Member Essentials

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:

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!

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!


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

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.


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.


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.


To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:

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.


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.


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:


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


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 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 


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.


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

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