Entrepreneurship Badges for Girls K-12!

24 new badges, 24 new opportunities for girls to blaze trails, and turn their big ideas into awesome realities!

These badges, funded by Susan Bulkeley Butler and designed in collaboration with VentureLab, are designed to support girls in the area of entrepreneurship! Entrepreneurship is a pillar of the Girl Scout Leadership experience, and with these new badges for girls in grades K-12, every Girl Scout is invited to start their big business journey by putting their vision, passion, and innovation to work.

Learn all about the Entrepreneurship badges from GSUSA!

Entrepreneurship for Younger Girls

The new Entrepreneur badges for younger Girl Scouts (K-5) are sure to set girls on a path to success! Girls will learn how to think like entrepreneurs by designing and testing their own toys and dreaming up inventions and prototypes that make life better and solve problems in their communities. The badges also require Girl Scouts to take these inventions to market with their troopmates, friends, and family!

Ready to take on the badges? Purchase them on our online shop!

Entrepreneurship for Older Girls

Older Girl Scouts (6-12) will take their business know-how to the next level with these badges, exploring what it takes to turn an idea into a marketable and profitable endeavor. By brainstorming and connecting with experts in the field, conducting focus group surveys, and researching competitors, then pitching their idea to marketing and finance professionals, girls will come out of the experience ready for any “shark tank.”

Find the new badges in our online shop!

Fall Product Program is Coming Oct. 1!

Our Fall Product Program is about to start on Thursday, Oct. 1! Don’t miss out on your chance to participate and earn awesome rewards AND a personalized patch with YOUR name and avatar on it!

Watch your inbox for more information to be released soon!

Calling all Inventors!

You can find requirements and instructions for earning these new badges in the Volunteer Toolkit. Visit our Girl Scout shop to purchase the new badges and packets.

Ready for October? Learn more about this month’s programs on our blog!

Learn about every badge Girl Scouts can earn with the Girl Scouts Award and Badge Explorer!

To share your badge-earning stories, fill out this form and you might be featured on our social media or in a publication!

Not a Girl Scout yet? No problem! Troops are forming now—join Girl Scouts today.

Member Monday: Stand For More!

Our Smart Cookies: Stand for More hosts!

This week and every week, we celebrate the resilience, ambition, and passion of our girls and members. Last Thursday, Sept. 24, we hosted our first ever premiere virtual fundraising event, Smart Cookies: Stand for More, an evening dedicated to uplifting our tireless girls and members, and it was a huge success!

The night showcased powerful stories from our members and Girl Scout champions, inspiring words from our CEO Nancy Wright and Associate Board members, and a council-wide and community pledge to support the future success of our girls.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, we raised over $85,000 to help ensure that ANY girl, and ALL girls, can participate in Girl Scouts! Read on to learn more about the evening and how we Stand for More together.

I Am a G.I.R.L.

Watch Smart Cookies: Stand for More!

Girl Scouts, this year especially, have shown how vital it is to stand up and act for themselves and others. As we all faced national lockdowns, civil unrest, and an uncertain future, our Girl Scouts stood for more, every day, through their continued acts of service and community engagement, and unbreakable spirits.

Take Every Opportunity

We heard from several game-changing women and girls, including CEO of WTTW and the 2020 Tribute to Achievement Community Partnership honoree, who spoke to Girl Scout Megan about the importance of resilience: “Challenges are going to come your way—how you handle it defines the future.” Her advice for busy Girl Scout and Girl Rep Megan? “If an opportunity comes your way, I encourage you to take it.”

Watch their conversation above!

From “Shy Girl” to Go-Getter

Girl Scout Naomi, in conversation with Lei Zheng Schlitz, our 2020 Tribute to Achievement Luminary honoree, shared her story of transformation from a self-described “shy girl” to a force to be reckoned with. In learning about different social movements, like the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice, “I have turned into the person who will call out other people when they’re saying something that’s not right… I educate people as much as I can.”

Watch their conversation by clicking the link above!

Thank You!

There’s still time to make an impact through your generosity! Donate today to pledge your support to our council and the Girl Scout mission. Gifts of $50 or more will be recognized with a Stand for More wireless charging mat!

Special thanks to our Associate Board for hosting this special event! Learn more about our Associate Board, and ways to get involved.

