Meet the Global Action Volunteer Team (Again!)

Meet the Global Action Volunteer Team (Again!)

Our Girl Scout volunteers are just like our Girl Scouts: fearless and determined! If you haven’t heard of the Global Action Volunteer Team (GAVT), it’s time to get to know them! This month’s Volunteer Spotlight goes to a special group of volunteers from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) who are passionate about travel, cultural awareness, and sharing their knowledge with the Girl Scouts.

The Global Action Volunteer Team began in 2012 in conjunction with the GSUSA Global Girl Scouting initiative, and is lead by Maureen Ewing and council staff liaison Ashley Christensen. Current team members include Camille Gonzalez Jensen, Davia Wilkerson, Denise Urban, Fawna Black-Cicotte, JodiLyn Simmons-Machota, Karen Zeller, Kimberly DeWitt, Shari Schmidt, and Taylor Tengelsen, with new members Yaqoota Aziz and Geraldine Adams joining in 2021.

All the members LOVE to travel! The GAVT uses their experiences to engage and inspire girls to want to learn more about the world around them. They aspire to increase awareness of Global Girl Scouting amongst girls, parents, volunteers, and staff. The team wants to help other Girl Scout volunteers, especially leaders, understand the importance of and feel comfortable with travel and its progression throughout the Girl Scout program.

Maureen said, “Travel fosters confidence, compassion, curiosity, leadership, and independence. [Through travel,] girls learn to be citizens of the world and commit to making the world peaceful and equitable for all.”

Shari also believes that traveling with Girl Scouts helps girls in many ways: “Travel is an education that cannot be replicated with a video game or in a book or in a classroom. The best part of travelling is that the lessons are embedded. You don’t have to have a formal plan, even wandering from one place to another creates lifelong learnings that create the foundations for new adventures.”

One of the team’s greatest accomplishments is starting the brand-new GCNWI Travel Scholarship. More information on how girls can apply for this scholarship will be provided later this year!

The GSGCNWI GAVT believes that those who expand their worldview through global programming and travel opportunities will become more knowledgeable, compassionate citizens of the world. The team hopes that every Girl Scout has the opportunity to become a responsible and effective global leader. They want Girl Scouts to understand the world in a more open-minded, empathetic way. By seeing, and hopefully understanding other cultures, Girl Scouts can grow into conscientious citizens of the world.

If you want to learn more about traveling as a Girl Scout or about the Global Action Volunteer Team and how to join, check out our council’s travel webpage. If you are interested in giving a gift to the Travel Scholarship, you can do so on our website!

All of us at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana say a big thank you, to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Global Action Volunteer Team (GAVT). We appreciate you, your dedication, work, and wonderful contributions to Girl Scouts!


The GAVT has their own blog series so you can get to know them a little better (and hear some awesome travel stories and tips, too!).

Who We Are Part 1 Who We Are Part 2  | Why You Should Try Backpacking | Dreaming of Future Travels? Plan with GCNWI | Adventure to the World Centres: Our Chalet Switzerland! | Adventure to the World Centres: Our Cabaña Mexico! | Adventure to the World Centres: Pax Lodge London!  Adventure to the World Centres: Sangam India!  |  Guide to Safety While Traveling | Research travel as a Gen Z | Debunking the Myth: You CAN Save for Travel | How to Pack for a Big Trip


The Global Action Volunteer Team produced a series of videos showing off their neighborhoods! Watch the series on our YouTube, then check out these neighborhoods with your troop or family.

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Adventure to the World Centres: Pax Lodge London!

We’ve traveled to Pune, India, Adelboden, Switzerland, and Cuernavaca, Mexico (all stories in our blog!): now, London is calling! Girl Scouts have had amazing opportunities to travel to these World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centre locations, and while these experiences are on pause, there’s no reason we can’t explore and get inspired for the future!

Pax Lodge, located in London, England, is one of the WAGGGS locations you can learn about even from the comfort of your computer, or by exploring British Culture here in the Chicagoland area. Read on to learn how you can get going on your own tour!

