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!

A Complete List of ALL the Cookie Tips for the Girl Scout Cookie Season!

Now is the perfect time to join the Girl Scout Cookie fun and use all the tips provided to super-power your sale this season! This time of year, there are more ways than ever to participate and reach your goals! Plus, don’t forget that rewards are cumulative, so keep your eye on the prize!

Is your troop hosting cookie booths? Are you selling online with Digital Cookie? Did you know you can still take orders through the Goal Getter Program?

We have a host of tips that we can share with you all to make this cookie season the best one to reach your goals! Check out posts on our blog plus utilize the following resources from Little Brownie Bakers (LBB)!

Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! Some Tips for YOU…
Thinking Outside of the Booth: 10 Ways to Sell Cookies Digitally
Selling Tips for Girls via LBB
Marketing Tips for Teens via LBB

Get More Tips on Little Brownie Bakers

Booth Tips for COVID-19!

Our Girls are definitely thinking outside the box when it comes to their cookie sales. They know it’s possible to play it safe by following the COVID guidelines and with the help of an adult can run their cookie business using many social distancing methods. Check out these tips:

  • Booth Sleuth: In-person booths with social distance signage and a creative booth set up where a Girl Scout can package the order while the adult manages the hand off and payment transaction. Hosting a virtual booth site is an option too and it enables girls to be creative and have fun!
  • Print a created QR code to your Digital Cookie site on labels and add to every box, or add to thank you card. Especially for any box delivered
  • Contactless Deliveries: Schedule a porch drop with your customer or consider trunk pick-ups.
  • Set Up a Cookie Drive Thru: Work with a local business to secure a safe location like a parking lot and offer a “drive thru” service.
  • When considering order and payment options, use the Digital Cookie App. You can also use a credit card processing app like Clover – scan the customer’s credit card without touching it or another money sharing app giving customers additional no-contact payment options. Cash transactions can be collected in an envelope, keeping 6 feet apart and with a gloved hand you can retrieve the money with minimal customer contact.
  • Are one of the adults in your life on more zoom calls than ever? Ask if your Girl Scout can make a presentation on that zoom call and sell cookies. (Girl Scout should have a payment and delivery plan in place before the presentation). What a great way for your Girl Scout to learn new skills!
  • Stay safe! Wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and follow COVID guidelines
  • Cookie Tip: Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Girl Scout cookies are a sweet treat for that special Valentine’s Day. Wrap a bow around a couple of boxes and add a notecard too.
  • Contacting banks and use their drive-through lanes after hours to host a drive-through booth!
Check out these awesome Girl Scouts!

Extra Tips for Extra Fun!

  1. Create a recipe exchange and share your cookie creations! Check out this awesome video for inspiration!
  2. Stick with the classics: grab that wagon, fill it with cookies and walk around your neighborhoods.
  3. Turn it into a social distance or virtual cookie party! Pitch your cookie sales to friends and family both near and far.
  4. For those who don’t want to consume the cookies themselves, dedicate one day of sales to Gift of Caring: Call 10 people and ask them to simply order cookies that the girls can deliver to essential workers or a nursing home. 
  5. Share with the class: In your virtual classrooms break out the cookies as a snack or ask your teacher to give you five minutes for a cookie pitch!
  6. Create cookie thank you cards to attach to each box sold.  Include your troop’s QR code in case folks want to buy more.
  7. Sign up to sell at several booths and ask the girls to uniquely decorate each with a separate theme!
  8. Reach out to a car dealership to buy cookies from your troop and then giving those cookies to each person who comes in and does a test drive.

Participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Every Girl Scout in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 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 find the G.I.R.L. ( Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ within to do amazing things for herself and for her community.

Not a Girl Scout? Join today!

Celebrate Twelve Days of Girl Scouts with GCNWI!

It’s officially a Winter Wonderland here at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana! Celebrate with us by participating in the Twelve Days of Girl Scouts activities!

Every day from Dec. 1, through Dec. 12, we’ll be sharing lots of ideas to make this holiday season great! Enjoy each activity with your family, friends, or troop!

