Julia Frank: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Julia Frank of Lockport, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Frank’s project was titled “Wild About Wilderness.”

Frank explained, “I collaborated with the Lockport City School District working with a 2nd-grade class at George Southard Elementary. I came into the classroom once every month to teach the kids about a different aspect of the environment. Some of the lessons being seeds and plants, water pollution, animals, recycling, and insects. As another part of my project, I collaborated with the Lockport Service Unit to run an event for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts where they learned about nature in the winter. The purpose of my project was to share my passion for the environment with children in my community. I wanted to teach kids about the importance of protecting the environment and what they could do to help. My project impacted the community by educating local kids on the importance of recycling, cleaning up the community, and helping wildlife.”

Frank added, “Girl Scouts has helped me to develop leadership skills, a creative mindset, and a passion for the environment that I otherwise might not have received. Through Scouting, I met my best friends who are now sisters to me, and I have learned to be considerate and caring and friendly and helpful to everyone I meet. I have been able to participate in many great experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to do. Girl Scouts is an incredible experience and the memories that I made through scouting will last a lifetime.”

Frank 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.

Korren Baskerville: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Korren Baskerville of Orchard Park, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Baskerville’s project was titled “Church Garden Fix After Tornado.”

Baskerville explained, “I did my Gold Award project at Saint Bernadette’s Church. I completely redid the garden in front of the church because a tornado came and ruined it a few years ago. I worked with the people at my church to help me with donations. I got donated plants, flowers, and trees. I also had students from the church paint rocks for the garden. This project impacted the community by making it look better and enjoyable for everyone that attends mass.”

Baskerville added, “Girl Scouts has changed me because I got to learn and do some amazing opportunities.”

Baskerville 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.

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!


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Alexis Barron: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alexis Barron of Lakewood, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Barron’s project, The Dock Project, was to build a floating dock for community use in Jamestown.

Barron explained, “My Gold Award project was to build a floating dock for the local rowing club and for the fishermen and small boaters. I was able to build a 6-section dock with a ramp and concrete footer. The project was held at the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association’s boat house in Jamestown.”

She continued, “I chose to do this project because rowing is a huge staple in my life and got me through high school. I collaborated with many local agencies who were very generous and donated service and materials. To list a few: Llama Club, Lake Shore Paving, Pikes Auto Repair, Rod and Gun, Klinginsmith, Good Time, Barron Sign, The Moose, Johnny’s Lunch, Crouch’s Garage, Ashville General, Tri-James, The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association, plus my own family and friends, and my Girl Scout troop.”

Barron added, “Being a Girl Scout has made me realize that I am a great leader, and can do anything I set my mind to.”

Barron 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.

Today, we celebrate YOU!

The month of April is celebrated by Girl Scouts and other organizations as National Volunteer Appreciation Month. While we try to make sure our gratitude is known year-round, we love having a month to say it loud and proud. Even more, we celebrate April 22 as Girl Scout Leader’s Day.

We know how valuable your time is, and we love that you choose to dedicate some of it to leading troops and changing the lives of our Girl Scouts!

Here’s a message from one of our Service Unit Support Specialists, Kim Howson, about her appreciation for what you do, Lifetime Membership, information about our Spring 2019 L.E.A.P. promotion, and a POP UP PRIZE for all co-leaders who renew by midnight, April 24, you can win of three amazing shirts as shown in the video!

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight – April 19, 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer.  Reserve you spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts Summer Camp! 

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Summer Camp Spotlight

Camp Piperwood

New! Piperwood Investigation (open to girls 5 years old or entering K-8 Fall 2019)Session 2: July 8-12, 2019

Can you solve the mystery? Get your magnifying glasses out and put your thinking caps on. Cleverly gather and collect evidence to help crack the clues and solve the mystery surrounding Camp Piperwood. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges:

  • Daisy: Cybersecurity 3: Investigator
  • Brownie: Home Scientist
  • Junior: Detective
  • Cadette: Science of Happiness/Special Agent

NEW!A Little of Both (open to girls in grades 6-8 Fall of 2019) Session 4: July 22-26, 2019

This program is designed for campers who want to experience day camp and resident camp at the same time! Spend Monday and Friday at Piperwood. On Tuesday, girls will be bused to Camp Timbercrest to experience 3 days of resident camp. Spend time with your friends swimming, boating, hiking, learning new camp songs, practicing your archery skills, and more. Girls will return to Piperwood Thursday afternoon in time for daily dismissal. Bus transportation provided to and from Camp Timbercrest.

