Attend the NEW and Improved Camp CEO 2021!

Now entering our fifteenth year, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is excited to bring you a new and improved version of Camp CEO as part of our Zoom into Summer Camp series. We are calling on all high school Girl Scouts interested in developing their leadership skills while learning from women in various high-level careers!

This year, Camp CEO will run July 26-30 and will be a hybrid program, with some days happening in person (location TBA) and some days happening in a virtual capacity. See tentative schedule below!

What to Expect

Throughout the week of Camp CEO, we will focus on the themes of networking, communication skills, self-discovery, and personal insight. We will do this through workshops (in person and virtual) that are hands on and driven by girl and mentor conversations and voices, not lectures.

The highlight of Camp CEO is the opportunity for Girl Scouts to be paired one on one with a mentor who they will work with throughout the week of camp and beyond! The Girl Scout and mentor will be paired after the first day of camp on Monday, July 26. The expectation is that Girl Scout and mentor touch base at least once per day on prompts that will be provided to you.

Through attending Camp CEO, it is our hope that girls in any stage of high school learn the following skills that they will take with them well beyond high school:

  • Personal development (self-awareness, self-discovery)
  • Skill development (public speaking, conflict resolution, effective communication, problem solving, etc.)
  • Exposure to female mentors
  • Collaboration skills (team and group work)
  • Opportunities to build lasting mentor relationships

Eligibility

To participate in Camp CEO 2021, the following criteria must be met:

  • Girl Scouts must register for the program and THEN complete the intake form they will be emailed. Intake forms are due by Friday, June 11. Failure to complete intake form will make the Girl Scout not eligible to participate. In this case, a refund will be issued.
  • Girl Scout must be entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2021.
  • Girl Scout and their assigned mentor must check in with each other at least once per day via email, phone, or virtual platform. Prompting questions will be provided.
  • Girl Scouts must be able to attend all parts of Camp CEO including in person days and virtual workshops. See tentative schedule below for more information.
  • Girl Scouts must complete a health history form prior to Camp CEO. The form will be emailed once the intake form is complete.

Camp CEO 2021 Schedule (tentative)

  • Monday, July 26 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (in person)
  • Tuesday, July 27 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (virtual)
  • Wednesday, July 28 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (virtual)
  • Thursday, July 29 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (in person)
  • Friday, July 30 – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (in person)

Meet some of our mentors for Camp CEO 2021!

GCNWI Board President Sidney Dillard, (Partner & Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Loop Capital Market
Former GCNWI Board President Kathy Scherer, Managing Partner, Business Tax Services, Deloitte Tax LLP
Mary Bakken, EVP & COO, Silver Cross Hospital
Christine Concari, General Manager Customer Service, Celevland-Cliffs Inc
Julie Marcello, Managing Director, Marsh
Carol Murphy, Managing Director, AON Risk Solutions
Monica Weed, Former Executive VP & General Counsel, Navigant
Katy Lynch, Co-Founder & CMO, Codeverse
Jennifer Montague, VP, Communications and External Affairs, NIPSCO
Cynthia Hunt, Career Advisor, WHEN Way of Life
Tracy Ardis, VP of Human Resources, Silver Cross Hospital
Annie Logue, Freelance Writer, Teacher and Consultant

and more!

Register for the Camp CEO program to receive your intake form.

Renew Your Membership to Participate in Camp CEO

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

Featured

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

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

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

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

Becoming Me Programs for Daisies

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

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

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

Becoming Me Programs for Brownies

Brownie Making Friends | Oct. 2 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. | In-Person
Girl Scouts in grades 2-3 are invited to Camp Greene Wood on October 2 for the Making Friends badge workshop. Friends are another kind of family. They’re the people you have fun with and who help you when you need it. Make new friends and keep the old at this badge workshop!
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Brownie Philanthropist Badge | Oct. 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual
Brownies, join us for this virtual program to earn your Philanthropist badge, part of the Becoming Me series!

