It's not too late to sell cookies!

If your girl hasn’t renewed her membership yet, it’s not too late! Girls often tell us selling cookies is one of their favorite activities, and there’s still time to get on board for this year’s cookie sale!

How can she participate? 

  • With a troop.  Enjoy the fun of Girl Scout programming with a group.
  • On her own schedule.  Your daughter can participate as an Individually Registered Girl – we call them Juliettes – and do Girl Scouts her own way.  She can still sell cookies, attend camp, earn badges, and more.  Learn more about Juliettes here

*If your girl is currently active with a troop:  Head to your MYGS account and renew her membership!

*If your girl is looking for a new Girl Scout opportunity:  Visit our Opportunity Catalog through your MYGS account. 

  • Your email address is your log in.
  • Select “Add/Change Troop” under Membership and enter your zip code.

You’ll see the available troops in your area as well as the Individually Registered Girl option.

Only registered girls are able to sell cookies and earn incentives, so make sure your girl’s registration is current!

Contact us at 1-888-837-6410 or Customercare@gswny.org with any questions or if you need assistance getting your girl registered.

RENEW NOW

Celebrate Black History Month

[This post is partially from a blog shared at girlscouts.org February 1, 2016]

When you think about history, it’s likely that you think about things that happened a long time ago, perhaps even in a land far, far away. But the truth is, history is happening right now—it’s all around us, and it vibrates through the very fabric of the Girl Scout movement. Think about it: Girl Scouts all over the country are in the process of making history in their schools and communities, instituting meaningful change, standing up for what’s right, breaking records, and setting new precedents.

All of this is why when we celebrate Black History Month, we not only honor and remember the phenomenal black women we learned about in our history books in school—we also celebrate the ongoing strength and vision of the black girls and women who are creating change as we speak.

Just take a minute to think about the black women, both young and more experienced at life, who’ve made headlines in the past few years:

  • In 2014, Mo’ne Davis, then 13, wasn’t just the first African American girl to play in the Little League World Series, she was also the first girl to pitch a shutout in the competition’s history. 
  • That same year, Mia Love got attention as the first black Republican woman in Congress.
  • And in the legal world, 2015 brought us Paulette Brown, who was named the first woman of color to become president of the American Bar Association. 
  • Last year, Misty Copeland was the first African American woman to be named principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater’s 75-year history. 
  • Also in 2015, Viola Davis became the first African American actress to take home an Emmy award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, and quoted civil rights activist Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.   
  • The U.S. Senate made Loretta Lynch the first Black female attorney general in 2015.
  • Last year, actress and recording star Zendaya not only spoke out against stereotypes about African American hair, she also teamed up with Mattel to create the first Black Barbie doll with a natural hair style. “When I was little, I couldn’t find a Barbie who looked like me. My…how times have changed,” she said. 
  • Simone Biles dominated at the 2016 Olympics and stands as the most decorated gymnast in American history, and ranks third highest around the world. Plus, who can forget her iconic statement when being compared to other athletes: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles”

We have so much to learn from the leaders who have shaped our world. One such leader (literally in the Girl Scout sense) is Josephine Holloway. Artist Alleanna Harris highlighted her in a Black History Month in 2017, and we love what she made:

Here’s what she shared: “Today’s Black History Month illustration is of Josephine Holloway, the first black Girl Scout Troop Leader. In 1933, she attempted to form a Girl Scout troop for black girls, but the Nashville Girl Scout Council denied her request. In 1942, after lobbying for about 10 years, the first black Girl Scout troop was established. Holloway was such an expert of girls issues that the Girl Scouts hired her as a field advisor for all black troops. Over her time as a field advisor, she supervised over 2,000 black girls and adults.”

Calling All Girls: Win a VIP Trip to Orlando, Florida!

[This post originally appeared on girlscouts.org]

The 2020 Cookie Pro™ contest opens TODAY, February 1—are you ready?

Hey barrier breakin,’ challenge crushin,’ and lead takin’ cookie entrepreneurs! Are you putting that unmatchable Girl Scout courage to the test every year to create positive change? We want to hear from you and reward you for all your hard work selling Girl Scout Cookies® in the 2019–20 season with a chance to win BIG. All you have to do is enter the 2020 Cookie Pro contest February 1–March 31.

Entering is simple: participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program® this season and highlight your unique cookie business smarts by answering questions about the skills you learned and your experience selling cookies!

Before the contest opens for entries, start developing your business skills by earning a pin in the NEW Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin collection, the latest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Now families can help girls learn while they earn—talk about high-quality time with a purpose! Learn more and start your collection today.

GET YOUR SHOT AT THE GRAND PRIZE 

Twenty-four Girl Scouts—four per level—will be named national cookie pros and get the epic chance to:

  • Travel to Orlando with one parent or guardian for three incredible days of fun and adventure
  • Be a VIP guest at G.I.R.L. 2020, the largest event for girls in the world!
  • Get backstage passes to meet super-cool celebrity speakers
  • Experience Orlando’s mind-blowing theme parks using a special-access pass
  • Meet Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, and other inspiring Girl Scout entrepreneurs
  • Take part in unforgettable activities with Girl Scouts from all over the country
  • Enjoy exclusive swag, giveaways, and more!

ENTER TO WIN BIG

Participating in the Cookie Pro contest is easy! Simply answer a set of questions online and submit them along with a solo photo of yourself.

We can’t wait to hear how you’ve been crushing your goals, learning tons of new skills, and taking the lead to rock your cookie business all season long!

