Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month | Celebrando Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month | Celebrando Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Today and every day we celebrate the rich diversity of the Latinx community and its contributions to our beautiful nation. During Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15 and continues until October 15, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) have some awesome ways to celebrate and show your pride!

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Hoy y todos los días celebramos la rica diversidad de la comunidad Latinx y sus contribuciones a esta hermosa nación. ¡Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que comienza el 15 de septiembre y continúa hasta el 15 de octubre, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago y Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) y Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) tienen algunas formas increíbles de celebrar y mostrar tu orgullo!

Patches and Fun Activities | Parches y Actividades Divertidas

Explore art, community traditions, and discover Latinx history by earning the Yo Soy Una Girl Scout fun patch!
Find the requirements online and then buy the patch in our shop.

¡Explora arte, tradiciónes de la comunidad, y descubre historia Latina completando las actividades para el parche de Yo Soy Una Girl Scout! Encuentre los requisitos en línea y compre el parche.


Using the clues in this neighborhood walk Patch Program, get to know Pilsen, a neighborhood rich in Mexican culture, including its great art, music, food, and people.

Buy the patch!

En este programa de parches de caminata por el barrio, conozca Pilsen, un vecindario rico en cultura mexicana, que incluye su excelente arte, música, comida y gente.

¡Compre el parche!

Also make sure to check out our new and improved version of Girl Scout Loteria, available for download!

¡Puedes usar nuestra nueva y mejorada versión de Girl Scout Loteria, disponible para descargar!

Programs and Events | Programas y Eventos

Sept. 24: Virtual Latin Dance Night | Clase Virtual de Baile Latino

Are you ready to get your feet moving and your hips shaking? Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with this virtual Latin dance class, including samba, salsa, and a traditional Mexican dance. This family-friendly program will sample a variety of dance moves and music. Register here!

You can earn the Brownie Dancer badge, a Dancing fun patch, and get some cute charms, too!

¿Estás lista para mover tus pies y tus caderas? Comience el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con esta clase virtual de baile latino, que incluye samba, salsa y un baile tradicional mexicano. Este programa familiar mostrará una variedad de movimientos de baile y música. ¡Regístrate aqui!

¡Puedes ganar la insignia de Brownie Dancer, un parche de baile y también algunos lindos amuletos!

Oct. 10: Global Girl Scouts: Hispanic Heritage Month | Girl Scouts Globales: Mes de la Herencia Hispana

The Global Girl Scouts are back! The Global Girl Scouts is a group of Girl Scouts who plan, research, and present on countries and communities around the world for other Girl Scouts to participate and learn from. This time, they’ll be presenting on the various countries throughout Central and South America in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! You’ll hear interesting facts and do fun activities on Belize, Peru, Argentina, and more. Register here!

¡Las Girl Scouts Globales están de vuelta! Girl Scouts Globales es un grupo de Girl Scouts que planifica, investiga y presenta sobre varios países y comunidades de todo el mundo para que otras Girl Scouts participen y aprendan. ¡Esta vez, presentarán sobre varios países de América Central y del Sur en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Escucharás datos interesantes y realizarás actividades divertidas en Belice, Perú, Argentina y más. ¡Regístrate aquí!

Oct. 16: Trunk or Treat and Day of the Dead Celebration | Trunk or Treat y Celebración del Día de los Muertos

Celebrate Day of the Dead at our second annual Trunk or Treat on October 16 at Camp Greene Wood! Day of the Dead is a two-day dedication to family, friends, and loved ones that have passed. Altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and favorite foods and drinks of those honored. There will also be several trunks for trick-or-treating, calavera decorating, marigold flower making activities, and much more for Day of the Dead, as well as a Halloween craft. 

¡Celebre el Día de los Muertos en nuestra segunda colección de golosinas annual el 16 de octubre en Camp Greene Wood! El Día de los Muertos es una dedicación de 2 días a familiares, amigos y seres queridos que han fallecido. Los altares están decorados con cempasuchiles brillantes, fotos, de los difuntos y las comidas y bebidas favoritas de los homenajeados. Habrá varios baúles para pedir dulces, decoración de calaveras, actividades para hacer flores de caléndula y mucho más para el Día de los Muertos, e una manualidad de Halloween. 

