Girl Scouts of Western New York and the Legacy family of retirement communities recently announced a partnership with Watermark for Kids and local Scouts.
Troops and girls will offer various intergenerational programs at the nine Legacy retirement communities in Greater Rochester, such as working together on community service projects, learning and growing through resident programs and activities, and creating fundraisers around the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
With an initial gift of $4,500 to GSWNY, Watermark for Kids is investing in girls in four ways: the Gold Award, afterschool troops, Girl Scout camp and opportunity funding. Future investments by Watermark for Kids will award funding to troops and individual Girl Scouts for community service and programming.
The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts. The young women who earn this award create projects that impact areas including education, agriculture, medicine, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics on a local, national and global level.
Kelli Kunick, of Victor, received a 2018 Gold Award after she created different and intricate coloring pages for teen patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester.
“By creating these pages, I am providing the hospital with an activity for teens and young adults,” Kunick said.
To make her project sustainable, she provided a kit to the hospital and 13thirty Cancer Connect, so that her drawings and program can be replicated for years to come.
Girl Scout afterschool programming serves girls living in inner city and rural communities who might not otherwise have access to Scouts. The programs provide age-appropriate leadership experiences using trained staff to lead troops in afterschool settings, often in partnership with other community agencies. Girls pursue activities in a safe, structured environment that encourage them to develop their individual potential, develop values for decision-making, learn to relate to others and share responsibility for contributing to their community.
At Girl Scout summer camp, girls try new things, explore the outdoors, swim, hike, ride horses and make memories with new friends.
The Girl Scouts organization believes every girl deserves the opportunity to participate, and it never turns any girl away. The opportunity fund provides support for any girl who needs it for things like membership fees, dues, uniforms, registration for council-sponsored programs and travel opportunities.