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!

Member Monday: Back to Business!

Girl Scout Madeline from Troop 85001

The new Girl Scout year is upon us, and though it will be unlike any before, we are ready to get “back to business!” There is a lot in store: read on to learn all about our Girl Scouts and what we have planned this month.

For Girl Scout Daisy Madeline, being a Girl Scout has meant a summer full of exploring. Madeline is excited about basically everything: cooking, planting milkweed in her backyard, earning “every badge possible,” and eventually becoming a troop leader. She even made a recipe of her own: roll-up S’Mores (a crescent roll sprinkled with cinnamon, rolled up with chocolate and marshmallows, baked and topped with sprinkled graham crackers) which is absolutely inspired.

Madeline’s parents are also grateful for Girl Scouting amid social distancing since the activities have fed into her growing curiosity and have kept her both happy and occupied. “She’s ready to go,” her father Paul told us, “and it’s amazing how much she looks forward to and enjoys it.”

It’s true that experiences like these for young girls are especially important now as girls face a confusing world—according to the Girl Scout Voices Count survey conducted by GSUSA, Girl Scouts provides a safe haven for girls in a tumultuous world and helps girls thrive even in challenging times.

Our Girls are Gold!

Gold Award Girl Scout Bria with her Congratulations Box!

As we continue honoring our Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Gold Award Girl Scouts, we’d like to feature a comment we received on social media this week, celebrating one Gold Award Girl Scout, Bria:

“Congratulations Gold Award Girl Scouts! Bria, proud leader does not even touch my emotions right now! It has been an honor and privilege to have been your leader along your Girl Scout journey! I am blessed to have watched you grow into the amazing young leader that you are today. Continue to use your voice and lead the change our world needs! I believe in you, I am so proud of you, and I will always be your biggest cheerleader!” – Troop Leader Donna McWilliams

We second that! Congratulations to all GCNWI Gold Award Girl Scouts this year, and make sure to read all about them on our Gold Award Spotlight blog series.

Cadette Book Worms!

Girl Scouts Addison and Sophia from Troop 75111

Girl Scouts Addison and Sophia from Troop 75111 have been loving participating in the Cadette Book Club this summer, and they can’t wait for the next meeting at the end of the month (register here by Sept. 24 to join!). Looks like they already started the book, Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams!

Interested in reading and discussing culturally diverse books with other Girl Scouts? Join us for a meeting this fall!

Registration for Fall Programs Opens Soon!

Registration for October programs will open on Tuesday, Sept. 15! In the meantime, check out the program calendar on our September programs blog and register quickly to snag your spot in our awesome webinars all month long!

Continue Your Girl Scout Journey!

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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!

Member Monday: The Power of the Girl!

In times of uncertainty, girls need systems of support to remind them that they are, indeed, powerful! Girl Scout Senior Nooriyah knows this well: she spoke about the necessity of caring Girl Scout leaders who give girls the platform they need to succeed. To lead and prepare young women for the future, she says, “We have to get back to Girl Scouts.”

Watch the video above to hear everything Nooriyah has to say about the importance of leaders to girls!

This Member Monday, we are reminding everyone of how incredible and inspiring our girls and the people who support them are. Read on to learn about some amazing, game-changing Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI).

Girl Scouts Care!

Thirteen-year-old Kasey Brislane is credited with helping save her former neighbor, Susi Schubert who slipped on ice and became trapped underneath a parked car this past winter. Brislane has hypersensitive hearing as a symptom of autism and was the only one who heard Schubert's cries for help on a freezing night in January.
Girl Scout Kasey with neighbor Susi (Brian OMahoney / Pioneer Press)

It is in the Girl Scout DNA to be ready for anything and always think of others first: Girl Scout Kasey, from Harwood Heights, IL, is a fantastic example. It was Kasey’s hypersensitive hearing, trust in her gut instinct, and Girl Scout know-how that allowed her to save the life of her neighbor Susi last January, and for her incredible act of compassion, Kasey has earned the Girl Scout Medal of Honor, an award presented to a Girl Scout who exemplified presence of mind and true Girl Scout spirit in an emergency.

