World Thinking Day is February 22

In February 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world gathered at Camp Edith Macy – now known as Edith Macy Conference Center – and created a special day for members worldwide. The delegates designated February 22 as World Thinking Day.

Now promoted by both Girl Scouts and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), World Thinking Day has been a treasured tradition for more than 90 years. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides alike spend the day doing activities dedicated to changing the world for the better.

The theme for 2019 is leadership and we’re so excited to see what everyone does. For activity ideas, check out the Girl Scouts website for resources geared to help girls at every level.

World Thinking Day Resources

If you want to purchase this year’s World Thinking Day patch or other accessories, check out our online shop or visit one of our service centers!

Plan to participate?

If you or your troop plan to do any World Thinking Day activities, we’d love to see the photos! Email your pictures to communications@gswny.org.

Snow Much Fun Recruitment Contest: Deadline Extended!

We’re in the middle of our second annual Snow Much Fun to be a Girl Scout Recruitment contest and we have exciting news – the deadline to participate has now been extended to March 31! This means you have more time to plan your events and build your troops for your chance to win our amazing prizes!

As a reminder, the contest has two pieces, one for new troops and one for service units. On the SU side, they receive one entry into a drawing for a Glow Party Dance Kit for every recruitment event they hold through March 31.

For the first 10 new troops formed through March 31, they’ll receive a $50 gift card to the retail store of their choosing or our GSWNY shops. A new troop must have at least five girls and two registered adults.

How can you help us? Share this information with members of your SU! You can help the new troops forming in your area and hold events to help your chances of winning a Glow Dance Party Kit for your SU!

To enter the SU Challenge, fill out this form.

It’s Snow Much Fun to be a Girl Scout 2019 Recruitment Challenge Rules

Criteria for the Service Unit Challenge

  • Hold at least one new member recruitment event between January 7 and March 3, 2019.
  • For each recruitment event you host you earn one entry to win. The more events you hold, the more chances you have of winning! You must fill out one Wufoo form to be entered. The form can be found here: https://gswny.wufoo.com/forms/su-recruitment-contest-2019
  • We will choose one winner of our prize which is a Glow Dance Party Kit for you to use as a Service Unit event. Glow dances are increasingly popular, and with the kit it will be very easy to host an amazing event for your girls. The kit includes black lights, glow in the dark body paint, glow sticks, and everything else you would need! You can host the party as a standalone event, as part of a SUCO, or as a yearend celebration.
  • Please reach out to your SU’s CES for any support you will need including flyers or promotional materials.

Criteria for the New Troop Challenge

  • The goal of this challenge is to form 10 new troops across GSWNY between January 7 and March 3, 2019.
  • The first ten troops to form with at least five girls and two registered, trained, and approved co-leaders will receive a $50 gift certificate to the GSWNY shop or a retail store of their choosing.
  • Please promote this challenge at any recruitments you host during the Snow Much Fun period so new troops in your SU can be eligible. New troops will be added to the Opportunity Catalog prior to January 7 and they will be clearly marked for this promotion. We can give you the eligible troop numbers prior to any event you host if you’d like. Please reach out to your CES with questions.

Girl Scouts are making smiles bright in March!

During the month of March, we’re focusing on dental health! Girl Scouts who participate will increase their knowledge of dental health and take action to provide dental hygiene supplies to other children in their communities.

Girls of all levels are invited to participate in the Dental Health Collection and Patch Program and earn this exclusive patch!

Requirements:

Learn about teeth. What are the parts of a tooth? In a book or online,
find a diagram of a tooth and learn about its parts. Find the crown, root, enamel, pulp, and cementum. What is the importance of each part?

Find out why it is important to brush and floss every day. Make a personal brushing and flossing chart to record when you brush and floss for two weeks.

Discover how our diet helps or hurts our teeth. A healthy diet means healthier teeth but some foods like sugar can harm them. Learn about a balanced diet. Make a collage or draw a picture that shows which foods are either good or bad for our teeth.

Find out about careers related to dental health. For Daisies and Brownies and Juniors – Draw a picture of what you think a dental health professional looks like. For Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – Find out about college programs, that are offered at nearby schools, in the field of dental health.

Help others keep their teeth healthy too! Collect dental hygiene items such as toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpaste to donate to community dental clinics in Western New York. Bring your donations to your nearest GSWNY Service Center during the month of March.

Our GSWNY Dental Hygiene Collection will benefit local children through Western New York Community Dental Providers.

The patch will be available for sale in our GSWNY Council Shops. Count the number of items you collect so we can see how many smiles we’ll make brighter!

Download the flyer here

To serve God and my country: Girl Scouts put faith in action

Although Girl Scouts is a secular organization, we believe in encouraging girls to pursue their own spiritual journeys through their faith. Our Girl Scout Promise and Law features many principles and values found among religions, which makes it a natural connection.

Aside from the My Promise, My Faith pin, all other religious recognition activities are completed independently from Girl Scouts, but the awards earned can be worn on the our uniforms.

To help the spiritual growth of Girl Scouts, national religious organizations develop programs to reinforce the values integral to Girl Scouting while helping them learn more about and grow in their own faith.

Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) is an organization who helps make these connections between girls and their areas of faith. They work together with many religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Quakers, to design religious emblem programs to help girls on their journeys.

Last year, several girls from our council completed an amazing service project in the pursuit of earning a Girl Scout religious emblem.

