Member Essentials – 3/30/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

New York State has recently changed guidelines for gathering size and for quarantining after domestic travel. Our COVID-19 guidelines and FAQs for in-person meetings and activities have been updated accordingly. The changes for gathering size are effective immediately, and the changes for quarantining after domestic travel are effective as of April 1, 2021. Please see the updated guidelines below:

Updated Guidelines | Updated FAQs

As a reminder, we thank you for continuing to follow all safety guidelines for in-person activities, including staying home when sick, wearing masks, social distancing and adhering to cleaning guidelines. The safety of our members is our #1 priority.

NYS has expanded the eligibility for vaccines to include those 30 and older as of today, 3-30-21, and those 16 and older will be eligible as of Tuesday, April 6. Please discuss any questions about the vaccine with your primary health provider, and this link has additional information for determining eligibility and how to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


We’re so excited for our Spring Renewal campaign to begin April 1! While our campaign will run April 1-May 31, we encourage members to renew as part of our Ultimate Spring Renewal in April, when we are offering some amazing incentives for girls, co-leaders and troops. Check out our Renewal page for full details!

VISIT RENEW PAGE


Your Story is Your Power

Be a part of our Becoming Me program, inspired by former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Explore your story and who you can become in our Becoming Me program, which launches with a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama in early May.

Kick off a new year of Girl Scouting and save your spot by April 30 at girlscouts.org/becomingme


Celebrating Girl Scout Volunteers, the 2021 way!

Every April we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month with extra celebrations on April 22 – National Girl Scout Leader Day!

Here are some ideas we have for volunteer appreciation & recognition celebrations for April and the rest of the year.

KEEP READING

The GSWNY Volunteer Experience Team is hosting our 2nd New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new co-leaders on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 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.

REGISTER TODAY

Troop Leader Blueprint

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

VIEW THE TROOP LEADER BLUEPRINT

To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


Make New Friends: A Kindergarten Readiness Series

Starting kindergarten is a big step, and you obviously want your girl to feel as comfortable and confident as possible from day one. Let Girl Scouts stand with you to support and inspire her as she makes new friends, meets new teachers, and tests out new ideas. 

Make New Friends, our girl-centered kindergarten readiness series are free and open to any girl entering kindergarten this fall. We’ll help prepare her for all the new friends, new responsibilities, and for the big changes school will bring. We have five sessions available for this four-part series.

LEARN MORE


Summer Camp 2021

Pre-registration for Summer Camp is open now! Review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

We have every intention of operating summer camp 2021 in-person while following all of COVID guidelines and regulations. However, if the need should arise, we will be prepared to provide your girls with an amazing alternative camp program. We have set April 30, 2021, as our decision date.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP

We want to hear from you about our camp properties!

Get a sneak peak of the draft Concept Maps for all four of our camp properties. During the meeting, you will hear about the overall Master Plan process and then we will be breaking out into rooms by camp for in-depth looks at the plans for the future. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions. Please join our Zoom call Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting using the link below:

REGISTER TODAY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

REGISTER TODAY


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Cookie Keychains

These double-sided keychains feature our delicious Girl Scout Cookies! They’re the perfect way to accessorize any set of keys, bag, or backpack. 

Reduced Price: $3.00 each until April 30. While supplies last!

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

The GSWNY Shops has an updated schedule for in-person shopping and curbside pickup opportunities for April & May which will start Monday, April 5, 2021:

  • Monday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – curbside pickup only
  • Wednesday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm – in-person shopping & curbside pickup
  • Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  – in-person shopping & curbside pickup

Please visit gswny.org to see our updated schedule for all shop locations


She THRIVES: Building Positive Mental Health Practices
Saturday, April 17 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | C/S/ A

Girls asked for mental health programs and we’ve answered! GSWNY is proud to work with our sponsors The Thinkers and the Girl Scouts NY State Training Cohort to bring this exciting program to our members! Vetted facilitators from Google, NASA, Emmy Award Winners, New York University, and Georgetown University will deliver 3 sessions to participants. 

Session Topics:

  • Daily Self-Care Practices for Positive, Inner Growth 
  • Be Mindful: Tips to Prevent and Manage Anxiety & Stress 
  • Build Healthy and Authentic Friendships & Relationships 

REGISTER 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. 


Kidding Around Yoga

Yoga classes through Kidding Around Yoga with Donna Baia can be scheduled this spring for troops either indoors at The Fountain Wellness Center in Clarence where this class was held or outdoors at a park. A KAY patch is included.

View the flyer using the button below for more information.

LEARN MORE


Badge in a Box Updates

Multi-Level Cookie Express Badge in a Box is 50% off now through March 31! For just $4, girls can earn the Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge.

Badge in a Box can now be shipped right to your door!* For an additional $10, receive your Badge in a Box filled with activities, supplies, and all the Girl Scout fun you need in order to earn your badge and the badge itself! *Kits will only be shipped within the contiguous United States.

Click here to order your Badge in a Box today!


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


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 70173 of Niagara Star Service Unit took advantage of the nice weather to help spruce up the Lockport Service Center’s Silver Trefoil Memory Garden. They raked, hung new bird feeders, and added the lettering to their GSLaw signs which will be installed soon. They worked hard and had fun! A shout out to their parents who raked and trimmed, too!


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Celebrating Girl Scout Volunteers–the 2021 way!

Guest Post by Lena Budd, Volunteer Experience Manager at GSWNY

At GSWNY we know how hard every volunteer works towards furthering our mission of building girls of courage confidence and character who make the word a better place. If Covid-19 has shown us anything, it’s how important Girl Scouts and a sense of normalcy is to our lives. Last March the pandemic hit Western New York. We did not get to do many things that traditionally close the year like our volunteer appreciation events at either the Service Unit or the Council level. In April, May, and June we were all still focused on “survival mode,” staying at home, and adjusting to working and schooling remotely. This year we have adjusted more to our “new normal” and many of us are becoming hopeful that there is some light at the end of this tunnel! Getting through Girl Scouts (and life in general!) in 2020 & 2021 had been no small feat! We all deserve to be recognized and appreciated. In Girl Scout speak: you should get a patch for that!

