Don’t Sleep on these President’s Day STEM Career Days!

Girl Scouts can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) at these upcoming GCNWI Programs, with presenting sponsors Deloitte, Molex and Intren!

Chemistry for Success at Deloitte

Monday Feb. 18 | 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Deloitte Offices, 111 S Wacker Drive, Floor 27, Chicago, IL 60606

Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 8 – 12)
Cost: $1 – Includes fun patch

Have you ever been curious as to how your personality gels with someone else’s? Join us for this Career Day with Deloitte where girls will learn about Business Chemistry and how their own personality types enable them to team with others. Discuss topics with women in business like: how to speak with confidence, increase resilience, and engage in Moments that Matter. Giveaways and fun patch included.

Registration ends Feb. 11!

Register for Chemistry for Success »

Molex Connect to STEAM Day

Monday, Feb. 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Molex, 2222 Wellington Ct., Lisle, IL 60532

Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6 -12)
Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and lunch

Do you have an interest in engineering and manufacturing? Experience all aspects of these fields at Molex with Build-A-Switch and Airplane engineering activities. Attendees will also experience a Q&A panel with Molex STEM women, plus a free lunch!

Registration closes Feb. 11

Sign up for Molex STEAM Day »

Explore Energy at Intren

Monday, Feb. 18 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intren Offices, 3528 Martens St., Franklin Park, IL 60131

Open to Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8)
Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and snacks.

Will you be one of the trailblazing women who will join the fast-growing, currently male-dominated energy industry?  Energy is something we often take for granted, but what does it actually take to keep everything humming along? And how do women fit into the mix? Come explore Intren for day to find out how women are changing the energy industry and taking the lead – you could be next!  Founded over 30 years ago by a female entrepreneur, Intren is now a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

At Intren, you will:

  • Build an electrical circuit to see how electricity works
  • Get up close and personal with the hefty machinery used to build utilities groundwork 
  • Play a game to learn about safety in the field
  • Meet accomplished women working throughout Intren in all areas of the business, including technology, HR and finance

Registration closes Feb. 11.

Register for Intren Chemistry Day »

Fund Your Travels: Money-Earning Tips for Funding Girl Scout Trips!

A blog series to help girls, parents, and leaders learn ways to fund Girl Scout travels!

Are you ready to travel the globe and see what the world has to offer? Maybe you’re interested in joining a Girl Scouts Destinations trip or a Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) council-sponsored trip such as our upcoming You-and-Me Trips to St. Louis, MO, or Door County, WI!

Whatever your future Girl Scout travels may be, you’re going to need some money, and now is the perfect time to start planning and earning!

Ways to Earn Money to Fund Your Girl Scout Trips

Sell Girl Scout Cookies Right Now!

Cookie season is the perfect time to start earning money for trips and travel! You can participate in the cookie program in multiple ways: sell online with Digital Cookie, set-up a cookie booth with your troop, and circulate cookie order cards through the Goal Getter program.

Girl Scouts earn $0.90 – $1.00 of each package of cookies they sell!

The proceeds earned from participating in the cookie program can be used for traveling with your Girl Scout troop. As your troop sells cookies it earns $0.90 for each package sold. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 4 – 12) can earn even more per package by choosing the proceed option: in lieu of earning rewards, she can choose to earn $1 per package of cookies sold.

Cookie Dough

Once a Girl Scout sells 1,000 packages of cookies she can opt to earn Cookie Dough as her reward for various levels. View the 2019 Cookie Program Rewards. If Cookie Dough is chosen as the reward, it will be issued to the girl’s parent as a gift card that can be used toward any council-sponsored activity including travel.

Note: New this cookie season, the Digital Cookie platform makes it easier to reach the 1,000-packages goal! Girls create their website and email friends and family, near and far, reaching more customers easily and quickly. Cookies are shipped directly to the customer!

Conduct a Money-Earning Activity

If you and your troop have participated in both the Cookie Program and Fall Product Program, you may then organize additional money-earning activities to earn funds as a group!

Here are some fun ideas to earn money with your troop:

Applications for your money-earning activity are due at least 4 weeks before your trip.

