Cadette Troop 20173 pushed themselves, conquered their fears, and had fun at Splash Lagoon.

[The following was submitted to GSWNY from Troop 20173. To have your troop story featured, email communications@gswny.org]

Members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20173 are learning to push themselves to conquer their fears, and are having fun while they do it!

After selling more than 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year, the five girls earned tickets to Erie’s Splash Lagoon for exceeding 300 boxes per scout. They, along with leaders Patricia Bowen and Wendy Graham, spent the day there recently to enjoy the fruits of their efforts.

“I was so proud of our girls for selling so many cookies!” Bowen said. “For a troop our size to sell that many is a real feat, and it helped us be able to take them to San Francisco in April. They are learning that hard work can earn rewards. I’m especially glad that our whole troop met their goal so we could all go to Splash Lagoon together.”

While they were there, some of the girls had to build up their courage to explore the water slides. At first, only a couple felt comfortable whooshing down, but as the day progressed, their sister scouts helped them conquer their fears. 

After hours of wet fun, the girls, Westfield’s Lilly Teeter, Brooke Luce,  Desiree Bowen and Grace Graham, as well as Cassadaga’s Lily Hafner, moved on to the next part of the challenge: the Tree Top Ropes Course.

“I was frightened at first because I don’t like heights,” Hafner said. “[I was] relieved at the end because I was uncomfortable.” She said she felt good about herself when it was all over.

All five girls climbed the ropes with large, frightened eyes, but slowly became more accustomed to the height. After a half hour of walking on narrow beams, wobbling planks, and thin ropes, the girls descended with grins and a sense of accomplishment. 

“I’m in awe of these girls,” Graham said. “I saw the looks on their faces and at times they were all scared out of their minds. But they pushed through the fear and talked each other through the rough spots. I watched them hold hands out to each other to help their friends, and I saw them strategize how to maneuver around the course. This is why I love Girl Scouts. Seeing these girls I’ve been with for three years grow like that is inspiring.”

The 2019-2020 Program and Outdoor Guides are here!

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.

View and Download the Program Guide

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.

View and Download the Outdoor Guide

We hope you enjoy all the programs we have available this year! Happy Girl Scouting!

August 1 marks the beginning of On-Time Registration 2019

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

RENEW TODAY

It’s your last week to become a Cookie Pro!

There’s only ONE MORE WEEK to enter the Cookie PRO Contest through Girl Scouts! See the contest details below and enter for your chance to win today!


Girl Scouts and the DC Super Hero Girls™ are teaming up to help young cookie entrepreneurs across the country unleash that unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ shine, share their cookie stories with the world like a super hero, and enter for a chance to win an epic adventure they’ll never forget!

Our incredible Cookie program participants will have the chance to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the DC Super Hero Girls, and meet prominent entrepreneurs, tour Warner Bros. Studios, and best of all, watch their inner super hero spread her wings and fly!

GRAND PRIZE!

Twenty-four girls nationwide—four per Girl Scout grade level—will be selected for the epic opportunity to:

  • Travel to sunny southern California for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience
  • Go on an incredible behind-the-scenes VIP adventure at Warner Bros. Studios
  • Take part in super-cool activities featuring the DC Super Hero Girls™
  • Meet successful entrepreneurs and business leaders 
  • Attend a very special Girl Scout Cookie Pro recognition event
  • And more!

Sounds pretty amazing, right? So get ready to unleash your very own superpowers this cookie season for your ultimate chance to shine! 

As part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program—the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world—girls gain essential life skills that stay with them forever. And the Cookie Pro contest highlights those accomplishments for everyone to see.

When you participate, you’ll show the world how the Cookie Program prepares girls like you to lead, learn, and succeed not just for today, but for the future, too!      

LIMITED-EDITION PATCH!
Cookie Pro Patch 2018

Every girl who enters the Cookie Pro contest will receive instructions by email on how to unlock this awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2019 patch for optional purchase. We do have the patch available for purchase at all our shop locations for Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Join the nationwide celebration by entering the Cookie Pro contest from January 2 through April 30, 2019!


Get the latest news and entry details for the Cookie Pro contest.LEARN MORE

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You still have a month to apply for the Cookie Pro™ contest!

Have you heard about this year’s Cookie Pro contest? Twenty-four Girl Scouts nationwide will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles with their fellow top cookie entrepreneurs.

The contest is still open for entries, but time is running out. We know you don’t want to miss the chance to win an unforgettable West Coast experience including behind-the-scenes VIP adventures. Not to mention opportunities to meet entrepreneurs and business leaders who could change your life!

So are you in? Apply for this once in-a-lifetime opportunity today.

ENTER NOW

Entries will be accepted January 2–April 30, 2019. Access the official contest rules.

Girl Scouting is a year-round experience

We’re about halfway through our 2018-19 Membership Year, which leaves many potential Girl Scouts thinking there’s no reason to join now. The school year is almost over, which means Girl Scouts is about to shut down too, right?

Actually, this isn’t right at all. While most troops choose to take the summer off, the Girl Scout experience doesn’t end in May. Joining now still gives you tons of time to get involved and begin your Girl Scout journey.


#GirlScoutingYearRound is a new way to remind people that we have exciting opportunities all year long. It might be too late to sell cookies, but there’s still tons of time for camp, community service, and getting to know your troop.

Starting now means you settle into being a Girl Scout and when the new year roles around, you’re ready to experience everything new we have planned. You’ll learn more about our programs and your troop. Plus, you can use the summer to earn badges and learn new and exciting things!

We have programs over the summer around our council, including tours at the Lockport locks and cooking lessons at an animal sanctuary. We believe in providing the fun all year long.

If you or your girl is older, joining now can give you an edge in your future. Our higher awards – the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards – are designed to help you get involved with your community to make a difference. You don’t have to earn them all, meaning you can start as a Girl Scout in 10th grade and work toward your Gold Award.

Once achieved, you can use this as a way to start in the military a whole rank higher or on your college applications as a way to stand out.

What makes our program unique is we are girl-led, meaning we let our Girl Scouts decide where they want to go and what they want to learn. Joining us at any time means you can define your experience, allowing you to pursue your passion for STEM, get outdoors, learn more about the history of our region and so much more.

The limit does not exist when it comes to your potential with Girl Scouts.

Register Today

March 16 – Saturday Theme: G.I.R.L. Agenda and Girl Scout Sabbath #GirlScoutWeek

MBe a catalyst for change in your community—and the world. Champion your views, influence leadership, and advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda to make the world a better place. Every girl has a voice. Every girl’s voice is important.

  • Girl Scout Week Activity
  • Get inspired. Find a problem big or small in your community. Think of a way you and others can solve it and let your voice be heard.
  • Get prepared. Take a stand and be an advocate for an issue that is important to you. Share with others why you are so passionate about this cause.
  • Get mobilized. Unleash your inner leader and make the world a better place.