Amelia Alexander earns 2021 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Amelia Alexander of Rochester, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Amelia is from Troop 60825 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years.

What Amelia said about Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts has helped me embrace diversity and has made me a more well-rounded and confident person.

Project: Mural About Teen Issues

In the town of Greece, I collaborated with the Principal and Assistant Principal at my high school to paint a mural depicting the top three teen issues and ways to help remedy them. I noticed that there is a lack of awareness in both parents and teens about teen issues, and that is what I wanted to address.

First, I conducted a school-wide survey to figure out which teen issues I should highlight and the results were: stress, body image, and depression. I chose to paint the mural on a piece of plywood instead of a wall so it could be easily transported or mounted, which also made it possible to continue working after the school closed due to COVID-19.

My goal was to increase awareness of these teen issues and provide a foundation for parents and teens to start to address them, so I included a written summary of each issue and its solutions after I finished painting.

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May 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in May include Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Older Americans Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; Mental Health Awareness Month; Orthodox Easter; Mother’s Day; the end of Ramadan; Eid al-Fitr; and Memorial Day.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In the United States, this month is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to recognize the impact and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans on our history, achievements, and culture. May was selected to mark the first Japanese to immigrate to the US in May of 1843 and then the completion of the transcontinental railroad, primarily built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) includes the entire continent of Asia as well as the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Learn more >>>

Note: GSWNY acknowledges and condemns the recent surge in violence against the Asian community across the country. We uplift and amplify the Asian American Federation’s statement with Asian, Black, and Hispanic Association nonprofits condemning attacks and calling for solutions. We want to reiterate to all girls, volunteers, alums, supporters, families, and staff that we do not tolerate racial injustice, and we strive to create a welcoming space where all of our members feel they belong. Girl Scout members stand up and for the principles of the Girl Scout mission and law. You can find resources from the Asian American Federation here.


Older Americans Month

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month reminds us to recognize the contributions of current and past older persons, including those who have defended our country. It began with the acknowledgment that more needed to be done to meet the needs of older Americans. At the time, less than 20 million Americans reached age 65, and around a third were living in poverty. Members of the National Council of Senior Citizens met with President John F. Kennedy in April of 1963, and their conversations led to the creation of the awareness month. Read More >>>


Jewish American Heritage Month

This May marks the 15th official year of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). Proclaimed into being by President George W. Bush in April 2006, JAHM is the annual time to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements by the American Jewish community. Programs and activities are designed to educate the public about their influence on our heritage, history, and culture. Read More >>>


Mental Health Awareness Month

This month is a reminder that millions of Americans live with mental illness. Organizations attempt to educate the public about the different aspects of mental health, break down the stigmas against mental illness, and support all those with mental illnesses and their families. For 2021, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is focusing on the message that you are not alone. Read More >>>

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately. (Disclaimer language from ADAA)


Orthodox Easter

For many people, the 2021 Easter holiday happened in April, but for Orthodox churches, this year it’s happening Sunday, May 2. The difference in dates comes down to the use of calendars. Many western countries use the Gregorian calendar which is used for the selection of Easter. The date of Orthodox Easter, however, is determined by the Julian calendar and typically occurs after. While the reason for the celebration remains the same, Orthodox churches have their own traditions. Read More >>>


Mother’s Day

Celebrations for mothers have been happening for thousands of years around the world. In the United States, the official Mother’s Day holiday was established in 1914 by Anna Jarvis to recognize the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Traditional celebrations include flowers and visiting your mother. Read More >>>

While the name is Mother’s Day, we know that not all “moms” follow the traditional format. We encourage you to celebrate all your moms out there, whether they’re your aunts, grandmothers, sisters, or friends.


Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and viewed as the most sacred. According to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramadan sees the gates of Heaven opened while the devils are chained in a locked Hell. It was during Ramadan that God first revealed the beginning of the Quran to Mohammed during the Night of Power.

