GSWNY Family Newsletter – April 2021

Why Just Trying is Sometimes Good Enough

Think back to when your girl was a toddler; do you remember that boundless enthusiasm and I-can-do-anything attitude? One day she wanted to be a writer and the next day she’d switched to wanting to be a dentist/astronaut (because dental hygiene is important even in space. Naturally!). But as girls get older, studies show that their fearless sense of adventure starts to give way to something a bit less fun: the pressure to be perfect. Just how serious is the problem though? By age 13, nearly half of girls say they “aren’t allowed to fail.” Scary, right?

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Earth Day Challenge

This year Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. Celebrate Earth Day all month long with your family by completing activities linked below to add up to 21 and earn your 2021 Earth Day patch. 

COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE

Spring Renewal is now open

Raising kids today is essentially uncharted territory, which is why Girl Scouts of Western New York is here for you and your family through it all. Cheering you on, lifting you up, celebrating your strengths. Today, tomorrow, together—we’re on your team. You’ve got this.

Girls who renew during April qualify for our Ultimate Spring Renewal Incentives, including a GSWNY Lunch Sack and the GSUSA Renewal patch.

RENEW TODAY

Celebrate your story in our Becoming Me program, inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama!

As we celebrate your strength, we want you to celebrate how far your girl has come this year and how far she’ll continue to go. Check out our new Becoming Me program, through which girls can explore their stories and who they can become, earn badges, and even attend a special members-only virtual event on May 6 with Mrs. Obama! Kick off a new year of Girl Scouting and save your spot by April 30.

Month of the Military Child

April is a time for many celebrations, including Month of the Military Child. Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts of Western New York are proud to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide. Celebrate the Month of the Military Child with using the button below.

Last week, 7,300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies were delivered to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base and Friends of Family Support Association as part of the Cookie Share Program. We are grateful for all our Girl Scout and customers who helped provide these sweet treats to many heroes in the military.

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See her independence soar at summer camp

Summer camp is an important part of Girl Scouting. Beyond the outdoor skills they develop and adventures they have, Girl Scouts grow as leaders at camp. 

Whether camp is in-person or alternative, we have opportunities for your girl to experience Girl Scout camp this year. Use the button below to learn more!

CAMP INFORMATION

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

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

(In-Person) Earn Your Eco Explorer & Eco Advocates Badges –  S/A
Saturday, April 24 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

(In-Person) Earth Day: Give Back to Camp at Camp Seven Hills Lakeside – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults
Saturday, April 24 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Brownie Painting Badge – B
Saturday, April 24 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cyber Footprints – S/A
Thursday, April 29 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – J/C/S/A
Saturday, May 1 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Saturday, May 1 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Sunday, May 2 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dancer Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – B
Monday, May 3 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Staying Fit Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – J
Tuesday, May 4 | 6:00 PM -7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – J/C/S /A
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Appreciating You: A Day to Recharge & Renew – Adults
Saturday, May 15 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(In-Person) Conquer Camping – D/B
Sunday, May 16 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Creating Spells with Beaverton Civic Theatre – J/C
Sunday, May 16 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Animal Habitats Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – J
Tuesday, May 18 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

(In-Person) Timbercrest Tidbits 2021: Loop the Lake Trail Nature Walk –  D/B/J
Wednesday, May 19 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Screen Writer Badge with Teaching Artists Roc – C
Saturday, May 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM



The programs listed above are available as of April 9, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org

GSWNY Family Newsletter – March 2021

Parents? You’re Doing Some Heroic Work Right Now

Lots of things are hard these days, and so many of us are feeling the stress. Beyond doing everything in your power to keep your loved ones healthy, there’s so much day-to-day stuff that can go sideways in a moment’s notice. Whether your kid has a full meltdown while you’re on an important conference call (naturally making you feel like parent of the year) or the grocery store is yet again out of the few things your picky eater actually likes—none of it  is easy. And when you’re used to juggling many different priorities pretty well, it’s easy to be hard on yourself when things aren’t going right. 

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Happy Girl Scout Week!

The Girl Scouts of Western New York are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black women who were pioneers in fields that reflect our four pillars: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM, and Outdoors. Each week we’ll share a blog post with her story, as well as other information and activities to help you celebrate the month, too!

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Celebrating the women who inspire us for Women’s History Month

March is all about celebrating the contributions of women to American history, and this year we want to hear from our Girl Scouts! Your girl is invited to share with us about a woman who inspires her through a creative project of her choosing. This is also a contest where the winner will be chosen at random from the submissions.

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Watch your girl grow as a leader at summer camp

Summer camp is an important part of Girl Scouting. Beyond the outdoor skills they develop and adventures they have, Girl Scouts grow as leaders at camp. 

