Arianna McKnight earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Arianna McKnight of Rochester, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Arianna is from Troop 60671 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 9 years.

What Arianna said about Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts has helped to distinguish me from those who are not in Girl Scouts. I have grown my skill set through Girl Scout opportunities, such as my leadership, public speaking, and collaboration skills have increased. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with other girls through camping and mentoring opportunities, and have loved being a part of Girl Scouts. I have also enjoyed taking greater leadership roles through Girl Scouts and growing as a person. I am glad that I have been a part of Girl Scouts since I was a Brownie in 2nd grade, and look forward to more exciting opportunities as I continue Girl Scouts.

Project: Promoting Positive Mental Health Within My Community

I decided to initiate my Girl Scout Gold Award project after I became aware of the staggering mental illness statistics in the United States. According to NAMI.org, 1 in 6 kids have experienced a mental health illness each year. This is a very large problem, especially in the United States.

After years of volunteering with the Henrietta Youth Asset Team and learning about various organizations such as the National Association of Mental Illness and Stop the Stigma ROC, I learned about how mental health illnesses have increased in severity and frequency in youth. I became determined to make a change and provide resources for youth regarding this issue.

My Gold Award project was aimed at providing resources for youth dealing with mental illnesses, and it took place within my community in Henrietta, NY. When my project was approved in December of 2019, my goal was to host an in-person mental health forum with different organizations and professionals available for students to access. I also was planning to create a pamphlet providing resources for students to utilize. When the COVID-19 pandemic came and I was no longer in school, I realized that I had to think outside of the box and be innovative if I wanted to continue my project. I started thinking about how I could still make an impact virtually and contacted my project advisor, Betsy Liano, regarding ideas on how to continue.

After collaborating, I decided to continue the plan of hosting a forum, but instead of in-person, I decided to do it online. This is the same as with the pamphlet, as I created it online. Not only did I create one pamphlet, but I formed three different pamphlets that I shared with my school. They provided resources such as mental health organizations with their contact information, mental health helplines, and a list of the different mental health professionals in the Rush-Henrietta High School. It was created virtually, so recipients could print many copies and distribute them to the public.

Not only did I host one forum, but I hosted a variety of forums/activities virtually, such as having a yoga session led by Jennifer Gaul and inviting a school nurse teacher, Jeanne Schwasman, and a school social worker, Mike Elphick, on a panel discussion centered around coping strategies during the pandemic. I collaborated with the Henrietta Youth Asset Team and Marybeth Recore, coordinator of the Henrietta Youth Asset Team, in order to help organize these online sessions. My school principal Dr. Timothy Shafer, as well as my school community, helped me to expand the reach of my project.

I also filmed and edited two Girl Scout activity videos to encourage Girl Scouts during the pandemic. They were posted on the Girl Scouts of Western New York Facebook Page (and YouTube, available here: video 1, video 2) and helped to spread positivity. There were over 1,000 views on my videos, and I was able to reach a wide variety of people in the online community. I hosted a prayer group both in-person and virtually after being sent home, as well as being a part of a group called HowToLife.

Through all of the activities that I took part in and helped plan, hundreds of lives were impacted. In being able to reach my community virtually, I was able to provide a wide variety of resources to many people. In this way, through resilience and perseverance, I was able to positively impact the town of Henrietta and Rush-Henrietta School District, as well as the vast virtual community.

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Member Essentials – 5/11/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

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!


GSWNY Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

This month, the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! While we aren’t able to highlight every one of these amazing and diverse cultures, each week will feature an overall theme with related information.

Our first section is on AAPI history and features information about what AAPI means, resources, challenges, and more!

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Best Year Ever Packs still up for grabs–Renew today

As part of Spring Renewal, all girls and co-leaders who renew by 5/31 @ 11:59 pm could win one of our Best Year Ever Packs: 

  • Girl packs (20 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt
  • Leader packs (5 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt

Troops that renew 90% of girls + 2 co-leaders could win our Troop Best Year Ever Pack:

  • Troop pack (1 winner) =$100 GSWNY Card + $100 property credit + 1 Badge in a Box choice for your whole troop

RENEW TODAY

Already renewed?  You’re already entered to win!  See all the details on our Renewal Page.

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.


Summer Camp 2021

Registration is now open for GSWNY Summer Camp! Register here today! If the program you’re interested in is closed, please add your child/troop to the waitlist so that we know how many people are interested in a particular program. 

