Member Essentials

Member Essentials 2/15/22

COVID-19 Guidelines

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

Message from Alison Wilcox, CEO

Dear GSWNY members,

We are proud of our Girl Scouts of WNY community for continuing to come together across our nine counties to provide opportunities for our Girl Scouts to build lasting friendships, gain new skills and give back to their communities.

Two years into the pandemic, I know many feel increasingly exhausted and wish everything to return to normal.

After the NYS mask mandate was lifted last week, I am writing to share with you more information on how GSWNY makes decisions on our safety protocols and to provide transparency for how we will continue to make decisions for the foreseeable future.

GSWNY COVID-19 Safety Guidance Process

· First, GSWNY actively monitors public health guidance, and our COVID-19 safety protocols are reviewed accordingly. So far, there are no changes at this current time. Currently, The CDC is continuing to advise wearing masks in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, and K-12 schools in NYS are still requiring mask use. However, if and when changes are made, we will alert members immediately.

· We understand that NYS is currently reassessing K-12 school guidance, and we expect an update by early March.

· We will continue to monitor public health guidelines and WNY rates of COVID-19 transmission.

· We are optimistic about the rates of COVID-19, which have been declining across NYS. However, several of our WNY counties are still considered to have substantial community transmission.

· We are prepared to increase or decrease our COVID-19 safety protocols based on public health guidance and COVID-19 rates in WNY counties.

I ask for your continued patience and diligence in following GSWNY safety guidelines which are in place not just for ourselves but for others.

Our troop leaders and volunteers are following GSWNY guidelines for the safety of our girls and adult members.

If you have concerns and questions about GSWNY safety guidelines, please direct those to our Customer Care team at customercare@gswny.org, and they will be shared with members of our Leadership team. We are here to support you and appreciate your insight.

Thank you for your continued diligence – Girl Scouting is a bright spot for girls and our community, and it isn’t possible without you.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Alison Wilcox

Council Updates


There’s only ONE month left to apply for a GSWNY scholarship!

GSWNY is taking applications for our Girl Scout Educational and Kim Welsh scholarships through March 16, 2022. Visit www.gswny.org/scholarship to learn more and apply.

Programs & Events

New Badge in a Box Kits!

Brownie Senses
Use your 5 senses to go on a scavenger hunt, take a taste test, create Braille, and use sign language!
Price: $5 per box
Junior Independence
Want to become more independent? Learn basic sewing skills, make a Good Habits board, and more!
Price: $5 per box
Cadette Special Agent
Become a Special Agent and learn how to analyze “blood splatter”, interview an eyewitness, read body language, and measure bones!
Price: $5 per box
There are a limited number of boxes available for curbside pickup or shipping (for an additional cost). Visit gswny.org to learn more and order your Badge in a Box today!

Program on Demand: Comella Orthodontics

Girls will break into small groups and work through a variety of fun stations on topics such as oral hygiene, how braces work, x-ray, 3-D printing, and other interactive dental-related activities. Food will also be provided for the children and families in attendance at this event. Visit gswny.org/programresources to learn more about this and other programs today!

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

GSWNY Summer Camp is only a few months away, and we can’t wait! Registration is now open, and if girls register by March 31, they’re eligible for an early bird discount.

We also have opportunities for you to join our Summer Camp Team! Positions include ropes course instructors, riding directors, cooks, counselors, and so much more. Check out gswny.org/camp to see more openings and apply today.

Retail

Did you earn a 2021 Cookie Program GSWNY Shop Gift Card? This is just a reminder that all “Be Amazing” cards expire on February 26, 2022. Visit our website to see when you can come in and shop or how to place your order via email or over the phone.

Recruitment

Last chance to Grow Your Girl Crew!

Grow Your Girl Crew is the contest where you win for inviting your friends to join Girl Scouts. You have less than two weeks left to earn cool prizes, including bucket hats and crew necks.


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 customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

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