Muslims who observe Ramadan will spend every day, from dawn until sunset, fasting as it is a time of spiritual discipline where they can examine their relationship with God and strengthen their faith. But it is not necessarily a somber time, despite the fasting. Instead, this is a time of joy that is meant to celebrated with families and loved ones. Learn more about Ramadan >>>


Eid al-Fitr

Arabic for “Festival of Breaking Fast,” Eid al-Fitr is one of two Islamic canonical festivals. This one marks the end of Ramadan and is held during the beginning of the 10th month of the Islamic calendar known as Shawwal. Muslims celebrate by visiting friends and families, holding official receptions, giving presents, visiting graves, and wearing new clothes. Read More >>>


Memorial Day

The last Monday in May in the United States is Memorial Day, where we remember all those who lost their life during military duty. Parades are held to honor these heroes and many go to cemeteries to stick flags or flowers on graves. Girl Scouts have a long history of participating in such events. View photos from Memorial Day 2019 >>>


The Celebrations Subcommittee of GSWNY’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee strives to include as many cultural and religious holidays as possible every month. If we’re missing something, or misrepresenting a holiday, please let us know by emailing communications@gswny.org.

Green Angel: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – May 2021

To wrap up our year of highlight the various GSWNY Adult Recognitions, we are circling back to the Green Angel Award! The Green Angel Award is one of the easiest ways to show thanks to the adults in your Girl Scout community. This month we encourage you to think about who has been the “green angel” in your life this year. A parent could give this award as thanks to their daughter’s co-leaders, one co-leader could give it to another, or a co-leader could give it to their Service Unit Manager as a show of thanks for all their hard work and dedication.

The Green Angel Award can be given as a pin, patch, or certificate. There is no paperwork involved! This is a nice, semi-formal way to say thank you to a volunteer or adult who has provided a great service to Girl Scouts. This award is given as a thank you in recognition of a short or long-term service to a troop or Service Unit. Pins and patches may be purchased any GSWNY shop; the certificate can be downloaded and printed from the GSWNY forms library.

The driving factors that lead people to volunteer their time include the fact organization (GSWNY) is a part of their family’s values and traditions; people volunteer to socialize with existing friends, and develop new connection; and people step up to volunteer as a response to a specific concern or they see need in their community. The greatest gift a person can give you is their time. The least we can is show thanks to one another. The Green Angel award is a great way to show thanks!

For more information about this award and all other GSWNY adult awards, please read our Adult Awards and Recognitions Quick Guide or check out our Adult Recognition web page. Reach out to a member of the Volunteer Experience team for more information by emailing us at volunteer@gswny.org. We hope you’ve enjoyed our monthly adult awards highlights. As always, thank you for all that you do! Enjoy your Spring and Summer!

Summer Camp 2021 In-Person Announcement

Hey, did you hear the great news?

Girl Scouts of Western New York is happy to announce that we will be going live and in person with our camp registration for both day and overnight camp programs! 

Based on the CDC, GSUSA and American Camp Association (ACA) health and safety guidelines, at this time we are pleased to announce that we are planning to operate both day and resident camp programs this summer 2021. 

We know how much girls have missed camp and we are so excited to be planning for our return to in-person camp this summer.

Please note that NYS has not yet released COVID-19 guidelines for resident camp, however it is expected that these will be aligned to CDC and ACA guidelines. However, as always we will continue to assess and monitor guidelines and rest assured that we will provide our membership with any information and or changes we receive regarding the NYSHD safety guidelines.* 
 
It is also our plan to provide our camp families with informational session nights on what our summer camp COVID guidelines will look like and how parents can prepare themselves and their girls for camp. We will be sharing dates and times within the next few weeks. 

Our pre-registration ends Friday, April 30, so if you have not pre-registered your daughter for camp, we highly encourage you to do so as sessions are filling up fast. Spots are limited this year for COVID-19 safety. Summer camp registration will open up Saturday, May 1 for families that have pre-registered and will be available to everyone on Thursday, May 6. 

We are also happy to announce that we are introducing our Phase I of Troop Camp Programing. Troops will be able to participate in troop camping this summer via the Troop Camp Adventure programing being held at Camp Timbercrest. Troops that have pre-registered will be able to select their Troop Camp Adventure program starting May 1. Troop camp that would take place in lodges and or troop travel must still follow our current GSWNY COVID safety protocols. New safety COVID protocols for troop camp in lodges and or troop travel will be introduced this fall as part of our Phase II Troop Camp approach.  

For more information on our summer camp programs and to register your girl please visit our website at gswny.org or you may also reach out to customer care at 1 888 837 6410 or customercare@gswny.org

Financial aid is available and we encourage all families interested to sign their girls up for camp.

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*On the very small chance that we would have to cancel our day and overnight programs, a full refund would be issued.

