10 Halloween Costumes to Inspire You This Season

10 Halloween Costumes to Inspire You This Season

1. Shuri from Black Panther


Source: YouTube

2. Zombie Girl Scout

It’s easy to Zombi-fy anything! Head to your nearest Halloween or department store and grab some creepy face paint and fake blood and have fun!

Tip: Use clothes you don’t mind staining. While fake blood products may say “washable,” always be prepared if it should stain! Also DON’T DYE your Girl Scout vest!

Source: Bleu Bird Vintage

3. Mia Thermopolis (Pre-Makeover) and Lily Moskovitz from The Princess Diaries

Bring this #tbt to life! This is great for you and your bestie, or just yourself to rock!

Source: Pinterest

4. Kim Possible from Kim Possible

Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me!

Source: Pinterest

5. A Ghost Buster from Ghost Busters

When there’s something strange in your neighborhood…

Source: Brit + Co

6. WonderWOMEN

Don’t limit yourself to just one amazing woman, take on them all!

Wonder Woman Source: Pinterest
Beyonce Source: Diana Alvarez via Instagram
Rosie the Riveter Source: Costume-Works.com
 Frida Khalo Source: A Mighty Girl

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: USA Today
Juliette Gordon Low Source: Pinterest

7. DIY Animals

Get your friends together and make some fun ear headbands channeling your inner spirit animal! Make it a night of crafting then trick-or-treating with all the fun, giggles, and animal noises along the way. Use the makeup tutorial for various animals as inspiration!

8. Unicorn

Because every girl is unique and wonderful! You can easily make this costume DIY by purchasing some temporary hair dye, and a whole bunch of tulle to make an easy and fun rainbow skirt!

9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Out with the old and in with the witchy! Who is excited for this Riverdale spin-off?

Source: Via Twitter @robertoaguirresacasa

10. Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

We’ve put a spell on you…

Let’s be real, this is the best Halloween Disney Channel movie ever!

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Source: Heather Rust Photography

Share your Halloween costumes with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all social channels and using the hashtags #GCNWIdoesHalloween #GCNWIHalloween

Girl Scouts from Shelter Troop Spend Day at Camp

By Julie Somogyi, GCNWI Vice President of Member and Mission Engagement
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On Saturday, Oct. 13, Girl Scouts from a troop affiliated with a women and children’s shelter in Chicago boarded a school bus in the city and stepped off into the chilly sunshine with their volunteer troop leaders to enjoy a very full day in the outdoors at Camp Greene Wood.

The girls explored Rainbow Bridge, discovered box elder bugs and woolly caterpillars, spotted deer while exploring the grass maze, shot arrows on the archery range, marveled at the silky seeds embedded in milkweed pods, decorated pumpkins with paint and silver glitter, and cooked pie iron pizzas and s’mores over a campfire.

Thanks to a number of people who helped bring this to life, including their leaders and a Girl Scout who arranged to have a portion of her troop’s cookie proceeds donated to this troop, the girls could not stop talking about what a wonderful day it was to be a Girl Scout!

If you’re inspired to get involved, joinvolunteer, or donate today.

Join the Girl Scout Go-Getters for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Join the Girl Scout Go-Getters for the  2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!


Through November 27, 2018, we are accepting applications for individuals to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI)!

The 2019 Chicago Marathon is one of six Abbott World Marathon Majors. On October 13, 2019, runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries will travel through 27 neighborhoods on a flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park. More than 1.7 million spectators will line the course to cheer runners on!

Are you ready to run?

When you run with Girl Scouts GCNWI, you are empowering more than 51,000 girls! We have limited openings for individuals who are ready to grab their running shoes and fundraise on behalf of our girls.

Each runner is asked to raise a minimum of $1,250. We will be with you every step of the way to raise funds and run miles for the Girl Scouts!

