Member Essentials – 11/24/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

On Monday, November 23, 2020, parts of Monroe and Erie Counties were placed into the orange zone.

As we communicated with members last week, any county placed into the orange or red zone will need to suspend in-person Girl Scout programs and meetings. 

All Girl Scout in-person programs and meetings in Monroe and Erie Counties are suspended Tuesday, 11-24-20 until further notice. This includes girls and adults residing in Monroe and Erie Counties, and any in-person program or meeting taking place in Monroe or Erie Counties.

Parts of Niagara County were placed into the yellow zone last week.

NYS stated they will reassess in 14 days. We are awaiting additional details, along with monitoring the situation throughout our nine counties. We will provide updates as relevant.

Please see the guidelines and FAQs, released 11/17/20 that have further details about the yellow, orange, and red zone restrictions and how they affect Girl Scout programming.

The health and safety of our girls, volunteers, families, and staff are of the utmost importance. We know girls may be disappointed about in-person programs being suspended. There are many ways to participate in Girl Scouts from home including virtual and at-home meetings and activities, badge in the box, etc. 

If we can be of any assistance to help volunteers and girls switch to at-home activities, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

Thank you for all that you do to follow the safety guidelines.



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.


Create moments of joy this holiday season!
We’re opening our online Cookie Program Saturday, December 5th, which means you can get Girl Scout cookies in time for the holidays!



While social distancing measures may continue to keep families and friends apart, cookie customers will be able to stay connected this season through a gift box option that ships directly to their family and friends via the Smart Cookie online platform.

All cookies will be available for $5 a package.

Consumers will delight in knowing their cookie purchase is an investment in girl leadership in WNY. With every sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls to think like entrepreneurs as they run their small businesses and learn lifelong skills, like goal setting, people skills, and decision—making, which are imperative for any leadership role.

GSWNY is holding a Girl Scout Cookie training for troops!

REGISTER FOR DECEMBER 1 COOKIE TRAINING


Grow Your Girl Crew is happening now! 

We challenge YOU to get out there and Grow Your Girl Crew because what’s better than making new friends? How about making new friends AND winning amazing prizes! From Oct. 22, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021, we want you to invite your friends and grow your girl crew!

From patches with charms to Air Pods, we have prizes to give you when you have new girls join. All you have to do is invite them, make sure they register, and then you win! We have three tiers of rewards available for you to win. 

Visit gswny.org/join to read more about the campaign and how you can win. We’re also going live Dec. 10 to show you the prizes in real life. You can join us on Instagram or Facebook.


Cyber Monday Week Sale! Exclusive Preview!

From Monday, November 30, to Friday, December 4, we are offering all PLUSH for only $9.95!



Every Girl Scout wants to hang out with the cutest plush around! These huggable plush buddies have a rainbow pattern with “Girl Scouts” embroidery and are perfect to fill every girl’s stocking.

Plush includes: Sloth, Monkey, Narwhal, Lion and Unicorn.

ORDER ONLINE

Please note, that the GSWNY council will be closed starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. All Curbside Orders received via email after this date will be responded to starting Monday, November 30.

Still collecting cash and checks?

Now you can collect money online at zero cost to your troop. Create a collection page in minutes and share your link. All payments and information are tracked automatically and can be exported to Excel for easy reviewing.

Cheddar Up is the easiest way to collect money and forms online!

  • It’s a digital payment and tracking tool
  • December 2020, coleaders will receive an invitation from Cheddar Up to open an account. Friendlysupport@cheddarup.com  – Please check your junk email too!
  • Accept payments for registration, uniforms, camporee, field trips, etc.
  • No additional charge to the troop. A flat .45 fee to the payee – which costs less than a stamp! The troop does have the option to absorb this cost.
  • Cheddar Up provides all the training the Troop Treasurer will need.
  • Click this link for Cheddar Up FAQs

Watch for your email invite from Cheddar Up!


VS 2.0 System Upgrade Updates

Starting November 18 at 11:59 PM EST, Girl Scouts began system-wide updates that will temporarily pause access to myGS including your member profile and the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) for approximately 2-3 weeks. Please watch for an email from Girl Scouts in early December announcing the debut of our refreshed member account management system as well as updated login information and instructions for accessing your account.

During system downtime: To continue the fun with your Girl Scout(s) during this time, visit our national Girl Scouts at Home page  here for badge and Journey activities, service projects, patches, and event recordings that you can use either in-person or virtually. Visit our GSWNY Troop Leader Blueprint for additional resources here . You can also visit the Girl Scout Shop for printed or downloadable program materials by badge and Journey.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience.

Pop-Up Message: After Login to myGS or VTK – example can be seen in the image to the right.

Given the momentary system updates, if a member or non-member has any trouble joining or renewing their membership online, please use this special digital form here and a Customer Care representative will be in touch or call 1-888-837-6410. Thank you.


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. 

VISIT GIRL SCOUTING AT HOME PAGE


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


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 60516 made Thanksgiving cards for a senior care center.

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.

