Congratulations to our Graduating Girl Scouts!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and to all Girl Scouts transitioning out of our organization and into the great, big world. We are immensely proud of you and all that you have done during your time as a Girl Scout! We know the years with us have prepared you for a lifetime of leadership, and we cannot wait to see what your next move is.

There are plenty of ways to stay connected with the Girl Scout sisterhood–– read on to learn more and to hear a special congratulations message from our CEO, Nancy Wright.

Congratulations from our CEO

Congratulations Seniors on graduating high school. As you enter this new period of life, whether it is college, careers, and more, I wanted to take the time to sit down and share with you all how proud I am of your accomplishments. As you navigate this new space, take the lessons you learned from Girl Scouts with you to empower you and your future.

Know that your Girl Scout journey doesn’t end here. With a lifetime membership, you can remain a part of an organization dedicated to providing empowerment and strength to girls in your community, by becoming a Lifetime Member, a volunteer, or by extending your funds to GCNWI for next year. Whatever you decide to do, you will always be a part of the Girl Scout sisterhood.

Once again, congratulations graduates. I can’t wait to see what amazing things you will do in the future.

Extend your Girl Scout Funds!

Guess what, graduating Girl Scouts? We’re allowing a one-time extension for 12th graders to use money-earned funds for the next membership year! These funds can go toward your troop, Cookie Dough/Cash, and/or Program Credits, and the deadline to use the funds has been extended from September 30, 2020 to October 31, 2021. Please be aware:

  • All participants must maintain a current membership, either by purchasing a Lifetime Membership with the “young alum” discount or an adult annual membership for the 2020-2021 membership year. Adults working with the young alums must also have an active membership.
  • All activities and use of funds must be directly tied to the mission of Girl Scouts and be permitted Girl Scout activities by your council.
  • All standard safety and risk management procedures should be followed for group activities (including Volunteer Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and additional council guidelines).

GSUSA is also offering a 3-month extension September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 12th grade and who seek to earn the Gold Award this year. Funds intended to be used toward Gold Award projects must be raised and used by December 31, 2020

Even if you’re transitioning out of Girl Scouting, there are still ways you can contribute to the Girl Scout mission! Maintain your current membership and you can use your funds before September 30, 2020 to design a Take Action project, purchase a “young alum” Lifetime Membership, donate to an existing council scholarship fund, create a brand new scholarship fund, or donate to your council’s financial aid fund or another Girl Scout fund.

Read the Graduating Seniors Funds Extension Guidelines for more details.

Join us as a Lifetime Member

Welcome to your next phase in life and leadership. Your Girl Scouting mission does not have to stop here–– by becoming a Lifetime Member, you can remain a part of an organization dedicated to providing empowerment and strength to girls in your community.

Graduating girl members can take advantage of the “Young Alum” discount by purchasing a Lifetime Membership or by purchasing an adult annual membership for the 2020-2021 membership year! Join as a lifetime member before July 31, 2020, and receive your choice of a gift—a lifetime membership scarf, a lifetime membership hat, or Girl Scout graduation regalia recognition cords! Or, in lieu of a gift, $10 will be donated to your local council.

Become a Lifetime Member today.

Give Back to Girl Scouts

Not quite ready to let go? No problem! Join us as a volunteer and you’ll become a part of a community dedicated to empowering young girls to be the best they can be! Whether you can dedicate a day, a year, or a lifetime, volunteering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is a great way to keep up with us.

There are plenty of opportunities, from volunteering with a troop or a service unit, mentoring a girl you know personally, or by volunteering your time at an event, program, or camp!

Learn more about volunteering with GCNWI.

Grab Some Graduation and Lifetime Membership Merch!

Girl Scout Partners and Volunteers Create Virtual Space for Career Exploration

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) acted quickly to pivot from live, in-person programs, and events to an all-virtual platform this spring. Cross-functional teams aligned themed programming using online activity guides, webinars, and Zoom meetings.

Girls and their families jumped into this new programming format to enhance online schooling and to fill the void left without extracurricular activities.

One such program, provided by Girl Scouts GCNWI, used data from polls and surveys to curate a virtual experience that connects middle school and high school girls with professionals. Each Monday, Career Conversations feature 2-3 adults from a specified career field who share their insights and career paths with Girl Scouts and yield questions via Zoom.

