It’s a Time for Action: We Stand with our Black Community

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

Like many of you, our hearts hurt as we mourn the Black lives lost at the hand of racism. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other victims known and unknown, and to the Black community across the United States.

In our place of grief, we turn to the words of Nelson Mandela. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart that its opposite.”

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana stands with our Black families and allies of every race and ethnicity as we lift our voices and demand the end of racism against Black families.

Girl Scouts must be part of that change. Girls deserve that.

Our mission challenges us “to make the world a better place.” And we pledge to “help people at all times.” Those words carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with strength as we denounce institutional racism, violence, injustice, and inequity.

No girl, or any young person, should grow up in a world defined by racial inequities and trauma. No Black person should fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.

But words alone cannot take away the pain of institutional racism felt by generations of Black families who have navigated a world informed by white privilege. Words cannot erase society’s collective failure to truly value every human being. We must act. That’s our promise to you.

If you are looking for resources to talk to your children about racism, we recommend Girl Scouts’ blog and Raising Awesome Girls platform, which have resources including, Why Tolerance Isn’t Working and How to Talk to Your Girl About Scary News. In addition, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, an online portal providing tools and resources on the topics of race, racial identity, and how they influence every aspect of society.

Like you, we don’t have all the answers. But we are committed to navigating this path with you as an ally and advocate for the Black members of our community. For more than 100 years, we have stood for making the world a better place, and we encourage you to speak out, as Girl Scouts do, for what is right.

We will listen, learn, and leverage our resources to be anti-racist and inspire our girls to help make our world a better place, a more equitable, just world. That’s our promise to you.

Find additional resources on our website

Member Monday Roundup: Catching Up With GCNWI!

Girl Scout Troop 45435

Warm weather is finally here, and Girl Scouts from around the council have been getting ready for a different kind of summer break. Even as we continue to stay physically distant, we’ve been staying connected like never before with virtual events, at-home Patch Programs, and other activities!

Last week, GCNWI hosted the first ever Great Family Camp-In, and it was a huge success! We are to glad to hear so many of you had an awesome day camping from home–– check out our blog post to read more.

Continue reading to learn all about what GCNWI has been up to!

The Magic of Sisterhood

Girl Scouts, have you been looking for ways to feel empowered while we shelter-in-place? Girl Scout Troop 25411 has just the thing! These girls compiled The Ultimate Guide to Being a Quarantine Queen, including TONS of ideas for self-care, like yoga routines, face mask and yummy dessert recipes, DIY fashion ideas, and more! Download the activity book to get started on your self-care journey.

Girl Scouts have continued meeting virtually, and this Girl Scout worked on earning the Balloon Car Design Badge, a part of the Junior Mechanical Engineering Badge! Watch her Balloon Car go:

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 70917 found a way to celebrate their graduation from grade school to high school AND their bridging from Cadettes to Seniors, all while social distancing! This troop has been together since they were Daisies, and while there were no hugs, there were plenty of laughs and stories shared while celebrating their magical sisterhood. Congratulations, young ladies!

Also check out this super-troop leader Dionne H., drama instructor at Douglas Park and Austin Town Hall Park. She’s reading a favorite book by Green Shaw, “It Looked Like Spilt Milk!” Dionne also received an Appreciation Pin this year, recognizing her outstanding volunteer service for GCNWI! Congratulations, Dionne!

Looking for another quick pick-me-up? Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 55871 shared this awesome Virtual Hug video they made together, and we love it! Thanks for sharing, girls!

Girl Scout Service Spotlight!

Cookies from Troop 25411 

Girl Scouts have continued dedicating time and resources to helping first-responders and others in their communities, and they’ve definitely made some waves! Suzanne Le Mignot of CBS 2 Chicago spotlighted how Girl Scouts are still providing cookies to those who wish to show their gratitude for medial personnel and essential workers! Read the article and watch the clip to learn about the spotlighted Girl Scout and hear a word from our CEO, Nancy Wright.

