Smart Cookies Badge Bash

On Thursday, September 21, community members and leaders in Girl Scouting came together to support the Girl Scout Mission at Smart Cookies Badge Bash. Hosted by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Associate Board, Smart Cookies Badge Bash allowed guests to embark on their own Girl Scout journey through an array of interactive booths that shared what Girl Scouts are up to today.

Each booth was led by Girl Scouts from our council, and with their infectious enthusiasm, these young trailblazers guided participants through a series of engaging activities to earn a “badge”. From testing the limits of their knot-tying speed to unleashing their creativity through robot operation challenges, attendees gained a firsthand understanding of the dynamic world of Girl Scouting and the impact of investing in Girl Scouts.

Thanks to your support, we have raised $108,000 and counting! We also thank our generous sponsors for making this evening possible!

We invite you to relive the magic of the night by exploring the gallery of photos available here.

Girl Scouts Celebrate Innovation at ‘Smart Cookies’ Fundraiser

Girl Scouts Celebrate Innovation at ‘Smart Cookies’ Fundraiser

More than 300 people attended Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s (GSGCNWI) eighth annual Smart Cookies Awards Breakfast on Sept. 20, 2017, at the Union League Club in Chicago. 

This year’s honorees were Rita Sola Cook, Midwest Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Chris-Tia Donaldson, CEO, Thank God It’s Natural; Katy Lynch; Co-founder of Codeverse; and Jennifer Sherman, President and CEO, Federal Signal. 

“This event provides us with the opportunity to honor innovators and entrepreneurs who have stepped outside of their comfort zones, defied gender stereotypes and pursued their passions,” said Kathy Scherer, board president for GSGCNWI. “It is exactly what we hope to inspire in every girl who becomes a Girl Scout.” 

During the breakfast, which raised more than $130,000, guests enjoyed LEGO robot demonstrations from Newton Busters, the GSGCNWI team that placed 10th at world championships earlier this year, as well as the chance to purchase Girl Scout Cookies from a solar-powered cookie booth built by Troop 60194. 

According to the National Science Foundation, half as many girls as boys are interested in STEM careers. While 50 percent of girls ages 7-11 found STEM subjects to be fun and enjoyable, this percentage dropped to 31 percent and 36 percent in the 11-14 range. 

“The older girls get, the more likely they are to be influenced by gender stereotypes,” said Nancy Wright, CEO of GSGCNWI. “But Girl Scouts is changing that. We help girls build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience so they have the necessary qualities to not only survive in male-dominated industries, but thrive.” 

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