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

Becoming Me Programs for Juniors

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

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

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

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

Becoming Me Programs for Cadettes

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

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

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

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

Becoming Me Programs for Seniors

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

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

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

Becoming Me Programs for Ambassadors

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing—The Pinnacle Award!

Act fast! Applications are due June 1, 2021 for the 2021 Pinnacle Award class!

For the first time since 2012, we have a new council award, and it’s for girls!  The award was created in consultation with our Adult Recognition Committee and council staff who work directly with girls.

  • The award is called the Pinnacle Award.
  • The Pinnacle Award honors Ambassador Girl Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through their Girl Scout experience.  
  • To qualify for the award, girls must document their experiences by earning at least 7 “leadership points.”  The leadership points are achieved through a combination of Girl Scout and other extracurricular experiences.
  • Various adults will verify the girls’ leadership experiences via email.
  • Our CEO approves the slate of girl nominations after June 1 deadline.
  • A Pinnacle Award pin, council recognition at various events. (by budgets)
  • First “class” of awardees will be announced this summer/fall.

Click here for Application

Julie Gilmartin,
jgilmartin@girlscoutsgcnwi.org
630-544-5973.

Camp at Home with Zoom into Summer Camp (ZISC)

Not quite ready for in-person camp? For Girl Scouts who are interested in participating in camp from the comfort of their own home or backyard, we introduce you Zoom into Summer Camp (ZISC)! See our featured programs below as well as all the information you need to participate.

Program Structure

Hosted by our program and community engagement teams, all program materials will be provided when you sign-up for a week of ZISC. These programs were designed with limited screen-time, to inspire Girl Scouts to learn a new skill, explore a topic of interest further and more!

When you sign up for these multi-day programs, you will participate in a program-welcome webinar on the first morning, daily check-in webinars, a Thursday evening family night activity, and a printable activity guide to follow at home. Featured ZISC programs will have additional webinars taking place that week as well. Girl Scouts who participate will also receive a fun patch that will be mailed at the end of summer!

Featured Program!

Hackathon | May 15-16

Before we get into ZISC, we have one special program for Girl Scouts of all ages! Join us for our first ever hackathon on May 15! Girls will receive a challenge and a STEAM kit, and spend the day creating and designing their solution. Challenges will be age appropriate, so Daisies will work on Recyclable Art, Brownies and Juniors will find creative ways to assist animals, and Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will create solutions in the areas of health, education, and gender equality. Register by April 30 to receive the STEAM kit in time.

REGISTER NOW

Watch our Hackathon promo video!

Featured ZISC Programs

Earth Defenders | June 21-25

Are you passionate about helping other people, the environment, and animals be healthier? Then join us for this week of virtual summer camp, as we work together to become Earth Defenders. In partnership with the Truth Initiative, girls will learn about leaving the world better than they found it and taking action to get rid of cigarettes in their communities, schools, parks, and beyond! Girls who participate will receive a custom patch and Earth Defenders cape.

REGISTER NOW

Girl Security | July 7-9

Seniors and Ambassadors, join us for a three-day program with Girl Security! During this session you’ll learn cybersecurity skills: ethical hacking, artificial intelligence, and cyber security. All girls will receive a certificate of completion from Girl Security and Microsoft. Register by June 23, 2021!

REGISTER NOW

Camp CEO | July 26-30

Since 2007, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has welcomed high-level professionals and teen girls from across our council geography to Camp CEO®, the premiere leadership camp for teen girls. Now in its 15th year, Camp CEO® continues to provide girls with valuable mentorship and leadership experiences that last a lifetime.

We offer transformative virtual workshops hosted by professionals in our community, open to all Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors! All girls who register and attend Camp CEO will receive a complimentary program box to go along with the program 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO COME INCLUDING UPDATED INFORMATION

More ZISC Programs

A World of Girls: Our Global Sisterhood | June 29-July 1

Celebrate our Global Sisterhood with this Brownie and Junior virtual camp! You will tour different cultures with an arts focus while exploring the A World of Girls Brownie Journey. We’ll explore food, music, and girls’ stories from around the world.