Girl Scouts from Troop 60455 were recently recognized by the Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 for their partnership with Advocate Christ Hospital and the Oak Lawn Food Pantry! Read about their service project to learn more.

We also got shout-outs from the Lakeview Pantry and Mercy Home, recognizing more massive donations from local Girl Scouts! Amazing!

Girl Scouts have gotten creative about how to participate in service projects from home, but they aren’t the only ones! Girl Scout Leaders from Troops 60011, 60023, 60533, 65107, 64777, 65158, 65153, 65493, 65640, 65572, 65573, 65560, and 60561 organized a drive-through parade to benefit the Orland Park Food Pantry. Leaders rallied and collected 4 trunk loads of food and over $1,000 in cash donations for the local food pantry!

It is very heartwarming to know that even though we can’t physically be together, there’s no reason we can’t figure out how to do awesome things as Girl Scouts another way. Great job, everyone!

Brownie and Junior Troop 55532 decided to donate their remaining cookies to front-line workers at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL, with a honk and honor drive-by to say their thanks! They wanted to show their appreciation to all who have gone above and beyond to help the community, and it looks like the cookies were really appreciated!

Girl Scout Avery from Troop 25818 made a sign, cards, crafts, and puzzles, as well as chocolate chip cookies, for the elderly residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Chicago! She wanted to brighten their days, and I certainly think she did!

Share your summer plans, service project ideas, Patch Program results, and more with us on social media, by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing your story on our website!

Looking for a Patch Program to do with your troop? The Girl Scouts from Home page is full of Badge How-To’s you can complete from home!

Keep up with our upcoming Virtual Events by checking out our Calendar, which can also be found on the Girl Scouts from Home page!

“Batter Up!” It’s Cooking Week with GCNWI!

Girl Scouts, it’s time to get cooking for Cooking Week! Join us for virtual programs that include a brunch or dinner events that will inspire some delicious and nutritious dishes. This week of programming will feature amazing cuisine and ingredients from around the world, as well as give you tools to practice cooking a new meal or two, and become an expert in culinary skills! For some ideas to get started, check out these resources:

Also be sure to check out these videos for even more ideas:

Girl Scout Juniors earning the Staying Fit badge can complete steps 2 and 4 by watching this video all about nutrition!

Learn how to set up an tropical-themed cookout by watching this video from our community partner, The Chameleon Academy of Communication and Civility!

Also make sure to check out this video from Executive Pastry Chef at the Hilton Northbrook, Chef Marilyn McNabb, where she teaches how to make Pancit, noodles from the Phillipines!

Want to challenge yourself with this amazing and decadent French dessert? Check out this awesome video made by Girl Scouts GCNWI volunteer Dawn and share your Macaron creations with us! What’s your favorite flavor?!


This Week in Virtual Programming

Tuesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Cooking!

Register for Career Conversations »

Cooking with Chef Heath

Wednesday, June 3 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (Grades K-12) | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts are invited to join us as Chef Heath from Kellogg presents three different dishes from around the world: Chicken and Waffles, Tostadas, and Kufta!
If you are a Junior or Cadette, you will be well on your way to earning your Simple Meals or New Cuisines badge, and whatever age you are, you will add some new fun recipes to your repertoire!

Register for the Cooking Demo with Chef Heath »

Fun with Your Food!

Wednesday, June 3 at 5 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (Grades K-5) | Webinar

We’ve ALL been there! When an adult tells us that it’s not mannerly to play with our food, despite it being a lot of fun. Well, what if we told you that this is your opportunity to do exactly that!? This awesome program encourages you to familiarize yourself with basic cooking skills AND let’s you—you guessed it—play with your food!

You’ll have time to get your food and supplies ready beforehand, then join in for this fun and interactive event by creating 6 nature inspired snacks! We’ll also take some time to let your imagination run wild to create some designs of your own. You can ALSO check out the video below that includes hand-washing and knife-skills PLUS a secret ingredient for the Dish It Out program.