Experts consist of Girl Scout volunteers, partners, and members of the Associate Board. Professionals typically volunteer to support badgework with Girl Scout troops in person, however with the current pandemic, the experts share their knowledge and insights virtually—no travel required!

Career Conversations launched with a focus on STEM careers and presenters included forensic fire scientist-Suzy Smith, civil engineer-Elizabeth Ottman, and architect-Jaclyn Marcus.

The second week featured other valuable Girl Scout partners in the fine arts profession. Adam Rudman, co-owner/writer/producer of Spiffy Pictures Inc. shared his career path as a writer for Sesame Street, Tom & Jerry, and other productions and how it led him to co-create, write and produce Nature Cat on WTTW.

Chelsea Hoy, Associate Artistic Director at the Trinity Irish Dance Company, explained to the girls how she uses her passion to empower children through the arts. Since its inception, Trinity Irish Dance Company has celebrated the strength, poise, and resilience of young female artists, consistently presenting males and females on equal footing. Through intentional casting, choreography, and costumes, they utilize their artistic platform to denounce the objectification of women.

Sarah Aronson, writing coach, teacher, and author of scholastic series, The Wish List, completed the panel. When Sarah is not writing or reading, she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, and of course, sparkle power!

Recent Career Conversations have included additional partners and experts including, US Navy Engineer- Erynne Bryd, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Laura Nolan, Attorney and Chief of Staff with the Chicago Transit Authority- April Morgan, Retail Buyer for GAP brands- Nancy Brandes, and Project Manager for Stericycle-Devyn Manshot.

Career Conversations are running through June 22 with an upcoming focus on cooking and animal careers. The popular series will resume in mid-July and run on Monday afternoons through mid-August. Specific career topics are being determined and will be posted on our activities schedule soon.

Are you an industry professional looking to speak at a Career Conversation with Girl Scouts? Visit HERE for more details!

Pets and Animals Week with GCNWI!

Exploring Nature | Older Girl Hangout | Career Conversations | Meet the Pets

Animals, whether you have one at home or not, have been constant sources of joy, comfort, and healing for us humans. We can all agree that a little love to and from our furry friends could help a lot right now. This week, we’re featuring programming on all sorts of animals: those you take care of at home, those that live in zoos, and beyond.

Looking for ways to learn more about and help animals? Check out these resources:

  • Daisy Girl Scouts interested in learning what animals need and how to care for them can embark on the Three Cheers for Animals Journey.
  • Girl Scouts in grades 3-6 (second year Brownies, Juniors, first year Cadettes) can embark on an educational adventure with the Puppy Rescue Mystery Book.
  • Cadette Girl Scouts who want to explore how animals help out humans with the Animal Helpers badge.
  • Girl Scout Seniors looking to use their voice to advocate for animal rights can earn the Voice for Animals badge (part of the Mission: Sisterhood Senior Badge Activity Pack).
  • Any Girl Scout who cares for pets can purchase the Pet Care fun patch.
  • If you adopted your pet from a shelter, visited an animal shelter before the shelter-in-place order, or donated resources to a local shelter, purchase the Animal Shelter patch.

There are plenty of videos to take a look at this week–– check out Wildlife SOS and their amazing videos of the elephants and other animals they rescue. Curious about how the animals have been doing at your local zoo? Check out these videos from zoos around the area: the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Brookfield Zoo, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Cosley Zoo.

Interested in learning about local pollinators? Check out this webinar hosted by the University of Illinois Extension to learn all about Illinois pollinators: who they are, how they help us, and how we can help them by building habitats for them:


This Week in Virtual Programming

Explore Nature in your Neighborhood

Tuesday, June 9 – Thursday, June 11 | For Girl Scouts Grades K-5 | Webinars & Video Premiere

Girl Scouts in grades K-5, join us for our three part series, Nature in your Neighborhood. Learn about the animals that might live in or around your neighborhood. This series will cover a variety of topics all about animals! Join us for two webinars that will cover topics including animal tracks, where you will learn how you can identify tracks, and animal homes, where you will have the chance to build your own and go on your own animal exploration hike. You are welcome to join us for all three activities, or just one.

Animal Tracks Webinar

Tuesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. | Girl Scouts (level)

Step into the world of backyard animal tracks. You will learn about where to look for animal tracks in your neighborhood and how to identify common tracks that you might find. We will make a field guide to animal tracks, play a matching game, and even make our own animal tracks.