You cannot conduct a money-earning activity during a time that will compete with the Girl Scout Product Programs (so not during October, January, February, or March), but it’s good to begin planning early!

If you and your troop are interested in organizing a money-earning activity, there are several guidelines you must follow. Familiarize yourself with the Money Earning Activities section of the GCNWI Volunteer Essentials (VE) starting on page 75.

Learn More about Traveling with Girl Scouts »

Travel with Your Girl Scout

Registration deadlines are approaching quickly for our upcoming You-and-Me trips to St. Louis and Door Count! On these trips, the first step in the travel progression, Girl Scouts and their mom, grandma, aunt, or an adult female friend can travel together!

Learn more:

Read the blog Series!

Click here for Funding Your Travels:  Planning Tips for Funding Your Girl Scout Trips; Fund Your Travels: Financial Assistance and Scholarships for Girl Scouts to Travel; Fund Your Travels: Have Questions? We Got Answers!

Join us for STEMapalooza 2019!

Mar. 23, 2019, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. | All Ages
GCNWI Friendship Center, 5100 Sunset Ln., Country Club Hills, IL 60478
$20 registration per girl includes a fun patch and swag | $10 per adult

The 8th annual STEMapalooza Science Expo is back! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us on March 23 for this one-of-a-kind event!

At STEMapalooza, you’ll get to dive in to fun, hands-on STEM activities and tour the exhibit hall to learn more about museums and organizations with careers in STEM from across Chicagoland! Throughout the day there will be live science shows and demonstrations!

Older Girls (grades 6 – 12) are invited to join us for the After Party!

Register for STEMapalooza through our Program Website »

STEMapalooza Exhibitors

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Clarity Insight
Conservation Foundation
Constructing Opportunity
Dunes Learning Center
Feed My Starving Children
Field Museum
FM Global
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Illinois Institute of Transportation Engineers
Museum of Surgical Science
Oriental Institute
Scitech Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Southworks MakerLab
The Super Bots FLL Team
Women in Technology and Manufacturing

Current as of Mar. 4, 2019

STEMapalooza After Party

Exclusively for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 6 – 12)

Mar. 23, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
NEW lower price! $5 registration per girl | $5 per adult

At the STEMapalooza After Party—which is exclusive to older Girl Scouts— you’ll meet inspiring women CEOs and entrepreneurs who turned their passions into professions.

Girls will learn the amazing stories of successful women in STEM, then interact with the presenters and other Girl Scouts in small groups. Refreshments will be served.

After Party Presenters

Katy Lynch, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeverse, the world’s first fully interactive coding school for kids, which was founded on the mission to teach one billion children to code.

Sonali Lamba, Founder of Brideside, an ecommerce business for bridesmaids dresses. Sonali works with the merchandise team to design the dress collection, and the technology team to create tools for the customer to help make this experience feel special.

Sakina Fakhruddin, Founder and CEO of Codinu which provides kids with a fun, collaborative, and all-inclusive classroom environment to learn coding.

Jamila Parham, founder of The Tech Unicorn™ a brand that is on a mission to create opportunities for women and minorities by educating, breaking down barriers and providing access to resources through mentorship, personal & professional development programs.

Nicole Yeary, founder and CEO of Ms.Tech CO, a company that encourages women to develop entrepreneurial management thinking, educated risk taking,creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations,and companies.

Don’t miss your opportunity to speak with some incredible women in STEM! You don’t have to attend STEMapalooza to join the after party.

Register for the STEMapalooza After Party »

Join Us For The New and Improved World Thinking Day 2019!

Did you know that as a Girl Scout, you are a part of a worldwide sisterhood? Girl Scouts USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which includes girls from 150 countries! Every year, WAGGGS and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day; a day specifically designed to learn about food, music and culture from parts of the world we aren’t exposed to and experience them firsthand. 

This World Thinking Day we are switching things up a bit from our traditional structure of girls choosing and researching their countries before hosting a booth to something new that will excite Girl Scouts of ALL ages. That’s right, this year will be much different—in the best way possible! 

