Join us for Summer Camp Revamp!

A Virtual Camp Experience

Six Sessions, July 6–August 14 | Grades K–12
$30 per girl/week | Registration is Now Open

Renew your Girl Scout membership before June 30 and save 15% on one week of Summer Camp Revamp!

This summer, the fun of connecting with others, exploring new things, and receiving snail mail combine to create a one-of-a-kind virtual experience for girls! It’s camp, reimagined… it’s Summer Camp Revamp!

How it Works

Summer Camp Revamp offers six themed, virtual camp sessions led by our council teams and older Girl Scouts. Join us for all six, or pick-and-choose the weeks that you like best!

Each week girls will get 10+ hours of fun-filled activities through online meetings, video, and a printable activity packet for on-your-own exploration. 

Register Now for Each Weekly Session

July 6–10: STEAM, Dreams, & Ice Cream 

July 13–17: GIRLapalooza 

July 20–24: Adventure Awaits 

July 27–31: Mastering Mystery 

August 3–7: Movie Magic 

August 10–14: Glowing and Growing 

Save 15% on one week of Summer Camp Revamp when you renew your Girl Scout membership by June 30!

Summer Camp Revamp is Fun for All Ages!

While activities are geared toward girls entering grades 2-8 this fall, girls in grades K-1 are welcome but may need additional parent/guardian assistance. 

Older girls (grades 9-12) are welcome to join-in on weekly activities with younger girls. If you are an older girl or Counselor in Training interested in helping out with Summer Camp Revamp programs, let us know by June 29 »

Camp Supplies Delivered to Your Doorstep

Don’t feel like going to the store? Not a problem!

Each week you can add an optional activity kit that is FULL of things to enhance your experience, plus a few fun surprises! You can also order a general supply pack with materials you’ll use all summer. Learn more »

Shop Summer Camp Revamp

Just in time for Summer Camp Revamp, get your kit that includes everything you need to make your very own tie-dye t-shirt. Plus, order your fun patch! Order Now »

The Girl Scouts GCNWI Great Family Camp-In!

May 23-24, 2020 | All Ages

Registration | Photo Contest | Schedule | Materials Needed | Camping Essentials | Camp-In Premiers

Near or far, camp where you are!

We’re excited to present the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Great Family Camp-In, May 23-24, 2020!

This program is free for all ages, and open to everyone interested in learning more about camping from the comfort of your own home—you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend. You’ll get to meet people from across the council, and learn some awesome camping skills!

Through a series of virtual experiences we’ll walk you through everything—from setting up your campsite at home (indoors or out) to outdoor skills, art projects, and even a virtual campfire sing-along!

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

Check back for YouTube Premiere links so you can watch along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Campfire Sing-Along! Plus you can participate on your own through our activity packet!

What to Expect

Participants in the GCNWI Great Family Camp-In can take part in a variety of activities that you can choose to do on your own or with the other campers throughout the day.

Virtual programming will consist of a combination of live programs, pre-recorded videos and interactive webinars, with breaks between scheduled activities so that you can participate with us and have time to get outside!

The camp-in is presented by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Outdoor Program Team including Hannah “Nacho” Bovard, Lauren “Sprout” Somogyi, Kara “Caribou” Kastenholz, Katie “Katmandu” Young, Margaret “Strike” Gawlik, and Sam “Freddie” Lucheck.  

Enter Our Photo Contest

Experience the fun of camp from your own home!

We know that you are all excited to camp just as much as we are and we want you to show it! When you enter our photo contest you will have a chance to win (find out)!

Contest Rules

  1. After you set up your awesome campsite, whether it’s indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both, take a picture of it!
  2. Submit your photo through THIS FORM! OR send them to our Outdoor Program Staff!
  3. Here’s the cool part, YOU get to choose our winners! After you submit your photo, pictures of the photo contest finalist will be made available to be voted Saturday evening (5/23) through Sunday (5/24) morning at 9:30 a.m.

Photo contest winners will be announced during the Great Family Camp-In: Show and Share on Sunday (5/24) at 10 a.m.

We would love to see all of the other pictures you take throughout this event as well. Share with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on ALL social platforms and using the hashtag #GCNWICAMPIN.

We can’t wait to see pictures of you cooking, doing art projects, learning outdoor skills, and getting outside. Share them and tag us on social media using #gcnwicampin or post them right to our GSGCNWI Great Family Camp-In Facebook event page and Instagram!


