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.

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.

Unleash Strong! Be a Girl Scout.

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The Fourth of July feels the peak of summer fun, but fall is right around the corner. You can even see it in stores . Despite school not starting for more than a month, the back to school sections are popping up. Pool toys are being swapped out for classroom supplies and the bus will be rolling down the street sooner than you’d like.

When school begins, so do the never ending extracurricular activities. At times, it can feel like every night is booked. It’s easy to cut certain programs you don’t feel are as valuable. Unfortunately, Girl Scouts is one that doesn’t always make the cut.

The case for Girl Scouts

You want your girl to succeed in her life, whatever it may look like. You want her to opportunities to shape her own future. While a number of activities can help her, none partner along side of her quite like Girl Scouts.

At Girl Scouts of Western New York, we’re dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. When your girl joins a troop, she isn’t just signing up to do arts and crafts and sell cookies. She’s joining a sisterhood where she can be her own person and make a difference in her community.

We believe in the inclusive, all-girl environment and have the research for why it matters for you girl. This helps us create a safe space for her to try new things, develop new skills, take on leadership roles, and work toward earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

What we do

At Girl Scouts, your girl will have the opportunity to experience new adventures while giving back. All of our programming focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the outdoors, like skills, and entrepreneurship.

Bottom line, we know this is a man’s world, but we want to help your daughter reshape it for herself and generations to come.

Why it matters

More than just what we offer, we have proven results. Women who were Girl Scouts are more successful, enjoy higher incomes, are active volunteers, and vote more regularly.

Half of all female business leaders are Girl Scout alums. More than 70 percent of female U.S. Senators were in Girl Scouts. Every former female Secretary of State are Girl Scout alums.

Unleash strong!

Become a Girl Scout this fall and see the difference it can make for yourself. Join Girl Scouts today!

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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