As part of the Girl Scout Go-Getters, you will receive:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon;
  • Upon reaching your fundraising goal of $1,250, we will refund your registration fee ($205);
  • Free virtual and in-person training options with Chicago Endurance Sports;
  • Official Girl Scout Go-Getters team running shirt;
  • Your own custom fundraising page to help reach your goal;
  • Access to team events;
  • Access to Race Day Resort on race day (located next to the start line with food, drinks, and indoor restrooms);
  • Fundraising prizes!


The deadline to apply is November 27.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Johnson at hjohnson@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Destinations Spotlight: An Alpine Adventure!

Destinations Spotlight: An Alpine Adventure!

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 Huntsville, Alabama, one to the Costa Rican Rainforest and one all the way to Europe! We hope you enjoy this story from Girl Scout Sophie as she trekked through one of the largest mountain ranges in the world!

Sophie Donnellan’s Trip Journal

This summer I flew to Europe, visited France, Switzerland, and Italy, hiked mountains, explored towns, ate delicious food, and made new friends. All of the experiences from the trip were possible because of the amazing opportunities offered by my Girl Scouts Council and ATS Destinations. My travels inspired me to challenge myself more and appreciate our planet in a way I had not before.

The struggles I encountered when hiking made my trip more satisfactory. Before going to the Alps, I worked on getting myself in shape for the intense hiking, altitude inclines, and long distances we would face. Of course, I’m from Chicago so as far as mountains go we were sort of empty handed. I did, however, walk upwards of 10,000 steps every day for over a month leading up to the trip, use the stair climber at my gym, and go on a camping trip in Wisconsin with some hiking a week prior to leaving. Through such methods I physically and mentally prepared myself for the trip. It was, of course, a little nerve-wracking once I got on my airplane and left Chicago, but meeting a group of welcoming girls who were in the exact same boat as me certainly helped.

When the actual hiking started on the second full day (12.3 miles according to my health app) I realized what we were up against. The terrain was very steep and made the distance feel way longer than what I had pictured. I quickly learned that downhills were harder than uphills to some extent and that there were some muscles that I had never really used before. After a very intense and certainly long day we made it down to Les Houches, where we were spending the night. Lying down in the hotel room after the hike felt amazing but I don’t think anything beat the feeling of looking up from the valley and way into the top of a mountain, spotting the refuge we had hot chocolate at just earlier that day. I felt so capable and strong because I had just made it all the way down that mountain! And if someone had asked me before if I could have done that I would have said no way.

Even with all of that accomplishment, the next day brought its challenges. Our muscles were in a lot of pain that walking to the supermarket to get lunch was difficult and another three days of hiking seemed close to impossible. We loaded up on medical KT tape and began our 8.6 miles. Even with a shorter distance the altitude gain was greater but I realized that once you find your hiking groove and really focus on your surroundings the pain and difficulties fade away and all that’s left is 9 girls, 2 chaperones, no shortage of mountains, and the trail. And later that night, after we reached our final destination for the evening, my new friend Lizzy and I even had the energy to hike up to the top of a mini mountain upwards of where the refuge was and watch the beautiful sunset and dazzling stars. The sky was clear and the town glittered in the valley down below. As a city girl, seeing stars is always special and was certainly rewarding that night.

The next day was even longer (16.8 miles) but felt even easier? I realized that I really was getting stronger and better at finding a rhythm on the trail. And with that, I could enjoy and appreciate the stunning views even more and the fact that I was actually hiking the Alps on the Tour du Mont Blanc. By the last day (8.7 miles) the hiking was a breeze and we were all extremely grateful to get on the shuttle and make our way to Courmayeur, Italy. Even so, I knew that really, I could keep going on the Tour du Mont Blanc and finish the second half. Someday, maybe I will. For now I am going to keep challenging myself to find out what I’m capable of because I had no idea that hiking 46.4 miles in four days was on that list.

I am so grateful for the Majestic Alps trip because it was an absolutely incredible way to prove to myself that I am strong, both inside and out. It was the most thrilling and inspiring trip of my life and I am now encouraged to keep pushing myself and to understand the vast beauty of stars, mountains, glaciers, and more that a small portion of the world had to offer.

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

Learn more about other GCNWI travel opportunities.

