Member Essentials – 9/22/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Over the weekend we had a lot of news that I wanted to acknowledge as we settle into our week.

My heart and my prayers go out to the victims and families, and to our Rochester community, after the mass shooting that left 14 people injured, and two 2019 high school graduates, Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander dead. This was also in the midst of the community already reeling from Daniel Prude’s killing and the pandemic. I am so sorry to learn of this tragic event.

We also lost Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday evening. Many Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums saw RBG as a role model and a gender equality icon.

We lost another champion for rights, earlier this year, Representative John Lewis, civil rights icon on July 17, who devoted his entire career to fighting for equality and justice.   

Their legacies can be examples for us and our girls, as we work together to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made”, and “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

John Lewis: “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.”

This continues to be a challenging time for so many, here in our WNY community, nation, and world. Please reach out if you ever need someone to talk to, need support, and know that as Girl Scouts, our mission is a bright light to many, and an empowering space for girls who are learning how to lead today and tomorrow. You are giving back to the world in amazing ways and thank you for all you do!

Thank you,
Alison

​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


Only one week left for great renewal incentives!

Renew by 9/30 for great incentives!

There’s still great incentives for renewing by 9/30 including:

  • Girl Scout-branded face mask for all girls who renew by 9/30
  • Laptop drawing for girls – 3 girls will win!
  • $300 gift card drawing for girls and leaders
  • SAGE Tuition Rewards – 2,500 points for girls and 3,500 points for leaders

Financial assistance is available for girls and leaders, and you still qualify for all incentives.  Troop leaders, remember that it’s a great use of troop funds to renew girls.

Even if you’re not sure what your Girl Scout year will look like, renew by 9/30 so you don’t miss out on these great incentives! 

RENEW NOW


Contest opens when the Fall Product Sale begins on Sept. 28, 2020!

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Excited for another year of Girl Scouts?

Renew your membership today to confirm your commitment to another year of Girl Scouting and help us celebrate the Fall Product Program 9/26 kickoff! Show your Girl Scout Spirit by creating your own unique Fall Product Program inspired avatar!

Create your personal avatar:

Create Adult Avatar

Create Girl Avatar

Want to learn more about the Fall Product Program? Visit gswny.org today!


Congratulations to Mariana from Troop 60117 of Rochester as the winner of the New 2020 Council Patch Contest!

Mariana is in the 6th grade and her patch design was among seventy other hand drawn entries that went through a voting process to become a finalist and then the winner. You can view her congratulatory call with our CEO Alison Wilcox below.

The Council Patch is a major symbol that celebrates Girl Scouts’ mission and unity across GSWNY’s nine counties  twelve years ago when multiple, individual Girl Scout councils from across the region merged into one, to become Girl Scouts of Western New York.


Zoom Into Fall
TWO SESSIONS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

Join us for one of our FREE adult training sessions to learn all about how you can use Zoom this Fall to run your Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit meetings. We will walk you through setting up a Zoom account, how to schedule meetings, and how to run a Girl Scout meeting virtually. 

GSUSA has subsidized the cost of professional zoom licenses for troops and GSWNY will soon be sharing how you can sign up for one. The monthly fee will be $3 per month ($36 per year). Licenses can be purchased by troops using troop funds, and for troops who need it, financial aid will be available to cover the cost. More details to come!

Troop leaders interested in free rentals of GSWNY properties for troop meetings on Monday-Thursday evenings please contact customercare@gswny.org if interested. 

Questions? Contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org

MORNING SESSION 11:30 AM | EVENING SESSION 6:30 PM


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scouts of Western New York Baseball Hats

This week we are featuring our Girl Scout WNY Baseball Caps! They are perfect to keep the sun out of your eyes, sweat off your brow or just for a bad hair day! The rustic look is on trend and the perfect look for any aged Girl Scout. They feature an adjustable strap in the back!

Blue is available ONLINE with FREE SHIPPING! Don’t like Blue? In Store only for CURBSIDE PICKUP is a rustic PURPLE color as well! Contact your local GSWNY Shop via email to order today!

ORDER ONLINE TODAY


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

New Pen Pal Program for 5th Grade Girls

The pen pal program connects girls in 5th grade with residents at Kaleida Health’s HighPointe on Michigan and DeGraff Skilled Nursing facilities.

Given the current state guidelines due to COVID-19, these residents are not allowed any visitors. We are hoping this program will help lift some spirits and form new friendships with our girls.

The commitment required is a letter a month for a year starting mid-October. Handwritten letters are preferred.