Whether camp is in-person or alternative, we have opportunities for your girl to experience Girl Scout camp this year. Use the button below to learn more!

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Program Highlight

She THRIVES: Building Positive Mental Health Practices

Saturday, April 17 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | C/S/A

Girls asked for mental health programs and we’ve answered! GSWNY is proud to work with our sponsors The Thinkers and the Girl Scouts NY State Training Cohort to bring this exciting program to our members! 

Vetted facilitators from Google, NASA, Emmy Award Winners, New York University, and Georgetown University will deliver 3 sessions to participants. 

Session Topics:

  • Daily Self-Care Practices for Positive, Inner Growth 
  • Be Mindful: Tips to Prevent and Manage Anxiety & Stress 
  • Build Healthy and Authentic Friendships & Relationships 

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Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors
Home Alone Safety with EPIC Trainings – B/J Saturday, March 13 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Babysitters Training with EPIC Trainings – C Saturday, March 13 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Self Care Night – S/A Thursday, March 18 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Outdoor Adventure Day at Camp Windy Meadows – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 20 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Starry Night at Camp Windy Meadows – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 20 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre – B Sunday, March 21 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Gold Award Training – S/A Wednesday, March 24 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Outdoor Adventure Day at Camp Seven Hills – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 27 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Starry Night at Camp Seven Hills – D/B/J/C/S/A/Adults Saturday, March 27 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Championship Martial Arts – D Sunday, March 28 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Herstory: Mission History – S/A Tuesday, March 30 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Championship Martial Arts – B Sunday, April 18 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre – J Sunday, April 18 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtually Outdoors: Leading Campfire Songs – C/S/A Tuesday, April 20 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Textile Artist – C/S/A Thursday, April 22 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The programs listed above are available as of March 5, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

GSWNY Family Newsletter – February 2021

Photo is pre-COVID

When Violence on the News Shakes Her World

In our always-on digital world, technology has made all of us, including the youngest among us, virtual witnesses to disturbing scenes and violence that stream live or move through social feeds in real time—such as during the recent attack within the U.S. Capitol, where five people died and members of Congress were in grave danger.

With kids spending more time than ever online right now, thanks to remote schooling, and with disturbing imagery dominating the news, sometimes they stumble upon these visuals before they—or you—know what happened. Because there is worry violence will continue over the coming weeks, extra screen time vigilance, particularly for younger kids, may be in order. Given our ongoing contact with phones, tablets, and TVs, we may again have to reckon with almost instantaneous, graphic accounts of events, including live video or images posted as they occur.

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GSWNY celebrates Black History Month

The Girl Scouts of Western New York are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black women who were pioneers in fields that reflect our four pillars: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM, and Outdoors. Each week we’ll share a blog post with her story, as well as other information and activities to help you celebrate the month, too!

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You’re invited to our next Virtual Campfire!

Everyone is invited to join us February 16 for songs, games, prizes, and more! Plus, girls can earn a badge and win a free week of camp! Click here to learn more and register using the button below.

REGISTER

New cookie resources for families

What better way to bond with your daughter than supporting her Girl Scout Cookie Program? Girl Scouts of all levels look forward to participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program each year, and we know they are excited to share in the experience with you by their side. Our new page for families provides resources to help your girl succeed.

VISIT FAMILIES PAGE

Silver Trefoil Memory Garden Commemorative Bricks  

Silver Trefoil is a group of Girl Scout Alumnae with 20+ years of Girl Scout membership who assist Service Units in Girl Scout traditions and maintain the Memory Garden located at Camp Windy Meadows, Lockport Service Center.

We want to create a new path in the Memory Garden and we need your help! We are raising money to fund the upkeep of the garden by offering the opportunity to purchase a 4” x 8” brick engraved with a message of your choice! Included in the price is a commemorative 4” x 4” tile coaster for you to keep. Anyone can order a commemorative brick to honor a troop, group, In Memoriam, Gold Award Girl Scout, Lifetime Member, or Service Unit. 

Use the link below to learn more about the Commemorative Bricks, see examples, and place your order today!

LEARN MORE ABOUT COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS

Get it today: Cookie Express Badge in a Box

Support your girl in the cookie program badge right at home. Each box contains everything your girl will need to complete her Daisy Money Counts, Brownie Meet My Customers, or Junior Savvy Shopper badge. Each box is $8. Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $5.00. If there is not a grant available in your area, members can apply for Council Opportunity Funds.

There are a limited number of boxes available and will be for curbside pick-up only.