Don’t miss out on 4 STEAM Career Exploration Programs

Girl Scouts can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) at these upcoming GCNWI Programs, with presenting sponsors RSM, INTREN, Motorola Solutions, and PepsiCo!


My Dream Life – Presented with RSM

Saturday, November 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Grades K – 3);
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Grades 4 – 8)

GCNWI Friendship Center, Country Club Hills, IL
Ages: Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies (Grades K – 3); Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4 – 8)
New reduced registration price! Girl Registration $8 | First-year Troops, Girls: $5 | Adult Registration $5

Do you wish you could be an adult just for ONE DAY? Then you should attend My Dream Life!

At this fun, interactive adventure, Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes (Grades K – 8) will get to try out different careers, then gain experience at earning, saving, and spending “money” all in the Dream Life world we create!

You will get to:

  • Open a bank account to keep your money safe;
  • Interact with real-life professionals while you determine your dream job;
  • Earn a paycheck and plan how you spend your money;
  • Then relax with a well-earned vacation!

Plus you’ll receive a fun patch and other fun swag! This signature program is presented by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and RSM, a global financial firm.

Register Daisies, Brownies (Grades K – 3) »  

Register Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4 – 8) »  


INTREN STEAM Career Exploration Day in Energy

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INTREN Offices, Franklin Park, IL
Ages: Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4-8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

The energy industry is a fast-growing field, and women are joining the ranks more and more! Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4-8) are invited to join GCNWI for a Career Exploration Day with INTREN, a leader in design and construction to support the electricity and gas industries.

At this event, you’ll learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) play a role in energy careers. Plus, you will:

  • Meet women who are changing the energy industry and taking the lead;
  • Get hands-on experience building your own electrical circuit;
  • Get up close and personal with the technology that goes into construction equipment;
  • Learn about the varied careers available in the field, like Human Resources and Marketing;
  • Plus receive a fun patch!

Register for INTREN Career Exploration Day »



The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions: Women in Public Safety Career Exploration Day

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Motorola Innovation Center, Chicago, IL
Ages: Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what it takes to be a female firefighter, police officer, or emergency responder? Girl Scout Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8) are invited to join GSGCNWI for a Public Safety Career Exploration Day: The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions provides critical services, software, and technology for the women and men in the public safety sector who keep our communities safe.

At this event, you will meet female firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders, and learn first-hand knowledge about each of these careers through fun, interactive activities! Plus, you’ll receive a fun patch!

Register for The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions »


Just How Does a Company Create a New Product? Career Exploration Day at PepsiCo

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PepsiCo Research and Development Center, Barrington, IL
Ages: Cadettes (Grades 6-8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

Pop Quiz Time!

QUESTION: What do Pepsi, Lay’s Potato Chips, Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Doritos, and Cheetos have in common?

ANSWER: They’re all developed by PepsiCo using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)!

Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) are invited to join GSGCNWI at PepsiCo’s Research and Development Center for a Career Exploration Day! You’ll see first-hand how education in STEAM can lead to a variety of careers.

During this day you’ll get to meet the PepsiCo product developers themselves and learn all the steps it takes for a company to develop many of the tasty foods found at your local supermarket. Then you’ll even get to create your own new product!

Register for the PepsiCo Career Exploration Day »

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Earn the Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Earn the Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

Wow—talk about impressive! Girl Scouts everywhere are changing the world in meaningful ways. What can we say? It’s in our DNA.

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. All three awards give you the chance to do big things while working on an issue that’s captured your interest in a big way. Do you know a girl who is ready to be a part of this prestigious group of young women who are changing the world?

Learn more about the Highest Awards, and read on for an announcement about a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Attention Older Girl Scouts! As of October 1st, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is pleased to announce a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls may now complete final projects that benefit the Girl Scout community. In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Awards must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action:

  • The project makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond;
  • The project puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action;
  • The project includes provisions to ensure sustainability;
  • The project identifies national and/global links to the girl’s selected issue;
  • And the project inspires others.