Download Flyer

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Brownie Troop 34187 participated in GS Loves State Parks weekend and earned their “Take Action” badge to complete their Outdoor Journey. They collected two bags of litter in the rain at Knox Farm State Park, and learned more about the Park’s history.


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Only two weeks left in On-Time Renewal!

Photo taken in February 2020

Whatever the upcoming year has in store—she’ll get the tools she needs to learn new skills and grow now and in the future as Girl Scouts evolves to meet her needs. From home and online (and for as long as it’s needed), we’re here to help your girl reach her potential.

By renewing her membership and giving your girl another year in Girl Scouts, she will boost her confidence, improve her outdoor skills, and prepare her to be a champion for the environment—yes, even through virtual events!

Our membership year ends Wednesday, September 30, which means our On-Time Renewal campaign is ending in just two weeks. That means only 14 days left to qualify for our amazing incentives, include gift cards, troop incentives, and SAGE Tuition Rewards Points.

RENEW TODAY

Every Wednesday (only THREE left!), we’re giving away two $50 gift cards for either Target or Amazon – one for renewed girls and one for renewed co-leaders. On top of that, you have another chance to win one of two $300 gift cards – one for renewed girls and one for renewed co-leaders. All you have to do is renew today!

Member Essentials – 9/15/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

We are so excited to launch back into another Girl Scout membership year!  While there are many challenges facing families this fall, Girl Scouting remains a fun and engaging space for your girl to connect with friends, and stay active and involved.  

Please read below for additional resources for leaders and for families to “Choose Your Own Girl Scout Adventure” this year! These resources will continue to be updated including property rentals for events and troop meetings, Zoom license accounts for troops, and more.

If you haven’t yet renewed your or your girl’s membership, please take a few minutes to complete this by 9/30 so that you do not miss out on incentives including SAGE college tuition rewards! (more details below).  Financial aid is available and can be requested in the renewal process.

Please note that the GSWNY Council & Shops will CLOSE from 12:00-3:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 for a Staff Development Training.

  • Customer Care phone lines will be open 9:00-12:00 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Shop Curbside pickup service open 10:00-12:00 pm and 3:00-4:00 pm

​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!
Alison


Two weeks left to renew your Girl Scout membership!

Girl Scouts may look different this year, but unlike so many other activities, we are still going strong! In these uncertain times, Girl Scouts is here to provide consistency and stability for your girl, and will continue to adapt to meet her needs.

We have supports for troops and individual girls to make sure they all have a great membership year.

No matter how your girl participates this year, renewal by 9/30 ensures you don’t miss out on our signature Renewal perk, SAGE Tuition Rewards – girls earn 2,500 points and leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 points. Each point equals $1 in tuition/scholarship that you can use at over 400 colleges and universities, including Canisius, St. Bonaventure, Daemen, the University of Rochester, and RIT. Learn all the details on our SAGE page

RENEW NOW


Zoom Into Fall – New Round of Trainings!

TWO SESSIONS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

Join us for one of our FREE adult training sessions to learn all about how you can use Zoom this Fall to run your Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit meetings.

We will walk you through setting up a Zoom account, how to schedule meetings, and how to run a Girl Scout meeting virtually. We will also go over some of our great resources to help you run virtual Girl Scouting easily and successfully!

GSUSA has subsidized the cost of professional zoom licenses for troops and GSWNY will soon be sharing how you can sign up for one. The monthly fee will be $3 per month ($36 per year). Licenses can be purchased by troops using troop funds, and for troops who need it, financial aid will be available to cover the cost. More details to come!

Questions? Contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org

MORNING SESSION 11:30 AM | EVENING SESSION 6:30 PM


Choose your own Girl Scouting Adventure!

How to have a great Girl Scouts Year in one document! This resource is your one-stop-shop for resources on leading a troop this year in-person, virtually, or both! Learn more about: safety guidelines, how to run a troop meeting virtually, badge-in-a-box, events, and Council patches and badges tailored for a virtual environment.

DOWNLOAD TODAY


Virtual Video Backgrounds

With back-to-school season, we thought it might be fun to create some versatile new Zoom backgrounds for adults and girls to enjoy!

DOWNLOAD TODAY


Retail Item of the Week: Western New York Duffle Bag

This adorable lightweight smooth duffle bag is perfect for an overnight trip or gym bag! It’s the perfect size for a sleeping bag and set of clothes to spend the weekend at Girl Scout Camp OR Grandma’s house! We love the GSWNY details and thick straps!