  1. Learn about the British love of tea by learning about different types of tea, perhaps even doing a tea tasting at home! After the pandemic is over, make a plan to enjoy high tea in Chicago at the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel or the Pavilion at The Langham.
  2. London Guarantee Building at 360 N Michigan Avenue was first built for a British insurance company; today it is the home of the London House Hotel.
  3. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix has captured the baking dreams of people all over the world. Watch a few episodes and try your hand at some of the recipes!
  4. Want to try out English food? Check out Pleasant House Pub for a traditional English pie. 
  5. Go on a scavenger hunt on Sherlock Holmes Day, May 22, named in honor of the famed British detective. Learn about Chicago detective history online.
  6. Everyone loves The Beatles! Learn more about it virtually by visiting The Beatles Story in Liverpool.
  7. Start a book club and read the Harry Potter (or another British) series together! After you finish reading, watch the films and discuss what was different than the books! With regards to Harry Potter, learn more at Wizarding World online, take quizzes, and learn more about the characters. Want to learn about Harry Potter even in Chicagoland? Go to Hero Coffee, Pickwick Lane (so very Diagon Alley-esque). Head to your local magic shop (might we suggest Magic, Inc.?).
  8. Castles abound in England. Explore the English Heritage sites virtually and the Royal Residences. After the pandemic, plan to take a short road trip to Givins Castle in Beverly, Chicago, Clayshire Castle in Indiana, or Ravenstone Castle in Harvard, Illinois.
  9. In the summer, London swells with people shopping at markets. Most famous is the Portobello Road market, very similar to the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago.
  10. While Brits may play some of the same sports as we Americans do, why not try one of their oft-played sports like badminton or cricket? Watch Bend It Like Beckham, a movie about girl soccer (called football in England!) players.
  11. How do you get around the big city of London? Find out more about the London Underground and the famous Tube Map. How does it compare to Chicago’s CTA, Metra, and Pace transit systems?

Travel expands your horizons; travel as a Girl Scout and you can take that experience and add leadership skills and a sisterhood to back you up. Whether you’re interested in going abroad to Paris or exploring the states, you can go with Girl Scouts. Learn more on our website!

Also make sure to check out the Travel playlist on our YouTube, which includes videos about Sangam, Our Chalet in Switzerland, and more!


Adventure to the World Centres: Sangam India!

From your own backyard to the great outdoors to international cities, traveling as a Girl Scout unlocks a world full of possibilities. When Girl Scouts travel, they embark on the journey of a lifetime with their Girl Scout sisters, taking home precious memories, breathtaking photos, and the confidence it takes to start their own globetrotting adventures.

Visiting Sangam, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ World Centre in Pune, India, has been a life-changing experience for many of our Girl Scouts. While we patiently wait for international travel, let’s get to know Indian culture a little better at home.

  1. Use a map of India (or the Internet) and locate the following places:
    • Pune (the location of Sangam)
    • What are the largest cities on the map?
    • How many countries border India?
  2. Find an Indian restaurant near you and learn about what they serve.
    • What types of dishes are on the menu?
    • Do they use ingredients you’ve never heard of? If so, look them up!
    • There are many types of regional Indian foods: find out which variety they serve. What makes this type different?
    • If possible, order some food and try out their different dishes! What’s your favorite?
    • OR find some recipes online and try your hand at making some of the dishes!
  3. Learn “Come into Sangam,” Sangam’s official song! You can download the words, learn it, and sing it on their website! You can also find other Sangam favorites on this site!
  4. Have you ever read any books set in India or watched any films or tv shows? Call your local library or search online for some. Here are some suggestions:
    • Film: Bride and Prejudice, Period: End of Sentence, Lion, Gandhi, and many other Bollywood films!
    • Book: Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier, Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman, Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
  5. Learn all about the Sari and create one out of items in your house!
  6. What do you know about one of India’s most famous buildings, The Taj Mahal, and its history and its secrets?
    • Check out the videos on the UNESCO site
    • Learn about marble inlay art that decorates the Taj Mahal
    • Try to build your own version of the Taj Mahal!
      • Make your own model of the Taj Mahal buildings, using white paper and coloring them to reflect the marble inlay!
      • Do you have lots of Legos in your house? See if you can make a LEGO version, and this video is a fun one to watch to guide you!
  7. Learn about one of India’s big festivals, such as Diwali or Holi.
  8. Check out Sangam on their information page on wagggs.org, YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Take a virtual tour of Sangam and then start daydreaming!