Every April we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month with extra celebrations on April 22 – National Girl Scout Leader Day! Here are some ideas we have for volunteer appreciation & recognition celebrations for April and the rest of the year:

Hold a virtual celebration

Yes, another Zoom call, but… Make it a fun call! It is a celebration after all! Have all the volunteers in your Service Unit get together for a virtual happy hour or craft night. This past year, the Pittsford Service Unit hosted a holiday gnome making craft party for their volunteers. Similarly, the Iroquois Service Unit volunteers made hot cocoa bombs together via Zoom.  You could host a painting night or cook-along, play trivia, bingo, or play other fun virtual games. Plan some fun games or ice breakers at the beginning of the meeting, sprinkle in adult recognition awards throughout the meeting or announce them all at the end of the meeting. Use the chat box and polls to keep participants engaged in the celebration. Sounds like a fun evening to me!

Meet in person

Another fun idea for a volunteer appreciation celebration is holding a socially distanced picnic. First pick a date, then choose a local park or reserve a beautiful GSWNY camp property. To limit interactions, have everyone bring their own food, drink, and picnic blanket or camp chair. Pre-package volunteers’ gifts, awards, pins, or certificates and set them out on a table. Stand in front of the group to award the recognitions and honor the recipients. Wearing masks, a volunteers then grab their goodies from the table. Liven up the picnic by playing socially distanced games like bingo or charades. Familiarize yourself with all GSWNY COVID meeting guidelines before the event. Masks must be worn at all times unless you are eating or drinking, social distancing must be maintained, and meetings or events are not allowed to take place at private residences or backyards.

A little of Column A, a little of Column B

Remember, not everyone is comfortable meeting in person, and that’s okay! If you host an in-person event, consider doing a porch drop off or recording the award ceremony for those who do not attend. Or hold two volunteer appreciation events – one virtually and one in person. This will give people the option to participate at their own comfort level. I always say, it doesn’t hurt to say thank you more than once in more than one way! Try to think outside of the box! You could drop off volunteer awards or pins to everybody, then open them all together at once on a Zoom meeting. Imagine a great unboxing – how fun!

Other fun ideas for 2021!

Use one of our templates to print or send e-cards to fellow volunteers. Girls can also use these templates to send cards to their leaders! You can download and print or electronically fill in these great cards for younger and older girls. Alternatively, you can craft and mail your own thank you card. Spending a little time on a thank you card can have a big impact on someone’s day! Check out Hallmark’s tips for writing thank you cards.

Surprise volunteers with a gift from the Girl Scout shop! Help bring a smile to someone’s face with a Girl Scout token of appreciation! Use discount code VOLUNTEER2021 from April 1-April 30, 2021 for a one-time 10% discount in the online shop. Get creative and makea cute card or gift for volunteers! Check out our GSWNY Pinterest account for a spark of inspiration!

Shout out the volunteers in your life (including yourself!) on social media. Let your online network of friends and family know how thankful you are to the volunteers in your life. Follow GSWNY and GSUSA all month for great posts, videos, and even Facebook profile picture frames. Like and share to keep the celebration going!

Member Essentials – 3/23/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

As spring approaches and NYS continues to update COVID-19 restrictions, GSWNY continues to review and revise our COVID-19 guidelines.  We will update our Volunteer Guidelines to reflect the latest NYS guidance in next week’s Member Essentials – March 30. 

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


World Down Syndrome Day

Sunday, March 21, was World Down Syndrome Day! Our CEO Alison Wilcox spent some time talking to Gabby, a Cadette, about her Girl Scouting experience. If you haven’t seen it, check it out and share it with your girls and friends!

You can read more about Gabby and her troop in the blog post below:

LEARN MORE


The GSWNY Volunteer Experience Team is hosting our 2nd New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new co-leaders on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 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.

REGISTER TODAY


Spring Renewal opens next week! 

We’re excited to announce that Spring Renewal for Girl Scout membership year 2022 will open on April 1! We are finalizing our renewal incentives – including GSWNY lunch bags, patches, and drawings for cookie-inspired K-Swiss sneakers. Plus, don’t forget our signature renewal perk, SAGE Tuition Rewards – renew by 5/31 to qualify. Renewal flyer will be ready soon!

In the meanwhile, troop leaders should discuss with their girls about using cookie profits toward renewal – a great way to reward families and get ready for the fall!

SAGE TUITION REWARDS INFO


Cookie Program extended till Sunday, April 4

GOOD NEWS! Many troops asked us to extend the cookie program for a week, as they know people will be looking to purchase cookies due to the upcoming holiday weekend. 

So GUESS WHAT? Ask and you shall receive!
Troops can extend cookie booths and sales until April 4, if they wish to do so. This is optional and a request from girls, parents, and troops who are actively trying to reach their personal or troop goals.  It is not an expectation for any troops.

Payment and recognition due dates will stay the same. To help girls reach their goals, troops will need to order cookies and assign them to girls by March 28th. Recognitions are due in Smart Cookies by March 30th and payments are due to council by March 31.

Troops who pick up cookies after March 30 will still receive troop proceeds and a troop refund form can be requested for those funds between April 8-April 15.  Cupboards will be open March 30-April 1st – hours of operation vary by cupboard. Troops are requested to put in a planned order as soon as they can. Planned orders will be pulled by the order date and time they are received in Smart Cookies. Cookie varieties are limited so order ahead of time.

Walmart booth locations cannot be extended – we’ve utilized all the dates in our contract and Easter Weekend is one that’s not permitted for sales use by their corporate office.

GSUSA has extended the Troop Link for direct ship till April 30. More information on how to participate will be in the next Cookie Newsletter.


Introducing gsLearn

Take your experience to the next level with gsLearn, our new online training forum. You’ll find great training and support resources like Volunteer Toolkit tutorials, Girl Scouts in the Outdoors, Facilitating Virtual Troop Meetings, and more!

To access gsLearn, click MYGS/VTK on our website (gswny.org), log in to your account, and click gsLearn on the welcome screen.