Important COVID-19 Update 11-18-2020

Dear Girl Scout Members,

Today, Erie County was placed into the orange zone with school closings beginning Monday, November 23.

As we communicated with members yesterday, any county placed into the orange or red zone will need to suspend in-person Girl Scout programs and meetings. 

All Girl Scout in-person programs and meetings in Erie County will be suspended in line with school guidelines, beginning Monday 11-23-20 until further notice.  This includes girls and adults residing in Erie county, and any in-person program or meeting taking place in Erie County.

Parts of Niagara County were placed into the yellow zone today. GSWNY in-person activities are already following yellow zone guidelines effective 11-10-20 so there is no additional change.

Please see the guidelines and  FAQs, released 11/17/20 that have further details about the yellow, orange and red zone restrictions and how they affect Girl Scout programming.

The health and safety of our girls, volunteers, families, and staff are of the utmost importance. We know girls may be disappointed about in-person programs being suspended. There are many ways to participate in Girl Scouts from home including virtual and at-home meetings and activities, badge in the box, etc. 

If we can be of any assistance to help volunteers and girls switch to at-home activities, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

Thank you for all that you do to follow the safety guidelines.

Alison Wilcox
CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York
 


COVID-19 Related Update from Member Essentials 11/17/20 

Dear GSWNY Members,
The safety of our members is our first priority and given COVID-19 that means following GSWNY’s Updated 11-17-20  safety guidelines and FAQs , washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when needed.

NYS is following a microcluster strategy which means regions within NY may be placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone if they have a high number of COVID-19 cases. Currently, Erie and Monroe counties have been placed in the yellow zone. GSWNY applied the yellow zone restrictions across all 9 county areas last week and will continue for the time being. This affected GSWNY’s gathering size only, and changed from a maximum of 50 people permitted to 25.

Girl Scouts strive to always be prepared. If any county is placed in the orange or red zone, that county will need to suspend in-person programming per NYS guidelines. Orange or red zone restrictions will be handled county by county, and will not be applied across the council, unless NYS advises otherwise.

We recommend you to be ready for the possibility that Erie County will be placed into the orange or red zone. It is also possible that any county could be placed into one of these zones in the future depending on COVID-19 rates.

As a reminder, GSWNY will give full refunds for any in-person program or property rental for GSWNY events, activities, and properties

Curbside retail and product program delivery will still be permitted in the orange zone. Troop leaders and volunteers may still arrange contact-less delivery and pick up of supplies with families in the orange zone. We do not yet have enough information to determine additional impacts of the red zone and are monitoring guidance from NYS. 

In-person programs and events can be a wonderful outlet for our girls when permitted by NYS, however, they are always optional. There are many ways to participate in GS at home with virtual meetings, badge in a box, and at-home activities. At-home is the safest option. Always follow your own comfort level, and if you participate in person, please follow all safety guidelines to reduce the risk.

If a county is placed in an orange or red zone, and we need to suspend in-person programs, GSWNY will notify all members by email, on our social media pages, update our blog, and website. 

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.

Again, please see our updated COVID-19 guidance with  updated FAQs.

Thank you for your flexibility and your dedication to ensuring safety standards.

Be safe and stay well. 

Alison Wilcox
CEO, Girl Scouts of Western New York

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

Member Essentials – 11/17/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

The safety of our members is our first priority and given COVID-19 that means following GSWNY’s Updated 11-17-20 safety guidelines and FAQs, washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when needed.

NYS is following a microcluster strategy which means regions within NY may be placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone if they have a high number of COVID-19 cases. Currently, Erie and Monroe counties have been placed in the yellow zone. GSWNY applied the yellow zone restrictions across all 9 county areas last week and will continue for the time being. This affected GSWNY’s gathering size only, and changed from a maximum of 50 people permitted to 25.

Girl Scouts strive to always be prepared. If any county is placed in the orange or red zone, that county will need to suspend in-person programming per NYS guidelines. Orange or red zone restrictions will be handled county by county, and will not be applied across the council, unless NYS advises otherwise.

We recommend you to be ready for the possibility that Erie county will be placed into the orange or red zone. It is also possible that any county could be placed into one of these zones in the future depending on COVID-19 rates.

As a reminder, GSWNY will give full refunds for any in-person program or property rental for GSWNY events, activities, and properties

Curbside retail and product program delivery will still be permitted in the orange zone. Troop leaders and volunteers may still arrange contact-less delivery and pick up of supplies with families in the orange zone. We do not yet have enough information to determine additional impacts of the red zone and are monitoring guidance from NYS. 

In-person programs and events can be a wonderful outlet for our girls when permitted by NYS, however, they are always optional. There are many ways to participate in GS at home with virtual meetings, badge in a box, and at-home activities. At-home is the safest option. Always follow your own comfort level, and if you participate in person, please follow all safety guidelines to reduce the risk.

If a county is placed in an orange or red zone, and we need to suspend in-person programs, GSWNY will notify all members by email, on our social media pages, update our blog, and website. 

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.

Again, please see our updated COVID-19 guidance with updated FAQs.

