The Best Girl Scout GCNWI Gift Guide!

This is the perfect last-minute gift guide you need to make this the most memorable holiday season yet!

Give Your Girl Scout Something From Our Shop

Take advantage of our current promotion!

Stay warm and cozy with these PLUSH GIFTS

If you just can’t wait till the 2019 Cookie Season then you have to check out our new COOKIE 2019 MERCH.

Looking for something unique? Our VINTAGE LINE has some wonderful hidden gems, perfect for your history-obsessed Girl Scout. 

CREATE CUSTOMIZES MERCH for you and your Girl Scouts.

Get festive with these Girl Scout ORNAMENTS or CHARMS, some of which you can customize. 

Don’t know what specifically to get your Girl Scout? GIFT CARDS are a great choice! 

Give the Gift of Lifetime Membership

When you give someone LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IN GIRL SCOUTS this holiday season, you’ll give a one-of-a-kind gift that helps drive meaningful change today and build a better world for us all tomorrow.

And from now through December 31, 2018, you’ll receive a free tote bag that you can wrap and put under the tree—— or keep for yourself! Order by December 18 and you’ll get it in time for Christmas.

With your $400 contribution, you can honor a special person in your life and champion girls in a big way—— something that’s always been important but feels all the more vital today. We can’t do it without you! And if the person you’re honoring is a former Girl Scout between the ages of 18 and 29, the cost is just $200.

Spend Quality Time with Your Girl Scout on a You & Me Trip

Grab your mom, grandma, or favorite female adult friend and board the GSGCNWI coach bus to Door County, WI, or St. Louis, MO, in July 2019!

Each trip includes accommodations for two nights, multiple meals (and ice cream!), activities, and the chance to explore and shop. Approximate cost is $300 per person and is dependent upon number of participants. Registration closes February 28, 2019 or until trips are sold out.

SIGN-UP FOR YOU & ME!

Escape Cabin Fever with Cookie Rally 2019

There’s no better way to welcome Girl Scout Cookie season than by attending the Cookie Rally! Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Allstate Arena! READ MORE ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHTS as well as how you, when purchasing tickets, CAN EARN PRIZES FOR YOUR TROOP!

Spend a Night at the Museum

Join us for a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry after everyone has gone home! On Friday, Jan. 18, Girl Scouts have the chance to explore the museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits, participate in special science activities, and create your own science toys. Be sure to complete a scavenger hunt for a special fun patch! There are opportunities for everyone!

Sign Up for the Co-Ed Snoozeum!

Sign Up for the All-Girl Snoozeum!

Enjoy an Evening at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Discover the inner workings of a world-class opera company! See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit, and then journey backstage where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life.

Use promo code GSTOURS19 for discounted tickets ($10), valid for all Public Backstage Tours during the 2018/19 school year. Girl Scouts will receive a fun patch at the end of the tour!

GET YOUR TICKETS AND BACKSTAGE TOUR PASSES NOW!

Sponsor a Uniform for a Fellow GCNWI Girl Scout

When you donate $50 to Girl Scouts of GCNWI, you will give a girl her “starter kit” essentials such as sashes and guides to kick-start her Girl Scout experience.

You can also give a gift on behalf of your own Girl Scout! GIVE THE GIFT OF A BRAND NEW UNIFORM TODAY!

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Why This Year’s Cookie Rally is Going to be Better Than Ever!

There’s no better way to welcome Girl Scout Cookie Season than by attending the GCNWI Cookie Rally! Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Allstate Arena! Highlights for this year’s event include:

Buying a Cookie Rally Ticket means you are AUTOMATICALLY entered into our prize drawing!

When you purchase tickets on or before Monday, Dec. 17, you could WIN! Everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered to win. Plus, the more tickets you buy at one time, the bigger the prizes!