Member Essentials – 4/27/21

Dear GSWNY Members,

As summer approaches and NYS continues to update COVID-19 restrictions, GSWNY continues to review and revise our COVID-19 guidelines. Please review the updated COVID-19 guidelines and FAQs for in-person meetings and activities as we have made updates to the travel and overnight stay guidelines.

Updated COVID-19 guidelines | Updated FAQs

As a reminder, we thank you for continuing to follow all safety guidelines for in-person activities, including staying home when sick, wearing masks, social distancing and adhering to cleaning guidelines. The safety of our members is our #1 priority.

Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

Thank you for all you do!


It’s the last week of Ultimate Spring Renewal!

Girls and co-leaders can earn the GS Lunch Sack if they renew by 11:59 pm THIS FRIDAY, April 30, plus girls can earn the Renewal patch. Troops that renew 90% of their girls + 2 co-leaders by 4/30 will earn a $20 GSWNY credit for program, shop or property reservations. Renew today!

Pop-up drawing for Becoming books!

We are giving away 10 copies of Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers! All girls registered for the event by 4/30 11:59 pm will be entered into the drawing. You must be renewed for the 2022 year in order to register for the event. You can find instructions on our Renewal page to renew your membership + register for the event, as well as how to register for the event if you have already renewed.

RENEW TODAY

Pop-up drawing for Becoming books!

We are giving away 10 copies of Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers! All girls registered for the event by 4/30 11:59 pm will be entered into the drawing. You must be renewed for the 2022 year in order to register for the event. You can find instructions on our Renewal page to renew your membership + register for the event, as well as how to register for the event if you have already renewed.

Lifetime Members + Renewal

Lifetime Members who are leaders or SUMs must renew their positions by incentive deadlines in order to qualify.  Lifetime Members do not automatically qualify for any renewal incentives (except “Adult” incentive) – their positions must be renewed for 2022 in order to earn.  If you need assistance to renew your position, please contact customercare@gswny.org or 888-837-6410.

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.


Self-care beyond sugar scrubs

Self-care has been a popular phrase thrown around this past year as we have faced more societal and personal hurdles than ever before. More and more, people are beginning to see the value of putting yourself first and the value of caring for yourself as much as you care for others

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Have you visited the Troop Leader Blueprint?

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

CHECK IT OUT

To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


Summer Camp 2021

This week (April 30) we will make our official announcement about resident camp and previously we let you know that day camp is happening! Check out this video to learn more about Camp Piperwood and get a head start and register for Summer Camp 2021 today!

LEARN MORE + PRE-REGISTER

Camp Service Days

Want to go outside? We’re looking for some help to get our Camp Properties ready for the season. Troops who participate will receive an outdoor service fun patch! Some of our needs include: sweeping out tents, wiping down beds, raking out fire-pits, cleaning dining areas, trail work and more. If you are available, please fill out our interest form. We hope to see you out at camp soon!

CAMP SERVICE DAY INTEREST FORM


Proposed All-Girls Rochester Charter School Focuses on the STEAM Disciplines to Create Leaders of Tomorrow

Innova Girls Academy has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Western New York to propose the first “Girl Scouts Academy” in New York State. All girls who attend Innova Girls Academy Charter School will receive high quality Girl Scouts programming focused on STEAM and Leadership on a daily basis in their academic courses. With over 100 years of empowering young women through all-girls programming, Girl Scouts of Western New York will support the Innova vision of positioning Rochester’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Innova Girls Academy is hosting a virtual public hearing on April 29th at 6pm via their Facebook page. Interested community members can learn more about the school while asking questions and providing feedback online. The founding group seeks to develop a program that authentically reflects the strengths and needs of the Rochester community. 

For more information about Innova Girls Academy, visit innovagirlsacademy.org


Retail Item of the Week: GSWNY Merchandise

Today we will share a few items from our GWNY Merchandise collection:

  • Luggage Tags in green or purple (Original price $5 Spring Sale price $2.99)
  • Socks to keep your feet warm in classic green/navy or cookie style (Original price $14 Spring Sale price $8.99),
  • Wristlet in green or gold (Original price $15 Spring Sale price $6.99)
  • Buff (Original price $7 Spring Sale price $3.99) This buff is a piece of multifunctional headwear! You can wear it many different ways! Dip it in water on a hike to stay cool, or pull it over your mouth/nose to wear as a convenient quick face mask

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Girl Scout Shops – Time for a Spring Sale!

