How YOU Can Help Support our Girl Scout Cookie Season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Girl Scout Cookie time!

You know how delicious our cookies are, but did you know just how much good they do? Fun fact: the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. The Girl Scout Cookie Program prepares girls in Chicago and Northwest Indiana with the business smarts they need to take on the world! 

When you purchase a box of cookies, you are providing amazing experiences for girls in our community, like opportunities in STEM, outdoor programming, entrepreneurship, travel, and more! The skills they learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program will prepare them for a lifetime of leadership. But there is more you can do in addition to purchasing a box of your favorite cookies!

Ways You Can Help

As with most businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our way of work including our cookie program. We need your help now more than ever to ensure that every cookie lover has something to enjoy!

  • Purchase or donate cookies at GSCookiesNow.com, or ask a Girl Scout you know for a link to her virtual cookie booth.
  • Visit this folder to download images you can share on social media or through email. Some social copy is below to get you started.
  • Ask others you know to help support the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Even if someone lives out of our council they can donate or purchase cookies to be shipped!
  • Tell your friends, family, neighbor, employer, and coworkers. You can even ask them to help spread the word!

Ways Companies and Employers Can Help

  • Email your employees
  • Post an image on your intranet and link it to GSCookiesNow.com
  • Cookies make excellent gifts for employees or clients! If you’re interested in purchasing… WHAT IS THIS PROCESS?

Social Media Posts

From the menu below you can cut-and-paste copy for your social media!

Facebook and Twitter
  • Create moments of joy at home this winter with Girl Scout Cookies! With virtual ordering and cookie delivery, it’s the easiest way to stay safe while supporting your local community. #ThinkOutsideTheCookieBox #girlscoutcookies
    Get your hands on some cookies using the Girl Scouts GCNWI virtual shop: http://bit.ly/gcnwi-cookies
  • Does anybody want some cookies? Order today and get them delivered straight to your door!  http://bit.ly/gcnwi-cookies
  • Ordering cookies is now easier than ever with Girl Scouts’ new partnership with Grubhub! Starting Feb. 11, login into GrubHub online or the app and order cookies that will directly benefit local Girl Scouts. The best part? They will be delivered right to your door! http://bit.ly/grubhub-cookies
  • New year, same delicious cookies! Get yours today and support local Girl Scouts! http://bit.ly/gcnwi-cookies
  • It’s cookie season! 💚 When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, the next generation of girls get a taste of what it takes to be successful and you get a taste of a delicious American tradition. Order up! http://bit.ly/gcnwi-cookies
  • Ways to order Girl Scout Cookies this year: 1. Find a virtual cookie booth, 2. Download the app, 3. Order cookies online. Whatever way you order, get started here: http://bit.ly/gcnwi-cookies #GirlScoutCookies
Instagram

🚨This is not a drill!🚨 Girl Scout Cookies are back for a limited time! Don’t miss your chance to stock up on old favorites or try something new! YAY! GSCookiesNow.com

Ordering cookies is easier than ever because we are on @GrubHub! Open up the app and get yours within the hour! GSCookiesNow.com #GirlScoutCookies #Grubhub #ThinkOutsideTheCookieBox

What empowers girls and creates joy? Girl Scout Cookies, of course! Order yours today: GSCookiesNow.com

Create moments of joy at home this winter with Girl Scout Cookies! With virtual ordering and cookie delivery, it’s the easiest way to stay safe while supporting your local community. 💚 GSCookiesNow.com #ThinkOutsideTheCookieBox

How to enjoy #GirlScoutCookies Season:
1: Visit GSCookiesNow.com
2: Find an in-person booth, or order online from a troop’s virtual booth. 📱
3: Pick up your delivery from your mailbox or doorstep 📦
4:  Relax and experience the joy of biting into a uniquely delicious Girl Scout Cookie! 💚

