More of Ava's musical work toward her Gold Award!

Girl Scout Ava is continuing work on her Girl Scout Gold Award. A portion of her project has been live violin performances in nursing homes in her local area. She’s expanded to include her troop in her performances at 2 locations recently. Can’t wait to see her get her Gold Award in June at the ceremony! 💛💛💛

How Troop 60841 from Penfield used their troop funds to show the Christmas Spirit

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The fifth grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 60841 from St. Joseph School in Penfield showed their Christmas Spirit by using their troop funds to support a family in need.

They contacted Dimitri House who paired them up with a homeless mother of three children, the oldest being a girl also in fifth grade. They received the wish lists of the children and took a trip to the store where they worked together carefully choosing items and using money management skills.

On their December meeting day, the Girl Scouts learned gift wrapping skills and used teamwork to successfully wrap all the gifts and send them off.

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts around Western New York!

This week, we have a special round-up full of submissions of Girl Scouts around Western New York celebrating the holiday season! Keep reading to see what they’ve been doing to give back and enjoy this magical time.

“Jamestown had a perfect day for a hot cocoa bar Saturday. All these girls are new Girl Scouts and made pillows by the fireplace to take home with them. Welcome to Girl Scouts Chloe, Jamie, and Keegan!”

“Girl Scout Troop 34633 of Alden participated in the annual town tree lighting. The theme was “silver and gold”. They made their own friendship garland from pictures of themselves, made friendship bracelets for ornaments, strung popcorn to hang (and for many of the girls, it was their first time using needle and thread!), made a “make new friends” banner, and handed out friendship glow sticks to the crowd! Some helped decorate the tree in the dark and others were able to attend the day of the lighting!”

“Last Friday, Girl Scouts from the Black Creek Service Unit marched in the Chili Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting. As a unit, they had so much fun!!”

“Como Lake Service Unit wanted to spread some cheer this holiday season, so they went caroling at The GreenFields Continuing Care Community!”

“RH Girl Scout Troops 60711 and 60473 spent Saturday night spreading Christmas cheer at the Colony Lane Circle of Lights! Volunteers kicked it up a notch by interacting with folks who came to donate non-perishable food items and enjoy the magic.”

“Girl Scouts from the Dehgewanus Service Unit went caroling at a nursing home!”

“Older Girl Scouts from the Lockport Service Unit assisted the Children’s Memorial Park in making bows for this year’s Christmas tree. (Sales of the bows sustain the upkeep of the park.)”

“The Big Bend Service Unit marched in their local Batavia Christmas in the City Parade last Saturday!”

“This past Friday, the Greece Service Unit held their very first Festival of Trees Event. Fifteen troops participated and also earned the Festival of Trees patch! They learned about the legend and history of the Christmas Tree, described the significance of the holiday symbol of the candy cane, and decorated trees that were donated to various agencies in Monroe County, and made holiday cards that will be donated. A fun time was had by all!”

“Girl Scout Troop 20209 put together 18 baskets of joy to bring a little happiness to random people in their Falconer community.”

“Ashantee Girl Scouts singing at the Avon Holiday Spectacular parade and tree lighting”

“The girls of Troop #34633 of Como Lake Service Unit had a great time at their Holiday Party!”

“Troop 20155 from Lily Dale had a blast at their Christmas party! The Brownies had fun decorating their leaders, Krista Meyers and Nicole Nopper, like Christmas trees! The Girl Scouts then made up elf names for themselves, made no-bake cookies, enjoyed hot cocoa with marshmallows, and made a beautiful craft.”

“Kendall Troop 82257 visited the residents of the Martin-Linsin House of Hospice of Orleans to share some Christmas cheer this past Saturday! For their Girl Scout Bronze Award project, they planned and had a day of cookie baking, ornament making, and music with the residents. They also made new friends while they learned about each other’s holiday traditions and families. A wonderful day was had by all and the girls are planning to visit again soon!”

“Last weekend the Wincroft Service Unit in the city of Rochester hosted a Mom & Me holiday tea party!”

“Troop 31797 went caroling at Weinberg Campus recently. They had a capella singers come to our last meeting who taught the girls singing techniques before their field trip. They made door hangers for the residents and spread cheer with their voices!”

