Member Essentials

Member Essentials 8/10/21

Council Updates

Reminder: GSWNY will be closed tomorrow, August 11, for a council closing day. 

Purchase your 2022 membership today and enter our weekly drawings!

Every Wednesday starting August 4 through September 29, we’re giving away $50 GSWNY gift certificates – one for girls and one for co-leaders. You could use your certificate to grab a new Girl Scout shirt, buy a Badge in a Box, or help pay for program fees. The sooner you register, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be selected from all those registered by midnight Tuesday each week.

We’re also doing two Mega Gift Card Drawings of all girls and co-leaders registered by August 31 and another by September 30 – one $500 card for girls and one for co-leaders by each deadline! Gift cards will be for Amazon, Walmart or Target – your choice! Check out our Renewal page for all the details!

Get your gsZoom license today
Keeping your Girl Scouts inspired from home? We’ve got you and your virtual meetings covered! Zoom licenses are now available through gsLearn. It’s never been easier to stay connected and keep the fun going with your troop, no matter where everyone is.Log in to MyGS and visit gsLearn to access the gsZoom course and purchase your license today!

Your girl is invited to join our Girl Advisory Board
Girl Scouts who are 13 and older are invited to apply to be a member of our Girl Advisory Board. This team helps guide girl experience at GSWNY, including advising council staff and designing girl program. Download the application today to learn more!

Programs & Events

New badges are here!
Now there’s 28 new ways for Girl Scouts of all ages to explore their world, either online or unplugged. With this year’s newest class of badges, Girl Scouts can take on more topics that matter to them, like getting outside and discovering math in nature (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson), taking their online cookie business to the next level, and learning how to be digital leaders (sponsored by Instagram). Get ready, because these new badges will spark her sense of wonder this year! SEE WHAT’S NEW >>>

Program on Demand: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village offers Girl Scouts the opportunity to step back into the past into a dynamic learning environment that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences. We offer local history programs, Victorian Etiquette Teas, Victorian Girl Days and Farm-To-Table programs. We can also work with you to create a custom patch program. You can find more information under the Badge tab on our Programs on Demand page.

Our Programs on Demand (POD) provide additional Girl Scout experience opportunities for girls and troops throughout our nine counties. These businesses and organizations feature programs designed to appeal to a wide array of interests, including STEM, art, animals, and many more. Even better, you work directly with these collaborators to determine the specific program and date that fits your schedule. Visit to learn more!

Camp & Outdoors

Last Chance for the Online Camp Store
If you want to make a last-minute purchase from your favorite Girl Scout Camp, you can still order! The online store will close Sunday, August 15. You should receive your order by the end of August or the beginning of September. VIEW ONLINE STORE >>>

Timbercrest Target Sports Town Hall
We want to hear from you! Throughout this year, our Council has collaborated with a Landscape Architect firm to develop a Master Plan for our four camp properties. During this process, we’ve engaged girls, volunteers, and various key stakeholders to get a clear idea of how our camps are currently being utilized as well as girls’ hopes for the future.

On Tuesday, August 24, at 6 p.m., we’re holding a virtual town hall meeting on a very specific subject. We’ve been developing a robust Target Sports program which includes archery, shooting, and hatchet throwing at Camp Timbercrest. After hearing requests from our girls, we built a new target range and developed a program. However, we know that GSWNY members and families may have questions and concerns and we would like to hear your feedback.

If you or girls in your family or troop frequently spend time at Timbercrest, and/or you have interest in this program, we highly encourage you to attend this meeting. To join us for this virtual meeting, please RSVP through this link: Timbercrest Sports Town Hall. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>>

Get Connected to GSWNY

Catch up with past Member Essentials on our blog and make sure you join our Members Group on Facebook for the latest updates. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at or 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

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