Member Essentials

Member Essentials 1/18/22

COVID-19 Guidelines

Click here to view the most recent COVID-19 guidelines on our website.

Council Updates

In-Person Shopping Reminder
The safety of our staff and customers is a core value of Girl Scouts of Western New York and, as such, the health and well-being of staff, members, and visitors is paramount. We want every customer to have an exceptional safe shopping experience. As a reminder, please take a moment to review our expectations for in-person shopping at our retail locations:

  • We ask you to stay home and visit another day if you have been in close, sustained contact with anyone showing any COVID symptoms, or anyone who has been diagnosed with covid and if you have any covid symptoms.
  • Must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Upon entry into the shop please sanitize your hands.
  • Social Distance – stay 6 feet apart from other customers.
  • For customers with a large order we encourage you to email it 2 days ahead of planned visit – allowing the retail staff to have it ready for you.

Please visit for the must-up-to-date hours and contact information for each shop location.

Programs & Events

Register for these upcoming programs before it’s too late!

Kidding Around Yoga (B/J) — Saturday, January 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Come and experience some PEACE and JOY in this fun-filled yoga class, specifically for Girl Scouts! Attendees will receive a Kidding Around Yoga patch.
Click here to register for Kidding Around Yoga

Advanced Astronomy (J/C) — Sunday, January 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
In this VIRTUAL program, become an expert astronomer with hands-on experiments to manipulate and control light and detailed planetary studies.
Click here to register for Advanced Astronomy

Submit your ideas for our Partners on Demand listing
The Girl Experience team is soliciting partner suggestions for our Programs on Demand listing. Our Programs on Demand (POD) listing provides additional Girl Scout experiences and opportunities to members throughout our nine counties with the help of community partners. Please submit your suggestions using this link.

Camp & Outdoors

Camp Registration is open now!
Last week we launched our 2022 Camp Guides and opened the registration portal. If you haven’t already, check out our Camp page to learn more about what we’re offering this summer and to get your Girl Scout signed up for camp!


Upcoming First Aid/CPR Trainings
An adult certified in First Aid/CPR is required if a troop leaves their meeting place and/or if an activity’s Safety Activity Checkpoint indicates a First Aider is required.

With our partner agency, EPIC Trainings, Inc., we offer full day and blended learning First Aid/CPR classes throughout the year. These courses include adult and child CPR and basic first aid. Certification is valid for 2 years. Blended learning classes are NOT recommended if this is your first time taking First Aid and CPR training.

A complete schedule of our offerings for the 2022 program year is posted on our Safety page, but we wanted to highlight four trainings coming up in February.

  • Wednesday, February 2, 5 p.m. | Buffalo Service Center
  • Saturday, February 5, 9 a.m. | Buffalo Service Center
  • Saturday, February 5, 11 a.m. | Rochester Service Center
  • Wednesday, February 9, 5 p.m. | Rochester Service Center

Take advantage of these early sessions by calling EPIC Trainings Inc. at 585-615-4379 for questions and to register.

New Leader Welcome Meeting
All new trained and approved leaders are encouraged to attend our New Leader Welcome Meetings. Here you can meet GSWNY staff, learn about our council’s various departments, and ask your questions in an open house format. 

Mark your calendars now for our next meeting on Thursday, February 24, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Product Program

Cookie season is in full swing! 
The initial order taking period is happening now through February 6. This is the time where girls can collect orders through their order card. Depending on your level of comfortability, there are many ways your Girl Scout can participate in the Cookie Program. 

You can find more information about participating in the Cookie Program, including marketing resources, reward information, program timeline, and more on the Cookie Resources section of our website.


What’s your 2022 Girl Scout resolution or goal? Pop into our GSWNY shops and take a selfie telling us! Or download the sheet and send it to so we can share it on social media throughout the month of January.

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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