Tribute to Achievement: A Night Where Actions Spoke Louder

The Girl Scouts, honorees and guests in attendance showed us all how to ACT FOR CHANGE at our 2019 Tribute to Achievement (TTA) dinner and we are grateful to so many for their generosity and support.

Girl Scout emcee Phoebe Williams kicked the night off as our Girl Scout emcee, much to the delight of those in attendance.

“There is no better time than right now for us to come together to lift up the girl voices that are speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo and working to change the world.”

The evening also featured a mini panel, with two of our Action Speaks Louder stars Amoolya and Carlie, as well as Connie Lindsey; Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust and Past President of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board.

Each of these women spoke about the impact of Girl Scouts in their individual lives and shared their hopes and dreams for change in the future.

Girl Scouts

“As adults, we have the responsibility and the privilege to create every opportunity possible for the girls in our lives to discover their own voices. We need to SEE them. We need to HEAR them. We need to ACT with them.” Connie Lindsey

See Amoolya, Carlie and other action taking girls in our council video “Action Speaks Louder.”

We also had the pleasure of honoring the following awardees; Luminary Award Recipient Kelly Grier of EY, Corporate Appreciation Award Recipient Exelon, received by Bridget Reidy, and the Girl Scout’s Own Award recipients, the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital, received by Dr. Colleen Chicchetti and Ms. Caryn Curry.

Honorees


Thank you to our honorees for showing the world that ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER!

We also want to thank everyone who supported Girl Scouts GCNWI at TTA this year! Your generosity will be the spark to help our Girl Scouts to become the best Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers and Leaders that they can be!

Together, we ACT for Impact. Your investment shows the world what you stand for and who you are. Your action speaks power to the importance of girls practicing leadership today.

These young women are the resilient change makers needed for a brighter future. We are grateful for your generous support. Support Girl Scouts GCNWI!

Get Ready for Girl Scouts GCNWI Trefoil Derby Day!

All Ages | $15 per girl | $4 per adult | Children 5 and under FREE
Joliet Gathering Place, 1551 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433

Custom patch and T-shirt included with registration!

Join us for the 5th Annual Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Turbo Trefoils Derby at the Joliet Gathering Place.

Join us to work on your car at the Derby Build Day on April 27! Bring your derby car kit and ideas. We’ll have tools and paint so you can work on your derby car, then test it at our aerodynamic testing station! Pizza will be provided. Sign up now!

How to Compete in the Trefoil Derby

This is your chance to design your own trefoil derby car with your troop, friends, or family, then race your car against other Girl Scouts in your age group!

Purchase your official Trefoil Derby Car Kit. Kits come with an official race pass, and must be purchased through a GSGCNWI shop (we have them in stores and online!). Any cars purchased at other locations will not be qualified to race. Purchase now »

Get to work on your car, and be sure to follow Official Derby Rules!

2019 Official Derby Rules

Upon arrival we will weigh each car with the “official scale” and turn back any car that exceeds 5.0 oz.

We will then do a quick visual inspection of each car against the following inspection points:

Car Dimension Rules

  • The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
  • The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
  • The car must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
  • The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body so it does not rub on the track.

Derby Car Weight Rules

  • The car shall not exceed 5.0 ounces.
  • The official race scale that is used at car check-in shall be considered final.

Car Modifications Not Allowed

  • The official wood block must be used. The block may be shaped in any way that is desired.
  • The wheel may not be changed from the original wheels sold with the kit. The track is set to exact dimensions of the original wheels.
  • The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seams and imperfections from the wheels that result from the plastic mold formation process.
  • The axles may be polished and lubricated, but you must use the axels that come with the kit.
  • Axels must be placed in the precut slots on the wooden block, you may not move them forward or back on the car.

Other Derby Race Rules

  • Once a car passes inspection and is entered into the race, only race committee members can touch it.
  • If the car loses a wheel, or is otherwise damaged, the racer shall have 5 minutes to make repairs.
  • Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspection Committee has the responsibility to give a time penalty to (0.50 sec.) those cars that do not meet these rules.

Are Pinewood Pro parts allowed?