Camp-In Schedule

TimeActivityVirtual Location
SATURDAY, May 23
10 a.m.-7 p.m.Campsite Photo Contest!
Set-up your campsite, whether it’s outdoors with a tent, or indoors with a fort! You could be chosen to receive camp-in fun patches for the whole family! Plus you’ll be featured on our social media and blog.
Submit your photo through THIS FORM! OR send them to our Outdoor Program Staff Chosen photo will be announced during Sunday’s Show and Share webinar.
10-10:30 a.m.Kick-off & Opening Ceremony
Start your camp day off right with an opening ceremony, snapshot of the day’s schedule, camp agreement, and FAQ! Meet your Outdoor Program Team hosts and get ready for some camp magic.
YouTube Live Premiere
11-11:45 a.m.Art Projects
Choose between “Salt Dough & Impression Necklace” or “Sit-Upon”
Webinars
12-2 p.m.Lunch and Suggested Camp Activities
Check out the activity packet (coming soon) for camp recipes and suggested activities.
On Your Own
2-2:45 p.m.Outdoor Skills
Choose between “Knot Tying Extravaganza” or “Letterboxing Adventure”
Webinars
3-3:45 p.m.:Camp Fun
Choose between “At-Home Circus Acts” or “Camp Games”
Webinars
4-4:30 p.m.Wrap Up & Closing CeremonyYouTube Live Premiere
4:30-7 p.m.Dinner and Suggested Camp ActivitiesOn Your Own
7-8 p.m.Campfire Sing-along
Our camp-in would not be complete without a campfire and songs! The first forty minutes will be full of high energy songs before slowing down the pace to sing some favorites. Comfy clothes and homemade s’mores are encouraged! 
YouTube Live Premiere
SUNDAY,
May 24
10-10:45 a.m.Show and Share
Share about your night of camping in go with other participants as we reflect, wrap-up the camp fun, and reveal the photo contest winners!
Webinar

Please note, to receive access to webinar links you will need to first register. Webinar links will be emailed to those who register the morning of May 23. Soon the YouTube Premiere links will be available for all to watch along.

The Great Family Camp-In Activity Packet

Now you can download the Great Family Camp-In Activity Packet with camp recipes, game ideas, song lyrics, and more camp fun that you can do on your own or coordinate to do with your family, friends, or Girl Scout troop from afar. 

Download a PDF of the Great Family Camp-In Activity Packet!

Gather Your Materials!

Below are lists of the supplies you’ll need for each activity you’ll learn in the virtual experiences.

Art Project Option 1: Salt Dough and Clay Impressions

Let’s get crafty! Join Outdoor Program Team members, Kat and Sprout in making salt dough out of a few ingredients commonly found in your kitchen. Then transform your salt dough or preferred clay material into a one-of-a-kind nature necklace!

Make sure you can see your screen and have a large, clear space to work in that is covered in newspaper or can be easily wiped down.

Salt Dough Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

Impression Necklace Materials

  • 2-4 objects found in nature (like an acorn or pebble)
  • Toothpick/Pencil
  • String/Yarn/Twine
  • Scissors

Art Project Option 2: Sit-Upon

Prepare for your next outdoor adventure by making a traditional Girl Scout sit-upon. Join Outdoor Program Team members, Nacho and Strike, to make one that works for you! 

A sit-upon is a great tool to take outdoors with you when you are going for a picnic, singing around a campfire, or to have with you at your campsite. After this session you will have something comfortable and dry to sit on so that you can fully enjoy your time outside.

  • Two 20″x20″ squares of waterproof material twice (either vinyl tablecloth, shower curtain, or a  reusable grocery bag)
  • Padding (options include 15-20 plastic grocery bags, pillow fluff, foam square, or a 1-2″ stack newspapers)
  • Scissors
  • Closure options: yarn or string and hole punch OR just duct tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler (optional)

Outdoor Skills Option 1: Knot Tying Extravaganza

Outdoor Program Team members, Nacho and Freddie will teach you knot tying basics, making a simple friendship bracelet and then walk through how to do some more advanced knots.

People often say knots are difficult, let’s bust that myth together in this interactive step-by-step tutorial. Whether you want to learn how to use knots in making jewelry, setting up camp, or going rock climbing we have you covered in this knot tying adventure for all ages!