Materials Needed:

  • 5-10 pieces of plain paper
  • Coloring utensils (markers, crayons, or colored pencil)
  • 1 black or dark brown marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Staples or Hole Punch & String/yarn
  • 2 new sponges (thin with no scrubber side preferred)
  • 1-2 colors of washable paint
  • Paper plate or paint tray
  • Newspaper or tablecloth

Animal Exploration Hike Video

Premiering on Wednesday, June 10 at 3 p.m.

Join us for an animal exploration hike in our neighborhood to get inspired for a walk in your community. Learn about some of the animals or animal homes that you may encounter and ways to stay safe while on your hike. Discover what we found on our hike to prepare for your own animal exploration adventure in your neighborhood.

Materials Needed:

  • Yourself
  • Your fab five (water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, rain coat, & flashlight)

Animal Homes Webinar

Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m.

This webinar is all about animal homes. Learn about why animals build homes and how these home are designed to meet the needs of specific animals. We will take a closer look at Mason bees and learn about why they are important and the design of their animal home. Get your creativity ready as we will go through the steps of how you can make a Mason bee home to put in your backyard, using everyday items.

Materials Needed:

  • Tape/glue
  • String
  • Container (Choose one: tin can, toilet paper tubes, plastic bottle, mason jar)
  • Filler (Choose a combination of: sticks, 15-10 straws, paper, newspaper/magazines, cardboard)

If you participate in the two webinars, watch the Animal Exploration Hike video, and take your own exploration hike, you will have completed a variety of steps to the badges listed below based on your Girl Scout level. If you are interested in these topics, you can complete the rest of the steps and earn the badge to add to your vest.

Register to explore the nature in your neighborhood »


Older Girl Hangout

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

All Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 are invited to our weekly Older Girl Hangout every Thursday at 4 p.m., where you’ll get to connect and make space to talk with your Girl Scout sisterhood. Each week we’re talking about things that matter to us and our communities, and girls always drive the discussion. Join us.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Career Conversations

Monday, June 8 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members. Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers with animals.

Register for Career Conversations »

Meet the GSGCNWI Program Team Pets!

Friday, June 12 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (Grades K-12) | Webinar

Whether they’re cute and cuddly, or feathery and chirpy, pets can provide a lot of joy in tough times. Join this webinar to meet the pets of the GSGCNWI Program Team! We’ll introduce you to a dog, cat, turtle, and birds and share how we care for these pets. Use this advice to take care of your own pets at home or learn how to choose a pet that’s right for you and your family. Girl Scout Brownies will work toward their Pets Badge, but other Girl Scout levels are welcome to join!

Register to meet the Program Team pets! »


WILD Resources

Check out these awesome wildlife and nature resources from the comfort of your home!

Explore.ORG Live streams

Smithsonian Wildlife Education

Share With Girl Scouts GCNWI

This week, share pictures of your four-legged family members by tagging us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or by submitting your story on our website! We can’t wait to see all of your adorable critters–– we could really use the cuteness.

It’s a Time for Action: We Stand with our Black Community

By Nancy Wright, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Like many of you, our hearts hurt as we mourn the Black lives lost at the hand of racism. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other victims known and unknown, and to the Black community across the United States.

In our place of grief, we turn to the words of Nelson Mandela. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart that its opposite.”

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana stands with our Black families and allies of every race and ethnicity as we lift our voices and demand the end of racism against Black families.

Girl Scouts must be part of that change. Girls deserve that.

Our mission challenges us “to make the world a better place.” And we pledge to “help people at all times.” Those words carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with strength as we denounce institutional racism, violence, injustice, and inequity.

No girl, or any young person, should grow up in a world defined by racial inequities and trauma. No Black person should fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.

But words alone cannot take away the pain of institutional racism felt by generations of Black families who have navigated a world informed by white privilege. Words cannot erase society’s collective failure to truly value every human being. We must act. That’s our promise to you.

If you are looking for resources to talk to your children about racism, we recommend Girl Scouts’ blog and Raising Awesome Girls platform, which have resources including, Why Tolerance Isn’t Working and How to Talk to Your Girl About Scary News. In addition, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, an online portal providing tools and resources on the topics of race, racial identity, and how they influence every aspect of society.

