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Our Membership

Girl Scouts of Western New York currently serves approximately 18,000 girls and over 7,000 adult volunteers. Volunteers conduct a variety of age-appropriate programs and opportunities for girls at the troop and service unit level. Girls also participate in council-wide projects.

Girl Scout troops are organized at six different grade levels: 

  • Girl Scout Daisies (Grades K-1) 
  • Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2-3) 
  • Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4-5) 
  • Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) 
  • Girl Scout Seniors (Grades 9-10) 
  • Girl Scout Ambassadors (Grades 11-12) 

Council Jurisdiction

Girl Scouts of Western New York services nine counties in western New York. These counties are Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming.

Our Camp Properties

Day and resident (overnight) camp programs are offered to Girl Scouts at Camp Piperwood, Perinton, New York; Camp Seven Hills Lakeside and Goodyear, Holland, New York; Camp Windy Meadows, Cambria, New York; and Camp Timbercrest, Randolph, New York.

Our Programs

Girl Scouts of Western New York brings Girl Scouting programs to girls and young women between the ages of 5 and 17. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is a programming model designed to promote leadership skills throughout each step of Girl Scouting. The approach is based on research that indicates that girls respond to a more inclusive style of leadership, rejecting traditional "top-down" definitions of what it takes to lead. GSLE is built on the following three principles: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Through activities that emphasize the discover principle, girls learn that leadership is an act of self-discovery, and work to understand more about their own values and skills. During connect activities they recognize that a leader must be able to work with others. When the girls take action they understand the importance of leadership in making the world a better place.

Council Organization/History

Girl Scouts of the USA, whose national headquarters is located in New York City, is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 2.8 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Girl Scouts of Western New York is one of more than 112 councils organized and chartered in the United States to administer and develop Girl Scouting within its particular geographic jurisdiction.

Cindy L. Odom

Chief Executive Officer

Judith A. Maness, FACHE

Board Chair

Council Funding

Girl Scouts of Western New York is a non-profit agency that receives funding from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, United Way of the Tonawandas, United Way of Cattaraugus County, Inc., United Way of Gowanda, United Way of Greater Niagara, United Way of Eastern Orleans County, United Way of Genesee County, United Way of Greater Rochester, United Way of Livingston County, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, United Way of Western Orleans County, United Way of Wyoming County and through donations, bequests, grants, sponsorships, and product sales.

A membership fee of $15 for each girl and adult goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA. Membership includes insurance coverage and access to all camps and programs. No girl or adult is refused membership because of an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available (based upon confirmation of economic need) in the form of membership dues assistance, camperships, and girl and adult opportunity funds.