Camp Seven Hills

Letterboxing It’s a Real Life Camp Treasure Hunt! (for girls in grades 1-3 fall of 2019) Session 2 July 14-19, 2019

Put your problem solving skills to the test as you spend this adventurous week searching for clues and solving riddles to find the treasures hidden throughout camp. Girls will practice the art of letterboxing by learning the basics, making stamps, thinking of clues, and creating a camp letterbox. Challenge your camp friends to see who can find the camp letterbox first. All of the other great aspects of camp are also included in this great creative week. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges –

  • Daisy – Rosie’s Petal (Make the World a Better Place)
  • Brownie – Letterboxer

Climb High at Sky Highwith day trip (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)Sessions 2-3: July 14-26, 2019

Spend two weeks challenging yourself and mastering the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course, once your skills are mastered it’s off to Sky High Adventure Park in Ellicottville, NY, for more fun and adventure. All of this while still enjoying the splendors of camp life. Girls will earn the Seven Hills ropes course patch along with the activity rider for each ropes course element that they participate on.

Night Owls with Lasertron Sleep-In (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 1 July 7-12, 2019

Are you ready to experience nature’s nightlife at Camp Seven Hills? Prowl around our trails at night, search the sky for a shooting star, have a glow-in-the-dark party with games, plan a kitchen raid, and shop in the Tuck Shop, all at night. You will also head out to Lasertron for a laser tag sleep-in. Stay up all night playing laser tag and games along with pizza and pop. After a hard night of play, sleep late the next morning with time to enjoy your favorite camp activities in the afternoon. Girls must be at least 46 inches tall in order to participate at Lasertron.

Scuba Diving Explorers (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Sessions 2-3: July 14-26, 2019

Experience the underwater world through a mask, snorkel, and breathing device. Professional scuba instructors from Dip N’ Dive will take you through every step necessary for you to obtain your Jr. Open Water Diver or your Open Water Diver scuba certification. Spend a week at camp training in our Seven Hills pool covering the first phase of your certification. Spend your second week completing the second phase: open water dive with overnight conducted at the Windmill Quarry, located in Fort Erie, Canada. When you surface, don’t forget to leave time for all of the other great activities at Seven Hills.

Camp Timbercrest

Wizard Camp (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019) Session 1 July7-12, 2019

Welcome to a week of wizardry and adventures! Make oozing and exploding potions, discover helpful plants, and try some magic defense techniques. Spend time conquering your fears with your friends as you play broomstick sports and compete in the Camp Wizard Cup.

Canoeing the Alleghany Reservoir (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019)

Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegany Reservoir as it takes you through the state park and the national forest. Professional guides from Adventures in Fitness will start your trip at Webs Ferry in Allegany State Park and end your journey in Tionesta, PA. Paddle with friends, pitch tents, and share stores around the campfire at night.

New! Imagine and K’Nex with day trip (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 3: July 21-26, 2019

Use your imagination! Create fun craft projects using a variety of supplies such as K’nex Kits and natural materials. Create miniature theme park activities or water slides to show off to your friends. You will also get to see your creative park creations come to life when you take a trip to Splash Lagoon with your fellow Imagine and Connect friends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of how things operate. There will be plenty of time left to spend in the park, too. All this and the other great camp activities are included. Girls will earn requirements towards the Think Like An Engineer Journey.

Learn More About All Our Programs

Your voice counts! Girl Scout Voices Count survey happening this month.

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

In April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/caregivers, and troop leaders called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. (Service Unit/Community Volunteers will be surveyed in May.) We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

The surveys opened April 3 and ends May 12.  Check your email for the invitation to participate. As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.