Memories from a Hi-Adventure volunteer

Girl Scouts of Western New York recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, but the history of Girl Scouts runs much deeper in the area. Prior to becoming one, our legacy councils served their girls with unique and unforgettable programs.

One such program was Hi-Adventure, an outdoor experience for girls in Niagara County. They would learn outdoor skills and venture into the wilderness for seven to 10 day trips where they would backpack, camp, and canoe.

Recently, one of the program volunteers reached out to us to share some of his memories and photos from his time leading trips with Hi-Adventure.

Dean Johnson, pictured above in a tipping test, was a canoeing instructor who started his time with Girl Scouts as a one-time volunteer helping girls in a pool learn about canoeing. Soon he became a part of the Hi-Adventure program, helping to lead several trips.

After going through his photos, Dean sent along all the photos in this post (and promises to send more!).

Since our beginning, Girl Scouts have been passionate about getting outdoors. In fact, one of the main goals of Girl Scouting in the beginning was getting girls involved in physical activities outside. Juliette Gordon Low even established the first Girl Scout camp in 1921.

Volunteers like Dean have helped us continue Juliette’s mission and help girls get outside and find adventure. Hi-Adventure no longer exists, but its spirit lives on in our outdoor programs and camps.

Today, we remember and honor all Veterans

This Veterans Day, we salute all of the servicemen and servicewomen who keep our country safe each and every day, especially our Girl Scout sisters.

From sending Girl Scout Cookies overseas to marching in military parades, Girl Scouts all over the country send support to military servicemen and women all year long.

Darya from Troop 30079 delivering donated Girl Scout cookies to Frontiersmen VFW POST 7545 Tonawanda NY

Girl Scouts of Western New York Weekly Round Up – November 8, 2019

We love seeing our Girl Scouts out and about, whether they’re doing a service project, attending a council program, having a party, going on a field trip, and everything in between! Here’s some of the submissions we received this week:

“Fairport Daisy Troop 60338 went on a Geocaching Adventure in Mendon Ponds Park!  This was their final requirement to earn their 1st badge… the Daisy Trail Adventure badge!”

“Troop 20010 had a blast at the GIRL Experience Convention”

“Junior Troop 60633 spent last weekend at Camp Timbercrest. They enjoyed hiking on the Lake trail where they found geocaches left by their Girl Scout sisters, discovered deer bones, and spotted a Bald Eagle! Other activities included building fairy houses, rock painting, and learning how to build a camp fire. A great time was had by all!”

“Gabby, Adriana, Sarah, and Emelie from Troop 20094 in Jamestown are so excited to chose to come to the GIRL Experience Convention! Their best highlight was the rock wall and acrobats!”

“Troop #34633 from Alden went on tour of the Genesee County Sheriff department and brought along some goodies to show how grateful we are for their service!”

“Girl Scout Troop #34213 went overnight camping at Seven Hills Lakeside and stayed at the Manuel Lodge. We had an amazing time doing crafts, making sit upons, making smores and going for a long hike!!  Most of our girls had never been camping before, let alone spend the night at someone’s house.  We were so proud of all of our girls!!!”

“Girls from Troops 82049 and 82037 had a great time at the GIRL Experience Convention!”

“Serena of Troop 20264 recently attended a camping skills program at Camp Piperwood!”

“Girl Scout Shelby attended the Martin House Japanese Printing program. The girls were able to go in a brief tour of the main house, then designed and made clay stamps inspired by Japanese printing. While the girls did that, the adults got to go on an extensive tour!”

To send us photos of your Girl Scouting activities, email!

Happy New Leader November!

October was the first month of our new membership year and it flew by (because of all the amazing activities!). Now, we’re in one of our favorite months, New Leader November!

Okay, so maybe we add the ‘new leader’ part, but we love celebrating our new troop volunteers in November. We couldn’t deliver on our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character without the support and leadership of our amazing volunteers.

There’s no ‘right’ time to become a leader because troops are forming and girls are joining all year long, but in November you’re finally settled into your new fall rhythms and you have time to establish your troop, plan your activities, and get pumped for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Check out the video below for more information about New Leader November and visit to volunteer today!

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or

Highlights from the 2019 GIRL Experience Convention

Saturday, November 2, marked our first GIRL Experience Convention. More than 300 Girl Scouts from around Western New York gathered at Daemen College for a morning of empowering speakers and afternoon of amazing vendors and activities!

The morning kicked off with your Girl Advisory Board, the planning team behind the event!

