Become an Outdoor Guru This Summer

We may have left June and The Great Outdoors Month behind, but that doesn’t mean it should be the last time you enjoy the warmer weather. To encourage girls to spend more time outside, Girl Scouts of Western New York is pleased to announce the Outdoor Guru Challenge!

To win the 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.

Fortunately for all Girl Scouts, the fun isn’t limited to Western New York. Any girl is invited to take the Outdoor Guru Challenge and order a patch for $3 from us (more details soon).

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

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Good luck, Girl Scouts!

2018 Council Bridging Ceremonies

One of the most important ceremonies for a Girl Scout is Bridging, where a girl moves from one level to another. It’s a moment of reflection of what the girl has accomplished, as well as her anticipation to embrace new adventures and responsibilities. While adults are involved, everything is planned in partnership with the girls.

To Bridge from one level to the next, there are two steps that each girl must complete. From Brownies to Ambassadors, the girls must first Pass It On and then Look Ahead. By Passing It On, they are working with younger girls and showing them the value of moving on and joining Girl Scouts. With Look Ahead, they are learning about the new adventures that lie ahead of them.

Girls at all levels from across Girl Scouts of Western New York held Bridging Ceremonies and their creativity was amazing! Each event, while decorated in rainbow colors, showed a flair unique to the troop or service unit involved. Below are a few pictures, but the rest can be found in an album on our Facebook page.

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Monroe County Troop gets early access to program honoring Martha Matilda Harper

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This morning, Troop 63113 was invited to the Rochester Museum & Science Center for first access to this weekend’s special program about one of Rochester’s greatest advocates for women. Surprisingly, we aren’t talking about Susan B. Anthony.

Martha Matilda Harper embodied what it means to be a G.I.R.L, or Go-Getter, Risk-Taker, Innovator, and Leader. Born in Canada, she was sent at age 7 to be a domestic servant for relatives. After 22 years, she moved to Rochester where she worked as a servant for a minister and a physician, with the latter forever altering the course of her life. Just three years after entering the United States, her empire began to grow.

Through working for the physician and a gift of one of his tonics, she began experimenting with new products that would benefit hair, opposed to those currently on the market she felt were damaging. To sell her own tonic, she used a picture of her floor-length hair to show the true benefit of using her product. One product grew into a salon which eventually blossomed into the first franchise. In fact, the second location she opened after Rochester was in Buffalo.

At its highest, the Harper Method had more than 500 salons and featured clientele like Woodrow Wilson, Jacqueline Kennedy, and even Susan B. Anthony.

Now she’s honored for her contributions to business today and her work as a successful businesswoman and female empowerment advocate in a time when it was most definitely a man’s world.

Locally, Jane R. Pitt has written several books about the life of Martha. On her site, she wondered if Juliette Gordon Low ever visited a Harper Method salon as well as her excitement over her fellow woman’s success. While we don’t know those answers, we can see the impact she has on the current generation.

At the RMSC, Troop 63113 was able to learn more about Martha’s legacy and even read Jane R. Pitt’s works about her. For more coverage, check out the news story here.

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with the #gsoutdoors Challenge!

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This month Girl Scouts are celebrating one of our greatest partners – the outdoors! Camping has been a tradition with the Girl Scouts and the skills you learn from experiencing the outdoors can help make you a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader).

More than just encouraging you to go outside, Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the official #gsoutdoors Challenge! Each week, girls are encouraged to go outside, snap a photo, and enter to win!

At the end of each challenge, one winner will be randomly selected by Girl Scouts to receive an AMAZING prize, courtesy of our new partner, The North Face. That means in total you have four chances to win – but even if you don’t exploring the outdoors is rewarding enough.

The challenges are:
June 1-8: Go the Distance
June 9-15: Rock the Lifestyle
June 16-22: Embrace Adventure
June 23-30: Nurture Nature

Official Rules on How to Enter:
1. Head to Instagram and follow @girlscouts.
2. Post a photo tagged with #gsoutdoors that shows how you’re taking on Girl Scouts’ outdoor challenges.
3. Wait for a confirmation from @girlscouts that we’ve received your entry. Once you get the message, claim your post to complete your entry.

You can enter once a day, but don’t let that stop you from taking more pictures and spending more time outside! Even better, non-Girl Scouts can participate too! The contest opens June 1 and runs until June 30 with the first winner being selected June 11. Check the Official Sweepstakes Rules and FAQs from GSUSA.

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Renew today and save on college later!

With only three weeks left, Spring Renewal is winding down but the incentives are still amazing. If you renew before June 1, you are still eligible for exclusive events in the fall, drawings for Amazon gift cards, and the guarantee of Sage Tuition Rewards.

If you aren’t sure what that means for you, check out the video below:

Basically, Sage Tuition Rewards is a partnership with more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States, including some right in our backyard like RIT and Canisius. Every point you receive translates to $1 to go toward college tuition, meaning renewing as a girl is $2500 in college rewards and as a co-leader that’s $3500 in college rewards. You can combine these amounts in an account, which means you’ve earned $6000 for college just this year.

The best part is they’re transferable. Anyone who’s younger than a high school senior is eligible to use and apply the points, making them the perfect gift for your daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren!

Don’t miss these (and other great prizes) by renewing your Girl Scout Membership today!

MY 2019 Spring Renewal Flyer

Girl Scouts Fight Hunger

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April is an exciting month for Girl Scouts. This year, we’re kicking off camp, announcing new and exciting partnerships and celebrating our volunteers. But it doesn’t end there.

For the Girl Scouts of Western New York, April is also about giving back, specifically through our annual Girl Scouts Fight Hunger initiative.

Throughout the month of April, we encourage everyone in our council to donate food. These donations support the Food Bank of Western New York and Foodlink. All of our service centers are available to accept your donations, making it easy to contribute.

You can find us Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown and Lockport. Our hours vary, so please confirm we’ll be there through our website before you stop by. If you want to donate but cannot make it to a service center, email us at girl.experience@gswny.org.

Like most drives, only non-expired and non-perishable food items will be accepted. Suggestions include peanut butter, canned fruits and veggies, mac and cheese, tuna, cereal, granola bars and more.

You can even fight hunger in your community while earning our Girl Scouts Fight Hunger Patch. You can join our council-wide effort to combat hunger through knowledge and awareness. There are two steps toward completing the patch: discover and connect and take action.

First, either on your own or with your troop or family you must find a way to discover and connect to the issue. After learning more, you will connect donations and drop them off at one of our locations. For more information about ways to connect and preregister for the patch, check out this flyer.

Thank you in advance to everyone who helps us fight hunger in Western New York!

World Thinking Day 2018

Recently Girl Scouts of Western New York had the opportunity to once again participate in World Thinking Day, an international event coordinated by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). Every February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate by doing the same activities around the same theme.

This year, “Impact” was the selected theme, and girls were encouraged to show and share how they help impact their communities all around the world. #ThisisImpact showcased the girls’ efforts across social media platforms.

It’s been almost 100 years since WAGGS first began celebrating World Thinking Day, and it still represents a day of international friendship. While all girls enjoy the same activities to connect them from country to country, the day also shines a light on issues affecting young women. It’s a tradition that began in 1926 and isn’t going away any time soon.

In Western New York, we celebrated a few days early. Girls from around the council gathered at Camp Windy Meadows to spend the day doing Impact activities together.

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