Member Essentials

Member Essentials 01/05/23

Hello GSWNY Members,

Our GSWNY Community has been in my thoughts over our winter break. This was not a typical holiday season in our WNY region as so many people were affected by the blizzard, some tragically.
At Girl Scouts, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, Girl Scouts and members is our highest priority, and we seek to be a resource for our members and Girl Scout families. Below we are sharing resources from 211 WNY and 211 Lifeline Finger Lakes for your information. 211 is a hub for general community needs, including specific information related to the blizzard and the storm aftermath, as well as preparation in advance of future inclement weather events.

In addition, we will be reaching out in the coming weeks to learn how our Girl Scout community experienced the storm.  The Girl Scout slogan is “Do a Good Turn Daily”, with community service at the heart of much of our programming.  As we continued to learn about people who had lost their lives, lost loved ones, or were struggling without power, heat, food, medical care and other needs, we also learned of inspiring actions from community members ranging from heroic life-saving acts, to shoveling the driveways of neighbors, picking up groceries, or checking in on family members and friends. We would like to hear Girl Scout members and families’ stories of acts of service -whether witnessing acts of service, receiving acts of service, or giving acts of service in the way you helped others. 

In regards to safety, the Girl Scout motto is “Be Prepared”.  This storm highlighted the importance of winter storm preparation and being ready for emergencies. We would like to learn your thoughts on how Girl Scouts of Western New York can help provide the training and information needed for members to prepared in the future, and resources and expertise that our members may wish to share with others. 

For now, here is a list of community resources from 211:
211 WNY compiled a list of resources for the blizzard and storm aftermath and also has a wide range of community resources:

211 Life Line Fingerlakes also contains resources specific to Monroe and Livingston counties.

I hope you and your family are safe and well, and thank you for all that you do to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York 

Women of Distinction

Thursday, April 27, 2023

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Salvatore’s
(Transit Road, Depew – convenient location right off I-90)
More exciting details to follow in the new year – stay tuned!

Wisdom Wednesday
Overwhelmed by the Cookie Program? We are here to help! These webinars break the Cookie Program down into phases to make sure you have everything you need, when you need it. These webinars are designed for new and returning troop cookie managers.

Register in advance for these Zoom meetings by CLICKING HERE!
Cookies 101 

Logging in and SC housekeeping

Girls – operation and permissions, etc

Troop Cookie link

Girl Delivered opt out

Booth Lottery


Booth Lottery

Initial order phase

Place initial cookie and reward order

Order booth cookies

Schedule delivery appointment

Troop leader hoodies

Thinking outside the booth

Creative boothing ideas

Community booth SU

Booth Lottery

Goal Getter Orders – Explained

Cookie Delivery
How to prep for delivery

Smart Cookie Reports for delivery

How to place a planned order
New Planned order schedule

Distributing Cookies to girls
Booth distributer

Convention Selection in SC
Placing Main Reward Order
Planned Orders – New procedure

How many cookies for booth sales?

How to enter a booth in SC

Ask the Product Program Team

Goal Getter Orders – Explained
It’s never to early to start planning for Summer Camp 2023.
Click here to know more | Pre-registration is now open
It’s never to early to start planning for Summer Camp 2023.
Click here to know more | Pre-registration is now open

Our Upcoming Programs

Program Name
Junior CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Sew You Can Make Heart Handwarmers- Jamestown
Jamestown Service Center
CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Winter Blast Weekend
Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside
CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Introduction to Glass Fusing- Rochester
Studio 34 – Rochester
Daisy Brownie Junior CadetteSenior Ambassador 
 Girl Scout Climbing Day- Rochester
Roc Ventures
Girl Scout Tech Badge Day hosted by Women In Computing at RIT- Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology
CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Girl Scouts Go To Med School- Buffalo
University at Buffalo
Daisy Brownie Junior 
Valentine’s Day Heart Opening Yoga- Buffalo
Buffalo Service Center
Create A Japanese Block Print- Buffalo
Darwin Martin House
Daisy Brownie Junior CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Winter Carnival
Camp Windy Meadows
Daisy Brownie Junior CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Starry Night
Camp Windy Meadows
Brownie Junior 
Glass Fusing- Suncatcher Project- Rochester
Arc and Flame- Rochester
Daisy Brownie Junior CadetteSenior Ambassador 
Trek in the Twilight- Rochester
Seneca Park Zoo-Rochester


A number of updates have been made to our Safety webpages:

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines have been updated to reflect the CDC guidelines released this fall. These guidelines reflect the practices we have been following since that time – in particular, masks are not required and there are no restrictions for indoor or outdoor meetings/events.  However, troops are still prohibited from holding meetings or events at private residences, including backyards, in accordance with our general safety requirements.  We still ask that in the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, contact Girl Scouts of WNY using the process indicated.

Volunteer Essentials 2022-2023 has been published.  There are no policy changes, but you will find additional guidance for troop and volunteer support in various areas.

The Annual Permission Slip has been updated to include a general liability waiver rather than a COVID-19 specific liability waiver. 

If you have any questions regarding these updates, please contact or 888-837-6410 and we would be happy to assist you.

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