*Even though this is a Brownie Journey program, Girl Scout Juniors will have lots of fun learning about girls around the world!

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Imagination to Creation | July 12-16

Anything is impossible through the power of imagination. Throughout the week, girls will explore and create characters, tell stories and learn how movies are made through hands-on, interactive activities. This is your chance to tell your story, or introduce your peers to your favorite characters.

REGISTER TODAY

Global Girl Scouting | Aug. 2-6

Grab your suitcase, we’re headed on a trip – virtually! Spend the week with the Global Girl Scouts adding to your travel bucket list. We’ll take a virtual trip to all of the WAGGGS World Centres (Our Chalet in Switzerland, Our Cabana in Mexico, Kusafiri that travels around Africa, Pax Lodge in England, and Sangam in India) through music, fashion, food, sports, movies, and more! You’ll hear from our Global Girl Scouts and get the chance to create your own video or presentation on the culture of another country.

REGISTER NOW

GIRLapalooza | Aug. 9-13

Step right up! Join us for our second annual GIRLapalooza Festival! Like every fun festival, we’ll eat tasty carnival-inspired food, play outdoor festival games, and create lots of colorful art. You will learn about famous festivals that take place around the world and create your very own festival booth!

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Renew or Join Girl Scouts to Participate in ZISC

Join or Renew now for $35 and your Girl Scout will be set until 2022!

At Girl Scouts, she’ll practice making the world a better place by doing community service projects, coding, exploring the outdoors, and so much more. And when you sign up with her now, you’ll be covered for the rest of this membership year AND the next, plus she’ll get a Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box! 

JOIN or RENEW TODAY

Prepare Your Girl for Kindergarten with the Girl Scout Daisy Launch!

As a rising kindergartner, your girl will begin to discover her own abilities, emotions and interests—and Girl Scouts is here to help!

Consider Girl Scouts to be your one-stop-shop to building your rising kindergartener’s social skills, boosting her confidence, and providing that extra bit of stability in this ever-changing world with our Girl Scout kindergarten readiness program, also known as Daisy Launch.

Similar to what Girl Scout Daisies do, the Daisy launch readiness program will allow her to make new friends, grow in confidence, and build skills that will help her in school and beyond. 

You can also purchase a Welcome Daisy Troop Leader Kit or a Welcome Daisy Family Kit when you register.

How Daisy Launch will Prepare Her for Kindergarten

Our virtual program is designed to promote successful learning by aligning early childhood instruction with opportunities for exploration, discovery, and problem solving.

The Daisy Launch program also addresses key competencies needed for kindergarten, such as strengthening her social and emotional development and her approach to learning, increasing her motor skills and physical development, and improving her language and literacy skills.

By participating in the Daisy Launch program your girl can:

  1. Spark initiative and curiosity about the world around her
  2. Learn techniques on how to manage her emotions and behaviors
  3. Feel comfortable with following class rules and routines and will learn to do things for herself
  4. Retain information and will be flexible in her thinking in order to perform a task
  5. Maintain focus with little to no adult support

Join us for our next Daisy Launch event and even try a Girl Scout program for free!

Let our team of dedicated staff help jumpstart her education and catapult her into lifelong success! Her dreams are our dreams, and we can’t wait to make them come true together.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Purchase a Welcome Daisy Troop Leader Kit or a Welcome Daisy Family Kit when you register. Check out all our kits here!

What Kindergarten Moms have to say about Girl Scouts

 

Take Earth Day to the Next Level with GSGCNWI!

Instead of just one day during the month of April, we are spending the entire month celebrating! 

Today, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day by taking action, advocating, and learning how to help the Earth! We invite you to join in with the millions of other people and join in on the celebration–– and we have plenty for you to do. 

