Girl Scouts of WNY announces Renee Wright as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Renee Wright of Holland, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wright’s project, Reading Garden, involved building a custom reading nook for the Toddler Room of Orchard Park Wesleyan church in Orchard Park.

Wright’s project combined her passions for her church community, reading, and working with children and gave the children at her church a safe and productive space to read and play in. This process involved designing and creating a custom cubby unit, safety gate, and bookshelves that were themed to match the rest of the space.

Wright explained, “Every week I see the children work and enjoying the Toddler Room and using my Reading Garden during their story time. I learned how to use power tools to complete this project as well as created several new relationships within my church. I built, painted, and assembled all these pieces myself, as well as coordinated all the project donations, communications, and volunteer meetings. After the project was completed, I hosted several question and answer sessions for parents and other church members, as well as wrote an article that was included in the church’s electronic newsletter.”

“I am happy to promote early literacy within a community that is so important to me and appreciate the support from everyone who helped me during this process,” stated Wright.

Wright is the first in her community to earn her Gold Award in the last decade. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, she often aids younger troops, and hopes that the completion of her project will inspire the girls she works with to continue to serve their community as well.

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Wright will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Madison Rettig as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Madison Rettig of Hamburg, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Rettig’s project is called The Importance of Healthy Nutrition and Exercise for Female Youth. Madison Rettig created a curriculum, website, and worksheets to help younger Girl Scouts learn to lead healthy lifestyles.

Rettig teamed up with younger Girl Scouts to present them with research she had done on exercise and nutrition. She also prepared worksheets to help them earn a badge. Rettig didn’t stop there and created a website called “HelloFit” using Wix.com for girls to use as a trustworthy resource for information on a healthy diet and exercise, because she personally knows how challenging it can be to find good information on the subject.

While in Girl Scouts, Rettig said, “I’ve learned how important it is to have a group of friends that I can rely on and how rewarding hard work can be.” By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Rettig will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Elizabeth Fairchild as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elizabeth Fairchild of Honeoye Falls, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Fairchild’s project, STEM at the Library, involved hosting a day of STEM activities at the Mendon Library and providing the library with STEM activities for the future.

Fairchild’s goal was to address the need for women in STEM fields and keep girls interested in STEM throughout their years in middle school. Fairchild stated, “They learned about different STEM topics, the problem with the shortage of women in STEM fields, and were inspired to continue STEM education and encourage other girls to be interested in STEM.”

Fairchild created a website that has all of her program plans on it along with other resources to help girls learn more about STEM. She also sent her program plans to other area libraries so they can use the activities. She will train someone to continue running STEM programs at the Mendon Library after she graduates.

Fairchild said, “I have learned so many life skills in Girl Scouts and I have bonded with many people. My Silver and Gold Awards helped me develop my leadership skills.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Fairchild will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Bridget Taylor as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Bridget Taylor of Rochester, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Taylor’s project is called, Mercy Morsels: A Cookbook to Benefit Bethany House. Bethany House is a shelter for women and children in the Rochester area that relies entirely on donated goods.

Taylor reached out to people within her high school, Our Lady of Mercy’s network to get started. She contacted current Mercy families, staff, and alumni who sent her recipes for the cookbook. After selling the cookbook, Taylor used the profits to purchase items off Bethany House’s wish list, to donate to them.

Bethany House impacts more than 2,000 individuals and families a year. “My project benefits people served by Bethany House by providing things they otherwise would not have. They are in constant need of baby products, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, and food,” said Taylor.

Taylor explained, “My Gold Award was such an amazing opportunity; to be able to provide so much hope and happiness to the women and children at Bethany House was such a humbling experience and a wonderful feeling. Girl Scouts has allowed me to feel more connected to my community and those living in it.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Taylor will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Bridget Hersee as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Bridget Hersee of North Tonawanda, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Hersee’s project, Fort Niagara Naturalization Ceremony, involved coordinating a Naturalization Ceremony at Old Fort Niagara with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Old Fort Niagara Staff.

Hersee has been a volunteer at Old Fort Niagara for many years. She learned that there hadn’t been a naturalization ceremony on site for over 30 years, and decided to change that. Hersee explained, “My project gave the community of citizenship applicants the opportunity to naturalize at a beautiful, local, and historically significant venue and learn some of its vast history while there.”

Hersee spent several days shadowing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services staff and learned about the entire citizenship process. She learned naturalization law, the process which immigrants complete to become citizens and how the agency plans a ceremony.

Hersee coordinated the agenda and those required in attendance to conduct a naturalization ceremony, including a Federal Judge, a legal clerk, and the Immigration Services Officers.

“My project addressed the issue that new immigrants often do not know the local history of the areas in which they live. There are now 20 new citizens who can say they were naturalized at Old Fort Niagara in the first naturalization ceremony held there since the 1990s,” said Hersee.

