Join the Stargazers Astronomy Club!

Are you a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Girl Scout who loves science? Are you curious about stars, space, and astronomy? If you answered yes to either of those questions, we have the club for you!

Last June, local Girl Scouts boarded a plane and began their NASA journey to the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. They spent a week learning about the stars, the sun, space, and how to start – and run – an astronomy club. They worked through the summer to outline a series of meetings and activities to start up this fall, and now they’re ready to share this information with you!

Join us on Thursday, November 21, at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Central Library in Downtown Buffalo where you can meet your NASA-trained Girl Scout “Mission Control” team.

As a founding member of our inaugural club, you will: Meet girls who share your interest, expand your knowledge of the cosmos, keep up with the latest news from NASA, learn to operate our awesome club telescope, hear from guest speakers, participate in hands-on activities, and more!

Meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month at the Buffalo Central Library in Downtown Buffalo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Non-Girl Scouts who would love to join this club are invited, but must register to be a Girl Scout either at a Stargazers meeting or online at gswny.org/join.

The cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt, supplies, membership to the Buffalo Astronomical Association, and a discounted membership to the Buffalo Museum of Science.

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule:

  • November 21
  • December (no meeting – Happy Holidays!)
  • January 16
  • February (no meeting)
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • May 30 – Explore the Sky and S;more at Girl Scouts Camp Windy Meadows
  • June – End of year celebration, details TBD

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Waker at 1-888-837-6410 x.6510 or sheila.waker@gswny.org.

Thank you for another great year of the #GirlScoutCampLife

Two weeks ago, we wrapped up another amazing summer at Girl Scout camp. Our three camps, Camp Timbercrest, Camp Seven Hills, and Camp Piperwood, plus our volunteer-run Camp Windy Meadows, were filled with excited campers and great programming.

More than 2,500 girls from around council attended Girl Scout camp this summer, where they rode horses, went swimming, climbed ropes, learned how to build fires, sang camp songs, and of course, made new friends.

While our outdoor programming runs all year long, summer camp is a special time for girls to gather together and learn new skills while honoring cherished Girl Scout traditions. We hear stories all the time about how important camp was and is to our Girl Scouts past and present and we can’t wait to continue creating memories.

Camp might be over for the summer, but we’re already thinking about next year’s programs. Look for the new camp guides out in January to decide what your camp journey will be in 2020. If you can’t get enough of the outdoors, head to gswny.org where you can learn more about all our outdoor opportunities, including equipment rentals, programming, property rentals, and Outdoor Champions who can facilitate programming for you.

To see photos from our resident camps, visit our Flickr page!

Find the #GirlScoutCampLife that works for you

Camping with Girl Scouts of Western New York goes beyond the well-known day camp at Camp Piperwood and resident camps at Camp Timbercrest and Camp Seven Hills. We actually have four more ways to get girls and adults outside during the summer for camp.

Beyond the regular camp experiences for girls, we have Troop Camp Adventure, Specialty Programs Camping, Troop Camp, and Service Unit Camp Out Day Camp.

Troop Camp Adventure

Troop Camp Adventure is the perfect setting for leaders who want to take their girls troop camping without the responsibility of providing program, meals or having experienced/certified adults. At Camp Timbercrest we deliver all of that for you. All troop leaders have to provide is the necessary child to adult supervision ratio. You and your girls can participate in as much or as little programming as you choose.

S.P. Camping (Specialty Programs)

With S.P. camping, troops can now get the best of both worlds of troop camping and specialized programs such as ropes course, archery and boating. Troop leaders will have the freedom of troop camp with the comfort of knowing that pre-determined specialty program options and times have been scheduled for you and your girls. Leaders are expected to provide the necessary girl-to-adult supervision ratio and an adult with CPR/First Aid certification. Leaders are no longer required to have taken Troop Camp Training, but are required to comply with the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Camping (page 39 of the Safety Activity Checkpoints 2018, available at gswny.org). S.P. Camping will take place at Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside and Camp Piperwood only.

Troop Camp

Leaders can bring their girls to camp for a fun filled outdoor adventure. Whether you rent a lodge, cabin or tent unit the opportunities that await you are endless. With troop camp, leaders provide their own programs, meals, supplies and certified adults. Troop camping is available at Camp Windy Meadows and Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside during the summer months.

SUCO (Service Unit Camp Out) Day Camps

Service units can bring their girls and leaders to camp for a fun filled outdoor adventure day camp program. How you ask, by operating a SUCO (service unit camp out) event for a maximum of four days only. This is a great way to offer fun and engaging day camp activities to your girls. If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic opportunity to provide volunteer run mini day camp programs for your service unit please contact Janet DePetrillo, Director of Camp Administration for specific information. Service units can operate their mini day camp programs at Camp Windy Meadows and/or Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside or another approved off council camp site during the months of July-August 2019.

Visit our website to learn more and view the 2019 Camp Guide for Troop, SP, and SUCO Camp.

Girl Scouts Go Outside: The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts don’t go outside. That’s the major difference between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, right? Boys go camping while girls sell cookies.

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For all the seasoned Girl Scouts out there, you know how ridiculous that is. First of all, we don’t just sell cookies. Cookie season is about more than everyone getting their fill of their favorite cookies. It’s the largest girl-run business IN THE WORLD. Through it, the girls learn goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Second of all, Girl Scouts go outside. A lot.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience has four pillars: STEM, life skills, entrepreneurship, and outdoors. Going outdoors is so important to us that it forms one quarter of our foundation. At Girl Scouts of Western New York, we make sure there’s plenty of outdoor programming for our girls.

Summer Camp

We have three different sites where girls can attend programming over the summer, not including our volunteer run Camp Windy Meadows in Niagara County. Whether girls decide to go to resident camp at Camp Seven Hills or Camp Timbercrest or day camp at Camp Piperwood, we have options throughout the council to make sure all our girls can go to camp.

Troop Camping

Whether you choose S.P.P Camping or Core Camping, we have options for our troops. We even offer troop camping training so our co-leaders are ready to take their girls out!

Outdoor Progression Series

Through our Outdoor Progression Series, Girl Scouts can start at the Daisy level and move through a three-level system to become master campers. Each level is designed to teach new outdoor skills until the girls compete in Skills and Chills at the Ambassador level!

Trailblazer Program Series

Similar to our Outdoor Progression Series, this takes girls from Daisies through Brownies and teaches them the skills they need for safe hiking and backpacking. Volunteers are invited too!

Camp Adventure Club

If a Girl Scout wants even more outdoor experiences, she can join Camp Adventure Club for more opportunities like practicing the seven skills of Leave No Trace, learning more outdoor skills, and forming lifelong friendships.

Ropes Challenge Course

Starting at Challenge 1, all levels are welcome to participate. At Challenge 2, it begins with second year Brownies and beyond. From Challenge 3-5, it’s only Juniors through Ambassadors.

These are just the group and series activities. All year long our council is active in a number of other programs, like Me and My Favorite Gal Overnight, Archery Clinic, Earthworks Intro to Winter Wilderness Survival, and more! Check out our 2018-19 Program Guide to learn more about how Girl Scouts get outside!