Catch up on some activities we had to celebrate the day’s 50th Anniversary last year (and some new activities too): 

  1. Play Earth Day Bingo 
  1. Watch our Earth Week 2020 Video Series 
  1. Check out these patches and challenges: 
  1. Earn your Green for Good mini patches by completing the activities listed below (or come up with your own activities that fit the themes!): 
  • Power Button – Turn off your lights; unplug your appliances when you go to bed  
  • Recycle – Recycle cardboard, glass and paper; try to buy less plastic; learn to compost  
  • Butterfly – Make a pollinator habitat; raise monarch butterflies 
  • Paw Print – Visit an animal shelter; leave no trace when you go on a hike; pick up trash  
  • Water Drop – Don’t leave your water running; pick up trash around the river  
  • Tree – Plant a tree; identify different types of trees in your neighborhood or community  
  • Bread Tab – Recycle your plastic waste; reuse plastic items and turn them into something new  
  • Bee – Make a bee habitat; go to a farmer’s market to support local farmers  
  • Sun – Hang your clothes in the sun to dry; buy a solar powered item; identify solar powered buildings or structures in your neighborhood  

Then, make sure to get the corresponding mini patch (found on our shop site)! Thank you to the Nature Conservancy for the research and information to guide our pledge!

  1. Register for these eco-themed programs: 
  • Junior Girl Scouts are invited to jump start their Simple Meals badge and join Bethany of Ms. Bethany’s School of Cooking for a virtual pizza party on April 23! 

Climate change is the single most serious threat facing our planet today. This is why we all have a part to play, and as Girl Scouts, we make a promise to protect the environment. Let’s make good on that promise in 2021! 

If you participate in any of these programs or activities, you can earn your Green for Good Patch! Purchase the patch on our shop site!  

For additional resources on planet protecting and eco-advocacy, visit our website. 

A Complete Breakdown of ALL Our Summer Offerings!

Summer Camp | Camp Jobs | ZISC | Featured Programs

We know, summer is busy! We have a complete breakdown of all our summer program offerings that can take place virtually, in-person, or a combination of the two. Below you will find a multitude of information regarding summer camp, summer employment, and our NEW program series Zoom into Summer Camp (ZISC).

Sign-Up for Summer Camp

Calling all Girl Scouts! There is still availability at our day and resident camps. Camp has brought girls outdoor adventures full of learning, challenges, a whole lot of friendship, and tons of fun and we want your Girl Scout to join our camp community. Register NOW! 

Use the Summer 2021 Summer Camp Guide as a reference before registering!

Ways to Camp

Day Camp

Summer day camp at GCNWI provides an opportunity for girls to meet new friends, learn outdoor skills, and grow in her courage, confidence, and character in a safe environment. She will have fun in the sun playing games, singing songs, and maybe even getting a little messy in the great outdoors!

Campers bring lunch every day except when there is a cookout.

Locations: GCNWI offers Summer Day Camp programs at Camp Greene Wood, Camp Palos, and Vernon Hills Gathering Place. Learn more about each location. 

Transportation: Daily transportation via chartered bus* to and from Camp Greene Wood and Camp Palos is available for an additional fee. The bus stop location** and payment must be made at the time of registration. At this time, the Vernon Hills location does not offer additional transportation options

REGISTER FOR DAY CAMP

LEARN MORE ABOUT DAY CAMP

Resident Camp

Resident camp programs at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provide girls with the opportunity to reach the end of their comfort zone and stretch into new opportunities.

Each camp location offers something unique—a different program, sleeping accommodation, tradition, or even state!

Locations: GCNWI offers summer resident camp programs at Camp Butternut Springs and Camp Juniper Knoll. Learn more about each location. 

Where do campers sleep? Lodging for resident campers is predetermined and noted under each program in the 2021 Camp Guide. Learn more about the different types of lodging at our camps.

Transportation: You are responsible for your camper’s transportation to and from camp.

REGISTER FOR RESIDENT CAMP

LEARN MORE ABOUT RESIDENT CAMP

Custom Troop, Group, and Family Camp Programs

Our camp properties are open year-round! During this time, short, two-hour, in-person programming is offered throughout the year. This short programming is done in small groups and in the outdoors with health and safety in mind. These programs offer troops and families an opportunity to join in the fun of the outdoors. An experienced facilitator will guide your group in the activity from our menu of options, while maintaining a safe environment for all participants. 