Hersee’s devotion to this project means that the Old Fort Niagara staff is now aware of what is needed to host a Naturalization Ceremony, and there can be more ceremonies in the future. Hersee explained that “Girl Scouts gave me an incredible opportunity to learn new things, meet people and go through a process I never would have had the chance to do without Girl Scouts.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Hersee will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Member Essentials – 6/16/20

Dear GSWNY Members,

Please see the updates below:

Girl Scout In-Person Gathering

Please note that while certain geographic areas within our council have lessened the restrictions on gatherings, Girl Scout in-person meetings, events and activities are considered to be in Phase 4 which is not yet open in Western New York counties. Girl Scout in-person activities continue to be cancelled through June 30, 2020.  We will provide any updates for future planning when available. Please know that the activities that you participate in outside of Girl Scouts are completely at your discretion, but that all in-person Girl Scout programs and activities are still prohibited during this time. Thank you so much in advance for your cooperation.

Attend a Wellness & Self-Care Session for Girls (Optional)

Wellness & Self-Care for Girls: Tips to Becoming a Healthier You” with Karl Shallowhorn: Session 1
Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Zoom https://girlscouts.zoom.us/j/98240279391
(Meeting ID: 982 4027 9391 and Password: 923936)

Wellness & Self-Care for Girls: Tips to Becoming a Healthier You” with Karl Shallowhorn: Session 2
Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom https://girlscouts.zoom.us/j/95829535714
(Meeting ID: 958 2953 5714 and Password: 290065)

For questions, please reach out to us at Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. 


Statement from GSUSA

Black Lives Matter. We need to make that clear. Racism goes against the values of Girl Scouts, and although we have acted to counter racism throughout our history, we know we have enormous work ahead of us to build a truly anti-racist organization. We are prioritizing these efforts, both on an individual level and within every aspect of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of the USA and all 111 Girl Scout councils will engage in challenging discussions, center voices we haven’t listened to in the past, act with integrity, and learn from any missteps. We pledge to never stop working to create the just and equitable world that every girl, and all of us, deserve


Juneteenth is a historic and
national celebration that
observes the ending of
slavery in the United States. 

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21!

Here’s to all the dads raising awesome daughters! Happy Father’s Day! 💚


Just because we can’t come together in-person, doesn’t mean that summer is cancelled! We’re offering a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors. It’s camp, reimagined with The Summer We Camped At Home! Girls in Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts ages 5-17 can be registered. The weekly cost including the home-delivered Camp Activity Kit is $60 – financial aid is available. 

Use the link below to learn more about our virtual summer camp programs and register today!

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Announcing a special June Renewal Pop-Up Prize!

During the month of June, we have a

We have two weeks left in June Renewal and in addition to our current incentives, we have a special pop-up opportunity!

Girls who renew by midnight Sunday, June 21, will be entered into a drawing to win (1) her choice: either a 1-year Disney Plus+ Membership OR a Kindle Kids Edition

Leaders who renew by midnight Sunday, June 21,  will be entered into a drawing to win (1) your choice: either a 1-year Amazon Prime Membership or a $100 Amazon gift card

Renew when you’re ready

If you or your girls are not in a position to renew right now, don’t worry – our signature Renewal perk, SAGE Tuition Rewards points , can be earned by girls, co-leaders, and service unit managers who renew by September 30. Financial aid is available.


The Annual Troop Financial Activity Report Submission Window is Open! 

Co-Leaders! The time to submit the annual online Troop Financial Activity Report, or T-FAR, is here! June 1–30 is 2020 T-FAR Time!

A new T-FAR Training Slideshow PowerPoint has been created.  Even if you aren’t new to T-FAR submission, please review it – there are updates as well as information regarding the GSUSA Covid-19 troop fund extension guidelines you won’t want to miss.  Don’t forget you will need to attach your May bank statement to the report.

If you have any questions – please reach out to Customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.


Ready to BE AMAZING in 2021?

Our recognition voting is now open! Check out the new theme and vote on our 2021 recognitions that you love best! 

VOTE TODAY


Girl Scouts Run the World Party—Instagram Live Event

Join GSUSA on Saturday, June 27, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET, for an exclusive Instagram Live party presented by Girl Scouts, Jam Jr., and Justice. With all of the challenges we’ve faced and will continue to face this year, we hope you’ll celebrate with us all that we have accomplished together, as we look forward to the summer and a brighter future ahead. This 90-minute virtual event will feature:

  • Special performances by Jam Jr. artists
  • Music by 13-year-old twin DJs Amira and Kayl
  • Product giveaways from Girl Scouts and Justice

For a sneak peek of the giveaways and to sign up for future Girl Scout virtual events, visit our online store.

Join your Girl Scout sisters from all over the United States and invite your friends to be part of the fun to make it extra special—you’re sure to remember this party for years to come! 

This is a free event for Girl Scouts and friends. Follow @girlscouts on Instagram and join us LIVE on June 27.

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Upcoming National Webinars

Awesome Girls: Family STEM Series – Junior Think Like a Programmer!
Wednesday, June 17 | 4:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Activities, inspired by our Girl Scout STEM curriculum and rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, cover a range of STEM topics and connections to exciting STEM careers. We will cover the basics of what algorithms are and how computer scientists use them, lead the girls in a hands-on exercise to create their own algorithm, then segue into creating a rapid prototype that could execute their algorithm.