While we wait for safer travels, there’s no reason a girl can’t dream! Get inspired by our travel blog posts!

Also make sure to check out the Travel playlist on our YouTube, which includes videos about Sangam, Our Chalet in Switzerland, and more!


Adventure to the World Centres: Our Chalet Switzerland!

Traveling with Girl Scouts prepares girls to take on the world around them, whether it’s a mountain to scale or a new metropolis to explore. When Girl Scouts travel, they learn practical skills for the wildest of adventures, skills they carry for their rest of their lives abroad or otherwise. Exploring your own neighborhood; going on overnight camping trips; flying to one of the four World Centres; when you travel with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, you’re expanding your horizons.

If you’re considering the beautiful snowy alps of Switzerland someday, on a council or troop trip to Our Chalet, or you just want to have a cultural experience without going too far from home, here are a few ideas to get you dreaming about Switzerland travel.

  1. Our Chalet is located in Adelboden, Switzerland, a Swiss Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland region. It’s known for the ski resort of Adelboden-Lenk, host of the FIS Ski World Cup. The central village church dates from the 15th century. Outside of town, at Engstligen Falls, several Alpine streams join together to become the Engstligen River. Farther north, the river forms the deep, narrow Choleren Gorge, which is accessible via bridges and walkways. To explore more about Our Chalet in Switzerland, check out the WAGGGS website.
  2. Load up your bikes or plan a walking day to explore Swiss architecture, food, and more in New Glarus, Wisconsin (about two hours from Chicago). Read more about this Swiss-influenced city!
  3. A short trip to Rockford, Illinois (just an hour and a half away from Chicago), you will find the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens. Take the guided tour to learn more about the family and their love of Swiss architecture!
  4. Are you a “foodie?” Try the most iconic dish in Switzerland: Raclette! It is different from fondue, and the Swiss with be impressed you know the difference!
  5. You will probably see and hear the alpine horn when you are in Switzerland. Watch this video and enjoy the music of the mountains.

We hope you get to explore Switzerland soon, but go ahead and explore what you can in the Chicagoland area!

Join WAGGGS and some incredible speakers, including The Honorable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, as they come together to discuss appearance-based discrimination, low body confidence and self-esteem.

Join the event live on YouTube on March 18!

While we wait for safer travels, there’s no reason a girl can’t dream! Get inspired by our travel blog posts!

Adventure to the World Centres: Our Cabaña Mexico!

While the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Centres are closed, you can still take a trip there from your own backyard! Try your hand at a new recipe, drive by a nearby place of worship, or learn a new dance move all while learning about where the World Centres are located in this blog series.

Our Cabaña is located in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Get to know Mexican culture by doing some of these.