For the first time, our camp merch is available online and for all 4 of our summer camps (Windy Meadows, Piperwood, Timbercrest, and Seven Hills)! Select your camp at the top of this page to get started!

LEARN MORE

Camp Accessibility Survey

We are looking for feedback on the accessibility on all four of our camp properties. We would greatly appreciate if you could take a moment to complete this brief survey. Please complete by May 15. Thank you!

TAKE THE SURVEY


You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021. 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 May 6, 2021.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.

We look forward to seeing you on May 13, 2021.

RSVP FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING


To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


It’s T-FAR (Troop Financial Activity Report) time!

Is the volunteer who takes care of your troop’s finances a registered 2021 member of Girl Scouts?

Is their Background Check up to date?

Have they clicked the role of Troop Treasurer on MYAccount in MYGS/VTK?

If you answered no to any of these questions and you need help turning them into a yes, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or email Customercare@gswny.org.
          

Here is the link to the T-FAR training: Troop Financial Activity Report
 

Please remember –submission of the T-FAR between May 1 and June 1is mandatory for ALL troops even…..

  • for those troops on pause. 
  • if you haven’t touched your troop account all year.

Consistent troop financial record keeping with GSUSA is essential. This submission ensures good faith and proper stewardship of the girl’s funds. Reach out to Customer Care with any questions. 


Retail Item of the Week: Girl’s Guide To Girl Scouting

Do you have a Girl Scout that is Bridging? Girls and Volunteers will love this all-in-one badge book and handbook format. Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badges, and my Girl Scouts.

We have limited inventory of this resource in stock.

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Free Drawstring Backpack with every $25 Purchase!

This promotion runs through Friday, May 28, while supplies last. Selection will vary by location. Subtotal of $25 before taxes is required.


GRAWA and Girl Scouts – Learn about the Court System!

The Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys has a long tradition of providing courtroom tours at the Hall of Justice. Due to COVID-19, the activity has shifted to an outdoor event at Genesee Valley Park on Saturday, May 22, from 10:00am to 1:00pm with a focus on the Juvenile Justice System.

The event is recommended for kids in fourth grade and up. The event will be socially distanced, and the activity includes lunch, breakout discussions with small groups, and an opportunity to meet and engage with local attorneys and judges. The program has a maximum participant list of 35, which includes adult volunteers and chaperones. 

Register by e-mailing jacquelyngrippe@gmail.com or calling (315) 420-7096.


TECH SAVVY 16 is VIRTUAL this year!
Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Conference registration is $10 per attendee and includes materials for workshops (books, experiment materials) and T-shirt. Materials will be mailed to attendees’ address.

You can register using the link below, and click here for the day’s schedule and here for the workshop descriptions.

REGISTER FOR TECH SAVVY


Becoming Your Best Self Registration Closing Soon!
Saturday, May 15, 2021  

In order to be your best self, self-care is a must! Join us to learn about ways to take care of yourself and practice yoga! Come dressed in green in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 


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.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Senior Troop 70090 and Cadette Troop 70094 worked together to earn their Game Visionary and Good Sportsmanship badges. They did a giant game of Rock, Paper, Scissors and created an obstacle course. Each girl completed the obstacle course on two feet, one foot, and one girl is blindfolded and following directions from another girl.

They wrapped up with a game of Pictionary and they will go bowling to finish up the badge with being a good sport.


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.

Margaret Pardee earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Margaret Pardee of Pittsford, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Margaret is from Troop 60982 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years.

What Margaret said about Girl Scouts

I have learned a lot about leadership and how to work with others through Girl Scout service projects, and I’ve been able to make a plan and stick to it because of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Most of all, however, I’ve made lifelong friends that I will always treasure.

Project: The Beauty of Butterflies

The monarch butterfly population has been rapidly decreasing over the past thirty years, and it is up to us to change that. I have always been invested in environmental awareness, so I decided to work within the Pittsford and Fairport communities to educate children on the issue and install butterfly gardens filled with native plants.

I built three butterfly houses and planted two gardens: one at Mendon Center Elementary (MCE) School and the other at Fairport United Methodist Church. I also spoke with the 4th graders at MCE and gave them instructions on how to plant their own gardens.

The goal of my project was to bring awareness to these environmental problems, and also to provide monarchs and other butterflies with habitats that support every part of their lifecycles. I’ve gotten feedback from teachers that the children are enthusiastic about starting their own gardens. By this spring, I hope to see an increasing number of monarchs in both locations.

