Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 5/11/21

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!

GSWNY Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

This month, the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! While we aren’t able to highlight every one of these amazing and diverse cultures, each week will feature an overall theme with related information.

Our first section is on AAPI history and features information about what AAPI means, resources, challenges, and more!


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.

Summer Camp 2021

Registration is now open for GSWNY Summer Camp! Register here today! If the program you’re interested in is closed, please add your child/troop to the waitlist so that we know how many people are interested in a particular program. 

For the first time, our camp merch is available online and for all 4 of our summer camps (Windy Meadows, Piperwood, Timbercrest, and Seven Hills)! Select your camp at the top of this page to get started!


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!


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.


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

It’s T-FAR (Troop Financial Activity Report) time!

Is the volunteer who takes care of your troop’s finances a registered 2021 member of Girl Scouts?

Is their Background Check up to date?

Have they clicked the role of Troop Treasurer on MYAccount in MYGS/VTK?

If you answered no to any of these questions and you need help turning them into a yes, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or email

Here is the link to the T-FAR training: Troop Financial Activity Report

Please remember –submission of the T-FAR between May 1 and June 1is mandatory for ALL troops even…..

  • for those troops on pause. 
  • if you haven’t touched your troop account all year.

Consistent troop financial record keeping with GSUSA is essential. This submission ensures good faith and proper stewardship of the girl’s funds. Reach out to Customer Care with any questions. 

Retail Item of the Week: Girl’s Guide To Girl Scouting

Do you have a Girl Scout that is Bridging? Girls and Volunteers will love this all-in-one badge book and handbook format. Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badges, and my Girl Scouts.

We have limited inventory of this resource in stock.

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

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.

GRAWA and Girl Scouts – Learn about the Court System!

The Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys has a long tradition of providing courtroom tours at the Hall of Justice. Due to COVID-19, the activity has shifted to an outdoor event at Genesee Valley Park on Saturday, May 22, from 10:00am to 1:00pm with a focus on the Juvenile Justice System.

The event is recommended for kids in fourth grade and up. The event will be socially distanced, and the activity includes lunch, breakout discussions with small groups, and an opportunity to meet and engage with local attorneys and judges. The program has a maximum participant list of 35, which includes adult volunteers and chaperones. 

Register by e-mailing or calling (315) 420-7096.

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.


Becoming Your Best Self Registration Closing Soon!
Saturday, May 15, 2021  

In order to be your best self, self-care is a must! Join us to learn about ways to take care of yourself and practice yoga! Come dressed in green in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

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. 

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

Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Senior Troop 70090 and Cadette Troop 70094 worked together to earn their Game Visionary and Good Sportsmanship badges. They did a giant game of Rock, Paper, Scissors and created an obstacle course. Each girl completed the obstacle course on two feet, one foot, and one girl is blindfolded and following directions from another girl.

They wrapped up with a game of Pictionary and they will go bowling to finish up the badge with being a good sport.

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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