We sincerely congratulate Kasey for earning this prestigious award. Read more about Kasey’s story in the Chicago Tribune.

This week, we also got a special shout-out from Loretto Hospital in Chicago, IL, for a recent Gift of Caring donation of 36 cases of Girl Scout cookies for their staff members. We hope the cookies brought some smiles to the faces of those very essential workers!

Girl Scouts Just Wanna Have Fun!

Girl Scout Madeline with her mom’s Brownie sash

This certainly has been an uncertain and challenging time for all of us, but Girl Scouts have weathered the storm quite impressively by making their own fun, even girls who just joined us.

Girl Scout Daisy Madeline, after not being able to meet in person for her first year of Girl Scouting, was thrilled to participate in virtual meetings, and has grown to love the virtual experience! Even if things look different, Madeline is finding joy everywhere she looks, and it’s a good thing we have a lot planned this year!

Read our blog to learn all about what’s going on at Girl Scouts GCNWI this Fall.

Speaking of finding joy, we’re still loving the submissions girls and families sent from our Summer Camp Revamp Program! For Movie Magic Week, Girl Scouts Lilia, Dahlia, Cora, and Elsa got together to make their own movie about haunted dolls. Check out their extra spooky and silly movie above! Thanks for sharing, girls!

Girl Scouts also continue to bridge up levels, and we’d like to congratulate all Girl Scouts who moved up this year, including:

Girl Scout Junior Madeline! Check out her at-home bridge—she’s so proud of it she still hasn’t taken it down!

Girl Scout Olivia, also now a Junior! She participated in a masked-up bridging ceremony with her leaders, a great way to stay safe and celebrate!

And to Girl Scout Brownie Ellie, who rocked an awesome outfit AND bridged on horseback! Scroll through the images to see pictures of her mom at her pinning ceremony: we love seeing generations of Girl Scouts!

Last Chance to Renew and Win!

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Renew by tomorrow to automatically receive a free Zoom account and $20 eGift card for the Girl Scouts GCNWI online shop for the new membership year!

Learn more and renew on our website!

Girls, renew your membership today!

Share your Story!

Now that in-person, masked-up meetings are starting up, what do you plan to do with your troop? Continued service opportunities to assist your community? Fun at-home virtual programming? Let us know! Your stories are inspiring and we want the whole council to know!

Share with us on social media (we’re @GirlScoutsGCNWI on all platforms), on Facebook, or share your story on our website

Managing a Multi-Level Girl Scout Troop Virtually: Tips from a Troop Leader

Shift the Lens on Girl Scout Volunteering: Part 2

This photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The possibilities are endless with the way girls and their leaders are staying connected through Girl Scouts. Maintaining routines is important to a girl’s development, and this troop leader has shifted the lens on the way she engages with her girls, proving a pandemic doesn’t have to stop them from receiving a true Girl Scout experience!

Superstar volunteer Annette manages a diverse, multi-level troop of girls ranging from Brownies to Cadettes (grades 2-8). Her troop meets weekly to focus on badge work and their Silver and Bronze Awards.

“I chose not to stop because the girls need us. They are here for a reason. They need Girl Scouts not only socially, but emotionally. I didn’t want to give up on them,” Annette recalls on her reason to make the shift from in-person to virtual volunteering.

Since sheltering in place, Annette and her troop have focused on simply having fun and doing things to take their minds off what was going on around them. They did fun badge activities, played trivia games, and even dedicated some meetings to just have girl talk.

It’s that simple.

Annette shares her tips on how to manage a virtual troop:

Try to make things as simple as possible for your families

“When my troop did badge work, I would send a care package to each girl with all of the materials needed to complete the requirement. Even if a girl couldn’t participate in that particular meeting, she could still do it on her own and show me the proof to receive her badge.”