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GSWNY Family Newsletter – May 2021

7 Ways Summer Camp Brings Out Her Best

Summer is when some of the most fun childhood memories are made, but did you know that it’s also an awesome opportunity for your girl to grow, learn, and become her best self? Here are seven amazing benefits your girl will get from her summer camp experience.

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Summer camp is back in-person for 2021

We recently shared that both our day and resident camps will be held in-person this summer! Due to COVID-19 we have had to reduce our attendance numbers at camp this year. Because of this, programs are filling up quickly! 

Visit our camp pages today to view our sessions, register your girl for camp, and get merch for your favorite camp location!

CAMP INFORMATION

Renew her membership by May 31

When you stick with Girl Scouts, you’re not just giving your girl something to do, you’re giving her someone to be. The bravest, boldest, best version of herself. The version of herself that walks with her head a bit higher and acts with confidence. And as she grows, we’ll grow with her, guiding her through life’s ups and downs, supporting her strengths, and showing her new and exciting paths to take.

RENEW TODAY

Let her spirit SHINE! ☆

Girl Scouts is excited to partner with DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed to celebrate the power of girls. Check out the special Girl Scout activity book.

DOWNLOAD TODAY

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies /Juniors/Cadettes/ Seniors/Ambassadors

Becoming Your Best Self – D/B/J
Saturday, May 15
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Becoming Your Best Self –  C/S/A
Saturday, May 15
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


(In Person) Ready, Set, Camp at Timbercrest (Step 2 of the Skill Builder Series) –   J/C
Saturday, May 22
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

 
Pointillism Paint –  B/J
Saturday, May 22
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Mommy & Me Tea Time – D
Saturday, May 22
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM


Making Pizza & Ice Cream-Fun with Miss Simone –  B
Saturday, May 22
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

 
(In Person) Tents Up at Timbercrest (Step 1 of the Skill Builder Series) –  D/B
Sunday, May 23
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


(In Person) Timbercrest Tidbits 2021: Campfire Building and Campfire Cookery –   D/B/J
Wednesday, May 26
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Public Speaking with Beaverton Civic Theatre –  C/S/A
Thursday, May 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 
Build a Koinobori Kite –  D/B/J
Saturday, May 29
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


(In Person) Timbercrest Tidbits 2021: Kayaking –  J/C/S /A
Wednesday, June 2
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


(In Person) Ready, Set, Camp at Windy Meadows (Step 2 of the Skill Builder Series) –   J/C
Saturday, June 5
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

 
(In Person) Tents Up at Windy Meadows (Step 1 of the Skill Builder Series) –  D/B
Sunday, June 6
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Screenwriter with Beaverton Civic Theatre –  C/S/A
Sunday, June 6
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


(In Person) Ready, Set, Camp at Piperwood (Step 2 of the Skill Builder Series) –   J/C
Saturday, June 12
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

 
(In Person) Tents Up at Piperwood (Step 1 of the Skill Builder Series) –  D/B
Sunday, June 13
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


(In Person) Timbercrest Tidbits 2021: Canoeing –  J/C/S /A
Wednesday, June 16
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Wander Among the Sculptures at the Kaneko Experience –  J/C/S /A
Saturday, June 26
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


The programs listed above are available as of May 6, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org

Julia Wasley earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Julia Wasley of Sanborn, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Julia is from Troop 70059 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 14 years.

What Julia said about Girl Scouts

Being in Girl Scouts has taught me how to be a leader, how to go outside of my comfort zone and learn new things, and has led me to choose my career path of being a teacher by working with young kids.

Project: Craft Cupboard at Intandem

For my Gold Award Project, I made directions for crafts and gathered all of the supplies and organized them in bins. I did this project for Intandem, an organization located in Niagara Falls for adults with disabilities that has workshops and a day program. I chose this project because my aunt is an attendee at Intandem. She would come home with crafts that she made so I wanted to give them some fun and easy crafts to do.

The purpose of this project was to give the attendees some fun crafts to do and to take some pressure off of the care providers and staff. The project has given Intandem crafts to do, especially during the pandemic where they are closed and are trying to reach out to their participants to help them stay stimulated and active. I made directions for 50+ crafts, gathered all of the supplies, and packaged the supplies into bins.

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History: GSWNY Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

This month, the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! While we aren’t able to highlight every one of these amazing and diverse cultures, each week will feature an overall theme with related information. Today, we’re talking about AAPI history.