Thank you for your flexibility and your dedication to ensuring safety standards.


VS 2.0 System Upgrade Updates

Starting November 18 at 11:59 PM EST, Girl Scouts will begin system-wide updates that will temporarily pause access to myGS including your member profile and the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) for approximately 2-3 weeks. Please watch for an email from Girl Scouts in early December announcing the debut of our refreshed member account management system as well as updated login information and instructions for accessing your account.

To Prepare: Be sure to download and save troop rosters, meeting plans, or any other resources you might need during this time.

During system downtime: To continue the fun with your Girl Scout(s) during this time, visit our national Girl Scouts at Home page here for badge and Journey activities, service projects, patches, and event recordings that you can use either in-person or virtually. Visit our GSWNY Troop Leader Blueprint for additional resources here. You can also visit the Girl Scout Shop for printed or downloadable program materials by badge and Journey.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience.

Pop-Up Message: After Login to myGS or VTK – example can be seen in the image to the right.

Given the momentary system updates, if a member or non-member has any trouble joining or renewing their membership online, please use this special digital form here and a Customer Care representative will be in touch or call 1-888-837-6410. Thank you.


Election – Girl Feedback Wanted!

This year had a record number of women running for public office and many historic firsts of women being elected – we would love to hear from girls on what this means to them. Please have your girl complete the survey below to share her thoughts.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY


Pre-Black Friday Sale: $4 Buffs and Bandanas!

Didn’t get enough last week? We have MORE sales all month ALL for you! Starting today, November 17, through November 24, we are featuring our GSWNY Buff and GSWNY Camp Bandana for ONLY $4 EACH!

The Green Buff is a piece of multifunctional headwear-you can wear it over 19 ways! Dip it in water on a hike to stay cool or pull it over your mouth and nose to wear as a convenient quick face mask.

Also featured this week is the beautiful “Life is Good at Camp!” tie-dyed colored bandana with all four Girl Scouts of Western New York camp names on it. Remember to email your local shop with your order for curbside pickup.

How to Order:

  1. Place your order via email by emailing the shop location you want to pick it up from. Include a daytime phone number for the shop staff to contact you.
  2. Await confirmation from the shop staff that your order is complete with the total amount due.
  3. Make payment via debit or credit card and choose pick up day and time with retail staff during confirmation call. Current Pick up hours: Monday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & Wednesday 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  4. Arrive at scheduled location on pick up day and time.

Voice for the Animals Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – Seniors

Learn about current animal welfare issues from the organization responsible for enforcing cruelty laws. Meet one of our peace officers and take a tour of the facility while completing requirements 1, 3, 4, and 5 of the Voice for the Animals badge. Requirement 2 (track a beauty product) should be completed prior to the workshop and brought for sharing. Activity requirements will be emailed in advance of the program. Please no siblings, if possible, during this virtual experience. Included: All Girl Scouts will receive an emailed certificate of participation; badges are not included. Optional SPCA fun patches are available for an additional $2/girl. Patches will be mailed to participants.

REGISTER 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. 

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

For her Silver Award Project, Catherine from Troop 30327 in Evans, New York, decided to help the animals at the Chautauqua County Human Society. She saved money and collected donations to buy supplies on the needs list, as well as making 39 T-shirt dog ropes, 25 cat beds, 18-noise-making Easter Egg cat toys, 18 water bottle dog toys, 12 pill bottle cat toys, 4 jean dog ropes, and other items. Click here to read more about her project and work.


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 – 11/10/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Thank you to all of our volunteers, girls, and families for your dedication to ensuring safety standards. The safety of our girls, volunteers, members, families, and staff is our #1 priority. Virtual and at-home programming remains the safest way to participate, and there is no requirement to meet in person – any in-person meetings or activities are optional. 

On November 9, 2020, areas of WNY were placed in a “Yellow Zone” with increased safety restrictions. This has affected the gathering size of in-person meetings and activities. There are also recent changes to quarantine rules for travel out of state. 

Please review the Updated Guidelines from 11/10/2020 here and FAQs here for volunteers and members who plan to meet or participate in-person. Thank you for your diligent efforts to keep everyone safe.

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.


In observance of Veterans Day, GSWNY will be closed on November 11, 2020.

We offer our gratitude to all of the brave men and women who have served this country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.


Election – Girl Feedback Wanted!

This year had a record number of women running for public office and many historic firsts of women being elected – we would love to hear from girls on what this means to them. Please have your girl complete the survey below to share her thoughts.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY


High Award Deadline Extension Reminder

To ensure all Girl Scouts who want to earn the Highest Awards this year have the opportunity, Girl Scouts is offering a 3-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively.


Our camp pages have moved!

Looking for the Camp pages on gswny.org? They have moved and are now located under the program section of the website. 

We also added a new page for Families! There are so many ways girls and families can participate in Girl Scouts. Whether your girl is part of a troop and looking for more activities or wanting to earn badges and get outdoors on her own, this page brings together all of the resources you need to participate in Girl Scouts together as a family. 