Day of the Dead Cultural Celebration @ Home Kit | Caja para Celebrar Día de los Muertos en casa

Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey. Learn more about this Mexican holiday by ordering this cultural celebration box to get everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead at home! Inside the box, you’ll receive instructions for how to set up an altar to a deceased loved one, party decorations, craft supplies and directions, recipes for tasty treats, and a fun patch. 

El Día de los Muertos es un día feriado que se enfoca en reuniones de familiares y amigos para orar y recordar a los amigos y familiares que han muerto y ayudar a apoyar su viaje espiritual. ¡Aprenda más sobre esta festividad Mexicana ordenando esta caja de celebración cultural para obtener todo lo que necesita para celebrar el Día de Muertos en casa! Dentro de la caja, recibirá instrucciones sobre cómo instalar un altar para un ser querido fallecido, decoraciones para fiestas, suministros e instrucciones para manualidades, recetas para postres deliciosos y un parche divertido. 

Nov. 13: Dual Language Democracy Badge Workshop | Programa de Parche de Democracia Bilingüe

Brownies, Juniors, and families, join us at the Joliet Gathering Place as we dive into the Democracy badges and learn about voting, the path to citizenship for immigrants, and how important voting rights are in the United States. Brownies and Juniors will work towards their age level Democracy badge. This program will be dual language in English and Spanish.

Girl Scouts de nivel Brownies y Juniors con sus familias se unen a nosotros a la Joliet Gathering Place mientras nos sumergimos en las insignias de Democracia y aprendemos sobre la votación, el camino hacia la ciudadanía para los inmigrantes y la importancia de los derechos al voto en los Estados Unidos. Girl Scouts de nivel Brownies y Juniors trabajarán para conseguir su insignia de Democracia acuerdo de nivel de edad. Este programa será bilingüe en inglés y español.

Dec. 11: Las Posadas and Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration | Celebración de las Posadas y el Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, and their family members are welcome to cozy up around the fire (and computer!) with hot chocolate in hand to experience winter holidays around the world. Join us on December 11 to learn more about both Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Las Posadas, holidays that are celebrated in Mexico. This virtual program includes singing songs, making a traditional buñuelo, and so much more.

Las Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, y Juniors, y sus familiares, pueden acurrucarse alrededor de una fogata (¡y la computadora!) Con chocolate caliente en la mano y celebrar los dias festivos de alrededor del mundo. Únase a nosotras el 11 de diciembre para aprender más sobre el Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y Las Posadas, fiestas que se celebran en México. Este programa incluye cantar canciones, cocinar buñuelos y mucho más.

Visit our website to find all of our upcoming programs in Spanish!

¡Visite nuestro sitio web para encontrar todos nuestros próximos programas en español!

More to do | Mas para hacer

At Girl Scouts, girls will learn new skills and develop value and self-confidence. We invite you to be part of the Girl Scout Exploradoras! Your girl will participate with other girls her age as they explore and discover new interests in a fun way.

En Girl Scouts, las niñas aprenderán nuevas habilidades y desarrollarán valor y confianza en sí misma. ¡Los invitamos a formar parte de las Girl Scout Exploradoras! Su niña participará junto a otras niñas de su edad mientras exploran y descubren sus intereses de manera divertida.

In 2017, GSGCNWI hosted a Destination to Our Cabaña in Cuernavaca, Mexico (read about their trip on our blog!). And now we’re excited to go back in 2023! If you are interested in learning more about this trip, contact Ashley at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

En 2017, GSGCNWI organizó un Viaje a Nuestra Cabaña en Cuernavaca, México (¡lea sobre su viaje en nuestro blog!). ¡Y ahora estamos emocionados de volver en 2023! Si está interesado en aprender más sobre este viaje, comuníquese con Ashley en achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Don’t forget!

Our Welcome Girl Scout Daisy Kits are available in Spanish and English!

¡Nuestros kits de bienvenida de Girl Scout Daisy están disponibles en español e inglés!

Show off your Latina Girl Scout pride and share your story with us! Tell us how you are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, share some throwback photos, or tell us your Latina pride story! Submit on our website.

