of information regarding the summer camp process for 2021.  Once you’ve finished that, it’s time to review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

Visit our website to learn more about our 2021 summer camp plans.


See what you can win when you Grow Your Girl Crew!

Last Friday, members of our Community Engagement Team Ashley and MeKenzie went live to show off what you can win when you invite others to join Girl Scouts! Click the button below to watch the video now.


Troop Leader Blueprint Updates

Great news! You’ll find brand-new programming—including Journeys—for every grade level, alongside our trusted tips and resources for safe in-person and virtual meetings. Head to the Troop Leader Blueprint to get started!


Join with other volunteers and girl leaders from across the country to explore new ways to view leadership at the virtual Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference

Open to all women and high school-aged girls, the Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference experience aims to provide participants with the building blocks and tools necessary to become understanding and engaged leaders and to be the change they wish to see in their world. 

Join us for an afternoon of excitement and inspiration led by prominent female change-makers from across the region! Renowned keynote speaker Rose Flenorl, Global Citizenship Manager for FedEx, will set the tone for a day guaranteed to inspire the change-agent in YOU! 

The 2021 Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference will include sessions on diversity and women in the media. Members of the FedEx Women in Leadership group will take you through their inspiring new book “True Grit” – which explores what it takes to become a real woman of impact in today’s world – and share their stories with you! And participants will take part in a panel discussion about how women can take action in their communities led by women who have done just that! 

Join us and discover how you can be the change you wish to see! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Find out more and register TODAY!


Cookie Program Updates

Are you going to be one of our top 100 GSWNY cookie sellers?

If that’s your goal, we have a great incentive for you! The top 100 girls will receive the virtual experience of Disney on Broadway. 

Click here to learn more about the recognition.

Coffee Break with Your Product Program Team is happening now!

Every Friday at 10 a.m., our Product Program Team is going live to go over different topics and answer your cookie questions. 

This week, the team is talking cookie booths! Learn how to set them up safely, bling them out, and much more.

All videos will premiere on our Facebook page and be available after for viewing on demand. Check out past videos on our YouTube here.

Free Virtual Program and Kit: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day presented by Envirolution in Partnership with Tesla

February 25 | 12 – 3:30 pm | Cadettes

Each girl will receive a kit complete with a simple motor activity, t-shirt, stickers, snack bar and info sheet


  • 12:00-1:00 – Welcome and Tesla Presentation
  • 1:00-1:45 – Tesla virtual tour (video of multiple Tesla locations) and live Q and A.
  • 1:45-2:15 – Snack/rest break 
  • 2:15-3:15 – Simple motor activity 
  • Virtual step by step with groups broken up into breakout rooms, have various Tesla employees in the breakout rooms helping girls.
  • 3:15-3:30 – Closing


Use your own personal or school email, but put ‘Girl Scouts of WNY” under “school.” Girls must sign up by January 22, and to request your size t-shirt, by January 20.

Girl Scout Strong Water Bottle

A design so cool it will quench your thirst! This lightweight and conservative green 10″ water bottle has a twist lid that’s vacuum insulated. We love the GSWNY white lettering too. Together we are Girl Scout Strong!

Price: $20

Email your local Girl Scout Shop or click on the link below to order from the website.


App Development – A
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Ambassadors will begin to explore app development. Ambassadors will learn the different steps of designing an app and implement them in real life. Girls will get a chance to share their designs and continue working on them after the program ends to create an app that can make a positive difference in the world. Girl Scout Ambassadors will earn their Coding for Good 3: App Development Badge. 
Girl Scouts go to Virtual Med School with the University at Buffalo – C/ S/A
Saturday, Feb. 20 |  9:00am – 12:30pm 

Medical students from the University at Buffalo’s DoctHers organization present “Girl Scouts Go to Medical School,” where Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to spend a day in the life of a medical student. Through science-based activities and games, as well as conversations with students and doctors, girls will learn more about career opportunities available within the medical field. 

Looking for more programs? Visit today!

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 Multi-Level Cookie Express Badge in a Box!

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time and what better way to help girls set up and expand their cookie business than with the new Cookie Express Badge in Box! In this box is everything girls need to earn the Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge and is the perfect complement to the Cookie Program. Activities include: Cookie Memory Card Game, Making Change Game, Customer Role Playing, and making Thank You Cards.

Each box is $8. Grant funds are 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.

There are a limited number of boxes available and will be for curbside pick-up only at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers. Click here to order your Badge in a Box.

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

Own Your Future Financial Workshop

Thank you to GSWNY Board Member Nicholle Overkamp who is generously offering her Own Your Future Workshop to Girl Scout volunteers for free with the code OWNYOURFUTURE29. Courses included investing, saving, paying down debt, giving back, and more!

Nicholle is the founder and CEO of Wilcox Financial Group and PowHERhouse Money Coaching.

Use the button below and the code OWNYOURFUTURE29 to take her workshop for free!


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Recently, several troops from Tri-County Service Unit did a multi neighborhood contact-less food drive to benefit the Silver Creek Food Pantry and the Forestville Food Pantry. Directors from both pantries were so grateful for the generous donations they received! 

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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