Have the girls lead meetings

“In our troop, if a girl knows how to complete a journey or badge, she will teach it to the rest of the girls so that everybody has the new skill.”

Try not to stress

“It’s OK not to have an agenda or to wing it. Sometimes you’ll have an activity planned and the girls just want to chat and vent and see their friends. The girls will not be mad if you mess up or have a bad week.”

Stay connected

“Check out what GSUSA, and other councils are doing to engage their girls. There are a ton of resources out there!”

Make it fun!

“Always remember, the girls having fun is just as important as them doing badge work,” says Annette.

Don’t give up on your girls! Renew your troop today.

One Week Left! Renew Your Troop by August 31 for a Chance to Win!

Only one week left to take advantage of our new promotion to help you get ready for a knockout new year!

Renew at least 90% of the girls in your troop by August 31 and your troop will receive:

  • A free Zoom account for your troop
  • A $20 gift certificate for the Girl Scouts GCNWI online shop
  • TWO entries into a drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card (10 prizes available)!

Renew at least 75% of your troop by August 31 and your troop will be entered into a drawing to receive a $200 Amazon gift card (10 prizes available)!

It’s easy to renew your whole Girl Scout troop at one time, and a great way to use troop funds—by powering another year of amazing experiences! Follow these step-by-step instructions to renew your troop.

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We’ve got more than a few things to look forward to as we enter the new year.

New virtual meeting plans are uploaded to the Volunteer Toolkit and resources added to the Learning Portal

Read our newly expanded guideline for in-person meetings.

AND we’re working hard on programs for the fall, both virtual AND outdoor! Continue to check our website page for updates.

Member Monday Catch Up!

Girl Scout Anne posing with local firefighters (from the Chicago Tribune)

Welcome back to Member Monday, our weekly blog post where we feature the projects, service, and work of our amazing local Girl Scouts! It’s true: Girl Scouts lead the way when it comes to community service, creativity, and problem-solving, and Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) are no exception!

Continue reading to learn all about the different ways GCNWI girls have stepped up for their communities this summer.

Girl Scouts Get Stuff Done!

Girl Scout Anne posing with local firefighters (from the Chicago Tribune)

Girl Scouts are impressive young leaders with keen eyes for ways to help others, and Girl Scout Anne from Monee, IL, is a great example! She recently got a big shout-out from the Chicago Tribune for her many different service projects, including her donation drive of almost 2,000 Girl Scout cookies to first responders in her community.

Read the article to learn more about Anne and her efforts to support local first responders and essential workers!

Another group of kind and considerate Girl Scouts from our council recently shared their service project from all the way back in January (pre-social-distancing), where they made no-sew blankets for the Dupage County Animal Care and Control center! Great job to troop 55775!

The recent reopening of the USO lounge at O’Hare Airport lead these Girl Scouts to donate 253 boxes of Girl Scout cookies! The girls made sure each box came with a supportive message for active duty and retired military service members, a great way to spread kindness (and delicious treats).

Looking for some fitness motivation? Girl Scout Makayla recently completed the Get Moving Journey, and shared her final video project– check it out above!

Lastly, we’d like to shout-out the Girl Scouts from Service Unit 596, who completed 16 snuffle mats for enrichment for the cats and dogs at Hinsdale Humane Society!

As you can tell, GCNWI Girl Scouts have certainly kept the at-home fun going throughout the summer, and we have been LOVING seeing all of your stories and projects! Keep sharing with us: tag us on social media (@GirlScoutsGCNWI) or submit on our website.

Renew Your Troop by August 31 for a Chance to Win!

Let’s get ready for an unforgettable Girl Scout year! Renew at least 90% of the girls in your troop by August 31 and your troop will receive:

  • A free Zoom account for your troop
  • A $20 gift certificate for the Girl Scouts GCNWI online shop
  • TWO entries into a drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card (10 prizes available)!

Renew your troop today.

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: Movie Magic!

