Member Monday: Latinx Heritage Month!

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¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Latinx, un mes dedicado a celebrar los logros excepcionales y la rica cultura de todas las personas Latinas en los Estados Unidos! En Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), celebramos las vibrantes contribuciones de Latinos que dan vida a nuestra hermosa nación. Nos dedicamos a celebrar a las niñas de todas las partes ya sea que seas afrolatina o tengas raíces indígenas, celebremos la diversidad y la cultura hispana hoy y todos los días. ¡Siéntete orgullosa, habla fuerte y enséñanos tu cultura a continuación!

¡Sigue adelante para participar en la fiesta de este mes!

¡Exploradoras Hoy, Científicas Mañana!

¡Es una fiesta y usted y su niña están invitados! Girl Scouts y Johnson & Johnson los invita a celebrar a nuestras niñas y sus futuros brillantes. Este evento interactivo y GRATUITO le enseñara a las niñas lo que significa ser una científica mientras despierta su interés en la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas (STEM, por sus siglas en inglés).

Bailaremos con actores de Broadway, tendremos muchos invitados especiales, premios, y mucho más, ¡así que no se lo pierda! Durante esta sesión interactiva, usted y su niña jugarán juegos que le enseñarán el método científico de observación y deducción y cómo funciona en su propia vida. ¡Es diversión, pero con un propósito!

Su niña no tiene que estar registrada como Girl Scout para participar (¡aunque estamos seguros de que querrá convertirse en una cuando haya terminado con este evento!)

¡No hay fiesta como la de las Girl Scouts! Regístrese hoy e invite a una amiga también. ¡Hágalo por ella!

Aprenda sobre la magia de STEM en este video sobre Girl Scout Veronica:

¡Celebraciones del Día de Muertos!

En América Latina, los muertos son recordados y celebrados de una manera única cada año. El Día de Los Muertos se celebra el 1 a 2 de noviembre, con altares coloridos y alegres llenos de recuerdos y fotos de sus amados muertos.

¡Aprenda más sobre el Día de Muertos y compra nuestra caja de celebración cultural para obtener todo lo que necesita para celebrar en casa! Dentro de la caja, recibirá instrucciones sobre cómo configurar un Altar para un ser querido fallecido, decoraciones para fiestas, suministros e instrucciones para manualidades, recetas para delicias deliciosas y un parche divertido.

¡Compra la caja de celebración hoy para comenzar! A partir del 2 de noviembre, tuitea #GCNWIDayofDead para compartir una foto tuya con las cosas que creaste en tu caja.

Este año, GCNWI está creando un Altar virtual del Día de los Muertos donde puede colocar un recuerdo de alguien en su vida que ha muerto. Para participar, simplemente envíe sus fotos digitales, recuerdos y recuerdos a nuestro sitio web, ¡y los compartiremos con todos en un “altar virtual” que se publicará durante el Día de los Muertos!

¡También esté atento a un Programa de Parches extra especial que viene de GCNWI sobre las vacaciones especiales!

¡Conozca a alumnas latinas sin límite!

Todas las niñas merecen verse reflejadas en los líderes y los creadores de historia de nuestro mundo. Girl Scouts of USA lanzó recientemente una publicación de blog (en inglés) sobre algunas de nuestras alumnas de Girl Scouts latinas pioneras y revolucionarias, incluidas la activista Dolores Huerta y la jueza de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor.

Lee su blog para aprender más,

¡Si Se Puede!

¡No hay fiesta como una fiesta de las Girl Scouts! No podemos esperar a ver cómo celebras este mes; ¡compártelo con nosotros etiquetándonos en las redes sociales @GirlScoutsGCNWI o compartiendo tu historia en nuestro sitio web!

Conozca más eventos españoles en nuestro sitio web.


Happy Latinx Heritage Month!

Happy Latinx Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the exceptional accomplishments and rich culture of all Latino people in the United States! At Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), we celebrate the vibrant contributions of Latinos who bring our beautiful nation to life. We are dedicated to celebrating girls from all over, whether you are Afro-Latino or have Indigenous roots, let’s celebrate Latinx diversity and culture today and every day. Be proud and speak up!

¡Sigue adelante! Read on to get involved in the fiesta this month!

