The program team at GSWNY is here for you! If you need assistance with Journey, the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, council-sponsored programs, high award question, etc., please contact the program department team at 1-888-837-6410 and ask for a program manager or email programs@gswny.org.

 

High Awards

Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn in Girl Scouting. By earning this award, you demonstrate your commitment to helping others and improving your community and the world.

Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn in Girl Scouting. By earning this award, you show that you are a leader, organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community.

Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. By going for the Gold, you join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in the world.

 

Resource Boxes

Resource boxes are kits that contain everything you need to present the program to girls. To reserve a resource box, go to the Forms page. Under General Reference Items, choose the kit you want. Complete the form and submit it to the program team at programs@gswny.org. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior.

Techbridge Kits

Design Time: Work through the engineering design process and get your creative juices flowing with four playful design scenarios, including building the safest cookie package, creating an ultimate pencil pouch, and marketing bubble juice!

Power It Up: Master electricity and circuits through a series of hands-on investigations, with the option to use a soldering iron to make your own electronic board game.

Thrillbuilders: Explore simple machines all around you in a crazy carnival of your own creation. Design a playground, construct a catapult, make a merry-go-round, and send a coaster car rolling off the edge of this fun adventure.

Engineers to the Rescue: Apply engineering know-how, problem-solving skills, and design savvy to navigate your way out of a camping trip gone wrong. Projects include rebuilding your shelter on shaky soil, filtering drinking water, sending a message for help, and harnessing wind energy to reach your next meal!

Make It Green: Construct a green studio in a shoebox from start to finish - from brainstorming an idea, to creating a floor plan, to building “green.” Interior design, material science, and landscape architecture, all with an eco-friendly focus.

GPS Units  - All Levels

By renting the hand held GPS systems you can guide your troop through the fun of Geo-Caching

Forever Green – D, B, J

With this resource box, girls will become aware of their own impact on the environment and start to think about ways to reduce it. They will gain skills and resources to teach others how to appreciate the environment. 

Girl Scout Way – All Levels

This resource box is intended to assist girls in earning their Girl Scout Way Legacy Badge. Resources include song books, Girl Scout handbooks, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts book, Girl Scout games book, and the Scouting History book. 

Girl Scout Songs – All Levels

This resource box provides a variety of songs to learn and share. Traditional Girl Scout songs are included as well as some that may be new to you. 

Girl Scouts Explore STEM – J,C

This resource box will introduce girls to technology and engineering concepts. Using three activity boxes - Snap Circuits, Fischertechnik and Mindstorms - girls will learn about circuitry, alternative energy sources, and robotics. 

Girl Scout Tea Ceremony – All Levels

This resource box is designed to be used for “Tea Celebrations” for special events such as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award ceremonies, Court of Awards, and other special formal events. Each kit comes with instructions on how to host a Tea Ceremony and contains tea cups and saucers (for display only), a white linen tablecloth, silver toned metal trays, and silk roses. 

In the Pink – J - A

As part of this resource box, girls are asked to research and share with their troop members what they found out about the causes of breast cancer, risk factors, and potential actions they themselves can do to minimize their own personal risk factors. In addition, girls will create their own strip quilt pillow or lap quilt to sew and then donate to either someone they know who is a cancer survivor or to an organization of their choosing.

Disability Awareness – All Levels

This resource box contains dolls with various adaptive equipment to promote understanding of how and why certain equipment is used by disabled individuals.

Flag Ceremony Box – All Levels

Each service center has a Flag Ceremony box that contains white gloves, red sashes, a card with the proper commands, and both an American flag and a GSWNY flag.

Reality store – J, A

Test your budgeting and life planning skills. Choose a career and a family. Buy a car and a house. Open a checking and savings account and go shopping. Girls will learn to make decisions based on salary and other life cards.

Lego Robotics – J, C, S, A

This resource box of Legos is great for older Girl Scouts to explore STEM.

K-Nex - D, B

This resource box contains K’nex materials that are great for Daisies and Brownies to explore STEM.

 

Ropes Courses at Camp Seven Hills/Goodyear and Camp Piperwood

Reserve a date just for your troop to experience our ropes course activities! Imagine an unforgettable outdoor adventure that fosters trust, problem solving, team building, and overcoming fears in a safe environment! 

To register your troop, click Camp Properties Rentals then select Camp Seven Hills or Camp Piperwood  then open the Ropes Course Usage Form. Choose your date and complete the form.

Daisies and Brownies can participate in Team Building only. Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in all ropes course activities.

 

Girl Scouts of Western New York – Council’s Own Badges/Patches

Council’s Own Badges/Patches are designed to focus on something special and unique to a particular area. GSWNY is proud to offer several for you to choose from. Learn about the requirements on our forms page.

WNY Belva Lockwood

WNY Buffalo Waterways

WNY Erie Canal Ecology

WNY Freedom Seekers

WNY Freedom's Rites

WNY Iroquois Confederacy

WNY Lewiston Bicentennial

WNY Niagara Heritage

WNY Pan American Exposition

WNY Stories In Stone

WNY Susan B. Anthony

WNY Blue Rose Foundation

WNY White House Connection

GSWNY Archives Patch Program

 

2013-2014 Approved Horse Stable Listing

Girl Scouts of Western New York understands many girls have an interest in learning to care for and ride horses. Our 2013-2014 Approved Horse Stable Listing can help you determine the best vendor for your troop or Girl Scout.

 

Make Your Own Badge

As a Girl Scout Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador, you can earn a Make Your Own badge once a year. Choose an idea or topic, decide on the five steps needed to learn that skill, and when you've completed the steps, have fun designing a badge that is uniquely yours!

 

Religious Awards for All Ages

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Requirements for the My Promise, My Faith pin can be found in each grade level of the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook.

 

Community Service

This is a project or action(s) that benefits the community while girls gain greater understanding of the issues in their community and how to address them. Community service is a major part of the Girl Scout movement.

 

Take Action

This is designed to elevate traditional Girl Scout community service projects from meeting an immediate need to advocacy projects that make change happen. Girls identify a cause they feel passionate about, and with advocacy and action, make a change.