Before scheduling, please note the following: All custom in-person programs will cost $15/girl. Adult chaperones will not be charged but will still need to register. Each program will have a minimum of 5 girl participants and a maximum of 7-8 girl participants along with 1-2 adult leaders to align with current COVID-19 guidelines. All programs will take place in an outdoor location with access to outdoor bathroom facilities (portable or pit toilets). No buildings will be open for use, including flush toilets. Please be sure to come prepared and dress for the outdoor weather.

REQUEST A CUSTOM PROGRAM

Property Rentals and Troop-Led Camping

When you are ready to meet in-person with your troop, Girl Scout camps will be open! GSGCNWI will open outdoor shelter facilities across key camps and Gathering Places for troops to hold their outdoor meetings. You can reserve these outdoor shelters on our new registration and reservation site.

Locations open for use*:

  • Camp Butternut Springs (Valparaiso, IN)
  • Camp Greene Wood (Woodridge, IL)
  • Camp Palos (Palos Park, IL)
  • Homewood Gathering Place (Homewood, IL)
  • Joliet Gathering Place (Joliet, IL)
  • Merrillville Gathering Place (Merrillville, IN)
  • Vernon Hills Gathering Place (Vernon Hills, IL)

*Some locations may not be available in the winter months.

LEARN MORE

Have questions about Summer Camp? Join us at either our Camp Chats or one of our Open Houses!

Camp Chats are an open house for parents/guardians to come and ask any questions about camp this year. This is a non-formal presentation event where attendees will have an opportunity to join a casual conversation with the Girl Scouts GCNWI Outdoor Program Team on all things summer camp! Chat Chats will take place over Zoom every third Wednesday of the month leading up to the summer, you can choose to just hop on for a short time or stay for the whole hour.

Summer Camp Open House: Check out our beautiful camps with your troop or family at our open house! You’ll be able to tour the camp, talk to the summer camp director, visit with the property manager, and experience some of the activities each camp has to offer. Designed for families, troops, or individuals with an adult chaperone. Please register everyone who will be attending this event, including parent/guardian(s) and sibling(s) of the camper(s).

Become A Summer Camp Staff Member

Calling All Role Models and World Changers!

Are you looking for a summer job that will leave you with a sense of empowerment, a positive outlook on life, and skills that will benefit you for years to come? Apply for a summer camp position with GCNWI!

Build skills in leadership, time management, communication, decision making, and problem solving, while having the time of your life at summer camp (must be 18+)!

APPLY TO JOIN THE CAMP TEAM

Camp Virtually with Zoom Into Summer Camp (ZISC)

For Girl Scouts who are interested in participating in camp from the comfort of their own home or backyard, we introduce you ZISC! Hosted by our program team, all program materials will be provided when you sign-up for a week of programming and community engagement teams.

Our new Zoom into Summer Camp programs include a welcome webinar on the first morning, daily check-in webinars, a Thursday evening family night activity, and a printable activity guide to follow at home. Featured ZISC programs will have additional webinars taking place that week as well. A fun patch that will be mailed at the end of summer.

Featured ZISC Programs

Earth Defenders | June 21-25

Are you passionate about helping other people, the environment, and animals be healthier? Then join us for this week of virtual summer camp, as we work together to become Earth Defenders. In partnership with the Truth Initiative, girls will learn about leaving the world better than they found it and taking action to get rid of cigarettes in their communities, schools, parks, and beyond! Girls who participate will receive a custom patch and Earth Defenders cape.

REGISTER NOW

Girl Security | July 7-9

Seniors and Ambassadors, join us for a 3 day program with Girl Security! During this three day session you’ll learn cybersecurity skills; ethical hacking, artificial intelligence, and cyber security. All girls will receive a certificate of completion from Girl Security and Microsoft. Register by June 23, 2021!