  • As long as the car passes the guidelines explained above without any violations the car will be allowed to race.

Are Pinewood Pro Wheels and Axles Legal?

  • Graphite-coatings on axles and wheels are legal.
  • You must use the original wheels sold with the kit and car must conform to dimension guidelines.

Information about Derby day will be sent to those who are registered via email one week prior to the event.

Global Action Volunteer Team: Who We Are Part 2

The Global Action Volunteer Team (GAVT) is a group of volunteers who LOVE all things global and travel. They’ve traveled extensively locally, nationally and internationally with Girl Scouts and on their own. The team is here to serve the members of GSGCNWI to make global, cultural and travel experiences fun and accessible to our entire Girl Scout community. These adults are here to help you every step of the way, ensuring you are ready for your next adventure.

We interviewed each of the volunteers and asked them for their tips and tricks when it comes to local, national and international travel. Here are some of our favorite local destinations and where we’re headed next!

Madison in Peru.

1. What’s your favorite local destination (no flights involved)? ? 

Fawna: I like going to Milwaukee and exploring the lakefront there. The Garfield Park Conservatory and all of the beautiful parks in Chicago are also great places to visit.

Maureen: I love the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I enjoy wandering around the various gardens and photographing the flowers in bloom. I especially love the English Walled Garden and the Japanese Garden

Clarissa by a gorgeous waterfall.

Clarissa: I love to visit Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in DuPage County. I can hike for hours off-trail, climb up muddy walls, trek through water, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Sometimes I run, walk my dog, take my family, or take my Girl Scout troop. 

Camille: I grew up in Northern Indiana so my favorite place(s) to go are the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Warren Dunes in Michigan. I like to hike up and down the woodland trails and along the beach. In the winter you can sled down the dunes in Michigan, the fall has the colored leaves and the summer the beach.

Karen: My favorite local destinations are Traverse City, MI, Milwaukee WI, and Saugatuck, MI. 

2. Where are you going next? 

Shari: Our next three trips are Portland, OR, NYC and Montreal, QC.  We haven’t planned much yet. We’ll spend time on the coast in Oregon, horseback ride in the mountains and sight see with friends who live there. In NYC, we’ll see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, tour some attractions, hang out with some friends and then drive to Niagara Falls. We’re not certain about Montreal yet.

Alex: Germany! Road tripping around the country. 

Madison: This summer, I’ll head to Paris, London, Madrid, and Lisbon for work! I’ll be kicking off our international internship programs and consulting programs in all four cities!

Fawna on one of her many adventures.

Kimberly: My next vacation will be to Arizona/Utah – to see Antelope Canyon, Bryce and of course the Grand Canyon!  Plan to spend some time hiking, relaxing by the hotel and maybe take a helicopter ride if I get gutsy. 

Rosy: Southeast Asia – I plan to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore for my birthday!

Clarissa: My family are going to Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize, to enjoy the local culture, scuba dive in the Blue Hole in Belize, ride on speed boats between countries, and swim in the ocean and cenotes (a natural sinkhole). 

Maureen: Summer of 2019 will be busy for me. I’ll be traveling to India and Scotland. In India, I’ll be co-leading a Destination to the WAGGGS World Center, Sangam, and we’ll be heading to the Taj Mahal at the end of the trip. In Scotland, I will travel through the Highlands, see friends, and celebrate with family. 

Camille: For Spring Break our family is planning a trip to the San Francisco Bay area to see the sights and visit relatives.  We are planning on going to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Monterey Bay Aquarium, ride a trolley car and hopefully hit a baseball game.

Fawna: I’m going to Ireland! I am going see the Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle and the cities of Dublin, Belfast, and Galway.

Karen: I’m going to Savannah, GA. I’m going to do the polar plunge on New Year’s Day on Tybee Island (and other fun stuff). 

Shari on one of her many family adventures.

Interested in taking your own adventure?

Learn more about traveling with Girl Scouts GCNWI

Plan your trip with Girl Scouts Destinations!

Are you an adult interested in becoming a GAVT Member? APPLY NOW!

Girls can ALSO join GAVT! Email Ashley at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org for more information.