LinkedIn
  • It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season! When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, you are supporting girls’ success and their ability to create a brighter future. Find out how to order cookies from a Girl Scout near you! GSCookiesNow.com #GirlScoutCookies
  • Did you know that Girl Scout Cookies make the PERFECT company gift? Get yours today and support local Girl Scouts in the process! GSCookiesNow.com #GirlScoutCookies
  • Whether it’s an outdoor adventure, a STEM activity that opens her mind to new possibilities, a service project, or the chance to build a lifetime of memories with her Girl Scout sisters near or far, Girl Scout Cookies make it happen! Order your cookies today! GSCookiesNow.com  #GirlScoutCookies
  • Girl Scout Cookies: Joy in every bite. Order your cookies today! GSCookiesNow.com
  • How to enjoy Girl Scout Cookie Season 2020:
    1: Visit GSCookiesNow.com
    2: Order online or call your local troop 📱
    3: Pick up your delivery from your mailbox or doorstep 📦
    4:  Relax and experience the joy of biting into a uniquely delicious Girl Scout Cookie! 💚 #GirlScoutCookies

Know a girl who would like to sell cookies?

All Girl Scouts are a part of an amazing sisterhood. Together they are building entrepreneurial skills that they can only get through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Plus, they make lifelong friends they make along the way as they set high goals and learn essential life skills last far beyond Cookie Season. Become a Girl Scout today!

Social copy for girls who are not yet Girl Scouts
  • Girl Scouts are building entrepreneurial skills that they can only get through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Help your girl start her own cookie business today! girlscoutsgcnwi.org/sellcookies
  • Being a part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is easier than ever now that we have gone digital! Help her set up her shop online with Digital Cookie! Learn more! girlscoutsgcnwi.org/sellcookies

Thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Troop 65708!

Girl Scouts from Troop 65708 donating cookie bundles to essential workers!

This week, we’re continuing on with our celebration of Black History Month by once again shining a spotlight on the fantastic work of Black Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff. This week, take time to meet Girl Scout troop 65708 from Matteson, IL, co-lead by Jeneya Hampton and Bria Hudson, a troop dedicated to “making true-blue friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, and using their team power for the greater good.” Read on to learn more about their outstanding community service and sisterhood!

Troop leader Jeneya Hampton has been an awesome representative of our council before, featured on our blog over the summer where she gave advice on how to continue troop meetings through the pandemic. As part of their work as volunteers for the council, leaders Jeneya and Bria have taken extra effort to be visible in the community. “Girl Scouting is especially important for African American girls,” Jeneya expressed. Now, with five years under her belt, Jeneya has seen the girls blossom into young leaders, and looks at them as part of her extended family.

This troop has remained as active as ever, even through the difficult circumstances of the last year. “We’ve made bags for kids in foster care, donated our extra cookies to frontline healthcare workers, and we’re also learning sign language,” listed Girl Scout Zoe on some of initiatives in the past year.

The girls also have plans to make menstruation kits to donate to local organizations, shelters, and schools. “I don’t think there’s any project that these girls haven’t been up for the challenge,” Jeneya added.

The Girl Scouts spoke on the subject of the importance of community service:

“I love being able to give back and it gives me a chance to reach out to my community members,” Morgan explained.

“I like being able to do community service because we can help people who don’t have the things they need,” Justise continued.

Giesel agreed, adding, “It helps you feel better to know you’ve done something to make others feel better.”

“[Girl Scouts] means a lot to me,” troop leader Bria shared, “because I was in Girl Scouts myself. It provides the girls opportunities to really become themselves, and learn how strong and powerful women are. It is definitely good to see brown and Black girls so involved and doing great things within our communities.”

Morgan added, “I feel that the commitment is rewarding. I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy, and just to say that I’ve been a Girl Scout for that long and be able to help people honestly feels really good.”

Zoe continued: “I’ve made some of my strongest relationships in Girl Scouts. It’s really fun, but it’s also important because we also do things to give back and actually change the world in the future.”

“I like being in Girl Scouts because I get to just be myself, make new friends, and learn new things in a fun way,” Giesel responded.

“I like helping people in different ways, and participating in different activities, getting to interact with each other,” Kayla agreed.