  1. Order in from a traditional Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood. Try a dish you’ve never had before – whether that’s tacos, horchata, or beef tongue stew!
  2. Hop in your car or on the train to Pilsen, a neighborhood in Chicago well known for its Mexican heritage. GSGCNWI even has a Neighborhood Walk you can take and a patch you can purchase for visiting Pilsen.
  3. Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It’s a time to honor deceased loved ones through altars and offerings. Learn more about this holiday with our Day of the Dead patch program (purchase your patch here). Hint: You don’t have to wait until November to celebrate!
  4. Time to learn a little Spanish, Mexico’s national language. Here are a few phrases you should know:
    • Hola = Hola
    • Adios = Goodbye
    • Uno Dos Tres = One Two Three
    • Gracias = Thank you
    • ¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
  5. Churros are a famous – and very delicious – Mexican dessert. Find a recipe online and make them at home.
  6. Do you love to dance? Vamos a bailar (that’s “Let’s dance” in Spanish)! There are several traditional Mexican dances; read about and watch videos of the various dances. Get those dancing shoes on, amigos!
  7. If you’d rather make the music than dance to it, make a maraca. All you need is a plastic spoon, plastic Easter egg, some dry rice or beans, and either masking or painters’ tape. Add some rice or beans to the Easter egg, place it on the spoon, and tape the two together. You can decorate the outside to look like a beautifully colored instrument. Turn on some mariachi music and shake away!
  8. Check out Our Cabaña on their website, Facebook, or Instagram. A girl can dream about where she wants to travel, can’t she?

There is only one more day to register for #GIRLFest! Don’t miss out on the fun with your Girl Scout sisters!

Learn all about the event and how you can join in on the fun!


Meet the Global Girl Scouts from GCNWI!

Did you know that Girl Scouts surpassed the geographical confines of our council AND even the United States? There are Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries! All of these girls (and you, too!) are a part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, commonly referred to as WAGGGS.

Eight Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GGCNWI) – now called the Global Girl Scouting group – heard about WAGGGS and couldn’t wait to learn more about international Girl Scouting. They started to explore: what are Girl Guides/Scouts like in other countries? What is the day in the life of a girl in another place? What do they eat, how do they dress, and what is their home like?

We talked to five of the Global Girl Scouts about their process, what they’ve learned about the world, and what they love about Girl Scouts. Read on to meet the girls!

Global Adventures from Home

The girls first chose Iceland as their country of focus and made a list of all the things they wanted to learn about the country: the Girl Guides who live there, the famous food, geography, holidays, their stance on sustainable energy, and more. To prepare, the girls all researched on their own time, finding out interesting facts (Kathryn told us Iceland’s electricity is nearly completely powered by nature) and awesome photos. They compiled it all into a beautiful presentation and showed their work to nearly 100 Girl Scouts at the end of October. Mali tried her hand at fluffy Icelandic air cookies and shared the recipe with attendees (pictured above!).

The girls didn’t stop there! In November, the Global Girls presented their findings about France, and are about to present on Nigeria on Dec. 20! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited, so don’t miss out! The girls have learned so much and are excited to share their knowledge: Maysa will be explaining the history of Nigerian hairstyles and fashion trends along with her other presenters. Sofia was especially impressed by Nigerian cuisine: “I’ve learned how seriously underrated it is.” Speaking of cuisine, check out Sofia’s French yogurt cake tutorial below!

The girls are also working on a program about China in January, AND are hosting programs for World Thinking Day in February, and are presenting at our first ever #GIRLFest on Mar. 13!

“I think my favorite part of doing all of this is that I love traveling, learning about countries, and I love, love, love trying new foods,” Sofia told us, and Maysa likes getting an insight on how other countries work: “There is so much that we can learn from other people. It’s eye-opening and reminds you how big the world is, and how there’s so much creativity, tradition, food, and culture.” Kathryn agreed, saying, “I think it’s really important to learn about other cultures because it brings people together.”

These Girl Scouts are learning skills for life that can learn beyond school. For Peyton, Girl Scouts gives her an opportunity to share knowledge: “What I love about Girl Scouts is that we can do things that really mean a lot to us. Girl Scouts can make teaching and learning exciting and fun in a new way.”

“The best part of Girl Scouts is that every time I earn a badge, I’m a step closer to making the world a better place,” Mali explained, and we certainly agree.

If you are interested in learning more about other places around the world and presenting to other Girl Scouts, check out our World Thinking Day Country Open House on Feb. 21 or email Ashley Christensen to join future cultural awareness girl-led programming.

Register for Upcoming Programs!

All GCNWI programs for January through March are now LIVE!

Get excited and start registering today.