REGISTER NOW

Energy with Exelon! | July 19-23

Join Girl Scouts GCNWI and Exelon as we learn about the future of energy. Each day, we will explore a different form of renewable energy, from wind to solar and more. We will explore how each energy works, what resources it uses, and its benefits and challenges. If you are curious about energy or think you might want a career in energy one day, this week is for you. This program includes an energy kit, complete with the resources for the energy projects throughout the week. Powered by Exelon.

REGISTER NOW

Camp CEO | July 26-30

Since 2007, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has welcomed high-level professionals and teen girls from across our council geography to Camp CEO®, the premiere leadership camp for teen girls. Now in its 15th year, Camp CEO® continues to provide girls with valuable mentorship and leadership experiences that last a lifetime.

We offer transformative virtual workshops hosted by professionals in our community, open to all Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors! All girls who register and attend Camp CEO will receive a complimentary program box to go along with the program 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO COME INCLUDING UPDATED INFORMATION

Participate in one of our other sessions – Global Girl Scouting, A World of Girls: Our Global Sisterhood, Imagination to Creation, or GIRLapalooza. REGISTER HERE 

By registering for certain programs on or after March 1, you will be eligible to receive a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box. Please check your email inbox for a receipt with instructions to claim your free box after you register. 

Have questions about ZISC? Email programs@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

While virtual and in-person camp is taking place, we will have a lot of exciting in-person program opportunities for Girl Scouts and their families this summer. 

  1. Family Field Day: Have some outdoor fun with your family and GCNWI! We’ll have activities like dancing, yoga, obstacle courses, and more! As you move through our stations (while safely social distancing) you’ll get to show off your competitive side on our activity brag boards. How many stations or activities will you be able to get to? We’ll see you there!
  2. To the Revolution: Celebrate the Fourth of July and our country’s independence (with a little flair)! You’ll get to walk through stations that represent important moments in our nation’s history leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There will also be science-themed experiments that mimic fireworks to conclude the event. 

Don’t forget! We have virtual custom programs that can be booked by a troop or Service Unit. REQUEST A CUSTOM PROGRAM 

Find all this summer’s offerings here.  

Girl Scouts @ Home Kits

Recently launched! We have programmatic kits for you to participate in at home! GS @Home Kits provide fun, off-screen, themed items for Girl Scouts and their families to both learn and spend time together. Looking for more ways to Girl Scout at home? Check out our Girl Scouts @ Home Kits.

These kits provide fun, off-screen, themed items for Girl Scouts and their families to both learn and spend time together. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a new-to-you holiday, earn a badge, explore a fun topic, Girl Scouts @ Home Kits are shipped to your home and filled with goodies like fun patches, activity supplies, and a helpful step-by-step guide. Order your kit today to enhance your Girl Scout experience! 

CHECK OUT OUR KITS

Participate in Summer Programs When You Become a Girl Scout

Join or Renew now for $35 and your Girl Scout will be set until 2022!

At Girl Scouts, she’ll practice making the world a better place by doing community service projects, coding, exploring the outdoors, and so much more. And when you sign up with her now, you’ll be covered for the rest of this membership year AND the next, plus she’ll get a Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box! 

JOIN or RENEW TODAY

Join us for Becoming Me, a program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama!

Finding your voice and becoming your best self? That’s what it means to be a Girl Scout! And through our new Becoming Me program, your girl will explore her story and who she can become, earn badges, and even attend a special members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama!

The program launches on May 6 and you won’t want to miss out— learn more and save your spot by April 30.

In Her Own Words: Girl Scout Anne’s Service Story

Written by Cookie CEO Anne

You have heard a lot of wonderful stories over the years about how our Girl Scouts make the world a better place through their commitment to service, and even in these unprecedented times, we were able to continue to share these stories with you all. And who better to hear the stories from than from the girls themselves?

Read on for a first-person account from Girl Scout Anne, Cookie CEO who has donated her Disney trip for multiple years and will continue to do so for years to come!