Jeneya affirms that Black history should not be celebrated just one month out of the year: “We celebrate Black history all year round, 365 days a year,” Jeneya said. “We sprinkle Black girl magic in everything we do.”


We sincerely thank Troop 65708 for sharing their stories with us!

Meet Girl Scout volunteer Erica Cox from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and learn all about the Girl Scouts for Black Lives Instagram!

Black Girl Magic

From taking civic action for social change to expanding access to clean air and water, to championing STEM education for marginalized populations, to addressing food insecurity, there’s no limit to what Girl Scouts can do—because they show us just that.

Read GSUSA’s blog to meet just a few of our Girl Scouts who are impacting their corner of the world in major ways to create a better place for us all.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are asking for all Girl Scouts—girls, volunteers, alums, supporters, families, staff, and our suppliers and service providers—to commit to taking action to make the world a more equitable place. We have a lot of work to do—join usYou can start by signing the Girl Scout Anti-Racism Pledge.

Visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Page for more resources and ways to take action and take a stand.

Join the 21 Week Equity Challenge!

United Way of Grundy County and Will County are proud to join United Way of Illinois, and other local United Ways across the state to embark on the “21 Week Equity Challenge” and invites everyone to take this learning challenge.

This free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisans to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together. The “21 Week Equity Challenge” encourages individuals, families, friends, and co-workers to have racial equity conversations to gain a deeper understanding of the impact systemic racism and inequality have on our state and in our local communities.

Learn more on their website.

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!

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Girl Scouts for Black Lives!

In celebration of Black History Month, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is uplifting and applauding the essential work of our Black Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff in a weekly blog series. Black History Month is a special month that provides all of us the opportunity to celebrate Black success, Black voices, and Black leaders, and bring to the spotlight those who are often in the shadows.

This week, we are spotlighting a very special Girl Scout leader from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Erica Cox, who leads a troop of fifteen Girl Scouts and, with her family, runs the Instagram account @GirlScoutsForBlackLives. The page is a hub of information on Black history, current sociopolitical issues impacting the Black community, and groundbreaking Black women and girls who deserve their flowers. Read on to meet Erica and learn all about her incredible initiative to inspire Girl Scouts across the country.

@GirlScoutsForBlackLives was born out of a necessity to explain the nationwide civil unrest after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor: “It was really hard to explain vocally was what going on because it was really hard for us to take in,” Erica explained, “and my oldest girl is very inquisitive. That’s one of the reasons I started the page, because I thought, ‘I’m going to educate my daughter but I’m also going to educate other people.”

Erica’s urge to educate her girls brought them to a peaceful march where the girls were able to express their anger at the injustices toward the African American community, and eventually, she felt compelled to create a resource for her girls (and everyone else) to remain empowered. “It really became a movement for us. I wanted to represent Black Girl Scouts, give them that voice so they are able to be proud of who they are, what they stand for, and what their history is. I wanted to open their minds up and say, ‘There’s more to history than what they teach you in school.’ The page became a teaching point for everyone,” especially for Girl Scouts and volunteers that don’t always feel represented in the organization.

The @GirlScoutsForBlackLives Instagram has become a family project: “Every day, [my daughter] Michaela brings me a Black history fact. It opens the conversation between us and helps me post! [My daughter] Morgan actually made a slideshow about Harriet Tubman– I love their passion.” Her husband even manages the merchandise they sell!

Erica reflected on her Girl Scout origin story: “I always wanted to be a Girl Scout growing up, but my mother had different reservations.” Like many Girl Scout leaders, Erica became a Girl Scout leader out of necessity and gathered up a troop of girls that continues to meet today. “What motivates me to continue is my girl’s passion behind not just selling cookies, but really wanting to help, be a part of community service, earn the Silver Award. It really pushes me to work hard.”

“The true value of Girl Scouts is the socialization they get; they begin to understand that sisterhood can go beyond blood.”

Thank you, Erica, for speaking to us and sharing your amazing story!

Look out next week for another installment of this series!