Take a Tour of our Troop Leader Blueprint!

Badges, Journeys, and events all tailored for virtual or safe in-person meetings. This tool takes the guesswork out of leading a troop this year so you can focus on your girls. Check out this video introducing you to the Troop Leader Blueprint!


Pre-Black Friday Sale: Girl Scout Tote Bag

For the first time ever, GSWNY shops are having a PRE-BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Make sure you are checking back with us all month long as we will have a discounted item every week.

This week, November 10 to 17, we are featuring our Girl Scout Tote Bag for the low price of ONLY $5.00 each! This adorable tote bag is made of a thick durable canvas, has a zipper closure, and thick straps. It’s the perfect gift for a troop leader, Girl Scout, or even Girl Scout mom or grandma.

**There will be a limit of 2 per guest and no additional discounts can be taken ***

How to Order:

  1. Place your order via email by emailing the shop location you want to pick it up from. Include a daytime phone number for the shop staff to contact you.
  2. Await confirmation from the shop staff that your order is complete with the total amount due.
  3. Make payment via debit or credit card and choose pick up day and time with retail staff during confirmation call. Current Pick up hours: Monday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & Wednesday 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  4. Arrive at scheduled location on pick up day and time.

Additional Virtual Shop Hours

Please note that our GSWNY council is CLOSED in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and will have special additional virtual hours on:

  • Saturday, November 14 (9am-noon)
  • Saturday, December 12 (9am – noon)

Visit gswny.org for up-to-date hours and information. 

Retail and Fall Product Delivery

Retail: At this time, all curbside and retail order pickup processes have not changed and will remain unaffected.

Fall Product Delivery: The Fall Product program delivery is still on schedule for 11/21/20.  More info here


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism Project

As we work to make Girl Scouts more welcoming, fair, inclusive, and accessible for everyone, we welcome feedback about your experience in Girl Scouts and any ideas you have for improvement. If you would like to share any aspects of your or your girls’ Girl Scout experience related to these topics, we would deeply appreciate hearing from you so we can come up with solutions, improvements and best practices together.

You are welcome to share your feedback in this survey. If you would like, or if you would prefer to speak with someone directly, please send an email to sarah.murphy@gswny.org.


Help out Girl Scout Rosie from Troop 10310 in Hollis, New Hampshire

Rosie is a Senior Girl Scout working on her Gold Award and she needs our help! Her plan is to interview female role models to compile into a book in the hopes of inspiring girls. 

Her survey, linked below, is for girls ages 8-16 and is designed to help her determine which women she should contact. Thank you!

TAKE ROSIE’S SURVEY


Our first Virtual Campfire of the Girl Scouting year is tonight!

Register for the free virtual campfire using the provided link. The campfire will take place over Zoom on Tue., Nov. 10, 2020, from 7-8pm EST. You must be pre-registered for this event by that day to receive the Zoom info to attend. (Zoom info will not be provided through Facebook.)

PLUS… Celebrate International Camp T-Shirt Day! Wear your favorite GSWNY camp t-shirt that day and send pics to GSWNY by private message or emailing communications@gswny.org (please include your name, troop number, and city).

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL CAMPFIRE


THIS WEEK: New Leader Welcome Meeting

The Volunteer Experience Team is hosting a New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new leaders on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The purpose of the virtual meeting will be for them to meet GSWNY staff face to face, learn about our council’s various departments and what they do through a series of short presentations, and network with other volunteers. Service Unit Team members are also invited; come meet and greet your new volunteers.

Meeting Agenda
6:00 – 6:10 Welcoming remarks
6:10 – 7:00 Support Department presentations
7:00 – 7:30 Q & A Please sign up to attend using the Zoom registration link.

Registration will be open through the start of the meeting! Please come join us for the evening – an opportunity for YOU to have some Face to Face Time  with GSWNY and new co leaders in your Service Unit!

If you have any questions contact our Customer Care Team at 888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

REGISTER 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. 

Join Technovation Girls to work with other girls, ages 10-18, to solve problems that matter to you using technology. You’ll develop skills to help you no matter where your career takes you—like collaboration, problem solving, and leadership. You’ll have fun, too!

Register for either the November 17 or November 19 information session below.

REGISTER TODAY

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

Several troops recently found ways to honor our veterans and learn more about Veterans Day!


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 Family Newsletter – November 2020

What our country needs right now is you

In a time when politics are extremely contentious, your girl might be anxious, scared, or just have questions about what she’s seeing and hearing, and as a parent you want to help. So where do you start?

READ MORE

Simple ideas to get back to the real meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving should be a time to take a (probably much needed!) pause to celebrate all the wonderful things in our lives, and to teach our children the value of thankfulness. But who has time to really reflect when you’re too busy cooking and cleaning to even sit down and eat with the family?

So how can you and your family get back to the real meaning of Thanksgiving? Borrow these simple ideas from Dr. Bastiani Archibald and get ready to have one of your happiest holidays yet.