Materials

  • A piece of rope/thick string about 30″ long
  • A couple colors of yarn or embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Outdoor Skills Option 2: Letterboxing Adventure Materials

Are you interested in treasure hunts and puzzles? Challenge yourself and your family by learning the international scavenger hunt of letterboxing with Outdoor Program Team members, Caribou and Strike.

You will practice coding clues, learn how to collect stamps, make your own stamp and log book, and even get tips on how to set up your own at-home letterboxing course. 

Materials

  • Stamp (or make your own out of a recycled bottle cap or lid, Craft foam sheets, & Glue​ or tape)
  • 4-6 Small notebooks (or make your own out of 5-10 sheets of paper, a hole-punch, and yarn)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Paper (for the clues, colored paper preferred)
  • Scissors
  • Markers/crayons
  • Ink pad (or washable markers)​
  • Wipes/Paper towels​
  • 3-5 small plastic containers with lids (ex. food storage containers)

Camp Fun Option 1: Camp Games

Ready, Set, Go! Camp games from home! In this interactive session, we will participate in active and silly camp game favorites led by Outdoor Program Team members, Sprout and Caribou. We’ll cover some go to games like “4 Corners”, “Moo”, “Ship to Shore”, and more! If you know you love these games or want to learn, this is your chance to give it a try! 

Materials

  • Just yourself and some space to move!

Camp Fun Option 2: At-Home Circus Acts

WOW your friends and family with a new skill, straight from the greatest place on earth, your home! Outdoor Program Team members, Kat and Freddie will teach you some beginner circus tricks.

Learn techniques for juggling and how balance & spin household objects. Circus skills are a great way to keep your body moving and your mind active, all while having a great time! 

Materials

  • Water bottle
  • Space to move around
  • 3 bandannas (or similar substitute)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Small cushion (that you can hold up with one hand)
  • 3 beanbags (you can make your own out of 3 long socks, 1.5 cups of lentil, dried beans, or birdseed), 1/4 cup measuring cup, & 3 rubber bands)

Before You Camp, Prepare with These Camping Essentials

Learn tips and tricks to use a pop-up tent, set up a campsite, and get comfortable for an outdoor adventure in your backyard or out on trail, or even in your living room!

Excited to participate in the Great Family Camp-In, but don’t have a tent? No problem! Shelter building is an important outdoor survival skill, and we’ll teach you how you can build your own indoor campsite with sheets, blankets, pillows, and furniture!


Get Your Camp Swag!

Middle and High-School Girl Scouts Can Join The Fun!

Older Girl Scouts, Program Aides (PA), and Counselors in Training (CIT): We hope this first camp-in weekend will be the first of many future virtual camp-themed programs. If you want to keep your outdoor skills fresh and provide programming to other Girl Scouts, we encourage you to participate in the Great Family Camp-In weekend.

By joining in, you will get inspired to think about the ways that you can help us share camp magic throughout the summer. If you are interested in being involved and helping lead future programs, let us know! Send us an email with the subject line: “I can help with outdoor virtual programs!”


Camp-In Premiers

Be sure to check out our LIVE camp-in videos starting at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.!


Catch you at Camp!

We can’t wait to see you all there, whether you plan on attending just one part, or the entire day of events! If you have any questions contact us at customercare@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Don’t forget to register and follow our event page for the most up-to-date information on how to participate.

Announcing Phase II of our Master Property Plan!

Girl Scout councils love to launch exciting, new program experiences for girls, and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is certainly no exception. 

Recently, we celebrated the grand opening of our new ​high adventure climbing tower, zipline and high ropes course  at Camp Butternut Springs, thanks to the generosity of philanthropist and adventurer Al Hanna. Seeing girls fly overhead, laughing and screaming with delight as they zoom by, is one of the best parts of what we do to fulfill our mission. 

It’s the kind of experience we want more girls to encounter at our properties, especially our camps. But to bring to life the type of activities and amenities girls and volunteers tell us they want, we also must make difficult decisions. 

It has been eight years since GSGCNWI announced the first phase of our initial Master Property Plan. It is now time to evaluate where we are today, and where we want to be in the future. 

The objectives of Phase II of the Master Property Plan are to: 

  • keep our focus on the evolving needs of girls; 
  • thoughtfully and thoroughly align to our 3-year strategic plan; 
  • acknowledge the council’s healthy financial position today, and keep our limited resources focused on the future; 
  • reflect our readiness to invest in enhanced experiences for future generations; 
  • transparently engage stakeholders in next steps and solutions; 
  • reduce our need to divert dollars to deferred maintenance issues; 
  • and shift to leased office solutions to keep focus on mission, not repairs. 