¡Exploradoras Hoy, Científicas Mañana!

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Girl Scouts of USA and Johnson & Johnson invite girls and their families to celebrate their brilliant futures! This event, on Saturday, Oct. 17, is FREE, in Spanish, and engages girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

We’re going to dance, play, and learn all about the fun of science, and even get to meet Broadway actors and dancers! This is all about fun with a purpose: we’ll be also playing games together that teach your girl the scientific method of observation and deduction, and how it works in her own life.

Register today!

Learn about the magic of STEM in this video about Girl Scout Veronica’s story (video is in Spanish):

Day of the Dead Celebrations!

In Latin America, the dead are remembered – and celebrated – in a unique way every year. Día de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 2, All Souls’ Day, with colorful, joyous altars filled with mementos and photos of their beloved dead.

Learn more about Day of the Dead and order our cultural celebration box to get everything you need to celebrate 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.

Purchase the celebration box today to get started! Beginning November 2, tweet #GCNWIDayofDead to share a picture of you with the things you created in your box!

This year, GCNWI is creating a Day of the Dead Virtual Altar where you may place a remembrance of someone in your life who has died. To participate, simply submit your digital photos, mementos, and keepsakes to our website, and we’ll share those with everyone on a “virtual altar” to be released during Day of the Dead!

Read the recap of last year’s Day of the Dead event on our blog!

Also look out for an extra special Patch Program coming to you from GCNWI all about the special holiday!

Meet Some No-Limit Latina Alumnae!

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Every girl deserves to see herself reflected in our world’s leaders and history-makers. Girl Scouts of USA recently released an awesome blog post about some of our trailblazing, game-changing Latina Girl Scout alumnae, including activist Dolores Huerta and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor!

Read their blog to learn more!

¡Si Se Puede!

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¡No hay fiesta como una fiesta de las Girl Scouts! We can’t wait to see how you celebrate this month– share with us by tagging us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or sharing your story on our website!

Learn more about Spanish events.

The 2020 Fall Product Program is Live!

That’s right: the 2020-21 Fall Product Program for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is LIVE from now, Oct. 1 until Oct. 21! Bravely Be You and Trust Your Strengths with us this year!

Our Fall Product Program empowers girls and troops with skills in entrepreneurship, goal setting, and decision making, and provides girls an opportunity to earn rewards, patches, and generate start-up funds to support troop adventures and community projects.

Participation in the Fall Product Program is super easy, and your involvement helps our council remain Girl Scout strong! Not only can the troop earn funds, but girls can also earn cool rewards like our three-toed sloth plushie, the fuzzy sloth journal, a vlogging kit, and so much more!

Girl Scouts, you have a chance to win a 4′ sloth plush when you participate in both our Fall Product Program and our sloth challenge! Details will be revealed soon, so stay tuned!

Learn more about rewards on our website!

What’s On Deck?

This year, family and friends are going to love the products in our lineup from Ashdon Farms! You won’t want to miss the peanut butter trail mix, hot cajun crunch mix, and two new keepsake Girl Scout vintage uniform and holiday tins that are perfect for gift giving! Plus, all of your favorite Nuts & Candy and tons of magazines will be available, too!

Customers can choose to pay for their order online and have it Girl Scout-Delivered with no service charge, or shipped to the location of their choice! Parents can now enter Girl Scout orders online.

Resources for Sellers and More!

Sign-up and begin selling today! The Fall Product Program can be conducted entirely online for your safety.

Your support of the girls, troops, and council through your enthusiastic participation in the Fall Product Program is vital to its success and is greatly appreciated. Thank you! 

More Fall Product Resources

Resources for Fall Product sellers »

Resources for Fall Product volunteers »

View Fall Product rewards »

Consumer Fall Product request form »

Member Monday: Stand For More!

Our Smart Cookies: Stand for More hosts!

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

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

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

I Am a G.I.R.L.

Watch Smart Cookies: Stand for More!

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

Take Every Opportunity

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

Watch their conversation above!

From “Shy Girl” to Go-Getter

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

Watch their conversation by clicking the link above!

Thank You!

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

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

Upcoming October Programs for Girls and Adults

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

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

Programs for All Ages (K-12 and Adults)

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

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

Trunk or Treat

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

Register here to join us!