Black Girl Magic

From taking civic action for social change to expanding access to clean air and water, to championing STEM education for marginalized populations, to addressing food insecurity, there’s no limit to what Girl Scouts can do—because they show us just that.

Read GSUSA’s blog to meet just a few of our Girl Scouts who are impacting their corner of the world in major ways to create a better place for us all.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are asking for all Girl Scouts—girls, volunteers, alums, supporters, families, staff, and our suppliers and service providers—to commit to taking action to make the world a more equitable place. We have a lot of work to do—join us. You can start by signing the Girl Scout Anti-Racism Pledge.

Visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Page for more resources and ways to take action and take a stand.

Join the 21 Week Equity Challenge!

United Way of Grundy County and Will County are proud to join United Way of Illinois, and other local United Ways across the state to embark on the “21 Week Equity Challenge” and invites everyone to take this learning challenge.

This free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisans to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together. The “21 Week Equity Challenge” encourages individuals, families, friends, and co-workers to have racial equity conversations to gain a deeper understanding of the impact systemic racism and inequality have on our state and in our local communities.

Learn more on their website.

Girls Explore Careers at Spark Day with LGIM America!

People skills, creativity, and analytical thinking: these are three skills Girl Scouts have in spades. In the world of investment management and financial services, those three qualities come in handy. Cadettes and Juniors from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) had the awesome opportunity to develop these skills and connect with LGIM America (Legal and General Investment Management of America) to explore the world of the client services industry.

Girls curious about computers, working with people, and managing money virtually gathered on Jan. 14 to get an extra-special look directly into the world of financial services! The girls got a taste of many different career fields through a Q&A with members of every department. Participants also got to play the market like LGIM America professionals and test out their skills to see who could make the most revenue in the virtual world.

Here’s what some of these LGIM America Professionals had to say about the day:

“Participating in the Girl Scouts Career Day was an incredibly rewarding experience. The girls were all friendly, bright, and engaging. It was great seeing the gears turn in their heads as some made investment decisions. All of the girls are setting themselves up for success!” – Jillian Johnson

“It was great having the Girl Scouts at LGIMA. It was exciting to explore the world of asset management with them.” – Alejandro Sepulveda

“We were thrilled to host the Girl Scouts and happy to see how engaged they were with the stock-picking game. We hope they had fun and learned something new!” – Emma Cameron

Thank you so much to LGIM America for partnering with us to provide this very special program for our girls!

Interested in more STEAM opportunities?

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join us on Feb. 15 to meet with the employees of Exelon to learn about renewable energy, play games, and take a crack at building windmills!

This is a great opportunity to learn all about the many careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and engage in a hands-on challenge!

Register here to join us!

Join us for World Thinking Day 2021!

Observed by 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 150 countries, World Thinking Day is a wonderful Girl Scout tradition that celebrates what it means to be a peacebuilder, an important component of our global movement. We invite girls of all ages to World Thinking Day 2021, a week-long celebration of global girl power this Feb. 16 to 21!

From peacebuilder panels to virtual world travel, GCNWI has a week full of exciting programs for all girls looking to expand their horizons! Pick and choose or join us for the whole week of fun and earn your World Thinking Day Award!

The Whole Week of Fun!

Attend all of the World Thinking Day events in February by registering for the whole week of programming! Includes access to the Meet a Peacebuilder program on Feb. 16, the World Thinking Day award programs and presentations by the Global Girl Scouting Group on Feb. 20, the family trivia game on Feb. 20, and the Country Open House on Feb. 21.

Register here!

Meet a Peacebuilder Panel

Join us on Feb. 16 as we kick off World Thinking Day week with conversations with a few active peacebuilders, including Jennifer from The Peace School and returning Peace Corps volunteers. Hear their stories and get the chance to ask them questions about their careers in activism! Participating in this program will help girls of all ages to complete step 4 of the World Thinking Day Award.

Register here.

The Main Event

Learn more about World Thinking Day!

During the World Thinking Day Main Even on Feb. 20, girls will work on some of their World Thinking Day award requirements and hear from our Global Girl Scouting group about different countries!