Celebrate Winter Holidays Around The World!

Join us on Dec. 12 for an afternoon FULL of virtual holiday cheer to learn! We’ll make crafts from holiday celebrations and send recipe suggestions for delicious cultural treats.

Girl Scouts of all levels, and their family members, are welcome to cozy up around the fire (and computer!) with hot chocolate in hand to experience winter holidays around the world.

Register here!

Sharing Thanks the Girl Scout Way

Sharing Thanks the Girl Scout Way

At Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), we are grateful for you: our members, volunteers, and supporters, who keep the heartbeat of Girl Scouts going.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our girls happy, safe, and comforted, especially as we stay apart this holiday season.

Our CEO, Nancy Wright, has a special message for everyone. Watch below:

Girl Scouts GCNWI CEO Nancy Wright

What are you grateful for?

Girl Scout Amy shares what she is grateful for this year

We want to know what you’re thankful for this year. Join us for a community art project and get the spirit of gratitude going.

What helped you get through 2020? Was it your Girl Scout sisters, your troop leader, your friends and family, or maybe your pet? Use our thankful trefoil to tell us!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Download the thankful trefoil and print or trace it from your screen!
  2. Fill in the trefoil with words or drawing of something you’re grateful for (like Amy did in the photo above). Be creative!
  3. Then, take a photo of yourself with your creation, and share it with us. Tag us on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI and use the hashtag #GirlScoutsGCNWI. Or, upload the pictures to our website.

We can’t wait to see your creations! Happy Thanksgiving from GCNWI!


Read More About Girl Scouts Giving Back

Girl Scouts Give Back for the Holidays

Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press: Area Girl Scout Troops donate to Vernon Area food pantry in time to help families for Thanksgiving: ‘It’s been a tough year’

Service Story Round-Up: Girl Scout Strong from Home

Your Girl Scout Member Account Is Changing

In December, Girl Scouts will debut a refreshed member account management system designed with you in mind. The new environment will provide increased visibility to your Girl Scout member account, make it simpler to manage household (and troop) memberships, and make it easier for you to find more fun for your Girl Scout!

However, to implement these changes, all member systems will be unavailable from November 18 through December 7. This includes:

  • Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
  • myGS 
  • New membership registration/s and membership renewals 
  • Looker (used by service unit data reporters) 
  • Background check completion and submission for processing 

What does this downtime mean for you?

Read below to see steps you can take to prepare for downtime.

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

You will not be able to access anything within your MY GS account (including your family profile, troop profile, and the VTK) from Nov. 18-Dec. 7.

  • Troop leaders/assistant leaders and parents/caregivers of Individually Registered Members (IRMs or Juliettes) should download any VTK meeting plans, rosters, and contact information before Nov. 18 as you will not be able to access the VTK during downtime.
  • Service Unit team members (mentors, program coaches, trainers, etc.) should reschedule all VTK trainings from Nov. 18-Dec. 7. 

myGS (member account)

You will not be able to access anything within your myGS member account from Nov. 18-Dec. 7.

Current members should review their household memberships (in myGS) and complete any necessary renewals by November 18.

  • In the new platform, all parents/caregivers must have a unique email address. In our current system, many parents/caregivers share one email address to access their family’s Girl Scout account. To ensure a smooth transition for your family, please take a moment to review and prepare your household for our fresh new environment by following these three steps:
  1. Log in to MY GS. (Note: In the new system, MY GS will become My Account.)
  2. Review your household’s email address. Are the adults in your household using the same email address? If yes, complete the next step.
  3. Provide a new email address for the secondary parent/caregiver.
  4. This is also good time to confirm the school we have listed for your Girl Scout(s) is correct.  
  • Girl Scout staff members also will be unable to access any member systems during the downtime. This means we will be unable to help you in the VTK, make troop changes, change contact information, complete background checks, add volunteer roles, or perform other similar tasks.
  • All members and volunteers should watch for an email from Girl Scouts in early December announcing the debut of our refreshed member account management system, updated login information, and instructions on how to access their refreshed Girl Scout account (myAccount) .