Upcoming October Programs for Girls and Adults

October is all about the power of the G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader), and we have a lot to celebrate! Join us for International Day of the Girl webinars, and special in-person Trunk or Treat! Don’t forget about Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday— we’ll have special ways to celebrate that too.

Read on to learn about all of our plans for October, from virtual to in-person programs!

Programs for All Ages (K-12 and Adults)

Girls of all ages this October will have the opportunity to:

  • Take it Outside to make giant bubbles on Tuesday, Oct. 13!
  • Join the G.I.R.L. Time Webinar on Friday, Oct. 16, where girls of all ages will gather to spend time with other Girl Scout sisters and discuss what kind of girls and young women they are.
  • Learn leaf identification, leaf art ideas, and more ways to use those pretty leaves on your lawn with our Nothing but Leaves webinar on Take It Outside Tuesday, Oct. 20!
  • Participate in several Community Service Sunday opportunities for girls to do a good turn every week!
  • Follow-along with our Pumpkin Carving webinar on Friday, Oct. 23, to create some very creative pumpkins for the spooky season!
  • Join us on Facebook Live on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m., for another Shop Social Live!

Trunk or Treat

Come along to our In-Person Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 17, to take photos of our decorated cars in the Friendship Center parking lot and pick up fun treats! Each girl will receive a bag and a fun patch. Don’t miss out on this special Halloween-y event!

Register here to join us!

Get Outside With Us!

Daisies and Brownies, make your first day-camping experience an incredible one by interacting with Mother Nature and your sister Girl Scouts! Join us for our Outdoor Extravaganza at Camp Palos on Saturday, Oct. 3, to play games, sing songs, work towards earning the Eco Learner badge, and so much more!

Register for a morning or afternoon session to join.

Girl Scouts Change the World

It’s almost International Day of the Girl, and nobody celebrates the world-changing power of girls quite like Girl Scouts!

We’re celebrating the day and girls around the globe with two webinars for Girl Scouts on Saturday, Oct. 10, where girls will virtually work together on the Global Action Award, which focuses this year on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goal of gender equality. And don’t forget to snag the International Day of the Girl patch from our store!

Don’t miss the chance to party with, and learn from, the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts, who don’t just change the world for the better—they change it for good! Join Girl Scouts as we celebrate the world-changing power of girls on Saturday, Oct. 10, for an International Day of the Girl party. Register here!

Exploradoras hoy. ¡Científicas mañana!

Join GSUSA for a FREE interactive Spanish-language event on Oct. 17 that teaches girls in grades K-5 what it means to be a scientist while engaging them in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), a critical component of success in the 21st century.

Register today!

Programs for Adults and Volunteers

We are hosting several virtual opportunities for our adult volunteers, including Virtual Troop Meeting Support meetings on Oct. 7 and 12, Mock Virtual Troop Meeting Webinars multiple days from Oct. 1-19, and Girl Scout leader chats every month!

We’re also hosting New Leader Networking sessions every month as well, and don’t miss out on our Adult Volunteer Enrichment series, another great way to network and relax!

Flash Friday Sales and More!

Don’t miss out on our awesome Girl Scout store sales all month long! For the entire month of October, ALL fun patches are 15% off!

And watch out for our Flash Sale Fridays: on Oct. 9, get 20% off our Rainbow Plush Sherbet Sloth, and 20% off all Mystery Books on Oct. 23!

Make sure to celebrate JGL’s birthday this month with a fun patchtote bagand more!

Get Ready for Fall Fun!

Looking for programs for a specific age-group? Follow these links to find them:

Fall Product Program is Coming Oct. 1!

Our Fall Product Program is about to start on Thursday, Oct. 1! Don’t miss out on your chance to participate and earn awesome rewards AND a personalized patch with YOUR name and avatar on it!

Watch your inbox for more information to be released soon!

Renew Your Membership before Sept. 30!

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This year’s Girl Scout memberships expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Renew now so you don’t miss a beat! You must be renewed to participate in Fall Product and all of the amazing programs offered this fall!

Leaders, when 90% of the girls in your troop renew by Sept. 30 your troop will automatically receive a free Zoom account when the new membership year begins in October. Renew your Girl Scout membership today to continue growing with us.


2020 Gold Award Spotlight: Part 5!

This week, as part of our ongoing series featuring this year’s Gold Award Class of 2020 from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, we’d like to introduce you to another group of girls changing the world. These girls, through their self-guided initiatives, committed to changing their communities through advocacy and education, and the results are truly amazing.