¡Muestre su orgullo de Girl Scout Latina y comparta su historia con nosotros! ¡Cuéntenos cómo está celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, comparta algunas fotos o cuéntenos su historia de orgullo latino! Envíe en nuestro sitio web.

Press Play on Fall Programs!

Press Play on Fall Programs!

It’s time to get back to Girl Scouting with new programs that just launched!

We’re so excited to launch our programs for Fall, because we have in-person and virtual opportunities for Girl Scouts to press play and get back in the swing of things. Get ready to start the Girl Scout year off right, from Becoming Me workshops to celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month and so much more!

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

Programs are available for Girl Scouts of all ages and give them the opportunity to reconnect with nature, their Girl Scout friends, and self-discovery in general! Make sure to look through our events calendar above or through our ActiveNet registration portal to see all of our available programs!

Custom Programs for Girl Scouts!

Our custom programs are also launching today, which includes a brand-new list of offerings and dates for the upcoming months! Make sure to visit our website to learn more about scheduling an in-person or virtual custom program.

Join us for Becoming Me Workshops!

Inspired by former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, our Becoming Me workshops help you explore the truth of your own story, use the power of your voice, and introduce you to unique experiences!

There are opportunities for all ages of Girl Scouts to become a trail adventurer, go behind the ballot, make new friends, and more: explore our website to register!

Order your Becoming Me patch, badges and FREE requirements from our shop site.

Celebrate International Day of the Girl!

Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors are invited to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 17 by joining us for two very special workshops sponsored by Barilla and INVENTORCLOUD!

Brownies and Juniors will explore how to reduce their impact on the environment, while Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will explore sustainable farming and fast fashion!

Highest Award trainings are here!

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

We have training for Girl Scouts who want to earn their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards! We also have a special Take Action Workshop on October 13 for Girl Scouts who want to learn more about service projects and are thinking of earning a Highest Award.

Join us for a Pumpkin Smash!

It’s pumpkin smashing season! Join us for our third annual Pumpkin Smash event (various times between November 5-7) and unite with others in the effort to help divert compostable material from landfills. Bring your old pumpkins to compost…and SMASH!

Want to do more? Attend our fun Fall Fest either before or after you smash your pumpkin! Participate in various activities that include making fall themed crafts, adventuring through the forest, either on a spooky or glow hike, playing games, and enjoying a pre-packaged snack around the campfire’s glow.

Register here!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

During Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15 and continues until October 15, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) have some awesome ways to celebrate and show your pride!

Look out for a bilingual blog post soon, where you’ll get the full scoop on everything we have planned to celebrate!

Volunteer programs are back!

As always, we have plenty of opportunities for volunteers, so be sure to browse those as well!

The Leader Enrichment Activity Program is a valuable experience for all Girl Scout volunteers: take it from one volunteer, Robin! “LEAP is a fun weekend with old friends and learning new ideas, programs, crafts, and information at one of our favorite GCNWI camps! Give it a try, I am sure you’ll love it!”

Don’t miss out on this year’s Leader Enrichment Activity Program on October 22 at Camp Butternut Springs! Register and learn more!

Are you a troop leader, troop support volunteer, service unit team member, product program volunteer, or another Girl Scout volunteer? Come to Camp Greene Wood on November 14 for some one-on-one time with your Girl Scout!

Your time to shine? Now!

Time to Renew, Girl Scout!

Connecting. Testing her strength. Making a difference. Renew today to make sure your Girl Scout continues to shine her brightest.

She’s ready to explore, learn, and create. She’s ready to come back.

Press play with Girl Scouts and watch her confidence soar. 

Camp CEO brings Girl Scouts and professional mentors together!

Camp CEO brings Girl Scouts and professional mentors together!

Girl Scouts and community leaders gathered at Camp Greene Wood for the fifteenth year of our premiere leadership program Camp CEO! Influential women making waves in their own careers met with high school Girl Scouts for a hybrid in-person and virtual week full of networking, leadership challenges, inspiring dialogue, and some fun in the sun.