REGISTER FOR JUNIOR PROGRAMMER

Tips for Troop Leaders LIVE: Bringing the Great Outdoors Home
Wednesday, July 1 | 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Outdoor activities offer so much more than fun in the sun; they’re about building tangible outdoor skills, forging deep friendships, and growing girls’ confidence. So how do you keep the excitement and  learning going when traditional summer experiences, like camp, are canceled? In this webcast, we’ll discuss how you can successfully balance virtual activities with hands-on family fun to keep building your troop’s outdoor skills—yes, even from home.

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Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! We regularly add new resources, including new Virtual Badge Work for all Girl Scout Levels on Thursdays!


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things – Gold Award Edition

We’re highlighting the more than 30 Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award this past year! 

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.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Arielle Tyrpak as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Arielle Tyrpak of Orchard Park, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Tyrpak’s project, Saving the Unborn, involved increasing education and reflection around the Pro-Life movement at her high school, St. Mary’s in Lancaster.  

Tyrpak explained, “I chose this project because I feel very strongly about the importance of saving every single life since I, myself, am a child of adoption. I think my project impacted the community by opening up a sincere dialogue about this very impactful issue.” Tyrpak had a representative of the movement come and speak at her school, she also published an informative article in St. Mary’s Gazette newspaper.

Tyrpak finished off her project by planting a garden at Nativity Church in Orchard Park with the purpose of giving people a place to go and reflect. Tyrpak said, “Girl Scouts encouraged me to see my surroundings in a different light, made me more confident in being able to achieve a goal, and showed me how enjoyable and fulfilling it can be to work as a team or individually to help those who may be less fortunate.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Tyrpak will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Alexandra Wilczek as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alexandra Wilczek of Kenmore, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wilczek’s project Backpacks for Kids, benefits children in Hillside Children’s Center by giving them a backpack to call their own.  

Wilczek held can and bottle drives in her community to raise funds to purchase backpacks to donate to Hillside Children’s Center. Wilczek said, “I learned that I could really make an impact in someone’s life all by myself. I could work towards a goal I care about and achieve it with my own hard work.” Wilczek chose this project when she learned that Foster Children are not often given bags of their own to move their belongings from home to home, and she wanted to give them something that would be entirely their own.

Wilczek stated, “Because of this project, I know that I can facilitate a massive project and use my resources to make a difference. Girl Scouts gave me leadership skills and opportunities to help others.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Alexandra Wilczek will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Corinne Lapp as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Corinne Lapp of Amherst, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Lapps’s project, Miracle Masks, involved creating 100 face masks for public distribution as well as providing instructions on how to sew additional masks with machine or by hand.

Lapp stated that her goal was to help families stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was happy to assist her community in a way she found fun and that helped her improve on her sewing skills. To streamline her process she worked on the masks in a style similar to an assembly line by batching several through a single step before moving them all on to the next step in the process simultaneously. Below are the instructions she included with each mask. The steps are also available at bit.ly/lappgoldaward on YouTube.

Steps of sewing the masks:

You will need: Fabric, garden wire, elastic, scissors, ruler, pins/clips, and a sewing machine.

Measurements: Fabric= 6inchesx9inches; Garden Wire = 6.5 inches 

Elastic= 6.5 inches for a small, 7 inches for a medium, 8 inches for a large

  1. Lay your 2 pieces of fabric so that both of the outside sides are touching and the wrong sides are on the outside. Line up the 9 inch sides and pin together
  2. Sew the edge with a 1/8th inch seam allowance.
  3. Flip the fabric so that the right sides are on top now and pin the wire into the seam.
  4. Sew close to the wire or with a ¼ inch seam allowance.
  5. Flip back over so the wrong sides are on top and pin together the other 9inch sides Sew. 
  6. Press together with fingers or an iron
  7. With the right sides on the outside, fold in the rough edges of the 6 inch side so that they are in the inside of the mask. 
  8. Pin the elastic in the edges. Sew over elastic with zig zag stitch. Backstitch over elastic 5 times.
  9. After sewing, add in pleats. Simply fold the middle together pin. The fold the top than bottom. Sew with a zig zag stitch. Press for permanence. 
  10. Enjoy your mask and stay safe!

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Lapp will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Emma Smith as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Emma Smith of Pittsford, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Smith’s project, Mural for the Children at the Monroe County Visitation Center, involved working with multiple county agencies and painting her approved design at the visitation center in Rochester to welcome visitors, especially children, and foster a positive environment.

Smith collaborated with the Monroe County Department of Human Services, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, Girl Scouts of Western New York, and other individuals throughout the process.

She wanted to use her love and skills for art to make a difference for the children going through hard times at the Visitation Center. The project impacted her community by brightening up the environment for the children. She had to do research about foster care in Monroe County and how to paint a mural because she had never painted something so large before! Smith explained, “I submitted personal designs and got approval from the county to begin painting. I used the money I had earned in Girl Scouts selling cookies over the past ten years to fund my project and purchase the supplies I needed. Then there was the painting itself, which I did over a four-day period.”

See additional photos of the project in our earlier blog post.

Smith said, “Girl Scouts has benefitted me in my life by teaching me valuable lessons on how to use my skills to make the world a better place.”  

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Smith will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.