Read on to meet the next set of Gold Award Girl Scouts from GCNWI!

Ready, Set, Read!

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“Part of my town is too far from the public library,” Girl Scout Jenna shared, “and it is very dangerous for children to travel by themselves to the other side of town. I wanted to encourage people of all ages to read when they do not have quick access to a public library.” To accomplish her goal, Gold Award Girl Scout Jenna placed two mini libraries around her neighborhood through the My Little Library organization.

Bringing Mental Health to Benet

Gold Award Girl Scout Adrian sought to address the issue of mental health awareness in her school, Benet Academy. “I remember talking briefly about mental illness for one day in my P.E. class… I knew that this did not nearly cover the importance of mental health.” To assist, she revamped the club Student Support Alliance, a student organization bringing a safe space and mental health awareness to the community.

College Preparedness

To earn her Gold Award, Girl Scout Courtney wanted to ensure anyone in her community who wants a college education has the tools to get them, because no one should be limited in their dreams regardless of their circumstances. Courtney presented skills workshops to incoming seniors and juniors in her school on the subjects of scholarships, financial aid, college selection, and more.

College Career Fair

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Gold Award Girl Scout Kiayla, to provide students in her community the opportunity to learn about different potential career paths, hosted a Career Fair in her school. After recruiting a diverse group of professionals from her church, Kiayla’s Career Fair addressed the importance of career planning and maintaining long-term goals for success.

The Water Safety First Project

“Many children in my community don’t know how to swim or aren’t aware of water safety,” Gold Award Girl Scout Sarah explained, “because of this, elementary-age children are frequently saved at Rainbow Falls Pool.” In hopes of reducing the amount of saves and to increase attendance in swimming lessons, Sarah taught students at elementary schools in her community basic swimming skills and an opportunity to improve upon these skills at lessons.

Fusion Mini Library

For Fusion Academy, a school once without a library, Gold Award Girl Scout Avery is the person that lead the charge to solve the problem. In collaboration with students and staff at the academy, Avery developed and designed a miniature library with a “Take a Book, Leave a Book” system. All the books for the library were donated by the community, and Avery raised over $500 to build and paint the space.

Healthy C.H.E.F.

Gold Award Girl Scout DaKoTa Storm’s main goals were “to teach kids how to make healthy choices, how to create healthy habits, choose the right foods, and practice healthy fitness.” To address the issue of health and fitness in young children, DaKoTa Storm created a website, wrote a workbook available for purchase, organized workshops, and also created kits for Girl Scout Gathering Places and a few for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Megan’s Book Swap

Girl Scout Megan set out to address the importance of literacy at a young age, and it’s impact on a child’s future success. As part of her book swap, Gold Award recipient Megan donated over 3,000 books to students at St. Genevieve’s Catholic School. Every child received about 30 books, and implemented a book swap for the students to share their knowledge, develop their love for reading, and discover new authors, genres, and topics.

My Place In Space

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“I’ve always had a great passion in astronomy,” Girl Scout Marie explained, but she wasn’t taught it in school until middle school. To earn the Gold Award, Marie created and held an astronomy workshop for girls in grades 1-3 and taught them about the solar system, types of stars, the moon, galaxies, and constellations. “Hopefully I inspired at least some of them to fall in love with astronomy and have a greater appreciation for the incredible universe in which we live!”

D.I.S.T.E.A.M. Learning

Gold Award recipient and Girl Scout Gianna brought a program her high school had never seen before: S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) challenges. Gianna lead a team of other high school girls and competed in regional, statewide, and even global competitions. She was able to help other girls love S.T.E.A.M. as much as she does, and her initiative continues on after her graduation.

Let’s Change the Future of Diabetes

“I tried to unite and inform my community in two ways: by providing new ways to become educated about diabetes, and by creating opportunities to contribute to research and prevention.” Gold Award Girl Scout Amanda accomplished these goals by first conducting in-depth research at one of the top universities in the country, developed a website, online blog, brochure, and children’s book, each explaining diabetes in unique ways and encouraging readers to take measures in their own lives to stay healthy.