At Camp CEO, Girl Scouts focus on self-awareness and self-discovery, learning public speaking, effective communication and collaboration skills, all while getting exposure to professional women in their community. Camp CEO mentor and SVP and Chief Customer Officer for NiSource Jennifer Montague shared: “During the week several senior executives shared our journeys with the girls and focused on exercises and topics ranging from leadership, teamwork, personal branding, listening with intention, networking and interviewing. Great fun!”

Girl Scout Courtney reflected on the experience: “The leadership challenge was amazing! It was so fun to be with girls I didn’t know that well, and by the end, we were the best trio ever.”

The Girl Scouts took away plenty from the experience; Courtney shared, “I learned that networking is a really great skill to have. Also hearing from a lot of the mentors that you should follow your heart [was] really inspiring.” Girl Scout Sydney added, “I always thought [networking] was something fancy when in reality it is just talking and meeting new people.”

Girl Scout Corrine continued, “I think Camp CEO provided me with many life skills. I learned that being a leader doesn’t mean being the loudest in the room; you need to be an understanding and adaptable leader that can help your whole team succeed.”

CEO/Founder of Driver’s Seat Tiana Clark shared, “I had a great time at Girl Scout’s Camp CEO. At Camp CEO, mentors like myself spent time with Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana teens engaging in discussion and activities around leadership, branding, networking, navigating challenging situations and everything in between! I had a blast!”

Managing Director and Head of Office for Marsh Julie Marcello added, “Loved being part of Camp CEO and joining all these great mentors and mentees. Full steam ahead for all these amazing high school Girl Scouts!”

Thank You!

We want to thank all of the incredible women involved in making Camp CEO a success, from our sponsors and community partners, to the mentors, to the staff, to the Girl Scouts themselves!

Open the door to amazing opportunities!

It’s not too late to join or renew your membership with Girl Scouts! Join today and get access to amazing leadership experiences like Camp CEO and so much more.

Introducing 28 new Girl Scout badges for all ages!

Introducing 28 new Girl Scout badges for all ages!

We are so excited to introduce 28 new badges for Girl Scouts of all ages!

Become a digital activist; make your own Cookie Business plan; explore the natural world through the lens of math; it’s time to take on something new! With these 28 new badges in Math in Nature, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Leadership, and new Global Action Awards, Girl Scouts will have the chance to break new ground in whatever they’re passionate about, whether it’s reinventing the way they sell cookies or finding out that STEM is for them.

See the new badges below and use the Badge Explorer to start your badge-earning journey!

Purchase badges and badge guides on our shop!

The Brand New Badges

New for Girl Scouts of All Ages

All Girl Scouts in grades K-12 can now earn Cookie Business and Digital Leadership badges!

13 Cookie Business Badges

Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors will be challenged to think beyond the cookie booth and become Cookie Goal Setters, Bosses, and Influencers! Digital sales and marketing will be just part of this curriculum where Girl Scouts will learn how to make the most of the Cookie Season and the Digital Cookie® platform!

6 Digital Leadership Badges

Sponsored by Instagram

Girl Scouts of all ages looking to explore the power of social media should look no further than the Digital Leadership badges! Learn to be safe online and manage screen time, how to create social impact and become a digital activist, and connect with your local and global community!

2 Global Action Awards Badges

There are two new major awards for Girl Scouts of all ages: World Thinking Day Award and Global Action Award. Girl Scouts will be able to start creating global impact today with these two new awards–one for each Girl Scout level.

New for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Girl Scouts in grades K-5 can now earn brand-new Math in Nature badges!

9 Math in Nature Badges

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Get outdoors and explore the worlds of mathematics and nature, at once! These badges help Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (K-5) live in the intersection of science and math, discovering the Fibonacci sequence, finding patterns in the planet, and much more.

Get Started Today!

These badges are ready to go, and through Girl Scouts at Home, GSUSA has free self-guided activities available online now!

You can also access a suite of Girl Scout programming online through the Volunteer Toolkit, including troop meeting plans, tips for volunteers, and other resources to help Girl Scouts earn badges and awards! There are also 28 training videos for volunteers: search gsLearn for “Badges” to watch all the mini-courses!

Explore all of the amazing badge opportunities online using the Award and Badge Explorer!

