Member Essentials

Member Essentials 10/19/21

Council Updates

Join our GSWNY Members Group on Facebook
If you want exclusive Girl Scout updates and a connection to your fellow parents and volunteers, then our Facebook group is the place to be. Request to join today and answer the questions to get started. JOIN GROUP >>>

Dedication in Memory of Judy Cranston at Camp Piperwood
All GSWNY members are invited to a dedication ceremony in memory of Judy Cranston at Camp Piperwood on October 30, 2021 from 1-3pm. This event will be held at Friendship Circle Lodge. Please RSVP to if you are planning to attend or if you have any questions.

Introducing our podcast, Better World Project
MeKenzie Lund with the Girl Scouts of Western New York spotlights community change makers and trailblazers, discussing how to make a positive impact on the world. Each episode brings empowering stories and wise words taken straight from personal experiences to help you become a change-maker in your community. LISTEN TODAY >>>

Product Program

LAST CHANCE to Pre-Order your Gluten-Free Cookies
Pre-order is required by ABC Bakers due to the special requirements of gluten-free products. If your troop would like to order Gluten-Free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies, please submit your order by October 22, 2021. Payment will be due in March at the same time as all other varieties. PRE-ORDER NOW >>>

The Fall Product Program is happening now!
The Fall Product Program is officially open for participation! Girls can help earn startup funds for their troops while earning awesome rewards, like personalized patches! GET STARTED TODAY >>>

Programs & Events

Program Cancellation Policy
What happens if you register for a program and need to cancel? Will you receive a refund? Check out our full policy at today.

Badge in a Box Updates

New Multi-Level D/B/J Shapes in Nature! Cost: $8
Nature is full of beautiful things, like flowers, animals, and even math! Learn about shapes and patterns, graphing and symmetry, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence, and more! Activities include creating a spider web, making a 3-D butterfly, and going on a scavenger hunt!

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Self-Care Badge in a Box! Free to Members
Take charge of your health and become Self-Care experts! Track your mood in your self-care journal, create a beauty collage, and help raise awareness about breast health and breast cancer.* Cadettes earn the Science of Happiness badge, Seniors earn the Women’s Health badge, and Ambassadors earn the Feel Good About Yourself patch. *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.

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

Upcoming Programs
Earn a Badge as a Docent
(Nov. 3)
Cadette, Senior, AmbassadorIn this three-week program, Girl Scouts will learn what it takes to be a Martin House docent! Girls will create their own scripts for rooms in the Martin House and on the final day of the program will present their tour to family and friends.Register
Queens in the Making Paint Party
(Nov. 6)
Cadette, Senior, AmbassadorCalling all young queens! Come celebrate the queen in you and create your own Crowns & Heels masterpiece, with step-by-step instructions taught by local artist, K. Nicole. All supplies are included and no prior experience is necessary!Register

Program Partner: Buffalo Beauts
Visit and use the promo code GSWNY22! Stay tuned for more information regarding GSWNY Day on January 9, 2022. LEARN MORE>>>

Program on Demand: Laura Jacket Arts
Explore many different areas of art with this Program on Demand! Workshops include papermaking, fun sculpture, hand bookbinding, rubbing, cyanotype photography, monoprints, and 3D bookbinding.

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. LEARN MORE >>>

Camp & Outdoors

2022 Camp Theme Contest
Current girl members of Girl Scouts are invited to submit up to three ideas of what they think next year’s camp theme should be! Contest closes October 27. ENTER TODAY >>>

K-5 Outdoor Experiences
Looking for a way to get outside with your troop or family? Check out these outdoor experiences today! DOWNLOAD FLYER >>>


Cheddar Up for Troop Finances
Do you wish to offer a digital payment and tracking tool that will help your troop or service unit easily collect money online for Girl Scout activities and events? If the answer is yes, learn more about our partnership with Cheddar Up! 

Download this welcome letter to learn more about accepting payments online, collecting forms, setting up payments, and more!

It’s not too late to register for tonight’s Cheddar Up Training Webinar at 7 p.m.! There will be platform demonstration and time for questions. Can’t make it? You can still register and receive the recording. Register right up until 7 to join tonight. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR >>>


Special Offer

The Retail Shops have a gift with purchase offer for YOU! With any purchase of the new Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador apparel collections of $25 or more, you will receive this GIRL: As in Girl Scout patch. This offer is one per customer and is available while supplies last.

Check out the new apparel collections!

The new Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Uniform and Official Apparel Collection for girls in grades K-5

This collection pairs nostalgic styles with eco-conscious materials for a modern take on Girl Scout fashion. It features comfortable apparel and matching accessories created for each grade level, from adventure-ready active wear to complete looks for special events. Inspired by classic Girl Scout designs from the ’90s and made for today’s girls, this color-coordinated collection makes it fun and easy to mix, match, and create a wardrobe that’s the perfect fit for your girl.

Shop the new Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Uniforms and official apparel collection for girls in grades 6-12

Inspired by today’s Girl Scouts, this versatile collection was created in coordinating colors and silhouettes so you can mix, match, and make it your own.


Free Girl Scout lawn signs now available! 
Show off your Girl Scout pride and help spread the word about our program with our FREE “Proud Girl Scout Family” lawn signs. Pick yours up at your local shop today. Hours can be found at

Questions? Please reach out to our Recruitment team at or 1-888-837-6410.

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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