To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


Summer Camp 2021

Pre-registration for Summer Camp is open now! Review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

We have every intention of operating summer camp 2021 in-person while following all of COVID guidelines and regulations. However, if the need should arise, we will be prepared to provide your girls with an amazing alternative camp program. We have set April 30, 2021, as our decision date.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP

We want to hear from you about our camp properties!

Get a sneak peak of the draft Concept Maps for all four of our camp properties. During the meeting, you will hear about the overall Master Plan process and then we will be breaking out into rooms by camp for in-depth looks at the plans for the future. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions. Please join our Zoom call Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting using the link below:

REGISTER TODAY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

REGISTER TODAY


Display these to let everyone know you’re a Girl Scout selling cookies! Options include “Girl Scouts…SWEET!” and “It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!”

Reduced Price: $4.00 each until March 31. While supplies last!

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Click here to check out more gear for the cookie season, including the Cookie Booth Kit

The Girl Scout Shop wishes to announce we will begin welcoming in-person shopping opportunities starting in March. Please visit gswny.org to see our updated schedule for all shop locations.


Round Up at Walmart

Through March 30, you can round up your walmart.com or in-app transaction to the nearest dollar to benefit Girl Scouts. Look for the Round Up option at checkout. These small donations can add up to make a BIG difference for Girl Scouts.

ALL donations will stay local and be used for our Council Opportunity Fund to ensure girls and volunteers can fully participate in Girl Scouting. Your gift will provide financial assistance to cover membership fees, dues, uniforms, council-sponsored programs and trips.

Invest in Girls, Change the World!


New York State’s 2021 Women’s Agenda
Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm 

Hosted by: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson; Girl Scouts of Nassau County; Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY; Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways; Girl Scouts  of Suffolk County; Girl Scouts of Western New York

The 2021 State of the State proposals once again include a robust Women’s Agenda, including the transformation of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to include all forms of gender-based violence and be renamed the Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. Please join us to discuss this proposal as well as many others that directly impact the lives of women and girls throughout New York. The Women’s Agenda can be found on page 225 of the 2021 State of the State book.  

You must pre-register using the button below.

PRE-REGISTER 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. 

Badge in a Box Updates

Multi-Level Cookie Express Badge in a Box is 50% off now through March 31! For just $4, girls can earn the Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge.

Badge in a Box can now be shipped right to your door!* For an additional $10, receive your Badge in a Box filled with activities, supplies, and all the Girl Scout fun you need in order to earn your badge and the badge itself! *Kits will only be shipped within the contiguous United States.

Click here to order your Badge in a Box today!


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


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 60516 made Easter cards for nursing home residents!


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

World Down Syndrome Day 2021

The following is a guest post written by our CEO, Alison Wilcox

Justine, left; Alison, right; Girl Guides of Canada – 1985

I have shared this photo before of my sister Justine and I, circa 1985.  We were proudly sporting our brand new Girl Guides of Canada uniforms and you can see the excitement on our faces.  Our first troop meeting was scheduled for the next day and we were about to have some great adventures together.

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, I am featuring two of our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts who have Down Syndrome –  my sister Justine, now a Girl Guide Alum, and Gabby, a Girl Scouts Cadette in Rochester. 

I learned a lot of things from Justine (including some very cool dance moves), but one of the most long-lasting things I learned from her was about the importance of being welcoming and inclusive.  Justine has had many good friends and good experiences (including in Girl Guides), but she also has been called names and left out because she has Down Syndrome. Justine has tended to say what is on her mind and I was proud of her for all of the times she stood up for herself, and as her sister, hearing from her how words and actions hurt her, I also learned how important it is to stand up with her, and to do what I can to help spread awareness and kindness to others.  We have talked a lot this past year at GSWNY about diversity, equity and inclusion and although I consider myself on a lifelong learning journey, I can credit Justine and my family as the ones who started me on the journey.

Girl Guides was one of the programs that Justine and I could do together, and the leaders and other girls were very welcoming of Justine and we had a lot of fun.  Coming from a large family it was really nice for us to have some sister time with other girls our age.  We especially loved camping. Justine was always very involved in activities and she loved sports, writing, dancing and singing, and she was known as the life of the party.  I was really proud of her when she competed and won a race in the local Special Olympics and then was featured in a commercial – it was great to have a famous sister.  

Alison and Justine backstage after Justine’s performance – 2018

I almost always shared a bedroom throughout childhood (we have two other sisters – Abbie and Ayron) and Justine and I shared a bedroom for most of middle school. I was upset at first because our younger sister Ayron had just been able to move into her own room – it didn’t seem fair – but my mom wanted Justine and I to share because we were closer in age.  In the end, I really lucked out because we had a lot of fun together, and Justine was so neat and tidy (I was not) that she would often pick up after me and our room was much cleaner than I could have pulled off on my own.  Our other brothers and sisters still tease me about that to this day.

Justine and my family were a big influence on me.  I worked in special education for several years – 2 years as a Camp Director for Teen Camp (camp for teens with special needs), and 2 years as a teacher for students with autism.  Justine volunteered with me at Teen Camp when we were in our 20’s – she was very popular and the campers were sad when she went back home. 

FaceTime photo – Justine 2021 – keeping in touch through COVID-19

Justine also sang at my wedding and my husband David gave me a music box with the song as an anniversary present.  Whenever I miss Justine I turn the handle on the music box and think of her.  I also love visiting Justine each spring to see her perform in the annual musical in Orangeville with Community Dufferin.   Justine’s most memorable performance was when she had a solo number and sang a Céline Dion song! 

Justine lives in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada and although we haven’t been able to see each other in over a year because of COVID-19, we FaceTime a few times a week.  The first thing she wants to do when we can see each other again is go to Swiss Chalet – her favorite restaurant.  I miss Justine tremendously but I’m so glad she is safe and has had her COVID-19 vaccine – I can’t wait to see her.  Until then we have FaceTime.

Meet Girl Scout Gabby

Gabby, when she was a Daisy

Another amazing Girl Scout is Gabby, a Cadette with Troop 60003 in the Irondequoit Service Unit in Rochester.  Her mom Marisa is her co-leader and they have been in Girl Scouts for 7 years.