When you Purchase:

10+ Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
Premium Cookie Booth Bundle: Includes everything you need to kick-start your booth sales: early, exclusive access to a premium booth spot, plus a Cookie Booth-in-a-Bag Kit!

4-9 Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
$100 Girl Scout GCNWI Shop Gift Card!
Shop all the latest Girl Scout cookie gear!

1-3 Tickets: You’re automatically entered to win… 
A Girl Scout GCNWI Swag Bag: This custom assortment of cookie-themed items is only available at Cookie Rally!

If you’ve already purchased tickets you don’t have to do a thing! You’re already entered to win!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 

There are More NEW and EXCITING Happenings at Cookie Rally This Year!
  • Customized workshops for Girl Scouts to earn badges
  • Ice Skate on the ice with your fellow Girl Scouts
  • Dunk your favorite Girl Scout Staff Member with our Dunk Tank
  • Meet the Cookie CEOs and learn their Cookie Selling tips and tricks
  • Get a sneak peek of new Programs in STEM, Arts and Outdoors
  • Enter cookie and Chicago Wolves-themed giveaways and prizes for you and your troop
  • Learn more about Gift of Caring
  • Get your photo taken at the Action Photo Booth
  • Meet Tony the Tiger
  • Get a jump start on your Cookie Season
  • And more exciting surprises!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 


A Special Holiday Message For You!

By Nancy Wright, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

We have so much to be grateful for this year, including each and every one of you for being a part of the Girl Scout community. We are also thankful for all of our girls, who continue to show the world that leading with empathy, truth, and respect matters. 

As you gather with friends, family, and loved ones to take your seat at the Thanksgiving table to discuss important news and debate relevant issues, please remember all the tables that still exist today that do not invite enough women and girls to join.

This Thanksgiving, let’s practice gratitude and think about other tables we sit at in our lives. Can you pull out a seat for a girl or woman, so her voice can add value to a conversation and she can feel that she belongs? 

Happy Thanksgiving! You give Girl Scouts one more reason to be grateful. Take a moment to hear the ways Girl Scouts give thanks. 

Days of Deals at GCNWI Begin NOW!

CYBER MONDAY FLASH SALE! Save 40% on Blackhawks Tickets!

Bring your family and friends to Girl Scouts Night at the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Dec. 2. Ticket includes a fun patch!

Was $76.00
Now $45 with no fees!

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Save in the GCNWI online shop!

Free Shipping with NO MINIMUM ORDER ends 11:59 p.m. Nov. 27 in the GCNWI online shop!


Save on Bundled Gift Sets through Nov. 27!

Save 20% on the Winter Gift Set!
Get ready for the holiday season with this winter fashion bundle! Includes super cozy navy and green plaid Girl Scout Scarf, our popular trefoil bangle bracelet, and our new tassel key chain! Save on the Winter Gift Set »


Save over 35% on the Never Underestimate Gift Set
Show your love of Girl Scouts by wearing this fashion forward t-shirt, key chain, and cross-body buckle tote bag! T-shirt comes in gray with teal, white, fuchsia and glitter ink. Tote bag is available in green, navy, red and fuchsia. Save on the Never Underestimate Gift Set »


Save 25% on the G.I.R.L. Gift Set
You will stand out in any crowd with your G.I.R.L. pom pom beanie. Add the hair ties and everyone will know you are a Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader! Save on the G.I.R.L. Gift Set »


Buy three charms, get a mystery charm free!
Add three-dimensional charms to any CHARM IT! bracelet or necklace and customize your collection with our adorable charms! Shop Charms »


In-Store Savings, Nov. 26-30

  • 20% Off Official Apparel and Accessories
  • 20% Off Holiday Ornaments
  • 15% Off Program Publications (Girl Guides and Books)

Find a GCNWI Shop near You »


Terms and conditions: Discount will be applied at the time of purchase. No other discounts apply. Purchases made on previous days can not be returned for repurchase on sale dates.

