Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girls One Step at a Time

Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girls One Step at a Time

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is proud to have a group of athletes running the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of our council. These runners have dedicated their time and effort in support of our organization, both with intense physical training and fundraising.

Each of our runners has a connection to Girl Scouts. Whether as a Girl Scout troop leader, a Girl Scout alum, a volunteer, or a proud Girl Scout dad, they all have one goal in mind—to support Girl Scouts GCNWI by running 26.2 miles.

Our participants have been jogging for miles and raising funds for many months in preparation for next week’s race on Sunday, October 7. Will you help them cross the finish line?

Here’s how you can make an impact

Donate now to help our runners meet their fundraising goal!

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 7, any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and cheer on our Girl Scout Go-Getters. See some true Girl Scout spirit in action! Please contact Holly Johnson for details.

Our Runners

Check out our runners’ pages to learn more about them and why they are running for Girl Scouts GCNWI.

Brewer, Rebecca: Girl Scout Volunteer and Troop Leader
Brown, Dominique: Leader of Two Troops
Bullock, Alison: Girl Scout Alumna and Supporter
Culligan, Clara: First Time Runner and Girl Scout Silver Award Recipient
Inabinet, Anna: Girl Scout Supporter
Kristo, Amanda: Brownie Troop Leader and Legacy Go-Getter Runner
Lichon, Becky: Girl Scout Supporter
Linnihan, Erin: Girl Scout Supporter
Merchant, Noreen: Active Girl Scout Leader and Girl Scout Alumni
Nieto, Donny: Proud Girl Scout Dad
Pironti, Jill K: Adult Member and Troop Co-Leader
Prado, Angelica M: Proud Girl Scout Mom
Rice, Katie: Girl Scout Supporter
Sarchett, Brian: Girl Scout Supporter
Shuba, Matt: Girl Scout Supporter
Wallace, Angela: Girl Scout Supporter

Destinations Spotlight: Space Camp

Destinations Spotlight: Space Camp

It was Saint Augustine who wrote “The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” So why not open a new chapter?

While Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provides amazing travel opportunities, for those interested in different travel experiences should explore Girl Scouts Destinations. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s something exciting for every individual. You will not only acquire new life-changing experiences, but you will also make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states.

This past summer, some of the girls in our council went on their own Destinations adventures; three of our Girl Scouts participated in Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Hunstville, Alabama, one to the Costa Rica rainforest and one all the way to Europe! We hope you enjoy the stories from Space Camp attendees Maysa, Simone and Emma and become inspired to take a trip yourself.


On June 17th, I flew to Huntsville, Alabama to attend Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Center. I am so glad I found out about this camp thanks to Girl Scouts Destinations. From the activities and missions to the trivia and fun facts, Space Academy was a great opportunity and the experience inspired me to see space careers differently and take action to make the world a better place.

During my week at Space Academy I was involved in so many exciting projects including space missions, rocket launching, and special theme nights. I had two space missions; a lunar mission and an orbiter mission. During the lunar mission, I was in the Orion capsule as LMS 6. During the orbiter mission, I was in mission control in the position FOO. The missions were very important learning experiences and we earned points for Commanders Cup based on our team’s successful execution of them. The missions helped me understand the importance of the different roles individuals play in a space mission and also the tremendous responsibility one takes on to fill these roles. We also launched rockets that we built and designed in groups of four. This project helped us get to know our teammates and be creative. My teammates were sister Girl Scouts from all over the world. They came from many different places, including New Zealand, Canada, and almost every region of the U.S. With us all being Girl Scouts on a Destinations trip, we got to do a special swap party that allowed us to get to know each other and share some special things about where we all came from.

Going to Space Academy inspired me to see something differently. Specifically, before this destinations trip, I had no idea of the many careers in space exploration and at NASA beyond being an engineer or astronaut! There are all kinds of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) careers that are needed at NASA, including chemists, botanists, even teachers! My destinations trip to the US Space and Rocket Center inspired me to continue to take action as a Girl Scout and as a student who loves math and science. Taking action in this case means taking advantage of every opportunity available for me to learn all I can about STEM. Currently, I aspire to be a biochemist. As a biochemist, I would make the world a better place with my work by exploring chemical compounds and molecules of different organisms and how they react in various combinations. Biochemists have very important jobs that include research to find cures for diseases as well as solving simpler problems like how to make safer and more effective beauty products.

I am very grateful for the scholarship that helped make this Destinations trip possible for me. Thanks to Girl Scouts, I continue to be inspired to follow my dreams. I would love to do another Destination and see what else I can learn and discover. Learn more about the scholarship here.


