Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 1/26/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

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.

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!

World Thinking Day is February 22

Virtual Program for Brownies and Juniors* 
Monday, February 22 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Peace is not just the absence of war. It means dignity, safety, and well-being for all. Cadette Girl Scouts will lead you through different hands-on activities as you and your sister Girl Scouts stand together for peace. Fee includes patch and small box of supplies that will be mailed before program. The confirmation email will include instructions for common household supplies that girls will need to bring to the program. By the end of this event, you will have earned your World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Thinking Day Badge. 


World Thinking Day is celebrated by over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. This year’s theme calls for peace by allowing girls to create peace in their lives and around the world. 

Visit the Girl Scout website for more information and activities for all levels.

*Spots are filling quickly for this event

First Aid and CPR

As you know each troop should have at least 1 adult with First Aid/CPR training, for trips and certain troop activities. GSWNY provides these courses through EPIC Trainings Inc. at a reduced rate for our adult volunteers who want to get or renew their certifications. These classes include an online pre-session portion and an in-person skills session. The online portion must be completed prior to the skills session in order to receive certification. When you register, you will receive information to access the online portion.

Instructors will be masked during all sessions, we ask the same of students. Equipment will be sanitized after each student. 

Coming right up we have Wednesday evening and Saturday mid morning sessions on February 3rd and 6th in our Rochester Service Center, and Wednesday evening and Saturday mid morning sessions in our Buffalo Service Center February 10th and 13th. To register contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at or via phone at (585)615-4379.

Free Democracy Badge Booklet Downloads for all levels

As we transition to a new era of U.S. leadership, we want to encourage all girls to be informed citizens so they can become the change-makers of the future. Now through February 4, Girl Scouts is making the booklets and requirements for our Democracy badges free for all to download. With this support, girls will learn about their federal, state, and local governments, including how their elected officials make decisions and how they—girls—can make a difference in their communities and the country.


What Girls Have To Say

Recently, we had a record number of women running for public office and many firsts of women being elected – we asked girls what this meant to them and here are just some of their amazing responses:

“It means that lots of girls can run for president!” – Naima S., Daisy Girl Scout of Amherst Virtual Troop

“I feel very proud of the women paving the way for our generation! It is so great to see more women and more diversity in our elected officials.” – Zaporah M., Senior Girl Scout of Jamestown Troop 20029

“It means that there is a future for me as a girl to be a part of something bigger. I know girls can be what we want to be but with talking to my mom I also know there are obstacles that come with choosing a job where mostly men work. I hope that times change by the time I am old enough to have a job and more women are working in higher positions.” – Errynn W. Brownie Girl Scout of Avon Troop 50105

“I can follow my dreams.” Gia B., Brownie Girl Scout of West Seneca Troop 30125

“It means that women are finally getting the power they deserve.” – Isabella S., Senior Girl Scout of East Rochester Troop 60871

Cookie Program Updates

Watch out for Wacky Weather Warrior Days! When Mother Nature decides not to be so nice, we declare it wacky and give you the chance to win a special Cookie Program Survival Kit! 

We’ll share the photo on your Facebook and then you can share your photos from being out in the wacky weather in the comments. Each time we post, we’ll randomly select one winner.

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. 

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

Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Strong Reusable Recycling Bag

We love this classic recycling bag with Girl Scout Strong and GSWNY details! Perfect to keep your Girl Scout cookie season items together or a Troop Co-Leader organized. This bag even makes a great gift bag to put a present inside for your favorite Girl Scout. Go green in style!

Cost: $2.25

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


Silver Trefoil Memory Garden Commemorative Bricks  

Silver Trefoil is a group of Girl Scout Alumnae with 20+ years of Girl Scout membership who assist Service Units in Girl Scout traditions and maintain the Memory Garden located at Camp Windy Meadows, Lockport Service Center.

We want to create a new path in the Memory Garden and we need your help! We are raising money to fund the upkeep of the garden by offering the opportunity to purchase a 4” x 8” brick engraved with a message of your choice! Included in the price is a commemorative 4” x 4” tile coaster for you to keep. Anyone can order a commemorative brick to honor a troop, group, In Memoriam, Gold Award Girl Scout, Lifetime Member, or Service Unit. 

Use the link below to learn more about the Commemorative Bricks, see examples, and place your order today!


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

Silver Award completed! Maya, Mackenzie, and Jessica from Troop 60296 (together since 2nd-grade Brownies) earned their Girl Scout Silver Award!

The Girl Scouts set out to help Golisano Children’s Hospital’s child life team. Their original goal was to create 100 tag or sensory blankets. So how many did the girls make? A WHOPPING 386!!!

The blankets were delivered on Dec. 28 along with 3 boxes of comic books donated by a local comic shop so that older children had something to enjoy as well.

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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