As members of the Nativity of Our Lord Church and the Orchard Park Service Unit, Caroline (Senior, Troop 31101), Kaitlyn (Cadette, Troop 31128), Mia (Cadette, Troop 31128), and Natalie (Cadette, Troop 31128) began working an an emblem called ‘Mary, The First Disciple,’ led by Patti Raab.

Patti serves as a member of our Board of Directors, but her role as Religious Emblem Counselor for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting helps her get directly involved with Girl Scouts seeking these awards.

For their service project, they decided to organize a coat drive in their parish. The weekend before, they included an announcement about their drive and handed out flyers after each mass.

Patti’s heart was warmed by the response of the parish members the following week.

“A total of 268 coats were collected!” said Patti. “They were inspected for cleanliness, zippers working, and overall good wear. Only three were rejected. Therefore a total of 265 were donated!

Patti with Kaitlyn, Mia, Natalie, and Caroline

Because of the organization and work from the Girl Scouts and the generosity of the church, 265 coats were disbursed to the Harvest House, International Institute of Buffalo, and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Caroline, Kaitlyn, Mia, and Natalie went to two of these facilities and got to see the results of their charitable work firsthand.

This is just one of many faith-based projects for Girl Scouts around our council. In fact, Patti currently oversees two other Senior Girl Scouts, Ava and Sophia from Troop 30271, as they pursue their Spirit Alive emblem.

To learn more about Girl Scouts and faith, visit girlscouts.org today. If you, or your troop are working toward any religious pins or emblems, please email your stories to communications@gswny.org.

Play Safe Be Safe Fire Prevention Program

Calling all Daisy and Brownie Troops!

Help our older girls earn their Torch award by participating in a fun and interactive fire safety training! Trained Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will teach Daisy and Brownie troops how to play safe and be safe, earning hours for their Leadership Torch Award! After your Daisy and Brownie troops partipcate in this fun, interactive training- they’ll be on their way to earning their Play Safe Be Safe Patch!

Is your Daisy and or Brownie troop interested in participating in a FREE training run by our GSWNY trained older girls? Contact Lauren.Bush@gswny.org to schedule your troop’s training!

IT’S OFFICIALLY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON

Today kicks off the long awaited Girl Scout Cookie Season! Girl Scouts of Western New Work will be selling cookies through the forms until the end of February. At the beginning of March you’ll start to see booths all around Western New York.

More than just an amazing and local fundraiser, our Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. Our girls are more than sellers – they’re entrepreneurs.

You support is more than just financial; you’re helping Girl Scouts learn 5 Skills:

Skill #1—Goal Setting “I know I can do it!” 

Skill #2—Decision Making “I make smarter decisions.”

Skill #3—Money Management “I make change happen!”

Skill #4—People Skills “I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box.”

Skill #5—Business Ethics “Selling cookies is more than just business.”

Ready to find some cookies? Click here to learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Upcoming Programs: January

The new year is here and we have so many exciting programs planned for girls and adults! Check out our available training events and programs for the month of January:

Leader Training (New and Experienced)

  • Wednesday, January 9, from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Jamestown Service Center
  • 20 spots available
  • Register Here

This is a great training for all new leaders, as well as a great refresher for established experienced volunteers!

Join the Girl Experience Team to learn about the 3 keys and processes to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Learn how you can ensure girls are able to discover, connect and Take Action with all you do this Girl Scout year.

STEM Lab Adult Learning – Think Like an Engineer (DBJCSA)

  • Friday, January 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Buffalo Service Center
  • 12 spots available
  • Register Here

Take a hands-on, in-depth look at the new STEM content!

Are you:

  • Excited about the new Stem content?
  • A total STEM newbie and feeling intimidated by STEM programming?
  • Know STEM but not sure how to excite your girls?
  • Want to get to know robots, mechanical engineering, space science, cybersecurity, and more?

Volunteer Toolkit Hands-on Training

  • Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Rochester Service Center
  • 15 spots available
  • Register Here

New, current, prospective and long standing leaders are all invited to join us for an in-person, hands on, VTK training.  Please bring your personal device, weather that be a tablet, smart phone or laptop and we will work one on one, hands on with leaders to learn more about this fantastic GS resource!

Leader Training (New and Experienced)

  • Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Lockport Service Center
  • 22 spots available
  • Register Here

This is a great training for all new leaders, as well as a great refresher for established experienced volunteers!

Join the Girl Experience Team to learn about the 3 keys and processes to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Learn how you can ensure girls are able to discover, connect and Take Action with all you do this Girl Scout year.

STEM Lab Adult Training – Mechanical Engineering (DBJ)

  • Saturday, January 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Lockport Service Center
  • 17 spots available
  • Register Here

Take a hands-on, in-depth look at the new STEM content!

Ingredients for Success: Creating a Smarter Cookie (JCSA)

  • Registration closes TONIGHT, January 7, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • SUNY Fredonia Williams Center
  • 36 spots available
  • Register Here

The Girl Scouts will gain skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, and independence through interactive workshops!

Volunteer Toolkit Hands-on Training

  • Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Buffalo Service Center
  • 14 spots available
  • Register Here

New, current, prospective and long standing leaders are all invited to join us for an in-person, hands on, VTK training.  Please bring your personal device, weather that be a tablet, smart phone or laptop and we will work one on one, hands on with leaders to learn more about this fantastic GS resource!