Public Service Announcement from Girl Scout Susan

Another spectacular week of Summer Camp Revamp has passed, and this week, we’re inviting you to an exclusive Girl Scout movie premiere! All Movie Magic week long, the Summer Camp Revamp girls rolled up their sleeves and got creative, brainstorming, planning, story-boarding, and then executing their ideas!

The real power of movie magic is the ability to take your dreams to the screen— let’s walk the “red carpet,” break out the popcorn, and take a look at some of the girls’ creations! Also hear about an amazing Girl Scout Silver Award project in this week’s Girl Scout Member Moment!

Story-boards and Spinning Tops

Any good movie requires brainstorming and planning, and the girls got right to it this week by creating their very own story-boards, which are essential to the movie-making process. The girls envisioned their stories and then drew out the scene, etched out the dialogue, and started thinking about costume, character acting, and everything that goes into a film.

Girl Scout Grace showing off her DIY optical illusions

Many films, especially in the early stages of movie history, relied on eye-tricks or optical illusions to trick movie-watchers into seeing things that weren’t really there! The Girl Scouts practiced this time-old film making technique by making their own animations— in this video, Girl Scout Grace shows off her homemade penny spinner, thaumatrope (an optical toy made out of paper) and a flipbook!

Rolling out the Red Carpet

Every single Girl Scout in Summer Camp Revamp turned their film ideas into realities, with stop-motion animation, claymation, and other amazing techniques to bring stories to life. Every movie they shared with us was amazing! Check out these three Girl Scout movies to get a sneak peek:

Film by Girl Scout Jacqueline
“What’s in my Dance Bag” by Girl Scout Daniela
Claymation film from Girl Scout Lila

Great job to every single movie maker this week! Your work was fantastic and so fun to watch!

Girl Scout Member Moment

Girl Scout Troop 30029

This week’s Girl Scout Member Moment comes to us from Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, where Girl Scout Troop 30029 completed their Silver Award with an amazing service project for their community. Their original plan to host a Prom for the residents of Spring Mills Assisted Living Facility was put on hold a few months ago, but that didn’t stop these go-getter Cadettes from brainstorming their next big idea!

The girls, for the project they called “Caring for the Young at Heart,” came together for three weeks and sewed over 100 masks for the residents at their local assisted living facility. The girls had never used sewing machines, but after one day of practice and researching patterns, they caught on quickly, and the results were very rewarding!

The girls wanted to give back to older people in their community in particular because they seek to bridge the age gap between them. The girls’ yearly tradition of hanging wreaths at the facility over the holidays is a favorite of the residents, and the girls felt they wanted to continue caring for them as best they could. This was a fantastic way to do that!

Congratulations to Troop 30029 for earning their Silver Award, and thank you to troop leader Venita for sharing their story with us!

Share your Story!

Whether you’re celebrating earning a Highest Award, gearing up for the next year of Girl Scouting, or simply enjoying the cooling weather, share what you’re up to with us in the comments below, tag us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI, or share your story with us on our website.

Our Girl Scouts from Home page is full of resources and activities for girls of all ages, and lets girls be Girl Scouts from anywhere in the world, at any time.

Join Girl Scouts, and get ready to shine like never before! Discover a world of opportunities waiting for you: register or renew your membership today.

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: Mastering Mystery!

Girl Scouts Sydney and Siena completing their at-home obstacle course

The summer is flying by—we can barely believe it! Summer Camp Revamp is almost over, but the girls are taking advantage of every second.

During Mastering Mystery week, Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) have been taking fingerprints, collecting clues, and solving some perplexing Girl Scout mysteries!

“Thumb through” their case files below, and hear a special Member Moment from a Girl Scout Brownie with a passion for community service!

The Girl Scout Investigations Unit

Did you know fruit has its own set of genetic information just like us? To kick off the week of mysterious activities, the girls did a fascinating science experiment extracting the DNA from BANANAS! Girl Scout Charlotte looks like she got a very close look– so cool! Looks like something we’ll have to try at home ourselves.