The bag is only $10 and available for FREE SHIPPING or Curbside Pick-up at your local WNY Girl Scout Shop!

ORDER ONLINE TODAY


Camp Windy Meadows has a new mascot!

Girl Scout Cyrene says, “I picked a baby fox as the animal because every time we go to Camp Windy Meadows, my mom and I get there first to set up and we ALWAYS see a fox in the field. I named her after Juliette Gordon Low. I love watching a TV show called Psych and one of the main characters is named Juliette and they calls her Jules for short. So, I thought Jewel would be the perfect nickname for the fox.”


Troop leaders: Pre-Order your Gluten Free Cookies NOW!  

Girl Scouts of Western New York will offer a gluten free Girl Scout Cookie again this year. Troops must let us know of their intent to participate in advance of our normal ordering and selling period. Pre-order is required by ABC Bakers due to the special requirements of gluten free products. We will have extremely limited quantities available at the cupboards during the 2021 program, so to guarantee you’ll receive cookies, please be sure to pre-order!

If your troop would like to order Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Chip, please read ALL the details below and submit your order by October 23, 2020. Payment will be due in March at the same time as all other varieties.

  • Pre-orders are in CASE AMOUNTS only. (12 packages per case)
  • The gluten free cookies will retail for $5.00 per pouch. Troop proceeds will follow the same plan as all other cookies sold.
  • We can only guarantee product to troops who special order the gluten free cookies by October 23, 2020.
  • Cases that are pre-ordered will be distributed with the troop’s initial cookie order at Service Unit (or Mega Drop) delivery.
  • Caramel Chocolate Chip will not appear on the cookie order card.
  • Submit your troop order by visiting the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s website: www.gswny.org. Order link is on the home page or you can click the link below.
  • Caramel Chocolate Chip sales count toward girl recognitions.

Questions? Contact us at 1.888.837.6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

We know you love Girl Scouting, so your opinion is important to us! Let us know your thoughts! 

Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with F.I.T student designers to create a student-designed collection in an attempt to make the Girl Scout uniform more versatile and relevant — to infiltrate the modern teenage wardrobe with scout swag.  With a new vest designed for the modern Girl Scout that has pockets, it’s large enough to fit the largest model of the iPhone. There are more than a dozen separates for Girl Scouts in grades six through twelve, including things that are likely already in their closets, like black spandex leggings and a denim jacket. 

Please take this 2 minute survey and help us decide what to bring into our Girl Scout Shops! 

TAKE THE SURVEY


Skills and Chills Hybrid Event
C/S/A – Virtual + Camp Seven Hills
Five activities will be held at Camp Seven Hills Goodyear and seven will be done as a team, virtually. We will gather for a virtual opening campfire on Oct. 2 and wrap up with a virtual campfire ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

October 3-4, 2020
Registration closes 9/30
Register Here
Skills and Chills Virtual Event
C/S/A – Virtual 
Not comfortable meeting in person yet? You can opt out of the in-person portion of our hybrid Skills and Chills. Seven activities will be done as a team, virtually. The opening virtual campfire is Oct. 2 and a closing ceremony will be held Oct. 13.

October 3-4, 2020
Registration closes 9/30
Register Here
Archery and Orienteering Adventures
J/C/S/ A – Camp Piperwood
During this fun-filled day you will learn about archery safety from certified instructors, and then how to use a compass to navigate the trails.

Saturday, October 3
Registration closes 9/28
Register Here
Archery and Orienteering Adventures
J/C/S/ A – Camp Piperwood
During this fun-filled day you will learn about archery safety from certified instructors, and then how to use a compass to navigate the trails.

Sunday, October 4
Registration closes 9/28
Register Here

Looking for more to do? Check out our Programs & Events at gswny.org

If you haven’t completed the September survey yet, please take 2 minutes to provide feedback to GSWNY – and help us be even better!


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Girl Scout Troop 70214, 8th grade Cadettes, started their silver award by cleaning up Starpoint nature trail, clearing out garbage, and trimming branches last week!


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

GSWNY Zoom/Video Backgrounds

With back-to-school season, we thought it might be fun to create some versatile new Zoom backgrounds for adults and girls to enjoy!

To save any of these images:

  • From your computer, right-click and “Save image as” then choose where you want to save it on your computer. Most people find it easiest to save it to their desktop so they don’t lose it.
  • From your phone, hold your finger on the image until additional options pop up. Depending on the type of phone you have, you can save to Camera Roll or open in a new window and save that image to your phone’s photos.