Get Outside With Us!

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

Register for a morning or afternoon session to join.

Girl Scouts Change the World

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

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

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

Programs for Adults and Volunteers

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

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

Flash Friday Sales and More!

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

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

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

Get Ready for Fall Fun!

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

Fall Product Program is Coming Oct. 1!

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

Watch your inbox for more information to be released soon!

Renew Your Membership before Sept. 30!

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

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


Smart Cookies: Stand for More Silent Auction is Live!

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

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

Silent Auction Items 

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

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

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

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

Save the Date and Register Today! 

Register today to join us! 

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

Fall Programs are Here!

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

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

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

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

Programs for All Ages (K-12)

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

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

Daisy Girl Programs

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

Check out programs for Daisy Girl Scouts >>

Brownie Girl Programs

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

Register for Brownie Girl Scout programs >>

Junior Girl Programs

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

Register for Junior Girl Scout programs >>

Cadette Girl Programs

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

Find Cadette Girl Scout programs >>

Senior & Ambassador Girl Programs

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

Find programs for Seniors & Ambassadors >>

Opportunities for Adults and Volunteers

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

Renew Today!

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

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

Smart Cookies: Stand for More Event Preview!

Watch our “I AM A GIRL” video!

Resilience, ambition, and activism: those three essential qualities link all Girl Scouts, volunteers, and members, and are what drive us to continue championing the power of the girl. Girl Scouts, this year especially, have shown how vital it is to stand up and act for the good of the nation and the community.

On Sept. 24, we invite all to celebrate this and much more at our first ever premiere virtual fundraising event, Smart Cookies: Stand for More, featuring stories of the unstoppable drive, compassion, and flexibility of our girl and adult members.

We are calling on you and everyone in our community to stand behind our girls as they stand up for themselves, others, and their communities through their continued service and civic engagement.

Continue reading to learn about the program for the evening!

What to Expect

At Smart Cookies, you will hear from some of our very special 2020 Tribute to Achievement honorees in conversation with Girl Scouts from our council in “Smart Cookies Conversations.”

We will feature Kathy Scherer, Managing Partner of Business Tax Services at Deloitte, who is also this year’s Girl Scout’s Own honoree; Lei Zhang Schlitz, Executive Vice President of Automotive OEM at Illinois Tool Works Inc., our Luminary honoree; and Sandra Cordova Micek, CEO of WTTW and recipient of the Community Partnership Award.

Additionally, you’ll hear from many of our council’s own trailblazing Girl Scouts and hear from them what it truly means to Stand for More and live the Girl Scout Promise, as well as how best to fulfill their needs and wishes for Girl Scouting in the next year and beyond.

You will also have many opportunities to show your support by donating to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) throughout the evening or by participating in our Silent Auction (items to be previewed soon!).

Starting at $35, don’t forget to purchase a Smart Cookies Enhancement Package which includes a Stand for More Tote Bag, Patch, two boxes of cookies, a GCNWI face mask, and more! Our Enhancement Packages are nearly sold out– make sure to order yours before Sept. 13!

Join Us!

Admission is free and open to all!

Register and donate here.

Join These Upcoming September Programs!

Registration for October programs will open on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at noon but we have a lot planned for girls of all ages to gear up for the Girl Scout year! The summer isn’t quite over yet: check out our program calendar below and register quickly to snag your spot!

Program & RegistrationRegistration ClosesDate & Time
Silver Award Training Webinar for CadettesSept. 7Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend for All AgesSept. 6 and Sept. 7Saturday, Sept. 12 – Sunday, Sept. 13
STEM Career Exploration Webinar for BrowniesSept. 7Monday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.
Bronze Award Training Webinar for JuniorsSept. 14Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.
STEM Career Exploration Webinar for JuniorsSept. 14Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.
Coding Basics with TechGirlz Webinar for CadettesSept. 14Monday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.
Inventor Badge Starter Webinar for BrowniesSept. 17Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.
Traveler Badge Starter Webinar for Seniors & AmbassadorsSept. 20Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.
Observe the Moon Night Zoom Party for All AgesSept. 19Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
Cadette Book Club MeetingSept. 24Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
STEM Career Exploration Webinar for CadettesSept. 21Monday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
Making Games Badge Starter Webinar for BrowniesSept. 27Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

We can’t wait to see you! Learn more about what’s happening this Fall with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) on our blog.

