Help Girls Connect to Success on #GivingTuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, November 27, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that amplifies the power of philanthropy in our communities. Your gift will help girls turn their passion into action through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership. GIVE S’more this Giving Tuesday!   


We know the work of one girl can rally other girls to join forces. And we know that girls need an army of believers behind them to break barriers.   

Together, we use our power to amplify girls’ voices and action as they take the lead.   

Girl Scouts gives EVERY girl a place where she can be herself among her peers and be embraced and valued for just being herself. It gives girls a safe space where they can find trusted adults who believe in their potential and experiences, and work to advocate for their growth as girls and leaders.   

Meet three more members of our Girl Scout community, who have found their place to shine as individuals, have fun, make friends, and find encouragement from peers and trusted adults alike.   

Laura (Mother of Bella, Girl Scout, Age 9)  

Laura has seen firsthand how the welcoming environment of en(courage)ment, confidence and character has helped her daughter Bella to flourish as she started connecting to her inner self! No longer the shy young girl waiting to see what others were going to do first, Bella took her first camping experience without her fellow troop members as the chance to learn that she could be as bold as she wants to be!   

“Before camp, she wasn’t one to say ‘Hi, my name is Bella, who are you?’ Now she does. She really has been inspired by her Girl Scout experience.”  

Laura even ran with her daughter’s growing experience and got further involved with Girl Scouts herself. A member of our council’s Associate Board, Laura saw this as a greater opportunity to help her daughter SHINE!  

“When I first heard that there was an opportunity to serve on the Girl Scouts GCNWI Associate Board, it was one way that I could give back…to help drive participation and [provide] knowledge and information to everybody else in the community and help them realize Girl Scouts is important and can help open a child’s eyes.”  

Amanda, Age 14  

Moving even further beyond the idea that Girl Scouts is just the place for cookies and crafts, there are girls like Amanda, who found the support she needed to push through her most difficult emotional and mental times. Once a young woman struggling to find her place and work through her depression, Amanda found critical support and sisterhood in Girl Scouts, and learned valuable life skills.   

Today she can proclaim, “I am proud to be a Girl Scout!” Amanda’s happy ending is one fueled by her inner strength and persistence to overcome. Her message is a hopeful one; there’s always someone who wants to help.  

Carlie, Age 15  

Carlie has no problem with calling it how she sees it; and she calls herself a feminist. She is boldly demanding equality and knows that there is room for EVERYONE to succeed. Her Girl Scout experience has been one where she can uplift the sisterhood further. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s ready to see more women taking charge and leading the way forward!  

“Girl Scouts allowed me to be a role model.”  

You are an important part of their story. When you give on #GivingTuesday, you give girls access to a welcoming space where they can be themselves and thrive. When girls have a community who roots for them to succeed, there’s no telling what they can achieve!  

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Help Girls Discover Their Potential Through Girl Scouts


Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that amplifies the power of philanthropy in our communities. Your gift will help girls turn their passion into action through the Girl Scout Leadership experience, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership. GIVE S’more Today! 


In today’s world, girls encounter more pressure than ever before. For the girl of today, the images she sees and voices she hears tell her what she should do, who she should be, and what she should look like.

But what if she finds her own voice? What if she discovers her bravery? What if she finds who she is, rather than who she’s told she should be?

Girl Scouts is the very place for this discovery of her own skills, talents, and confidence.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!”, as girls discover their potential through unique, girl-led activities.

Meet three Girl Scouts in our community who have discovered their passions and are turning them into action for good!

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Erin, Age 18

A girl scout of 13 years, Erin learned for herself that she can be the change she wants to see in her own community. As a senior, her efforts in the completion of her Gold Award project brought an arts library with over 600 books and her own ‘artboxes’ designed to inspire creativity and entertain young patients to her local children’s hospital.

Because of Girl Scouts, I have been exposed to worlds that I hadn’t understood before. Helping and volunteering has helped make me become a better person, a better citizen, and a more understanding friend. 


Luciana, Age 11

Luciana learned that with a bit of courage and confidence she can sing her way to new heights! Her gender-norm breaking turn as Geppetta the puppet-maker in Pinocchio in a school version of the play had this Girl Scout Junior taking the stage by storm. Broadway better look out!

 “Girl Scouts helped me find my voice.” 


Hadley, Age 6

While she may be young, she is MIGHTY! Hadley knows that in order to change the world one must also take part in engineering it. Despite not seeing as many females in her desired industry, that hasn’t deterred her from setting her sights on being an engineer when she grows up, and she looks forward to being the example for other girls just like her!

“There should be as many girl engineers as boy engineers.”    We couldn’t agree more.