New this year! Nature-based Day Camp for Girls

For the first time ever we are offering nature-based day camps at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place, and the Girl Scouts GCNWI Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL!

Day camp spots are still open for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (girls entering grades 1 – 5 this fall)! Leadership opportunities are available for older Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (entering grades 8 – 12 this fall).

Here is some of what girls can look forward to at day camp:

  • Learn about animals and nature
  • Make new friends
  • Outdoor STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
  • Learning (or practicing) how to cook outdoors
  • Juniors and above can stay overnight on Thursday
  • Fun, themed days
  • Plus, girls who attend the Vernon Hills Day Camp will get to go on an off-site field trip

And guess what! You don’t already have to be a Girl Scout to attend, so bring a buddy along!

Check out the Day Camp Overview to see if these programs are right for you. Keep reading to learn more about day camp for each age group.

Browse the Camp Guide »

Register for Summer Day Camp»


Daisy Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grade 1 in fall 2019

Ready for a summer of smiles and new friends? Come to camp where you’ll create nature art, play games, and laugh until you can’t laugh anymore!
Daisies will work toward the Buddy Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095101
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095201
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills$165
Includes an offsite adventure
96101

Brownie Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grades 2 – 3 in fall 2019

Create unforgettable moments as you learn about animals, discover new worlds, and create art so realistic it could come alive. Brownies will work toward the Cabin Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095102
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095202
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills$165
Includes an offsite adventure
96102

Junior Adventurers Day Camp

For girls entering grades 4 – 5 in fall 2019

Put your camping skills to the test! Go on hikes, tie knots, and cook over a fire. Join us for nighttime fun with a Thursday overnight experience. Juniors will work toward the Camper badge. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
July 8 – 12Friendship Center$15095103
Aug. 5 – 9Friendship Center$15095203
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills $165
Includes an offsite adventure
96103

Communi-Teen

Open to older Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (girls entering grades 8 – 12 in fall 2019)

Put your leadership skills to the test! Work with younger Girl Scouts as they experience everything day camp has to offer. Play games, practice camping skills, and even help lead a campfire one night. Includes a Thursday overnight experience. Register now!

DateLocationFeeCode
Aug. 5 – 9Vernon Hills $2596105

Now Hiring!

Are you looking for a summer job that will leave you with a sense of empowerment, a positive outlook on life, and skills that will benefit you for years to come?  Apply for a summer camp position with GCNWI! 

Build skills in leadership, time management, communication, decision making, and problem solving, while having the time of your life at summer camp (must be 18+)!

Browse All Open Positions

Refer a Summer Camp Employee

If you refer a summer camp employee and they are hired, you’ll be eligible for a FREE archery or campfire and song program! Just have the applicant list you as a referral when they apply!

Only one adult and one child may attend the free program. Archery is for girls in grades 4+.

Girl Scouts Persevere and Triumph at LEGO Robotics Competitions!

Lego Queens jump for joy!

Powered by Exelon, and supported by BNY Mellon and Motorola Solutions Foundation

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana sponsors LEGO Robotics teams to compete in competitions. We have offered a LEGO Robotics program since 2008, and we now support 27 teams each year, impacting 100+ girls annually.  

In the 2018 season, GCNWI had 25 teams, including five rookie teams! Five of our veteran teams advanced to state championship tournaments.

Veteran Teams Advance to State! 

The Indiana GCNWI team, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Robot, competed in one of the many robotics competitions that took place in November and qualified for the state championship. At state, they were awarded the first-place award for Robot Strategy & Innovation as well as received a trophy for excellence in Robot programming.

Now that the season has ended, our girls are working on their Silver Award and have decided to sponsor a toothbrush drive for less fortunate members of our community. Their experience at the state competition, also led them to create a long-term strategy to pass the team on to younger girls.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Robot holding their trophy at the state competition.

The Super Bots competed at the state qualifiers for the fourth year in a row and swept away the competition, earning 212 points on their first table run. They earned the Tournament Champion award and qualified them to also compete at state level in January. They received the award for “Excellence in Robot Design.” These girls were one of the teams invited to tournaments in Turkey and Australia, which is a wonderful recognition!