Looker

Looker, the service unit admin team reporting resource, will be unavailable from November 20 through December 7.

  • Volunteers who use Looker should download a copy of the reports used. In some instances, you may be able to use the most recent data available to meet your needs.

Background Check Processing and Screening

Background checks will be unavailable for processing and screening from Nov. 18-Dec. 7. If a volunteer’s background check is incomplete prior to Nov. 18 you will have to hold on volunteer activities until post Go-Live when eligibility status has been confirmed.

  • All volunteers who have received an invitation from the background check vendor to complete (or renew) their background check should submit their background check prior to November 14 to allow time for processing.

As Go-Live approaches we want you – our members and volunteers – to know that we will be here to guide you through the transition from beginning to end!

And, help us spread the word! Please share this information with other Girl Scout members. It’s very important that everyone knows that MY GS, the VTK, and Looker will be unavailable from November 18 through December 7 in order to ensure everyone is prepared.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience. We’re excited to support you through the transition and welcome you to our new member platform!

Contact Customer Care with any questions.

Your Chance to Win a GIANT Sloth!

Win a GIANT PLUSH SLOTH!

You heard that right! Now is your chance to win the ultimate prize! If you are obsessed with sloths, and want to win this amazing four foot sloth perfect for any slumber parties, movies nights, or just snuggling and cuddling, read on to learn how you can WIN!

The Contest

WHO: YOU! This girl-led contest is designed to not only be educational but fun as well!

WHAT: Record a short video of yourself sharing your favorite sloth fact. These videos can be as creative as you’d like and should be no longer than 30 seconds to a minute and a half.

WHEN: The contest takes place Oct. 5 – Oct. 21. All videos must be submitted by Oct. 21 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

WHERE: Submit a link to your video using this form! In the form you will need to submit a link to download your video (we cannot accept files, only links to download or watch online). This could be DropBox, Google Drive, Box, or social media post.

Your videos will be voted on by the Product Program and Marketing staff after they are submitted, and the winners will be announced and shared on social media on Oct. 26.

You must be participating in the Fall Product Program to enter.

Earn MORE Cool Sloth Rewards!

When you participate in the Fall Product Program, you can earn more awesome rewards.

Whether that goal is a trip to an exciting new place, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) project that will change the way you look at the world or earning AWESOME rewards, can make it happen. 

Check you all the fun rewards you can earn in our Rewards Highlight Video or you can find them on the Fall Product Order Form.

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Girls and Volunteers

Girl Scout Mask with Trefoil

Girl Scouts has never been just about the badges. Or just the troop meetings. It’s always been about the girls. That’s why we are shifting our lens in the year ahead to see things through their eyes.

Girls need Girl Scouts. They need to feel connected, valued, empowered, challenged, and heard. That is what will get us through the coming months. While we certainly do not have a crystal ball, we do have each other. We urge you to say “yes” to renewing for the 2020-21 membership year so we can strive to ensure that no girl feels left out or alone.

Here’s what we are recommending as a reasonable approach to honor our commitment to girls:  

  • Meet in small groups outside (using the guidelines below) into the fall. Then shift into virtual space during the colder months.  
  • Right-size everyone’s expectations. Use your time together to connect, socialize and do something fun together. Laugh, explore something new.  
  • Complement your scaled-back troop meetings by directing girls and families to sign up for any of the council-led virtual programs and outdoor opportunities. Read about upcoming fall programs on our blog!
  • Ask recently graduated Girl Scout alums and experienced volunteers to be guest moderators. Remember, if the girls are laughing and talking, the experience is a success in their eyes!  
  • Not sure how to lead a virtual troop meeting? We can help! Read our blog for advice from a troop leader.
  • Use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). More resources have been added to make delivering a virtual badge-earning experience easier. Spend less time planning. 
  • Focus on a year of giving service to others. Plan to use your troop cookie proceeds to fund acts of kindness that benefit those who need food, books, pet supplies, notes of encouragement, and so much more.
  • Be creative, flexible, kind, relaxed, and innovative.   