The shops are having a GSWNY April Spring Sale, we will feature several items throughout the entire month and feature a select few each week. 

Email us at Shop.Buffalo@gswny.org, Shop.Jamestown@gswny.org, Shop.Lockport@gswny.org & Shop.Rochester@gswny.org to learn all about these items or come check them out in person! Our shops are open Monday 1:00-4:00 pm for curbside pickup only, Wednesday 2:00-6:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping and Friday 1:00-4:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping during the months of April & May!

For in-person shopping we do recommend if you have a large shop order to please email them to us a few days before your visit allowing us time to have it ready and you still have plenty time to look around.

P.S.: The Lockport Shop will be OPEN for a special occasion on Saturday, April 24th from 12:00-3:00 pm. Come visit us! 


The New York State Office of Children and Families (OCFS) is accepting applications from Chautauqua County youth who want to serve on the New York State Youth Council

The Youth Council increases participatory democracy by involving 62 young people – one youth from each county – to advise Governor Cuomo and state and local policy makers on key issues facing young people and on outreach and communication strategies.

The Youth Council will provide policy recommendations on the following issues:

  • Influence of Positive Role Models and Mentors
  • Mental Health Challenges on Youth
  • Substance Use and Prevention
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gender based Violence Prevention and Response
  • Creating Positive Interactions between Youth and Law Enforcement
  • Youth Programming in a Virtual World
  • Youth Voice & Engagement: Creating Opportunities
  • Addressing Identity and Community Needs

The Youth Council will be run by youth, ages 13 to 21, who will develop its organizational structure and prioritize key issues and its members will gain hands-on experience in the democratic process.  Once a Chautauqua County youth is selected, the Youth Council will provide an orientation and training and will then work within the regional team to focus on specific policy issues.

Interested youth must submit an application through the online portal, which includes an essay, video and letters of recommendation. Candidates will be selected based on their character, leadership skills, academic achievement, and civic engagement and community services.

YOUTH APPLICATION PORTAL


TECH SAVVY 16 is VIRTUAL this year!
Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Conference registration is $10 per attendee and includes materials for workshops (books, experiment materials) and T-shirt. Materials will be mailed to attendees’ address.

You can register using the link below, and click here for the day’s schedule and here for the workshop descriptions.

REGISTER FOR TECH SAVVY


Have you joined our new group?

We recently created a Facebook Group just for you! Our new GSWNY Members group is designed with you in mind where we share important updates for members and invite you to collaborate with others! If you have a question about Higher Awards, where to take your girls on a hike, a STEM journey, Girl Scout Cookies, and everything in between, ask for input from other volunteers and members. Learn more about the group and use the button below to Join Today.

JOIN TODAY


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

New Daisy Badge in a Box: Daisy Roller Coaster Design Challenge

Become a mechanical engineer and learn about motion by building and testing a roller coaster! Cost: $6

Grant funds are available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of this box down to $3.00. 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 for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional cost per box. Click here to order your Badge in a Box.

Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troops 30510, 30719, and 30715 were able to send all their donated cookie packages to a dad/uncle of 2 members of their Girl Scout troop (dad to a Daisy, uncle of a Junior).


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.

Because of you, this world is a better place.

Happy Leader Appreciation Day!

To our Girl Scout Leaders,

Thank you.

Honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong are just a few of the elements from the Girl Scout law and attributes that you exemplify to girls each and every day.

Because of YOU this world is a better place and we thank you!

All of us who serve with Girl Scouts, whether on staff or those who volunteer, share something special. We all truly believe in the Girl Scout mission. This past year has been tough, but you have kept moving forward, adapting, and making the best of difficult times. We deeply value your partnership as you help to provide girls with the support to grow, lead, and change the world through perseverance and dedication. On behalf of Girl Scouts of WNY, I thank you, each and every Girl Scout volunteer, for what you give to girls and working together side-by-side with us in our mission. You truly make a difference.

Alison

Member Essentials – 4/20/21

Dear GSWNY Members,


Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.


Thank you for all you do!


Summer Camp 2021

Last week, We were very happy to announce that we are planning to operate our summer day camp programs, Camp Piperwood and Camp Windy Meadows in person for summer 2021. We also understand how important it is for our Girl Scouts to have the full outdoor camp experience and that includes overnight camping. We are pleased to announce that starting summer 2021, troop camp overnights will be rolled out in a phased approach. 

Please know that we have every intention of operating our resident camp programs, Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest in person as well. 