Congratulations to the Super Bots!

Team Radioactive is small but mighty! They managed to capture the Championship trophy and advance to the state finals at the Vernon Hills qualifier in December.  At the state championship in January, these ladies took home the “Gracious Professionalism” award, which was well deserved.    

The Cybourg T.U.R.T.L.E.S. are fascinated by space exploration. Their initiative impressed the judges when they presented a 50+ question personality survey about Mars readiness, and this earned them the Project Award. They also advanced to state, where they made their best table runs of the season.  

These Cybourg T.U.R.T.L.E.S are ready for space exploration!

Rookie Teams Also Earned Recognition

Funding from BNY Mellon helped make it possible to add five new teams to our robotics programs!  

Holmes Hawks loved their first year as robotics team members!

Rookie team Holmes Hawks competed at their first qualifier in December. The team worked collaboratively to complete the competition’s course, and while they did not place, it never diminished their enthusiasm. The demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills, collaborating and hypothesizing on how to run their mission. Their persistence and optimism earned them the “Rookie Award” for the competition, and they are excited to compete again next year. They plan to complete five missions!  

Another rookie team, the Slimemaniacsqualified for state on their first attempt! They also earned the award for Core Values. At the state championship tournament the girls won the “Rookie Award”!    

All our LEGO Robotics Teams together.

Learn More about Robotics! 

Girl Scouts offers programs and badges designed to learn more about robotics! You can attend a Design Your Own Robot Badge workshop to learn about what robots do and how they help people, then design your own! 

Get involved in LEGO Robotics

The Girl Scouts GCNWI LEGO program is in partnership with FIRST Robotics. You can be a part of the excitement! Applications open annually in May to participate in the following season.

We are looking for teams of Girl Scouts, who have between 2 – 10 participants, two team leaders, and are willing to dedicate 1 – 2 hours per week on LEGO Robotics from September through December. Girl Scouts participating do not necessarily need to be from the same troop.

As a part of a FIRST LEGO Robotics team within Girl Scouts GCNWI, teams will:

  • Design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS ® technology;
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts;
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists;
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills;
  • Participate in team meetings, tournaments, and celebrations.

Sign-up to be notified with the 2019-2020 applications are open!

Global Action Volunteer Team: Who We Are Part 1

The Global Action Volunteer Team (GAVT) is a group of volunteers who LOVE all things global and travel. They’ve traveled extensively locally, nationally and internationally with Girl Scouts and on their own. The team is here to serve the members of GSGCNWI to make global, cultural and travel experiences fun and accessible to our entire Girl Scout community. These adults are here to help you every step of the way, ensuring you are ready for your next adventure.

We interviewed each of the volunteers and asked them for their tips and tricks when it comes to local, national and international travel!

Maureen in Tanzania.

Get To Know GAVT

When were you first bitten by the travel bug?

Maureen: The travel bug bit me when I was in 7th grade, and I applied for my first Destinations (called Wider Opportunity when I was a girl), a trip to Wyoming (National Center West) for horseback riding. I loved traveling by myself, meeting girls from across the country, having my own horse for two weeks, and learning how much more traveling I could do. I ended up going on five Destinations! and I never stopped traveling!

Fawna: When I was in second grade my grandparents took me to California and I was blown away by the ocean and how different it looked from where I lived in Michigan. After that I was really interested in exploring other places and seeing as much as I could.

Shari: Growing up, my cousins lived in different states and we spent every Winter and Spring Break driving to see them. I loved exploring different parts of the Unites Stated and it inspired me to continue to travel as an adult.

What Inspired You to Continue Your Involvement with Girl Scouts?

Madison: I am currently involved as a volunteer on the Global Action Volunteer Team to help advocate for travel for girls from a young age. I want girls to know they can truly run the world (and seeing the world is the first part of that!).

Maureen: I was a Girl Scout for 12 years, then immediately became a Lifetime Member, volunteering first as a Campus Girl Scout and in various ways over the past 26 years. I still volunteer because I believe that Girl Scouts gave me the courage and confidence to dream big, give back, and engage in the community. I want to help more girls learn about different cultures and to see the world! 