For instructions on how to use Zoom backgrounds, please read this page directly from Zoom. Adding a virtual background in Zoom or other video conferencing apps is fun and easy! Not only can you share your Girl Scout pride, but it allows you to be online a little more safely as people won’t be able to see your home.

Upcoming Recruitment Event: Drive-Thru Fall Fest

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Girls and their families who are interested in registering for or renewing their Girl Scout membership are invited to this FREE unique fall festival experience. As families drive thru, they will visit different tables for fun activities and treats and there will be an opportunity for girls and adults to join Girl Scouts! In these uncertain times, Girl Scouts is here to provide consistency and stability for your girl. Girl Scouts isn’t cancelled and we continue to  adapt to meet the needs of girls today.

This is also an opportunity for current Girl Scouts who need to renew for the upcoming membership year (starting October 1!), as well as for new families who want to find out more about Girl Scouts (who can win prizes when registering!). This event is not recommended for current, registered Girl Scouts please. If looking for more programming for a registered Girl Scout, head to gswny.org.

Please note: We are still accepting registrations for new girls who want to join Girl Scouts for the first time and Girl Scouts who will be renewing their membership at the event! Due to the overwhelming response, we have filled all available event registration slots for families and girls currently renewed for the 2020-2021 year.

REGISTER TODAY

Our Drive-Thru Fall Fest is designed to deliver the fun of fall and Girl Scouts in a safe manner, keeping in mind all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines.

Events will be held at the same date and time at two (2) locations in Western New York, including Buffalo and Rochester. Anyone who registers and attends the event will receive a special thank you from the Girl Scouts of Western New York!

  • Buffalo Location: Calspan Business Park, 4433 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
  • Rochester Location: Al Sigl Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620

Stay tuned for more information, including activities and more! Email join.us@gswny.org with any questions.

We are happy to offer the Girl Scout Shop to you during the Fall Festival! Here are two ways to shop:

  • You can place a pre-order with the shop location before the event by emailing it by Monday, September 21, 2020 to the location you plan to participate at. This includes if you would like to order your girl’s uniform! The shop staff will contact you to take your payment and it will be ready for pick up during the drive thru experience. Email orders to: Shop.Rochester@gswny.org or Shop.Buffalo@gswny.org. If you wish to see the merchandise available to you please visit us online: https://www.girlscoutshop.com
  • We will have available on site a few select Girl Scout shop merchandise items for you to purchase during your drive thru experience.

VIEW THE DRIVE-THRU FALL FEST EVENT RULES & EXPECTATIONS: http://bit.ly/fallfestexpectations20

Member Essentials – 9/8/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

As our girls and families settle into a school year that is much different than usual, we welcome you back to another Girl Scout year. We are so glad to continue to be GS strong and to be here for girls. Thank you so much to our volunteers who give tirelessly to ensure that girls have access to this important program, and to the sisterhood and belonging that Girl Scouts does best.

We know that our members and families are facing so many challenges right now – with the pandemic, racial injustice, financial insecurity, and disruptions to school and business, among others.

Please know that at Girl Scouts of Western New York we continue to seek to be a safe place for our members, and an important resource as the expert on girls.

For financial resources, we offer financial assistance through our Council Opportunity Fund, generously funded by community donors and supporters.  Adults and girls may apply for financial aid for Girl Scout membership, troop dues, uniforms, program supplies and program fees.  We never turn a girl away, and there are resources to help if you need (financial aid form).

Our thoughts are also with Daniel Prude’s family, and our Rochester community, as news was released this past week that Daniel Prude was killed by police in March in Rochester, NY, and community members have been protesting this senseless act for several days. At Girl Scouts, racism and hate have no home here, and we stand up for and with our Black girls, Black members and the Black community and affirm that Black Lives Matter. 

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee will soon be releasing a patch program for girls to learn about racial justice and equality. 

In the interim, for resources on how to help your girl with the issues of today, GSUSA offers articles and resources through Raising Awesome Girls here, including taking action against racism, girls’ mental health, and school success.

We will continue to share more details about our 2020-2021 program and next week will have updated COVID-19 resources to help volunteers and families’ choose the best way to participate in Girl Scouts this year. 

Girl Scouts is not cancelled – we continue to be here for our girls and for you. Our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place remains as crucial as ever.

Thank you,
Alison


For social media, we are currently accepting photos of in-person meetings and events again, but all submissions MUST show girls, families, and vendors following all safety guidelines regarding COVID. You can read the FAQs here .