Make sure to register so you don’t miss out on this chance to have tons of fun with your food! Share your recipes with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all platforms and use the hashtag #GCNWICOOKINGWEEK

Register to have Fun with your Food »

Dish it Out!

Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (Grades K-12) and Adults | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts, get ready to Dish it Out with your family during this great family cook-off! Each family will make a meal together to earn points using a list of ingredients we’ll be sending out, and the meals will be shared with everyone during the live webinar! Extra bonus points will be awarded for using secret ingredients announced during the Mindful Monday video, Knife Safety webinar and video, and the Older Girl Hangout!

Register to Dish It Out »

Coffee and Conversation

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

High School girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other Girl Scouts your age to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Let’s Get Brunching!

Friday, June 5 at 11 a.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages (K-12) | Webinar

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us and the Cook County Farm Bureau for brunch as we make French toast, try different flavors, and discover where ingredients come from! We will learn what vanilla looks like in its original form, and how far cinnamon travels to appear on our tables. This delicious and informational webinar will put girls on track to earn the Junior Simple Meals badge and the Cadette New Cuisines badge. Daisies and Brownies should have assistance from an adult if they participate.

Register for brunch »

Share With Girl Scouts GCNWI

This week, share your recipes and food-snaps with us on social media by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI and using the #GCNWICookingWeek or by submitting your story on our website! We can’t wait to see what you make!

#DearLittleSister

Everyone needs a little encouragement, now and then. Including Girl Scouts.

One thing is certain. When you belong to Girl Scouts, you belong to a close-knit community of people who care about inspiring each other to help others, lead with their best attributes, and are resilient, even in tough times.

As we continue to transform how we provide our experiences in these challenging times, the key thing to remember is “you are not alone.” We are all wading through uncharted waters, together. Though things may look different, our focus on sisterhood, leadership and service remains the same.

Don’t just take our word for it! We asked some of our teen Girl Scouts to share their advice and insights to keep our younger members feeling positive and optimistic. Her next adventure is full of new possibilities, new experiences, new badges and journeys, new skills to learn, and new trails to blaze! No matter what tomorrow may hold, she can always count on her Girl Scout sisters to be there every step of the way.

“Dream big! The great thing about being a part of a service-driven community is that you always have the people and the resources you need to help you expand your ideas. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious!  Projects that may be incredibly difficult to pursue independently can be a lot easier with a team by your side. I know people traditionally associate Girl Scouts with camping and cookie sales, and those activities are a blast, but GS is also a community of people that can help you pursue your dreams and expand your reach! So, stick with it!”

Audrey C. -Girl Scout Ambassador

“Always stick with it. Even if your motivation is low and you’ve got other activities as well, stay with Girl Scouts! I’m about to graduate high school and my greatest pride is my Gold Award and my other Girl Scout accomplishments. It will all pay off in the end!”

Marley M. -Girl Scout Ambassador

“In middle school, I dropped out of Girl Scouts because most of my friends weren’t doing it anymore. Ironically, my friend groups ended up shifting during eighth grade, and suddenly all my friends were in Girl Scouts. I ended up rejoining, and I’m very glad that I did. From the whole experience, I learned that friends shouldn’t dictate the things you do or the choices you make. Do what you love, and you will make friends along the way, more easily than you might expect.”

Tess O. -Girl Scout Senior

“Girl Scouts is a lot of fun.  As you get older, people will tell you the Girl Scouts is only for little kids, but it is not. You learn so much from Girl Scouts. There are so many opportunities for older Girl Scouts to make a difference in their communities. Keep moving forward!”

Molly M. -Girl Scout Ambassador

Whenever you are ready to continue the journey, we are here for you!

Wrap-Up: The Great Family Camp-In

Check out one of our photo contest winners indoor camp-site! Way to go Lilly!

Thank you to everyone that joined us this weekend for the first ever Great Family Camp-In! We had campers and families join us from all over the council throughout Illinois and Indiana as well as across the country including California, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Washington DC, and more!