In Her Own Words: A Gift of Joy

When I was in fourth grade, I was listening to a lesson about virtue at school, when I got an idea to be extra kind and generous. I wanted to do something big that would really put a smile on a kid’s face. It was Girl Scout cookie season when this happened, and I thought that maybe I could sell 5,000 boxes of cookies and then give the trip I earned to a kid in need. I thought giving a Disney trip would be good because I went to Disney when I was in second grade, and it was the best trip I was ever on. I had so much fun, and I rode all the rides, and I got to try all kinds of good food. I wanted to give my trip to another kid who might not have a chance to take a trip like this. I also wanted to give them a chance to have fun and not think about doctors.

When I told my parents, my mom thought it would be impossible to sell 5,000 cookies because I usually sold 500. My Nana thought it was a good idea but I didn’t think she was into it. After a few days, my mom called the council to see if it was even possible for a trip to be given away. We had to wait a couple of weeks before we got our answer. We could give the trip to another kid, but not another organization like Make a Wish.

I spent the next few months reading and watching YouTube videos on how to sell more cookies. I started to think about where I could have booths and which organizations I would like to collect donations from. I made arrangements to have booths at my favorite restaurants and I decided I would help local veterans and the Ronald McDonald House.

Veterans are important to me because I have had many relatives who served, and my favorite cousin is in the Army Reserves. I am thankful for what our soldiers do to protect us and I am grateful for what our veterans have done in the past. I have volunteered at the Manteno Veterans Home and I am a member of the Monee Auxiliary Post 1200. In the Auxiliary, I get to help plan events and treats for the vets. I am going to be their Junior Historian for the next year, taking pictures and documenting our meetings when we are in person. I am also going to collect cookies for the Fisher House at Hines and local homebound vets. This year I will use my cookie money to sponsor two service dogs through PAWWS.

I like the Ronald McDonald House because they help families who have kids in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House is like a second home for many families. When I was small, I was attacked by a dog and had to have emergency surgery, and I stayed at Comer’s in Chicago. I saw lots of kids with cancer and their families too. I did not like being in the hospital and I wanted to go home. Luckily, I did not have to stay in the hospital long. I knew some of those kids were going to be there a long time. I hope they made it home.

When I sold my 5,000 boxes, I felt like, “WOAH.” I could not believe it. Then I started to think about how I would surprise my friend, Lavontae, with the Disney trip. I have known him for a few years. Lavontae is always going to the doctors because he is living with chronic health issues. He is always fun, funny, and he is always hugging everyone. He is always happy and he LOVES to play video games.

My brother’s friend’s mother is the manager at the Chicago Ridge Disney Store. When she found out what I was doing, she offered to help host a reveal party for Lavontae. Her staff created a custom video which was played on their big screen. When Lavontae found out he was going to Disney, he was shocked and then happy. His Papa was excited too. I was excited and happy and grateful. I felt grateful for everyone who helped me and all the kindness I saw over the months.

Lavontae and Anne after gifting him the Disney Trip. Read about this amazing experience on our blog!

Reach Your Goals with the Girl Scout Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls succeed today and prepare for future success. With every box she sells, she builds on 5 essential leadership skills she can use for a lifetime.

Every Girl Scout benefits from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Whether it’s a trip to a breathtaking place they’ve never been, an opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp and revel in the power of the great outdoors, or the chance to try something new, every experience helps them do amazing things for herself and for her community. It’s never too late to join the program. Start today!

Girls Look into the Future with MetLife!

Our Spark Day programs are special opportunities for Girl Scouts to take a leap and explore the future with professionals at the top of their fields of expertise. From STEAM programming to career development, Girl Scouts learn the essential steps to take their ideas beyond their daydreams.

More than 30 Girl Scouts from Juniors to Cadettes made the most of their President’s Day off and gathered virtually to learn from MetLife employees about career development, careers paths, and get ahead of the game on resume-writing.

Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

The session began with a robust panel discussion by MetLife employees, and provided a space for girls to ask questions about their career paths, schooling, and other areas of interest. After the panel discussion, girls broke into small groups to tackle a wide variety of activities, including resume writing, elevator pitches, mock accident investigations, and finding out their own “personality color!” The girls were also given the resources to continue practicing these activities in their free time.