Due to the fact that it is often impossible to tell who is in the same household visually, we are only accepting photos that show all girls and adults properly wearing masks and social distancing. We understand this limits the number and types of photos that can be submitted and will be accepted for posting, but due to the number of questions we have received about what is being depicted in photos we can currently only use photos clearly following the above rules.

We apologize for any confusion and for the limitations this imposes, but we want to make sure we are clear about the safety of our members. We reserve the right not to post any photos for any reason. Photos can be sent to communications@gswny.org. For questions about guidelines, please contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.

​​​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


It’s the last month of the membership year–have YOU renewed yet?

Did you know that the Girl Scout membership year runs October 1 through September 30? That means current memberships will be expiring soon. We make it so easy using our online system, and we’ve got some great giveaways. We’ll be giving away one $50 Amazon or Target gift card every Wednesday in August and September – one for girls and one for leaders, so the sooner you renew, the better chance you have to win! Renew now!


We need your vote for the Fall Product Program website!

Help us decide the top choice for the M2 Artwork Contest for the Fall Sale. The top voted artwork will be featured larger than others in the final collage on the M2 landing page for GSWNY. Voting ends September 10. 

Vote Today


Every year, Girl Scouts explore the natural wonders found across our country during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. This weekend, September 12 and 13, you’re invited to join your fellow Girl Scouts in celebrating our shared love for the outdoors with your local state parks, along with your troop, friends, and family.

Learn More


Beyond the Tap
A – Virtual Event
What can the power of water do? In this program, you will gain knowledge about water you didn’t know before. Ambassadors will earn part of the Water badge.

Wednesday, September 16
Registration closes 9/13
Register Here
Archery and Orienteering Adventures
J/C/S/ A – Camp Piperwood
During this fun-filled day you will learn about archery safety from certified instructors, and then how to use a compass to navigate the trails.

Sunday, September 20
Registration closes 9/14
Register Here
Staying Fit & Eating for You
J/C – Virtual Event
Join us to learn about getting healthy through managing our stress, getting better sleep, what foods are healthy and which ones are not, and fun ways we can get exercise! 

Monday, September 21
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
Voting 101
S/A – Virtual Event
Join the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara and the NAACP Buffalo Branch to learn the ins and outs of voting! Girls will discuss the importance of voting, how to become informed voters, and will fill out their own voter registration form!

Tuesday, September 22
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
GS 101: College Knowledge Parts 1&2
S/A – Virtual Event
Throughout this two-part program you will explore which colleges are best suited for your interests and then develop a financial plan to pay for your education.

Wednesday, September 23 & 30
Registration closes 9/20
Register Here
STEM Career Exploration
J/C – Virtual Event
Girls will participate in virtual learning to explore different STEM careers while earning the new 2020-2021 STEM Career Exploration Badge!

Wednesday, September 23
Registration closes 9/9
Register Here
Daisy Sun Catcher
D – Virtual Event
During this program daisies will work towards earning the Outdoor Art Maker badge where they will learn about the sounds of nature, observe the colors of nature, and showcase their nature art skills by making their very own sun catcher.  

Saturday, October 10
Registration closes 9/18
Register Here
Change Around the World Journey
B – Virtual Event
Girls will take a journey around the world to learn about other girls that are making impactful change, not just in their community, but globally. Girls will hear stories and brainstorm how they can make change in the world. 

Saturday, October 10
Registration closes 9/18
Register Here


Looking for more to do? Check out our Programs & Events at gswny.org

If you haven’t completed the September survey yet, please take 2 minutes to provide feedback to GSWNY – and help us be even better!

Parent Survey – What programming do you want to see for your girl?


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Scouts of Western New York Trefoil Buff

This week’s item is the Girl Scouts of Western New York Trefoil Buff! It’s available online (with free shipping) OR email your local shop for Curbside Pick-Up!

This buff can be worn 16 different ways, including as a face mask!

Order Online Today

The Rochester & Lockport Shops will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9th – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

  • These two locations are open to take shop orders from all areas. If you do not live close enough for curbside pick-up service please ask for your order to be mailed, there will be no shipping charged (unless your order includes books)
  • Curbside Pick-up is open Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Email your shop orders to the email address below, a retail staff member will call you to confirm your order for payment and schedule your curbside pick-up date and time.