Like you, we don’t have all the answers. But we are committed to navigating this path with you as an ally and advocate for the Black members of our community. For more than 100 years, we have stood for making the world a better place, and we encourage you to speak out, as Girl Scouts do, for what is right.

We will listen, learn, and leverage our resources to be anti-racist and inspire our girls to help make our world a better place, a more equitable, just world. That’s our promise to you.

Find additional resources on our website

“Batter Up!” It’s Cooking Week with GCNWI!

Girl Scouts, it’s time to get cooking for Cooking Week! Join us for virtual programs that include a brunch or dinner events that will inspire some delicious and nutritious dishes. This week of programming will feature amazing cuisine and ingredients from around the world, as well as give you tools to practice cooking a new meal or two, and become an expert in culinary skills! For some ideas to get started, check out these resources:

Also be sure to check out these videos for even more ideas:

Girl Scout Juniors earning the Staying Fit badge can complete steps 2 and 4 by watching this video all about nutrition!

Learn how to set up an tropical-themed cookout by watching this video from our community partner, The Chameleon Academy of Communication and Civility!

Also make sure to check out this video from Executive Pastry Chef at the Hilton Northbrook, Chef Marilyn McNabb, where she teaches how to make Pancit, noodles from the Phillipines!

Want to challenge yourself with this amazing and decadent French dessert? Check out this awesome video made by Girl Scouts GCNWI volunteer Dawn and share your Macaron creations with us! What’s your favorite flavor?!


This Week in Virtual Programming

Tuesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Cooking!

Register for Career Conversations »

Cooking with Chef Heath

Wednesday, June 3 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (Grades K-12) | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts are invited to join us as Chef Heath from Kellogg presents three different dishes from around the world: Chicken and Waffles, Tostadas, and Kufta!
If you are a Junior or Cadette, you will be well on your way to earning your Simple Meals or New Cuisines badge, and whatever age you are, you will add some new fun recipes to your repertoire!

Register for the Cooking Demo with Chef Heath »

Fun with Your Food!

Wednesday, June 3 at 5 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (Grades K-5) | Webinar

We’ve ALL been there! When an adult tells us that it’s not mannerly to play with our food, despite it being a lot of fun. Well, what if we told you that this is your opportunity to do exactly that!? This awesome program encourages you to familiarize yourself with basic cooking skills AND let’s you—you guessed it—play with your food!

You’ll have time to get your food and supplies ready beforehand, then join in for this fun and interactive event by creating 6 nature inspired snacks! We’ll also take some time to let your imagination run wild to create some designs of your own. You can ALSO check out the video below that includes hand-washing and knife-skills PLUS a secret ingredient for the Dish It Out program.

Make sure to register so you don’t miss out on this chance to have tons of fun with your food! Share your recipes with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all platforms and use the hashtag #GCNWICOOKINGWEEK

Register to have Fun with your Food »

Dish it Out!

Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (Grades K-12) and Adults | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts, get ready to Dish it Out with your family during this great family cook-off! Each family will make a meal together to earn points using a list of ingredients we’ll be sending out, and the meals will be shared with everyone during the live webinar! Extra bonus points will be awarded for using secret ingredients announced during the Mindful Monday video, Knife Safety webinar and video, and the Older Girl Hangout!

Register to Dish It Out »

Coffee and Conversation

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

High School girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other Girl Scouts your age to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Let’s Get Brunching!

Friday, June 5 at 11 a.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (K-12) | Webinar

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us and the Cook County Farm Bureau for brunch as we make French toast, try different flavors, and discover where ingredients come from! We will learn what vanilla looks like in its original form, and how far cinnamon travels to appear on our tables. This delicious and informational webinar will put girls on track to earn the Junior Simple Meals badge and the Cadette New Cuisines badge. Daisies and Brownies should have assistance from an adult if they participate.

Register for brunch »

Share With Girl Scouts GCNWI

This week, share your recipes and food-snaps with us on social media by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI and using the #GCNWICookingWeek or by submitting your story on our website! We can’t wait to see what you make!

#DearLittleSister

Everyone needs a little encouragement, now and then. Including Girl Scouts.

One thing is certain. When you belong to Girl Scouts, you belong to a close-knit community of people who care about inspiring each other to help others, lead with their best attributes, and are resilient, even in tough times.

