Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 6/15/21

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, there have been many recent updates to NYS COVID-19 guidelines including the easing of masks in the outdoors for schools and camps, and today it was announced that commercial and social restrictions will be lifted, with the exception of K-12 schools and some other public guidelines.

Accordingly, GSWNY has revised our COVID-19 guidance. In outdoor settings, masks will no longer be required to be worn by any child or adult. Masks may always be worn by those who prefer to do so. 

In indoor settings , including troop meetings, troop activities, GSWNY retail shops, etc., our prior COVID-19 guidelines will still be in place. The Department of Health strongly recommends masks and six feet of social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown. GSWNY also continues to follow NYS K-12 school guidelines that still require masks used indoors. As children under the age of 12 cannot yet be vaccinated, when indoors, all vaccinated and unvaccinated girls and volunteers must practice social distancing (6 feet+), wear face coverings (masks) while indoors, and follow safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC.

We are still reviewing the NYS announcement today in light of any camp guidance changes and will keep our members updated once we have further details.

Additional changes are outlined in our COVID-19 guidelines effective 6-15-21.

We will continue to monitor NYS, CDC and public health guidance and continue to make adjustments going forward. We thank you for your diligence in keeping our girls, members and staff safe throughout this pandemic, and we are excited to see the light coming at the end of the tunnel.

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!

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth officially became a holiday in New York last year, but it’s been celebrated around the country since 1866. It commemorates the day the last slaves in the United States learned they’d been freed on June 19, 1965.

We gathered information about traditional celebrations, as well as what you can do to celebrate this Saturday in your community, with your family, or online!


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.


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. 


GSWNY Camp COVID-19 Information Nights

Recently we held Summer Camp COVID-19 Information Nights that focused on safety guidelines for both our day camp and overnight camp programs. If you could attend live, you can watch the Information Night for Day Camp here or watch the Information Night for Resident Camp here.

90th Anniversary Family and Friends Event at Camp Seven Hills
July 30 to August 1, 2021

Better late than never! Let’s enjoy an in-person celebration of 90 years of Camp Seven Hills since we couldn’t gather last year!

Attendance numbers will be limited due to COVID regulations. Register now to reserve your spot! See flyer in event discussion tab for full details.

Did you know that Camp Seven Hills opened its doors in 1930 and served 50 campers that summer? Much has changed over the years. This summer Camp Seven Hills will be celebrating 90 years of summer camp adventures. Be a part of our belated celebratory weekend as you get a chance to see how camp has grown and developed through the years. Swimming, boating, ropes course, arts & crafts, tours, laughter, evening campfires, candlelit path ceremony, and lots of s’mores will be a part of this festive weekend. Ropes course will be on a first come, first served basis and will be an additional fee payable at camp.

The Saturday-only portion of the event begins July 31 at 9:30am. ONLINE ONLY: Shop the 90th Anniversary merch! There will not be an in-person shop at camp this year.

Use the button below to register for the event or to purchase camp merchandise.


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.


Navy Week: Meet the Navy Leap Frogs

Free virtual event: June 17, 6pm-8pm
Open to Daisies through Ambassadors (grades K-12)

The Navy Parachute Team is based in San Diego and has performed aerial parachute demonstrations around the nation in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting since 1969. The team includes members from all branches of Naval Special Warfare, including Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, Navy Divers, and Special Operations Parachute Riggers.

Girls will have time to ask questions during the event. Participants will also be asked to take part in a physical fitness challenge and should come prepared in clothing and sneakers for exercise.

To register, email GSWNY staff member Amanda Dzierzanowski at by June 17 at 5:30pm.

This event is in being held in partnership with the United States Navy in honor of Navy Week. This event is intended to provide girls with an opportunity to speak to people with an interesting and unique career.

Top 100 Cookie Sellers

This year we made a yearbook to celebrate our top 100 cookie sellers! Use the button below to view the Girl Scouts, their troops, and some quotes about why they love Girl Scouts, being an entrepreneur, and more!


NEW! Summer Splash Challenge


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scout Strong Water Bottle

A design so cool it will quench your thirst this summer! This lightweight and conservative green water bottle has a twist lid. It’s 10″ height and has a vacuum insulated screw on lid! We love the GSWNY white lettering too! Together we are Girl Scout Strong.

Call your local shop for pick up during our new summer hours or purchase online!

June Promotion: $5 Off Any T-Shirt!

This sale is just too cool to have for only one week, so we are having it all month long! From June 1 to 25, enjoy $5 off any T-Shirt, sweatshirt, or jacket! In-store or curbside side pickup only. Regular price merchandise only. Excludes sale and core items.

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

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.

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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