Make sure to meet the Global Girl Scouting group on our blog!

Go Head-to-Head at Family Trivia Night

Test your Girl Scout and World Thinking Day knowledge at this family trivia game night on Feb. 20! Grab your buzzer and your family with the most Girl Scout know-how because we’ll be quizzing you on the history of Girl Scouts, GS traditions, World Thinking Day, the World Centres, and WAGGGS (the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). Do you have what it takes?

Travel the World at the Country Open House

Let’s travel the world – virtually! Learn about various countries around the world from your fellow Girl Scouts at the Country Open House on Feb. 21. All audience members will receive a recipe book with recipes from the countries presented!

Additionally, GSGCNWI is looking for 18 individual Girl Scouts or troops that are interested in researching a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) country to present to other Girl Scouts. You’ll research, put together a virtual and/or table display, and present it to a Girl Scout audience! This event is free!

World Thinking Day: Home Edition

Celebrate World Thinking Day at home and learn about a WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) country by ordering the World Thinking Day Cultural Celebrations Box! There will be five country boxes – and the country you get will be a mystery until the box arrives at your home! In each box, you’ll get a snack item, fun patch, recipe, language cards, a craft, and more!

Reserve your Celebrations Box here.

Explore the World through Literature!

Volunteers: take a literary trip around the world with us! Join us on Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a riveting discussion about books from around the world!! Register here!

More Resources

Snag Your World Thinking Day Award

Girls who earn the World Thinking Day 2021 Award by attending these events can show off their commitment to peacebuilding with the official award! Celebrate World Thinking Day every day and buy your award today!

2021 World Thinking Day award activities:

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors [PDF]
Activity Guide for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors [PDF]

And make sure to read up on other civic engagement stories on our blog!

Grubhub National Cookie Program Partnership – FAQs for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Image via New York Times

This season, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced a national partnership with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub so girls have an additional way to facilitate contact-free cookie orders. In our council of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, consumers in areas determined by our Gathering Place locations can order Girl Scout Cookies for delivery on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app. A hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, local Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually. GSUSA is grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing proceeds.

What does this mean for Girl Scouts in our council?

In our council,  girls will be partnering with GCNWI staff and volunteers to hone their skills and gain some new experiences along the way.

Which Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the Grubhub partnership?

Just as in all Girl Scout programs, girls build essential skills each year they participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. GSUSA, in partnership with councils, have identified this as a progressive opportunity that insures it is girl-led and to provide an extra layer of e-commerce experience gained by offering this cookie selling pathway to them. There are several factors involved, but this does involve a girl “staffing” a Grubhub distribution point in conjunction with GSGCNWI to fulfill orders and gain a greater perspective for the processes and decisions entrepreneurs make every day. The number of girl(s) and staff/volunteers at each location will be limited to ensure COVID safety guidelines are followed. Additional training will be required for all girls, staff and volunteers who participate in this partnership program. All participants must comply with all GSGCNWI COVID safety guidelines as well as the guidelines required by our partner, Grubhub to ensure consumer and driver safety. 

Where will the “cookie cupboards” be located?

Per our national contract with Grubhub, GCNWI may only offer pick-up locations at our Gathering Place locations. Drivers will only service Grubhub diners within a 20-mile radius of each location. Each location will have established hours of operation.

Who will provide the cookies used in this delivery?

The inventory supplied will be managed by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and will not come out of the individual girl or troop inventory. Troops will not be allowed to bring cookies from their inventory. Girls and their troop will get credit for packages sold through this model during their “shift.”

How will customers place an order?

Customers can visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to find out if/when contact-free delivery from Grubhub is available in their area. When the program launches, customers may order through Grubhub.com or via the Grubhub mobile app.

Do Grubhub diners have the option to pay cash for orders?

No, all orders are required to be placed electronically via the app and/or website.

What times will the booths operate?

Booth times are 4pm to 8pm CST (Thursday thru Saturday). We may add Sunday as an option in the future.

How will this program be marketed in our area?