Take Action Now for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that amplifies the power of philanthropy in our communities, and we’re just one week away! Your gift will help girls turn their passion into action through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership. 

And, thanks to a generous donor, the first $20,000 raised will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. Double your impact and give today! 

TAKE ACTION  

While the task may be large, the time is NOW. Today, we are united by our growing need for empowered girls around the world. Will you stand with us as champions for girls and women?   

Meet three girls in our community who are taking action to create the change we all want to see.  

Ela, Age 11  

Ela didn’t take for granted the idea that change starts within and radiates outward. When she realized that other kids in her school didn’t have lunches, she started to share her own. While food often brings us together, so too do Girl Scout cookies! Ela used proceeds from her cookie sales to create and partially fund a hot lunch program at her school that provides a warm and nutritious meal to other kids in need.   

“I encourage younger people to do good things. You can make a big difference in the world.”

Here’s to the young difference-makers like Ela!  

Eva, Age 20  

Activists TAKE ACTION. Eva has done that and more. A Chicagoan championing for the fair treatment of all, Eva has worked within her community to elevate the voices of the marginalized to greater heights. As the founder of Youth for Black Lives, Eva has led peaceful protests in the city and spoken at the United Nations in New York to advocate for the organization’s mission.   

Eva believes that young, gifted, and black people need to: “Help other people acquire knowledge, so that we can be free ourselves.”

Here’s to girls like Eva lighting the way to freedom for us all!   

Kaitlin, Gold Award Girl Scout, Age 18  

Kaitlin took her love for music and shared it with others on a grand (piano included!) scale. While working on her Gold Award project she created a wall mural, two middle school transition events, a music video, and a 5th grade private lesson program to increase the number of students continuing in band from middle school to high school. As a result of her program, the retention rate of band students increased 15%!

“Through earning my Gold Award, I learned what it was like to manage a program and take on a huge leadership position!” 

May she continue to play that change maker tune!  

Lock in your Giving Tuesday gift today  

Don’t forget! Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Destinations Spotlight: Exploring the Rainforest

Destinations Spotlight: Exploring the Rainforest

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s something exciting for every girl! You will not only acquire new life-changing experiences, but you will also make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states.

This past summer, some of the girls in our council went on their own Destinations adventures; three of our Girl Scouts participated in Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, one explored the European Alps and the other trekked through the Costa Rican Rainforest! We hope you enjoy this story from Girl Scout Veronica as she explored one of wettest places in the world!

Veronica and her fellow Girl Scouts hiking through the mountains.

Veronica Kleinschmidt’s Trip Journal

This past summer, I spent two weeks in Costa Rica on the Rainforest, River, & Reef Destination trip. Along with six other girls, I spent eight days hiking in the rainforest while staying with local families and experiencing the local culture first hand. We got a chance to make brown sugar out of sugar cane, empanadas with fresh home-made cheese, and learn about and plant banana trees. Afterwards, we spent two days at the beach near the Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoying ourselves and the plentiful wildlife of the park.

We rounded out our trip with some high adventures: zip-lining on a canopy tour, rappelling down a waterfall, and whitewater rafting on a nearby river.

This trip opened my eyes to a different, simpler lifestyle. The families we stayed with were very friendly and open, and so were their houses. Most had no windows or doors and those that had them,kept them open all the time. The families relied on the land for food, eating fruits from their own fruit trees, chicken and tilapia that they raised, and milk and cheese from their own cows. The banana trees were used not only for harvesting bananas, but the leaves served as wrappers for food to take along, and for making fire. Even entertainment was provided by nature. Together with the young children of one of the families, we enjoyed jumping and swimming in a nearby waterfall and running a makeshift obstacle course built in a ditch in between the sugar cane plantation, the chicken coop, and the pig sty. Children from the whole settlement tended to play together unsupervised.

Most houses had no TVs or other electronics, and we didn’t even wear a watch during the whole trip. Life there goes at a measured pace; we woke up with the rooster’s cry, ate when we were hungry, and went to bed when it got dark.