LEARN MORE

New Family Resources page from GSWNY

There are so many ways girls and families can participate in Girl Scouts. Whether your girl is part of a troop and looking for more activities or wanting to earn badges and get outdoors on her own, this page brings together all of the resources you need to participate in Girl Scouts together as a family. 

VISIT FAMILY PAGE

The online Cookie Program begins Saturday, Dec. 5

The Girl Scout Cookie program is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and is a financial literacy program where girls gain experience with the 5 Entrepreneurial Skills: people skills, money management, business ethics, goal setting and decision making. Girls practice these skills while earning rewards and funds for their troop while providing essential funds to Council programs.

Visit gswny.org for more cookie resources to help your girl prepare for the December 5 online sales. 

LEARN MORE

Make new friends with our new campaign

Now more than ever, your girl needs friends to share and create memories with, through in-person and virtual events. That’s why we’ve created the Grow Your Girl Crew challenge for members, so your girl can invite friends to join Girl Scouts, make new friends in the process, and even win prizes. Use the button below to learn more about the campaign, including what girls and adults win and how to participate

LEARN MORE

Keep your family safe while going virtual!

Many of our girls and troops are enjoying virtual programming this year. Some of these programs are being run by GSWNY, others are vendor-run. Just like when preparing for an in-person event, discussing behavior expectations and safety guidelines before the event ensures everyone has a great experience. Prior to virtual programs, families should review the GSUSA  Online Safety Guide and Virtual Meeting Safety Tips, and girls should sign the Online Safety Pledge.

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

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

First Aid Badge – S/A
Monday, Nov. 30 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

CodeCampKidz – Think Like a Programmer Online Journey – J/C/S
Dec. 1 – Dec. 31

Art at Camp – D/B
Saturday, Dec. 5 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Camp Piperwood


Art at Camp – J/C
Saturday, Dec. 5 | 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Camp Piperwood


Art at Camp – S/A
Sunday, Dec. 6 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Camp Piperwood


Healthy People, Healthy Planet – A
Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Introduction to Decoupage – S/A
Wednesday, Dec. 9 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Gold Award Training – S/A
Thursday, Dec. 10 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet an Urban Farmer! Senior Locavore Badge  S
Monday, Dec. 14 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cadette Board Game Night – C
Monday, Dec. 14 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Holiday Remix: I Don’t Think That’s How That Goes – S/A
Wednesday, Dec. 16 |6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Incredible Insects Discovery Lab – D
Saturday, Dec. 19 | 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

The programs listed above are available as of November 5, 2020. All programs are virtual unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

Family Pumpkin Carving Contest 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Family Pumpkin Carving Contest winners and thank you to everyone who submitted their photos. Keep an eye out in the mail for your prize and we hope you had a safe and happy Halloween!

Girl Winners:

1st Place – Maddie Backus

2nd Place – Shelby Reisenweber

3rd Place – Cyrene Blackley – Hieroglyphics for “Be at Peace”

Honorable Mention to Troop 61018 from East Rochester for their full troop pumpkin carvings photo submission.

Adult Winners:

1st Place – Adam Reisenweber

2nd Place – Kristyn Wind

3rd Place – Bree Kramer

Honorable Mention to Kathy Reisenweber for her Make New Friends painted pumpkin.

Reminder that our Fall Nature Photo Contest is still going. We are looking for the Best of these three categories for both Adults and Girls with $15 Gift Cards to our GSWNY Shops to the winners. All submissions due to outdoor@gswny.org by November 30. Good Luck and Have Fun!

  • Best Family Nature Selfie/Portrait
  • Best Fall Foliage
  • Best Fall Composition

Member Essentials – 11/3/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Although schools are closed today for Election Day, our offices and customer care lines are open.

Civic engagement is central to Girl Scouting and we encourage parents and caregivers to take your girls with you to vote and talk about the voting process with her. 

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.


Girl Scout Values: Girls’ Voices for Equality
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 7 to 8 p.m.

You are invited to our Girl Scout Values: Girls’ Voices for Equality program. We are welcoming Girl Scouts from all levels to join us as we listen and learn from one another on how girls can encourage change in our communities and stand for equity and equality.

Girls’ voices are central to Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts from our Girl Advisory Board will be joined by our CEO Alison Wilcox and staff members from GSWNY council, and all girls K-12 can join in the discussion. Please make sure to tune in and join us. 

This event will give girls the opportunity to share their voices and share what equality means to them. We will also discuss activities from our GSWNY anti-racism patch. The audience is invited to share their own experiences and questions in the comments. Please keep all comments Girl Scouts appropriate as we expect girls as young as Daisies participating and viewing.

Can’t make this event? The Live will be recorded for replay on Facebook and YouTube.

REGISTER FOR GIRL SCOUT VIGIL


Are you ready for Girl Scouts upcoming system downtime? Let’s make sure!

Earlier this month we shared information about Girl Scouts upcoming system refresh and plans to debut an enhanced member account management system later this fall. It’s true! Girl Scouts is on track to pull back the curtain and Go-Live with myAccount in early December—just a short time away—and we want to make sure that our volunteer and member communities our ready! 

