Fulfilling your resolutions is as easy as being a Girl Scout

The New Year rolling around is practically synonymous with resolutions. There doesn’t seem to be a better time to change your life than at the start of a brand new year filled with hope and possibility.

If you’re a resolution person, you aren’t alone. Research shows that almost 60% of people admit to making New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, the best intentions only carry us so far because only 8% are successful.

In a recent survey of 2,000 people, the numbers showed that despite how different we are, we’re largely looking to improve the same areas of our life. Whether it’s being healthier, planning to be financially responsible, bettering yourself, or learning something new, we all want this year to be different.

We have a way to help you make that difference.

Being a Girl Scout is about building and empowering yourself to take on the world. It doesn’t matter if you join as a girl or volunteer – we know you’ll walk away with the experience to check off your resolutions.

We hear from leaders that because they volunteer, they’re more active. Our girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie sale, aka the largest girl-led business in the world. But it’s not just about selling delicious cookies; Girl Scouts learn about financial literacy and entrepreneurship along the way. Don’t even get us started on everything new you’ll learn as a Girl Scout.

If you really want to make a difference in your life or help shape your daughter’s life, join Girl Scouts today. For more than 100 years, we’ve been building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We are for girls, by girls, always.

Here’s to making 2019 the best year ever!

Upcoming Programs: January

The new year is here and we have so many exciting programs planned for girls and adults! Check out our available training events and programs for the month of January:

Leader Training (New and Experienced)

  • Wednesday, January 9, from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Jamestown Service Center
  • 20 spots available
  • Register Here

This is a great training for all new leaders, as well as a great refresher for established experienced volunteers!

Join the Girl Experience Team to learn about the 3 keys and processes to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Learn how you can ensure girls are able to discover, connect and Take Action with all you do this Girl Scout year.

STEM Lab Adult Learning – Think Like an Engineer (DBJCSA)

  • Friday, January 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Buffalo Service Center
  • 12 spots available
  • Register Here

Take a hands-on, in-depth look at the new STEM content!

Are you:

  • Excited about the new Stem content?
  • A total STEM newbie and feeling intimidated by STEM programming?
  • Know STEM but not sure how to excite your girls?
  • Want to get to know robots, mechanical engineering, space science, cybersecurity, and more?

Volunteer Toolkit Hands-on Training

  • Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Rochester Service Center
  • 15 spots available
  • Register Here

New, current, prospective and long standing leaders are all invited to join us for an in-person, hands on, VTK training.  Please bring your personal device, weather that be a tablet, smart phone or laptop and we will work one on one, hands on with leaders to learn more about this fantastic GS resource!

Leader Training (New and Experienced)

  • Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Lockport Service Center
  • 22 spots available
  • Register Here

This is a great training for all new leaders, as well as a great refresher for established experienced volunteers!

Join the Girl Experience Team to learn about the 3 keys and processes to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Learn how you can ensure girls are able to discover, connect and Take Action with all you do this Girl Scout year.

STEM Lab Adult Training – Mechanical Engineering (DBJ)

  • Saturday, January 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Lockport Service Center
  • 17 spots available
  • Register Here

Take a hands-on, in-depth look at the new STEM content!

Ingredients for Success: Creating a Smarter Cookie (JCSA)

  • Registration closes TONIGHT, January 7, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • SUNY Fredonia Williams Center
  • 36 spots available
  • Register Here

The Girl Scouts will gain skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, and independence through interactive workshops!

Volunteer Toolkit Hands-on Training

  • Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Buffalo Service Center
  • 14 spots available
  • Register Here

New, current, prospective and long standing leaders are all invited to join us for an in-person, hands on, VTK training.  Please bring your personal device, weather that be a tablet, smart phone or laptop and we will work one on one, hands on with leaders to learn more about this fantastic GS resource!

Happy New Year!

We want to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and spectacular new year! We believe in your ability to keep your resolutions and make a difference in 2019. Thank you for everything you do!

In the world of Girl Scouts, we’re excited to make this the best year ever. Last year was an amazing year for both Western New York and Girl Scouts of the USA. Locally, we saw our membership grow and flourish. This excitement around Girl Scouts wasn’t only in our area.

Here’s a glimpse of GSUSA’s 2018:

  • More than 570,000 Girl Scouts explored the outdoors at our camps, with 170,000 attending resident Girl Scout summer camps.
  • More than 1 million girls participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world.
  • We’ve reached 450,000 underserved girls nationwide with Girl Scouts’ unrivaled leadership programming.
  • 6,000 Gold Award Girl Scouts have tackled society’s grand challenges—— from curbing the use of plastic straws to combating human trafficking—— while still in high school!
  • We released 30 new badges, including STEM badges in cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, environmental stewardship, robotics, and space science.