Two volunteers reflected on the event: “Working with young women who are passionate about learning and had great questions made my entire pandemic year! I truly enjoyed it!”

“This event was truly rewarding! To engage with our future leaders and provide a positive, impactful experience geared at making a difference in their lives makes my heart smile. I am better for having participated in the Spark Day event.”

Thank you to MetLife and their volunteers for running this amazing and creative Spark Day; these girls are now equipped with even more skills they need to achieve their biggest aspirations!


Register for a Girl Scouts Program and Get a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box!

Update (6/22/21): Kellogg’s Wellbeing Boxes are no longer available.

As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to educate and support Girl Scouts with the steps they can take to stay healthy year-round.

GCNWI has partnered with Kellogg’s to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing. The boxes include a Kellogg’s MyBowl, stress ball, journal, Kellogg’s snacks, Girl Scouts GCNWI Wellbeing fun patch and more.

Beginning March 1, 2021—which is the launch of Girl Scout month AND spring/summer program registration—current GCNWI members can get a FREE Wellbeing Box when you register for a GCNWI program!

Not yet a Girl Scout? You can get a FREE Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box when you join Girl Scouts today!

Spring and Summer Programs Open Now!

We are so excited to share with all the amazing programs we have in store including new opportunities in outdoor programming, STEAM, leadership, social-emotional learning and more!

Program Spotlights:

Browse all programs and start your wish list now!

What’s In the Box?

In this box, you’ll get everything you need to start your wellness journey, including a fun patch, yummy Kellogg’s snacks, and more! The Kellogg’s Wellbeing Box was designed to teach girls and their families ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s by eating a variety of different foods, providing healthy coping mechanisms, or creating fun and enjoyable experiences with the family outdoors. 

In addition to participating in new and fun programs, and earning a fun patch in the process, she will receive:  

  1. Kellogg’s MyBowl®
  2. basil starter grow kit
  3. lavender seeds kit
  4. mini cotton sachet bag
  5. stress ball
  6. journal
  7. Kellogg’s cereal
  8. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treat® crispy marshmallow square
  9. Girl Scouts GCNWI Wellbeing fun patch
Promotion Guidelines and Restrictions

Promotion available March 1, 2021, while supplies last. Exclusions apply. Current member promotion may not be applied to registration for Summer Day Camp, Resident Camp, complimentary programs, custom programs, and programs for adults as well as any programs registered for before Mar. 1, 2021. Quantity limits: one (1) per girl. Parents or troop leaders of Girl Scouts can reserve and pick up the boxes on behalf of their Girl Scouts.

How to Redeem

Current Members

  1. Register for an eligible program on our program site.
  2. Once the transaction is complete, instructions will be included in your email receipt.
  3. Complete the process listed in your receipt, including selecting a pickup location and time for curbside pickup from one of our regional gathering places/retail shops (except for downtown Chicago).
  4. Boxes will be available for pick-up only starting April 1, 2021.

New Members

  1. Join Girl Scouts as a girl member.
  2. Within 2-business days you will receive a welcome email with instructions of how to redeem.

PICKUP DATES

APRIL 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 1
  • Monday, April 5
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Thursday, April 29

MAY 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Monday, May 3
  • Tuesday, May 11
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Thursday, May 27

PICKUP LOCATIONS

GREENE WOOD SHOP
3155 71st Street, Woodridge, IL 60517

HOMEWOOD SHOP
1005 W.175th Street, Homewood, IL 60430

JOLIET SHOP
1551 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433

MERRILLVILLE SHOP
8699 Broadway Road, Merrillville, IN 46410

VERNON HILLS SHOP
650 N. Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

The Chicago Shop is closed until further notice.

Join Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts is committed to being that welcoming community dedicated to the upliftment and wellbeing of our future girl leaders.  Whether your girl is a dreamer, comedian, explorer, or something uniquely her own, she’s welcome at Girl Scouts. Find what makes her shine with friends and mentors by her side. Helping girls build their courage, confidence, and character since 1912. JOIN TODAY!