How to be a Girl Scout in 2020

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2020 is sure to be a memorable year, and not just for Girl Scouts. In the first year of the new decade, we are expecting a presidential election, important technological and scientific advances, the momentous 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, and continued efforts toward civil rights.

Looking Back at 2019

Before we look to the future in the next decade, take a look back at some highlights from 2019!

At Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), we’re also gearing up for the 2020 Cookie Season, our exciting environmental expo Green for Good at Navy Pier, brand-new programs and travel opportunities, the Girl Scouts National Convention in Orlando, Florida, and another year full of making memories with our Girl Scout sisters!

Clearly, Girl Scouts have a lot to do in 2020 and beyond. Read on to find out what we’re up to here at GSGCNWI!


Virtual Cookie Rally!

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This year, the Cookie Rally is going VIRTUAL! Girl Scouts of all ages, parents/caregivers, troop leaders, and service unit cookie program managers are all cordially invited to “join us” at our Virtual Cookie Rally premiering on Jan. 11! Expect all the fun from a regular Cookie Rally, but now, from wherever your phone or computer is! We’ll be introducing the Cookie Season, sharing tips and tricks, doing fun activities, and much more! You can choose to attend by:

  • Enjoying the Virtual Cookie Rally from the comfort of your home;
  • Hosting a watch party of your own with your troop or Service Unit;
  • Or, join one of our Official Watch Parties! We are getting together on Saturday, January 11 at the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and at the Friendship Center. Register before Jan. 3 to join us!

Your Vote, Your Voice, Your World

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2020 is an especially important year in regards to the future of the nation, and it is your duty as a Girl Scout to take a stand and stay informed. If your resolution for the new year is to learn more about politics and advocacy, you will love the girl-led programs coming up for change-makers of all ages.

  • Daisies are invited to Camp Greene Wood on Saturday, January 25, for I Vote, You Vote, to learn about how and why we vote!
  • Cadettes who are passionate about civic engagement and advocacy are invited to Camp Greene Wood on Saturday, Feb. 8, for Your Voice, Your Vote, a program dedicated to teaching advocacy and civic engagement.
  • Juniors are welcome to We the People at Camp Greene Wood on Saturday, Feb. 15, to dive headfirst into the world of U.S. democracy and learn about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and more!
  • 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave some women the right to vote in elections. To celebrate, all ages of Girl Scouts are invited to HERstory: Lead Like a Girl! at the Friendship Center on Saturday, Mar. 21, or at the Vernon Hills Gathering Place on Saturday, Mar. 28.

Going Green for Good

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Something big is coming: our environmental expo Green for Good on May 9 at Navy Pier! 

Young people (not just Girl Scouts) and their families are invited to the Green for Good expo to be inspired to speak up, change habits, cultivate new ideas, dialogue with industry leaders, and learn about issues that matter to our environment. We’re sparking innovation, creativity, advocacy, and action.

Leading up to the expo, we’ll have events, service opportunities, and patch programs to help you Go Green for Good! Stay tuned for more information about the expo in the new year.


Auld Lang Syne

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In 2020, Girl Scouts will continue the legacy that Juliette Gordon Low created, but with a contemporary twist. Girl Scouts are going digital, going global, and going forward. They are changing their international and local communities through their innovative service projects and highest awards. They are dedicating themselves to causes that matter to them and fighting for racial, gender, and socioeconomic equality.

We are so proud to be a part of the movement fighting for the empowerment of young women and girls. Thank you for your contributions, membership, service, and support. Happy holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours!

See ya in 2020!

Love,

GSGCNWI

Get Ready to Travel in 2020!

The new year is quickly approaching, and it’s time to make the best of 2020. Get ready to get out there, because Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has some exciting trips coming your way so you can start the new year with a bang!

Read on to take a look at where we’re headed–– and how you can come along with us.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Midwest!

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A girl-led adventure awaits eight Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts this Jan. 17 through 20! Start out the new year with a chance to travel to either Milwaukee, WI; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; or Starved Rock, IL. Whatever your group chooses to do, this is your own girl-led adventure where you will practice budgeting, planning and personalizing your 3-day trip!

The group will meet at Camp Greene Wood Friday night. On Saturday morning, after planning the trip, you will hit the road for the adventure of the decade! This trip is girls only. There will be two Girl Scout chaperones attending.

Registration closes December 12, and there are only three more spots available, so register here as soon as possible!

Capital Tour: Nashville!

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Get excited for this NEW PROGRAM: 50 state capitals, 50 new Girl Scout trips! Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for a cross-country adventure from Feb. 15 to 17! Once we get to Music City, we’ll tour the Capitol Building, take part in a service project, and visit the sites. You’ll practice your budgeting and trip-planning skills while we’re at it.

Group will leave from the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, Illinois. Sorry, parents, this is a girls-only trip! There will be two Girl Scout chaperones heading the adventure.

Register here by December 12–– there are only four more spots available!

Junior Jetaway to Milwaukee

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Junior Girl Scouts are invited to a brand-new girls-only getaway to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Feb 16 to 17! Girls will depart from the Vernon Hills Gathering Place and head to the Dairy State. You will get a chance to check out a museum of your choice, eat cheese curds, walk through the historic Third Ward, and more.

Accommodation, sightseeing, and all meals included in the cost. There will be two Girl Scout chaperones attending.

Registration for this trip also closes on December 12! Register here to snag a spot.

Brownies Day Out in Chicago

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Meet Brownie Girl Scouts at Hostelling International-Chicago to participate in the Brownies Day Out in Chicago on May 16! With 77 distinct neighborhoods, Chicago is a giant city with so much to explore. Will you choose to visit the Bean, walk around the Art Institute, or take a city tour? Maybe you’ll visit cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown or Pilsen?

Whatever your group chooses to do, the girls will take off on their own girl-led Windy City adventure! Each troop must have at least one chaperone, or if girls are attending without their troop, each Girl Scout must attend with a parent or guardian. Fun patch and public transportation card included!

Register here by May 10 to secure your spot on this awesome exploration of the city!

You-And-Me on Mackinac Island!

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Grab your mom, aunt, or grandma and board the GSGCNWI coach bus for a weekend getaway on Mackinac Island from Aug. 9-11. Girl Scouts from Brownies to Cadettes will have the chance to take horse-drawn carriage tours, photograph beautiful butterflies, and more!

This 3-day, 2-night trip includes multiple meals, hotel stay, various group activities, and coach bus ticket! Bus leaves from the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, IL.

Right now, registration requires a $200 deposit. Registration closes Feb. 28, or until trip is sold out! Register here.

G.I.R.L. 2020

Prepare yourself for a mega-event full of fun, friendship, and amazing experiences! On behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA, we cordially invite you to G.I.R.L. 2020, from October 21-25, 2020, in Orlando Florida, for the largest girl-led event for girls and women in history.

This year’s GSUSA National Convention will provide attendees with unforgettable experiences as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities, connecting with some of the most influential women in the world along the way.

Registration to attend opens in January 2020. To learn more, visit GSUSA’s website, and check back often–– updates are on the way!

Which Way to Adventure?

Clearly, there’s a lot to be excited about for next year, and not just for our awesome travel opportunities! 2020 is a big year for Girl Scouts–– from brand-new programming and events, to GCNWI’s Green for Good Expo, to Journeys, Highest Awards, and so much more, GCNWI has got you covered.

Check out our program’s page to see all of the amazing things we have planned for Girl Scouts of all ages.

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