Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 3/2/21

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!

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. 


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!


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.


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. 


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.


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:

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


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. 

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!


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.


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

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