Family Newsletter

GSWNY Family Newsletter – February 2021

Photo is pre-COVID

When Violence on the News Shakes Her World

In our always-on digital world, technology has made all of us, including the youngest among us, virtual witnesses to disturbing scenes and violence that stream live or move through social feeds in real time—such as during the recent attack within the U.S. Capitol, where five people died and members of Congress were in grave danger.

With kids spending more time than ever online right now, thanks to remote schooling, and with disturbing imagery dominating the news, sometimes they stumble upon these visuals before they—or you—know what happened. Because there is worry violence will continue over the coming weeks, extra screen time vigilance, particularly for younger kids, may be in order. Given our ongoing contact with phones, tablets, and TVs, we may again have to reckon with almost instantaneous, graphic accounts of events, including live video or images posted as they occur.


GSWNY celebrates Black History Month

The Girl Scouts of Western New York are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black women who were pioneers in fields that reflect our four pillars: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM, and Outdoors. Each week we’ll share a blog post with her story, as well as other information and activities to help you celebrate the month, too!


You’re invited to our next Virtual Campfire!

Everyone is invited to join us February 16 for songs, games, prizes, and more! Plus, girls can earn a badge and win a free week of camp! Click here to learn more and register using the button below.


New cookie resources for families

What better way to bond with your daughter than supporting her Girl Scout Cookie Program? Girl Scouts of all levels look forward to participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program each year, and we know they are excited to share in the experience with you by their side. Our new page for families provides resources to help your girl succeed.


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!


Get it today: Cookie Express Badge in a Box

Support your girl in the cookie program badge right at home. Each box contains everything your girl will need to complete her Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge. 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.


Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors
Rise and Shine Morning Toaster Pastries with “What’s Cooking Kids? – J/C/S/A Wednesday, Feb. 17
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brownie Outdoor Art – B Saturday, Feb. 20
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Incredible Insects Discovery Lab – B Saturday, Feb. 20
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Gold Award Training – S/A Wednesday, Feb. 24
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
I Owe, I Owe, So Off to Work I Go: Ambassador Good Credit Badge – A Thursday, Feb. 25
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Championship Martial Arts 716 Martial Arts Program – J Sunday, Feb. 28
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Novelist – S/A Tuesday, March 2
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtually Outdoors: Trip Planning Series – S/A/Adult Tuesday, March 2
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Championship Martial Arts 716 Martial Arts Program – C/S/A Sunday, March 7
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
The programs listed above are available as of January 29, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit

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