I had the honor of talking with Gabby earlier this week– our video chat is at the top of the blog post and you can see the video here.

Gabby shared her Girl Scout experience, what she has learned in Girl Scouting and what she thinks is important to be a good friend.  Gabby had some questions for me too – what Justine and I liked to do in Girl Guides and one of the most important questions – my favorite Canadian Girl Guide cookie! 

You can see another video of Gabby showing her sales skills when she was a Brownie:

A little snow doesn’t stop Gabby!

Not shown in the video was the earlier conversation on Zoom with Gabby and her mom Marisa.  Gabby is a typical 7th grader and she wanted to be in the video by herself so she quickly shooed her mom out of the room!

Gabby, when she was a Brownie

Marisa is the co-leader of Troop 60003 and she shared how much she enjoys leading the troop and I thanked her for all of the great work that she does – Girl Scouting is made possible because of our dedicated volunteers.  Troop 60003 is very active and you will see photos of their activities below. (please note all group photos were taken pre-COVID-19)

Marisa shared her experience as Gabby’s mom:

“As a young girl I was in a YMCA dad/daughter program (now called Adventure Guides), but thanks to my daughter I’m now a Girl Scout. I strongly believe in volunteering and have always done so in some capacity. When Gabby started kindergarten I knew I had to sign her up. Before you know it we’re all in and I’m the Cookie Mom/Co-leader, fast forward 7 years and we’re still in with a majority of the original Troop. 

Throughout the years we’ve had many conversations with the Troop about Down syndrome. The girls are great with her and show their support by attending The Buddy Walk. For the Troops’ Bronze Project they chose to organize a Hawaiian themed dance for the Flower City Down syndrome network.”

Marisa and Gabby at Gabby’s Bridging ceremony when she bridged to Junior

 Marisa’s Advice:

A few facts to help you better understand Down syndrome (Ds):

1. You cannot catch Down syndrome, it’s something you’re born with. 

2. Most people have 23 chromosomes, 1 tells if you’re a boy or girl and then you get 11 chromosomes from mom and 11 chromosomes from dad. People with Ds have 3 copies of chromosome #21, which is why it’s called Trisomy 21. 

3. It can take longer for people with Ds to learn, they will learn it just may be at a slower pace than you. 

4. Everyone wants friends and to feel included. You can’t change who you are. 

5. It’s ok to ask questions, most parents don’t mind and would prefer that then staring.

Words from Gabby

And to close out our blog post (and make sure to see the video), these are closing thoughts from Gabby:

Everyone is a little different. Just be yourself. Be respectful and kind.” – Gabby


WDSD is a global awareness day to advocate for people with Down Syndrome – held annually on March 21.

3-21 chosen for the ‘triplication’ of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome

Visit the website to learn about Down Syndrome and ways to show support:

Member Essentials – 3/16/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down in Western New York.

There has been so much loss this year – loss of loved ones, missing loved ones, lost jobs, closed schools, racial injustice, financial distress, and many other hardships.

I am so proud of how you–our girls, volunteers, families, staff and community–responded in light of these many difficulties

From March 2020-March 2021, our girls, supported by caring adult mentors, dedicated themselves to service and leadership–from staying home and wearing masks, to making masks and spreading joy to others, to donating cookies to community heroes, and learning about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Mental Health professionals recommend coping tips around the pandemic anniversary including: practicing self-care; being kind to yourself and others; blessing or honoring the memory of those you have lost; and reflecting or journaling on what you can be grateful for. 

I am grateful to be a part of our amazing organization as our beautiful mission has given me purpose and our strong Girl Scout community has allowed me the chance to feel connected.

I invite you to pause and reflect on what or who you are grateful for.

And we leave you with this wonderful video from our initial Trefoil TV series in spring 2020–our own staff member, Alaina Jones (formerly Cottrell), and her Motivational Moment–take a minute to watch this as Alaina will brighten your day!

Thank you for all that you do–I am grateful for you.

Alison

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


Special Announcement

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the Becoming Me program, a special collaboration with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The program follows the recent publication of Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, and offers a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts to embark on their journeys to become their best selves. The program, which includes a virtual event with Mrs. Obama, will also walk girls through earning three badges at each Girl Scout level.

Girl Scouts’ Becoming Me program will be available to any interested Girl Scout enrolled for the 2021–22 membership year. Drawing on Girl Scouts’ programming—which includes over 300 skill-building badges—we’re thrilled to release the curated Becoming Me program series, built on 18 badges that explore key themes in Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers. The Becoming Me program will launch in early May 2021. Learn more by visiting girlscouts.org/BecomingMe.


It’s Girl ScoutThe 2020 Annual Report is out now! 

Last year was a time like no other, so we created a unique Annual Report to represent the experience of our council and Girl Scouts.

Divided into two parts and designed to be flipped, each section represents a different part of the year. October 2019 to March 2020 represents the year before COVID and then March 2020 to September 2020 features more about the adjustments we made as the pandemic disrupted our normal. Read it online today!

VIEW THE ANNUAL REPORT


We’re excited to announce that Early Renewal for Girl Scout membership year 2022 will open on April 1!

We are finalizing our renewal incentives – including GSWNY lunch bags, patches, and drawings for cookie-inspired K-Swiss sneakers – plus the exclusive upcoming partnership with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Elements of that partnership will only be available to members who renew early. And don’t forget our signature renewal perk, SAGE Tuition Rewards – renew by 5/31 to qualify. Renewal flyer with all the details available soon.

In the meanwhile, troop leaders should discuss with their girls about using cookie profits toward renewal – a great way to reward families and get ready for the fall!


We want to hear from you about our camp properties!

Get a sneak peak of the draft Concept Maps for all four of our camp properties. During the meeting, you will hear about the overall Master Plan process and then we will be breaking out into rooms by camp for in-depth looks at the plans for the future. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions. Please join our Zoom call Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting using the link below:

REGISTER TODAY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



We want your questions!

Our Cookie Jar: Virtual Food for Thought series is back! So far, we’ve covered topics with guests including mental health, being courageous, and taking care of your houseplants. For our April 5 episode, we need your help! 

Major General Angelia Salinas retired from the United States Marine Corps and now serves as the CEO for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. You can learn more about her here.

