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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 2020 Annual Report

From our camp properties to girls’ own backyards, GCNWI members discovered, explored, and strengthened their outdoor skills and commitment to environmental stewardship in 2020.  

Through virtual camp sessions, at-home activity kits, and socially distanced outdoor programs, Girl Scouts put their voices and actions to work, ensuring the beauty and wonder of our planet will endure for generations to come.  

GCNWI’s outdoor programming featured a variety of fun, challenging, and experiential activities that empowered girls as they develop values, skills, and behaviors essential to effective leadership in the outdoors. 2020 also marked the debut of the Becker Eco-Advocacy Grant.

Katherine B., 
Becker Eco-Advocacy Grant Recipient

“Being a Girl Scout has helped me make a difference in my community through opportunities for me to serve others. I have participated with my troop in several clean-up projects at our beaches and parks. I have helped raise funds and create animal toys for animal shelters. We have also served at Feed my Starving Children. 

“Through my creativity, [with the Becker Eco-Advocacy Grant] I will spark change in my community by presenting and preserving beautiful spaces. Being able to connect with sister Girl Scouts during the times we have not been able to go out has helped by giving me things to look forward to. I am sure we will have several more opportunities to serve our community and the world at large.”

Becker Eco-Advocacy Recipients

Newly launched in 2020, the Philip J. Becker Eco-Advocacy Endowment Fund honors the memory of Philip J. Becker, a life-long educator who was devoted to inspiring young people to embrace careers in the sciences, especially physics, energy, and astronomy. He felt a deep calling to help his children, grandchildren, and all young people understand the urgency of transitioning to innovative, renewable, and sustainable energy sources. His family, with strong Girl Scout ties, honors his memory and his passion for the environment by funding these grants to inspire girls to take action to make the world a better place. 

Eight Girl Scouts were chosen as inaugural recipients to pursue a service or highest award project exclusively dedicated to serving and preserving the environment and are great examples of what it means to really go green for good.

Becker Eco-Advocacy Grant Recipients

Katherine B.
Sarah D.
Lindsay P.
Priyanka P.

Celia S.
Meredith S.
Summer S.

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