We can’t believe how amazing those numbers are. Not only the numbers, but the stories and impact behind each girl and experience.

Here’s to a fantastic 2019!

Shelby: part tomboy, part football player, all Girl Scout

As competition for your girl’s time heats up, it’s easy to dismiss Girl Scouts as not being right for her. Your girl isn’t the girly-girl type, so she wouldn’t enjoy an organization where that’s a big deal. She’s more of a tomboy, so she likely wouldn’t have a good time.

We have news for you: every girl is right for Girl Scouts.

When you’re a Girl Scout, it doesn’t matter if you’re part trendsetter, part change-maker, part athlete, part engineer, part artist, or part go-getter, because you know who you are and where you want to go next. You’re all Girl Scout, and that makes the difference.

Pictured above is Shelby, a self-proclaimed ‘tomboy,’ football player, and Girl Scout Junior. She doesn’t fit the mold of what so many assume Girl Scouts is, yet our program fits her perfectly.

She’s learned practical skills like camping, fire building, and knot tying, but it’s the intangible skills that stand out. As a Girl Scout, Shelby has learned about caring, leadership, giving back, and working together.

Shelby, far right in the back row, with the rest of her troop

Shelby first joined Girl Scouts because it seemed like it would be fun and her mother, Kathy, wanted her to try something new. Since then, Kathy has watched her become independent, gain leadership skills, make friends, and enjoy many opportunities she wouldn’t have had the chance to experience without Girl Scouts. Even more, her confidence has increased.

Because of her interest in ‘boy things,’ Shelby can sometimes feel out of place in school and like she doesn’t fit in. When she’s with her troop, she feels comfortable to be herself.

If someone told Shelby they weren’t the ‘right kind of girl’ to join, she’d let them know it’s a perfect program for them because of all the activities they can do, like camping, crafting, caroling, and more. In fact, girls can pick from an array of different activities, events, and skills they want to achieve.  

Shelby’s favorite thing about Girl Scouts is Camp Timbercrest, where she’s met new friends who are like family

Even though she’s only nine years old, Shelby is already thinking about college. It’s one of the things she’s most excited about Girl Scouts. Through our Spring Renewal program, girls who renew their membership by May 30 receive SAGE Tuition Rewards Points. This translates into $2500 for college every year she renews.

Our partnership with SAGE was one of the things about Girl Scouts that surprised Kathy. She didn’t realize how it could help with Shelby’s future college dreams, or how the Girl Scout Gold Award can help increase a girl’s rank in the military. Another surprise was the number of companies that offer Girl Scouts opportunities, like Apple and Disney.

Both Kathy and Shelby are very active in Girl Scouts because of their belief in the program. For Shelby, it’s about learning about things she doesn’t know.

“She has had so many experiences and more just waiting for her,” Kathy said.  “She and her troop have done volunteer work at our local soup kitchen; they are working on their Bronze Award with a nonprofit little animal rescue; they’ve done beach clean ups to name a few of their projects. She will be able to not only save for college but visit some through the offerings they have at St. Bonaventures and Fredonia State.”

For girls and parents who aren’t sure about Girl Scouts, both Kathy and Shelby believe they should do their research and give it a try.

“As a parent, I would encourage them to do research on what Girl Scouts has to offer,” Kathy said. “Girl Scouts can help in a number of ways, including college through SAGE, travel opportunities, educational experiences, life skills, leadership, and to be in an environment that will help her grow.”

Girl Scouts is for all girls because we know no two are alike. Every girl has her own interests, talents, hobbies, and dreams, and we want to make sure she has the right opportunities to pursue them all. It’s not about what kind of girl you are, as long as you’re all Girl Scout.

Shelby is a lot of wonderful things and she’s all Girl Scout.

Holiday Spirit Week at GSWNY!

Last week, the staff at Girl Scouts of Western New York embraced the holiday spirit with a themed week complete with ugly sweaters, crazy headwear, and hot chocolate! Each day had a unique theme and all the offices were invited to participated. 

Monday – “Photo Booth” Day – we had fun with a twist on the traditional booth! Instead of setting up something official, we went around our offices and took cheery photos of what we had to commemorate 2018! 

Tuesday – Holiday (Ugly) Sweater Day – no explanation need for this tradition

Wednesday – Holiday Flair – this takes the sweater game up a notch with socks, scarves, hats, and bling to really celebrate the holidays

Thursday – Holiday Craft Day – Girl Scouts is way more than just crafts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy doing them!

Friday – Cookies and Cocoa Day – because what feels more like the holidays than some delicious cookies and hot chocolate

Check out the gallery below for highlights from the week!