She plans to speak about her experiences and leadership, and we would love to hear from you with questions! Submit your questions using the button below!

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS


Call for Applications: The Girl Advisory Board of GSUSA

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce that a new national group of older girl leaders is forming! The Girl Advisory Board of GSUSA will work with the national office on key projects aligned with national strategy—providing critical insight and innovative ideas for serving girls in the 21st century.

Members of the board will make recommendations, contribute to key initiatives, and influence decision-making at Girl Scouts’ national office. They’ll gain valuable experience as they support and drive change at a national nonprofit organization and receive hands-on training and professional development.

All Girl Scouts who will be in grades 8–12 in fall 2021 are eligible to apply. 

Click here to view the position and application information sheet and use the button below to apply today. Application deadline is March 31.

APPLY TODAY


New York State’s 2021 Women’s Agenda
Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm 

Hosted by: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson; Girl Scouts of Nassau County; Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY; Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways; Girl Scouts  of Suffolk County; Girl Scouts of Western New York

The 2021 State of the State proposals once again include a robust Women’s Agenda, including the transformation of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to include all forms of gender-based violence and be renamed the Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. Please join us to discuss this proposal as well as many others that directly impact the lives of women and girls throughout New York. The Women’s Agenda can be found on page 225 of the 2021 State of the State book.  

You must pre-register using the button below.

PRE-REGISTER TODAY


March 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in March include Women’s History Month; International Women’s Day; the beginning of Deaf History Month; Pi Day; St. Patrick’s Day; Vernal Equinox; Nowruz; World Down Syndrome Day; the start of Passover; and Holi.

LEARN MORE


Summer Camp 2021

Pre-registration for Summer Camp is open now! Review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

We have every intention of operating summer camp 2021 in-person while following all of COVID guidelines and regulations. However, if the need should arise, we will be prepared to provide your girls with an amazing alternative camp program. We have set April 30, 2021, as our decision date.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP


Retail Item of the Week: “Get Your Girl Scout Cookies Here!” Rollabanna

This self-retracting rollup banner is easy to transport and works double-time with two messages. Use handles on either side to open the banner. 

Reduced Price

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Click here to check out more gear for the cookie season, including the Cookie Booth Kit

The Girl Scout Shop wishes to announce we will begin welcoming in-person shopping opportunities starting in March. Please visit gswny.org to see our updated schedule for all shop locations.


Brownie Dancer: Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre

Sunday, March 21 | 12 to 1 p.m. | REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!

Let’s use dance to tell a story! Beaverton Civic Theatre’s production of Annie had several scenes with dancing orphans. We’ll go behind the scenes and explore how costumes, props, and acting contributed to the storytelling and dance in the production of Annie. Then we’ll get moving with warm-ups, learn some simple steps, and have a dance party!

REGISTER NOW

She THRIVES: Building Positive Mental Health Practices
Saturday, April 17 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | C/S/ A

Girls asked for mental health programs and we’ve answered! GSWNY is proud to work with our sponsors The Thinkers and the Girl Scouts NY State Training Cohort to bring this exciting program to our members! Vetted facilitators from Google, NASA, Emmy Award Winners, New York University, and Georgetown University will deliver 3 sessions to participants. 

Session Topics:

  • Daily Self-Care Practices for Positive, Inner Growth 
  • Be Mindful: Tips to Prevent and Manage Anxiety & Stress 
  • Build Healthy and Authentic Friendships & Relationships 

REGISTER NOW

Looking for more programs? Visit gswny.org 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. 

Badge in a Box Updates

Multi-Level Cookie Express Badge in a Box is 50% off now through March 31! For just $4, girls can earn the Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge.

Badge in a Box can now be shipped right to your door!* For an additional $10, receive your Badge in a Box filled with activities, supplies, and all the Girl Scout fun you need in order to earn your badge and the badge itself! *Kits will only be shipped within the contiguous United States.

Click here to order your Badge in a Box today!

Her Voice, Our Votes
Wednesday, March 17 | 7 to 8 p.m.

Join The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites for an exciting two-part virtual event! First, enjoy a showing of the interactive, musical film Her Voice, Our Vote, written and produced by Laura Bache, a Girl Scout and talented young actor. Then, engage in a follow-up conversation with Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, the authors of the newly released book The Suffragist Playbook, whose friendship goes back to their grandmothers, Lady Bird Johnson and Lindy Boggs. You won’t want to miss this engaging and inspirational event!

REGISTER TODAY


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


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Penfield Daisy Troop 61002 had a great time doing the World Thinking Day peacebuilding activities!


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

March 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in March include Women’s History Month; International Women’s Day; the beginning of Deaf History Month; Pi Day; St. Patrick’s Day; Vernal Equinox; Nowruz; World Down Syndrome Day; the start of Passover; and Holi.


Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is and always has been about celebrating the contributions of women in American history. It’s a time to further recognize their work and learn more about all that they have done (and continue to do) for our world.

This year, we’re celebrating by asking YOU about the woman who most inspires you. Learn more about Women’s History Month and our contest here.


International Women’s Day (March 8)

This year, we celebrated International Women’s Day during Girl Scout Week! This day serves as a way to celebrate the achievements of women around the world as well as to boost push for gender parity. It helps to raise awareness about equality for women as well as fundraise for charities that are female focused.


Deaf History Month (Begins March 13)

This month actually spans two, as it ends April 15. The reason for this comes down the significant days for the Deaf community in history. The first was April 15, 1817, when the first permanent public school for the deaf was established in Hartford, Connecticut. The second recognizes the signing of the Gallaudet University charter on April 8, 1964, by President Abraham Lincoln. This established the only university in the world that exists only for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Finally is March 13, 1988, when the Deaf Now protest took place, which resulted in the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University. Read more from the National Association of the Deaf


Pi Day (March 14)

Pi Day brings out the math lover in all of us (and baked good lover, if you celebrate right!). Pi is an infinite number that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is shortened to 3.14. This remains the same regardless of the circle size.