Remember registration for October programs opens on Sept. 15 at noon: save the date!

Fall Product Program is Coming!

Our Fall Product Program is about to start! From Oct. 1 to 21, don’t miss out on your chance to participate and earn awesome rewards AND a personalized patch with YOUR name and avatar on it!

Watch your inbox for more information to be released soon!

Continue Your Girl Scout Journey!

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Even though our world has changed plenty in the last six months, you can still count on Girl Scouts and GCNWI to provide reliable, impactful, and fun experiences for girls across the council.

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

Get Ready for Girl Scouts ❤️ State Parks Weekend!

If you’ve been itching to get outside and explore the great outdoors, this is your chance: join Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for the second annual Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend from Sept. 12 to 13!

Open to all girls and families, join us, and thousands of people from across the nation for a weekend full of wildlife discovery, skill-building, and nature exploration through live webinars, in-person events, and independent activities!

Earn a special patch by participating in the events or using the Girl Scouts Love State Parks passport to download, complete, and track activities from home!

Join us for GCNWI Programs!

Live Animals from the Indiana Dunes | Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. | Zoom

With Lake Michigan at its northern border and a history of glacial advance and melting, the Indiana Dunes has several diverse habitats that provide homes for many different reptiles and amphibians. All ages are invited to join an Indiana State Park Interpretive Naturalist virtually for this live animal program that showcases some reptiles and amphibians that are specially adapted to survive in the Indiana Dunes State Park!

Registration closes Sept. 5.

Scavenger Hunt at the Indiana Dunes | Sept. 12 – 13 | In-Person

From the beach to the dunes, there are clues to be found! All ages of Girl Scouts are welcome to visit the Indiana Dunes State Park any time over the weekend to comb the sand and land for hints.

Anyone who registers will receive the scavenger hunt ahead of time and can visit the park any time during the weekend. Make sure to visit the Nature Center once you have completed the scavenger hunt to receive your award!

Registration closes Sept. 5register and learn more details on our website.

Map Reading | Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. | Zoom

Are you getting ready to head out on an adventure? Maybe planning a stroll in your neighborhood, a nearby community, or even in a State Park? Make sure you’re prepared by freshening up your map reading skills. Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, join us as we take a walk down the path of all things map reading.

For this webinar, you’ll need:

  • 4+ pieces of paper
  • 1 pencil
  • coloring utensils (markers/crayons/colored pencils)
  • 1+ map (any type will do – could be a map of your town, a state park, etc.)
  • Zoom access

Register before Sept. 5 to join!

Animal Tracks | Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. | Zoom

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood or hiked through a State Park and noticed animal tracks on the ground? Have you wondered what kinds of animals might have left these tracks? Join us to explore and learn about the local wildlife that may live in a State Park near you.

You’ll need:

  • 3 pieces of paper
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • coloring utensils (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
  • 1 brown or black marker, crayon, or colored pencil
  • Zoom access
  • Optional Supplies: stapler or hole punch and yarn

Register before Sept. 6 to secure your spot!

Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2019

Last year, 84 Girl Scouts and parents attended the Full Moon Hike at the Indiana State Dunes, and as you can see, it was a blast! They set out to hike to the beach where the telescope was located (for some perfect up-close moon action), but just as they set off, thunder sounded. (Fun fact: July’s full moon is named the Thunder Moon!)

What followed was an evening full of quick adaptions: an impromptu snake program to wait out the thunderstorm, and after driving to the beach, an impromptu night-beach program!

It goes to show that Girl Scouts are flexible and ready for anything, especially when it comes to the outdoors!

Planning a hike or adventure?

Share your Girl Scouts Love State Parks experience and planning with us! Tag us at @girlscoutsgcnwi on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
and use the hashtags #GSLOVESPARKS!

Go Cross-Country!

Looking for even MORE Girl Scouts Love State Parks activities?

Join GSUSA and councils across the nation at virtual programs all weekend long! State and national parks from all over the country are providing amazing events for Girl Scouts everywhere.

