Troop 20173’s second annual JLow Glow Party!

[This post was submitted by Troop 20173. To share your troop story, email communications@gswny.org.]

What’s the best way to celebrate a birthday? Throw a party!

So how do you celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts? Gather 42 Girl Scouts from 13 troops, along with a Juliette Girl Scout, together to sing “Happy Birthday” and party in her name, of course!

Girls from Westfield, Chautauqua Lake, Ripley, Cassadaga, Sherman and Clymer schools came together on October 28 to have a “JLow Glow” party at Eason Hall in Westfield.

The girls skated (or tried to!), played games, and shared snacks with their sister Girl Scouts. With the lights low, the glow party’s colored lights and glow sticks set the mood for fun.

At the end of it all, the girls gathered in a huge friendship circle and sang in honor of Girl Scout founder Ms. Low. Some girls even took the opportunity to join Girl Scouting that evening!

Hosted by the Cadettes in Westfield’s Troop 20173 of the Twin Lakes Service Unit, this second annual event was a terrific success.

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.

Girl Scout Avery working on her Gold Award

[This was submitted to GSWNY]

“Girl Scout Avery R. is working on her ūüíõGold Awardūüíõ! She is building park benches to distribute. 17 just went to Martin Road Park in Rochester and she‚Äôs working on an additional 8! Amazing work, Avery! We look forward to presenting you with your Gold Award!”

Franklinville Troop 10045 of the Enchanted Mountains NE SU Earns Bronze Award

The following is a submission from Troop 10045 celebrating their Bronze Award. If you want to share what your troop is doing, email communications@gswny.org.

“We live in a very rural/agricultural community so the girls researched pollinators, learning about the gentle mason bee in particular. Mason bees do not build hives or make honey. They nest in holes made by woodpeckers and beetles or in wood piles and crevices near gardens.¬†The pollinator boxes include bundles of tubes which allow a place for the bees to reproduce and lay their eggs. The tubes are filled with eggs, nectar, and pollen, and sealed with mud plugs from which mature bees emerge in the spring.”

The boxes in progress
The finished boxes

“Each box will be donated to a local farm: Pepper’s Blueberry Hill Farm, Great Valley Berry Patch and Pumpkinville in Great Valley, Franklinville FFA and the Mitrowski-House Farm in Machias.”

The girls with their project at Pepper’s Blueberry Hill Farm

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.”

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!

Get ready for Women of Distinction 2019

Our annual Women of Distinction (WOD) event is just over a month away! In true Girl Scout fashion, WOD is all girl-led. Women are chosen from around Western New York for their strength in character, dedication to community service, and commitment to mentoring and encouraging girls and young women.

Once selected, they’re paired with a Girl Scout from our council to mentor. The event honors these women by inviting their Girl Scouts to speak about their mentorship experience.

Check out the 2019 Women of Distinction honorees:

  • Christine Bonaguide, Esq.: Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP¬†(Erie County)
  • Linda Clark, M.D.: Doctor of Preventive/Occupational Medicine, Founder and CEO, Clark Occupational Medicine Services¬†(Monroe County)
  • Tory Irgang: Executive Director, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation¬†(Chautauqua County)
  • Candace Johnson, Ph.D.: President and CEO, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center¬†(Erie County)
  • Joyce A. Markiewicz:¬†Chief Business Development Officer, Catholic Health¬†(Erie County)
  • Nadia Pizzaro: Homeless Services Director,¬†BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.¬†(Erie County)
  • Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D.: President, State University of New York at Buffalo State¬†(Erie County)
  • Lori Van Dusen: Founder and CEO, LVW Advisors¬†(Monroe County)
  • Linda Zakrzewski:¬†Volunteer of Distinction,¬†Teacher, Family and Consumer Science, School 81 Buffalo¬†(Erie County)

Visit gswny.org to get your tickets today!