This change does not impact girls who have already begun or submitted a project plan, since girls choose an issue first, and then add in the other parameters that will make it sustainable.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Annie Gilmartin, Manager of Highest Awards, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Video: Girl Scout Gold Award from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

Girl Scout Go-Getters Conquer the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Girl Scout Go-Getters Conquer the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Girl Scouts are adventurous and have the courage to push through tough obstacles. We are go-gettersbold, honest, and determined to succeed. We are goal-oriented, ambitious, life-long learners who believe no challenge is too difficult – not even 26.2 miles!

On Sunday, October 7, the Girl Scout Go-Getter team of 12 men and women embodied that spirit as they persevered through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Interested in joining next year? Let us know!

Despite the fluctuating weather conditions, the team kept Girl Scouts front of mind to motivate them through the rain and finished strong – some running a marathon for the first time! And while preparing for the physical aspect of the marathon was no easy feat, our Go-Getters actively fundraised for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI). With their efforts, the runners have over $17,000 to date. But it’s not too late to show your support of the Girl Scout Go-Getter team and our council! Please consider making a gift of any size towards the Chicago Marathon.

Leading up to race day, the Girl Scout Go-Getter team connected over their passion for and dedication to GSGCNWI. Legacy runner and Brownie Troop leader, Amanda Kristo, had her troop sign the back of her shirt to remind her that they were with her on the course in spirit.


Check out a few of our Girl Scout Go-Getters proudly rocking their medals!

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Don’t forget, you can join the fun too! We are very excited to be hosting a team of 23 runners in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please contact Holly Johnson if you want to be a runner on or support in any way, this dedicated Girl Scout Go-Getter team!


A Letter From The CEO: Standing With All Girls on International Day of the Girl

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” (Paulo Coelho).

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Today, as we celebrate International Day of the Girl, I ask that we all consider what role we play in supporting, believing in, and advocating for ALL GIRLS, everywhere. Just like the United Nations, I know that girls MUST be at the table when it comes to addressing the issues that impact them.

As CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, I stand at the forefront of one the largest Girl Scout councils in the world. Through my work with our staff, volunteers, and the girls we serve, I have seen firsthand how Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership. Every girl already has what she needs inside to make the world a better place, and Girl Scouts provides a safe space that allows girls to tap into their potential, take risks, and persist through any fear of failure.

Girls hold the power to tell their stories, speak their truths, and believe in the value of their experiences. Time again, Girl Scouts demonstrate the courage, confidence, and character to lead by example. They take action to seize the future for themselves, their families, their communities, and beyond. It is our collective duty—myself, Girl Scouts, society, and YOU—to show young women how important they are today and as the resilient leaders of tomorrow.

The voices of girls and women matter and so does our work. It is a critical time for every single one of us to fight gender inequality. Help girls speak loudly and proudly, and rest assured that you can take it beyond just listening.

I encourage you to get involved with your local youth focused organizations and VOLUNTEER!

I encourage you to DONATE what you are able, to ensure that these organizations have what they need to help keep girls moving forward.

I encourage you to let the girls in your life know that organizations like Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provide a place and community JUST FOR THEM, led by them and that they can JOIN today.

I encourage you to STAND WITH GIRLS like I do. I BELIEVE IN GIRLS. I SUPPORT GIRLS. Do you?

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Yours in Girl Scouting,
Nancy Wright

Join Girl Scouts GCNWI Media Girl Team!

Attention Seniors and Ambassadors!

Are you interested in social media, creating fun content, or serving as a spokesperson for other girls? Apply to join our first ever Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) Media Girl Team!

We are looking for a creative group of Girl Scouts to work with our Marketing Team. As an expert in all things Girl Scouts, you will help us showcase the amazing things Girl Scouts do in our council!

The GSGCNWI Media Girl Team will be our eyes, ears, and feet on the street as you work as a team and individually to generate and share new ideas and content. Plus, along with earning an awesomely colorful and super-cool patch, you will gather great experience for your future job or college applications. Join us and dip your toes in the world of content creation and digital marketing!