Visit GSUSA’s website for more information on nationwide programming!

What’s Happening this Fall at Girl Scouts GCNWI!

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is gearing up for another amazing membership year!

So much has changed, and so much is changing, but the fun Girl Scout programming you know and love is here to stay. We have so much to look forward to for girls, troops, volunteers, and families, from new Badge Activity Kits, more virtual and in-person programming, and plenty of opportunities to build skills and make memories, wherever you are.

Most importantly, you are not in this alone! Know that we at GSGCNWI are here for you, whether you’re a new member or a seasoned pro. And don’t forget to renew by August 31 so your troop can be entered to win!

Upcoming Programs

Stay in touch this fall, because we have extra-special virtual AND in-person programming planned for troops, families, and girls! Registration for October programs will open on Tuesday, Sept. 15!

We’re connecting Girl Scouts throughout our council and beyond with our special interest groups, like our Older Girl Hangouts, Astronomy Club (registration coming soon), and Cadette and Junior Book Clubs!

Girl Scouts will also continue to explore our community through service, take a trip to another country through virtual travel, and change the world through a series of Journey workshops.

Get ready for our larger programs we’re hosting this fall, including the Parking Lot Art Showcase on Oct. 3, a Trunk and Treat on Oct. 17, and a Girl Scout Photo Scavenger Hunt during October.

And of course, we have programs just for fun! Find out more on our Programs site and stay updated with our Virtual Events Calendar!

Girl Scouts ❤️ State Parks!

Join Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for the second annual Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend from Sept. 12 to 13!

Open to all girls and families, join us and thousands of people from across the nation for a weekend full of wildlife discovery, skill-building, and nature exploration through live webinars, in-person events, and independent activities!

Register for GCNWI events on our programs site and find national programs on the GSUSA website!

Troop Support and More

Troop leaders, you have stepped up in a major way this year, and we are stepping up, too. We’re hosting monthly Girl Scout Leader Chats to assist you in making peer to peer connections surrounding topics that are important to you, and helping new troop leaders with start-up planning and support, including meeting plans, icebreakers, games, and more!

We have plenty of resources to help support and increase family engagement, including our Family Connections guide, Keep Girl Scouts Going guide, and Family Meeting Templates, as well as our Leader 411 email series. Plus, look out for more information about Fall Product and more in the coming weeks!

Our Troop Advisor roles and peer-to-peer network have expanded to provide you more support than ever, on and offscreen. Find additional online resources and training in the GSGCNWI Learning Portal. Meeting plans have been updated and continue to be added through September!

Fall Product Program is Coming!

Our Fall Product Program is about to start! From Oct. 1 to 21, don’t miss out on your chance to participate and earn awesome rewards AND a personalized patch with YOUR name and avatar on it!

Watch your inbox for more information to be released soon!

Visit the GSGCNWI Online Shop!

Head’s up: curbside pick-up will be available in mid-September at all shop locations except our Chicago Gathering Place! In the meantime, make sure to pop on over to our online shop, where we’ve got brand-new Girl Scout badge requirements, merchandise, and more!

Our 24 brand-new badges now have downloadable badge requirements available on the shop site! Badge activity kits are also coming soon.

New customized troop t-shirts and sweatshirts are available, as well as pre-assembled uniforms including the flag, council ID, troop crest and numbers! And don’t forget to celebrate your troop leader or someone special with our new Happy Birthday and Leader Thank You gift sets.

Celebrate your Resilience and Ambition

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., for Smart Cookies: Stand for More to celebrate the resilience, flexibility, and strength of Girl Scouts and our supporters.

Hosted by the Girl Scouts GCNWI Associate Board, this will be a virtual celebration, and call to action for all of us to stand up and support this and the next generation of change-making girls.

Admission is free! Register today.

Support the mission today by purchasing a Smart Cookies Enhancement Package. Raffle and auction items coming soon!

Renew by August 31 and Your Troop Could Win!

Continue blazing trails with us! Troops who have 90% of their girls renewed by August 31 are eligible to receive a free Zoom account and more goodies, including a $200 Amazon gift card. Eligibility is automatic once 90% of the girls are renewed, and is available for all troops who renewed before August 31.

Learn more and renew on our website!

Girls, renew your membership today!