Introduction

When we say AAPI, what do we mean? AAPI is the acronym for Asian American and Pacific Islanders. This includes many different countries spanning the entire continent of Asia as well as the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Let’s break that down:

Continent of Asia:

  • Northern Asia (Russia, Siberia)
  • Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)
  • Western Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)
  • Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet)
  • Eastern Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan)
  • South East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam)

Pacific Islands:

  • Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands)
  • Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federal States of Micronesia)
  • Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island) (list source)

If you’re counting, that’s nine different regions and more than 80 countries! All feature their own rich histories and unique cultures that you could spend forever studying.

Now, you may have heard AAPI referred to as something different, specifically Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. While this is also accepted, some argue that grouping Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders together can ignore the different struggles each group faces. Because of that, we’re using AAPI.

Got all of that? Good. Now let’s talk about AAPI Heritage Month.

In the United States, this month is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to recognize the impact and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans on our history, achievements, and culture. May was selected to mark the first Japanese to immigrate to the US in May of 1843 and then the completion of the transcontinental railroad, primarily built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

Resources to Explore

Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong by Dawn B. Mabalon and Gayle Romasanta

This book tells the story of Larry Itliong, a Filipino American labor leader, and his lifelong fight for a farmworkers union. Itliong’s work helped usher in one of the most significant American social movements of all time—the struggle for farmworkers’ rights—and its most enduring union, the United Farm Workers.

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

In a brightly colored board book, perfect for younger children, Newbery Honoree Grace Lin tells the tale of a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each family member lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to celebrate. There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade at the end!


The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho

Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. When Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma’s guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean’s many gifts.

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

More titles here: https://bookshop.org/books/a-different-pond/9781623708030

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Some older Girl Scouts might know George Takei from his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek or from his quips on social media, but many people don’t know that George and his family were forced to live in an internment camp during World War II simply because they were Japanese Americans. This graphic memoir tells the story of his family’s internment and the racism they experienced at the hands of the US government.

Challenges to Complete

AAPI Celebration Challenge from Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Last year, GSCTX put together a patch challenge focused on celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. While the patch isn’t available to order, the activities included are a great way to learn more about AAPI culture, history, people, and more!

Download the AAPI Celebration Challenge

Girl Scout Values: Anti-Racism Patch

The Girl Scouts Anti-Racism Patch is a reflection that we are committed to our Girl Scout values that foster a community of justice, fairness, and inclusion. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, consider using the list of ideas and resources provided to earn the patch with your girl or troop and when you are ready, sign our Girl Scouts Stands Against Racism Pledge.

Download patch information

Sign the pledge

GSWNY acknowledges and condemns the recent surge in violence against the Asian community across the country. We uplift and amplify the Asian American Federation’s statement with Asian, Black, and Hispanic Association nonprofits condemning attacks and calling for solutions. We want to reiterate to all girls, volunteers, alums, supporters, families, and staff that we do not tolerate racial injustice, and we strive to create a welcoming space where all of our members feel they belong. Girl Scout members stand up and for the principles of the Girl Scout mission and law. You can find resources from the Asian American Federation here.

Caroline Blair earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Caroline Blair of Penfield, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Caroline is from Troop 60765 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years.

What Caroline said about Girl Scouts

Being a Girl Scout has taught me that no matter what age you are it is important to give back to your community. It has also taught me how to be a leader and to motivate myself and my fellow Girl Scouts to do the right thing.

Project: Penfield Bee Houses

For my Gold Award Project I decided to build carpenter bee houses. I built four bee houses that are located at Shadow Pines in Penfield. The bee houses serve to protect the carpenter bee population and help with pollination in the area.

I chose bee houses because bees are our leading pollinators and they are in need of protection from humans. My project will draw carpenter bees to a safe location that is surrounded by nature which they will pollinate.

Not only did I build bee houses but I made a video on how to make bee houses and facts about them, which can be found on YouTube. I also incorporated a geocache into my project that contains the URL code to the YouTube video, while giving a little adventure to my project. I built the project out of pine, bamboo, and scrap wood so that it could be taken over by the bees without any unnatural additions to the houses.

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Hannah Kenefick earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Hannah Kenefick of East Aurora, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Hannah is from Troop 31130 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years.