The pilot year for the GSGCNWI Media Girl Team will take place during 2019. Girls who apply will be expected to complete the following:  

  • Attend at least three GSGCNWI events or programs over the course of the year (this could include programs like STEMapalooza, Cookie Rally, camp, or something you or your troop already has planned);
  • Sign a photo release;
  • Allow GSGCNWI full rights to use any content you create for marketing purposes. You’ll get to keep everything you create to build your own portfolio, too!

As a member of our Media Girl Team you may:  

  • Help run social media campaigns and takeovers;
  • Create concepts for digital ads and campaigns;
  • Write blog posts;
  • Gather stories of other Girl Scouts, including conducting interviews;
  • Make short videos about your experiences as a Girl Scout;
  • Join the marketing team for brainstorming sessions;
  • Champion our GSGCNWI social media accounts, encouraging others to follow, like, comment and share;
  • Represent GSGCNWI at council programs and events.

If you think you are the perfect fit, fill out our online application! 



Be prepared: Below are the application questions you’ll be required to fill out in 200 words or less for each question.  

  1. How did you hear about this opportunity?
  2. What are you most interested in?
  3. What made you excited about our Media Girl Team opportunity?
  4. What would you hope to learn or gain from this opportunity?
  5. Tell us about your experience with social media, writing, advertising, and other related skills.
  6. Describe how girls your age use social media in their everyday lives. What are the positives and negatives to social media?
  7. What is your dream job or passion project that you want to pursue in the future?
  8. Tell us about an experience where you felt empowered because of Girl Scouts.
  9. Tell us something interesting about yourself!

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Leader 411: Kick-Start This New Membership Year Right!

Leader 411: Kick-Start This New Membership Year Right!

The New Volunteer Essentials is Here!

Have you ever wondered, “I wish I had a Girl Scouts GCNWI encyclopedia?” Well, look no further!

Volunteer Essentials offers you a wealth of information about:

  • Girl Scouts as a movement and a tradition
  • Volunteer skills and competencies
  • Our Program offerings
  • Keeping girls safe
  • Taking trips and hosting events
  • Managing troop finances

And so much more!


It’s Fall Product Time!

Start your Girl Scout year off right! It’s Fall Product time! If you haven’t already heard from your Service Unit Fall Product Manager about the upcoming Fall Product Program launching Oct. 1, you will be soon!

We have new products for customers to enjoy and rewards that girls will love. Customers can order their products online, and girls earn money for their troop!

Never hesitate to contact our Product Program Team with questions about our Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program: 855-456-8347 (ext. 6722).

We look forward to working with you this year!


Plan A Custom Program for Your Troop!

If you’re searching for a new way to make your troop meetings more fun and exciting or are having a hard time finding a GCNWI program that fits into your schedule, our custom programs are for you!

You can plan a custom program for your troop, group, school, or service unit—it’s easy! Just browse our custom program options, pick a date, and start scheduling.


Plan Your Whole Troop Year in a Snap!


The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is your go-to place for everyone within your troop to see important information about meetings and activities!

Parents have read-only access to meeting agendas in the VTK which easily allows them to stay up-to-date on everything their daughter is enjoying in Girl Scouts.

Learn more about how the VTK can save you time with the Year Plan and Meeting Plans.


Celebrate International Day of The Girl with GCNWI!

Celebrate International Day of the Girl 2018 with Girl Scouts from around the council on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Camp Greene Wood!

You will earn the Global Action Award by focusing on the 17 Global Goals including taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat, and improving people’s health.

This day will be interactive, fun, and educational for all ages!

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors Registration »

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Registration »

Bring Our Retail Shop to You!

📦 Daisy Dads Deliver
Wanted: Dads (and moms, uncles and aunts, grandpas and grandmas, sisters and brothers) who would move mountains for their Girl Scout…or maybe just a few pallets of Girl Scout products.

Volunteer for just a few hours and make a difference!

Sign-up to help »

Have a question? Don’t be shy!
Contact us for more information.