We hope you had a great time joining in for all of the different parts of the event with us. Whether you camped indoors or outdoors, and despite the ever-changing weather, we hope you enjoyed some fun camp activities!

Watch the Great Family Camp-In videos on our YouTube Channel!

Photo Contest Winners!

The competition was fierce and we can’t thank all the participant enough for sharing all of your awesome camp-in photos. We had about 170 submissions! It was incredibly hard for us to narrow down to some finalists to be voted on by all of you to determine the winners! With over 534 votes we found our winners! Check out the photo gallery below.

Continue Camping At Home

Continue with the summer fun by downloading the Great Family Camp-In Activity Packet with camp recipes, game ideas, song lyrics, and more camp fun that you can do on your own or coordinate to do with your family, friends, or Girl Scout troop from afar. 

Download a PDF of the Great Family Camp-In Activity Packet!

Share Camp With Everyone!

We want to see how you are “camping” this summer. Keep sharing with us by tagging @girlscoutsgcnwi on all social media platforms and using the hashtag #GCNWICAMPIN.

And don’t forget that you can order your Great Family Camp-In swag for attending the event. Order your t-shirt or patch here

Doing Good Turns: Service Week with GCNWI

Throughout history, Girl Scouts have stood together and joined forces, and now it’s your turn! Join us for a full week of service, giving back, and “thank you” to those we count on most! How will you “Do a Good Turn Daily” this week? Here are some ideas to inspire you to take action this week:

The Girl Scout Councils across Illinois are excited to partner with COLW (Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly) to offer a virtual meeting with female legislators! This event is open to all girls in 5th grade and above in Illinois on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested, please e-mail elockwood@girlscouts-gsci.org to receive the meeting information. Girls Scouts, come prepared with one question for the legislators!

Girl Scout Service Shout-Out

Girl Scout Margaux P. from Troop 65142

Junior troop 65142 from Tinley Park, Winding Creek Service Unit, capped off their Agent of Change Journey by reaching out to their community. The troop, along with the help of their community, created paper flowers to be delivered to area nursing homes. They were able to deliver a total of 1,1113 flowers! And, thanks to a last minute virtual cookie booth, each home received Girl Scout cookies for the healthcare workers! Even shelter-in-place can never stops the goodness of Girl Scouts!

Great job to Arabella, Aidan, Fiona, Autumn, Jada, Maggie, Maddy, Ava, and Jocelyn, for showing us what Service Week (and Girl Scouting) is all about!

This week in Virtual Programming

Tuesday, May 26 at 3 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (Grades K-3) | Webinar

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, join us for Voter Girl, a webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville! This virtual workshop will teach girls the ins and outs of voting with some fun activities, and also puts girls on track to earn the Daisy Be a Good Neighbor and Brownie Celebrating Community Badges.

Register to become a Voter Girl »

Dreaming of the Future

Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Entrepreneur/Business/Law fields!

Register for the Career Conversation »

Camp Chat: Service Opportunities

Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12), Troop Leaders, and Adult Volunteers | Webinar

Between potential service projects and work days, there are opportunities for troops, groups, and anyone interested to make our camps AWESOME! Many opportunities involve going out to camps! While we can’t all be at camps now, we will be reopening in the future while following best practices and procedures from the CDC, state, and local governments. Older girls, troop leaders, and adult volunteers are invited to join this webinar to get updates from council staff Jazz and Kat and ask your questions about how you and your troop can help at camp in the future.

Register to chat about camp »

Tee up for C.I.Tea Time

Wednesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Are you a summer 2020 Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)? Join us for an hour of socializing and brainstorming with other C.I.T.s as we discuss how you can continue your journey this summer to one day become a camp counselor. Bring your own ideas or come ready to hear different ways you can participate in virtual programming all summer long as a counselor-in-training!

Register for C.I.Tea Time »

Connect with the Girl Scout Sisterhood

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Shop Social Together!

Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages, Families, Leaders, and Service Unit Managers| Facebook Live

Get ready for GCNWI’s SHOP SOCIAL on Facebook Live! Find your comfy PJs, grab some snacks and shop with your Girl Scout Council shop – all from your couch! Our online shop is still open and we want to share all of our new products, your favorites, uniform essentials and fun items for every girl. Throughout the night we will have a Girl Scout trivia contest for FREE prizes!

Watch live on Facebook this Thursday »

She the People

Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, join us for Voter Girl, a webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville on Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.! This virtual workshop will include hands-on activities and guest speakers who specialize in local civics. This workshop also puts girls on track to earn the Senior Behind the Ballot and Ambassador Public Policy badges!

Register for the webinar »

Don’t miss the Village of Lake Bluff’s virtual Memorial Day observance ceremony, available for online viewing on Monday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m.! Filmed in front of the Veteran’s Memorial at the Village Green, the ceremony will be shared online through the Facebook pages of the Village of Lake Bluff, LakeBluffStrong, and the Lake Bluff History Museum.

This week, share your service stories with us on social media by tagging us @GirlScoutsGCNWI or by submitting your story on our website. If you or your troop plans on celebrating Memorial Day by completing the Honoring our Veterans Patch Program, make sure to share your story on our separate form!

Member Monday Roundup: Staying Strong!

Girl Scout Ja’Mirra from Troop 26060

Another week, another collection of AMAZING stories from our local Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts have kept their spirits up and kept the Girl Scout way alive by participating in virtual troop meetings, planning and completing highest awards, doing “good turns” daily, and most importantly, having fun!

As we come out of Green for Good Week and gear up for Family Week and the Girl Scouts GCNWI Great Family Camp-In from May 23-24, we want to continue to take time out of the week to appreciate and celebrate our Girl Scout Family. Read on to find out what these Girl Scout sisters have been up to lately!

Baking the World a Better Place

Girl Scout Daisy Morgan from Troop 75639 is really baking a name for herself. She started her own YouTube channel Morgan Makes and Bakes, and last week shared a video of herself making an incredible-looking Girl Scout Cookie Cake! We can’t wait to use some of our cookies to make it!

Girl Scout Troops are chugging along, and Troop 10063, a multi-level troop ranging from Daisies to Seniors, has been hosting regular meetings using Facebook Live! They’ve hosted cooking demonstrations, a paint-along, Mother’s Day crafts, and workshops on Girl Scout basics! They’ve even taken two virtual field trips, one to their leader’s place of work at a local distribution office and warehouse, and another to a county forest preserve for a nature trail hike. Sounds like a whole lot of Girl Scout fun!

The creative juices have really been flowing for some Girl Scouts–– just look at the girls from Troop 60538! These girls got together to create their very own news show where they share feel-good stories, and this fulfilled part of their Media Girl Journey! If you need a chuckle, check out their Quarantine Quarrels:

Girl Scout Service Spotlight!

Girl Scouts have continued to do “good turns” daily, either by donating cookies, organizing donation drives, or simply spreading some much-needed cheer. Troop 76120 donated their leftover cookies to healthcare workers at Northwestern Hospital, and the entire Service Unit 718 in Frankfort, IL sent thank-you cards! Although we can’t see the smiles on their faces, we’re sure the cookies brought them plenty of joy!

With the help of their “big sister” Girl Scout Jazleen, Daisy Troop 75552 donated over 50 boxes of cookies and plenty of beautiful thank-you notes to Oak Lawn Advocate Medical Center! What a great way to put Girl Scout sisterhood into action!

This AWESOME family of Girl Scouts from Troops 21180 and 20897 donated their last boxes of cookies to the University of Chicago! Every donated box came with a handmade special thank you card from the girls. We know that the staff was incredibly appreciative of this generosity!

Girl Scouts have gotten really creative when it comes to helping out their communities, and Girl Scout Sommer from Troop 60261 is no exception! Since hand sanitizer has been in short supply, Sommer began to use her own allowance to buy ingredients to make some herself–– since then, she’s been donating these bottles to police officers, city workers, nursing home volunteers, senior citizens, friends, and families! She was even featured in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, and for good reason. Incredible work, Sommer!