Don’t forget, you can be part of this change for nearly 53,000 girls right now – girls like Erin, Luciana and Hadley. Join us on #GivingTuesday and help build a lifetime of leadership for all girls in our community.

Your gift gives another girl the chance to find her passion and go after it.

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Help us share our #GivingTuesday campaign! Follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and share our #GCNWI #GivingTuesday posts.

Tell the world how Girl Scouts has helped you or a girl you know discover their passion, find their voice, and use both to lead change!

Give S’MORE. Help a Girl Scout DO MORE.


Being a girl in today’s world is complicated. Girls hear “you can do and be anything,” yet they face a world that does not fully embrace what leadership skills they can add to the equation.

Girls need advocates who can amplify their voices and actions as they take the lead. Now, more than ever, girls need you. 

On November 27, you will have the chance to join others and act for impact as Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) takes part in #GivingTuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the power of individuals and communities through philanthropy. To mark the occasion, we’re raising $20,000 to help more girls turn their passion into action through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Your gift will help ensure that all girls can prepare for a lifetime of leadership, by giving them the chance to see, be, and do MORE through girl-led, myth-busting, and stereotype-shattering Girl Scouting experiences.

As we look forward to #GivingTuesday, we invite you to become inspired by the Girl Scouts of today and how they’re becoming the resilient leaders of tomorrow.

Over the next days and weeks, we’ll be highlighting Girl Scouts from our region who Discover, Connect, and Take Action in their everyday lives, embodying the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Stay tuned to our blog to learn about their unique journeys to making a difference in their own communities.

Donating to GSGCNWI is the gift that GIVES BACK. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to help S’MORE girls on November 27!


10 Halloween Costumes to Inspire You This Season

10 Halloween Costumes to Inspire You This Season

1. Shuri from Black Panther


Source: YouTube

2. Zombie Girl Scout

It’s easy to Zombi-fy anything! Head to your nearest Halloween or department store and grab some creepy face paint and fake blood and have fun!

Tip: Use clothes you don’t mind staining. While fake blood products may say “washable,” always be prepared if it should stain! Also DON’T DYE your Girl Scout vest!

Source: Bleu Bird Vintage

3. Mia Thermopolis (Pre-Makeover) and Lily Moskovitz from The Princess Diaries

Bring this #tbt to life! This is great for you and your bestie, or just yourself to rock!

Source: Pinterest

4. Kim Possible from Kim Possible

Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me!

Source: Pinterest

5. A Ghost Buster from Ghost Busters

When there’s something strange in your neighborhood…

Source: Brit + Co

6. WonderWOMEN

Don’t limit yourself to just one amazing woman, take on them all!

Wonder Woman Source: Pinterest

Beyonce Source: Diana Alvarez via Instagram

Rosie the Riveter Source:

 Frida Khalo Source: A Mighty Girl

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: USA Today

Juliette Gordon Low Source: Pinterest

7. DIY Animals

Get your friends together and make some fun ear headbands channeling your inner spirit animal! Make it a night of crafting then trick-or-treating with all the fun, giggles, and animal noises along the way. Use the makeup tutorial for various animals as inspiration!

8. Unicorn

Because every girl is unique and wonderful! You can easily make this costume DIY by purchasing some temporary hair dye, and a whole bunch of tulle to make an easy and fun rainbow skirt!

9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Out with the old and in with the witchy! Who is excited for this Riverdale spin-off?

Source: Via Twitter @robertoaguirresacasa

10. Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

We’ve put a spell on you…

Let’s be real, this is the best Halloween Disney Channel movie ever!

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Source: Heather Rust Photography

Share your Halloween costumes with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all social channels and using the hashtags #GCNWIdoesHalloween #GCNWIHalloween

Girl Scouts from Shelter Troop Spend Day at Camp

By Julie Somogyi, GCNWI Vice President of Member and Mission Engagement
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On Saturday, Oct. 13, Girl Scouts from a troop affiliated with a women and children’s shelter in Chicago boarded a school bus in the city and stepped off into the chilly sunshine with their volunteer troop leaders to enjoy a very full day in the outdoors at Camp Greene Wood.

The girls explored Rainbow Bridge, discovered box elder bugs and woolly caterpillars, spotted deer while exploring the grass maze, shot arrows on the archery range, marveled at the silky seeds embedded in milkweed pods, decorated pumpkins with paint and silver glitter, and cooked pie iron pizzas and s’mores over a campfire.

Thanks to a number of people who helped bring this to life, including their leaders and a Girl Scout who arranged to have a portion of her troop’s cookie proceeds donated to this troop, the girls could not stop talking about what a wonderful day it was to be a Girl Scout!

If you’re inspired to get involved, joinvolunteer, or donate today.

