Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 5/4/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please note that all GSWNY offices and shop locations are closed on Monday, May 10. To see our hours, please click here.

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!

Photo is pre-COVID

Did you hear the great news?

Girl Scouts of Western New York is happy to announce that we will be going live and in person with our camp registration for both day and overnight camp programs! Registration for those who did not pre-register opens Thursday, May 6.


Camp Accessibility Survey

We are looking for feedback on the accessibility on all four of our camp properties. We would greatly appreciate if you could take a moment to complete this brief survey. Please complete by May 15. Thank you!


Best Year Ever Packs still up for grabs–Renew today

As part of Spring Renewal, all girls and co-leaders who renew by 5/31 @ 11:59 pm could win one of our Best Year Ever Packs: 

  • Girl packs (20 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt
  • Leader packs (5 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt

Troops that renew 90% of girls + 2 co-leaders could win our Troop Best Year Ever Pack:

  • Troop pack (1 winner) =$100 GSWNY Card + $100 property credit + 1 Badge in a Box choice for your whole troop


Already renewed?  You’re already entered to win!  See all the details on our Renewal Page.

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama!

Ready for another year of discovery, fun, and sisterhood? Get started now with our new Becoming Me program, where girls will earn badges, explore their stories and who they can become, and even join their Girl Scout sisters across the country for a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama on May 6! Register for the event »

Registration closes tonight at 9 p.m.

You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than May 6, 2021.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 1-888-837-6410.

We look forward to seeing you on May 13, 2021.


The annual Troop Financial Activity Report submission window opened Saturday, May 1

Troop Treasurers–Please submit your troop’s T-FAR via the VTK, Finance Tab, between today and June 1! If you have already submitted your finance report, we thank you!

Even if your troop hasn’t been very active during the past yearevery troop, even those who elected to pause at the beginning of the membership year, must submit a T-FAR. Here is the link to the T-FAR Training to help you. 

Don’t forget we also have two more Finance Open Houses scheduled in May to ask any questions you may have. Sign up here and you will get the zoom invite the morning of the Open House.

Any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Service Unit Finance Consultant or GSWNY Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or

Highest Awards Resources

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. If your girls are interested in taking on a high-impact Take Action project, check out these resources so you and your troop can make a plan!


May 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 May include Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Older Americans Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; Mental Health Awareness Month; Orthodox Easter; Mother’s Day; the end of Ramadan; Eid al-Fitr; and Memorial Day.


Retail Promotion of the Month:

Free Drawstring Backpack with every $25 Purchase!

This promotion runs through Friday, May 28, while supplies last.

Selection will vary by location.

Subtotal of $25 before taxes is required.

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

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

To wrap up our year of highlighting the various GSWNY Adult Recognitions, we are circling back to the Green Angel Award! The Green Angel Award is one of the easiest ways to show thanks to the adults in your Girl Scout community. This month we encourage you to think about who has been the “green angel” in your life this year. 


TECH SAVVY 16 is VIRTUAL this year!
Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Conference registration is $10 per attendee and includes materials for workshops (books, experiment materials) and T-shirt. Materials will be mailed to attendees’ address.

You can register using the link below, and click here for the day’s schedule and here for the workshop descriptions.


Upcoming First Aid/CPR Trainings

Are you in the Rochester or Buffalo area and need to renew your FA/CPR Certification, but missed our April sessions? Don’t worry, we have 2 new adult sessions coming up at our offices in May that you are welcome to sign up for. Our partner, EPIC Trainings, Inc., is offering sessions of the First Aid and CPR Blended Learning Classes.

To register for one of these opportunities, contact EPIC Trainings, Inc. via email at or via phone at (585)615-4379. We have skills test slots available at our Buffalo office Tuesday, May 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. and at our Rochester office Wednesday, May 12, starting at 4:30 p.m. to complete your certification.

Sign up now; a few more are always welcome!

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 Daisy Badge in a Box: Daisy Roller Coaster Design Challenge

Become a mechanical engineer and learn about motion by building and testing a roller coaster! Cost: $6

Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of this box down to $3.00. 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 for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional cost per box. 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

Brownies in Troop 31158 are making the world a better place! To earn the GSWNY Earth Day patch, they made bags from t-shirts and bookmarks from old cookie boxes. Then they met at their local park to pick up litter. 

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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