Join Us For The New and Improved World Thinking Day 2019!

Did you know that as a Girl Scout, you are a part of a worldwide sisterhood? Girl Scouts USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which includes girls from 150 countries! Every year, WAGGGS and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day; a day specifically designed to learn about food, music and culture from parts of the world we aren’t exposed to and experience them firsthand. 

This World Thinking Day we are switching things up a bit from our traditional structure of girls choosing and researching their countries before hosting a booth to something new that will excite Girl Scouts of ALL ages. That’s right, this year will be much different—in the best way possible! 

Older Girl Scout Events 

Many older girls requested their own World Thinking Day tailored to them and we heard you LOUD and CLEAR! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will be able to celebrate World Thinking Day by enjoying an Indian culinary dinner with their fellow older Girl Scouts. There will be some guests of honor to host dinner conversations about cultural topics, including study abroad and planning travel as a young adult. After this cultural dinner, you’ll take part in fun activities in order to earn the World Thinking Day award. 

Younger Girl Scout Events 

Using their five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and feel), Girl Scouts will work together to discover where Juliette Gordon Low is—similar to “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego”. In this fun and interactive game, Girl Scouts will experience new cultures different from their own.  

All programs include the official World Thinking Day award.  

Two Locations! 

To help meet the needs of our Girl Scouts throughout the council region, GCNWI will be hosting World Thinking Day at the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and Friendship Center.  

Saturday, February 23: Friendship Center, Country Club Hills  

Sunday, February 24: Vernon Hills Gathering Place 

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors: Register for World Thinking Day Vernon Hills and Friendship Center

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors: Register for World Thinking Day Vernon Hills and Friendship Center!


You-and-Me in Door County!

Join the GCNWI 2019 Trip: The First Step in the Travel Progression

Following the wake of the very successful and fun You-and-Me on Mackinac Island trip, GSGCNWI hosted the first annual You-and-Me in Door County trip in June 2018, and we’re offering the trip again in 2019! Secure your spot by Feb. 28 with a deposit!

Below you can learn more about our 2018 trip to Door County where 21 Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes, along with their moms or grandmas, explored so much of what Door County, Wisconsin has to offer.

Ride the Fireboat!

Trip Highlights Included:

  1. A boat tour on Ride the Fireboat: Originally designed as a City of Chicago Fireboat, the “Fred A. Busse” was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1937 as a way to combat city fires from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan! Girls on last summer’s trip even got to try using the water hose! 
  2. Next up was a stop at The Farm where Girl Scouts got to feed baby goats, cuddle with kittens, milk cows and see what life would be like working on a real farm.  
  3. A guided tour of The Ridges Sanctuary – state park that preserves the natural area with ridges and swells along the coastline.  
  4. A meal at Al Johnson’s where you can pet goats that live on the roof!
  5. Spending time with family members exploring Sister Bay and Egg Harbor
  6. A swim party! This was a favorite of many of the girls. 
Cuddling Goats at The Farm

“We enjoyed the free time to walk down to the beach and play in the water, [including] watching the sunset from the marina.”

-Mother-Daughter Duo

The final day of the trip included a trolley tour of Peninsula State Park and lunch near Lambeau Field.  

If you’re interested in joining the 2019 You-and-Me in Door County trip, you can register here by Feb. 28, 2019.

The 2019 Door County You and Me trip will take place June 23-25. The total cost of the trip is approximately $300 per person, and includes coach bus, accommodation, multiple meals and activities. Girls will help guide the itinerary for the 2019 trip.

Register for the 2019 Door County You and Me trip!

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Hiking The Ridges Sanctuary

“This trip was so much fun all around. As a parent, I liked the mix of items on our itinerary. [It was] the perfect amount of outings and free time!” 

– Girl Scout Parent

GSGCNWI will also be hosting another you-and-me trip in 2019, this time to St. Louis! You can register for the St. Louis trip and read more about it on our blog!

Approximate total cost for each You-and-Me trip is $300 per person.

Don’t forget: Registration closes when trips are full or on Jan. 31 for St. Louis, and Feb. 28 for Door County!

Meet Me in St. Louis!

Join the GCNWI You-and-Me Trip: The First Step in the Travel Progression 

Following the success of the 2018 GCNWI You-and-Me trips, we have added a brand new trip in 2019 to St. Louis, Missouri! Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes travel with their mom, grandma or favorite female adult friend for a 3-day, 2-night trip.

The group will check out the awesome City Museum, ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, take a riverboat tour, and see the animals at the famous St. Louis Zoo. 

The St. Louis You-and-Me Trip will take place July 27 – 29, 2019. You must secure your spot before Jan. 31, 2019 with a $150 deposit!

The total cost is approximately $300 per person, and includes coach bus, accommodation, multiple meals, and activities. Accommodations are in shared-suites at Embassy Suites in Downtown St. Louis.  

Register for the St. Louis You and Me trip!