This troop of local Girl Scouts also donated cookies, and created these special notes! Thanks for sharing, girls!

Are you looking for a service opportunity to partake in with your troop? Emma Davenport, the Illinois State Lead for #MasksNow, shared with us a very special opportunity for any interested Girl Scouts:

Silver Award Shout Out!

Our last groups of featured Girl Scouts get very special shout-outs for recently working on or completing their Silver Awards!

Troop 70950’s Silver Award project focused on spreading kindness throughout their community, and they certainly accomplished that goal! The girls volunteered with RichEnDeed, a local non-profit that allows community members to donate gently used clothing and household items which others can shop for free at their store.

For the first annual Holiday Shop with RichEnDeed, they collected and sorted donations for the store, and these girls even went the extra mile to purchase, assemble, and donate a brand-new donation shed so donations can be dropped outside the store! Congratulations to these super-generous Girl Scouts for this amazing accomplishment!

Girl Scouts Evie and Madalyn from Troop 51974 also deserve a shout-out for their awesome work on their Silver Award, an idea they came up with together last summer after Madalyn got back from camp. Because their favorite place to earn badges is at camp, Evie and Madalyn wanted to find a way to help other girls do the same. Thus, the Badge Packs were born, consisting of all the supplies needed to complete certain badges, including the instructions, activities, and whatever else someone may need!

Their plan is to send a variety of Badge Packs for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to Camps Greenewood, Butternut Springs, Juniper Knoll, and River Trails! Evie and Madalyn chose diverse options such as the Junior Detective Badge and the Brownie Making Friends Badge because they wanted to provide a range of options for girls at camp who may already be earning other badges. They’re very excited, and hope to deliver their finished product to camps by the end of 2020! Great job, girls, and thank you so much for sharing!

Girl Scout Cookies Are (Still) Here!

Hello from one of the contributing writers of this blog, Susana Cardenas-Soto! I am breaking the fourth wall very briefly to share my own story from this past week because I BOUGHT GIRL SCOUT COOKIES and you can too!

I connected with Girl Scout Troop 23143 for some much needed treats, and they have plenty more cookies to sell! Purchase Girl Scout Cookies for yourself, or as gifts for essential workers, medical staff, and others–– just fill out this form and you’ll be connected with a local troop and coordinate a safe, contactless transfer of delicious treats! What could be better?

These Girl Scouts are super impressive, and they aren’t the only ones! Catch up on all of our Member Monday and Service Spotlight blog posts to get some more good Girl Scout vibes:

Please keep sharing your stories with us!

Looking for a Patch Program to do with your troop? The Girl Scouts from Home page is full of Badge How-To’s you can complete from home!

Keep up with our upcoming Virtual Events by checking out our Calendar, which can also be found on the Girl Scouts from Home page!

Get Together for Family Week!

This week is all about spending time with your family, from the family you can’t see very often to the family you live with. We’re featuring games you can play, recipes you can try, and fun activities to keep you connected to those you love most!

There are plenty of resources and activities available for every level of Girl Scout to bring the family in on the fun!

This week in Virtual Programming

Monday, May 18 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6-12) | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for girls in grades 6-12! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers–– this week we’re talking about careers in Service/Medical fields!

Register for the Career Conversation »

Get Fit and Have Fun as a Family!

Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages and Family Members (Grades K-12) | Webinar

Try something new and stay fit form the comfort of your own home! Grab any family member and join us as we will be challenging you both to move in fun, new ways! Not only is this a great program to work on some physical activity, it will also challenge your mind to strategize and work through these physical challenges!

OPEN TO ALL AGES; however, Girl Scout Brownies will work toward their Fair Play badge and Girl Scout Juniors will have the opportunity to work toward their Staying Fit badge.

Register for Fit Fun »

Reach for the Stars!

Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m. | For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (Grades K-5) | Webinar

PLEASE NOTE: Time has changed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this week’s meeting.

