Leadership & Service | The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 2020 Annual Report

Girl Scouts builds leaders of the future. Life skills – from civic engagement to healthy living, communication skills, practical skills, and global citizenship – form the foundation of activities that help girls grow as Girl Scouts.  

We know it impacts Girl Scouts throughout their lives: 81% of Girl Scouts alum report that they feel competent and capable in the activities that are important to them compared to only 67% of the general population.  

As girls faced challenges previously unimaginable, GCNWI helped members push themselves to attain the life skills that will allow them to face the moment and prepare for a stronger future. Signature programs like Camp CEO connected girls with career mentors, while new activities like Career Conversations helped them take the first step to envision their futures at their own pace. By honing their social and emotional skills through service, mentorship, and leadership opportunities, girls developed creative solutions to problems, and formed partnerships to make those solutions a reality.  

Lauren T.,
Troop #55693 Leader

“Before this pandemic, [the troop] had big goals and dreams about their cookie season, badges they wanted to lead and earn, adventures they wanted to take and how they wanted to make the world a better place. While COVID has changed some of that, it hasn’t changed their spirit or dedication and it has only increased their bond and desire to serve others and make a difference.  

“Our service project theme this year was to help animals, those in shelters and those endangered. Over the course of this pandemic, we’ve met weekly via Zoom and worked on completing gotcha day adoption bags for both cats and dogs, which include a decorated bag, picture frame, toy (fleece for the puppies and a stick with ribbons for the cats), and a treat- all handmade except the treats.  

“The girls wanted to support each other too. They logged into Zoom weekly and connected on other platforms for virtual playdates, movie nights and even a camp out. They wanted to make something for each other, so they made smile jars, which are jars full of positive notes that remind each other they’re important and loved. They loved making these jars so much they made 50 more for our local food pantry, hospital, and nursing home. I’m so proud of all the amazing things they’re doing. They love so big and I’m so thankful to lead such incredible girls!”

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