Mobile Makerspace

To benefit the children of low-income families in North Chicago, Gold Award Girl Scout Claire created a mobile makerspace available to kindergarten through third graders attending the After School Enrichment Program at Forrestal Elementary School. This is a place for students to become inspired, make, created, build, explore, and try new things. “Through collaborating with local leaders,” Claire related, “I was able to see how a community can inspire success.”

Girl Scouts Change the World

It’s almost International Day of the Girl, and nobody celebrates the world-changing power of girls quite like Girl Scouts! Don’t miss the chance to party with, and learn from, the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts, who don’t just change the world for the better—they change it for good!

Join Girl Scouts as we celebrate the world-changing power of girls on Saturday, October 10, at 4:00 PM EST, for an International Day of the Girl party. Register here!

Change-Makers and Goal-Setters

We extend our sincerest congratulations to these girls and all Gold Award Girl Scouts this year!

Want to share pictures of your project with us? Post on social media and use the #GCNWIGoldAward! You can also download these images to share your Girl Scout Gold Award pride.

Look out for next week’s 2020 Gold Award Spotlight!

Member Monday: It’s Finally Fall!

Caydence, Elianah, and Ariann at Indiana Dunes State Park for GS Love State Parks Weekend

Fall programs are finally here, and as the weather gets cooler and the leaves turn brown, our Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) are getting ready for a Girl Scout year like no other!

Keep reading to learn about what our local Girl Scouts got up to in the early days of autumn, from outdoor adventuring to Bronze Award ambitions!

A Little Extra Kindness

We’re shouting out Girl Scout Troop 45292 for their awesome Bronze Award project! The girls worked really hard together to install a Kindness Rocks garden at their school and it looks fantastic. Great job, girls, and we can’t wait to see what else you do this year!

In other news, Girl Scouts Mia and K have some decked-out Girl Scout vests: check them out below!

Girl Scouts Love State Parks!

Girl Scout Love State Parks weekend was a smashing success, and so many girls took time out to visit our local State Parks, making memories that will last a lifetime! The girls went on challenging hikes, went exploring around the park for the Scavenger Hunt at Indiana Dunes State Park, and got some much needed outdoor time. Thanks to these families for sharing their awesome pictures!

Fall Programs are Here!

Registration for programs from now through December is now OPEN! Ready to join us?

Learn more about programs this Fall on our blog.

Renew Today!

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Back-to-troop season means all new everything! New fall programs and experiences. New badges and journeys to explore. And a fresh mentality and outlook on the Girl Scout experience to help make it all in stride.

When 90% of the girls in your troop renew by September 30 your troop will automatically receive a free Zoom account when the new membership year begins in October. Renew your Girl Scout membership today to continue growing with us.

Smart Cookies: Stand for More Silent Auction is Live!

Smart Cookies: Stand for More, our premiere virtual fundraising event, is coming quickly! We invite volunteers, members, family, and friends to join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The evening’s program will feature our 2020 Tribute to Achievement honorees in “Smart Cookies Conversations” with our Girl Scouts, and we’ll call on you, our Girl Scout champions, to support the mission throughout the evening through donations and a silent auction! 

Our silent auction is officially live, and throughout the next week, awesome items will continue to be added. Every item sold is a direct investment in the lives and empowerment of girls in our council and provides them the opportunities to grow into resilient women. Read on to learn about some of our items up for auction! 

Silent Auction Items 

Bidders will have a chance to win very special Girl Scout opportunities—don’t miss out on the chance to win a week at a summer resident camp next year! AND, make sure to place your bet on an afternoon at the Albert C. Hanna High Ropes Course at Camp Butternut Springs for a group of ten. 

Among the other incredible offers are some priceless memorabilia packs from the Chicago Blackhawks, including a jersey autographed by Brent Seabrook, photos autographed by Dylan Strome and David Kampf, and a hockey stick and puck signed by the 2019-20 Blackhawks team and Olli Maata! 

Make sure to check out the rest of the available silent auction items, including a day at the Chicago Botanical Garden, a one night stay at the Hyatt Place in Wicker Park, and much more. 

The silent auction will close at 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 24, the evening of Stand for More: Smart Cookies. 

Save the Date and Register Today! 

Register today to join us! 

Give girls the tools they need to thrive by making a donation today. 

2020 Gold Award Spotlight: Part 4!

Every week on our blog, we’ve featured young women that are big dreamers, dedicated workers, and true change-makers in their communities, the nation, and the world. Continue meeting our Girl Scout Gold Award Class of 2020 from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana this week to learn about their incredible acts of leadership, courage, and kindness.