Purchase badges and badge guides on our shop!

Renew to Press Play

Connecting. Testing your strength. Making a difference. Renew today to make sure you continue to shine your brightest.

Press play with Girl Scouts: renew your membership today!

Join us for our Smart Cookies Badge Bash!

Join us for our Smart Cookies Badge Bash!

Join Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) at our premier fall fundraising event,  Smart Cookies Badge Bash, this September 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago! Hosted by our Associate Board, this event will give our supporters and community the chance to experience the fun and meaning of Girl Scouting firsthand, by meeting and learning from our Girl Scouts themselves.

At this signature cocktail reception event, we are showcasing the unique experiences Girl Scouting provides at 6-8 booths headed by Girl Scout alumns from our council! Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and learn more about what Girl Scouting is like by visiting booths such as Cadette Space, Science of Happiness, and the Coding Basics booth.

We are excited to feature the Newton Busters, the FIRST LEGO League World Championships competitors, who will be present at the Smart Cookies Badge Bash with their own booth! This is an incredible team of robot designing Girl Scouts in 7th to 12th grade who utilize several programs to showcase their technical design and team performance at local, state, and national competitions. They aim to raise awareness that women represent 25% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workforce, and to raise the participation of girls in STEM activities through community outreach programs. Don’t miss out on a chance to see how these robots are made and get an opportunity to drive one!

Don’t miss out!

Bring your “troop” of friends and test your skills in earning badges and patches, led by today’s Girl Scouts, while enjoying bites, beverages, music, and much more.

Buy your ticket today!

Interested in sponsoring Smart Cookies? Check out the sponsorship benefits package!

This event is for our adult supporters and community; the badges earned will be just for fun!

What to Look For this Summer and Fall with GCNWI!

What to Look For this Summer and Fall with GCNWI!

We’re in the full swing of summer now, and already getting excited for the new Girl Scout year!

Before we get to fall, though, there’s still more to do! Read on to learn about what’s coming up this summer and fall with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI).

Get Outdoors This Summer!

Let’s GO! Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to head outdoors. Join the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge—complete the designated number of activities and unlock a cool new patch. Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge.

Download the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge

Every year, Girl Scouts explore the natural wonders found across our country during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. Save the date for September 11 & 12 to share the love of the outdoors at your local state parks!

Learn more about Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend.

Patch Programs Programs And More!

Girl Scout troops and individual Girl Scouts can earn fun patches our curated council Patch Programs!

There are programs for Girl Scouts of all ages; take a look through our website and explore your options!

We’re offering a variety of virtual and in-person programs for Girl Scouts this summer so you can keep in touch with your troopmates: check out our website to browse all available programs!

There are big things coming next Girl Scout year (like new programs from GCNWI and GSUSA), so make sure to follow our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to stay updated on what we’re getting up to!

Stay Tuned for Fall Product 2021!

The Fall Product Program is coming back this fall! Stay tuned for updates from our Product Program team!

Your time to shine? Now!

Time to Renew, Girl Scout!

Connecting. Testing your strength. Making a difference. Renew today to make sure you continue to shine your brightest.

Press play with Girl Scouts: renew your membership today!

Make a Gift Today

Your gift to GCNWI is an investment in the lives of Girl Scouts, empowering them to be resilient leaders who make the world a better place. Give Girl Scouts the tools they need to thrive by making a gift of your choice on our website.

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Gold Award Girl Scouts Celebrated at Drive-In Ceremony!

Gold Award Girl Scouts Celebrated at Drive-In Ceremony!

Surrounded by family, friends, and cheers, the members of the 2020 and 2021 classes of Gold Award recipients from Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) stepped into the limelight on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, to receive bountiful accolades for their accomplishments. 

Drive-through, outdoor celebrations at both Camp Greene Wood and the Vernon Hills Gathering Place honored dedicated individual young Girl Scouts from throughout our council who poured their hearts and energy into projects that will leave a positive and lasting impact on others. Each Gold Award Girl Scout received an official certificate, a Gold Award pin, and a binder of congratulatory letters and notes.