Our focus on creating a master property plan began years ago, when we inherited a large portfolio of properties in 2008 after merging seven previously independent Girl Scout councils into one. We knew at the time that caring for more than 20 different camp and office properties would be too heavy a financial burden for us. 

In 2011, with the help of a committee of volunteers and property experts over the course of two years of research, we made the difficult decision to retire and sell several properties. At the time, our overall economy was struggling and so were most nonprofits, including GSGCNWI. We simply did not have the resources to make any investments in property repairs or amenities between 2010 – 2015. 

Then, between 2016 and 2019, we started to invest again. Using a combination of our operational budget and money we received from the sale of the properties, we have been able to put approximately $7 million into new or improved amenities at several of our properties. 

Yet even with those improvements, we are still faced with a daunting deferred maintenance issue, with needed repairs and updates exceeding $30 million. Too many of our properties, some used far less than others, need significant attention just to be operational and safe.

After much consideration, and again with the guidance of girls, volunteers, and many others, we have decided to concentrate our resources on building enhanced experiences for girls at four primary camp properties that cover the full footprint of our council: Camp Juniper Knoll (Wisconsin), Camp Greene Wood and Camp Palos (both in Illinois), and Camp Butternut Springs (Indiana). 

That means we will list for sale three camp/program properties (Pokanoka, River Trails, and Friendship Center). These  properties have  significant deferred maintenance issues and  are  not  fully utilized  by girls and families for myriad reasons. 

We’ll also list two very tired, maintenance-heavy gathering places for sale (Homewood and Merrillville), and look for leased space that will represent those communities instead of owning property. And finally, we will review options for our Chicago space at 20 S. Clark since that lease expires in 2021. 

Please note: Each property will continue to be open and in use until the property is sold.  This may be a lengthy process, so programs will continue to be scheduled as long as maintenance issues do not prevent activities from taking place. 

Visit our website for more information about our master property plan, and  to stay informed about future announcements.

Please send any questions and comments related to our properties to  longrangeproperty@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Check Out These Summer Programs for the Entire Family!

If you want activities for the whole family to enjoy, then look no further. Below is your guide to family friendly programs offered by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Get excited for all that summer has to offer!

Outdoor Adventures

Have a Sleepover Safari at Brookfield Zoo!

August 30–31 | Brownies–Ambassadors (Grades 2–12)

Your whole family is invited to the Brookfield Zoo for a summer sleepover! You’ll get to go on a night hike around the zoo, examine real skulls, and make treats for the animals to enjoy. Registration includes all activities, breakfast, and a fun patch! Get your Sleepover Safari Tickets »

Star Party

Saturday, August 17 | Camp Greene Wood, Woodridge, IL

How many constellations can you spot? Come celebrate the stars with other astronomy enthusiasts. We will have games, projects and crafts you can take home, and a chance to view the night sky with an astronomer. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors: enjoy this event with your entire family. Sign-up now »

Camp

You & Me: Summertime Fun

Weekend of June 21 and Weekend of July 19 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL
All ages!

Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and female guardians: spend a weekend at camp with your Girl Scout at a You & Me Camp Weekend! Each year we celebrate with a different theme, and this summer’s theme is “Hogwarts: Journey to the Forbidden Forest.” “Swish and flick” your way to summer fun with your girl! You’ll have your choice to stay in a lodge, prairie cabin, or screened in platform tent. Learn more and register for You & Me Summertime Fun!

Take the Whole Family to Camp!

Weekend of July 12 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL
Weekend of September 13 | Camp Butternut Springs, Valparaiso, IL
All ages!

Enjoy a weekend at camp with the whole family! Fourth graders and older can try archery. You’ll stay in platform tents, screened-in cabins, or bring your own tent! Learn more and register for Family Camp!

Sports & Entertainment

Chicago Red Stars: Bark in the Park

Saturday, June 23 | SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL

This is a night for the dogs! Join us at SeatGeek Stadium for their 2nd annual Bark in the Park celebration where your pup is invited to cheer on the Red Stars. Everyone who purchases a Bark in the Park ticket receives a free bandanna for your pup and will participate on their halftime Pet Parade. Get your tickets now »

Girl Scout Night with the White Sox

Wednesday, July 3 | Guaranteed Rate Field

Due to inclement weather Girl Scout Day with the White Sox was postponed. The makeup date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3rd at 1:10 PM as part of a split doubleheader and your game tickets will be good for Game 1.

