Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 6/8/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Thank you so much for everything you have done this year to keep Girl Scouting strong and to ensure the safety of our girls and members. 

As you may know, New York State and the CDC have recently released changes to COVID-19 guidelines for schools and summer camps. These changes include mask guidelines for indoor versus outdoor settings and for vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals as well as some other changes.

We are thoroughly reviewing all changes and will be adapting our camp and program/activity guidelines accordingly.

Please be on the lookout for the updated COVID-19 guidelines which will be released next Tuesday, June 15, in Member Essentials and will also be shared on our website and on social media. In the meantime please continue to follow the current guidelines until then.

GSWNY remains committed to doing whatever we can to best ensure the safety of our members as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. We thank you for your patience, cooperation and support throughout out this unprecedented time. Please contact Customer Care with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please note, however, that in accordance with new guidance, we have updated our media guidelines removing the requirements around social distancing for masked individuals in photographs. Effectively immediately, photos of masked individuals standing less than six feet apart are permitted. This change will also be included in the updates released next week.

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 Camp COVID-19 Information Nights

Our Summer Camp COVID-19 Information Nights will focus on safety guidelines for our day and overnight camp programs. On Wednesday, June 2, we held the Information Night for Day Camp. You can watch the video here.

The Summer Overnight Camp COVID-19 Information night is tonight, June 8, from 7-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Our camp directors will be present to answer your questions on programing, cleaning, meals, sleeping accommodations, and more. The Zoom invite will be emailed to you before the event.


Summer Camp Staff Needed!

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.


Volunteer at Camp

GSWNY is looking for some summer camp support! We have a variety of open staff positions, but we are also looking for volunteers who may be able to give a week or more of their time. If you love the outdoors and empowering young girls, please consider joining us this summer and fill out our interest form.


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!


The WNY 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

The 21-day racial equity challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. You, along with thousands of others in Western New York, commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism, bias, and other social inequities.  

Click the button below to learn more and sign up tp be notified when the challenge goes live!


This month, the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is celebrating Pride! Throughout June, we’ll share more about the history of Pride, as well as highlights from LGBTQ+ representation in pop culture, highlights of community members, tips for allies, as well as local resources.


Please take our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey

As we continue to take action to make GSWNY a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist council, we want to hear from our members so we can make the world a better place together. This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, and you are free to respond in as much or as little depth as you like. Please note that your responses will remain anonymous and confidential.


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.


Retail Item of the Week: 2021 Cookie Fun Patches

Limited quantity! Get them before they sell out! Can’t make it into the shop during our Summer Hours? Ask about Fun Patch shipping prices or Curbside Pickup! Remember: Fun Patches are worn on the back of the sashes or vests.

$1 each or the set of 5 for $4!
Available Fun Patches: Family, Cookie Share, Cookie Booth, Virtual Booth and Cookie Rally

The Buffalo Shop will be OPEN on Saturday, June 12, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – come visit us to do your Girl Scout shopping!

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

The volunteer-run Great Escape committee will be operating their Great Escape event again this year!

Please direct all questions to the Great Escape volunteer committee at the Great Escape Weekend group on Facebook or

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. 

Two New Multi-Level Self-Care Badge in a Boxes!

There are a limited number of boxes available at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional $10 per box. Click here to order your Badge in a Box.

*We recognize that some of this content may be sensitive for your girl, and if you have concerns, we encourage you to review the content and have a conversation with your girl before she begins the breast health activities in this box. If you are a troop leader and you plan on doing the activities in this box with your troop, you must receive signed sensitive issues permission slips from each girl’s parent or guardian prior to the activity.

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

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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