Missed out on the other blog posts? Read the rest of the series!

ADHD Awareness

Jordyn, to earn her Gold Award, focused on a subject close to her heart. As someone diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Gold Award Girl Scout Jordyn wanted to spread awareness by debunking myths surrounding the disorder, offering tips and tricks for coping, and educating her community on the subject matter. Check out her YouTube channel to learn more and watch her videos!

Fellowship Outreach Program

Gold Award Girl Scout Colleen, to earn her Gold Award, worked to connect her community and parish by creating “parish packets” as a fellowship outreach program. This is Colleen’s particular passion because she went to school there, was an altar server, and belonged to the youth ministry. These “parish packets” included items not only from the church but items from around the community, in order to market the parish and draw new parishioners.

“Senior” Prom

To bring the young and the elderly in her community together for fun and connection, Gold Award Girl Scout Quinn held a “Senior” Prom dance at a senior citizen home. With the younger girls, she lead a paper flower and Valentine’s Day card-making workshop, and with the seniors, she presented about pop culture. She helped 36 residents and 32 Girl Scouts connect with one another for her event!

Flower Power

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With plenty of research and brainstorming, Girl Scout Kendall earned her Gold Award for her community garden Flower Power, located in a skilled nursing home facility. Two raised flower beds later, residents now have a new fun task added to their days, where they can get outside and moving and feel helpful picking weeds and harvesting vegetables. She incorporated plants that would get the residents involved and attract butterflies and birds.

Spring Social

Girl Scout Lucy earned her Gold Award for hosting a Spring Social dance event for teenagers with disabilities. The event included spring themed activities, like plant potting, picture coloring, carnival games, and plenty of food. Lucy planned, prepared, and supervised the event with help from the faculty and volunteers from her school, and a great night was had by all!

Blessing Bags

To earn her Gold Award, Girl Scout Jilliann collected, sorted, and personally delivered travel size toiletries and basic necessities to homeless individuals in her community. In order to do this, Jilliann worked with a local shelter for homeless individuals in her community, and was able to distribute 200 bags of toiletries.

Stepping Up to Success

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“Individuals with disabilities are always aiming to achieve independence,” Girl Scout Therese describes. “One of the last steps toward independence is the ability to travel alone.” It is especially the increased step size of most buses that can provide a challenge for these individuals. In order to help bridge this gap, Therese created a set of stairs that mimic bus stairs for individuals with disabilities to practice on, and her efforts have already seen great results.

The Summer Shindig

In effort of raising awareness for the Hope and Friendship Foundation‘s summer youth programs, Gold Award Girl Scout Victoria hosted a charity benefit event in her community, The Summer Shindig. The event included dancing, food, raffles, balloon animals, and much more fun, and with the help of local business, friends, and community members, Victoria was able to raise almost $400 for the foundation to put toward summer programs for families in need.

Savvy Seniors

“I was grateful to have a close relationship with my grandfather,” Mia shared, and this was her inspiration to address the issue of neglect toward the senior community, provide a safe and interactive environment to stimulate and accommodate them with resources, Girl Scout Mia created a program, “Savvy Seniors,” to teach technology to senior citizens in retirement homes. In addition to weekly classes where she taught residents how to type, compose emails, and more, she also created a website for individuals unable to attend.

DuneLand Micro-Pantries

“Working at a grocery store,” Girl Scout Angelique says, “I see many people on food stamps having to put many of their necessities, like shampoo, toothbrushes, and other things back on the selves because they can’t afford it.” To provide individuals in her community with these necessities, Angelique built Micro-Pantries in her area, which were stocked with basic necessities free to all, so no one has to compromise “hygiene for food, or food for hygiene.”

Bridging the Generational Gap

Girl Scout Tiarra, in order to bridge the gap between generations in her community, volunteered at several nursing homes to learn more about the residents, their experiences, and the history that impacted them. At the end of her research, Tiarra hosted an “Inter-generational Extravaganza,” bringing over 150 people together for an evening of fun.

Busy Hands

Kiley, for her Gold Award initiative, created a volunteer system to create fidget quilts for people suffering from dementia. These blankets, which are covered in “fidgets,” or different tools for them to stimulate their hands with like ribbons, buttons, zippers, and more, are a great help with easing nerves and providing constant comfort. Kiley collected over 35 blankets and they continue being made.