To keep themselves organized and “in the know,” the girls created their very own DIY detective badges and notebooks. Throughout the week, the girls were tasked with solving a mystery, so as they investigated suspects, collected fingerprints, and wrote their suspicions, this notebook was sure to come in handy!

Everyone has different fingerprints with different patterns, and we leave them on everything, even when we can’t see them. Later, to build on their detective and sleuthing skills, the girls learned how to read and correctly match fingerprints. These forensic science skills were super useful when it came to narrowing down the suspects in the mystery of who stole the S’more supplies…

To really make sure they were ready for anything, the Girl Scout Investigations Unit did some physical training too! Each girl created their own at-home “Mission Possible” obstacle course to strengthen their agility, strength, and sneakiness. Looks like the girls were more than ready for the challenge!

Thank you to every girl who shared their pictures with us this week! We’re so glad you enjoyed yourselves (and we hoped you solved the mystery!).

Girl Scout Member Moment

Girl Scout Brownie Melody B., from Troop 25507 in Chicago, IL, recently got a major shout out by CBS Evening News for her amazing community service in the past few months, and we got to speak to her about her project and what it means to be a Girl Scout during times of crisis!

Melody, in partnership with Dimo’s Pizza in Wicker Park, has been donating much-needed face shields to healthcare providers, teachers, grocery store employees, and private practices all over the Chicago area. When she learned that her hand-sewn facemasks weren’t effective enough for doctors fighting COVID-19, she reached out to Dimo’s, who recently started their own face shield initative. Soon enough, she was distributing their masks all over, even to her own pediatrician!

Melody herself was inspired to do this project by the Girl Scout Promise and Law: “I’m a Girl Scout,” she stated strongly. “We have to be helpful, caring and considerate.” Girl Scouts “teaches young girls to become leaders,” and she says she learned from Girl Scouts what is good for her and how to best help others. Her dedication to the community is clear—she told us she sees herself as a protector for her community, “keeping them safe.”

Great job, Melody, and thank you so much for talking to us!

Share your Story!

We can see you’ve been busy celebrating bridging, starting up socially distanced in-person meetings, and getting ready for the year ahead! We’re so excited to continue providing awesome experiences to help you feel connected, empowered, and ready for anything!

Share what you’re up to with us in the comments below or tag us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI! OR, share your story with us on our website.

Looking for more to do at home? Visit our Girl Scouts from Home page, which is full of resources and activities for girls of all ages.

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: Adventure Awaits!

Girl Scout from Troop 60775

Another week of Summer Camp Revamp done, and one full of adventure! For Adventure Awaits week, Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) sharpened their survival skills, tinkered with their travel plans, and challenged themselves with cool new activities.

These girls are ready to take on anything, from the backyard to around the world! Read on to learn what the Summer Camp Revamp girls got up to last week (and a special Girl Scout Member Moment with some great advice for in-person troop meetings!).

Adventure is Out There!

The girls started their week out by prepping their minds and bodies for the adventures ahead, and after a refreshing yoga and exercise session, practiced some very essential First Aid skills! Check out these Girl Scout’s DIY bandaging— looks effective!

After a crash-course on survival scenarios and quick-time First Aid, the girls delved into a lesson on plant identification and if you’ve ever been camping or on a hike, you’ll know how important it is to know which plants are which! Girl Scout Kristen, who shared the photos above, did a great job of identifying plants she found at her grandma’s house.

It is important to take notes from our animal companions, and to cement the lessons on survival, the girls tested out different wildlife adaptations that help animals in several distinct environments survive and thrive. To do this, the girls became birds for an afternoon, using different “beaks” to test out which is most effective for eating! Girl Scout Julia shared her pictures of the different “bird foods” she had to “eat” with her “beaks!”

The girls finished out the week by participating in our Summer Great Family Camp-In: check out their camping set ups! We hope you had fun!

