Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 5/18/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please note that GSWNY will still follow all of our current COVID-19 guidelines found here.  Although the CDC and NYS are relaxing mask requirements for vaccinated individuals, children under the age of 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, and for the safety of all of our members we will still follow our current guidelines in Girl Scout activities including masks and social distancing for the time being. Thank you.

GSWNY will begin our summer hours on Monday, May 24, 2021 please be aware of our schedule for virtual customer care support and availability for our retail shops; details below:

Virtual Customer Care Hours:

  • Monday 8:30-12:00 (closed 12-1) 1:00-4:30
  • Tuesday 8:30-12:00 (closed 12-2) 2:00-4:30
  • Wednesday 8:30-12:00 (closed 12-1) 1:00-4:30
  • Thursday 8:30-12:00 (closed 12-2) 2:00-4:30
  • Friday 8:30-12:00 (closed 12-4:30)

Retail Hours:

  • Monday 1:00-4:30 Curbside pickup & In-person Shopping
  • Wednesday 1:00-4:30 Curbside Pickup & In-person Shopping

All Shops Closed for Physical Inventory

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 through Friday, July 30, 2021 – reopening Monday August 2, 2021

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!

You are invited to a virtual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Town Hall

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 6:30 PM

Please join to share your feedback and hear from others on how GSWNY can better create a safe space for all members that is welcoming and inclusive.

Please register in advance for this meeting.


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.

Last week we learned about the diverse AAPI community as well as a history of the Heritage Month. Now it’s time to talk about something that touches all of our lives: pop culture.


Have you joined our new group?

We recently created a Facebook Group just for you! Our new GSWNY Members group is designed with you in mind where we share important updates for members and invite you to collaborate with others! If you have a question about Higher Awards, where to take your girls on a hike, a STEM journey, Girl Scout Cookies, and everything in between, ask for input from other volunteers and members. Learn more about the group and use the button below to Join Today.


Brand Refresh coming July 1, 2021

We’re excited to announce a Girl Scouts brand refresh coming this summer! You may have noticed glimpses of it in our materials for Becoming Me and Spring Renewal campaign.

Closer to rollout, more information will be provided, including resources for volunteers and training for service unit team members. Stay tuned!

Spring Renewal is almost over – 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


If you have already renewed yourself and/or your troop, congratulations!  You have already qualified for lots of great incentives, which you can review 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!


Now Hiring Seasonal Camp Staff

Since our summer camp will be operating live and in person, we are seeking candidates who are ready to have an awesome summer working for us! Use the link below to learn more and apply today.


Join in the Becoming Me Program Series

Explore the truth of your story and the power of your voice while hanging out with friends! You’ll earn three badges, unlock a patch, and take part in a national service project as part of this unique experience inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.


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

Two weeks left to submit your T-FAR!

Attention Troop Treasurers! If you have submitted your Troop Finance Activity Report, we thank you!  If you haven’t, there are only two weeks left to get it in on time! Please don’t wait until the last minute. The  T-FAR Training link is here to assist you. The last day to submit is Tuesday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m.

  • Do you submit if your troop is on pause?
  • Do you submit if you have had little or no troop finance activity since your 2020 T-FAR?
  • Do you submit if the only activity your troop did this year was sell cookies?

The answers to all of the above questions is a resounding YES! Please reach out to your Service Unit Finance Consultant or GSWNY Customer Care (at 1-888-837-6410 or with any questions or concerns you may have.

Retail Promotion of the Week: Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Gifts!

Recognize your Girl Scout for all her hard work and dedication that she did to earn her Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award. Celebrate her hard work with a gift designed just for her! Certificates, patches, pouches, and more are available at all Girl Scout Store Locations. Other gifts available at select stores. Please email or call us with specific inquiries or browse Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award items online.

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.

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.


Public Speaking with Beaverton Civic Theatre – C/S/A

Location: Zoom 
Date:  Thursday, May 27, 2021 
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Cost: Girl: $12.50

Join us for a virtual acting class with the Beaverton Civic Theatre! We’ll explore the productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Hundred Dresses, and Ramona Quimby. Together we will bring characters to life using our voice, body, props and costumes! You will get to step into the world of these shows and perform scenes and monologues.


Build a Koinobori Kite – D/B/J

Location: Martin House: 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Girl: $15

Celebrate Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday, by creating the traditional “koinobori,” otherwise known as carp streamers. Girls will have a chance to learn about the Japanese influence of the Martin House while creating these colorful windsocks! All materials will be provided, including a Martin House patch. This is a drop-off program.


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

Daisy Troop 20063 used a portion of their Girl Scout cookie proceeds to benefit those in need by planning, purchasing, and donating to the local food pantry at the church where their troop has been able to meet twice a month. The girls had a great time going through the process of this awesome community service project!

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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