“At Troop 34120’s Christmas celebration last week (which was only their 2nd meeting since they are a new troop!!!), the girls all earned their Daisy Promise Center by reciting the Girl Scout Promise from memory! That’s a great start, Girl Scouts!”

“Girl Scout Troop 30022 had a Christmas Pajama Party and the girls were able to make their own blankets, play Christmas Bingo and have fun! It was a great way to end the first half of the Girl Scout year!”

“This is how Troop 31419 from the Clarence Service Unit celebrates the holidays the Girl Scout way💚  Making new friends, crafts, caroling and cookies & milk at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home.”

“Troop 14001 girls at Olean’s East View Elementary School made and decorated 3D holiday greeting cards for their special person of choice. They also used mashed potato flakes and clear plastic plates to create fun snow globes. Attached to their gifts is a Chex-Mix snack bag to their gift to make someone very happy for the holidays!”

“Troop 70183 had a She and Me Holiday Tea Party where they made cards for local veterans and collected gloves and mittens as part of our collection for the holidays!”

“Troop 30317 of the Amherst Central Service Unit had their Holiday Party this week. Their annual tradition is to decorate cookies to donate to Gerard Place, a transitional home for homeless families. In addition, each girl did a presentation on a favorite holiday tradition. They learned about the Mensch on the Bench, Polish Oplatek, Greek New Year’s cake,and more! They are also so lucky to have Dr. Alanna Pokorski from Excelsior Orthopaedics as one of their troop parents. She led the girls through some fun exercises – the same exercises she uses with the Buffalo Bills! – to burn off some of that holiday energy.”

“Very proud of our first year brownie troop from Hilton, troop 60656. During our December meeting this week, the girls made fresh evergreen centerpieces and wrote holiday cards that were donated to Hilton East Assisted living community.”

“Our Brownies served their community by assisting at the Eden Heights Assisted Living facility in west Seneca’s holiday party. They helped bring food and drink to the residents tables at the party, cleaned up and offered a smile and friendship to the residents. The girls also sang christmas Carol’s and a short skit with a special message at the end. We are so proud of of Girls giving back to their elders.”

“Akron Girl Scouts continued their annual Holiday Spirits event which includes holiday music, making ornaments for the community Christmas tree, collecting items for those in need and then decorating the tree with the ornaments made that evening.” 

“Ashantee SU hosted a breakfast with Santa for families, complete with food, crafts and visit santa”

To send us photos of your Girl Scouting activities, email communications@gswny.org!

Give the Gift of Girl Scouts this holiday season

Holiday shopping just became easier with a unique offer from Girl Scouts of Western New York. GSWNY is offering an annual Girl Scout membership with four additional gifts for her to unwrap.

Girl Scout membership will give your girl small gifts all year long as she builds confidence, tries new things, goes new places, and makes new friends. Did we mention the $2,500 annual college tuition rewards?

Girl Scouts Holiday Gift Set Includes:

  • 2019-2020 Girl Scout membership
  • Personalized membership certificate
  • 3-D 18” Create Your Own Llama Puzzle with markers
  • Girl Scout branded ear buds
  • Girl Scout goodie bag
  • All for $25!

Order your gift online or bring this form and payment to the Service Center closest to you. You can pick it up at any of our five locations by Friday, December 20, at noon. Locations and hours are listed below.

Order Online

GSWNY Service Center Locations & Hours


Batavia Service Center – 585.344.7050
5 Jackson St.
Batavia, NY 14020

  • Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo Service Center – 716.935.6035
3332 Walden Ave., Suite 106
Depew, NY 14043

  • Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER THROUGH MAY:
First & Second Saturday of the Month: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


Jamestown Service Center – 716.935.6040
2661 Horton Rd.
Jamestown, NY 14701

  • Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lockport Service Center – 716.935.6080
5000 Cambria Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

  • Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rochester Service Center – 585.292.5160
1000 Elmwood Ave., Door 9
Rochester, NY 14620

  • Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER THROUGH MAY: 
First & Second Saturday of the Month: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


ATTENTION: All GSWNY Service Centers & Shops will be closed on Fri., Dec. 13, 2019, for a Staff Development Day. 

All orders must be picked up by Friday, December 20, at noon. Hours and addresses listed on gswny.org or you can contact Customer Care with questions at 1-888-837-6410 or customercare@gswny.org.

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.