Alex: I believe that all girls should be given the opportunity and the resources to experience the world. 

Karen: I joined Girl Scouts in 1977 and have been involved at all levels since then.  I have helped with or run many troops, been a national delegate 4 times, earned my Girl Scout Gold Award and everything in-between.

Camille in Machu Picchu, Peru.

What (So Far) Has Been Your Greatest Adventure?

Camille: The most adventurous thing I have done is take a boat trip down the Amazon.  My traveling partner and I had to take a ponga (smaller speed boat) to reach the larger cargo boat to travel from Iquitos, Peru to Manaus, Brazil.  We slept under the stars in net-hammocks that we tied up on the ship.

Clarissa: Recently, I traveled to Colombia, and I trekked for four days in the jungle during the rainy season to visit the Ciudad Perdida (“the Lost City”), which is a city built in approximately 800 AD by the Teyuna indigenous people.  Through this adventure, I met people from multiple countries, slept in hammocks, hiked barefoot after blisters prevented me from wearing shoes, crossed roaring rivers by only holding onto a line, and learned about indigenous Colombian peoples. It was amazing!

Rosy: I swam in a spring at the top of a mountain, on a cliff, overlooking a petrified waterfall in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was terrifying but the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 

Karen: The most adventurous things I’ve done are night diving the coral reefs off an island close to Cuba, hiking my first 14er (a mountain over 14,000 ft high!) in a snow storm and taking my Girl Scout troop to Europe for 3 weeks!

Madison: I have a 3-way tie: riding a camel in Chefchaouen, Morocco; canyoning in Interlaken, Switzerland; and climbing Huayna Picchu in Peru!

Alex: Taking the Trans-Siberian rail all the way across Russia!

Rosy in Italy.

Interested in taking your own adventure?

Learn more about traveling with Girl Scouts GCNWI

Plan your trip with Girl Scouts Destinations!

Are you an adult interested in becoming a GAVT Member? APPLY NOW!

Girls can ALSO join GAVT! Email Ashley at achristensen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org for more information.

Girl Scout Cookies Available Until March 25!

You have a 2019 cookie goal, right? With so many ways to sell cookies, earning rewards has never been easier! Rewards are cumulative, and there’s still time to aim higher. Who wouldn’t love one of these experiences?

  • Party cruise on Lake Michigan | 500+ packages
  • Breakfast and adventure at Brookfield Zoo | 1500+ packages
  • Trip for two to Disney World for a four-night stay | 5000+ packages

Go for BOLD! These rewards are possible through the Girl Scout Cookie program which runs through March 25. 

SEE REWARDS

Reach Your Cookie Goal!

The Goal Getter Program lets girls use Cookie Order Cards to sell cookies and fulfill orders to the package. It’s easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Download the Goal Getter Order Card! 
    • Ask (and re-ask) customers to buy cookies! 
    • Fulfill orders at a Cookie Cupboard location.
  2. Your troop earns its proceeds and girls continue to earn towards patches and rewards.
  3. Girls get special Goal Getter rewards!
    • Goal Getter orders with at least 15 packages in one transaction will earn a Goal Getter patch.
    • Goal Getter orders with at least 50 packages in one transaction will earn a ticket into the drawing.

Cookie Cupboards are open through March 25! Download the schedule »

DOWNLOAD GOAL GETTER ORDER CARD

Sign up for Girl Scout Cookie booth locations while spots are still available! 

  1. Sign up for a booth site today in eBudde! Check back to see new sites.
  2. Stock up on all the cookies you need for your booths.
    • Cookie Cupboards are open through March 25.
  3. See Cookie Booth Tips and Tricks »

SIGN UP FOR COOKIE BOOTH SITES*

* Only volunteers with access to eBudde can sign up for cookie booth sites. New booth sites are being added daily.

New this year, girls can go digital to sell cookies! Create a cookie site, send emails, and reach friends and family near and far! Cookies are shipped directly to customers. 

SELL COOKIES ONLINE!