LEARN MORE + PRE-REGISTER

Taste of Camp Update

Due to low attendance we will be cancelling the Sat., April 24 Taste of Camp Event at Camp Timbercrest. We will still be offering our Taste of Camp Event at Camp Seven Hills on Saturday, May 1 from 1-3. Please pre-register to attend by visiting bit.ly/gscamp2021 today!


Have you joined our new group?

We recently created a Facebook Group just for you! Our new GSWNY Members group is designed with you in mind where we share important updates for members and invite you to collaborate with others! If you have a question about Higher Awards, where to take your girls on a hike, a STEM journey, Girl Scout Cookies, and everything in between, ask for input from other volunteers and members. Learn more about the group and use the button below to Join Today.

JOIN TODAY


Spring Renewal Section Header

Girls and co-leaders who renew by 4/30 11:59 pm will earn a Girl Scout branded lunch sack!  Plus renew by 4/30 to get access to the exclusive members-only virtual event with Former First Lady Michelle Obama.  There’s great incentives for troops too!  Check out the complete list of incentives and instructions for renewal on our Renewal page.

Lifetime Members + Renewal
Lifetime Members who are leaders or SUMs must renew their positions by incentive deadlines in order to qualify.  Lifetime Members do not automatically qualify for any renewal incentives (except “Adult” incentive) – their positions must be renewed for 2022 in order to earn.  If you need assistance to renew your position, please contact customercare@gswny.org or 888-837-6410.

RENEW TODAY

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama! 

Ready for another year of discovery, fun, and sisterhood? Get started now with our new Becoming Me program, where girls will earn badges, explore their stories and who they can become, and even join their Girl Scouts sisters across the country for a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama on May 6!  
Register for the event »

Earn Points for College Scholarships From Girl Scouts of Western New YorkRenew by 5/31

This is an exclusive benefit for girls, co-leaders, and SUMs who participate in our annual Girl Scout Membership Spring Renewal Campaign and renew by 5/31. After their first year of Girl Scouts, girls, co-leaders, and SUMs can earn Tuition Reward Points when they renew their Girl Scout membership. Each 1 Point equals $1 in college tuition scholarship. Girls earn 2,500 Points and co-leaders/SUMs earn 3,500 Points. Points will be applied to SAGE Scholars accounts in July. Want more information? Visit our SAGE Scholars Page.


Troop Treasurers Virtual Finance Open House 

Attention All Troop Treasurers!  The opportunity to complete and submit your troop’s annual Troop Financial Activity Report (T-FAR) is right around the corner.  The submission window is May 1- June 1, 2021.  We are asking ALL troops to submit their T-FAR, even if you were on pause, or had limited financial activity 2020-2021. 

NEW THIS YEAR – Ask Your Questions at the Virtual Finance Open House – 6:30-8:00pm on the dates below via Zoom

  • Monday, April 26
  • Thursday, April 29
  • Tuesday, May 4
  • Wednesday, May 12

Service Unit Finance Consultants are welcome to attend too! 

Hop on when you can – it’s an Open House. Find a date that works for you and click here to sign up for a session. We will send you the Zoom invite in an email the morning of the Zoom meeting you have chosen. 

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410.


Help Lacie earn her Gold Award

Girl Scout Lacie is seeking assistance for her Girl Scout Gold Award! She is going to be creating a video and wants help from girls all across our council. Check out her video to learn more.

For all questions or to request the instructions/script, please contact laciejcastile@gmail.com and she will follow up with you.


Register your girl for our Kindergarten Readiness Series

She’s looking forward to kindergarten, and we’re looking forward to meeting her! Make New Friends, our girl-centered kindergarten readiness series are free and open to any girl entering kindergarten this fall. We’ll help prepare her for all the new friends, new responsibilities, and for the big changes school will bring.

Use the button below to learn more about upcoming sessions and register today!

LEARN MORE

Say thank you this month!

Let’s celebrate the ones who give their all every day. Thank them! Shout them out! Make them feel loved! We have digital cards templates for older and younger girls that you can download and share with the volunteers who make a difference in your life.

Download the Younger Girl Template >>>
Download the Older Girl Template >>>

Have you tried our Badge in a Box kits yet?

For $7 to $10, you can purchase a box that contains all the supplies a girl needs to earn a badge, an easy-to-follow activity guide, and the badge itself. If your troop can’t meet in person or if your girl wants to do some badge work on her own, these boxes may be a good fit for you!