Your previous ticket and parking pass are valid for the make-up July 3rd game ONLY. Tickets will only be good for Game 1 of the split doubleheader.

For those who did not purchase tickets for the previous game, check out our updates flier!

Girl Scout Night with the Chicago Dogs

Saturday, June 29 | Impact Field, Rosemont, IL

Come out to Impact Field for 2nd Annual Girl Scout Night on Saturday, June 29th at 7:05 p.m. Ticket purchase includes pregame parade on field, custom Girl Scout patch, Video Board Troop Recognition, Post Game Fireworks and a donation back to GSGCNWI. Learn more and purchase Chicago Dog Tickets »

Wizarding Celebration

Saturday, July 20 at Friendship Center, Country Club Hills, IL
Sunday, July 21 Vernon Hills Gathering Place, Vernon Hills, IL
All ages!

Girl Scouts! Do you love Harry Potter? Bring your friends and family & come join us to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday. You’ll get to make potions, play quidditch, drink butterbeer & more! Family event. Fun patch included. Sign-up for Wizarding Celebration »

Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show

May 22 through July 6 | Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Under the Big Top at Soldier Field lives a show so grand and so fun! Bring the entire family to this amazing and dazzling show that will be sure to satisfy any adrenaline lover. Check out the official flyer on how to purchase tickets to this great show » [PDF]


Don’t Let Her Miss Out!

Girls must be a current Girl Scout to participate in these fun activities! To join in on this summer fun, you can become a Girl Scout today for only $35, and her membership will be valid all the way through Sept. 30, 2020. That’s nearly a year and a half of fun ahead!

What Girl Scouts can do During the Summer!

Just because it’s summer and your Girl Scout troop isn’t meeting doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with Girl Scouts! Read about the many fun programs and events girls of all ages can take part in this summer—with or without your troop! Below are a few highlighted programs, or you can view all of the summer programs for your age group!

If you aren’t already a Girl Scout, that’s OK! To join in on this summer fun, you can become a Girl Scout today for only $35, and your membership will be valid all the way through Sept. 30, 2020. That’s nearly a year and a half of fun ahead!


Have a Sleepover Safari at Brookfield Zoo!

August 30– 31 | Brownies–Ambassadors (Grades 2–12)

See what happens after hours at the Zoo! Your whole family is invited to the Brookfield Zoo for a summer sleepover! You’ll get to go on a night hike around the zoo, examine real skulls, and make treats for the animals to enjoy.

Registration includes all activities, breakfast, and a fun patch!

Get your Sleepover Safari Tickets »


Get Outdoors at Summer Camp!

Various Dates and Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)

Girls need a safe space where they can just be themselves, a space with an incredible view where they can relax and try new experiences. That place is Girl Scout camp! Our council offers summer camp programs at eight locations in Illinois, Indiana, and even Wisconsin.

Girl Scouts will get to participate in a wide variety of program activities including hikes, crafts, and the opportunity sing songs by the campfire.

Browse the 2019 Camp Guide and register on our website.

Girls can attend day camp or resident camp, or you can even take your whole family!

Sign Her Up For Summer Camp »


Attend Summer Camp Programs Designed for Your Troop, Family, and More!

Troop Camporee: Sunny Fun

Weekend of June 28 | Camp Greene Wood, Woodridge, IL
Weekend of August 2 | Camp Pokanoka, Ottawa, IL

All ages!

Bring your troop to a Troop Camporee! You can choose to stay Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Sunday of either weekend program. Learn more and register for Troop Camporees!

Take the Whole Family to Camp!

Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL
All ages!

Enjoy a weekend at camp with the whole family! Fourth graders and older can try archery. You’ll stay in platform tents, screened-in cabins, or bring your own tent! Learn more and register for Family Camp!

You & Me: Summertime Fun

Weekend of June 21 and Weekend of July 19 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL
All ages!

Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and female guardians: spend a weekend at camp with your Girl Scout at a You & Me Camp Weekend! Each year we celebrate with a different theme, and this summer’s theme is “Hogwarts: Journey to the Forbidden Forest.” “Swish and flick” your way to summer fun with your girl! You’ll have your choice to stay in a lodge, prairie cabin, or screened in platform tent. Learn more and register for You & Me Summertime Fun!