The Buffalo & Jamestown Shops will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Monday, September 21st – 1:00-4:00 pm

  • These two locations need additional time to get organized after some exciting things have happened; Buffalo moved into a new beautiful building and Jamestown received new paint and flooring.
  • Curbside Pick-up will be open Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Email your shop orders to the email address below, a retail staff member will call you to confirm your order for payment and schedule your curbside pick-up date and time.

The Batavia Shop will not reopen at this time for any curbside pick-up service; we ask for you to please contact the Rochester Shop to place your orders. There will be no shipping charged unless your order includes books.


You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than September 10, 2020. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blair at Blair.yaiser@gswny.org or 716-935-6076.

We look forward to seeing you on September 17, 2020.

RSVP for the Annual Meeting


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Reaching a milestone: Cadette Troop 70090 from Nicowe-Penpoint completed their silver award paperwork while maintaining social distancing by sitting outside at separate tables (with parents). They are officially seniors now! And lined up for a photo while maintaining distance.


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Member Essentials – 9/1/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

A few upcoming dates to remember:

  • All Shop locations are currently CLOSED for our annual physical inventory through Friday, September 4, 2020; we will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Please note that due to our Buffalo office moving, curbside retail will re-open later in September – TBD
  • GSWNY will be CLOSED next Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen to our virtual council hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 am.

​​​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


TWO MINUTE SURVEY FOR SEPTEMBER
Take 2 minutes to provide feedback to GSWNY – and help us be even better!


It’s the last month of the membership year–have YOU renewed yet?

Did you know that the Girl Scout membership year runs October 1 through September 30? That means current memberships will be expiring soon. We make it so easy using our online system, and we’ve got some great giveaways. We’ll be giving away one $50 Amazon or Target gift card every Wednesday in August and September – one for girls and one for leaders, so the sooner you renew, the better chance you have to win! Renew now!


Upcoming Event! Skills and Chills 2020 Hybrid and Virtual Only Event

Like everything in 2020, Skills and Chills is going to look a little different but we’re still excited for another exciting year. The hybrid version will feature activities that are in-person and online. 

Attached you will find the Information Packet for the Skills and Chills 51st Annual Event. It details the breakdown of activities and different safety measures that will be taken at Camp Seven Hills during the event. 

Learn More and Register


Retail Item of the Week: Food Drive Fun Patch

Did your Girl Scout or Troop participate in this summer’s “Feed the Need” Campaign? Don’t forget to pick up your Food Drive FUN PATCHES to add to their uniform! The Food Drive Patch is free shipping from the GSUSA Web site.

Looking for more Food Drive patches options? Email your local Girl Scouts of Western New York Shop and we can arrange pick up after reopening on Wednesday, September 9 (all shops will reopen with the exception of Buffalo).

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Tenure and Years of Service: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – September 2020

Every month this year, we’re highlighting the different adult awards that Girl Scout volunteers can earn. To start things off we are going to focus on Years of Service and Tenure pins! These are an easy first step to recognizing volunteers.

Tenure and Years of Service pins are given to recognize volunteers for the time they have been registered Girl Scout members, given in 5-year increments.

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You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than September 10, 2020. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blair at Blair.yaiser@gswny.org or 716-935-6076.

We look forward to seeing you on September 17, 2020.

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Approved Troop Fundraiser: Courageous and Strong Virtual 5K Sponsored by Troop 70085

You’re invited to participate in Troop 70085’s Courageous and Strong Virtual 5K! The cost is $25/person and includes a medal, patch, and virtual bib (plus shipping). 

Any profit from the 5K will go to the troop’s Silver Award efforts and then upcoming troop travel (in that order). Girls can walk, run, bike, or hike the 3.1 miles.

To register, use the button below. If you have additional questions, you can reach out to the troop directly at gstroop70085@hotmail.com.

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Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 60812 made art for the Kirkhaven Nursing Home to spread cheer among the residents. Click the link below to watch the video and read the story!


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Tenure and Years of Service: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – September 2020

Every month this year we will be highlighting the different adult awards that Girl Scout volunteers can earn. To start things off we are going to focus on Years of Service and Tenure pins in September. These are an easy first step to recognizing volunteers. Tenure and Years of Service pins are given to recognize volunteers for the time they have been registered Girl Scout members, given in 5-year increments.

Volunteer Years of Service Pin
  • Tenure pins are given for the total years a person has a Girl Scout, including youth and adult years.
  • Years of Service pins recognize the number of years a person has been a Girl Scout volunteer.

Did you know GSWNY will gives out FREE pins for 15 years for Tenure, and 10 Years of Service? You just have to submit and complete the form for each award!