Grubhub is investing in advertising in the areas it services to promote the Grubhub partnership. We do not have information on where or how frequent ads will run. GSGCNWI, in partnership with Little Brownie Bakery, will be advertising the cookie finder tool starting in February – with a focus on encouraging consumers to purchase cookies from local Girl Scouts. We have also heavily invested in our PR campaign to encourage consumers to purchase through Digital Cookie, visit a local booth location or order from their favorite Girl Scout.

Can customers donate to Gift of Caring through Grubhub?

No. Per our contract and legal requirements with Grubhub, customers may not opt to donate to Gift of Caring (or similar program) at any council.

What fees are diners responsible for paying when ordering?

Diners are responsible for paying a service fee, delivery fee, and small order fee (only for orders under $10), along with an optional driver tip for delivery orders. Councils and troops participating will not be charged any fees by Grubhub for utilizing this program to aid in cookie delivery.

Is there a recommended minimum order amount for delivery orders?

No – diners may order as few as one package.

How are Grubhub drivers screened to protect the councils and the diners?

Grubhub runs criminal and motor vehicle background checks on all drivers and sends them best practices on how to conduct themselves in a professional environment. GSGCNWI staff and adult volunteers will be on-site at each pickup location.

How else can consumers safely purchase Girl Scout Cookies this season?

Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies in a few ways:

  • If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she is selling cookies – many girls participate in Digital Cookie and may have a link they can share to help you purchase cookies online.
  • Beginning February 1, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop.
  • Stop by the Girl Scout Virtual Pop-up Shop (https://www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/en/cookies/find.html) and support a troop near you

Troops can begin signing up for a Grubhub Booth Site opportunity starting January 24 in eBudde on the Booth Site tab.

Girl Scouts Across the Country Reflect on Historic Achievements for Women

Post originally published by Girl Scouts of the USA

They say you can’t be what you can’t see. And Girl Scouts around the country are watching with eyes wide open as the newest slate of elected officials transcend barriers for women in office. Girls have plenty of examples to look up to: at least 122* women representatives and delegates will serve in the 117th Congress—the most ever! And 55% of them are Girl Scout alums. 

“As a Girl Scout, when I see other women that have been in Girl Scouts, I feel like I have representation. I also feel confident because I know that they will live by the Girl Scout Law, which outlines principles that everyone can strive to live by such as being responsible for what I say and do, and respecting myself and others.”

—Girl Scout Cadette Lily, Nebraska

“I feel proud that we have women who can change the world! It’s important for people to know that girls can do the same things that boys can!”

—Girl Scout Brownie Mara, Florida

“Observing the passion and persistence of our congresswomen inspires me to continue my work to change the law locally and make Alabama a ‘hands-free’ state. All the Girl Scout alums holding public office show that working on service projects at the local level sets Girl Scouts on a path to accomplishing greater things!” 

—Girl Scout Ambassador Alex, Alabama

Among notable, history-making firsts in the 2020 election, Kamala Harris becomes the first woman to hold the office of Vice President of the United States, as well as the first Black and South Asian American to hold the office. 

“I am happy and excited to see the first woman vice president because it changes history. It makes me glad to look up to black women leaders and lets me know that my skin color doesn’t stop me from changing the world.”

—Girl Scout Brownie Emarie, Florida

“Being someone who is South Asian and seeing Kamala Harris as the first woman with a South Asian background to enter the office is really meaningful. Kamala is someone who has great influence towards making meaningful change, and I really look up to her. It shows all of us how important it is for girls to get involved in their community—and of course, a great way to become more involved with the community is through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards! When we see all of these girls making changes in their individual communities, it adds up to great change happening all over the world, leading to the greater good.”

—Girl Scout Ambassador Roshni, Texas

“It is appalling that after 45 vice presidents, only in 2021 has a woman been elected to the executive office of the United States government. I see great things for women in the future; women aren’t going backwards, they are going forwards.”

