Twin Lakes Service Unit shines in cookie season

[This post was submitted to us from Patty Bowen from Troop 20173 related to the Twin Lakes Cookie Drop. To submit your story, email communications@gswny.org]

Does 13,272 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sound like a lot?

Now imagine unloading them, sorting them, and passing them on to girls from 16 troops in just an hour and a half!

That is exactly what happened on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Mayville, as the Twin Lakes Service Unit, which consists of Girl Scouts from Chautauqua Lake, Westfield and Ripley school districts, took delivery of their cookies for the season.

Now those young entrepreneurs, from Daisies in Kindergarten and 1st grade through Ambassadors in 12th grade, are busy delivering  the  yummy cookies that earn money for all of the girls’ adventures.

These young people worked together to fund their troops’ camping, exploring, and traveling. From a roller skating party to celebrate Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday to learning first aid from local EMTs, the girls are busy year-round, learning life skills and building confidence to become strong women and leaders of the future. Once a year they ask for help to fund their dreams of becoming a citizen scientist, expressing themselves through the arts, and  celebrating their communities to become better citizens.

Didn’t get cookies yet? Thankfully there is still time! Find your favorite Girl Scout to get that case of Thin Mints, or look for a cookie popup booth at GSWNY.org. Either way is a great way to support this amazing organization that has molded the lives of girls from Lucille Ball and Taylor Swift to Queen Elizabeth II of England!

And remember that a diet is no excuse to turn away these girls. Send a box to a military person! The Twin Lakes Service Unit has already donated 119 boxes through the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie 4 chapter, and are happy to pass on even more. That taste of home can really make someone’s day as they serve overseas.

For information about joining a troop or volunteering with one, go to GSWNY.org. Adult volunteers and experts are always needed!

“I am so proud of our girls for their hard work selling these cookies, and for their customers who donated boxes to service members,” said Lonikay Fisher, leader of Girl Scout Troop #20153. 

The newly formed Brownie troop in Ripley has been together for only two months, yet they have the distinction of being responsible for more than half of their service unit’s Girl Scout  cookie donations to military personnel this cookie season.

Brownie Troop #20153, six girls led by Lonikay Fisher and Megan Orton, sold 63 of those boxes for the troops!

“This is a community of people who help each other,” said Fisher. “They obviously wanted to support the troops who help us all. And our girls are amazing. They’ve worked super hard to show that support.”

The initial order period for Girl Scout Cookies closes February 9

Girls can keep collecting orders through February, but the initial order period ends Sunday, February 9. The current ordered gathered and initial recognition selections must be entered into Smart Cookies by 11:59 p.m.

As a reminder, the final payment and recognition order are due by Tuesday, March 31, at 11:59 p.m.

All girls who sell at least 170 packages by February 8 will earn the Initial Recognition Reward, which is the ‘Chase Your Adventure’ hoodie and ‘Goal Getter’ patch.

Girls who add 10 more boxes will receive a limited edition swag tag!

Questions? Contact Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org or 1-888-837-6410.

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

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.

Emma Smith completes her Gold Award project, a mural at the Monroe County Visitation Center

[The information and quotes for this post were gathered from the ‘Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Mural at the Visitation Center‘ post on the Society for the Protection and Care of Children’s website. To learn more about her project, click here to read the full submission.]

Recently, Emma Smith, high school junior, completed her Gold Award project. Pulling from her love for art, Emma decided to paint a mural at the Monroe County Visitation Center, where there are 1,500 supervised visits a month between foster children and their parents/families.

Image via SPCC

Her inspiration came from the ‘Freddie-Sue’ bridge in downtown Rochester, named for Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. She added some of the city skyline, the Genesee River, and a peregrine falcon. She wanted a design that would appeal to both children and adults who passed by it when coming to the Center.

She spent many hours researching foster care in Monroe County and working with different organizations to get the project and mural design approved. Once the details were finalized, Emma spent four days painting the mural.

To fund her Gold Award project, she pulled from profits she’s earned during her 10 years of selling Girl Scout cookies!

Based on her submission, the mural began bringing joy before it was finished, with children smiling and looking at it as they passed by when Emma was in the process of painting it.

Well done, Emma, and congratulations!

Get Girl Scout cookies for the holidays!

We opened our online sales Saturday, December 7, which means you can get Girl Scout cookies in time for the holidays! We ship through the USPS and they provide recommended ship-by dates to guarantee delivery by December 25.

The current recommended date is December 14, which means you still have three days to order cookies! Get in touch with your favorite Girl Scout or reach out to Girl Scouts of Western New York if you’re interested in ordering.

ONLINE COOKIE SALES ARE NOW OPEN!

That’s right! We opened our online ordering for Girl Scout cookies so you can have them in time for Santa and Christmas! You safely have one week to order for them to arrive by December 24.

To order, reach out to your favorite Girl Scout for her online code or contact Girl Scouts of Western New York directly and we’ll help you out!

Happy eating!

Today, we remember and honor all Veterans

This Veterans Day, we salute all of the servicemen and servicewomen who keep our country safe each and every day, especially our Girl Scout sisters.

From sending Girl Scout Cookies overseas to marching in military parades, Girl Scouts all over the country send support to military servicemen and women all year long.

Darya from Troop 30079 delivering donated Girl Scout cookies to Frontiersmen VFW POST 7545 Tonawanda NY

Happy New Leader November!

October was the first month of our new membership year and it flew by (because of all the amazing activities!). Now, we’re in one of our favorite months, New Leader November!

Okay, so maybe we add the ‘new leader’ part, but we love celebrating our new troop volunteers in November. We couldn’t deliver on our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character without the support and leadership of our amazing volunteers.

There’s no ‘right’ time to become a leader because troops are forming and girls are joining all year long, but in November you’re finally settled into your new fall rhythms and you have time to establish your troop, plan your activities, and get pumped for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Check out the video below for more information about New Leader November and visit gswny.org/join to volunteer today!

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

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.”