What Hannah said about Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting has allowed me to have experiences that are one-of-a-kind and given me a set of skills that are very unique. I can now say I am first aid certified, know how to build a stretcher in the woods out of t-shirts, and can lead others around me to making the best decisions in an emergency situation. Girl Scouts has led me to loving the outdoors and a yearning to always learn more. Being in Girl Scouts has not only given me skills that I will always keep with me, but hundreds of memories and relationships I built throughout the years.

Project: ACL/Sports Injury Prevention

For my Gold Award Project I created a program that educated people on what an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is, how it gets injured, and how to prevent such injury. This project was located in East Aurora, and I collaborated with my Orthopedic Surgeon at UBMD Orthopedic’s and the East Aurora High School Athletic Director. This project had a place close to my heart because I suffered two ACL tears throughout my 4 years of high school and I was never given information, such as: women have a higher chance of tearing their ACL because of their body shape.

The purpose of the project was to show people there are ways to prevent injuries, such as avoiding specific cleat patterns, doing an in-depth warmup, strengthening your core, and stretching. My project affected my community by giving parents, students, athletes, and coaches information on how to keep everyone injury-free. Compared to 2 ACL injuries in my school in 2019, and one in summer 2020, our school currently has no people who have torn their ACL this year.

For my project I reached out to local sports teams to present to them my information including the summer soccer league in East Aurora, and due to COVID I was restricted to making my presentation over Zoom with many groups, including a Girl Scout troop from my Service Unit. To reach the maximum amount of people I contacted my school’s athletic director to find a safe way to reach more people. We came up with the idea of making a video presentation on our athletic page!

Finally as I became more and more immersed in the project I decided to create an injury prevention Instagram to share with others the key exercises to preventing any injury, in addition to the original cleat patterns to avoid in my informational packet. This Gold Award has led me to be able to adapt to changing situations and opened my eyes to the love of medicine.

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Member Essentials – 5/4/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please note that all GSWNY offices and shop locations are closed on Monday, May 10. To see our hours, please click here.

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!


Photo is pre-COVID

Did you hear the great news?

Girl Scouts of Western New York is happy to announce that we will be going live and in person with our camp registration for both day and overnight camp programs! Registration for those who did not pre-register opens Thursday, May 6.

LEARN MORE

Camp Accessibility Survey

We are looking for feedback on the accessibility on all four of our camp properties. We would greatly appreciate if you could take a moment to complete this brief survey. Please complete by May 15. Thank you!

TAKE THE SURVEY


Best Year Ever Packs still up for grabs–Renew today

As part of Spring Renewal, all girls and co-leaders who renew by 5/31 @ 11:59 pm could win one of our Best Year Ever Packs: 

  • Girl packs (20 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt
  • Leader packs (5 winners) = $20 GSWNY gift certificates + a GS T-shirt

Troops that renew 90% of girls + 2 co-leaders could win our Troop Best Year Ever Pack:

  • Troop pack (1 winner) =$100 GSWNY Card + $100 property credit + 1 Badge in a Box choice for your whole troop

RENEW TODAY

Already renewed?  You’re already entered to win!  See all the details on our Renewal Page.

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama!

Ready for another year of discovery, fun, and sisterhood? Get started now with our new Becoming Me program, where girls will earn badges, explore their stories and who they can become, and even join their Girl Scout sisters across the country for a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama on May 6! Register for the event »

Registration closes tonight at 9 p.m.


You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021. 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 May 6, 2021.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.

We look forward to seeing you on May 13, 2021.

RSVP FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING


The annual Troop Financial Activity Report submission window opened Saturday, May 1

Troop Treasurers–Please submit your troop’s T-FAR via the VTK, Finance Tab, between today and June 1! If you have already submitted your finance report, we thank you!

Even if your troop hasn’t been very active during the past yearevery troop, even those who elected to pause at the beginning of the membership year, must submit a T-FAR. Here is the link to the T-FAR Training to help you. 

Don’t forget we also have two more Finance Open Houses scheduled in May to ask any questions you may have. Sign up here and you will get the zoom invite the morning of the Open House.

Any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Service Unit Finance Consultant or GSWNY Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.


Highest Awards Resources

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. If your girls are interested in taking on a high-impact Take Action project, check out these resources so you and your troop can make a plan!

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May DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in May include Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Older Americans Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; Mental Health Awareness Month; Orthodox Easter; Mother’s Day; the end of Ramadan; Eid al-Fitr; and Memorial Day.

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Retail Promotion of the Month:

Free Drawstring Backpack with every $25 Purchase!

This promotion runs through Friday, May 28, while supplies last.