As we continue to transform how we provide our experiences in these challenging times, the key thing to remember is “you are not alone.” We are all wading through uncharted waters, together. Though things may look different, our focus on sisterhood, leadership and service remains the same.

Don’t just take our word for it! We asked some of our teen Girl Scouts to share their advice and insights to keep our younger members feeling positive and optimistic. Her next adventure is full of new possibilities, new experiences, new badges and journeys, new skills to learn, and new trails to blaze! No matter what tomorrow may hold, she can always count on her Girl Scout sisters to be there every step of the way.

“Dream big! The great thing about being a part of a service-driven community is that you always have the people and the resources you need to help you expand your ideas. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious!  Projects that may be incredibly difficult to pursue independently can be a lot easier with a team by your side. I know people traditionally associate Girl Scouts with camping and cookie sales, and those activities are a blast, but GS is also a community of people that can help you pursue your dreams and expand your reach! So, stick with it!”

Audrey C. -Girl Scout Ambassador

“Always stick with it. Even if your motivation is low and you’ve got other activities as well, stay with Girl Scouts! I’m about to graduate high school and my greatest pride is my Gold Award and my other Girl Scout accomplishments. It will all pay off in the end!”

Marley M. -Girl Scout Ambassador

“In middle school, I dropped out of Girl Scouts because most of my friends weren’t doing it anymore. Ironically, my friend groups ended up shifting during eighth grade, and suddenly all my friends were in Girl Scouts. I ended up rejoining, and I’m very glad that I did. From the whole experience, I learned that friends shouldn’t dictate the things you do or the choices you make. Do what you love, and you will make friends along the way, more easily than you might expect.”

Tess O. -Girl Scout Senior

“Girl Scouts is a lot of fun.  As you get older, people will tell you the Girl Scouts is only for little kids, but it is not. You learn so much from Girl Scouts. There are so many opportunities for older Girl Scouts to make a difference in their communities. Keep moving forward!”

Molly M. -Girl Scout Ambassador

Whenever you are ready to continue the journey, we are here for you!

Wrap-Up: The Great Family Camp-In

Check out one of our photo contest winners indoor camp-site! Way to go Lilly!

Thank you to everyone that joined us this weekend for the first ever Great Family Camp-In! We had campers and families join us from all over the council throughout Illinois and Indiana as well as across the country including California, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Washington DC, and more!

We hope you had a great time joining in for all of the different parts of the event with us. Whether you camped indoors or outdoors, and despite the ever-changing weather, we hope you enjoyed some fun camp activities!

Watch the Great Family Camp-In videos on our YouTube Channel!

Photo Contest Winners!

The competition was fierce and we can’t thank all the participant enough for sharing all of your awesome camp-in photos. We had about 170 submissions! It was incredibly hard for us to narrow down to some finalists to be voted on by all of you to determine the winners! With over 534 votes we found our winners! Check out the photo gallery below.

Continue Camping At Home

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

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

Share Camp With Everyone!

We want to see how you are “camping” this summer. Keep sharing with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all social media platforms and using the hashtag #GCNWICAMPIN.

And don’t forget that you can order your Great Family Camp-In swag for attending the event. Order your t-shirt or patch here

Doing Good Turns: Service Week with GCNWI

Throughout history, Girl Scouts have stood together and joined forces, and now it’s your turn! Join us for a full week of service, giving back, and “thank you” to those we count on most! How will you “Do a Good Turn Daily” this week? Here are some ideas to inspire you to take action this week:

The Girl Scout Councils across Illinois are excited to partner with COLW (Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly) to offer a virtual meeting with female legislators! This event is open to all girls in 5th grade and above in Illinois on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested, please e-mail elockwood@girlscouts-gsci.org to receive the meeting information. Girls Scouts, come prepared with one question for the legislators!

Girl Scout Service Shout-Out

Girl Scout Margaux P. from Troop 65142

Junior troop 65142 from Tinley Park, Winding Creek Service Unit, capped off their Agent of Change Journey by reaching out to their community. The troop, along with the help of their community, created paper flowers to be delivered to area nursing homes. They were able to deliver a total of 1,1113 flowers! And, thanks to a last minute virtual cookie booth, each home received Girl Scout cookies for the healthcare workers! Even shelter-in-place can never stops the goodness of Girl Scouts!