The Member Go-Live Timeline here details the schedule from now through Go-Live. While much of the downtime period is set to occur the week of Thanksgiving, a time when troops and volunteers often take a break to be with family and friends,  we know that Girl Scouts and volunteers are always on the go and want to make sure that you are aware of the downtime, it’s potential to impact your Girl Scout plans, and steps you can take before November 18th to prevent any surprises

Please take a moment to review the important information included in this email regarding the system downtime period that will take place in November. As always, we are here to support you! 

Starting November 18 at 11:59 PM EST, Girl Scouts will begin system-wide updates that will temporarily restrict the ability to complete many volunteer and member related tasks and pause access to

• Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) 
• gsLearn (volunteer online training platform) 
• myGS
• Looker (service unit admin team reporting resource) 
• Background check completion and submission for processing 
• New membership registration/s and membership renewals 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience. 


Retail Item of the Week: Girl Guides by Level

Do you have a NEW or recently bridged troop? Girl Guides are available for ALL Troop LEVELS. Girls and volunteers will love the fun, eye-opening activities and the all-in-one badge book and handbook format.

Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badge and my Girl Scouts. The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting complements the Girl Scout Journeys by helping girls build skills to become successful and gain the confidence to do amazing things! Imported. These guide books include the earning requirements for numerous badges.

Current reduced price: $12.95! Pick one up TODAY via curbside pickup at your local WNY GIRL SCOUT STORE!


GSWNY Properties Available for Use

Our properties are currently available for use. However, in the interest of safety, we’ve modified our offerings. View our page here for an overview of our current procedures.


Register for the free virtual campfire using the provided link. The campfire will take place over Zoom on Tue., Nov. 10, 2020, from 7-8pm EST. You must be pre-registered for this event by that day to receive the Zoom info to attend. (Zoom info will not be provided through Facebook.)

PLUS… Celebrate International Camp T-Shirt Day! Wear your favorite GSWNY camp t-shirt that day and send pics to GSWNY by private message or emailing communications@gswny.org (please include your name, troop number, and city).

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL CAMPFIRE


Honor Pin: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight

Last month we learned how the Appreciation Pin which celebrates a volunteer who has given outstanding service to their own Service Unit. This month we will focus on the Honor Pin. The Honor Pin recognizes volunteer service which has a measurable impact on two or more service units or geographic areas. In the month of November as we celebrate Thanksgiving, please think about who you can give thanks to in your Service Unit!

READ MORE


Face to Face with GSWNY: New Leader Welcome Meeting

The Volunteer Experience Team is hosting a New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new leaders on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The purpose of the virtual meeting will be for them to meet GSWNY staff face to face, learn about our council’s various departments and what they do through a series of short presentations, and network with other volunteers. Service Unit Team members are also invited; come meet and greet your new volunteers.

Meeting Agenda
6:00 – 6:10 Welcoming remarks
6:10 – 7:00 Support Department presentations
7:00 – 7:30 Q & A Please sign up to attend using the Zoom registration link.

Registration will be open through the start of the meeting! Please come join us for the evening – an opportunity for YOU to have some Face to Face Time  with GSWNY and new co leaders in your Service Unit!

If you have any questions contact our Customer Care Team at 888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

REGISTER TODAY


Healthy People, Healthy Planet - Seniors | Tuesday, November 10 | 6-8 p.m

Learn what eco-advocates do. Sarah Baillie works at the Center for Biological Diversity, a national environmental nonprofit. She’ll explain how the Center uses creative media, science, and law to protect wild species and places. Girls will explore environmental issues they feel strongly about, play Carbon Budget Monopoly to demonstrate consumption patterns in the United States versus other countries, and learn how human health and wildlife conservation are interconnected. This program focuses on the empowerment of women and girls to advocate for a healthier planet.    

Includes: Healthy People, Healthy Planet Fun Patch and Eco Advocate Girl Scout Badge (Mailed after program).

REGISTER FOR HEALTH PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET


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

Brownie Troop 31158 visited Tifft Nature Preserve to earn the Wonders of Water Journey. While exploring the nature preserve they learned about the Great Lakes Watershed, conducted science experiments, made fish prints, collected litter, and made posters to help make the world a better place.


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.

Honor Pin: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – November 2020

Last month we learned how the Appreciation Pin which celebrates a volunteer who has given outstanding service to their own Service Unit. This month we will focus on the Honor Pin. The Honor Pin recognizes volunteer service which has a measurable impact on two or more service units or geographic areas. In the month of November as we celebrate Thanksgiving, please think about who you can give thanks to in your Service Unit!

Who should be considered for the Honor Pin? A volunteer in your Service Unit who has made a great impact in more than one Service Unit. For example, Tina has been instrumental in supporting archery training throughout council and is the coordinator of a large Cookie Mega Drop that serve the entire counties. Tina doesn’t only work to help the girls and leaders in her own Service Unit, she helps out everyone around her! It definitely sounds like Tina deserves the Honor Pin! If you know someone who truly “bleeds green” – nominate them for this award!