Though celebrated in a novel way this year, due to the impact of the pandemic, each Girl Scout had a moment in the spotlight, a moment to take in car horns honking on their behalf and photo booths to forever capture the memory of outstanding accomplishments with those who supported them along the journey of achieving the Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment that requires each person pursuing it to identify a community or social issue, implement a detailed project plan, and carry out the implementation of the project showcasing their leadership, public speaking, and project management skills.

Congratulations to the Gold Award Class of 2020 and 2021. We are so proud of your achievements! Keep using your voice and advocating for change.

Learn more about the Gold Award girls from last year on our blog!

Click through to see pictures from the events!

Note: With safe distancing, girls removed their masks for photos outside.

The Gold Award Difference

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can they make a difference, but that they already have.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities. 

Learn more about earning the Gold Award on our website.

Renew by June 30 and Enjoy Exclusive Membership Perks!

Strength, resilience, togetherness, and the support of the community—that’s what Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is all about. So in this uncertain world, you can count on one thing for sure: today, tomorrow, together, we are on your team.

Renew your membership for 2021-22 today and you’ll receive a FREE “We’ve Got This” patch, plus access to the newest programs for the summer and beyond! 

Learn more on our website.

Join us for Becoming Me, a Program Inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Join us for Becoming Me, a Program Inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Explore the truth of your story and the power of your voice while hanging out with friends at our Becoming Me program series! You’ll earn three badges, unlock a patch, and take part in a national service project as part of this unique experience inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.

The Becoming Me program will walk Girl Scouts through earning three badges at each grade level specially curated from the National Program Portfolio in partnership with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s Becoming Young Readers Edition. The corresponding Becoming Me program series and exclusive journal activities will offer a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts young and old to have a shared dialogue based on their own experiences.

All programs are part of a three-badge series. If you want to complete all three badges that are a part of the series, you must sign up for all three. You will not be automatically registered when you register for one.

Becoming Me Programs for Daisies

Daisy Good Neighbor | Oct. 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Groups of people are called communities. You’re part of lots of communities! Your Daisy troop is one and so is your class at school. You can help your communities by being a good neighbor. Find out how in this badge workshop for Kindergarten and 1st grade Daisies. Families are invited to join this workshop to help girls discover and learn about their communities.

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker | Oct. 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Daisies, join us for this virtual program to earn your Daisy Outdoor Art Maker badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Daisy Buddy Camper | Oct. 29 from 4:30-7 p.m. | In-Person
Daisies, join us for this in-person program at Camp Palos to earn your Daisy Buddy Camper badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Becoming Me Programs for Brownies

Brownie Making Friends | Oct. 2 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. | In-Person
Girl Scouts in grades 2-3 are invited to Camp Greene Wood on October 2 for the Making Friends badge workshop. Friends are another kind of family. They’re the people you have fun with and who help you when you need it. Make new friends and keep the old at this badge workshop!
Sign up for the morning program »
Sign up for the afternoon program »

Brownie Philanthropist Badge | Oct. 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Brownies, join us for this virtual program to earn your Philanthropist badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Brownie Outdoor Adventurer | Oct. 29 from 4:30-7 p.m. | In-Person
Brownies, join us for this in-person program at Camp Palos to earn your Brownie Outdoor Adventurer badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Becoming Me Programs for Juniors

Junior Democracy | Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual
Juniors, join us for this two session virtual program to earn your Democracy for Juniors badge, part of the Becoming Me series! Girl Scouts should plan to attend both dates.

Junior Scribe | Oct. 13 and 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Words are powerful tools. Great writing can make people feel encouraged, entertained, or excited. It can create fantasy worlds or preserve events from history. And just writing down your feelings actually makes you feel better! This is a two-part program for Girl Scouts who should plan to attend both dates. Additional independent time writing may be necessary to complete this badge.

Junior Trail Adventurer | Nov. 3 from 4:30-7 p.m. | In-Person
Juniors, join us for this in-person program at Camp Palos to earn your Junior Trail Adventurer badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Junior August Book Club Meeting | Aug. 29 from 5-5:45 p.m. | Virtual
Girl Scouts in grades 4 and 5, do you love to read? Join GSGCNWI’s Junior Book Club! Explore the truth in your own story and the power of your voice. The group will be reading and discussing Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers. Please come to the meeting having read most or all of the book.