Great job to Arabella, Aidan, Fiona, Autumn, Jada, Maggie, Maddy, Ava, and Jocelyn, for showing us what Service Week (and Girl Scouting) is all about!

This week in Virtual Programming

Tuesday, May 26 at 3 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (Grades K-3) | Webinar

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, join us for Voter Girl, a webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville! This virtual workshop will teach girls the ins and outs of voting with some fun activities, and also puts girls on track to earn the Daisy Be a Good Neighbor and Brownie Celebrating Community Badges.

Register to become a Voter Girl »

Dreaming of the Future

Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Entrepreneur/Business/Law fields!

Register for the Career Conversation »

Camp Chat: Service Opportunities

Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12), Troop Leaders, and Adult Volunteers | Webinar

Between potential service projects and work days, there are opportunities for troops, groups, and anyone interested to make our camps AWESOME! Many opportunities involve going out to camps! While we can’t all be at camps now, we will be reopening in the future while following best practices and procedures from the CDC, state, and local governments. Older girls, troop leaders, and adult volunteers are invited to join this webinar to get updates from council staff Jazz and Kat and ask your questions about how you and your troop can help at camp in the future.

Register to chat about camp »

Tee up for C.I.Tea Time

Wednesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Are you a summer 2020 Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)? Join us for an hour of socializing and brainstorming with other C.I.T.s as we discuss how you can continue your journey this summer to one day become a camp counselor. Bring your own ideas or come ready to hear different ways you can participate in virtual programming all summer long as a counselor-in-training!

Register for C.I.Tea Time »

Connect with the Girl Scout Sisterhood

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Shop Social Together!

Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages, Families, Leaders, and Service Unit Managers| Facebook Live

Get ready for GCNWI’s SHOP SOCIAL on Facebook Live! Find your comfy PJs, grab some snacks and shop with your Girl Scout Council shop – all from your couch! Our online shop is still open and we want to share all of our new products, your favorites, uniform essentials and fun items for every girl. Throughout the night we will have a Girl Scout trivia contest for FREE prizes!

Watch live on Facebook this Thursday »

She the People

Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, join us for Voter Girl, a webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville on Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.! This virtual workshop will include hands-on activities and guest speakers who specialize in local civics. This workshop also puts girls on track to earn the Senior Behind the Ballot and Ambassador Public Policy badges!

Register for the webinar »

Don’t miss the Village of Lake Bluff’s virtual Memorial Day observance ceremony, available for online viewing on Monday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m.! Filmed in front of the Veteran’s Memorial at the Village Green, the ceremony will be shared online through the Facebook pages of the Village of Lake Bluff, LakeBluffStrong, and the Lake Bluff History Museum.

This week, share your service stories with us on social media by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI or by submitting your story on our website. If you or your troop plans on celebrating Memorial Day by completing the Honoring our Veterans Patch Program, make sure to share your story on our separate form!

Get Together for Family Week!

This week is all about spending time with your family, from the family you can’t see very often to the family you live with. We’re featuring games you can play, recipes you can try, and fun activities to keep you connected to those you love most!

There are plenty of resources and activities available for every level of Girl Scout to bring the family in on the fun!

This week in Virtual Programming

Monday, May 18 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Service/Medical fields!

Register for the Career Conversation »

Get Fit and Have Fun as a Family!

Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages and Family Members (Grades K-12) | Webinar

Try something new and stay fit form the comfort of your own home! Grab any family member and join us as we will be challenging you both to move in fun, new ways! Not only is this a great program to work on some physical activity, it will also challenge your mind to strategize and work through these physical challenges!

OPEN TO ALL AGES; however, Girl Scout Brownies will work toward their Fair Play badge and Girl Scout Juniors will have the opportunity to work toward their Staying Fit badge.

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Reach for the Stars!

Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (Grades K-5) | Webinar

PLEASE NOTE: Time has changed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this week’s meeting.

Space-Explorer Girl Scouts, the stars have aligned for you! Join us for our monthly virtual Astronomy Club Meeting! During these meetings, Girl Scouts will work on Space-themed badges, learn about different parts of the solar system and beyond, and receive updates on night sky events.

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Test your Girl Scout Knowledge

Wednesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages and Family Members (Grades K-12) | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts and family members are invited to join Girl Scouts GCNWI and Girl Space team for Family Trivia! We’re going to test your brains on pop culture and Girl Scouts facts–– we can’t wait to see what you know!