ORDER A BOX

To submit your own Volunteer Spotlight, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/gs-vol-spotlight


Retail Item of the Week: Future Girl Scout Accessories

These are perfect for the young girls who are excited to be Girl Scouts when they’re older! 

  • Toddler T-shirts
    • Original Price: $12.50
    • Spring Sale Price: $8.99 (while supplies last)
  • Bib
    • ​​​​​​​Original Price: $8.50
    • Spring Sale Price: $5.99 (while supplies last)

Email your local Girl Scout Shop to order today!

Girl Scout Shops – Time for a Spring Sale!

The shops are having a GSWNY April Spring Sale, we will feature several items throughout the entire month and feature a select few each week. 

Email us at Shop.Buffalo@gswny.org, Shop.Jamestown@gswny.org, Shop.Lockport@gswny.org & Shop.Rochester@gswny.org to learn all about these items or come check them out in person! Our shops are open Monday 1:00-4:00 pm for curbside pickup only, Wednesday 2:00-6:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping and Friday 1:00-4:00 pm curbside pickup & in-person shopping during the months of April & May!

For in-person shopping we do recommend if you have a large shop order to please email them to us a few days before your visit allowing us time to have it ready and you still have plenty time to look around.

P.S.: The Lockport Shop will be OPEN for a special occasion on Saturday, April 24th from 12:00-3:00 pm. Come visit us! 


Photo is pre-COVID

April 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in April include the ends of Passover and Deaf History Month; National Autism Month; Easter; Ramadan; Earth Day’ and Arbor Day.

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TECH SAVVY 16 is VIRTUAL this year!
Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Conference registration is $10 per attendee and includes materials for workshops (books, experiment materials) and T-shirt. Materials will be mailed to attendees’ address.

You can register using the link below, and click here for the day’s schedule and here for the workshop descriptions.

REGISTER FOR TECH SAVVY


FA/CPR Certification Updates

Are you in the Rochester area and need to renew your FA/CPR Certification, but missed our April 7 session? Don’t worry, we have two sessions coming up at our Rochester offices in May. On Saturday, May 1, at 10am, and Wednesday, May 5, at 6pm, GSWNY and our partner EPIC Trainings, Inc. are offering sessions of the First Aid and CPR Blended Learning Classes. To register for one of these opportunities contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.


Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Two New Badge in a Box sets are available now!

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 for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers and shipping for an additional cost per box. Click here to order your Badge in a Box >>


Looking for more options? Head to girlscouts.org for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout.


Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 60592 (Gates Chili Service Unit) held a Food Drive recently. Each girl passed out flyers and collected food donations from their neighborhoods, then sorted and boxed it up. They chose 2 food cupboards to benefit: St Theodore’s Food Pantry and House of Mercy. Each cupboard will receive 13 boxes of donations.


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.

Mutual of America donates Girl Scout cookies to local hometown heroes at Bornhava

WESTERN NEW YORK (April 19, 2021) – On April 14, 2021, Mutual of America in Rochester, NY, donated 1,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies to Bornhava in Amherst, NY, by way of The Hometown Heroes Project through the Girl Scouts of Western New York. The cookies will be delivered to Bornhava to thank them for their work supporting children born with developmental disabilities in the WNY community.

Mutual of America’s purchase will also support Girl Scouts in their entrepreneurial efforts. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world, where girls get hands-on practice with a variety of skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics as they learn to think like entrepreneurs. Through the Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including community service, travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.

The Hometown Heroes Project is an effort from the Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) to make our corner of the world a little brighter and thank local hometown heroes such as first responders, essential workers, and community organizations for their service. GSWNY partners with businesses by providing the link to donating in their community while simultaneously supporting Girl Scout troops in their area.

Mutual of America’s office is located in Rochester, NY. They have specialized in providing retirement products and related services for over 70 years. The company is ranked on the Forbes 500 list as the tenth-largest retirement provider in the United States.

The purchase of Girl Scout cookies is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® isn’t only about cookies; it’s about helping the next generation of young female entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful. The proceeds stay local in the WNY region. Girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects, while GSWNY depends on the funds to deliver life-changing Girl Scout programming to 14,000 girls in Western New York.

To become a Hometown Heroes sponsor, contact customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Western New York, visit http://www.gswny.org today.

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit http://www.gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

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