—Girl Scout Cadette Sylvie, New York

And it doesn’t end there! A record number of 18 Republican women were newly elected to the U.S. House, nearly 40% of whom are Girl Scout alums. And a record number of 52 women of color will serve in the 117th Congress and—no surprise—almost half of them are Girl Scout alums. 

With so many trailblazing women as examples, Girl Scouts can see that they, too, belong in the room where decisions are made.

“Girl Scouts is all about empowering young women and girls, and it’s nice to have that continued outside of Girl Scouts. It’s important for girls to know that they are able to hold positions of power and have women in power that they can look up to. It’s also especially important that our government has many different types of people with various identities within it since the government is supposed to represent the people it serves. There are many different types of people in our population, so our government should have plenty of diversity to represent everyone.”

—Girl Scout Ambassador Justine, Michigan

“I feel very excited with the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as the record number of women entering national public office this year!! It encourages all girls that hard work and confidence in ourselves make it possible to achieve our dreams. To space and beyond!”

—Girl Scout Cadette Sienna, New York

Feeling inspired? Girls can start flexing their leadership muscles and discover how they can make a difference right now. From January 21 to February 4, 2021, troops can download—for free!—the booklets and requirements to earn their Democracy badges. They’ll learn how local, state, and federal government works, how laws are created, how they can connect with their own government officials—and how they can be the change they want to see. 

From city halls to the halls of Congress, tomorrow’s leaders are today’s Girl Scouts!

*One Congressional race in which a woman is running (NY-22) has still not been called. 

Local Girl Scouts Donate 1,000 Bags of Hope!

Girl Scouts from Troop 30158 have been working for two years to make their community (and the world) a better, safer, more comforting place, especially for other young people. These girls took their initiative and desire to help others to their Silver Award project, culminating in the donation of 1,000 “Bags of Hope” for children in the Lake Country DCFS system. Read on to meet the girls and learn about their impressive work!

Hope in a Bag

In the fall of 2018, the girls and their troop leader Tiffany began to call on their community, their first goal being to donate 2,000 bags filled with stuffed animals, blankets, toiletries, and any comforting donated items. The resourceful girls, over the next two years, used their cookie money, sourced reusable canvas bags from an anonymous donor, collected blankets in partnership with Relay for Life fundraiser, and placed donation bins in numerous community locations to prep for their amazing initiative!

By early January of last year, the girls were able to assemble and fill the remaining bags; however, by March, they were unable to safely deliver the bags to DCFS. They sat in Tiffany’s basement until October, and though they didn’t reach their initial goal of 2,000 bags, they were able to make a huge impact, donating over 1,000 Bags of Hope.

“We spent a lot of hours together,” Girl Scout Hailey described, “but I’m really happy with the results. If I was a foster kid, I’d want to have something of my own.” Ella continued, “We definitely learned how to work as a troop together because of how much time we spent. I also learned that I shouldn’t take things for granted. After putting all of these bags together, I realize how many things I get for myself.”

“These girls do it with a smile on their face: that’s the best part,” their leader Tiffany said.

Fantastic job, girls! We are so impressed with your dedication to community service.

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Girl Scouts Take On Weekly Service Sundays!

Our Girl Scouts are committed to community service, even during the holidays. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) recently partnered up to offer a service opportunity to girls and troops in our Community Service Sunday group. We asked that girls and troops work to create ornaments for patients at the CTCA in Zion, IL, with words of encouragement and spirited designs.

The girls outdid themselves: the CTCA received hundreds of handmade ornaments from girls all over our council, and the patients were overwhelmed with gratitude and holiday cheer! “My daughter, Mia, and I had a great time making them and hoped that it brought a smile to someone,” troop leader Angelica told us. CTCA patient Reopal certainly smiled: “As a former Girl Scout, I was elated to receive the beautiful ornament made by a current Girl Scout. Knowing that these girls were thinking of cancer patients during the emotional times of the holidays really warms my heart.”

Take a peek below for some photos of the ornaments and kind words!

If you’d like to sign your girl or troop up for our Community Service Sunday group, you can do that by registering here! Service opportunities are emailed on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.