Fun Facts About St. Louis

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

Brought to you by Mental Floss

  1. One of the most popular tourist attractions in St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. On a clear day, visitors can see almost 30 miles in each direction from the top. While you’re taking in the views, don’t panic if the arch feels like it’s moving. The structure was designed to sway as much as 18 inches and to withstand earthquakes.
  2. Artist Bob Cassilly created the City Museum in 1997, and it is a giant playground/jungle gym made from salvaged architectural and industrial objects!
  3. The 1904 World’s Fair, which was hosted at the St. Louis Zoo, was the first time the world saw electric plugs, the X-ray machine, and the ice cream cone.
  4. St. Louis is the home of the toasted ravioli and there’s a restaurant that has over 25 flavors of RANCH DRESSING!
  5. Famous faces from St. Louis include: Maya Angelou, Phyllis Schlafly, Actresses Ellie Kemper and Jennifer Fisher, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tina Turner and Girl Scout alum Karlie Kloss!

Also check out our Door County You-and-Me trip!

If you’d like to learn more about our council’s travel opportunities, visit or our travel page for more!

High School Seniors, Jump-Start Your Future with KPMG’s Future Leaders Retreat

Do you know an outstanding 12th grader who will be attending college next year? Share this opportunity with her!

This scholarship and leadership opportunity came across our desk and we wanted to share! KPMG is offering an amazing program at Stanford University in conjunction with their initiative to help young women in high school move forward in their lives.

They are hosting the KPMG Future Leaders Program to develop future generations of women leaders. Selected high school female seniors from around the country will be awarded $40,000 in scholarships ($10K/year for four years), a three-day leadership retreat and a one-year mentoring program as they transition into adulthood and beyond.

Visit the KPMG website to learn more and apply »

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🍪 Girl Scout Cookies are HERE! đźŤŞ

Happy 1st Day of 2019 & the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Happy New Year! Girl Scout Cookies are HERE! Your customers have been waiting. Start selling Girl Scout Cookies today.

There are more ways to sell and buy Girl Scout Cookies than ever before!

  • Today through Jan. 21, girls can reach out to friends and family and take orders using the order card and online sales with Digital Cookie. Delivery takes place in February.
  • Starting Feb. 11, girls can superpower their success with booth sales. Show us how you bling your booth!

Set those cookie goals and make a plan to power amazing Girl Scout adventures!

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NEW! Girls Can Sell Cookies Online

This year there are more ways to sell and buy cookies! Getting started with the Digital Cookie Platform® is quick and easy! With Digital Cookie, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is better than ever.

Fun, easy-to-use tools help you superpower your sale and go beyond the booth with online and mobile channels that make it easy for cookie fans near and far to support your success.

And guess what? Girls who used the platform in addition to traditional sales, sold more cookies and reached their goals faster!

Girls can still participate in the traditional ways, too!

  • Order Taking: Go door-to-door;
  • Cookie Booths: Pick your location and bling your booth;
  • Workplace Orders: Make a presentation or write a letter;
  • By Phone: Call customers directly;
  • Gift of Caring: Ask customers to donate a purchase to the women and men in the Armed Forces and community organizations.

The Cookie Pro Contest is Now Open!

The Cookie Pro™ contest opens on Jan. 2. Enter for a chance at the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime! Girl Scouts and the bold and brave DC Super Hero Girls™ are teaming up to help young cookie entrepreneurs across the country.

Twenty-four girls nationwide will win the grand prize trip to southern California and get to meet prominent entrepreneurs and tour Warner Bros. Studios!

You Can Still Get Your Tickets for Cookie Rally on Saturday, Jan. 5 

Join us at Allstate Arena for the 2019 Cookie Rally with thousands of your Girl Scout Friends! Everyone who attends receives a FREE T-shirt and patch! Stick around for the Chicago Wolves game at 7 p.m. (ticket included in price of admission). 

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Cookies aren’t quite here yet… but you CAN still join us at the Cookie Rally!

While cookie sales won’t start until January 1*, you can still prepare for the season by getting your Cookie Rally tickets today!

Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Allstate Arena! 

  • Ice Skate on the ice with your fellow Girl Scouts (it’s BYO skates).
  • Dunk your favorite Girl Scout Staff Member at 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!


*Our sincerest apologies for our earlier publishing error that stated cookie season was already open.

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts GCNWI

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts GCNWI

This has been a year for girls to unleash their power and BREAK THROUGH.

They are practicing leadership and backing up what they SAY with what they DO. At Girl Scouts, girls are tapping into their potential every day.

Girl Scouts continue to run the largest girl-led business in the world. The leadership skills they learn today last a lifetime as they chase their dreams and champion issues. This year they even broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD with the help of their famous cookies.

And that’s not all they’re breaking…

Girls are breaking barriers in STEM. They are breaking away from screens and getting outdoors. And they are breaking the silence and using their voices for change.

This year has also been a time to celebrate women leaders and role models. Women of courage, confidence, and character are breaking stereotypes and disrupting the status quo.

From Girl Scout alums who are famous faces to Girl Scout alums who are newly elected Congress women, these women paved the way so girls can BREAK the highest glass ceiling yet!

And they will. Because girls are today’s hope and tomorrow’s leaders.

May your new year and our future be as bright as our girls!

Happy holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts GCNWI.