St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

This widely celebrated holiday instantly brings up mental images of green shirts and shamrocks. Many use it as a celebration of Irish culture, but traditionally it is a religious holiday. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain and originally came to Ireland as a slave before escaping. Later, he returned and receives the credit for being the person who brought Christianity to Ireland. He is now recognized as the patron saint of Ireland.

The first parade for St. Patrick’s Day actually happened in Florida in 1601, not Ireland as you would expect. They began to grow in popularity, with homesick Irish soldiers marching on March 17, 1772 in New York City to honor their patron saint. More parades took off and enthusiasm continued to grow.

Despite how we celebrate in the United States, traditionally St. Patrick’s Day is a religious occasion in Ireland where people attend church in the morning and later eat Irish bacon and cabbage because the Lenten restrictions are waived for the day. Recently, Ireland has made more of a push in their own celebrations to boost tourism and showcase Irish culture.


Vernal Equinox (March 20)

The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring and one out of two times in the year when the Sun is directly above the Equator, making the day and night the same amount of time. Many celebrate this as a time of fresh starts and fertility. In fact, many areas in Asia observe the New Year on this day, called Nowruz.


Nowruz (March 20)

This Persian word translates to “new day” and is known as either the Iranian New Year or Persian New Year. People of different beliefs celebrate the day, but it also serves as a holy day for certain groups, including some Muslim communities, Zoroastrians, and more. In preparation for the day, spring cleaning is important as well as purchasing new clothes to wear for the new year. Then visits are made to family and friends before they gather around the Haft-sin table to celebrate the moment the New Year arrives.


World Down Syndrome Day (March 21)


Passover (Begins March 27)

Passover is a Jewish celebration to represent the Israelites being led out of Egypt, also know as the Exodus. The standard length is eight days and it begins with either one or two nights of seder, a specific feast. Individual celebrations may vary, but there are certain things to expect at seder, including prayers and a seder plate. This contains a number of things including unleavened bread (matzoh), bitter herbs (maror), and more.

The matzoah, or unleavened bread, represents the speed in which the Israelites left Egypt. Their bread didn’t have time to rise, so they honor this during Passover celebrations. Learn more about Passover


Holi (March 28-29)

This famous Hindu holiday is celebrated throughout most of India, sometimes under a different name. This “festival of love” represents a time to forget bad feelings and resentments and unite in friendship and love. Color plays a major part of this holiday, with the vibrancy representing positivity. No matter what part of the country it is is celebrated in, all partake with great joy and excitement. Before the day of Holi, a bonfire is lit to represent how good triumphs over evil. The colors come out in force on Holi as people play with them with their friends and family and then in the evening show their love and respect.

Important GSWNY Update 3-12-21

Dear GSWNY Members,

We promised to keep you updated regarding the news we shared last spring 2020 related to the arrest of Marty Walton, a former Girl Scout co-leader, and his wife Shani Walton, a former troop helper. We shared this news with you in the initial May 30, 2020 UpdateJune 2, 2020 Update, and June 19, 2020 Updates

You may have seen a news story issued yesterday, March 11, that Marty Walton was indicted for these charges. Please know that at Girl Scouts of Western New York, the safety and wellbeing of our girls and all children is our highest priority and we take these charges extremely seriously. We are continuing to monitor the legal process of this case and we will continue to keep you updated. 

If you have questions, please call our Customer Care line at: 1-888-837-6410 or by email at customercare@gswny.org. You can email me as well. We ask that you direct any media inquiries to Callie Johnson, EVP of Marketing at 716-935-6023 or email.

Thank you.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Alison Wilcox
CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York

Member Essentials – 3/9/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Our Customer Care phone lines will be open for Saturday hours in the month of March (March 6,13, 20, and 27), from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to support our Cookie Season!

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


It’s Girl Scout Week!

It’s a great time to celebrate, have some fun, and share our Girl Scout spirit! Girl Scouts can choose activities from this page and track their points. When they achieve their point goal for their Girl Scout level during the month of March they will earn their Girl Scout Week patch.

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST


Harley from Troop 42056 at home helping Service unit manager mom Heidi sorting cookies for her troop mates from Big Bend

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!

We want your cookie season photos, but please read the media guidelines to ensure we can accept and use your submissions.

Due to the fact that it is often impossible to tell who is in the same household visually, we are only accepting photos that show ALL girls and adults properly wearing masks and social distancing from each other (even if they are related and from the same household). We understand this limits the number and types of photos that can be submitted and will be accepted for posting, but due to the number of questions we have received about what is being depicted in photos we can currently only use photos clearly following the above rules. We apologize for any confusion and for the limitations this imposes, but we want to make sure we are clear about the safety of our members. We reserve the right not to post any photos for any reason. Photos can be sent to communications@gswny.org.

Please follow our current COVID guidelines regarding all in-person activities (found at gswnyblog.com). Some areas of council are under different restrictions than others. All submissions MUST show girls and families following all safety guidelines regarding COVID.


Celebrating the women who inspire us for Women’s History Month

Let us know the woman who inspires you the most and you can win a prize! Share your creative piece with us by March 31, 2021, that celebrates a woman in history that has impacted your life, community, or the world. Ideas include a short video, artwork, written piece, or whatever creative piece you’d like to do!

Click the button below to read more about Women’s History Month and the contest rules, including how to submit. 

READ MORE


Summer Camp 2021

Pre-registration for Summer Camp is open now! Review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

We have every intention of operating summer camp 2021 in-person while following all of COVID guidelines and regulations. However, if the need should arise, we will be prepared to provide your girls with an amazing alternative camp program. We have set April 30, 2021, as our decision date.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Cookie Tablecloth

This 72” x 108″  Girl Scout tablecloth reads “Cheers! Girl Scout Cookies are here! & Get Your Girl Scout Cookies here!” It’s the perfect addition to any cookie booth, event, or ceremony banquet!

Reduced Price: $15.00 each until March 31. While supplies last!