Tenure Pin

The nomination process for Years of Service and Tenure pins is easy as pie! You can request a pin for yourself or for a fellow volunteer in your Service Unit through our easy Survey Monkey form. You can also mail or email in a pin request by downloading a paper form, located on the Adult Recognition page of our website. Council acknowledges Awardees with more than 20 Years of Service and/or Tenure in print and with numeral guard at the Annual Recognition Event. All others years of commitment should be recognized within the Service Unit.

The greatest gift a person can give you is their time. The least we can do is formally thank one another and recognize each volunteer’s hard work and dedication. The Years of Service and Tenure Pins do just that – thank people for the time they have given to the Girl Scouts. Giving Years of Service and Tenure pins is a great way to kick off the Girl Scout year during a rededication or investiture ceremony.

Why is recognizing volunteers so important? Volunteers need to feel appreciated and know that they are having an impact on the community in which they serve. The result is volunteer retention! When volunteers feel appreciated and important, they are more likely to feel connected to the program and continue their involvement. There are several reasons to recognize and celebrate those involved in service: to highlight their achievements, to educate and inspire others, and simply to have fun!

For more information about the Years of Service and Tenure pins, and all other GSWNY adult awards, please read our Adult Awards and Recognitions Quick Guide or check out our Adult Recognition web page. You can always reach out to a member of the Volunteer Experience team for more information! Connect with us at volunteer@gswny.org. Thank you for all that you do! We’re looking forward to a great Girl Scout year!

Member Essentials – 8/25/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

Girl Scouts is even more important than ever – in a time when so many programs and events are cancelled, girls can still count on Girl Scouts – we are Girl Scout Strong. Thank you to all of our volunteers and families for what you give to help make this program possible– and at a time when girls need us the most.

We are excited about the coming year and we will be communicating our fall program plan and property rentals in mid-September for the fall season. 

As many schools in our nine-county region are still finalizing their plans, we have currently extended our summer COVID-19 guidelines through September 30 and will be updating our fall guidelines in September once more details are shared from the school districts. 

Our COVID-19 guidelines have also been updated with FAQ’s and some additional guidance about photos.

As a reminder, for troops to meet in person, co-leaders must watch the recorded webinar from 7-9-20, and follow all COVID-19 guidelines.  Meeting in person is optional, not required, and virtual and at-home programming is still the safest option.

If you have any questions, please contact customercare@gswny.org

Thank you for all you do, and for making an important difference in the lives of girls,

Alison

A few upcoming dates to remember:

  • All Shop locations will be CLOSED for our annual physical inventory from Monday, August 24, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020; we will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  Please note that due to our Buffalo office moving, curbside retail will re-open later in September – TBD
  • GSWNY will be CLOSED on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen to our virtual council hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 am.

​​​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


Renew your Girl Scout membership by Sept. 30

Got a million things on your Back to School list? Check one off right now by renewing your Girl Scout membership! We make it easy using our online system, and we still have incentives left to give away. For girls and leaders, we’re still doing our $50 weekly gift card drawing, plus don’t forget our signature SAGE Tuition Rewards! Renew now!

ACTION REQUIRED:  We recently understood that moving our deadline to earn SAGE Tuition Reward Points to 9/30/20 will not work for students entering the 12th grade this fall 2020. If you want to earn and use your SAGE Tuition Reward Points for students entering the 12th grade this fall 2020, you must take action by TOMORROW, 8/26. Click here to learn more. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Retail Item of the Week: Virtual Bridging Patch

Throughout the past year, did your Girl Scouts Troop accomplish amazing things for themselves and the community around them? Celebrate them (virtually) as they bridge to the next level in Girl Scouts and start their next adventure. For only $1.50 and Free Shipping this a cute and easy way to celebrate your Girl Scouts!

This item is an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE and is available (for a short time) for FREE SHIPPING with no minimum purchase.

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REMINDER: Zoom Into Fall Webinars are happening tomorrow!

Join us for one of our FREE adult training sessions on Wednesday, August 26, to learn all about how you can use Zoom this Fall to run your Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit meetings. Morning session is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and evening session is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

GSUSA has subsidized the cost of professional zoom licenses for troops and GSWNY will soon be sharing how you can sign up for one. The monthly fee will be $3 per month ($36 per year). Licenses can be purchased by troops using troop funds, and for troops who need it, financial aid will be available to cover the cost. More details to come!

Questions? Contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

Morning Session
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
REGISTER FOR AM SESSION
Evening Session
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
REGISTER FOR PM SESSION

You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than September 10, 2020. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blair at Blair.yaiser@gswny.org or 716-935-6076.