Older Girl Scout Events 

Many older girls requested their own World Thinking Day tailored to them and we heard you LOUD and CLEAR! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will be able to celebrate World Thinking Day by enjoying an Indian culinary dinner with their fellow older Girl Scouts. There will be some guests of honor to host dinner conversations about cultural topics, including study abroad and planning travel as a young adult. After this cultural dinner, you’ll take part in fun activities in order to earn the World Thinking Day award. 

Younger Girl Scout Events 

Using their five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and feel), Girl Scouts will work together to discover where Juliette Gordon Low is—similar to “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego”. In this fun and interactive game, Girl Scouts will experience new cultures different from their own.  

All programs include the official World Thinking Day award.  

Two Locations! 

To help meet the needs of our Girl Scouts throughout the council region, GCNWI will be hosting World Thinking Day at the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and Friendship Center.  

Saturday, February 23: Friendship Center, Country Club Hills  

Sunday, February 24: Vernon Hills Gathering Place 

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors: Register for World Thinking Day Vernon Hills and Friendship Center

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors: Register for World Thinking Day Vernon Hills and Friendship Center!

You-and-Me in Door County!

Join the GCNWI 2019 Trip: The First Step in the Travel Progression

Following the wake of the very successful and fun You-and-Me on Mackinac Island trip, GSGCNWI hosted the first annual You-and-Me in Door County trip in June 2018, and we’re offering the trip again in 2019! Secure your spot by Mar. 31 with a deposit!

Below you can learn more about our 2018 trip to Door County where 21 Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes, along with their moms or grandmas, explored so much of what Door County, Wisconsin has to offer.

Ride the Fireboat!

Trip Highlights Included:

  1. A boat tour on Ride the Fireboat: Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 as a way to combat city fires from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan! Girls on last summer’s trip even got to try using the water hose! 
  2. Next up was a stop at The Farm where Girl Scouts got to feed baby goats, cuddle with kittens, milk cows and see what life would be like working on a real farm.  
  3. A guided tour of The Ridges Sanctuary – state park that preserves the natural area with ridges and swells along the coastline.  
  4. A meal at Al Johnson’s where you can pet goats that live on the roof!
  5. Spending time with family members exploring Sister Bay and Egg Harbor
  6. A swim party! This was a favorite of many of the girls. 
Cuddling Goats at The Farm

“We enjoyed the free time to walk down to the beach and play in the water, [including] watching the sunset from the marina.”

-Mother-Daughter Duo

The final day of the trip included a trolley tour of Peninsula State Park and lunch near Lambeau Field.  

If you’re interested in joining the 2019 You-and-Me in Door County trip, you can register here by Mar. 31, 2019.

The 2019 Door County You and Me trip will take place June 23-25. The total cost of the trip is approximately $300 per person, and includes coach bus, accommodation, multiple meals and activities. Girls will help guide the itinerary for the 2019 trip.

Register for the 2019 Door County You and Me trip!

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Hiking The Ridges Sanctuary

“This trip was so much fun all around. As a parent, I liked the mix of items on our itinerary. [It was] the perfect amount of outings and free time!” 

– Girl Scout Parent

GSGCNWI will also be hosting another you-and-me trip in 2019, this time to St. Louis! You can register for the St. Louis trip and read more about it on our blog!

Approximate total cost for each You-and-Me trip is $300 per person.

Don’t forget: Registration closes when trips are full or on Mar. 31 for both St. Louis and Door County!

Meet Me in St. Louis!

Join the GCNWI You-and-Me Trip: The First Step in the Travel Progression 

Following the success of the 2018 GCNWI You-and-Me trips, we have added a brand new trip in 2019 to St. Louis, Missouri! Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes travel with their mom, grandma or favorite female adult friend for a 3-day, 2-night trip.

The group will check out the awesome City Museum, ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, take a riverboat tour, and see the animals at the famous St. Louis Zoo. 

The St. Louis You-and-Me Trip will take place July 27 – 29, 2019. You must secure your spot before Jan. 31, 2019 with a $150 deposit!

The total cost is approximately $300 per person, and includes coach bus, accommodation, multiple meals, and activities. Accommodations are in shared-suites at Embassy Suites in Downtown St. Louis.  

