The Girl Scout Year In Review

The Girl Scout Year In Review

In 2020 and 2021, Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts, volunteers, family, and friends made the most of what was a uniquely difficult year. Girl Scouts pulled through; and we deserve to celebrate and look back on last Girl Scout year with pride!

Let’s take a look back at what we got up to and what our Girl Scouts accomplished.

Girl Scouts Kept It Going

Advocating for menstrual justice; building groundbreaking robotics technology to serve incarcerated youth; creating sustainable solutions to environmental issues; these are just some of the things our Girl Scouts have been up to this Girl Scout year.

Girl Scouts, whether they met in-person or virtually, kept the rhythm going through programs like Spark Days and our first-ever Hackathon, special events like Pigtails, Puffs & Ponytails, and independent service projects and creative activities of their own! We’ve kept up with Girl Scouts every week on our blog; make sure to catch up and read our Girl Stories.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program kept going too, and our Girl Scouts did fantastic! During this unprecedented year, GCNWI Girl Scouts worked hard to reach their cookie goals and gave more than ever to our Gift of Caring program. We also celebrated our GCNWI Cookie CEOs, Girl Scouts who were the top sellers in the council!

Their efforts proved (like the 2020 Cookie Program theme) that no matter what comes their way, “We’ve Got This!” Congrats to these Girl Scouts and all of the volunteers AND our supporters that helped make this cookie season thrive!

GCNWI Girl Scouts Zoe and Mali had the amazing experience of connecting with former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Zoom of a lifetime at GSUSA’s exclusive Becoming Me event! The Becoming Me event prompted 2,000 Girl Scouts across the council to gather their closest family to participate in this inspirational event: read more on our blog.

Surrounded by family, friends, and cheers, the members of the 2020 and 2021 classes of Gold Award recipients stepped into the limelight to receive bountiful accolades for their accomplishments! We highlighted all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts from the class of 2020 on our blog; stay tuned to read about the class of 2021!

One of our Girl Scouts, Therese M., made history last October, as she was named one of the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. We sat down with Therese for an in-depth conversation about her Gold Award initiative, Project Dandelion, and the power of the Girl Scout in the mission toward equality and anti-violence; read more.

Therese is just one of these amazing 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts—be sure to meet all of them!

New Democracy badges from GSUSA required girls to engage directly with their local political representatives to learn more about the democratic process in a year where civic engagement became especially important. Girl Scouts worked hard to get out the vote, met with local judges and mayors for live virtual Q&As, and Service Unit Managers provided suffrage-themed programming in a hybrid in-person and virtual session.

Girl Scouts also responded to calls for racial justice and liberation; Troop 40681 hosted a Black Lives Matter demonstration and created their own action resource guide. You can read about these Girl Scouts in the Chicago Tribune.

The Girl Scouts of the USA 55th National Council Session (NCS) saw nearly 1,200 voting delegates, along with girls, volunteers, staff, and board members from across the country gathered virtually to celebrate Girl Scouts and consider six proposals affecting the Girl Scout Movement. For our council, this NCS was a momentous success! Two proposals authored and presented by GCNWI were passed, the first time two proposals from the same council have been approved! We are incredibly proud of everyone who made this happen; read more about it and our amazing National Council Delegates.

Twelve fantastic GCNWI Girl Scouts played an important role in the NCS proceedings: Leah, Alonda, Caroline, Dex, Alany, Emily, Ariana, Kate, Erin, Dakota, Carlie, and Laura. Read our blog to hear from Alaina Greene, a GCNWI staff member, who helped the girls take the lead and start their own girl-led forum!

Girl Scouts were not alone in their amazing work; volunteers have ALSO kept the rhythm going, and we can’t thank them enough! Whether they are our Council Historians who collect, preserve, and share the history and legacy of Girl Scouts across the nation and in our area, our troop leaders who supported their Girl Scouts by providing stability throughout the pandemic, or anything in between, we are so grateful for their sustained commitment to the Girl Scout mission.

You can read volunteer stories on our blog, too!

Last September, we hosted our first ever premiere virtual fundraising event, Smart Cookies: Stand for More, an evening dedicated to uplifting our tireless girls and members. The night showcased powerful stories from our members and Girl Scout champions, inspiring words from our CEO Nancy Wright and Associate Board members, and a council-wide and community pledge to support the future success of our girls.

Watch the Smart Cookies program above!

During this year’s Tribute to Achievement program, we focused on Moments that Matter: those moments in life, big or small, that forever change your future, your life, or the lives of those around you. And you, our supporters, made the Moment Matter like never before: thanks to generous donations, the council raised over $517,000 for our Girl Scouts! You can watch the program above if you missed it!

Thank you for an amazing year together!

We are so proud of everything our council members have accomplished and overcome this year, and we’re so excited for a year full of excitement, friendship, and even more fun!

Renew your membership today and make sure you come along with us!

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

Girl Scouts explore Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in honor of Juneteenth!

Girl Scouts explore Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in honor of Juneteenth!

Girl Scouts, family, friends, and more from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) recently gathered on Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, to explore the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago and learn about the historical significance of Chicago’s Black Metropolis! This was the council’s very first gathering in honor of Juneteenth (learn more about the history of the holiday) and one of our first gatherings in person, and we were very excited to see everyone.

Read on below to learn about this awesome event (and see some pictures!).

Exploring Chicago’s Black Metropolis

Bronzeville was historically known in the early 20th century as the “Black Metropolis,” rich in African American business and culture. Girl Scouts came together to walk through our brand-new Chicago Neighborhood Walk Patch Program, which guides participants through a tour of murals, historical landmarks, and notable businesses in the Bronzeville area, as well as educates Girl Scouts on the Black history of the city.

At one stop on the scavenger hunt, Chicago muralist Chris Devins gave a surprise pop-up talk about the 2020 mural series, “Stations: Scenes from Bronzeville’s Family Photo Album,” and discussed with Girl Scouts the importance of “placemaking” (building art into communities to protect historical memories) in the Bronzeville community.

We were so happy to celebrate and honor Black culture and history on such a significant day and on Chicago’s south side, and we look forward to more neighborhood exploration together!

One of the organizers and Troop Support Specialist Latoya Bearden-Gardner reflected on the event: “To see Girl Scouts from all over the council come together to learn about the rich history in this community was amazing. It represented more than just another program or event and was instead a prolific statement. One that says COVID-19 cannot stop the work that we do to impact the lives of girls; one that says that we are strong enough together to overcome even the greatest of challenges; and one that says to the community and to the city, in big bold GREEN letters, that we are here!”

Scroll through to see pictures from the event!

Didn’t make it to the event? No problem!

You can still participate in the Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Download the Chicago Neighborhood Walk Patch Program.

When you’re done, you can add the patch to your vest!

Check out our other Patch Programs online!

Join Girl Scouts and Become Your Best Self

Finding your voice and becoming your best self? That’s what it means to be a Girl Scout!

Join Girl Scouts or renew your membership today and get ready to explore with us!

Attend the NEW and Improved Camp CEO 2021!

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!

Announcing—The Pinnacle Award!

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!

REGISTER NOW

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!

REGISTER NOW

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! 

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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! 

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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!