Don’t miss our upcoming volunteer training!

At Girl Scouts, we have a lot of resources to ensure our leaders are equipped to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. While we have training throughout the year, nothing is quite as extensive as our twice-a-year L.E.A.P. event.

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This November 3, we’re inviting all our volunteers to attend the event at either our Buffalo, Lockport, or Rochester Service Center. It runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paula D’Amico, TV news producer will deliver a keynote, and then we have workshops to help your Girl Scout Leader experience. Options include:

  • Keeping your girls engaged
  • Financing your troop
  • Outdoor experiences
  • And more!

As an added bonus, we’re going to take time to test out the new STEM activities from GSUSA so all our volunteers understand the program (and can also see how fun it is!)

Join us at one of these locations:

Buffalo – Daemen College, Amherst NY
Rochester – Rochester Service Center
Lockport – Lockport Service Center

Registration closes October 26

The 2018-19 Program Guide is Out!

With our new Membership Year approaching, we’re thrilled to launch the new Program Guide! Featuring returning favorites and exciting new adventures, we have a little something for everyone planned.2019 GSWNY Program Guide COVER

To view and register for events, as well as see events that are recently added, check out the Events Page on our website!

Summer Camp Recap 2018

Getting outdoors is one of our platforms at Girl Scouts, so naturally we’re always excited when camp season rolls around. This year did not leave us disappointed. We saw so many girls attend all three of our camps – Piperwood, Timbercrest, and Seven Hills – and provided them with fun and educational sessions.

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While we don’t have the space to share all of our amazing stories from our five sessions, we wanted to provide some of the highlights for you. For a more in depth look at our resident camps, check out the Camp Timbercrest blog and Camp Seven Hills blog.

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Camp Piperwood

Session 1, The Great Outdoors: July 2-6

See Photos from Session 1

Session 2, Healthy is the Name and Staying Fit is the Game: July 9-13

See Photos from Session 2

Session 3, Art in the Outdoors and Rising Star: July 16-20

Session 4, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance and Rising Star: July 23-27

Session 5, Science Wonders and Dog Days of Summer: July 30-August 3

Session 6, Citizen Scientist to the Rescue and a Little Bit of Both: August 6-10

See Photos from Session 6

[Please note: There are less photos from Piperwood than the other camps because at our resident camps, it’s camp staff who take the pictures and upload the blogs. Our Camp Piperwood photos come from Council staff]

Camp Seven Hills

Session 1: July 8-13

Pony Pals; Silly Scientists; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; A Little at a Time Mini Session; G.I.R.L. Tough; Riders Up; Seven Hills Amazing Race; Escape Artists

Photos from Session 1

Session 2: July 15-20

Zoologist; A Horse of Course; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; GIRLbots; Secret Agent Girl; Sneak-a-Peak Mini Session; A Little at a Time Mini Session; Crazy for Horses; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 2

Session 3: July 22-27

It’s My Second Time; Silly Scientists; A Horse of Course; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; Crazy for Horses; Night Owls; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 3

Session 4: July 29-August 4

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Zoologist; Climbing Masters; GIRLbots; Long Rein, Free Walk; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Seven Hills Top Chef; Night Owls; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 4

Session 5: August 5-10

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Pony Pals; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; Secret Agent Girl; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Anastasia in NYC; G.I.R.L. Tough; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 5

Camp Timbercrest

Session 1: July 8-13

Dumbledore’s Army; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; The Great Cupcake Challenge; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 1

Session 2: July 15-20

Daisies & Brownies Can Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; My Favorite Pony; I’m a Go-Getter; Pastry Chefs; Ready to Ride; Boots and Spurs; Timbercrest at Night; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 2

Session 3: July 22-27

Dumbledore’s Army; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; Survivor Camp Style; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 3

Session 4: July 29-August 3

Daisies & Brownies Can Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; My Favorite Pony; Be Brave and Bold; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; The Great Cupcake Challenge; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 4

Session 5: August 5-10

Pastry Chefs; Ready to Ride; Find the Artist in You; Just My Backpack, My Pony, and Me; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 5

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Why STEM Matters for Girls: The Girl Scout Difference

Over the summer, Girl Scouts announced 30 new STEM badges for girls as well as new journeys. In November 2017, the organization pledged to raise $70 million to help bring 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2025. While many viewed this news with enthusiasm, some still ask why it matters. Others argue not every girl wants to be in a STEM field and worry Girl Scouts is moving away from its roots in the outdoors. We’re here to help you understand.

What is STEM?

Before we continue, it’s important to identify exactly what STEM is. The acronym stands for science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, four subjects most girls in the United States will be exposed to, yet few will pursue.

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Why don’t more girls pursue STEM fields?

Think about the clothes you’ve seen in the kids section. The girls have frilly shirts covered with sparkles, claiming things like ‘when I grow up, I want to be a mermaid’ or ‘princess’ or ‘unicorn.’ Meanwhile boys clothes will say things like ‘astronaut.’

Realize it or not, girls are conditioned to think about more ‘feminine’ careers from a young age. This is encouraged through stereotypes and the underlying current of sexism that still plagues our society. One of our studies found that girls were less likely to raise their hand to answer a math question if boys were in the room, even when they knew the answer.

Since we started doing STEM programming, we’ve seen success in our Girl Scouts in a number of ways. One of the most startling is when a girl admits she thought boys were just better at STEM-related activities until she was engaged in them herself. If you want to read more about that and other revelations, check out the full report.

Basically, at some point it became assumed that STEM wasn’t for girls. We’re trying to change that perception.

It goes beyond the STEM pipeline

While we strive for equality in the workforce, both in job selection and salary, it isn’t our sole reason for encouraging STEM in our girls. Most people remember that Girl Scouts is about building girls of courage, confidence, and character, but they may not know the crucial second half: who make the world a better place.

We know there are things in this world that can be improved. Through our journeys and badges, we help girls learn about taking care of the planet and conservation. We encourage them to be away of their impact and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Simply put, we were a girl-led green movement before it became popular.

We know it’s not for every girl

We’re continuing to add STEM badges in areas like cybersecurity, but it doesn’t mean we think every girl needs to become an engineer or scientist. We just believe every girl has the right to choose exactly what she wants to do, and we want to increase her chances of success by exposing her to different fields.

Maybe your Girl Scout wants to be a park ranger. Or a stay at home mom. Or an accountant. Or a veterinarian. Or maybe even a princess. We’re here to support her no matter what, so your girl can have courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place in her own chosen way.

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.