Join the Girl Scout Go-Getters for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Join the Girl Scout Go-Getters for the  2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!


Through November 27, 2018, we are accepting applications for individuals to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI)!

The 2019 Chicago Marathon is one of six Abbott World Marathon Majors. On October 13, 2019, runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries will travel through 27 neighborhoods on a flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park. More than 1.7 million spectators will line the course to cheer runners on!

Are you ready to run?

When you run with Girl Scouts GCNWI, you are empowering more than 51,000 girls! We have limited openings for individuals who are ready to grab their running shoes and fundraise on behalf of our girls.

Each runner is asked to raise a minimum of $1,250. We will be with you every step of the way to raise funds and run miles for the Girl Scouts!

As part of the Girl Scout Go-Getters, you will receive:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon;
  • Upon reaching 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;
  • Your own custom fundraising page to help reach your goal;
  • Access to team events;
  • Access to Race Day Resort on race day (located next to the start line with food, drinks, and indoor restrooms);
  • Fundraising prizes!


The deadline to apply is November 27.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Johnson at

Destinations Spotlight: An Alpine Adventure!

Destinations Spotlight: An Alpine Adventure!

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 individual. 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 to the Costa Rican Rainforest and one all the way to Europe! We hope you enjoy this story from Girl Scout Sophie as she trekked through one of the largest mountain ranges in the world!

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Sophie Donnellan’s Trip Journal

This summer I flew to Europe, visited France, Switzerland, and Italy, hiked mountains, explored towns, ate delicious food, and made new friends. All of the experiences from the trip were possible because of the amazing opportunities offered by my Girl Scouts Council and ATS Destinations. My travels inspired me to challenge myself more and appreciate our planet in a way I had not before.

The struggles I encountered when hiking made my trip more satisfactory. Before going to the Alps, I worked on getting myself in shape for the intense hiking, altitude inclines, and long distances we would face. Of course, I’m from Chicago so as far as mountains go we were sort of empty handed. I did, however, walk upwards of 10,000 steps every day for over a month leading up to the trip, use the stair climber at my gym, and go on a camping trip in Wisconsin with some hiking a week prior to leaving. Through such methods I physically and mentally prepared myself for the trip. It was, of course, a little nerve-wracking once I got on my airplane and left Chicago, but meeting a group of welcoming girls who were in the exact same boat as me certainly helped.

When the actual hiking started on the second full day (12.3 miles according to my health app) I realized what we were up against. The terrain was very steep and made the distance feel way longer than what I had pictured. I quickly learned that downhills were harder than uphills to some extent and that there were some muscles that I had never really used before. After a very intense and certainly long day we made it down to Les Houches, where we were spending the night. Lying down in the hotel room after the hike felt amazing but I don’t think anything beat the feeling of looking up from the valley and way into the top of a mountain, spotting the refuge we had hot chocolate at just earlier that day. I felt so capable and strong because I had just made it all the way down that mountain! And if someone had asked me before if I could have done that I would have said no way.

Even with all of that accomplishment, the next day brought its challenges. Our muscles were in a lot of pain that walking to the supermarket to get lunch was difficult and another three days of hiking seemed close to impossible. We loaded up on medical KT tape and began our 8.6 miles. Even with a shorter distance the altitude gain was greater but I realized that once you find your hiking groove and really focus on your surroundings the pain and difficulties fade away and all that’s left is 9 girls, 2 chaperones, no shortage of mountains, and the trail. And later that night, after we reached our final destination for the evening, my new friend Lizzy and I even had the energy to hike up to the top of a mini mountain upwards of where the refuge was and watch the beautiful sunset and dazzling stars. The sky was clear and the town glittered in the valley down below. As a city girl, seeing stars is always special and was certainly rewarding that night.

The next day was even longer (16.8 miles) but felt even easier? I realized that I really was getting stronger and better at finding a rhythm on the trail. And with that, I could enjoy and appreciate the stunning views even more and the fact that I was actually hiking the Alps on the Tour du Mont Blanc. By the last day (8.7 miles) the hiking was a breeze and we were all extremely grateful to get on the shuttle and make our way to Courmayeur, Italy. Even so, I knew that really, I could keep going on the Tour du Mont Blanc and finish the second half. Someday, maybe I will. For now I am going to keep challenging myself to find out what I’m capable of because I had no idea that hiking 46.4 miles in four days was on that list.

I am so grateful for the Majestic Alps trip because it was an absolutely incredible way to prove to myself that I am strong, both inside and out. It was the most thrilling and inspiring trip of my life and I am now encouraged to keep pushing myself and to understand the vast beauty of stars, mountains, glaciers, and more that a small portion of the world had to offer.

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

Learn more about other GCNWI travel opportunities.