Volunteer with Girl Scouts

Our mission at Girl Scouts is simple – build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. It’s the driving force behind everything that we do. As passionate as we are, we cannot accomplish our mission alone.

We need volunteers to partner with us in creating a better future for girls and empowering the next generation of female leaders. Together, we can help our girls become G.I.R.L.s, or go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.

This partnership is more than just asking women to lead a troop. In fact, we need both men and women to help us in a variety of roles. It can look like co-leading a troop, but it can also be a troop helper (think driving and chaperoning), coordinating cookie sales, mentoring adult volunteers, working at our camps, speaking at an event, etc.

Your commitment can be an hour, a month, a year, and anything between or beyond that. Girls just need people like you willing to sacrifice their time to show them they can do more than they thought possible.

Plus, as a volunteer, you can change her world and your own. Ninety-two percent of volunteers learn new skills they can apply to their own life. Sixty-five percent note how it helped them advance professionally. Eighty-eight percent like how it keeps them active. A huge 94 percent say they’ve made new friends. And those are just statistics! Here are the reasons why our volunteers do what they do:

“I want to help my community and teach young girls in my community to be strong, independent women who are willing to put others before their own wants.”

“I am an advocate for the many benefits of Scouting and want girls everywhere to be able to succeed in all of their endeavors.”

“I truly enjoy spending time with our young ladies and teaching them, supporting them, being a mentor to them, and enjoying their candidness and eagerness to learn.”

“I LOVE watching their excitement, sense of WOW and wonder and and their pride at belonging to this special sisterhood.” 

Those are just four testimonials of the many we could share.

Girl Scouts are so much more than cookies, badges, campfires, and friendship bracelets. Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. These are the traits that define girls of courage, confidence, and character. Being a G.I.R.L. is in the DNA of being a Girl Scout.

Simply put, our girls need you, just as you are, to help how you can. No matter your age, gender, or background, it can be part of your DNA, too. Join us in empowering female leaders today.

Explore Our Grounds: Piperwood

Camp Piperwood in Fairport, NY, features vast hiking trails, a state-of-the-art splash pad, high and low ropes courses, an archery area, and open fields. Camp Piperwood is a great setting for campers looking for a day camp experience.

Browse our summer camps today and don’t forget to register!

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

We try to celebrate our amazing volunteers as often as possible, but once a year we take an entire month to make it our focus. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we’re excited to let our volunteers know how special they are.

Without volunteers, our passion to empower G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders) would fall short. We need our troop leaders, service unit managers, event volunteers and everyone in between to further our mission of developing girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

All month long we’ll take the time to shout out specific volunteers and thank everyone who gives their time to help the girls in our council. Girl Scout Leader Day is April 22, and it kicks off Volunteer Week!

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the activities and of course, if you’re one of our volunteers THANK YOU!

 

Girl Scouts announces partnership with LinkedIn

This has been a week of exciting announcements for Girl Scouts. On April 3, they unveiled a partnership with The North Face, coinciding with the launch of the brand’s first-ever global initiative focused on women called Move Mountains. This multiyear collaboration will focus on working together to prepare the next generation of female explorers to empower themselves.

Continuing the theme of empowered leaders, today GSUSA announced a partnership with LinkedIn to connect all Girl Scout alums. LinkedIn will offer a community of support for female professionals and help enhance their career development. It will also allow alums the opportunity to share their experience with the next generation and join forces with like-minded women to effect change.

All Girl Scout alums, regardless of how long they were in the program are invited to connect with one another on The Girl Scout Network. Of course, we definitely think you should join!

This collaboration marks the first time that GSUSA will have the ability to track the life experiences and success of Girl Scout alums using LinkedIn’s community of more than 546 million members. GSUSA will do this by utilizing information from the public profiles of alums, such as: education, career fields, and leadership positions to identify trends, deficits, and opportunities for women in the workplace. This information will help Girl Scouts create relevant and impactful programs and experiences for girls in our council and beyond.

At a time when stories about unequal and unethical treatment of women continue to populate headlines across the United States, The Girl Scout Network will energize female professionals to take the reins and be trailblazers in our country and the world. It will offer inspiring personal stories from girls and alums as well as ways to support and help prepare girls to lead.

Girl Scouts’ legacy is one of girls and women supporting one another and effecting change through civic engagement be it in Western New York or elsewhere. The Girl Scout Network allows us to work with GSUSA to better prepare and mobilize more girls to make the world a better place.

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!

Explore Our Grounds: Camp Seven Hills

Camp Seven Hills Goodyear is located in Holland, NY, and encompasses woodland paths, sunny meadows, ponds, streams and hills. Our facilities include a lake, pool, central dining hall, shower houses, cabin and platform tent units, a vast sports complex, horse stables and riding areas, and a high and low ropes challenge course.

Girls in grades 1-12 will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, arts & crafts, ropes challenge course program, horseback riding, and out-of-camp trips.

This is the perfect resident camp setting for your girl(s) to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Many campers return summer after summer for that “special something” they say Camp Seven Hills provides. Explore our camp themes

Register for camp today!

Explore Our Grounds: Camp Timbercrest

Camp Timbercrest is located in the Allegheny Forest in Randolph, NY. The camp facilities include a lake, numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, a central dining hall, shower house, cabin and platform tent units, and horse stables.

This camp is the perfect setting for girls in grades 1-12 to experience a great and traditional summer camp program. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, arts & crafts, archery, and horseback riding.

While at camp your girl(s) will be able to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Check out at our camp guide to see what camps are available!

Register for camp today!