Revised Guidelines for Small Outdoor Gatherings and Troop Meetings 

  • In-person gathering is entirely voluntary. Masks MUST be worn. 
  • UPDATED: Small groups of 15 or less girls plus 2 unrelated adults (following girl-to-adult ratios in Volunteer Essentials) may gather, providing that all safety precautions are observed, including the mandatory wearing of masks. 
  • Those who elect to attend an in-person meeting must review and sign our statement to be retained by the troop leader. Download the agreement »  
  • Guidelines will apply to all GSGCNWI members, regardless of state residency. 
  • Gatherings may take place only in the outdoors with space for social distancing. We encourage troops to meet outdoors into the fall, and to consider outdoor hikes and other adventures outdoors even in the winter months. 
  • Please review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory for adults 65 years of age and older and those with underlying medical conditions before voluntarily deciding to participate in any in-person gathering. 

Tips for In-Person Meetings 

Troop leader Missie, of Troop 60775 from Flossmoor, IL, shared some very helpful advice for anyone considering in-person meetings in the future: 

  • Only meet in outdoor spaces, and focus on activities that take girls outside, like geocaching or hiking. She says these girls are dedicated— as long as there’s no lightning and thunder, they’ll show up! 
  • Space out the girls on sit-upons, and make sure everyone wears a mask and has hand sanitizer handy. 
  • Consider providing the girls with activity kits to make sure no supplies are shared between them. 
  • Stay updated with your local government’s guidance, check the CDC for pertinent information, and always reiterate safety. 
  • If you or the girls aren’t ready to meet, there is nothing wrong with that! Keep reaching out to the girls so they know you are present and available. Gauge their comfort levels! 

Thanks to Missie and the girls for sharing their story with us!  

Despite the restrictions, Girl Scouts are still having fun, staying connected, and making memories, online and in-person. Now that you can meet in-person with up to 17 people, here are 5 ideas for outdoor activities

  • Masking up and exploring natural areas around you is a perfect way to get moving and get some fresh air with the girls! 
  • Host a socially distanced-movie night by setting up a projector, and have girls bring their own pillows and blankets to sit on and spread out! 
  • Interested in giving back to the community? Consider hosting a mask or food bank drive to provide resources to those who need it! 
  • Once the weather gets colder, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop! Winter hikes and other snowy activities are a great plan for girls interested in adventuring through the colder months. 
  • Sidewalk painting, geocaching, bird-watching, badge activities: the list goes on! As long as girls wear masks and distance at least six feet apart, go ahead and get creative with your meetings! 

Now that in-person meetings are starting up, what do you plan to do with your troop? Let us know! Share with us on social media (we’re @GirlScoutsGCNWI on all platforms), on Facebook, or share your story on our website

For more information and guidance, read the complete updated guidelines for in-person troop meetings, cookie booths, and retail shops. 

Stay Safe! 

Should any conditions change, these sets of guidelines will be adjusted to reflect new information or changes noted by federal or state health agencies. All current guidelines will be posted and updated as necessary on our website, and alerts will be sent to member families via email. 

Don’t forget to Renew!

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When 90% of the girls in your troop renew by August 31 your troop will automatically receive a free Zoom account and a $20 eGift card for the Girl Scouts GCNWI online shop when the new membership year begins in October!

Learn more and renew on our website!

Girls, renew your membership today!

Summer Camp Revamp Rewind: Glowing and Growing!

Girl Scout Elisa making homemade skincare

Summer Camp Revamp has come to an end, and what an amazing six weeks of fun, learning, growing and glowing it was! From Mastering Mystery to Awaiting Adventure, every Girl Scout who attended our six-week at-home virtual camping experience turned this summer from a bummer to a BLAST!

For the last week of Summer Camp Revamp, Glowing and Growing, the girls refocused their energies and dedicated themselves to relaxation, mindfulness, and grounding. Whether it was spending time nurturing their green thumbs or making their own homemade skin care, the girls quickly became experts in all things self-care!