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Click here to check out more gear for the cookie season, including the Cookie Booth Kit

The Girl Scout Shop wishes to announce we will begin welcoming in-person shopping opportunities starting in March. Please see our updated schedule for all shop locations:

  • Monday | 1:00-4:30 pm | Curbside pickup only
  • Wednesday | 2:00-6:00 pm | In-person shopping and Curbside pickup
  • Buffalo & Rochester Shops will offer Saturday hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on March 13, 20 & 27

The safety of our staff and customers is a core value of Girl Scouts of Western New York and, as such, the health and well-being of staff, members and visitors is paramount. To keep everyone safe we will require all customers to follow these guidelines:

  • Must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Social Distance – staying 6 feet apart
  • Each visit will be limited to 15 minutes and only 2 people per visit.
  • Take a COVID-19 Health Self-Assessment before your visit and we ask you to stay home and visit another day if you would answer yes to the following questions:
    • Have you been in close, sustained contact with anyone showing any of the listed symptoms below, or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Have you experienced any of the following symptoms listed over the past 24 hours? Symptoms: Fever of 100.4 F higher, cough, shortness of breath, cold/flu-like symptoms, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, muscle aches/pain, sore throat, chills or loss of smell.
    • Have you traveled outside of the state within the past 10 days

To help each visit go smoothly here are a few helpful tips:

  • If more than one customer arrives at the same time, each shop will have a signup sheet outside of the location allowing customers to sign up to be next. It will be first come first served and we will ask for you to wait in your vehicle or socially distance from other customers outside.
  • For customers with a large order we encourage you to email it ahead of time – allowing 2-3 days before your visit then the retail staff will have it ready for your visit.  
  • Once you enter the shop location, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and sign in.
  • We will return to allowing returns and exchanges, please email us for arrangements.

If you have any questions please contact Customer Care at 1.888.837.6410 or email us customercare@gswny.org


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.


Brownie Dancer: Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre

Sunday, March 21 | 12 to 1 p.m. | REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!

Let’s use dance to tell a story! Beaverton Civic Theatre’s production of Annie had several scenes with dancing orphans. We’ll go behind the scenes and explore how costumes, props, and acting contributed to the storytelling and dance in the production of Annie. Then we’ll get moving with warm-ups, learn some simple steps, and have a dance party!

REGISTER NOW

Looking for more programs? Visit gswny.org 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. 

Her Voice, Our Votes
Wednesday, March 17 | 7 to 8 p.m.

Join The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites for an exciting two-part virtual event! First, enjoy a showing of the interactive, musical film Her Voice, Our Vote, written and produced by Laura Bache, a Girl Scout and talented young actor. Then, engage in a follow-up conversation with Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, the authors of the newly released book The Suffragist Playbook, whose friendship goes back to their grandmothers, Lady Bird Johnson and Lindy Boggs. You won’t want to miss this engaging and inspirational event!

REGISTER TODAY


New Multi-Level Think Like a Programmer Badge in a Box!

Need help getting started on a Journey to earn a Girl Scout Highest Award? Look no further than our new Think Like A Programmer Badge in a Box! In this box is everything girls need to earn the Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Think Like a Programmer badge and the tools needed to complete and earn the Take Action Project badge too! That’s right, you get 2 badges in 1 box!

Activities include: creating a card sorting algorithm, designing clothing that integrates computer technology, and creating and sending binary messages!

Each box is $10. Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $6.00. 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 girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 74148 and two brownie siblings took a field trip to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center to help them earn their Girl Scout Values: Anti-Racism patch.


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

GSWNY Family Newsletter – March 2021

Parents? You’re Doing Some Heroic Work Right Now

Lots of things are hard these days, and so many of us are feeling the stress. Beyond doing everything in your power to keep your loved ones healthy, there’s so much day-to-day stuff that can go sideways in a moment’s notice. Whether your kid has a full meltdown while you’re on an important conference call (naturally making you feel like parent of the year) or the grocery store is yet again out of the few things your picky eater actually likes—none of it  is easy. And when you’re used to juggling many different priorities pretty well, it’s easy to be hard on yourself when things aren’t going right. 

READ MORE

Happy Girl Scout Week!

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!

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST

Celebrating the women who inspire us for Women’s History Month

March is all about celebrating the contributions of women to American history, and this year we want to hear from our Girl Scouts! Your girl is invited to share with us about a woman who inspires her through a creative project of her choosing. This is also a contest where the winner will be chosen at random from the submissions.

LEARN MORE

Watch your girl grow as a leader at summer camp

Summer camp is an important part of Girl Scouting. Beyond the outdoor skills they develop and adventures they have, Girl Scouts grow as leaders at camp. 

Whether camp is in-person or alternative, we have opportunities for your girl to experience Girl Scout camp this year. Use the button below to learn more!

LEARN MORE

Program Highlight

She THRIVES: Building Positive Mental Health Practices

Saturday, April 17 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | C/S/A

Girls asked for mental health programs and we’ve answered! GSWNY is proud to work with our sponsors The Thinkers and the Girl Scouts NY State Training Cohort to bring this exciting program to our members! 

Vetted facilitators from Google, NASA, Emmy Award Winners, New York University, and Georgetown University will deliver 3 sessions to participants. 

Session Topics:

  • Daily Self-Care Practices for Positive, Inner Growth 
  • Be Mindful: Tips to Prevent and Manage Anxiety & Stress 
  • Build Healthy and Authentic Friendships & Relationships 

LEARN MORE

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors
Home Alone Safety with EPIC Trainings – B/J Saturday, March 13 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Babysitters Training with EPIC Trainings – C Saturday, March 13 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Self Care Night – S/A Thursday, March 18 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Outdoor Adventure Day at Camp Windy Meadows – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 20 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Starry Night at Camp Windy Meadows – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 20 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre – B Sunday, March 21 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Gold Award Training – S/A Wednesday, March 24 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Outdoor Adventure Day at Camp Seven Hills – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 27 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Starry Night at Camp Seven Hills – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 27 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Championship Martial Arts – D Sunday, March 28 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Herstory: Mission History – S/A Tuesday, March 30 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Championship Martial Arts – B Sunday, April 18 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre – J Sunday, April 18 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtually Outdoors: Leading Campfire Songs – C/S/A Tuesday, April 20 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Textile Artist – C/S/A Thursday, April 22 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The programs listed above are available as of March 5, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

Member Essentials – 3/2/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


Happy Women’s History Month! Every March, we celebrate the women of yesterday and today who have impacted American History and continue to make the world a better place. With millions of amazing women, instead of picking some to highlight, we want to hear from our Girl Scouts!

