The new membership year also means new programs for our Girl Scouts! We had so many exciting opportunities this year, we had to split them into two guides. This year, for the first time ever, we have both a regular Program Guide and new Outdoor Guide!
The Program Guide is still your resource for all our STEM, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship-based programs. In it you’ll also find information about GS Destinations, our High Awards, Fall Product Program, and Cookie Program.
The Outdoor Guide takes a detailed look at all our outdoor experiences throughout the year. There are helpful quizzes to evaluate current levels of camping so you can make sure you’re prepared. You can also learn more about our upcoming Outdoor Celebration, Outdoor Champions program, and equipment rentals.
It’s crazy to think that the new membership year is almost upon us! We’re so excited for next year with all the amazing programs we have planned and we want you to be a part of them!
Renewing your membership for another year of Girl Scouting means another year of adventures, opportunities, and possibilities. Statistics show girls have more success the longer they stay in Girl Scouts.
Beyond just the potential for growth and fun, we also have prizes!
For two more weeks, you have the chance to win a $25 Target gift card just for renewing your membership for next year. Next month, we’ll have pop-up gifts for all who’ve renewed. We even have two $100 Target gift cards to give away!
Basically, there’s a million reasons to renew your membership, so what are you waiting for?
We want a new patch for our council and we’re asking the best designers we know – YOU! Girls of all levels, Daisies to Ambassadors, are invited to submit a hand-drawn design to represent Western New York.
The theme is Western New York, meaning your design should feature something that makes you think of the local area. Be careful not to use branded items, like the Buffalo Bills, restaurant names, etc.
When you hand-draw your design, you can make it any shape you want, but we’re asking for a maximum of eight colors, including black and white. Any utensils can be used to design, including markers, crayons, paint, and colored pencils.
Once done, you must mail or hand deliver your design to council so we can have the original artwork to consider in the contest. If you win, there may be changes to your design in the translation to patch, but the concept will remain.
Oh yeah, we also have prizes! The winner will receive:
• (1) new council patch of her design (shipping from the patch vendor may take several weeks)
• (1) $50 GSWNY Gift Certificate
• (1) framed print of the patch design
• A photo taken with the CEO and a press release to the media in the girl’s local area, plus a GSWNY blog post of the press release
• (1) new GSWNY CEO patch
Good luck, Girl Scouts! The learn more or download the form, click here.
Did you know that on average girls who stay in Girl Scouts for three or more years are more successful? She’s only just begun her journey and now, with new badge and Journeys in STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and beyond, there are even more opportunities to prepare her for the lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure she deserves — all in a safe, no-limits place designed by and for every girl.
So get ready to power her next step—and yours—by registering for Girl Scouts today. Girls and leaders who re-register by September 30 can earn the great incentives listed below. Renew today at http://bit.ly/gswnyrenew19
Similar to how girls at resident camp are with their units all week, those who attend Camp Piperwood are sorted into groups by age and every group is given a name that corresponds with the camp’s theme.
For 2019, Camp Piperwood has the theme of ‘Explore More’ and the camp staff wanted to choose powerful female role models that relate to exploration. Each Girl Scout level pulls from a different area, whether fiction or non-fiction.
The Daisy groups are named for TV and movie characters:
Dora the Explorer
Velma and Daphne from Scooby Doo
The Brownies are literary themed:
The Sisters 8
The Juniors are scientists:
And the Cadettes are named for historical leaders and explorers:
Those doing ropes are Amelia Earhart.
Each week, all the girls who come to Camp Piperwood sign a Kindness Contract with their group. These documents serve as an agreement between groups that they will treat each other, their counselors, and the other campers with respect.
Beyond others they interact with, these contracts are also about ways to be respectful to themselves and a reminder to always treat themselves well.
Check out some of the Kindness Contracts from this year!
Five Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 20173 had the experience of a lifetime as they joined 7,000 of their Girl Scouting sisters on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge for the Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Golden Gate Bridging Event.
The girls, Westfield fifth
graders Brooke Luce, Lilly Teeter, Desiree Bowen and Grace Graham and
Cassadaga’s Lily Hafner, joined leaders Patricia
Bowen and Wendy Graham on a whirlwind trip across the country. The four-day
adventure was a time of firsts: for many, it was the first time they had flown;
for some, it was their first time away from family; and for all it was their
first time amid so many of their Girl Scout peers.
“In Girl Scouting, when a girl moves up to a new level they call it bridging,” Patty Bowen said. “We’ve had bridging ceremonies over small local bridges before. When we found out girls on the west coast bridged over one of the Engineering Wonders of the World, we were in.”
The ceremony was only for 5th graders bridging from Juniors to Cadettes, which means all of Troop 20173 was eligible.
“Then we just had to
find funds,” Wendy Graham said.
The catch: the event was just
over 4 weeks away when the leaders found out about it.
“Our small community just came together to make sure we could afford it. It gives me goosebumps to think of everyone who helped to make this happen. We received donations from our local American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, VFW, VFW Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, and Westfield Fisheries along with many personal donations people made when they heard about what we wanted to do and the opportunity we wanted to give these girls. We even had most of the money for our seven flights paid for by one individual donor. It was that one anonymous donation that got the ball rolling!” Bowen said.
In the end, the girls were
able to see redwoods in Muir Woods, tour San Francisco by bus, visit Sausalito,
take a ferry ride past Alcatraz, ride a cable car, and see the sea lions on
“And that’s all besides
the main event!” Graham said. “Bridging day included walking across
the Golden Gate Bridge, various Girl Scout stations set up in Chrissy Field,
and our girls got to meet the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California and
earned her special CEO patch. The ceremonies closed with the largest
friendship circle in the world, which was truly awesome to see and
A real bonus was that the
girls got to meet the pilot on their return trip- herself a woman in a largely
Despite a few bouts of homesickness, all of the girls say they are eager to travel again. They are already looking toward their next scouting adventure, which was truly awesome to see.”