Community Resource Listings

Ongoing Dates in Various Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)

The summer is the perfect time to take advantage of special offers and programs for Girl Scouts from our Community Resource Partners! Visit our website to view the list!


Earn Patches on Your Own

Ongoing Dates in Various Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)

Girl Scouts from any level can earn patches in our self-directed programs like the Passport to Chicago! Take the summer to learn more about culture, cities and counties in our council, STEM, and more! View all of the Girl Scouts GCNWI Patch Programs and Council’s Own awards on our website.


Complete a Summer Service Project

Ongoing Dates in Various Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)

Girl Scouts Give Back

Girl Scouts have a rich history of giving back to their communities. Be a part of this tradition by participating in a service project over the summer. We have a few options that you can complete on your own. View Service Projects on our website.



Bring Her to a Daisy Party!

Various dates and locations | For girls entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in Fall 2019

Let’s kick-off your Daisy year with a summer party! You’ll get to meet other Daisy Girl Scouts, play games, have a dance party, and learn all about the Girl Scout Promise and Law. You’ll even get a fun patch to add to your apron or sash! We can’t wait to show you how fun Girl Scouts is! Learn more and register for a Daisy Party!


FREE Summer Drop-In Days across the council!

Various Dates in Various Locations | For Daisies–Cadettes (Grades K–8)

Stop by our Gathering Places throughout the summer for a FREE Drop-In Day! You’ll have fun with themed activities, meet other Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff! Learn more and register through the links below.


More Summer Programs for Girl Scouts!

View All Daisy Summer Programs (Grades K–1)

View all Brownie Summer Programs (Grades 2–3)

View all Junior Summer Programs (Grades 4–5)

View all Cadette Summer Programs (Grades 6–8)

View all Senior Summer Programs (Grades 9–10)

View all Ambassador Summer Programs (Grades 11–12)

Love Harry Potter? Bring your friends and family & come join us to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday! You’ll get to make potions, play quidditch, drink butterbeer & more!


Don’t Let Her Miss Out!

Girls must be current Girl Scouts to participate in these fun activities! To join in on this summer fun, you can become a Girl Scout today for only $35, and your membership will be valid all the way through Sept. 30, 2020. That’s nearly a year and a half of fun ahead!

New this year! Nature-based Day Camp for Girls

For the first time ever we are offering nature-based day camps at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place, and the Girl Scouts GCNWI Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL!

Day camp spots are still open for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (girls entering grades 1 – 5 this fall)! Leadership opportunities are available for older Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (entering grades 8 – 12 this fall).

Here is some of what girls can look forward to at day camp:

  • Learn about animals and nature
  • Make new friends
  • Outdoor STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
  • Learning (or practicing) how to cook outdoors
  • Juniors and above can stay overnight on Thursday
  • Fun, themed days
  • Plus, girls who attend the Vernon Hills Day Camp will get to go on an off-site field trip

And guess what! You don’t already have to be a Girl Scout to attend, so bring a buddy along!

Check out the Day Camp Overview to see if these programs are right for you. Keep reading to learn more about day camp for each age group.

Browse the Camp Guide »

Register for Summer Day Camp»


Daisy Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grade 1 in fall 2019

Ready for a summer of smiles and new friends? Come to camp where you’ll create nature art, play games, and laugh until you can’t laugh anymore!
Daisies will work toward the Buddy Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095101
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095201
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills$165
Includes an offsite adventure
96101

Brownie Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grades 2 – 3 in fall 2019

Create unforgettable moments as you learn about animals, discover new worlds, and create art so realistic it could come alive. Brownies will work toward the Cabin Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095102
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095202
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills$165
Includes an offsite adventure
96102

Junior Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grades 4 – 5 in fall 2019

Put your camping skills to the test! Go on hikes, tie knots, and cook over a fire. Join us for nighttime fun with a Thursday overnight experience. Juniors will work toward the Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095103
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095203
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills $165
Includes an offsite adventure
96103

Communi-Teen

Open to older Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (girls entering grades 8 – 12 in fall 2019)

Put your leadership skills to the test! Work with younger Girl Scouts as they experience everything day camp has to offer. Play games, practice camping skills, and even help lead a campfire one night. Includes a Thursday overnight experience. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills $2596105

Now Hiring!

Are you looking for a summer job that will leave you with a sense of empowerment, a positive outlook on life, and skills that will benefit you for years to come?  Apply for a summer camp position with GCNWI! 