Let us know the woman who inspires you the most and you can win a prize! Share your creative piece with us by March 31, 2021, that celebrates a woman in history that has impacted your life, community, or the world. Ideas include a short video, artwork, written piece, or whatever creative piece you’d like to do!

Click the button below to read more about Women’s History Month and the contest rules, including how to submit. 

READ MORE


It’s back! Making Smiles Bright 2021

During the month of March, we’re focusing on dental health! Girl Scouts who participate will increase their knowledge of dental health and take action to provide dental hygiene supplies to other children in their communities. Girls in all levels are invited to participate and earn this exclusive patch.

The patch will be available for sale in our GSWNY Council Shops. Count the number of items you collect so we can see how many smiles we’ll make brighter!

LEARN MORE


Summer Camp 2021

Pre-registration for Summer Camp is open now! Review the camp guides and pre-register for camp (and earn that sweet, exclusive summer camp patch for pre-registered girls ONLY)!

We have every intention of operating summer camp 2021 in-person while following all of COVID guidelines and regulations. However, if the need should arise, we will be prepared to provide your girls with an amazing alternative camp program. We have set April 30, 2021, as our decision date.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP


Green Angel: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – March 2021

Green Angel Awards can be given as a pin, patch, or certificate. There is no paperwork involved. This is a nice, semi-formal way to say thank you to a volunteer or adult who has provided a great service to Girl Scouts. The Green Angel can be awarded to troop co-leaders, committee members, troop parents, and more! This award is given as a thank you in recognition of a short or long-term service to a troop or Service Unit. 

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Scholarship Opportunity: Howe Scholarship

Are you dedicated to serving the community? Current Girl Scout Ambassadors attending Buffalo State in the Fall are invited to apply for this $5,000 a year, renewable scholarship. 

Use the button below for additional eligibility requirements and information about how to apply.

LEARN MORE


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Cookie Cart

This is a beautiful fabric, metal framed cart with plastic wheels and a handle to carry your cookies for delivery time or for a walk about. It has a clear double zip panel on the side. Reduced Price for ONLY $21.00 each (either style) until March 31st. While supplies last!

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Click here to check out more gear for the cookie season, including the Cookie Booth Kit


Virtual Art Exhibition Opportunity
COVID-19 PAGES: The Influence and Inspiration of Women

The Wells International Foundation & Anderson Brickler Gallery will present a virtual exhibition of 100 pages of artwork from artists, community programs and organizations, K-12 schools, and university students. Girl Scouts are invited to participate. The PAGES are art-making ideas to celebrate women around the world who are providing essential leadership, influence, and inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic. This creative platform will acknowledge women and girls as change agents during a time of turmoil for families and communities around the world. (These women are doctors, nurses, teachers, mothers, healthcare providers, politicians, mayors, police chiefs, community service leaders, and workers at local stores, post offices, etc. ….)

Please submit your interest by Thursday, March 4 through this link. Artwork must be received by April 23 and the virtual exhibition is June 21 to September 30.  –Volunteers, please put your name under “director” and please include Girl Scouts of Western New York as the organization.

For a curriculum guide please click here. For questions about the opportunity, contact: wells@wellsinternationalfoundation.org


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.


Appreciating You: A Day to Recharge + Renew – For Adults & Volunteers
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Volunteers and adult members have asked for mental health programs and we’ve answered! GSWNY is proud to work with our sponsors The Thinkers and the Girl Scouts NY State Training Cohort to bring this exciting program to our council! 

Vetted facilitators from Google, NASA, Emmy Award Winners, New York University, and Georgetown University will deliver 3 sessions to participants:

  • Beat Burn-Out When Caretaking & Supporting Others
  • Supporting Youth Through Mental Health Challenges

Building Strong Bonds with Youth: How to build positive relationships and cultivate positive attention with youth

REGISTER FOR APPRECIATING YOU

Looking for more programs? Visit gswny.org 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. 

Her Voice, Our Votes
Wednesday, March 17 | 7 to 8 p.m.

Join The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites for an exciting two-part virtual event! First, enjoy a showing of the interactive, musical film Her Voice, Our Vote, written and produced by Laura Bache, a Girl Scout and talented young actor. Then, engage in a follow-up conversation with Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts, the authors of the newly released book The Suffragist Playbook, whose friendship goes back to their grandmothers, Lady Bird Johnson and Lindy Boggs. You won’t want to miss this engaging and inspirational event!

REGISTER TODAY


Virtual Cyber Club for Seniors and Ambassadors

The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate’s (AFRL/RI) STEM Outreach Program, in partnership with the Griffiss Institute (GI), is excited to announce a another new STEM initiative for 2021, the Air Force Virtual Cyber Club!

The Air Force Virtual Cyber Club is a free after school club that will provide students with hands on learning in the areas of cyber defense, programming, computer administration, networking, critical thinking, applied learning, and engineering methods and reasoning.

Computer requirements: PC or Mac with a microphone, camera and internet connection. A tablet or smartphone will not do because the students will need access to a keyboard to type with. 

The Air Force Virtual Cyber Club will run for 8-weeks, on Mondays, beginning Monday, March 1, and ending Monday, April 26. Each meeting is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Max is 20 students.

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New Multi-Level Think Like a Programmer Badge in a Box!

Need help getting started on a Journey to earn a Girl Scout Highest Award? Look no further than our new Think Like A Programmer Badge in a Box! In this box is everything girls need to earn the Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Think Like a Programmer badge and the tools needed to complete and earn the Take Action Project badge too! That’s right, you get 2 badges in 1 box!

Activities include: creating a card sorting algorithm, designing clothing that integrates computer technology, and creating and sending binary messages!

Each box is $10. Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $6.00. 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 girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Olmsted Girl Scout Troop 30134 enjoyed a day off school last week by going to Tifft Nature Preserve. They enjoyed a winter hike accompanied by deer, chickadees, nuthatches, and cardinals.


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 customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.