Becoming Me Programs for Cadettes

Finding Common Ground | Sep. 30 and Oct. 7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Cadettes, join us for this two session virtual program to earn your Finding Common Ground badge, part of the Becoming Me series! Girl Scouts should plan to attend both dates.

Cadette Science of Happiness | Oct. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hybrid
Cadettes, join us on Thursday, October 4 and Saturday, October 6 for this two session hybrid program to earn your Science of Happiness badge, part of the Becoming Me series! We will explore ways to be happy, do a happiness experiment, and create happiness action plans.

Cadette Eco Trekker | Nov. 12 from 4:30-7 p.m. | In-Person
Cadettes, join us for this in-person program at Camp Palos to earn your Eco Trekker badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

Cadette August Book Club Meeting | Aug. 28 6-7 p.m. | Virtual
Girl Scouts in grades 6, 7, and 8, do you love to read? Join GSGCNWI’s Cadette Book Club! Explore the truth in your own story and the power of your voice. The group will be reading and discussing Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers. Please come to the meeting having read most or all of the book.

Becoming Me Programs for Seniors

Senior Collage Artist | Oct. 5 and Nov. 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual
Get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects: this badge workshop is an opportunity to make art as unique as you are! Girl Scouts in grades 9 and 10 are invited to this 2-part program. Girls should plan to attend both dates. Additional independent time will be necessary to finish all steps of the badge. The November 9 program will be our virtual showcase of our collages.

Senior Behind the Ballot Badge | Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual
Seniors, join us for this two session virtual program to earn your Behind the Ballot badge, part of the Becoming Me series! Girl Scouts should plan to attend both dates.

Senior Women’s Health | Oct. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 16 from 4-6 p.m. | Hybrid
Seniors, join us on Tuesday, October 12 and 16 for this two session hybrid program to earn your Women’s Health badge, part of the Becoming Me series! We will explore ways to be physically and mentally healthy, and delve into a women’s health topic.

Becoming Me Programs for Ambassadors

Ambassador Coaching | Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. | In-Person
What does it take to motivate a team to accomplish their goals and dreams? The best coaches put their answers into action at every practice. In this badge, find your answers and share them! At this program, you’ll work to understand the important role coaches have in athletics and share your love of a sport. In this program we’ll design a coaching design and put our plan into action. Through the Coaching badge, Ambassadors take the lead as they inspire and empower others. In order to complete the Coaching badge requirements, girls will need to find a group to coach after the program; advice will be given at the program for how to find a group.
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Ambassador Public Policy Badge | Oct. 14 and 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual
Ambassadors, join us for this two session virtual program to earn your Public Policy badge, part of the Becoming Me series! Girl Scouts should plan to attend both dates.

Ambassador Eco Advocate | Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hybrid
Ambassadors, join us on Thursday, October 7 and Saturday, October 9 for this two session hybrid program to earn your Eco Advocate badge, part of the Becoming Me series! We will learn what eco advocates do, and work to advocate for our chosen causes.

Be a Part of Becoming Me When You Renew Your Membership or Register to Be a Girl Scout

Strength, resilience, togetherness, and the support of community—that’s what Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is all about. So in this uncertain world, you can count on one thing for sure: today, tomorrow, together, we are on your team. Join Girl Scouts or renew your membership today!

PLUS we have the badges, fun patches and requirements available for purchase!

Michelle Obama Connects with Two GCNWI Girl Scouts in the Zoom of a Lifetime!

Michelle Obama Connects with Two GCNWI Girl Scouts in the Zoom of a Lifetime!

“I remember feeling nervous at first, then feeling like I could do anything,” Girl Scout Brownie Mali B. recalls after interviewing with Former First Lady Michelle Obama during the exclusive Girl Scout “Becoming Me” event held last Thursday.

The virtual event yielded over 2,000 GCNWI Girl Scouts as over 15,000 girls council-wide connected via Zoom to embark on the journey to becoming the best version of themselves, a concept taken from Mrs. Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.

Mali got to share the spotlight with another council sister, Girl Scout Cadette Zoe H.