Read on to learn all about what the Summer Camp Revamp girls got up to last week, and over the past six weeks!

I Am… a Rainbow!

“I Am” Rainbow project by Girl Scout Mya

The girls, after making Gratitude Journals together for the week’s Discover Monday webinar (journals meant for writing down what you’re grateful or thankful for), got to work on their “I Am” Rainbows.

For each color of the rainbow, the girls wrote down different qualities they love about themselves, whether it was their intelligence, positivity, or courage. Then, after sharing with the group, the girls hung up their artwork in places they’ll be able to see every day, to remind them of their amazing qualities!

After going on wildflower scavenger hunts around their neighborhoods, the Summer Camp Revamp girls took action and planted different vegetables and flowers in their own backyards! And after experimenting with real dirt, the girls HAD to try eating…

… some dirt cake, which is delicious, we swear!

The girls then set to a day full of self-pampering, which included making their own spa treatments from scratch, including fizzy bath bombs, soothing face masks, and sparkly sugar scrubs. Girl Scout Lila filmed a tutorial for us: check it out below!

Girl Scout Spa Treatments by Lila

Closing Ceremonies

We want to thank EVERYONE at Summer Camp Revamp who shared stories and pictures and hilarious videos with us, and to everyone who made Summer Camp Revamp possible!

Have you been keeping up with Summer Camp Revamp all summer long? Read up on what the girls got up to in every post of our blog series, Summer Camp Revamp Rewind! Look forward to more Girl Scout stories next week on our Member Monday blog!

Celebrate participating in Summer Camp Revamp by purchasing an awesome, “retro” fun patch and DIY Tie-Dye T-Shirt Kit to make your own customized Summer Camp swag!

Renew by August 31 and Your Troop Could Win!

Continue blazing trails with us! Troops who have 90% of their girls renewed by August 31 are eligible to receive a free Zoom account and more goodies. Learn more on our website!

Share your Story!

Summer isn’t over yet, and we have more in store for Girl Scouts of all ages! Watch for future opportunities like Summer Camp Revamp on our Programs site!

Share your summer story with us on our website, by tagging us on social media (@GirlScoutsGCNWI), or dropping us a line in the comments below!

Power Our Promise: Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders at Camp CEO

We’re excited to launch our new series, Power Our Promise as part of Camp CEO®. This program spotlights our “CEO Mentors” who activate our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by sharing their time, talent, and treasure with Girl Scouts across the greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area!

Read on to learn more about this year’s Camp CEO® from a mentor, Carrie Camino!

Flexing, Growing, Leading

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 premier leadership camp for teen girls.

This week marks the 14th session of Camp CEO®, as girls and mentors gather virtually to engage in valuable mentorship and leadership experiences that last a lifetime. Camp CEO® mentors play an integral part in the program, helping girls take charge of their ambition. Carrie Camino, Director at West Monroe Partners, is one of them.

Carrie Camino, Director at West Monroe Partners

“Camp CEO® creates and develops a talent network ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow,” Carrie said. “Helping others find their true passion, and then pursuing it to their fullest is one of the most valuable activities I can undertake to help support a diverse and robust community that can flex and grow together.”

As a Girl Scout parent, volunteer, donor, and alum herself, Carrie has experienced the power of Girl Scouting in a myriad of ways. “Some of the experiences helped me think differently about what I could do,” Carrie shared. “It helps girls to push themselves a little bit further in a safe space.”

Girls are the Future

At West Monroe Partners, Carrie leads a diverse array of clients on how they can use data to impact people and lead organizations in a different, more meaningful way. Influenced by strong female mentors in her own career journey, Carrie sees Camp CEO® as an impactful way to shape the next generation of courageous leaders. “Several of my mentors have been female, all of them with their own unique experiences and path forward,” Carrie said.

“My learning is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ – rather there is an underlying theme of courage, grace, grit, and curiosity that guided each of them, and now me, towards continuous learning by building relationships and taking on new challenges.”

Those very learnings are what Carrie hopes to share with campers during Zoom workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and virtual campfire chats from home.