Kaitlyn, Danielle, Jaylah, Grace and Arianna from the Girl Advisory Board

Morgan Williams-Bryant, GSWNY Chief Impact Officer, gave the opening remarks and introduced our CEO Alison Wilcox!

Grace returned to the stage to introduce our first keynote speaker, Holly Hubert! Holly formerly worked for the FBI Cyber Crimes Unit and is now CEO of Global Security IQ.

Our second speaker was Venus Quates, CEO of LAUNCHTECH and GSWNY Board Member!

Our stage then welcomed Jennifer D’Ovidio, co-owener at Aerial Arts of Rochester, and one her students/instructors/performers Alexa Wallace!

Finally, our CEO came back to deliver her keynote speech.

After all the keynotes were done, our speakers sat down for a panel discussion featuring questions from the audience.

Our last speaker of the morning was Madison Wagstaff, a teenpreneur and founder/CEO of Madison’s Fabulous Creations.

Then, after lunch, our Hall of Experiences opened for an incredible afternoon.

Many of our program partners were in attendance, including the BPO and Darwin Martin House.

Madison even had a table to sell her creations!

The Hippie Pandas joined us to show of their creations and robots.

We had a drum circle from Rich Shuler Drum Workshops…

…face painting…

…CLIMBING WALL from Niagara Climbing Gym…

…martial arts from Jindo Martial Arts…

…AERIAL PERFORMERS from Aerial Arts of Rochester and Up Aerial Fitness…

…A THERAPY DOG named Oscar…

….and TONS of activities from our partners and vendors!

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Girl Scouts of Western New York Weekly Round Up – November 1, 2019

We love seeing our Girl Scouts out and about, whether they’re doing a service project, attending a council program, having a party, going on a field trip, and everything in between! Here’s some of the submissions we received this week:

Troops 10291, 10053 and 10221 were volunteering in the Randolph Community for the annual Make A Difference Day!

The 4th grade Junior Troop 51063 from Avon went to Hilltop Farm in Groveland and earned their Horseback Riding patch.

Troop 30782 went camping this weekend a learned a lot about canning!  Correct  handling procedures, when to use hot jars, cold jars and the different processing times. They tasted cinnamon beets, pepper jelly, peach salsa and corn salsa. They made and canned applesauce and dilly beans!

Troop 30554 from Tonawanda recently got a behind the scenes tour of Shea’s Performing Arts Center! They saw the old ticket booth, the dressing rooms, got to stand on stage, go backstage, sat in the box seats and learn about the history and architecture of the theater! What a great program they have! 

The Big Bend Service Unit recently held their Court of Awards!

Troop 12062 from East Concord built fairy houses at Camp Piperwood as part of their Art in the Outdoors badge!

Troop 30697 got into the fall spirit at Camp Seven Hills!

Happy Birthday, Juliette Gordon Low!

For Girl Scouts, Halloween is much more than costumes and candy – it’s also our founder’s birthday! In 1860, Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah and began a life that would ultimately lead to the creation of our beloved organization!

To celebrate, many of our troops celebrate through birthday parties, costume parties, service projects, and more! Check out some of the highlights from around council below!

If you’d like to submit your troop activities to GSWNY, please email photo(s) and a description to

“Troop 30384 in Kenmore celebrated Juliette low’s birthday with a special visit from Juliette herself!  We decorated cupcakes and sang happy birthday.” 

“Troop 20237 came together to celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday at their recent meeting. The girls tried their hand at pancake flipping and learned facts of Juliette Gordon Low with their pumpkin craft. The girls brought in snack items to help fill the snack cupboard at their meeting place, the Dunkirk Free Library.”

“Troop 20258 made birthday bags (cake mix, frosting, candles, pan, plates) to celebrate Juliette Low’s birthday. They also had a little party and made sit upons. The birthday bags were donated to Rural Ministries in Dunkirk.”

“East Rochester 1st year Brownie Troop 61018 had a Juliette Gordon Low Halloween STEM meeting complete with “poison” apples, parachute spiders and a creepy touch if you dare!”

“We (Troop 60392) celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday this year by wrapping gifts, making cards and filling bags for Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha. This is an amazing organization and I am so proud of the girls for their community service!!”

The East Rochester Service Unit had this amazing pumpkin at their Harvest Walk!

“Troops 20258 and 20010 collaborated together to make a birthday basket filled with a Girl Scouts drawstring bag, Future Girl Scout t-shirt and bib, baby toys, diapers, wipes, and more. Each troop had a representative to donate the basket to Brooks Memorial Hospital to be given to the first girl born on Halloween in honor of Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. 💚🎂”