Selection will vary by location.

Subtotal of $25 before taxes is required.

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!


Green Angel: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – May 2021

To wrap up our year of highlighting the various GSWNY Adult Recognitions, we are circling back to the Green Angel Award! The Green Angel Award is one of the easiest ways to show thanks to the adults in your Girl Scout community. This month we encourage you to think about who has been the “green angel” in your life this year. 

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TECH SAVVY 16 is VIRTUAL this year!
Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Conference registration is $10 per attendee and includes materials for workshops (books, experiment materials) and T-shirt. Materials will be mailed to attendees’ address.

You can register using the link below, and click here for the day’s schedule and here for the workshop descriptions.

REGISTER FOR TECH SAVVY


Upcoming First Aid/CPR Trainings

Are you in the Rochester or Buffalo area and need to renew your FA/CPR Certification, but missed our April sessions? Don’t worry, we have 2 new adult sessions coming up at our offices in May that you are welcome to sign up for. Our partner, EPIC Trainings, Inc., is offering sessions of the First Aid and CPR Blended Learning Classes.

To register for one of these opportunities, contact EPIC Trainings, Inc. via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379. We have skills test slots available at our Buffalo office Tuesday, May 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. and at our Rochester office Wednesday, May 12, starting at 4:30 p.m. to complete your certification.

Sign up now; a few more are always welcome!


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 Daisy Badge in a Box: Daisy Roller Coaster Design Challenge

Become a mechanical engineer and learn about motion by building and testing a roller coaster! Cost: $6

Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of this box down to $3.00. If there is not a grant available in your area, members can apply for Council Opportunity Funds.

There are a limited number of boxes available for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional cost per box. Click here to order your Badge in a Box.

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Brownies in Troop 31158 are making the world a better place! To earn the GSWNY Earth Day patch, they made bags from t-shirts and bookmarks from old cookie boxes. Then they met at their local park to pick up litter. 


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.

Sarah Cumming earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Sarah Cumming of Tonawanda, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Sarah is from Troop 30981 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years.

What Sarah said about Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts has taught me that girls of all ages do have power in this tough world. We can work together and build each other up, as well as work together to make the world a better place (like the Girl Scout Law says). I’ve made some of my best friends through Girl Scouts and I’ve been on so many adventures.

The most important thing that I’ve learned is that even the smallest bit of kindness can make all the difference in the community and the world. Girl Scout troops might change members a lot but what’s evident is that every member takes something good with them from the troop after their Girl Scout journey ends. I take a lot with me and even wish I was able to still be a Girl Scout because it was so fun being able to help others and the community and to make everlasting connections with other people.

Project: Hand in Hand for Literacy

My Gold Award project features one of the things I love most: books. Books have always been a huge part of my life. Since a very young age I’ve had the privilege of owning as many as my little heart desired. I had never realized how fortunate I was to have these resources at my fingertips, not knowing that some kids don’t have the privilege of owning books. That’s how I decided to do “Hand in Hand for Literacy.”

The idea is that bi-annually a book drive will be run through my old highschool, Sweet Home Senior High, and books will be collected and given to a school that needs them. Each year a new school will be picked. The first school I had the opportunity to collect 1,500 books for was Native American Magnet School PS 19, a school whose students generally didn’t have books at home and needed more in school. I worked with my mom’s college friend Miss Kate Kinney who is a teacher at the school. I had donated before and knew that the kids there would benefit from the books greatly. The reason I knew this was due to the fact that Miss Kinney had told me upon receiving a book from my previous donation a little girl had said to her, “I can keep this book?” She was shocked as she hadn’t owned any books of her own beforehand.

The book drive took place in Amherst, as well as Buffalo where the Native American Magnet School was located. I worked with the whole English department at Sweet Home High, as well as Mrs. Hannah Schultz and Mrs. Krista Stephan who are English Teachers as well as book club advisors (the book club being where I got my team and where I ran the book drive through). I also worked with Mr. Day, the superintendent of schools. I also worked alongside my friends Nat Tombak, Crystal Plourde, and Heather Plourde. Finally, I also worked with my family: my stepdad, mom, dad, sister, aunt, and grandma.

The impact made on the community is that I was able to give a vital piece of education to kids who were missing it. I was also able to bring the whole district together to try and bring in books basically uniting everyone to work together to help kids who don’t have the same opportunities as them. I ran a book drive, counted every book by hand, and sorted them by grade level, and then took them to the school for distribution.

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