Come back on February 1, 2020, to enter the contest for your chance to win the grand prize!


UNLOCK THE LIMITED-EDITION PATCH

Every girl who enters the contest will unlock this awesome limited-edition Cookie Pro patch for optional purchase—wear it with pride, girls!

To enter the Cookie Pro contest, girls must be registered Girl Scouts who are participating in the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program and legal residents of one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands (collectively, “Residents”) (including Residents currently residing in overseas military installations with a valid APO/FPO mailing address) and apply together with a parent or legal guardian who is 18 years old or older as of the date of entry.

Questions? Check the official contest rules and FAQs, or contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.

Gold Award Girl Scout Anna Jegierski shows the sustainability of her project

A major component of a Gold Award project is its sustainability, so we love hearing how Anna and her sister Paige are continuing this work!


Girl Scout alum Anna Jegierski was home from Alfred State College for winter break and continued to spread the word and Take Action for Danny’s Helping Hands.

Danny’s Helping Hands was part of Anna’s 2019 Gold Award project and has been serving the students at Alden Middle School since the Fall of 2018.

Recently, Anna discussed her project and collected 4 large boxes of hygiene products that were generously donated by the Alden Garden Club. She then delivered the items to the Alden Middle School for use by students in need. A hygiene cabinet and bank account were established as part of the project, and both benefit students who are being bullied due to lack of good personal hygiene.

Anna has been receiving help with carrying on this project from her sister, Paige, an Ambassador Girl Scout currently working towards her own Gold Award Project. Anna is happy that she still receives support for Danny’s Helping Hands from the kind and generous community of Alden. Anna shared her thanks for the ladies of the Alden Garden Club!

How to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Championship

In case you haven’t heard, Food Network and GSUSA have teamed up to bring television viewers a four-part series, Girl Scout Cookie Championship, which premieres on Food Network Monday, February 3, at 8 p.m., and runs the three following Mondays (February 10, 17, 24). 

On the show, professional bakers are challenged to transform Girl Scout Cookies into delicious desserts. Host and Girl Scout alum Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother ) is joined each week by current Girl Scouts, and the series emphasizes Girl Scout programming, including our badges.

We’re so excited about this, and we have ways for you to get involved, too! Whether you want enjoy the action by watching or get in the fun by baking, here are some ideas.

Host a viewing party

Make it an event with these tips for a viewing party! You can even download graphics from Girl Scouts to make it even sweeter.

Some of the included tips include making a photobooth and ideas to have an interactive experience.

Download the tips sheet here

Try some Food Network Recipes

Watch the professionals come up with their own creations and try our own at home! These recipes, created by Food Network, feature some of your favorite cookies including Thin Mints, Lemonades, and Caramel deLites!

Download all the recipes here

Celebrate Girl Scouting through the Girl Scout Week Challenge!

This Girl Scout Week, we’re inviting you to celebrate Girl Scouting and past and present! With activities taken from vintage Girl Scout handbooks, we can’t wait to see what you and your troop do!

Girls who participate in at least three Girl Scouting activities during Girl Scout Week will qualify for a GSWNY Girl Scout Week patch. These activities can be done individually, as part of your troop, or with our council.

Download Activity Guide

You may need to research some of these on the internet or update them for our modern times! See how many you can do and be sure to share photos with us on our GSWY social media sites! #GSWNYGirlScoutWeekChallenge

Girl Scout Week is March 8-14, 2020, and that is when the activities can be completed to earn the patch.

Plus, don’t forget to show your Girl Scout spirit on Girl Scout Pride Day happening Friday, March 13!

Girl Scouts locked in at the library!

[This post was submitted to us on behalf of the Twin Lakes and Southwest Corners Service Units. To share your story, email us at communications@gswny.org]

What do Hermie the Wormie, a baby bumblebee, and dancing daisies have in common? They are all parts of the happy singalong that Girl Scouts enjoyed at the recent overnight lock-in event held in Westfield’s Patterson Library.

Girl Scouts from Westfield,  Chautauqua Lake, and Sherman schools (Twin Lakes and Southwest Corners Service Units) gathered as the library was closing to take over the basement level and hang out with their sister Girl Scouts of all ages. The 24 girls included four Daisies, four Brownies, nine Juniors, and seven Cadettes.

Activities ranged from a good, old-fashioned singalong to making S.W.A.P.S. (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere-art projects designed to share with others at scouting events), to watching movies in their pajamas and reading anything they chose. They were also given a guided tour of the library at night by Patterson Library’s own Amy Stephenson, leader of one of Westfield’s Cadette troops. Many had never been to the Patterson Library before, so this was a special treat.

Girls from different school districts met and became friends, and look forward to seeing each other at future events.

“Events like these that bring girls from our service units together really help our girls get to know their sister Girl Scouts, as well as see that scouting is so much bigger than their own troop or school district,” said Patty Bowen, who organized the event.

“So many of the younger girls enjoyed playing in the children’s section of the library,  and the older ones were amazing helpers, working in teams to make enough grilled cheese sandwiches to feed an army!” said Bowen’s co-leader,  Wendy Graham. “Since this was our first such event, we’re taking what we learned and are now working hard to tailor future events for the younger and older scouts. In the spring our service unit will host a weekend that includes activities for the little ones, as well as a special overnight for the older girls. We are always striving to do better!”

Judging by the smiling faces at Patterson Library during this event, they are off to a good start.