The Impact of a Volunteer: The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts makes a difference. That’s the whole point behind our Girl Scout Difference campaign and what we’re so passionate about sharing. We want people to know there’s a reason we remain girl-only; we have the time-tested and research-backed programming that tells us this is the best space for her to grow.

But to accomplish this, we need you.

We’re able to offer girls the opportunities to build robotic arms and create shelters in the wilderness because of our volunteers. Our caring adult mentors and strong female role models help shape the environment for our girls. Girl Scouts makes a difference because of our volunteer partners.

As a volunteer, you’ll see the proven results of how girls thrive in these five ways …

  Develop a strong sense of self.

  Seek challenges and learn from setbacks.

  Display positive values.

  Form and maintain healthy relationships.

  Identify and solve problems in the community.

… and you’ll know you had a hand in helping them get there.

It’s about more than just being there for the girls. Girl Scout volunteers tell us about the personal rewards they’ve encountered, like making new friends, enjoying new experiences, and even learning new things right along with their troop.

Girl Scouts doesn’t just make a difference in our girls’ lives, it will make a difference in yours.

Contrary to popular belief, you can volunteer even if you don’t have children. You can volunteer if you’re a man. We have roles beyond troop leader; we need people to help transport the children, manage cookie sales, assist at meetings, speak at events, and everything in between.

Just like the potential we see in our girls, there’s no limit to what you can do as a volunteer for Girl Scouts.

New Year, New Girl Scout Membership

We know it’s not technically the new year, but it almost is for us! Our membership year runs October through September, so we’re about to say farewell to 2017-18 and hello to 2018-19.

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If you’re unsure of whether Girl Scouts is the right option, let us give you confidence. There are a lot of opportunities for your girl, but we offer so much more. She won’t just walk away knowing how to do one type of thing; she’ll have a variety of skills that enable her to choose whatever path in life she desires.

You know us for our delicious cookies and all the fun we have, but did you know how passionate we are about making sure your girl becomes a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, risk-taker, innovator, leader)? We mean it when we say we build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out really stories from current Girl Scouts, alumna, and Women of Distinction as they explain what Girl Scouts means to them. We like to call it The Girl Scout Difference. Join today and discover the difference it will make for you.

Already a member? Renew today for your chance to win awesome incentives!

Giving Back: The Girl Scout Difference

As part of our Girl Scout Difference Campaign, we’re going to highlight different benefits each week. Our first focus comes from one of the ways we know Girl Scouts helps girls thrive:

  Identify and solve problems in the community. 

We’re so proud of the way we see our Girl Scouts giving back. Before ‘being green’ became a thing, Girl Scouts were working to take care of the environment. It’s a tradition we continue today.

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Troops share stories with us about the work they’re doing in their communities. From planting flowers to cleaning up parks to making cards in nursing homes, our girls are constantly in action. Even our cookie program incorporates giving back.

On the purchasing end, you can order one to send to troops. For the troops, they can choose how they want to spend their cookie money, and many choose service projects. This year, one troop even funded an emergency medical flight for a child.

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Girl Scouts not only teaches the importance of giving back; it instills these values in our girls so this attitude is carried with them throughout the rest of their lives. Our prestigious Gold Award is focused around a project that identifies and helps correct a need.

In 2018, our Gold Award Girl Scouts did some amazing work. Projects involved creating curriculum to help teach other students, building long-need items in parks, and much more. One Gold Award Girl Scout even received international attention for her project that centered around sending feminine hygiene products.

It’s truly incredible what our Girl Scouts can do.

There’s still time to become an Outdoor Guru this summer!

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We’re in the last month if the Outdoor Guru Challenge and we’ve loved seeing our Girl Scouts engage in the challenge! If you haven’t earned your patch yet, you still have until August 31! As a reminder, to receive this exclusive outdoor challenge patch, girls must complete a certain number of items from a list of 65 activities, depending on Girl Scouting level:

  • Daisy: 20
  • Brownie: 25
  • Junior: 30
  • Cadette: 35
  • Senior: 40
  • Ambassador: 45

The activities range from watching the sunset and stargazing to earning a Troop Camping Badge. Girls have from July 1 to August 31 to complete as many challenges as possible. When they’re done, they can go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/outdoorguru and fill out the form to claim their patch. The form will be active until September 15. If you aren’t a Girl Scout in our Western New York Council, you’re still more than welcome to attend! For $3, you can order the patch from us here!

For everyone participating, we’d love to see your photos! Email communications@gswny.org to show us how you’re completing the challenge this August!

Below is an image of the challenges, but you can download a copy here: http://bit.ly/outdoorguru

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On-Time Renewal Starts Today!

Today is exciting for more than just announcement of the Girl Scout Difference campaign! We are officially kicking off On-Time Registration! But what does that mean for you?

The Girl Scout membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. While some renew during the spring season, others may be getting close to expiration. If you’re in the camp of needing to renew your membership, don’t wait any longer! Not only is it important to get it taken care of, there are also some sweet prizes waiting for you.

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Every Tuesday this month, we’re pulling a winner for a $25 Target gift card. That means the sooner you renew, the more chances you have to help us fund your next Target run.

Visit http://bit.ly/joingswny to renew your membership today!

Share Your #GirlScoutDifference Story!

Girl Scouts of Western New York just announced their new campaign, The Girl Scout Difference, with the goal of raising the voices of local Girl Scouts and female professionals (alumnae and Women of Distinction) about the difference Girl Scouts makes in the lives of girls, women, and the whole family.

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From August 1 through November 30, we’re going to focus on these stories and share our campaign across local television and radio stations as well as through print and social media. But the campaign doesn’t stop with the stories of our eight participants.

During the campaign, we want to hear from you! Girls, volunteers, alumnae, and members of the public are invited to tell us about how Girl Scouts is making or made a difference to them. Share your stories and photos with us online using the hashtag #GirlScoutsDifference so we can all see how powerful this movement is.

Here are some platforms where we’d love for you to engage:

We can’t wait to hear your stories!

Discover The Girl Scout Difference

Girls Scouts of Western New York is excited to announce our new campaign, The Girl Scout Difference. From August 1 to November 30, we’ll be raising the voices of current Girl Scouts and Women of Distinction to help us tell our story.

This multi-platform initiative extends from print to television to online and everything in between. We want to make the message clear – Girl Scouts makes a difference in the lives of all who are involved.

Whether it’s helping a girl learn English or showing her the science isn’t only for boys, Girl Scouts changes lives. Girls are taught the value of serving the community and taking care of the earth. They learn vital skills like money management and outdoor survival. We aren’t just a girl organization. We’re an organization that has something for every girl, no matter her interest or age.

We even have the research that backs up. Our girl-developed and girl-run programming provides a safe space for girls to grow. They aren’t adapting for programming made for everyone. Everything we do is focused on closing the gap between what is a ‘boy’ thing and what should be equal for everyone.

You know us for our cookies, which is the largest girl-run business in the world. These delicious treats also teach our girls about entrepreneurship. Sure, we do crafts, but we also build robots and learn how to start fires. The experiences we provide help your girl to find her thing in a world that sometimes forgets that a girl thing can be anything.

Follow us on our social media platforms and blog to hear stories from real people about what Girl Scouts did for them. We also want to hear from you! Tell us your stories and share the difference it made in your life so together we can celebrate how fantastic it is to be a Girl Scout.