We look forward to seeing you on September 17, 2020.

RSVP for the Annual Meeting


Get ready for our Fall Product Program with your own avatar!

Excited about a new year of Girl Scouts and the Fall Product Program? Create your own unique avatar to just look like you! Yes, adults you can too! Customize it, share it, post it, and let the world know that you are excited for another year of Girl Scouts and entrepreneurship!

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Volunteer Service Award

Included photo taken in 2019

If you know of a volunteer who was nominated for a Girl Scout Service Unit Award or a community award for their service to Girl Scouts, please send their name, volunteer role, a photo, and the name of the award to communications@gswny.org . Optionally you can also choose to include a brief quote explaining why the person deserves the award. We will work to create a social media post celebrating the award recipient to celebrate their achievement. 


The Summer/Fall 2020 Girl Talk is here!

The Summer/Fall 2020 edition of Girl Talk is out with a focus on Girl Scout Strong! This issue features stories about what our Girl Scouts have been doing during the pandemic and how Girl Scouts has remained constant.

Read the online edition to hear stories about Girl Scouting at Home, the Gold Awards, The Summer We Camped at Home, and more!

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Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 30554 finally finished and dedicated their Bronze Award project – Make New Friend bench at Glendale Elementary School. Each girl painted and learned how to use a drill to make this beautiful bench. They hope the youth use it as a way to break the ice when making new friends and feeling included. There are ice breaker games attached to it also.


We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

The Legend of the Friendship Keyboard

This Keyboard represents friendship and creativity in a time when it is needed most. It is a relic of our digital age, and demonstrates that Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders in the world around them.

The keys of the friendship keyboard are interconnected, but fit in different places.  This symbolizes how friendships can be created and maintained, though in unprecedented and unpredictable times.  

The directional keys have been turned to face inward. This symbolizes the need for the responsibility Girl Scouts must take upon themselves to be moved to action and maintain relationships with their friends and the community. 

The green circle at the top is for faith—faith in God and faith in one another.  It is first because it is the basis of a happy and meaningful life. 

Session 6 campfire where the legend was told

The next four circles represent the original races of the world.  They stand close together indicating that all people are equal. Every person is capable of becoming a loyal friend. 

The green of hope is above the races.  It is hope for the future.  It is hope that people everywhere will try to overcome any differences and human failings.  Both faith and hope are green—a combination of hues; both combinations of emotional feelings we cannot adequately describe.  The four races bound by faith and hope can produce unity—a working together for the good of all.  The four paths lead toward a central goal signifying the attainment of this unity. 

The smiling face is the result of friendship based on faith and unity.  It is a reminder of the person with whom we promise to be friends.  To be greeted by the smiling face of a friend is one of the greatest joys we can experience. 

Session 6 campfire where the legend was told

The face is crowned by the Girl Scout colors indicating loyalty. 

On the back, green is carefully placed opposite the four races to show that peace and charity can exist among all people. 

The small white dots on the keyboards represents the stars. Although we cannot be together, we all share the same stars in the same sky.

Session 6 campfire where the legend was told

The cord of the keyboard is entwined with gold, and forged into the shape of an infinity sign. May the friendships sparked by camp be sustainable and last throughout the lives of those who took part. May we always say goodnight, and never goodbye. 

A Friendship Keyboard must be crafted by its giver.  It shows time, thought, and effort. 

The Friendship Keyboard can be presented as a gesture of international goodwill; as a part of an inter-troop activity; as a sign of friendship between girls of one troop; at a campfire; or during an indoor ceremony.  This keyboard represents the interconnectedness between the teams and campers of the four camps: Camp Piperwood, Camp Seven Hills, Camp Timbercrest, and Camp Windy Meadows, as well as the individuals who have joined us from all over the United States, and all over the world.

Friendship Circle from Session 6 campfire where the legend was told

This legend has traveled with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world.

This Friendship Stick has been presented to the Camp Seven Hills Staff since 1994, when Sally K. Schmidt (Bloomer) found this legend stuffed in a drawer.  She presented 10 of them.  This tradition was brought to Camp Timbercrest in 2013 at the request of the camp director.  At both camps, the Friendship Stick symbolizes friendship and unity among the staff. The Friendship Keyboard was adapted in 2020 to reflect “the Summer We Camped at Home” during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Author: Ann Evans of the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County (a legacy council of  Girl Scouts of Western New York). Edited by Brittany “Mambo” Sanford.