Jacquelynn Smith: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Jacquelynn Smith of Rochester, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Smith’s project was titled “School Supplies for Children in Need.”

Smith explained, “For my Gold Award Project I created a school supplies drive at my high school, Greece Arcadia. I collaborated with Goodwill, Mission Share, and Develop Africa. During school I went to all study halls and presented my project to spread awareness that we have sources readily available daily that we take for granted. Students and faculty contributed new and used supplies so I could donate them to organizations in the Rochester community, as well as overseas. I was able to donate about 8 boxes to charity in Rochester and 2 overseas through Develop Africa.”

Smith added, “Girl Scouts prepared me for college because it has provided me with necessary life skills: being prepared, determined, leadership, as well as trying new things, going outside of my comfort zone, working hard, managing my time well, and staying positive.”

Smith will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Eliza Klos: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Eliza Klos of Orchard Park, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Klos’ project was titled “Chestnut Ridge Park: Lower Loop Trail and Bridge Restoration.”

Klos explained, “My project focused on building and installing two new footbridges to replace broken bridges on the Lower Loop Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. I also restored the trail area around the bridges. I collaborated with the Erie County Parks Department, the Park Rangers, the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, and Niemiec Builders. I chose this project because I use the park often. I enjoy running and hiking these trails and noticed the disrepair of the bridges and the impact to the trails and the forest. I wanted to improve the trails for all the people that enjoy the park and help minimize the environmental impact from the people going off-trail because of the broken bridges. The project helped improve the safety of the bridges and trails for my community and stopped the damage to the surrounding forest from the prior misuse of the trails. This project required that I assess and plan for the building and implementation of the bridges, and removal of the old bridges, in ways that were environmentally friendly. I also had to design the bridges using the proper materials to ensure they were sustainable. The project required that I develop and organize a team for each step of the process: from the design, to the approvals, to the building, installation, and removal of the bridges.”

Klos added, “Girl Scouting helped teach me about the importance of community involvement. Through Girl Scouts, I have made many friends. It has also provided me with a wide array of life experiences.”

Klos will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Megan Gearinger: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Megan Gearinger of Rochester, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Gearinger’s project was titled “Build Friendship, Grow with Love.”

Gearinger explained, “My project was completed at the Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester (GTC) in Penfield. Sadly, teenage suicide has become a reality in several local schools in recent years, including an athlete at GTC. Teens who feel personally connected to others are less likely to commit suicide. The intention of my project was to build a sense of community on the Girls Gymnastics Team at GTC, so that all girls would feel accepted and cared for. This was accomplished through three aspects of my project. A Card Creation Center was started. This is a box filled with homemade stencils, cards, and markers. Teammates were paired into Big Buddies and Little Buddies. These Buddies send each other cards for birthdays, before/after meets, or for weekly encouragement. This system has been highly successful in building friendships and team support. A wooden bench was built for the gym, as a place for teammates and families to gather and socialize. Finally, a perennial memorial flower garden was planted near the parking lot entrance to help create a welcoming atmosphere and to honor those from the GTC family who have passed away. Through this project the GTC Girls Team has become much more connected and these friendships continue to blossom, even outside of the gym.”

Gearinger added, “Girl Scouts has provided educational and recreational experiences I would not have otherwise been exposed to and has offered leadership opportunities that I may not have taken advantage of. Sometimes I had to leave my comfort zone and that helped me learn and grow as an individual.”

Gearinger will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Help send a girl to camp this summer

Greetings,

Every year, donors like you provide the opportunity for our girls to go to camp. All this and more await the girls at camp this summer:

Right now, campers here in your community are crossing their fingers and hoping they can go to camp this summer.  Will you make the magic of camp possible for these girls?

Families who have to make hard decisions about their finances want their girl to have the same opportunity as every girl. They want to send them to camp. When you make a gift to the Campership Fund you’re bringing hope to these families. Hope that their girl will be able to have the same experience as all girls, hope that if even for just a little while, she will be able to smile, run, laugh, have fun and will be able to answer the question ~  What did you do this summer? “I went to Girl Scout Camp!”