Register for the St. Louis You and Me trip!

Fun Facts About St. Louis

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

Brought to you by Mental Floss

  1. One of the most popular tourist attractions in St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. On a clear day, visitors can see almost 30 miles in each direction from the top. While you’re taking in the views, don’t panic if the arch feels like it’s moving. The structure was designed to sway as much as 18 inches and to withstand earthquakes.
  2. Artist Bob Cassilly created the City Museum in 1997, and it is a giant playground/jungle gym made from salvaged architectural and industrial objects!
  3. The 1904 World’s Fair, which was hosted at the St. Louis Zoo, was the first time the world saw electric plugs, the X-ray machine, and the ice cream cone.
  4. St. Louis is the home of the toasted ravioli and there’s a restaurant that has over 25 flavors of RANCH DRESSING!
  5. Famous faces from St. Louis include: Maya Angelou, Phyllis Schlafly, Actresses Ellie Kemper and Jennifer Fisher, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tina Turner and Girl Scout alum Karlie Kloss!

Also check out our Door County You-and-Me trip!

If you’d like to learn more about our council’s travel opportunities, visit or our travel page for more!

Don’t forget: Registration closes when trips are full or on Mar. 31 for both St. Louis and Door County!

High School Seniors, Jump-Start Your Future with KPMG’s Future Leaders Retreat

Do you know an outstanding 12th grader who will be attending college next year? Share this opportunity with her!

This scholarship and leadership opportunity came across our desk and we wanted to share! KPMG is offering an amazing program at Stanford University in conjunction with their initiative to help young women in high school move forward in their lives.

They are hosting the KPMG Future Leaders Program to develop future generations of women leaders. Selected high school female seniors from around the country will be awarded $40,000 in scholarships ($10K/year for four years), a three-day leadership retreat and a one-year mentoring program as they transition into adulthood and beyond.

Visit the KPMG website to learn more and apply »

Learn about additional scholarship opportunities for Girl Scouts »

🍪 Girl Scout Cookies are HERE! 🍪

Happy 1st Day of 2019 & the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Happy New Year! Girl Scout Cookies are HERE! Your customers have been waiting. Start selling Girl Scout Cookies today.

There are more ways to sell and buy Girl Scout Cookies than ever before!

  • Today through Jan. 21, girls can reach out to friends and family and take orders using the order card and online sales with Digital Cookie. Delivery takes place in February.
  • Starting Feb. 11, girls can superpower their success with booth sales. Show us how you bling your booth!

Set those cookie goals and make a plan to power amazing Girl Scout adventures!

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NEW! Girls Can Sell Cookies Online

This year there are more ways to sell and buy cookies! Getting started with the Digital Cookie Platform® is quick and easy! With Digital Cookie, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is better than ever.

Fun, easy-to-use tools help you superpower your sale and go beyond the booth with online and mobile channels that make it easy for cookie fans near and far to support your success.

And guess what? Girls who used the platform in addition to traditional sales, sold more cookies and reached their goals faster!

Girls can still participate in the traditional ways, too!

  • Order Taking: Go door-to-door;
  • Cookie Booths: Pick your location and bling your booth;
  • Workplace Orders: Make a presentation or write a letter;
  • By Phone: Call customers directly;
  • Gift of Caring: Ask customers to donate a purchase to the women and men in the Armed Forces and community organizations.

The Cookie Pro Contest is Now Open!

The Cookie Pro™ contest opens on Jan. 2. Enter for a chance at the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime! Girl Scouts and the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls™ are teaming up to help young cookie entrepreneurs across the country.

Twenty-four girls nationwide will win the grand prize trip to southern California and get to meet prominent entrepreneurs and tour Warner Bros. Studios!

You Can Still Get Your Tickets for Cookie Rally on Saturday, Jan. 5 

Join us at Allstate Arena for the 2019 Cookie Rally with thousands of your Girl Scout Friends! Everyone who attends receives a FREE T-shirt and patch! Stick around for the Chicago Wolves game at 7 p.m. (ticket included in price of admission). 

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