Warm weather is finally here, and Girl Scouts from around the council have been getting ready for a different kind of summer break. Even as we continue to stay physically distant, we’ve been staying connected like never before with virtual events, at-home Patch Programs, and other activities!
Last week, GCNWI hosted the first ever Great Family Camp-In, and it was a huge success! We are to glad to hear so many of you had an awesome day camping from home–– check out our blog post to read more.
Continue reading to learn all about what GCNWI has been up to!
The Magic of Sisterhood
Girl Scouts, have you been looking for ways to feel empowered while we shelter-in-place? Girl Scout Troop 25411 has just the thing! These girls compiled The Ultimate Guide to Being a Quarantine Queen, including TONS of ideas for self-care, like yoga routines, face mask and yummy dessert recipes, DIY fashion ideas, and more! Download the activity book to get started on your self-care journey.
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 70917 found a way to celebrate their graduation from grade school to high school AND their bridging from Cadettes to Seniors, all while social distancing! This troop has been together since they were Daisies, and while there were no hugs, there were plenty of laughs and stories shared while celebrating their magical sisterhood. Congratulations, young ladies!
Also check out this super-troop leader Dionne H., drama instructor at Douglas Park and Austin Town Hall Park. She’s reading a favorite book by Green Shaw, “It Looked Like Spilt Milk!” Dionne also received an Appreciation Pin this year, recognizing her outstanding volunteer service for GCNWI! Congratulations, Dionne!
Looking for another quick pick-me-up? Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 55871 shared this awesome Virtual Hug video they made together, and we love it! Thanks for sharing, girls!
Girl Scout Service Spotlight!
Girl Scouts have continued dedicating time and resources to helping first-responders and others in their communities, and they’ve definitely made some waves! Suzanne Le Mignot of CBS 2 Chicago spotlighted how Girl Scouts are still providing cookies to those who wish to show their gratitude for medial personnel and essential workers! Read the article and watch the clip to learn about the spotlighted Girl Scout and hear a word from our CEO, Nancy Wright.
Girl Scouts from Troop 60455 were recently recognized by the Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 for their partnership with Advocate Christ Hospital and the Oak Lawn Food Pantry! Read about their service project to learn more.
We also got shout-outs from the Lakeview Pantry and Mercy Home, recognizing more massive donations from local Girl Scouts! Amazing!
Girl Scouts have gotten creative about how to participate in service projects from home, but they aren’t the only ones! Girl Scout Leaders from Troops 60011, 60023, 60533, 65107, 64777, 65158, 65153, 65493, 65640, 65572, 65573, 65560, and 60561 organized a drive-through parade to benefit the Orland Park Food Pantry. Leaders rallied and collected 4 trunk loads of food and over $1,000 in cash donations for the local food pantry!
It is very heartwarming to know that even though we can’t physically be together, there’s no reason we can’t figure out how to do awesome things as Girl Scouts another way. Great job, everyone!
Brownie and Junior Troop 55532 decided to donate their remaining cookies to front-line workers at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL, with a honk and honor drive-by to say their thanks! They wanted to show their appreciation to all who have gone above and beyond to help the community, and it looks like the cookies were really appreciated!
Girl Scout Avery from Troop 25818 made a sign, cards, crafts, and puzzles, as well as chocolate chip cookies, for the elderly residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Chicago! She wanted to brighten their days, and I certainly think she did!
Share your summer plans, service project ideas, Patch Program results, and more with us on social media, by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing your story on our website!
Looking for a Patch Program to do with your troop? The Girl Scouts from Home page is full of Badge How-To’s you can complete from home!