With your help they can!

Having enough Campership dollars to help families send their girl to camp continues to be a challenge. In the past four years, we have seen an 80% increase in families asking for assistance. We need your help now!

You’ve read what the girls have to say about camp and now I’m asking you to open your heart and make a gift to the GSWNY Campership Fund today to help send more girls to camp this summer.

With gratitude for your support,

Janet DePetrillo

Director of Camp Administration

Help Send More Girls to Camp Today

How to pay for summer camp for your girl

We believe every girl should have the opportunity to experience camp and shouldn’t be excluded from this for any reason. Because of this, we have camperships and grants that allow our girls to attend camp without the potential financial burden.

Recently, WKBW spoke to a former camper, our Director of Camp Administration, and CEO about Girl Scout summer camp and our financial aid options. Check out the video below to learn more and contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410 to learn more today.

Elizabeth Del Vecchio: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elizabeth
Del Vecchio of East Aurora, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Del Vecchio’s project was titled “Charming Sensory Interactive.”

Del Vecchio explained, “My project created weighted stuffed animals for people with anxiety issues. The weight of the stuffed animal helps calm the person that is holding it. I had several groups get together to help cut open stuffed animals, remove the original stuffing or move the stuffing into the legs, arms and head area, and then add weighted pellets. The finished weighted stuffed animals weigh between 1.5 to 4 pounds. I had high school students from East Aurora High School help me make these animals. I donated them to East Aurora Schools and local low-income donation centers. Anxiety issues are worldwide in every age group. I was not able to cure anxiety, but what I did do was help calm a few students in a classroom and at home. The weight of the animals relaxes the student when it is placed on their lap. I was able to help students in elementary school, middle school, high school, and even a few college students.”

Del Vecchio added, “Girl Scouts has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Through my involvement with Girl Scouts, I have developed life values that I will always cherish. I respect everyone that has dedicated their time, skills and resources to help all Girl Scouts. I’ve been very fortunate to go on countless camping trips, along with a trip to Washington D.C. for the 100-year anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts. Growing up as a Girl Scout has made me develop into a team player, a leader, and an independent young woman. For all Girl Scouting has done for me, I am extremely grateful.”

Del Vecchio will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

You’re invited to be a Daisy for a Day!

This summer, we’re kicking off the Girl Scout experience for our new Daisies in a major way. It all begins with our Daisy for a Day party happening all over council Saturday, June 29.

You’re invited to bring your kindergarten and first grade girls (as of fall 2019) to this exciting event where girls and adults get their first taste of what it means to be a Daisy Girl Scout. Our FREE Daisy for a Day events is for girls and their families to discover what it means to be a Girl Scout, enjoy STEM and other fun activities, and learn about the ways they can get involved with Girl Scouts.

This event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at the following locations:

Niagara County
Niagara County Community College Banquet Hall G209
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd. Sanborn, NY 14132

Monroe County
Al Sigl Center Gymnasium, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620

Genesee County
Dibble Family Center, 4120 W Main St., Batavia, NY 14020

Erie County
Daemen College, Wick Center Social Room, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226

Cattaraugus County
Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Rd., Ellicottville, NY 14731

Chautauqua County
Lakeside Park Pavilion, 78 Water St. Route 394, Mayville, NY 14757
*The Chautauqua County event will take place on Sunday, June 30, 11:00-1:00pm

Your pre-k and kindergarten girls can join RIGHT NOW using extended year membership, which means you get the fun of Girl Scouting this summer and you’re all set for the fall. Plus, our new Daisies will receive exclusive activity packets in the mail in June, July, and August.

All our Daisy fun wraps in August when we’re holding our FIRST EVER Daisy Launch Party. Our new Daisies (and their friends who want to join!) are welcome to join us for more fun and their first patch!

If you have any questions, please reach out to MeKenzie Lund at mekenzie.lund@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.