“As an African American, it was even more special to see someone who looks like me and all her of her accomplishments,” Zoe says. “Even at my age, she experienced some of the same things that I am going through now and how she continues to serve her community and not be afraid to dream big.”

Check out Zoe and Mali’s interview with Michelle Obama on ABC 7!

The Becoming Me event even prompted Girl Scouts across the council to gather their closest family to participate in this inspirational event:

Mrs. Obama shared her stories of triumph, citing the different journeys she took to get to where she is today. The Becoming Me event inspired Girl Scouts across the country to not be afraid to make mistakes and to use their voice to unlock the power of their unique story.

“When she reminded me that she used to be an eight year old just like me, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone and like I can grow up and become the successful baker I want to be,” Mali said.

“I learned the importance of using my voice and serving as a role model to my peers,” Zoe concluded.

Miss out on the event last week? Check out some highlights below!

Find the Becoming Me program series patches and badge on our shop site!

Join Us for the Becoming Me Program Series

The road to becoming your best self continues with a 6-8 week program series facilitated by Girl Scout GCNWI volunteers and troop leaders, coming this fall 2021 and open for registration on Tuesday, May 18!

Girls who join Girl Scouts or renew their membership for the new 2021-2022 membership year will be able to partake in the program based on the book’s themes, receive exclusive patches and participate in a national service project.

The program has been carefully crafted as a curated unit to help girls explore questions about personal strength and celebrate their own unique voice. A version of the series will be developed for each Girl Scout level, plus multilevel troops.

Register for a Becoming Me program today!

“The Becoming Me program is for every girl, whether you have been in Girl Scouts for years or just getting started. It is a great program that teaches girls to use their own voice, become their best selves, and inspire others to do the same”

– GSGCNWI Cadette, Zoe H.

Become a facilitator for the Becoming Me Program Series

Becoming Me is not just a program for girls, but a new opportunity for adults to lean in and support girls’ journeys to finding their path and reaching their full potential.

We are seeking volunteers to facilitate the Becoming Me program series and create a safe community space for girls to explore their own stories.

Volunteers can commit to just the 6-8 week virtual program series, can lead the series multiple times, or continue with a group of girls beyond the initial program to continue to explore all that Girl Scouts has to offer!

  • You can choose the dates and times that work for you.
  • Girl Scouts staff will provide training, a facilitator guide, and a Zoom license.
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will connect you with girls who wish to participate.

Girl Scouts Connect with Groupon for Spark Day!

Girl Scouts Connect with Groupon for Spark Day!

On April 27, Juniors and Cadettes joined Groupon’s incredible team to learn about careers, listen to dad jokes, participate in hands-on activities, and speak to women in STEAM.

Spark Day programs with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) are instrumental to getting Girl Scouts hands-on career experience in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM)! When girls participate in Spark Day programs, they connect with industry professionals, participate in creative activities, and gain skills and knowledge that last a lifetime!

The keynote speaker at Groupon Spark Day, Christine, shared her and her three daughter’s individual career journeys and spoke about the importance of being true to yourself and identifying your unique skills and interests as you consider careers. Girl Scouts had the opportunity to get a little on-the-job experience through debugging, developing the perfect pitch, or taking a scavenger hunt virtual tour of Groupon’s website.

The event ended with a panel of inspiring women, who shared their stories, talked about what they love about their jobs, and introduced their pets. Girls had the opportunity to share their favorite subjects in school and what careers they are interested in.

The panel emphasized that no matter what your favorite subject is, from math to art, there are careers for you in technology. Girl Scouts left the event full of energy and excitement, saying that they hope to visit Groupon in person sometime in the near future!

Thank you, Groupon, for encouraging and inspiring Girl Scouts to explore STEAM!


Summer (and STEAM) Programs Are Now Open!

Girl Scouts is an integral part of this mission and has pledged to add 2.5 million girls to the STEAM pipeline in the next five years. At Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, we are committed to motivating a new generation of young women and girls to explore future careers in STEAM.

Register for a STEAM program today!

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. 

You can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Learn more on our blog.

Learn more about career exploration with GCNWI on our website!