To earn the Honor Pin, a volunteer must nominate the awardee, and the nomination must be approved by the GSWNY Adult Recognition Committee. One peer reference is needed to endorse this nomination. Nominate an awardee by filling out the Survey Monkey form, or downloading and completing a paper nomination form located on the Adult Recognition page of our website. Please note the deadline to submit nominations for this award is February 1. Council will acknowledge Awardees in print and at Annual Recognition Event with the pin. Remember to acknowledge the recipient at Service Unit meeting, awards ceremony, or other Service Unit function.

Creating a strong system of adult recognitions is the key to robust, meaningful volunteer appreciation. Giving a combination of awards like the Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin, and Years of Service or Tenure will ensure a wide array of volunteers are appreciated for the level of service they have given. Check out our volunteer appreciation bullseye to learn more!

For more information about the Honor Pin, 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 by emailing us at volunteer@gswny.org. Thank you for all that you do!

Member Essentials – 10/27/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

October 31 is Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

For Girl Scouts, Halloween is much more than costumes and candy – it’s also our founder’s birthday! In 1860, Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah and began a life that would ultimately lead to the creation of our beloved organization! To celebrate, many of our troops celebrate through birthday parties, costume parties, service projects, and more! If you’d like to submit individual or troop activities to GSWNY, please email photo(s) and a description to  communications@gswny.org.

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.


Troop Leader Tips for Safe and Fun In-Person Meetings

We asked our amazing troop leaders for their best tips on keeping in-person meetings safe and fun! Check out their wisdom on our Troop Leader Blueprint page


Now more than ever, you need friends to share and create memories with, through in-person and virtual events. We challenge YOU to get out there and Grow Your Girl Crew because what’s better than making new friends?

Invite your friends, classmates, teammates, club mates, and every girl in between to join Girl Scouts now through January 31, 2021. And you know the cool part? Not only can they get to be a part of the Girl Scouting fun, there are prizes for you, too! 

Prizes include: GSWNY crewneck, a patch with charms, Air Pods, and more! 

LEARN MORE ABOUT GROW YOUR GIRL CREW


Virtual National Council Session

Friday, October 23-Sunday, October 25 was our first virtual National Council Session in the history of Girl Scouts of the USA!

Thank you to our Girl Scouts of WNY delegates and alternates who led the way. We were so proud of all of our delegates and alternates, and especially our 4 girl delegates! Girl Scouts of WNY delegation led the way on clarifying, supporting, and debating several of the proposals. Our delegation joined our sister councils across the country for over 30 hours of discovery, discussion, parliamentarian procedures, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the democratic process. We can’t wait to share more over the coming weeks!


There’s still time to enter our Fall Nature Photo Contest! 

Our Outdoor Department put together a great guide full of self-led activities for troops and families to do outside. 

Activities include hiking challenges and badges, a fall photo contest, and more! 

Download the guide today and get outside with your troop and/or family.

DOWNLOAD SELF-LED GUIDE


GSWNY Properties Available for Use

Our properties are currently available for use. However, in the interest of safety, we’ve modified our offerings. View our page here for an overview of our current procedures.


Join us for the Cookie Jar LIVE tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, but leadership cultivation should continue on as they become adults as well! Please join Alison Wilcox, CEO of GSWNY, and Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, President of Buffalo State College, for a conversation about board leadership, civic engagement, and how women can use these opportunities to help their careers and uplift their communities. Have a question you’d like them to answer? Email it to communications@gswny.org.

This video will premiere live on Facebook at 9 a.m. and will be reshared to YouTube after.


Vote
Election Day is next week Tuesday, November 3.  Civic education has always been a cornerstone of Girl Scouting, and we are proud that the majority of women in elected office are Girl Scout alums!  In 2020 Girl Scouting released new civics badges for girls at: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home/activities-for-girls/for-every-girl/new-badges.html

Check out the article on Raising Awesome Girls about talking with your girl about voting and the election:
https://www.girlscouts.org/en/raising-girls/leadership/life-skills/how-to-vote-with-kids.html

At GSWNY we encourage all members to vote!   

Face to Face with GSWNY: New Leader Welcome Meeting

The Volunteer Experience Team is hosting a New Leader Welcome Meeting via Zoom “Face to Face with GSWNY!” for new leaders on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The purpose of the virtual meeting will be for them to meet GSWNY staff face to face, learn about our council’s various departments and what they do through a series of short presentations, and network with other volunteers. Service Unit Team members are also invited; come meet and greet your new volunteers.

Meeting Agenda
6:00 – 6:10 Welcoming remarks
6:10 – 7:00 Support Department presentations
7:00 – 7:30 Q & A Please sign up to attend using the Zoom registration link.

Registration will be open through the start of the meeting! Please come join us for the evening – an opportunity for YOU to have some Face to Face Time  with GSWNY and new co leaders in your Service Unit!

If you have any questions contact our Customer Care Team at 888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

REGISTER TODAY


Retail Item of the Week: Free Trefoil Tech Mirror!