Space-Explorer Girl Scouts, the stars have aligned for you! Join us for our monthly virtual Astronomy Club Meeting! During these meetings, Girl Scouts will work on Space-themed badges, learn about different parts of the solar system and beyond, and receive updates on night sky events.

Register to join Astronomy Club »

Test your Girl Scout Knowledge

Wednesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages and Family Members (Grades K-12) | Webinar

All ages of Girl Scouts and family members are invited to join Girl Scouts GCNWI and Girl Space team for Family Trivia! We’re going to test your brains on pop culture and Girl Scouts facts–– we can’t wait to see what you know!

Register to play Family Trivia »

Introducing the Virtual Book Club for Cadettes!

Wednesday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. | For Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) | Webinar

Cadettes, do you love to read? Join our first ever Virtual Book Club! For the first meeting, we’ll be reading I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day. Please come to the first meeting having read the book or at least started it!

Register to join the Virtual Book Club »

Connect with the Girl Scout Sisterhood

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

Register for the weekly hangout »

Stay Safe with the American Red Cross

Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors (Grades 2-5) | Webinar

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to join The Pillowcase Project webinar with the American Red Cross! Learn about the best ways to stay safe during emergencies and use coping skills during stressful situations through a series of hands-on activities!

Register to join the Pillow Case Project »

Get Ready for the Great Family Camp-In!

Saturday, May 23-24, beginning at 10 a.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages, Family Members, and Non-Girl Scouts (Grades K-12) | Webinar and Facebook Live

Near or far, camp where you are! While we can’t be together this summer for camp, we CAN bring the camping to you! We’re excited to present the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Great Family Camp-In, May 23-24, 2020!

This program is free and open to everyone interested in learning more about camping from the comfort of your own home—you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend. We’ll walk you through setting up your campsite at home—whether it’s a tent outside or fort inside—and get ready for some camp-in magic.

Join us for an awesome weekend full of virtual camp fun, including a Campsite Photo Contest, Art Projects, Outdoor Skills workshops, and more!

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We want to see the beautiful bright faces of you and your family–– send over pictures, videos, and stories of your week together on social media @GirlScoutsGCNWI or by submitting your story on our website!

Springing Forward with Girl Scouts GCNWI

As we near the end of the current Girl Scout year and kick off spring renewal, it is important to take the time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the accomplishments of our girls, and look forward to what’s next. Girl Scouts have stepped up in many ways over the last months to serve their communities––whether by making masks or donating cookies to front-line workers and food pantries, these girls are truly #GirlScoutStrong!

National Bridging Week Rescheduled

For girls bridging from one Girl Scout level to the next, it is a time to celebrate! Bridging is an important and defining time in a Girl Scout’s life, whether she’s bridging from Daisy to Brownie, or Senior to Ambassador.

Each year, the first full week of May traditionally marks National Girl Scout Bridging week. Due to the unique circumstances of the current year, National Bridging Week will now take place August 1-8. Save the date!

Things look a little different this year with our current shelter-in-place orders, so we’re taking the time to make sure bridging week is as fun as it can be.

But we know that a lot of girls and troops are ready to bring this Girl Scout year to a close, so this week we’ll be sharing a few ways for you to reflect and celebrate, and look ahead at your next Girl Scout year!

Read below to learn about our events happening this week, and check out our GCNWI Virtual Events Calendar to see everything we have planned!

This Week in Virtual Programming

Career Conversations

Every Monday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scouts of All Ages & Adults | Webinar

Join us for our weekly Career Conversations for all ages! Each week we will host some career-expert panelists to discuss a multitude of career opportunities with our council members! Not only will they share about their experiences, but they will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about all sorts of careers!

  • May 4 – STEM
  • May 11 – Fine Arts
  • May 18 – Service/Medical fields
  • May 26 – Entrepreneur/Business/Law
  • June 1 – Cooking
  • June 8 – Animals
  • June 15 – Technology/Digital Arts
  • June 22 – Trades

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Mechanical Engineering: Make a Balloon Car

Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes (Grades 2-6) | Webinar

We’re learning about potential and kinetic energy so you can design your own balloon car! No matter what age you are, you will have some fun! This program puts Girl Scout Juniors on the path to earn the Mechanical Engineering Balloon Car Badge.