Build skills in leadership, time management, communication, decision making, and problem solving, while having the time of your life at summer camp (must be 18+)!

Browse All Open Positions

Refer a Summer Camp Employee

If you refer a summer camp employee and they are hired, you’ll be eligible for a FREE archery or campfire and song program! Just have the applicant list you as a referral when they apply!

Only one adult and one child may attend the free program. Archery is for girls in grades 4+.

Summer Resident Camp Registration is Now Open!

Summer Resident Camp Registration is Now Open!

Now is the time to register for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Summer Resident Camp!

Check out the Resident Camp Overview to see if these programs are right for you.

Our resident camps are offered at Camp Butternut Springs (Valparaiso, IN), Camp Juniper Knoll (East Troy, WI), and Camp Pokanoka (Ottawa, IL).

Register for Summer Resident Camp!

Here are some tips:

  • Some programs can fill quickly, so you’ll want to register early.
  • Be prepared with the program codes of your top choices. Not sure which programs you want yet? Read through our camp guide.
  • Curious about where campers sleep? The lodging type is listed with each resident camp program listing in our camp guide. Learn more about the different types of lodging at our camps!

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Summer Day Camp Registration is Now Open!

After a bitterly cold week, it is the perfect time to dream of summer camp! Today is the day to register for GCNWI Summer Day Camp! 

Check out the Day Camp Overview to see if these programs are right for you.

Girl Scouts GCNWI day camps are located at Camp Greene Wood in Woodridge, IL, and Camp Palos in Palos Park, IL. New in 2019, nature-based day camp is available at Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL, and Vernon Hills Gathering Place.

Register for Summer Day Camp

Here are some tips!

  • Some programs can fill quickly, so you’ll want to register early.
  • Be prepared with the program codes of your top choices. Not sure which programs you want yet? Read through our camp guide.
  • Know what your transportation choice will be. You’ll need to indicate your choice when you register. View your transportation options.

Summer camp is s’more than a moment and this year is going to be better than ever! 

Don’t forget the add-ons!

You’ll need to register for before-camp and after-camp programs separately!

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PS – Don’t forget: Resident Camp Registration Opens Next Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5 a.m.

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.

Butterfly Garden Coming to Camp Greene Wood

Butterfly Garden Coming to Camp Greene Wood

The following is a guest post from our outdoor conservation and stewardship specialist, Lauren Somogyi…

You might ask, what is a Monarch Waystation and why do we need one?

Well, to start, the monarch butterflies are currently on the path to extinction. Their populations have been declining for many years due to loss of habitat, insecticide and herbicide use, and intensive agriculture.

Monarch butterflies are considered an indicator species, which can help determine whether environments and ecosystems are healthy. If an indicator species population declines, it is possible that their specific living environment is also changing and something is wrong.

Also, while conserving the monarch butterflies, we help other pollinators as well, such as bees, by providing these native plant based habitats. Conserving these habitats can have a cascading effect to the conservation of the entire ecosystem.

So, now, why is having a Monarch Waystation important?

Creating a Monarch Waystation will help provide habitats for monarchs to breed, develop, and survive. The more areas that have these designated areas, filled with milkweed and other critical plants, the easier it is for monarchs to find areas to live.

A Monarch Waystation is an area that contains specific host and nectar plants critical to the survival of the monarch butterflies. These waystations are managed specifically to provide food, shelter, and habitat for monarch butterflies.

Following the guidelines provided by Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program, these waystations need to be at least 100 square feet and be exposed to six hours of a sun per day.

The plant criteria includes having at least 10 native host plants, made up of two or more species, as well as multiple native nectar plants. The host plants provide a location for butterflies to lay their eggs and are the sole food source for developing caterpillars, while the nectar plants provide food for the adult butterflies.

The main host plant for Monarchs is milkweed. Milkweed is the only type of plant that monarch caterpillars feed on when growing and developing. It is a critical plant to the monarch butterfly. By including these plants in waystations, abundance food sources are available to the monarchs.

How can I help?

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is offering multiple workshops next year for girls to come out and assist in developing our butterfly garden and Monarch Waystation.

We want girls to be able to learn about conservation techniques, specifically to the monarch butterflies, as well as engage them in hands-on gardening activities that will help them develop skills that they can take home.

We hope to provide fun and education workshops for girls to gain a better understanding of the environment around them and care for the Earth.

Let It Grow: Butterfly Buddies is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. To learn more and to register, click here.