“I am passionate about sharing my experiences to help girls gain a new perspective, have a safe place to envision alternate outcomes, and create excitement to take on new challenges that will help them own and direct their personal goals and leadership style,” Carrie said.

“Girl Scouts has a rich history of launching some of the most impactful women of our time,” Carrie reflected. “Girls are our future—creative, resilient, empathetic, optimistic, and driven—what could be more fun than fostering this amazing community?”

Support the Girl Scout Mission!

Interested in learning more about Camp CEO® and how you can be involved? Visit our website!

To join Carrie in powering our promise with your support, click here.

5 Ways Girl Scout Troop Leaders Can Succeed

Focus on What Girls Need Right Now

It is not business as usual at Girl Scouts. And that’s a good thing!

If sheltering in place has taught us anything, it is how to get creative with how we spend our time, our priorities, and how to connect with others in unconventional ways.

The same applies to being a Girl Scout leader.

We know things may look a little different, but here are 5 ways to keep the focus on girls, and what’s most important, when the need to see things differently has never been greater:

1. Shift Your Lens

Adversity has opened up the opportunity for us to take what we know about the traditional way of Girl Scouting and look at it under a new light!

Now is the perfect time to shift the way you view troop meetings and activities and welcome a new perspective that is innovative, flexible, and really responsive to girls’ interests and needs.  

Get outdoors while the weather is good! Just ensure that everyone is wearing masks and following all COVID guidelines. Safety first!

If your troop traditionally meets on a weekly basis, consider providing girls a robust and interactive experience at monthly meetings instead. Do not feel pressured to continue to meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis as you did before. Just help connect girls and their families to some of the many virtual programs and experiences offered by our council and Girl Scouts of the USA. You do not have to do it all yourself.

2. Become a Virtual Girl Scout Troop

Our COVID-19 guidelines will be updated throughout the upcoming year, but instead of waiting for the next set of recommendations, just shift your view of virtual Girl Scouting as an opportunity rather than a substitute. Most of our content works amazingly well online!

There are virtual troops girls can join right now or you can start your own using the Girl Scouts from Home page to plan out your meetings. Your Volunteer Toolkit has virtual meeting plans for all age levels! No need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to providing fun, interactive programming and experiences for your troop.

We frequently update our Girl Scouts from Home page with virtual activities the whole family can enjoy!

Check out what some of our virtual troops have been up to!

3. Continue to Uplift and Motivate Your Girls’ Parents

Girl Scouts is not cancelled. Reassure your parents that as things continue to evolve and change, we will continue to ensure their girl is having fun, connecting with other girls, and building skills

4. Save the Date for the Leadership Expo

We understand your pain points as a troop leader in these times of uncertainty. And we are fully prepared to address those uncertainties and provide resources on how to remain resilient amidst the unknown.

This year’s expo will take place Saturday, September 26, and will celebrate volunteer accomplishments, highlight inspirational stories, and uplift strategies and tactics for the 2020-2021 Girl Scout year. 

Save the date! Additional details and registration information will be announced soon!

5. Stay connected

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is full of resources to help you conquer a new Girl Scout year. In addition to the VTK, we will continue to provide you with the latest updates and insights right here on our blog, website, and social media.

When 90% of your girls renew by August 31, 2020, your troop will receive a FREE Zoom account!

Bonus tip: Breathe

We are here for you. Continue this journey with us as we look at why Girl Scouts exists, especially using a new lens to see that we have always been about supporting girls when they need us most.

Your Troop Can Get a FREE Zoom Account and be Entered to Win!

When 90% of girls in your troop renew by August 31 your troop will receive:

  • A free Zoom account for your troop ($36 value)
  • A $20 gift certificate for the Girl Scouts GCNWI online shop
  • TWO entries into a drawing a $200 Amazon gift card (10 prizes available)

When 75% of girls in your troop renew by August 31, your troop will receive one entry into the drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card (10 prizes available)!

Don’t miss out on this limited time offer!

Renew your membership and encourage the girls in your troop renew as well.

Contest rules