Mark your calendars because registration for Camp and and Outdoor Programs opens on Feb. 1!

Dreaming of Future Travels? Plan with GCNWI!

Even though travel might not be at the top of your list right now, dreaming and planning ahead should be! There are multiple fun ways that you can travel as a Girl Scout, including traveling with your troop, going on a Destination, or joining a council-sponsored trip.

Look ahead at our council-sponsored offerings!

These trips are planned for 2021 and 2022, and are subject to change in consideration of COVID-19 precautionary measures. Please review and stay updated with our COVID-19 guidelines.

Get Ready for Fun in 2021!

Adventure in Colorado

Summer is a great time for exploring the great outdoors! Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado, offers many fun activities including canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, archery, ropes courses, zip lining, climbing wall, and much more. Group activities include a day at Rocky Mountain National Park, whitewater rafting and team-bonding experiences.

To join, submit a $400 trip deposit by Dec. 3!

Camping in the U.K.

Apply for the chance to camp with 6,000 of your closest Scouting and Guiding friends on the lawn of Windsor Castle at the WINGS 2021 Jamboree. The group will spend 3 days in Liverpool before the Jamboree, and stay the night at Pax Lodge, the WAGGGS World Centre in London, afterwards. There are 8 girl spots to fill. 

Applications are due Dec. 3, 2020!

Is travel in 2022 calling your name?

Intro to Travel: Montreal

Calling all Cadettes! Girl Scouts of GCNWI will be inviting 12 girls and 2 adults to join us on a Canadian adventure! Next up in our Intro to Travel series for Cadettes, we’re headed to Montreal, Canada, the home of poutine, many churches, and steamed bagels. On this introduction to travel, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to plan a travel adventure, including budgeting, itinerary planning, and how to find accommodation. 

Girl applications due Dec. 3, 2020.

Hiking the Swiss Alps

Take the Swiss Hiking Challenge with your fellow Girl Scouts! This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be full of adventure, challenge, nature, new friends, and LOTS of fun! The trip will include a visit to Our Chalet, a WAGGGS World Centre, where you’ll hike some of the most popular trails in the area, rock climb, learn about the Swiss culture, and make new friends from around the world. GSGCNWI is looking for six girls to serve on a Girl Planning Committee to help plan a Switzerland adventure before our time at Our Chalet.

Applications to join the trip and the trip planning committee are due Dec. 3, 2020.

Destinations

Destinations are trips for individual Girl Scouts from across the nation. Decide if it’s Morocco, Madison, or New Mexico you want to travel to, then fill out the application!

All 2021 Destinations applications are due Jan. 15, 2021.

Travel Scholarships are available to girls who have been accepted to a GSUSA Destination. 

Troop Travel

Are the girls in your troop planning their own adventure? GSGCNWI has brand new training available on our Learning Portal for troop trip coordinators, including preparing for your first trip, overnights, and extended trips. Check out the training!

Check out our Travel webpage for more info. Have questions? Reach out to Ashley Christensen at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Looking Ahead: Travel in 2021 and 2022!

There’s no reason you can’t dream big and start planning amazing trips right now! Take a look at our council-sponspored travel opportunities coming to you in the future, and get to thinking about where you want to go next.

Dreaming of 2021 travels?

Adventure in Colorado

Summer is a great time for exploring the great outdoors! Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado, offers many fun activities including canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, archery, ropes courses, zip-lining, wall climbing, and much more. Group activities include a day at Rocky Mountain National Park, whitewater rafting, and team-bonding experiences!

Approximate Cost: $1,100 plus cost of activities chosen, and $400 trip deposit due December 3, 2020

When: July 1-8, 2021

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12); troops and individually registered members are invited to register. Leaders and parents are invited to attend and serve as group chaperones.

Register for the Colorado Adventure!

Camping in the UK 2021

Apply for the chance to camp with 6,000 of your closest Scouting and Guiding friends on the lawn of Windsor Castle at the WINGS 2021 Jamboree. The group will spend 3 days in Liverpool before the Jamboree, and stay the night at Pax Lodge, the WAGGGS World Centre in London, afterwards. There are 8 girl spots to fill. 