ORDER TODAY

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors
Rise and Shine Morning Toaster Pastries with “What’s Cooking Kids? – J/C/S/A Wednesday, Feb. 17
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brownie Outdoor Art – B Saturday, Feb. 20
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Incredible Insects Discovery Lab – B Saturday, Feb. 20
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Gold Award Training – S/A Wednesday, Feb. 24
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
I Owe, I Owe, So Off to Work I Go: Ambassador Good Credit Badge – A Thursday, Feb. 25
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Championship Martial Arts 716 Martial Arts Program – J Sunday, Feb. 28
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Novelist – S/A Tuesday, March 2
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtually Outdoors: Trip Planning Series – S/A/Adult Tuesday, March 2
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Championship Martial Arts 716 Martial Arts Program – C/S/A Sunday, March 7
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
The programs listed above are available as of January 29, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

GSWNY Family Newsletter – January 2020

Girls Are Having a Mental Health Crisis—Some Solutions, Though, Are Simple

Two years ago, girls in a national survey reported the highest rates of loneliness on record. Then in 2019—months before COVID-19 was even a blip on most people’s radar—more than one in three girls in the U.S. said they felt extremely anxious on a daily basis. Most tragic of all, suicide rates in girls ages 10–14 tripled between 1999 and 2007 and have risen by 13 percent since then. 

Add a global pandemic, widespread lockdowns, separation from their friends, social unrest, and a long-term pause on many social activities and routines, and girls are truly in crisis. 

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Girl Scouts of the USA has a resource page on its website, Raising Awesome Girls, which includes many articles sharing advice including this article on 7 Ways to Deal When the World Is Just So Overwhelming , and other articles from the past year about how to talk about difficult issues with girls including injustice, standing up for what is right, and COVID-19 among others.

Some additional resources include:

  • National Geographic – Talking To Your Kids About Chaos: Here
  • Child Mind Institute – Helping Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol: Here
  • And a past article from PBS – Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories: Here

Winter outdoor activities for your family

Self-Led Outdoor Activities

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.

VIEW SELF-LED ACTIVITIES

Our annual Join-a-Thon is Wednesday!

Every year, we hold a 12-hour membership drive that provides unique incentives to new Girl Scout members as well as prizes for current members. 

If you refer a new co-leader and they join between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. this Wednesday, January 13, you can win!

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Girl Scout Cookie Initial Order Taking is happening now!

As of Saturday, January 9, Girl Scouts can take in-person orders through February 7. Online orders can also still be collected.

If you have questions about the Cookie Program, please contact Customer Care ay 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

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Tune into our Facebook Page Fridays at 10 a.m. to hear directly from our Product Program team. Each week they’ll discuss a different cookie-related topic. You can even ask your question your comments and have them answered live. 

Videos are available to watch after the live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs

Upcoming Girl Scout Programs Programs are marked by level: Daisies/Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors
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
Coding Basics with Innova Girls Academy – J/C Wednesday, Jan. 20
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Buying Power – S/A Thursday, Jan. 21
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
App Development for Ambassadors – A Saturday, Jan. 23
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Daisy Board Game Invention – D Saturday, Jan. 23
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Making Fun Games – B Saturday, Jan. 23
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Travelers – S Saturday, Jan. 9
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Silver Award Training – C Thursday, Jan. 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Animal Helpers Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – C Saturday, Jan. 30
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Winter Blast at Camp Seven Hills – D/B/J Saturday, Jan. 30
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness – D/B Saturday, Jan. 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness – J Saturday, Jan. 30
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Animal Helpers Badge with SPCA Serving Erie County – C Saturday, Jan. 30
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness – C Saturday, Jan. 30
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness – S/A Saturday, Jan. 30
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Winter Blast at Camp Seven Hills – C/S/A Sunday, January 31
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Silver Award Training – C Wednesday, Feb. 3
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Theme Squash Book – S/A Wednesday, Feb. 3
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Winter Blast at Piperwood – D/B/J Saturday, Feb. 6
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wondermakers Zooming in the Snow – D/B Saturday, Feb. 6
11:00 AM – 11:35 AM
Winter Starry Night At Camp Piperwood – 
D/B/J/C/S/A/Adult Saturday, Feb. 6
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Winter Blast at Piperwood – C/S/A Sunday, Feb. 7
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Senior Think Like an Engineer – S Monday, Feb. 8
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The programs listed above are available as of January 7, 2021. All programs are virtual
unless otherwise noted. To view more programs, visit gswny.org.

Virtually Outdoors Opportunities

Looking for ways to keep your skills fresh or learn something new while we are unable to be together outdoors? We are bringing the Outdoors…Indoors, and together we are getting prepared to get back out there with our “Virtually Outdoors Series” There is something for everyone and you can join a session your own or with your family. You will receive a package of items you will need to participate and instructions to join our Zoom meeting. Register Now!

VIEW VIRTUALLY OUTDOORS

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.

VISIT FAMILY PAGE

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. 

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. 

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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

DOWNLOAD THE FORM

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!
Click here for more details

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FALL PRODUCT PROGRAM

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.