Our Girls are Shining Bright!

We extend our sincerest congratulations to these girls and all Gold Award Girl Scouts this year!

Want to share pictures of your project with us? Post on social media and use the #GCNWIGoldAward! You can also download these images to share your Girl Scout Gold Award pride.

Look out for next week’s 2020 Gold Award Spotlight!

Fall Programs are Here!

Programs for All Ages (K-12) | Daisies (K-1) | Brownies (2-3) | Juniors (4-5) | Cadettes (6-8) | Seniors (9-10) & Ambassadors (11-12) | Adults & Volunteers

From in-person outdoor programs, virtual workshops and badge starters, or leadership development for adults and volunteers, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) have a fall season full of incredible opportunities for all girls, troops, and volunteers, to get the Girl Scout year started!

Registration for programs from now through December is now OPEN! Ready to join us?

Learn more about the rest of September’s programming on our blog.

Programs for All Ages (K-12)

MonthProgram & RegistrationDate & Time
October  
 In-Person Event: Parking Lot Art PartySaturday, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 G.I.R.L. Time WebinarFriday, Oct. 16, 5:00 p.m.
 In-Person Event: Trunk or TreatSaturday, Oct. 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 Shop Social on Facebook LiveThursday, Oct. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
November  
In-Person Event: Pumpkin Smash and Fall FestFriday, Nov. 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Shop Social on Facebook LiveThursday, Nov. 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm
December  
Winter Holidays Around the World WebinarSaturday, Dec. 12, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Look out for more programs coming out as the weeks go by!

Daisy Girl Programs

This Fall, Daisy Girl Scouts (K-1) will have service opportunities with our weekly Service Sunday program, try out day camping at our in-person Outdoor Extravaganza, get started on earning badges with our Badge Starter videos, and much more.

Check out programs for Daisy Girl Scouts >>

Brownie Girl Programs

Brownie Girl Scouts (2-3) are also welcome to join our in-person Outdoor Extravaganza, as well as celebrate International Day of the Girl, explore careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and continue earning badges like the Inventor badge and My Best Self!

Register for Brownie Girl Scout programs >>

Junior Girl Programs

For Junior Girl Scouts (4-5), we’re hosting a Take Action workshop webinar, learning about future entrepreneurship opportunities, visit MetLife for our Virtual Spark Day, along with many other opportunities for Girl Scout fun!

Register for Junior Girl Scout programs >>

Cadette Girl Programs

Cadette Girl Scouts (6-8) can look forward to continued Book Club meetings, get civically engaged with our Democracy Badge Starter, join us for our in-person New Heights: High Adventure Day at Camp Butternut Springs, and more!

Find Cadette Girl Scout programs >>

Senior & Ambassador Girl Programs

For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9-12), we have plenty of opportunities, including our in-person New Heights: High Adventure Day, Take Action Workshops, Gold Award Training webinars, and more!

Find programs for Seniors & Ambassadors >>

Opportunities for Adults and Volunteers

Adults and volunteers: you’re in luck! We’re hosting regularly scheduled virtual events just for you, including our Girl Scout Leader Chats, New Leader Networking meetings, and Mock Virtual Troop Meetings.

Renew Today!

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Back-to-troop season means all new everything! New fall programs and experiences. New badges and journeys to explore. And a fresh mentality and outlook on the Girl Scout experience to help take it all in stride.

When 90% of the girls in your troop renew by September 30 your troop will automatically receive a free Zoom account when the new membership year begins in October. Renew your Girl Scout membership today to continue growing with us.

Member Monday: Girl Scout Magic

The Girl Scout year is finally (almost!) here— registration for Fall programs opens Sept. 15, the Fall Product Program begins on Oct. 1, and Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) are ready to go! Congratulations to Iliana, Amalia, and Aliyah (pictured above) for bridging into Girl Scout Juniors last week!

This week’s Member Monday is all about the members, from girls to volunteers to Girl Scout champions, that help our organization thrive and make magic. Read on to meet some more of our awesome, inspiring members!

Registration for Fall Programs Opens TOMORROW!

Registration for October programs will open on tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 15! In the meantime, check out the program calendar on our September programs blog and snag your spot in our awesome webinars for the remainder of the month.

Troops Are Back To It!