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Introducing the Virtual Book Club for Cadettes!

Wednesday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) | Webinar

Cadettes, do you love to read? Join our first ever Virtual Book Club! For the first meeting, we’ll be reading I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day. Please come to the first meeting having read the book or at least started it!

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Connect with the Girl Scout Sisterhood

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

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Stay Safe with the American Red Cross

Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors (Grades 2-5) | Webinar

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to join The Pillowcase Project webinar with the American Red Cross! Learn about the best ways to stay safe during emergencies and use coping skills during stressful situations through a series of hands-on activities!

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Get Ready for the Great Family Camp-In!

Saturday, May 23-24, beginning at 10 a.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages, Family Members, and Non-Girl Scouts (Grades K-12) | Webinar and Facebook Live

Near or far, camp where you are! While we can’t be together this summer for camp, we CAN bring the camping to you! We’re excited to present the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Great Family Camp-In, May 23-24, 2020!

This program is free and open to everyone interested in learning more about camping from the comfort of your own home—you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend. We’ll walk you through setting up your campsite at home—whether it’s a tent outside or fort inside—and get ready for some camp-in magic.

Join us for an awesome weekend full of virtual camp fun, including a Campsite Photo Contest, Art Projects, Outdoor Skills workshops, and more!

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We want to see the beautiful bright faces of you and your family–– send over pictures, videos, and stories of your week together on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or by submitting your story on our website!

Springing Forward with Girl Scouts GCNWI

As we near the end of the current Girl Scout year and kick off spring renewal, it is important to take the time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the accomplishments of our girls, and look forward to what’s next. Girl Scouts have stepped up in many ways over the last months to serve their communities––whether by making masks or donating cookies to front-line workers and food pantries, these girls are truly #GirlScoutStrong!

National Bridging Week Rescheduled

For girls bridging from one Girl Scout level to the next, it is a time to celebrate! Bridging is an important and defining time in a Girl Scout’s life, whether she’s bridging from Daisy to Brownie, or Senior to Ambassador.

Each year, the first full week of May traditionally marks National Girl Scout Bridging week. Due to the unique circumstances of the current year, National Bridging Week will now take place August 1-8. Save the date!

Things look a little different this year with our current shelter-in-place orders, so we’re taking the time to make sure bridging week is as fun as it can be.

But we know that a lot of girls and troops are ready to bring this Girl Scout year to a close, so this week we’ll be sharing a few ways for you to reflect and celebrate, and look ahead at your next Girl Scout year!

Read below to learn about our events happening this week, and check out our GCNWI Virtual Events Calendar to see everything we have planned!

This Week in Virtual Programming

Career Conversations

Every Monday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages & Adults | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for all ages! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers!

  • May 4 – STEM
  • May 11 – Fine Arts
  • May 18 – Service/Medical fields
  • May 26 – Entrepreneur/Business/Law
  • June 1 – Cooking
  • June 8 – Animals
  • June 15 – Technology/Digital Arts
  • June 22 – Trades

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Mechanical Engineering: Make a Balloon Car

Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes (Grades 2-6) | Webinar

We’re learning about potential and kinetic energy so you can design your own balloon car! No matter what age you are, you will have some fun! This program puts Girl Scout Juniors on the path to earn the Mechanical Engineering Balloon Car Badge.

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Happy Box Live

Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. | All Ages | Webinar

In times like these, we feel a lot of emotions and we can feel them more intensely than we usually do. That is where a Happy Box comes in! A Happy Box is a collection of items like toys, coloring books, stories, stuffed animals and more to relieve stress, anxiety, distress and any strong emotions we may feel.

Watch the Happy Box video tutorial for all the steps on making your own Happy Box! After you build it, join us in sharing our items with other Girl Scouts and council-members on this webinar!

Watch the Happy Box video tutorial »
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Older Girl Hangout

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Fun with Composting!

Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes (Grades 2-8) | Webinar

Interested in learning about composting with worms? Worms play a super important role in our ecosystems: they break down dead organic matter and turn it into nutrient rich soil! Learn about the importance of worms for our food system and environment, how to care for them, and what you can grow with their “vermicompost” (or worm poop)! Join Plant Chicago’s Education Manager, Kassie H. to explore the wonderful world of worms!

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