Member Essentials

Member Essentials 6/22/2022

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Camp & Outdoors

Camp Celebrations
Camp Celebrations Family, Friends, and Alumni Event: Celebrating 55 years at Camp Timbercrest!
Check out this flyer for more information.
GSWNY Summer Patch ALERT!
Time for a new adventure!  Calling ALL Girl Scouts to take part in the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge 2022! Freshen up your summer plans with awesome activities & score a new limited-edition patch. 


NEW… Badge in a Box!

Brownie Potter 
Cost: $5

Explore the history of clay art and become a clay artist yourself! Learn about different types of pottery, make a pinch pot, and paint your own flower pot!
Junior Drawing 
Cost: $5

Awaken your inner artist and experiment with different mediums, practice shading, learn how to draw a cartoon, and create your own scrapbook portfolio to display your work!

Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Self-Care 
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.
ORDER your Badge in a Box…TODAY!

Programs & Events

Programs on Demand Partners 

The Girl Experience Department is currently searching for new Programs on Demand partners. Programs on Demand partners provide additional Girl Scout experiences and opportunities to 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! If you have any suggestions as to which business may be a good fit for this program, please feel free to submit them using our Programs on Demand Partnership Suggestion Form. Thank you!

Product Program

The Product Program Team wants to hear from you! If you can believe it, the team is starting to plan for the upcoming Fall Product Program! To help in the planning process, we created a survey for troop leaders to share their troop’s thoughts. We want to know what rewards your troop would love to see and what type of experiences they would like to participate in! Please take a moment and complete the survey

As always, THANK YOU for all that you do!

Girl Scout Wellness Activities

Try out unique ways to boost your mental health—plus unlock a special patch.

Life isn’t always easy, but dealing with tricky emotions doesn’t have to be so hard. Try activities from the Girl Scouts: Resilient. Ready. Strong. program to unlock a patch and strengthen your mental wellness. Learn more:

We Can Build Circuits with Rosie the Riveter

Come learn how circuits work, experiment with a lemon battery, and design your own circuit with special guests from Westinghouse Electric Corporation!

June 25th
10:00am-12:00pm Grades 4-5
1:00pm-3:00pm Grades 6-8
Cost for the program is $3.

Girls will receive the new Rosie Patch and a t-shirt!

Buffalo Service Center
4411 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14225

Girls must join Girls Scouts to participate. Financial Assistance is available.

GSWNY Girl Scout History Museum

The History committee of GSWNY would like to invite you to take a tour of our council’s history Museum. See how our council was formed as well as badges, recognitions, uniforms and handbooks compare to today’s Girl Scouting. Along the way, look for clues for a history scavenger hunt. Find out how you can be a part of our council’s history. Fill out the form to schedule a tour.

Did you know that our council has a History Committee? Our committee looks after our council’s collection of uniforms, pins, book, collectibles, documents, photos and more! We also provide displays for the museum and other events. We can also bring displays and give talks about Girl Scout History at your next event. (Please allow at least 3 weeks’ notice) We are always looking for more members for our committee. If you like Girl Scout History or just like Girl Scouting, we would love to have you join our group. Maybe you would like to still be involved in Girl Scouting, but not as active as being a troop leader. We’re the group for you! For more information, please contact


GSWNY Gives Back Opportunities

Looking for a way to give back to others this summer? Check out GSWNY’s Feed the Need initiative. Learn more about how you can help click here.

Make a Difference in a Child’s Life: Volunteer at Camp!

You could have the adventure of a lifetime at camp! Be part of a fantastic summer experience while making a difference in a child’s life. Camp Piperwood (day camp) in Fairport, Camp Seven Hills (overnight camp) in Holland and Camp Timbercrest (overnight camp) in Randolph are looking for volunteers who would like to give of their time for a day, a few days, or a few weeks.

If interested please complete the camp volunteer application and let us know your availability and areas where you would like to assist.

Once we receive your application our camp directors will be in touch with you. If you have questions or need additional information please contact customer care at 1 888 837 6410 or 



The 2022 Council Summer Hours have begun and will last through Friday, September 30, 2022

The Buffalo & Rochester Shops Hours will be:
Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Jamestown & Lockport Shops Hours will be:
Tuesday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

You can contact the shops directly by email or phone: 716.935.6035 Shop. 585.239.7901 Shop. 716.935.6040 716.935.6080

The Customer Care Virtual Hours will be:
Monday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can call us at 1.888.837-6410 during open virtual hours and email us anytime at

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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