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Girl Scouts Of Western New York Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mission: Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Programs: Troops, afterschool and community-based programs: these programs engage girls through hands-on, girl-led, cooperative learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and designed for girls to discover, connect, and take action in numerous and diverse areas as they grow. Girl scouting provides a leadership development experience, encouraging girls to explore new activities while building confidence and self-esteem. Focus areas include: healthy living, leadership and community service, stem (science, technology, engineering, math), travel, creative arts and financial literacy. Number of girls served = 14,667. The socioeconomic status of our members varies. Grant-funded programming targeted at underserved girls is a part of our council's continuing investment to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to experience girl scouting.

camping programs: gswny maintains 4 camp properties where girls learn valuable life lessons such as teamwork, independence, trying new things, making new friends, and appreciation for the environment. Activities include nature study, camping, equestrian training, whitewater rafting, kayaking, sailing, swimming, archery, hiking, arts and crafts, and ropes challenge courses. Girls experience the outdoors through day camps, resident and troop camps, and outdoor program events. Number of girls and adults served = 10,958.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Girl Scouts of Western NY has been a part of my life for more than 30 yrs. As a girl, I had many wonderful experiences which taught me more lessons than I realized at the time. I have been a troop leader since I finished as a registered girl and have been passing on that knowledge with the help of the GSWNY council. This council has many programs, for all ages and interests, keeping the interest of the girls peaked and challenged. They are very organized, always keeping the girls' safety in the forefront and making sure their leaders have the appropriate training. They are definitely deserving of the Non-Profits Top Award for 2012 ( and every year!).

Emily45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girl Scouting, particularly Girl Scouting in Western New York where I grew up, has been hugely important in my life. I credit Girl Scouts with how I became comfortable leading large groups of both children and adults. I've been participating and volunteering with GSWNY for seventeen years, and I have loved every minute of it!

Caitlin F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Girl Scout/member for the past 18 years. I participated in troop events and summer camp. Girl Scouts provides a safe, fun, confidence building environment for young ladies of all ages! There is a reason why we say, "Building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place."

Bree K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization for girls. I didn't realize how organized they were until I left and went to another council.

Rebecca50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Girl Scout leader for the past 8 years it has been a wonderful experience watching these little girls grow into young ladies. As they entered High School they are still proud to be Girl Scouts and many have already spoken of having their own troop someday. They are very quick to want to volunteer where needed, love to learn new things and enjoy camping very much. Through the Girl Scout program they have learned to have confidence, courage and character and because of Girl Scouts they will grown into wonderful adults.

Mariah K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up with the Girl Scouts and knew, when I became 18, that I wanted to "give back". My volunteer role within the organization changes from year to year. Sometimes I work directly with girls, sometimes with adults only and sometimes with both. Through it all, though, Girl Scouts has shown me the importance of giving girls the opportunity to become strong leaders in their community. Girl Scouts prides themselves on being the premier organization for girl leadership and they are right. What an amazing feeling to work with a girl and see her blossom into an incredible young woman. I've seen girls so shy they cry the first meeting who, just a year later, are leading the group in songs, in ceremonies and in decision making. You go girl!