For my destination, I went to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The trip taught me many things about outer space, the devices used in space, and what people do there. Prior to this trip, I thought the only people who went into space were astronauts who collected different samples and  bring them back to earth. Now that I was able to experience space camp, I learned that people who go into space are scientist who doesn’t just collect samples, but actually do experiments and others from different fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) also get to go into space. This trip has allowed me to see things as a puzzle and each person/item is a piece.

Once again THANK YOU for this wonderful opportunity.


This trip inspired me to see different careers of the women in STEM careers. Before, I used to think that it was great that we had so many women in the STEM field, but it wasn’t until my trip to Space Camp that I got a better understanding of their careers and learned about my passion for mine.

Now, because of all the smart women I met, I realize, that it is good that we have so many women in STEM, but we need more. The Space Program in the U.S.A could benefit so much from having more women involved. So many women, in history (from the Space Program), played a pivotal role in helping the U.S. get to the moon and beyond. Some examples are Katherine Goble Johnson and Mary Sherman Morgan. I feel that with more women in NASA, the program will speed up, and help us to get to Mars and beyond much sooner!

If you’re interested in going on a Destination, check out the GSUSA website.

Learn more about the 2019 Space Camp Destination, click here.

Register for the 59-Minute Quick Start to Fall Product Program!

fallproduct18_quickstart_revThe Fall Product Program is a Girl Scouts GCNWI-sponsored program that combines educational activities with money-earning opportunities for Girl Scouts! Girls can sell candies, nuts, and magazine subscriptions to their friends and family to fund adventures and community projects that shape their Girl Scout experience. Let girls lead the way!

The Fall Product Program also empowers girls with five essential skills they will need to develop leadership skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.


The Fall Product Program is only open from Oct. 1-21, so we’re making it easier than ever to reach your goals with the 59-Minute Quick Start! These fun and free events will bring Girl Scouts together for a fun way to raise funds.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Oct. 2, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.– Vernon Hills Gathering Place, 650 N. Lakeview Pkwy. Vernon Hills, IL
  • Oct. 4, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.– Friendship Center, 5100 Sunset Lane, Country Club Hills, IL

We’ll serve pizza and ice cream, PLUS girls will be able to earn a fun patch! It’s a quick, easy way to set up an entire year of Girl Scout fun.

Space is limited so register soon.

Register for the 59-Minute Quick Start »

Can’t make either Quick Start event? That’s OK! Sales open for all GCNWI Girl Scouts on Oct. 1. If you’re a current GSGCNWI member you will receive emails with instructions on how you can participate!

Learn more about Fall Product »

A Scrumptious Event, Smart Cookies: Chefs Above the Rest


This Wednesday, on September 12, 2018,  Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) brought together guests and members alike to highlight the endeavors of several female chefs and culinary entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland food scene as well as lift the mission of Girl Scouts. The event was an opportunity for those in attendance to engage with the chefs, their signature bites, the Girl Scout sous chefs, and supporters of the council. It was a delicious evening for all in the room!

Emceed by Jocelyn Delk Adams, the engaging baker, author and founder of Grandbaby Cakes, Smart Cookies: Chefs Above the Rest was held at the newly-opened event space Gallery 1500 in Lincoln Park’s NEWCITY. The evening’s honorees, along with their tasty signature bites, were a shining example of how supporting girls and women benefits us all. The honorees of the evening included:

  • Diana Dávila, Chef & Owner, Mi Tocaya Antojería
  • Nicole Hamilton, Owner & Caterer, Simply Sweetness Food Design
  • Ellen King, Co-Owner & Head Baker, Hewn Bakery
  • Emily Nejad, Owner, Bon Vivant Cakes
  • Anna Posey, Pastry Chef & Co-Owner, Elske Restaurant
  • Elaina Vazquez, Founder & CEO, Boutique Bites

With over 200 guests present the cocktail hour event brought in more than $110,000 through several donation opportunities including a silent auction, direct donation wall and text-to-give. The proceeds from the evening will go toward GSGCNWI programming. The event brought the Girl Scout mission to life, while bringing together new and existing supporters to experience firsthand the impact Girl Scouting has on the lives of local girls.


For those interested in learning more about volunteering, donating or partnering with GSGCNWI be sure to click the links or visit our homepage!

We will be sharing more from Smart Cookies: Chefs Above the Rest, including personal stories from the chefs and their Girl Scout sous chefs in the coming days so be sure to stay tuned for more and visit us on Facebook to see more photos from the night! Until next time, forever yours in Girl Scouting.