Thank you to all the girls who shared stories and photos with us this week. It’s clear that Girl Scouts don’t get ready— they stay ready!

Girl Scout Member Moment

For this week’s Girl Scout Member Moment, we’re sharing a story from Girl Scout Junior Troop 60775 from Flossmoor, IL, who are forging ahead and trying out in-person troop meetings since we all sheltered-in-place back in March. Their troop leader, Missie, was kind enough to share her experience and advice for troop leaders and Girl Scouts who may be considering meeting in-person this fall.

The girls have been meeting virtually since March, and this quickly became their “new normal,” everyone in the troop eventually getting used to being on screen. This transition was difficult for them, so the opportunity to meet again in-person was very exciting! The girls met up at their school’s community garden to complete the Gardener Badge, and, even though the meeting looked different than any before, they had a great time!

Missie shared with us some very helpful advice for anyone considering meeting up in-person in the future:

  • Only meet in outdoor spaces, and focus on activities that take girls outside, like geocaching or hiking. She says these girls are dedicated— as long as there’s no lightning and thunder, they’ll show up!
  • Space out the girls on sit-upons, and make sure everyone wears a mask and has hand sanitizer handy.
  • Consider providing the girls with activity kits to make sure no supplies are shared between them.
  • Stay updated with your local government’s guidance, check the CDC for pertinent information, and always reiterate safety.
  • If you or the girls aren’t ready to meet, there is nothing wrong with that! Keep reaching out to the girls so they know you are present and available. Gauge their comfort levels!

Thanks to Missie and the girls for sharing their story with us! For more information and guidance, check out our updated guidelines for in-person troop meetings, cookie booths, and retail shops.

Join us for Glowing and Growing Week!

Don’t miss out on the last week of Summer Camp Revamp: Glowing and Growing week from August 10-14!

Grow your mind (and maybe even your own garden) for our final week of Summer Camp Revamp! Will it be yoga? Meditation? A gratitude journal? Or maybe some gardening that will help you relax during this glowing week! Come along and find out!

Register for Glowing and Growing week by August 3.

Learn more about Summer Camp Revamp and how you can become a part of the fun!

Share your Story!

Whether you’re meeting in-person to go on a nature walk, or continuing completing badges over Zoom, we want to know! Tell us all about what Girl Scouting looks like to you on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or on our website.

Looking for more to do at home? Visit our Girl Scouts from Home page, which is full of resources and activities for girls of all ages.

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: Special Edition!

Girl Scouts at Chicago Park District’s Eckhart Park

In this special edition of Summer Camp Revamp Rewind, we are sharing with you how one troop of 18 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) are making the most of their social-distanced day camp!

GSGCNWI, in partnership with the Chicago Park District’s Eckhart Park, is excited to provide opportunities for girls in our community to stay connected virtually. The girls masked up and gathered to do all six weeks of the virtual Summer Camp Revamp, cultivating their own “new normal.”

The past two weeks have been busy for these girls as they get used to camp again—and they’re certainly enjoying themselves! Let’s get to know some of these super Girl Scouts a little better!

Meet the Girl Scouts!

Last week was GIRLapalooza, a week all about celebration and joy (read about it on our blog!) so what better way to close out the week than by completing the SuperHERo activity?  

The girls, in their discussion groups, both talked about identifying their personal strengths. Some girls spoke about how hard it can be to talk about themselves, noting they often pay too much attention to the things they struggle with rather than what they’re already good at.

When it comes to sports, school, family, and friends, the girls all identified what their strengths are and where they could improve—and that’s important! After all, true self-confidence is not about thinking you’re good at everything, but having the ability to celebrate what you are good at and work on what you could do better.  

What’s YOUR Super Power?

Girl Scout Rickayla told the group that her superhero powers come from “playing sports and talking to friends.” One of the things she likes the most about herself is that she is kind, and we can tell! 

