GSWNY Family Newsletter – December 2020

Distance Learning During Coronavirus School Closures

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has turned the world as we know it upside down, to say the least. Millions of families are trying to keep the learning alive at home amid virus-related school closures—even while they attempt to adjust to their own work-from-home realities, stock up on household essentials, and do everything in their power to keep their loved ones healthy. Frankly? It’s a lot.

The good news is that even though you’re social distancing (staying in when possible and keeping at least six feet away from those not in your household), you’re absolutely not alone in this struggle. We talked to a few teachers who’ve been there, done that, and they had some amazingly practical advice for how everyday families can get through this difficult time.

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Holiday activities for your family

It’s undeniable that 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, but that doesn’t mean it needs to dampen our holiday spirit. Even though activities may look differently this year, the holidays are still a perfect opportunity to spend time with your family and spread cheer to others.

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Girl Scout Cyrene and her family recently rented Manuel Lodge at Camp Seven Hills

Family Property Rentals are now available

For a limited time, we are opening our property rentals to private households at the Girl Scout rate. COVID-19 guidelines have affected the number of girls and troops who have been able to rent our properties, and we want to ensure that girls still have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy our properties with their families. You can read the FAQs here.

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The Online Cookie Program is happening now

The Online Cookie Program is happening now We are more than a week into our online sales! If you have questions, use the button below to find resources for cookie sellers. We also have a recorded training for parents/guardians (password: BEAMAZING).

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Keep your family safe while going virtual!

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

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

CodeCampKidz – Think Like a Programmer Online Journey – J/C/S Dec. 1 – Dec. 31
Virtually Outdoors: Knot Tying 101 – D/B/J/C/S/A Tuesday, Jan. 5 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Resume, Interview, and Job Seeking Basics – S/A Wednesday, Jan. 6 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Healthy People, Healthy Planet – A Saturday, Jan. 9 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Championship Martial Arts 716 – D Sunday, Jan. 10 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Coding Basics with Innova Girls Academy – J/C Monday, Jan. 11 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Virtually Outdoors: Hiking & Leave No Trace – D/B/J/C/S/A Wednesday, Jan. 13 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Digital Game Design – S Saturday, Jan. 16 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wondermakers Star Spangled Tales D/B Saturday, Jan. 16 | 11:00 AM – 11:35 AM
Meghan’s Tasty Treats Cupcake Decorating Class – C/S/A Sunday, Jan. 17 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Collage Artist – S/A Tuesday, Jan. 19 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Coding Basics with Innova Girls Academy – J/C Wednesday, Jan. 20 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The programs listed above are available as of December 10, 2020. All programs are virtual unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

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?

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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.

GSWNY Family Newsletter – October 2020

Fun Activities for Kids Spending a LOT of Time at Home

Whether you’re on school break or it’s just the weekend, your family is probably spending more time at home than ever. If you’ve had enough movie nights to program an entire film festival and are hungry for something (anything!) different, we hear you.  There are lots of tips out there about how to get through all this extra time at home unscathed, but we’d rather you get through it smiling with a ton of fun new memories and experiences under your belt. Here’s how to make it work.

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Enjoy fall with these self-led family activities

Looking for ways to enjoy the fall season with your family? We have a document full of ideas, including hiking, pumpkin carving, and more!

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Anti-Racism Patch

We are proud to announce the release of the NEW Girl Scouts of Western New York Anti-Racism Patch for girls and families.

This new Anti-Racism Patch features engaging activities for your girl at any grade level. Find out or learn about an interesting fact? Share it with us and send a photo of you completing an activity from the patch to email.

To find the new patch – please click here

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Badge in a Box

If circumstances make it difficult for a girl’s troop to meet in person, if she is a Juliette Girl Scout, or if you simply want to have some additional Girl Scout fun and learning experiences as a family, the new Badge in a Box program might be a good fit for your family.

NEW! We have Democracy Badge in a Boxes for all levels for $10. Pictured is an example of one of our Badge in a Boxes, Brownie Senses.

Visit gswny.org to learn more about Badge in a Box and how to order.

Is your family participating in our Fall Product Program?

Our Fall Product Program is a financial literacy program allowing girls to be entrepreneurs by offering family and friends the opportunity to purchase delicious nuts,  chocolates, and magazines.

Your girl can win this giant, 5 foot sloth!
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There are multiple ways to participate:

  • In-person by taking orders using the nut order card and collecting payments.
  • Online by inviting friends and family to place an order. Customers can choose to have nuts, chocolates, or magazines shipped directly to them, or they can select from a group of nut and chocolate products that girls can deliver in person.

Proceeds stay locally to benefit our council, and troops earn funds on all items sold. The program is an excellent way to support your council while earning early funds for your troop to use during the Girl Scout year for your activities and projects.

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Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

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

Health People, Healthy Planet – A Saturday, Oct. 17
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Exploring Space with SPS – B/J/C Saturday, Oct. 17
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

College Knowledge Academy – S/A Sunday, Oct. 18
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Gold Award Training – C Wednesday, Oct. 21
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Girls Go Techbridge with the Society of Women Engineers 
J/C/S/A Saturday, Oct. 24
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

H20: Beyond the Tap – A Saturday, Oct. 24
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Meghan’s Tasty Treats Cupcake Decorating Class – B/J Sunday, Oct. 25
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Wondermakers Pumpkin Patch – B/J Saturday, Oct. 31
11:00 AM – 11:35 AM
Championship Martial Arts 716  J Sunday, Nov. 1
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Activism for Animals – S Wednesday, Nov. 4
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Health People, Healthy Planet – A Saturday, Nov. 17
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Girls in Space – D/B Saturday, Nov. 7
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Virtual STEM-A-Palooza 2020  J/C Saturday, Nov. 7
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Championship Martial Arts 716  S Sunday, Nov. 8
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Introduction to Quilling – S/A Wednesday, Nov. 11
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Toy Story Business School – D/B Saturday, Nov. 14
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Gold Award Training – C Tuesday, Nov. 17
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Animal Helpers Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County  C Saturday, Nov. 21
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Voice for the Animals Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – S Saturday, Nov. 21
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

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

The programs listed above are available as of October 7, 2020. All programs are virtual unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.