Cost: $2,500 per person

When: 2-week trip in July 2021, exact dates TBA

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (must be in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 school year)

Girl applications are due October 29, 2020!

Is travel in 2022 calling your name?

Intro to Travel: Montreal

Calling all Cadettes! Girl Scouts of GCNWI will be inviting 12 girls and 2 adults to join us on a Canadian adventure! Next up in our Intro to Travel series for Cadettes, we’re headed to Montreal, Canada, the home of poutine, *many* churches, and steamed bagels. On this introduction to travel, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to plan a travel adventure, including budgeting, itinerary planning, and how to find accommodation. 

Cost: Approximately $1,200 per girl

When: 5-day trip in June 2022, exact dates TBA

Who: Cadettes only (must be in grades 6-8 during the 2021-2022 school year)

Girl applications due October 29, 2020.

Hiking the Swiss Alps

Take the Swiss Hiking Challenge with your fellow Girl Scouts! This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be full of adventure, challenge, nature, new friends, and LOTS of fun! The trip will include a visit to Our Chalet, a WAGGGS World Centre, where you’ll hike some of the most popular trails in the area, rock climb, learn about the Swiss culture, and make new friends from around the world. GSGCNWI is looking for six girls to serve on a Girl Planning Committee to help plan a Switzerland adventure before our time at Our Chalet.

Approximate Cost: $3,500

When: approximately 2 weeks, Summer 2022, exact dates TBA

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (must be in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 school year)

Applications to join the trip and the trip planning committee are due October 29, 2020!

Adventure is Out There

Check out our Travel webpage for more info about travel opportunities and at-home exploration!

Have questions? Reach out to Ashley Christensen at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Choose Your Own Adventure 2020!

Each year, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) hosts a Choose Your Own Adventure trip where Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors get to choose where the group travels! This year, the girls chose Southeast Wisconsin, including Kenosha and Milwaukee.

Read on to learn about their adventures and how you can Choose Your Own Adventure!

Day 1: Bowlin’ and Ballin’

Written by Girl Scouts Megan and Lucy

We had a great first day on the Girl Scouts Choose Your Own Adventure Trip! Last night and this morning we planned out what we would be doing for the next couple of days.

We started in Rosemont today. In the afternoon, we had a great time at King’s Bowling. After that, we went to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and enjoyed shopping, dinner, and dessert.

We are settling down in Kenosha tonight and are so excited for what the next couple of days will bring!

Day 2: Go Ahead and Jump!

Written by Girl Scouts Kelsey, Isabella, and Peyton

On our second day in Wisconsin, we did a lot of things. First, we had breakfast at the hotel and headed to an escape room. The escape room was really fun and challenging. Sadly, we didn’t escape, but we had a good time!

Then, we headed to lunch at the Public Market. It was very delicious. We then headed to the Mitchell Domes and saw a lot of beautiful nature. We also got some delicious treats and candy at the mall!

After that, we went to the Helium Trampoline and Adventure Park. We had so much fun jumping around and going in the obstacle course. Even Ashley joined in on the fun!

We later had dinner at MOD Pizza. It was wonderful. Then we went to Target and bought crazy stuff. We went back to the hotel, and now we’re writing this report.

Day 3: Jelly Belly Joy!

Written by Girl Scout Kesley E.

Today we went to the famous factory of the Kringle called Racine Danish Kringle. Then, we went to a vintage shop. We enjoyed shopping and eating at the Mars Cheese Castle. We then went to the Jelly Belly factory and bought a lot of jelly beans!

Where to next?

Interested in joining GSGCNWI on another adventure? Check out our travel webpage!

Want to plan your own version of Choose Your Own Adventure? Check out our CYOA Travel Resource or contact Ashley Christensen at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Get Ready to Travel in 2020!

