The following is a submission from Troop 60462 co-leader Carol Yacono-Harrison. If you would like to submit your troop story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our merry band of Girl Scouts has been volunteering at the historic Rapids Cemetery since July, 2017, starting as Brownies/Juniors, and now as Cadettes. We were invited to assist by Mr. John Curran, who is a member of our parish, St. Monica’s, and part of a group working to restore and protect this piece of Rochester history. Graves in this cemetery, in the middle of a residential area of Congress Ave. in the city of Rochester, are dated from 1842 to 1908.
The first year, after a tour of the grounds and a little history lesson, we helped clear the northeast corner of wild garlic and other weeds, and that area, free of graves, is now a meditation garden. That same year, we helped pick black raspberries in the “edible forest” in the northwest corner, also free of graves, to take to a soup kitchen in the city.
Each year since, we, along with other community groups, have returned to continue helping in any way possible. For our girls, that has meant picking an ever-growing amount of black raspberries for the soup kitchens. This year, we also helped clear dirt and debris from three newly discovered graves from the mid-1800s, and will be returning this Sunday, September 27th, to help lay mulch and prepare the grounds for the winter.
We see this as a “sustainable” project, a community service, and a part of our BREATHE journey and Trees badge work. We have contacted the city regarding planting a tree on the grounds. We heard back from Brian Liberti, Forestry Department, this past week! The city has a shipment of trees due to be delivered some time in April 2021, and he has agreed to reserve one for our girls to plant and help maintain. We’re hoping to do this as part of an Earth Day celebration!
[This post was submitted to us from Patty Bowen from Troop 20173 related to the Twin Lakes Cookie Drop. To submit your story, email email@example.com]
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.”
Just like last year, we’re holding our Making Smiles Bright dental health collection and patch program in March! Keep reading for more information and to see how you can get involved.
During the month of March, we’re focusing on dental health! Girl Scouts who participate will increase their knowledge of dental health and take action to provide dental hygiene supplies to other children in their communities. Girls in all levels are invited to participate and earn this exclusive patch.
The patch will be available for sale in our GSWNY Council Shops. Count the number of items you collect so we can see how many smiles we’ll make brighter!
Elements to the Patch Program:
Learn about teeth. What are the parts of a tooth? In a book or online, find a diagram of a tooth and learn about its parts. Find the crown, root, enamel, pulp, and cementum. What is the importance of each part?
Find out why it is important to brush and floss every day. Make a personal brushing and flossing chart to record when you brush and floss for two weeks.
Discover how our diet helps or hurts our teeth. A healthy diet means healthier teeth but some foods like sugar can harm them. Learn about a balanced diet. Make a collage or draw a picture that shows which foods are either good or bad for our teeth.
Find out about careers related to dental health. For Daisies and Brownies and Juniors – Draw a picture of what you think a dental health professional looks like. For Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – Find out about college programs, that are offered at nearby schools, in the field of dental health.
Help others keep their teeth healthy too! Collect dental hygiene items such as toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpaste to donate to community dental clinics in Western New York. Bring your donations to your nearest GSWNY Service Center during the month of March.
Our GSWNY Dental Hygiene Collection will benefit local children through Western New York Community Dental Providers.
[This post was submitted to us on behalf of the Twin Lakes and Southwest Corners Service Units. To share your story, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org]
What do Hermie the Wormie, a baby bumblebee, and dancing daisies have in common? They are all parts of the happy singalong that Girl Scouts enjoyed at the recent overnight lock-in event held in Westfield’s Patterson Library.
Girl Scouts from Westfield, Chautauqua Lake, and Sherman schools (Twin Lakes and Southwest Corners Service Units) gathered as the library was closing to take over the basement level and hang out with their sister Girl Scouts of all ages. The 24 girls included four Daisies, four Brownies, nine Juniors, and seven Cadettes.
Activities ranged from a good, old-fashioned singalong to making S.W.A.P.S. (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere-art projects designed to share with others at scouting events), to watching movies in their pajamas and reading anything they chose. They were also given a guided tour of the library at night by Patterson Library’s own Amy Stephenson, leader of one of Westfield’s Cadette troops. Many had never been to the Patterson Library before, so this was a special treat.
Girls from different school districts met and became friends, and look forward to seeing each other at future events.
“Events like these that bring girls from our service units together really help our girls get to know their sister Girl Scouts, as well as see that scouting is so much bigger than their own troop or school district,” said Patty Bowen, who organized the event.
“So many of the younger girls enjoyed playing in the children’s section of the library, and the older ones were amazing helpers, working in teams to make enough grilled cheese sandwiches to feed an army!” said Bowen’s co-leader, Wendy Graham. “Since this was our first such event, we’re taking what we learned and are now working hard to tailor future events for the younger and older scouts. In the spring our service unit will host a weekend that includes activities for the little ones, as well as a special overnight for the older girls. We are always striving to do better!”
Judging by the smiling faces at Patterson Library during this event, they are off to a good start.
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! 💛💛💛
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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.
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!!”
“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”
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.
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!
from Westfield, Chautauqua Lake, Ripley, Cassadaga, Sherman and Clymer schools
came together on October 28 to have a “JLow Glow” party at Eason Hall
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!
by the Cadettes in Westfield’s Troop 20173 of the Twin Lakes Service Unit, this
second annual event was a terrific success.
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!
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