Girl Scout Ania is great at plenty of things: she plays basketball, football, and floor hockey, AND likes hip-hop dance, gymnastics, painting, and doing hair. Ania believes the source of her superpowers is her athletic abilities, “because of the amount of strength you get from playing.” 

Taelor has a different perspective—she says her superpowers come from her heart and from her spirituality. She uses this superpower by donating resources to people without homes, and says, along with sports, dancing, and math, and she’s good at “showing love!”  

Girl Scout Laylani knows her skills well: she says she’s good at math, floor hockey, coloring, writing, cooking, and keeping her things organized. She likes to create art and help others, and believes creating art can become her superpower because whenever she “draws or creates anything, it comes to life!”

Find your Super Strength

These girls know themselves well, and we are excited to see where their superpowers take them in the future! Interested in finding your own inner super strengths? Download the SuperHERo activity!

Thank you to all the girls who shared with us, and we can’t wait to see what else you get up to during Summer Camp Revamp!

Join us for Movie Magic Week!

Join us for Movie Magic week from August 3 -7!

Dive into the world of movie magic and become your very own director, producer, screenwriter, or set designer. Discover the tricks of the trade of filmmaking in order to make a cinematic masterpiece of your own!

Register for Movie Magic week by July 27.

Learn more about Summer Camp Revamp and how you can become a part of the fun!

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: GIRLapalooza!

Girl Scouts at Eckhart Park participating in Summer Camp Revamp— stay tuned for a blog post all about these girls!

Summer Camp Revamp is in full swing, and it looks like Girl Scouts across Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) are having LOADS OF FUN!

Making tie-dye and DIY chalk, cooking up tasty carnival treats, recreating famous art pieces, and building their own festival booths–– these girls had a week full of well-deserved celebration!

Let’s learn more about what GIRLapalooza week was all about.

Celebrate Good Times

The Summer Camp Revamp girls got creative and made their own festival booths, and these Girl Scouts really went “out of the box!” Girl Scout Olivia created a mini kitten and puppy adoption booth out of a repurposed cardboard box, and her friend made a festival out of Lego toys! Great job, girls!

The girls also had a chance to complete the SuperHERo activity, where they brainstormed, talked about what makes them each a SuperHERo in their own ways, and came up with their own super-characters based on themselves! Girl Scout Sara showed us her very own SuperHERO character, and she looks SUPER.

Download the SuperHERo worksheet to unleash your hidden powers!

The snacks the girls made throughout the week looked incredible, but we’re definitely partial to the way these mango-yogurt popsicles turned out! Looks like a recipe the girls will have to share with us!

Artistic Sensibilities

The revamped recreations of famous art pieces has continued throughout the week, and what these girls turned out is IMPRESSIVE! We are so happy to share just some of the amazing work the GIRLapalooza Girl Scouts have come up with–– take a look:

Girl Scout Elizabeth as Berthe Morisot’s “Woman at Her Toilette” (1880)
Girl Scout Gina as J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” (1943)

Great job to all the girls who shared photos with us this week–– keep sharing with us! Make sure to tag us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI, share on our Facebook page, or on our website!

Girl Scout Member Moment!

This week’s Member Moment shout-out goes to Girl Scout Troop 55315 for their very generous donation to the West Suburban Humane Society!

“Paws up” to these girls for using their cookie sales for good!

Join us for Movie Magic Week!

Interested in joining us for Summer Camp Revamp? Join us for Movie Magic week from August 3 -7!

Dive into the world of movie magic and become your very own director, producer, screenwriter, or set designer. Discover the tricks of the trade of filmmaking in order to make a cinematic masterpiece of your own!

Register for Movie Magic week by July 27.

Learn more about Summer Camp Revamp and how you can become a part of the fun!

Share your Summer Camp Story!

Tell us all about your Girl Scout summer plans and Summer Camp Revamp creations on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or on our website.

Looking for more to do at home? Make sure to visit our Girl Scouts from Home page, which is full of resources and activities for girls of all ages.