Girl Scouts are getting back to meeting in-person, and Daisy Troop 56024 got together for an outdoors, masked-up ice-cream making meeting! They said it was definitely different, but “absolutely daisy-tastic!” Great job, girls!

Other Girl Scouts, like the girls from Troop 45575, are continuing to meet online through Zoom, and we’d like to shout out their leader Amy H. for her incredible enthusiasm and creative ideas. The request she put out to her Facebook friends was simple: “Do you have an interesting profession, skill, or talent? Can you show it off to a group of Girl Scouts in a Zoom meeting as a special guest?”

8 hours later, her page was bursting with volunteers, including a radiologist, an international kettlebell competitor, a mindfulness coach, a professional musician, a stage combat actress, a NASA epidemiologist, a florist, a neuroscientist, and many more interesting people, from Florida to New York to Texas to Los Angeles. The girls are thrilled, and look forward to seeing a new face and hearing from accomplished women every meeting. Amy was once nervous, but now she is more ready than ever for the Girl Scout year! Awesome ideas, Amy!

Join Girl Scout Troop 20000 for Girls in Medical Care

Girl Scout Troop 20000 is a brand-new troop launched just for girls impacted by illness or disability to enjoy virtual troop meetings, pre-recorded meetings, badge workshops, virtual events, and independent badgework. Girls in this troop will be paired with a mentor to assist them through their work!

For more information, contact Irene Crea or visit our website to join.

From Here to There!

Check out this throwback Girl Scout photo from new member of our Associate Board, Alexandria S.! “My experiences as a Girl Scout undoubtedly shaped me into the woman I am today,” she says, “I am honored to reconnect with the organization and to have the opportunity to ensure girls have the resources and exposure they need to achieve their dreams.” We’re so excited to have you, and congratulations!

Did you know we’re hosting our first ever Go-Getters Virtual Race to coincide with the virtual Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Girl Scout champion Michele is participating, and she shared with us how far she ran (and she’s just getting started!).

Interested in joining the race? Register and 100% of the proceeds you raise will go directly to girls and families in our council through financial assistance for membership, troop activities, and virtual programs. You can run anywhere, choose your distance, and set your pace!

Learn more on our website.

Renew Today to Participate in an Awesome Girl Scout Year!

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Don’t miss out on all this Girl Scout year has to offer, including Fall Product, amazing virtual and in-person experiences, and much more!

Renew your membership today and continue your Girl Scout journey with us!

Civic Engagement Badges for Girls K-12!

Have you heard? 24 new badges are here from GSUSA, and they’re designed to help girls of all ages reach their potential and become fierce leaders of the future!

Civic engagement is just one way Girl Scouts advocate for positive change and make the world a better place. And though some girls may be too young to cast a ballot, they can still mobilize their communities to take action. Funded by the Citi Foundation, the new Democracy badges for all ages of Girl Scouts will help politically-minded girls be more prepared than ever to vote, act, and blaze trails.

Learn more about the new Democracy badges from GSUSA!

Democracy for Younger Girls

The Democracy badges for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors lay the groundwork for girls to understand both local and national government, what they are responsible for, and how they make large-scale changes throughout the country. The badges will also require them to explore political issues that interest them, draft legislature, and debate their friends and family!

Interested in learning more? Find the Democracy badges on our online shop.

Democracy for Older Girls

As well as exploring the structure of the United States government at the state and federal levels, the Democracy badges for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors continue the work of growing political awareness and civic engagement. Girls will research key legislators in their state, the importance of voter turnout, and more, as well as develop ideas for service projects.

Start the Democracy badges by finding them on our online shop.

More Opportunities

Girl Scouts of the USA recently launched a national civic service project to engage troops in the democratic process in this monumental election year and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Learn more about Promote the Vote and how you can equip your troop for civic action.

Girls of all ages interested in continuing their political education should also check out the Girl Scout Suffrage Centennial patch, which gives girls and troops a chance to explore the important history of the fight for gender and racial justice and voting rights in the United States.

Get Out There!

You can find requirements and instructions for earning these new badges in the Volunteer Toolkit. Visit our Girl Scout shop to purchase the new badges and packets.

Have you heard about our fall programs? Read our blog to find out what’s happening this fall!

Learn about every badge Girl Scouts can earn with the Girl Scouts Award and Badge Explorer!

To share your badge-earning stories, fill out this form and you might be featured on our social media or in a publication!

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