The new year is quickly approaching, and it’s time to make the best of 2020. Get ready to get out there, because Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has some exciting trips coming your way so you can start the new year with a bang!

Read on to take a look at where we’re headed–– and how you can come along with us.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Midwest!

Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL

A girl-led adventure awaits eight Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts this Jan. 17 through 20! Start out the new year with a chance to travel to either Milwaukee, WI; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; or Starved Rock, IL. Whatever your group chooses to do, this is your own girl-led adventure where you will practice budgeting, planning and personalizing your 3-day trip!

The group will meet at Camp Greene Wood Friday night. On Saturday morning, after planning the trip, you will hit the road for the adventure of the decade! This trip is girls only. There will be two Girl Scout chaperones attending.

Registration closes December 12, and there are only three more spots available, so register here as soon as possible!

Capital Tour: Nashville!

Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, TN

Get excited for this NEW PROGRAM: 50 state capitals, 50 new Girl Scout trips! Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for a cross-country adventure from Feb. 15 to 17! Once we get to Music City, we’ll tour the Capitol Building, take part in a service project, and visit the sites. You’ll practice your budgeting and trip-planning skills while we’re at it.

Group will leave from the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, Illinois. Sorry, parents, this is a girls-only trip! There will be two Girl Scout chaperones heading the adventure.

Register here by December 12–– there are only four more spots available!

Junior Jetaway to Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI

Junior Girl Scouts are invited to a brand-new girls-only getaway to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Feb 16 to 17! Girls will depart from the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and head to the Dairy State. You will get a chance to check out a museum of your choice, eat cheese curds, walk through the historic Third Ward, and more.

Accommodation, sightseeing, and all meals included in the cost. There will be two Girl Scout chaperones attending.

Registration for this trip also closes on December 12! Register here to snag a spot.

Brownies Day Out in Chicago

Chicago River Walk in Chicago, IL

Meet Brownie Girl Scouts at Hostelling International-Chicago to participate in the Brownies Day Out in Chicago on May 16! With 77 distinct neighborhoods, Chicago is a giant city with so much to explore. Will you choose to visit the Bean, walk around the Art Institute, or take a city tour? Maybe you’ll visit cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown or Pilsen?

Whatever your group chooses to do, the girls will take off on their own girl-led Windy City adventure! Each troop must have at least one chaperone, or if girls are attending without their troop, each Girl Scout must attend with a parent or guardian. Fun patch and public transportation card included!

Register here by May 10 to secure your spot on this awesome exploration of the city!

You-And-Me on Mackinac Island!

Main Street in Mackinac Island, MI

Grab your mom, aunt, or grandma and board the GSGCNWI coach bus for a weekend getaway on Mackinac Island from Aug. 9-11. Girl Scouts from Brownies to Cadettes will have the chance to take horse-drawn carriage tours, photograph beautiful butterflies, and more!

This 3-day, 2-night trip includes multiple meals, hotel stay, various group activities, and coach bus ticket! Bus leaves from the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL.

Right now, registration requires a $200 deposit. Registration closes Feb. 28, or until trip is sold out! Register here.

G.I.R.L. 2020

Prepare yourself for a mega-event full of fun, friendship, and amazing experiences! On behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA, we cordially invite you to G.I.R.L. 2020, from October 21-25, 2020, in Orlando Florida, for the largest girl-led event for girls and women in history.

This year’s GSUSA National Convention will provide attendees with unforgettable experiences as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities, connecting with some of the most influential women in the world along the way.

Registration to attend opens in January 2020. To learn more, visit GSUSA’s website, and check back often–– updates are on the way!

Which Way to Adventure?

Clearly, there’s a lot to be excited about for next year, and not just for our awesome travel opportunities! 2020 is a big year for Girl Scouts–– from brand-new programming and events, to GCNWI’s Green for Good Expo, to Journeys, Highest Awards, and so much more, GCNWI has got you covered.

Check out our program’s page to see all of the amazing things we have planned for Girl Scouts of all ages.

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD WITH GIRL SCOUTS DESTINATIONS!