This trip made me appreciate the benefits of a simple lifestyle, separate from what we experience daily in the modern world. There was a huge contrast between the life we experienced in Costa Rica and our lifestyle at home. Even though they had much fewer possessions than we do in the US, they enjoyed their lives just as much or even more than we do.

My days in Costa Rica inspired me to slow down in my own life, and to try to incorporate the “Pura Vida” motto in my daily life (Pura Vida means a simpler life, less stress, being thankful for what one has, and dwelling lesson the negatives). It also confirmed my desire to make adventure a part of my life.I will continue to participate in adventure activities and I hope I can continue to travel and discover new cultures.

If you’re interested in going on a Destination, check out the GSUSA website.

Learn more about other GCNWI travel opportunities.


Why You Should Run the Chicago Marathon for Girl Scouts GCNWI

by Rebecca Brewer, Girl Scout and Two-time Runner for the GCNWI Go Getters Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team

I would like to start by stating the obvious:

Marathon training requires time, dedication, perseverance, sweat, and a willingness to get smelly and dirty.

Marathon training connects you to communities of marathon runners, both local and worldwide. Running communities feel warm and huge, and celebrate each person who crosses a finish line, regardless of the distance or time. When all of your friends, family, and co-workers who aren’t runners express that they can’t quite understand, a fellow runner will stand beside you with genuine awe and encouragement.

Now, I would like to discuss the less obvious:

Marathon training is a daily, sometimes hourly, pursuit. Most training is at least 18 weeks long with workouts or runs five to six days a week. Despite all of your dedication and effort to train for the marathon, life insists on continuing.

Your family, home, work, bills, and personal interests will still remain, vying for your time and attention, as marathon training requires more of everything from you: more laundry, more careful time and energy dedicated to meal planning, more sleep, more awareness of your body, more gumption to push through the workout or to stick to your training schedule, more questions… simply more.

Many people have asked why I ran a marathon for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana not just once, but twice!

Simply saying “the girls” didn’t seem to fully communicate the reasons that resonate deep in my heart about “my why.”

It was around mile 17 of this year’s marathon—when I was cold, aching, feeling low, questioning myself, wondering if I should quit—when I fully realized “my why.”

Being a Girl Scout requires time, dedication, perseverance, sweat, and, sometimes, a willingness to get smelly and dirty. It connects you to local and world-wide communities of Girl Scouts. A community that feels warm and huge; embracing everyone and celebrating each cherished experience and badge or award earned—regardless of how long it took to complete. When all of your non-Girl Scout friends, family, and co-workers express that they can’t quite understand, a fellow Girl Scout will stand beside you with genuine awe and encouragement.

For many girls, Girl Scouts not only provides them with all of that, but a place of respite from bullying, peer pressure, social expectations, and a barrage of media with messages of what they should wear, do, or think.

For many girls, it is also a place of physical, mental, and/or emotional safety. Girls don’t get to quit those races. When a Girl Scout is on a path to earn a badge or a Higher Award, life will insist on continuing around them.

I’ve run for the Girl Scouts in two marathons to show the girls “I feel you;” to remind everyone “Girl Scouts is here and strong;” and to remind myself of the impact Girl Scouts plays in the lives of so many girls.

Today I encourage you to apply to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Girl Scouts GCNWI. Applications will close on November 27.

When you run with the Girl Scout Go-Getters, you will receive:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Once you reach your fundraising goal of $1,250, we will refund your registration fee ($205)!
  • Free virtual and in-person training options with Chicago Endurance Sports
  • Official Girl Scout Go-Getters team running shirt
  • Customizable fundraising page to help reach your goal
  • Access to team events
  • Access to Race Day Resort on race day (located next to start line with food, drinks, indoor restrooms)
  • Fundraising prizes

Sign Up to be a Girl Scout Go-Getter!