This week, in honor of Juliette Gordon Lowe’s Birthday, we are paying it forward to YOU! You can get a FREE trefoil tech mirror with the purchase of $30 or more from your local Girl Scout shop in WNY.

This tech mirror looks great on the back of your phone or any tech device! It also is the perfect stocking stuffing for your Girl Scout or thank you gift for a co-leader! Email your local store TODAY to put your order in!

Additional Tech Mirrors available for $8.00 (1 PER guest per transaction per day) ***Does not include Badge in the Box Sales. ***

Do you know about Fun Patches?

Fun Patches are a GREAT way to show how you participated in an activity, event or visited a special place. These patches are to be worn on the back of the Girl Scout sash, vest or tunic.

The pictures are a few samples of the +1,000 different fun patches that are available. Did you know you can view the patch catalog online? Just go to https://patchcatalog.com/ and then submit your order to any shop via email for a curbside pickup service!

Please allow a few weeks for your fun patch order to come in​​.



Upcoming Outdoor Programs 

Check out Ebiz for the latest additions to our listings. “Art at Camp” and “Starry Night at Camp” with two possible locations for each, at Camp Seven Hills and Camp Piperwood have something for every level. Sign up today, join us for some outdoor fun, and earn a badge in the process. We hope to see you there!

Wondermakers Pumpkin Patch
D/B – Virtual
Celebrate autumn and Halloween with fun stories from England, Puerto Rico, Turkey, and the African American tradition. Children from the audience will be invited to help The Wondermakers act out the folk tales.

Saturday, October 31 | 11-11:35 a.m.
Deadline to Register Extended!
Register Here
Introduction to Quilling
S/A – Virtual
What is quilling?  It is art of thin strips of paper rolled, shaped, and glued that result in creating a decorative design. Learn the basic steps and different types of rolls to craft a unique creation. Once you know the steps and rolls the possibilities are endless; from intricate designs to monograms. These make great gifts for all occasions or a something special for you. 

Wednesday, November 11 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration closes TODAY
Register Here


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

On October 24, Girl Scout members gathered at Camp Seven Hills to assist with a trail maintenance and development project. Here are two pictures submitted by Troop 30656.


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.

Grow Your Girl Crew: Invite girls to join Girl Scouts and win prizes!

Referral form for members: https://bit.ly/growyourcrew2020

Now more than ever, you need friends to share and create memories with, through in-person and virtual events. We challenge YOU to get out there and Grow Your Girl Crew because what’s better than making new friends?

Invite your friends, classmates, teammates, club mates, and every girl in between to join Girl Scouts now through January 31, 2021. And you know the cool part? Not only can they get to be a part of the Girl Scouting fun, there are prizes for you, too! (keep scrolling to see what they are!)

Follow these three steps:

  1. Invite girls you know in Western New York to join Girl Scouts! (we know you may have friends and family around the country, but this is all about building your local crew)
  2. Fill out this form to tell us who you invited to join.
  3. Win prizes when they join Girl Scouts! (prizes pictured below)

It’s that simple – tell your other girls about Girl Scouts, let us know who you invited, and then when they join, you get prizes? What are they, exactly? Keep reading!

We have three tiers of prizes you can win, as well as prizes for the two girls who have the most new girls join!

Tier 1: Refer one girl who joins

Receive a Grow Your Girl Crew patch and 2021 trefoil charm for the patch

Tier 2: Refer three girls who join

Receive a Grow Your Girl Crew patch, 2021 trefoil charm, heart charm, and your choice of a large bow OR bucket hat

Tier 3: Refer five girls who join

Receive a Grow Your Girl Crew patch, 2021 trefoil charm, heart charm, rainbow charm, your choice of a large bow OR bucket hat, and a GSWNY crewneck sweatshirt

BONUS: The top 2 girls who refer and have the most girls join will win their choice of Air Pods or a $100 gift card

Adults, we have a prize for you, too! Refer one person who joins as an adult volunteer and you’ll receive a GSWNY crewneck sweatshirt and they’ll get a GSWNY mask. Fill out the same form for girls to enter today.

Reminder: All girls and adults must join Girl Scouts in Western New York in order for you to qualify for the prizes.

You can enter up to five names at a time using the form. If you invite more friends, simply fill out the form again. Have you told someone to register for Girl Scouts? We will check the names regularly to see if they have joined, and if they do, you qualify for great prizes!

Questions? Reach out to us any time at 1-888-837-6410 or join.us@gswny.org

Member Prizes

This patch with the trefoil charm will be sent to all girls who have at least one friend they invite join Girl Scouts! The heart charm will be sent in addition to the patch and trefoil if you invite three people who join, and the rainbow charm will be sent with the other two charms and patch if you invite five girls who join. 

If you invite three girls and the join Girl Scouts, you have your choice of a GSWNY bucket hat or a large bow.

If five girls you invite join Girl Scouts, you get a GSWNY crewneck. Adults, you receive a crewneck if someone you invite registers as an adult volunteer. 

The top 2 (two) girls who invite the most friends who join will either win a pair of Air Pods or $100 gift card (their choice).