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Happy Box Live

Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. | All Ages | Webinar

In times like these, we feel a lot of emotions and we can feel them more intensely than we usually do. That is where a Happy Box comes in! A Happy Box is a collection of items like toys, coloring books, stories, stuffed animals and more to relieve stress, anxiety, distress and any strong emotions we may feel.

Watch the Happy Box video tutorial for all the steps on making your own Happy Box! After you build it, join us in sharing our items with other Girl Scouts and council-members on this webinar!

Watch the Happy Box video tutorial »
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Older Girl Hangout

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 9-12) | Webinar

Older girls, join one or all of our weekly hangouts to interact with other older Girl Scouts to talk about anything and everything. Each week we’ll have a different topic, then you’ll get to guide the discussion and activities.

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Fun with Composting!

Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. | For Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes (Grades 2-8) | Webinar

Interested in learning about composting with worms? Worms play a super important role in our ecosystems: they break down dead organic matter and turn it into nutrient rich soil! Learn about the importance of worms for our food system and environment, how to care for them, and what you can grow with their “vermicompost” (or worm poop)! Join Plant Chicago’s Education Manager, Kassie H. to explore the wonderful world of worms!

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Member Monday Roundup: Super Girl Scouts Edition!

Girl Scouts from Troop 75462

Dreaming Your Future Week was a blast: we heard your powerful voices on the Scribe and Public Speaker Digital Stage, talked to our heart’s content at the weekly Older Girl Hangout, learned about our personal superheroes on the SuperHERo webinar, won some awesome prizes at the Shop Social Facebook Live, and got some indispensable College Knowledge!

Our local Girl Scouts have once again shown that they are not just surviving this difficult period, but thriving! Completing patch programs, attending virtual troop meetings and council events, donating cookies, even getting shout outs from community organizations and businesses–– these are just some of the ways Girl Scouts have continued to stay #GirlScoutStrong.

SuperHERoes Saving the Day!

Last week, we hosted the SuperHERo webinar, where Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors got together and became their own super-cool SuperHERo squad. The girls brainstormed, talked about what makes them each a superhero in their own ways, and came up with their own characters based on themselves! Thanks to those awesome girls pictured above for sharing their super-selves with us!

Want to discover your inner SuperHERo? Download the SuperHERo worksheet to unleash your hidden powers!

Keeping in Touch

Plenty of our local girls have been staying connected to their Girl Scout sisters through regular troop meetings that are both fun and occupy plenty of free time! Girls from Troop 60299 have been doing weekly fun challenges like the Trefoil Scavenger Hunt, rock painting, and chalk-walking. They’re even doing regular badge work using Google Classroom so they don’t miss a beat! Awesome!

Girls from Troop 15417 (pictured above) have utilized Zoom and Facebook to stay connected and engaged with structured activities, and Troop 10063 has been getting together using Facebook Live, even hosting a career florist who shared some gardening tips with the girls!

This Girl Scout troop leader shared an uplifting reminder that Girl Scouts can be ready for anything:

We certainly agree!

Citizen Scientists and Chefs

Members of troop 45133 are encouraging others to become citizen scientists during this time sheltering-in-place, and made their own Nature Scavenger Hunt worksheet to get people to go outside and look closely at nature! This worksheet has been shared with local schools and community members in Buffalo Grove, and all activities are possible from your backyard or wherever you feel comfortable getting out!

We also received this yummy-looking picture of some very beautiful Udon noodles a Girl Scout made for a virtual dinner party–– we’re definitely going to try to recreate this dish at home!

Girl Scout Service Spotlight!

The donations of cookies and other resources from Girl Scouts around the council has not stopped, and we continue to be very proud of the service our girls have provided to their communities. Here are some more super Girl Scout service shout-outs!

Girl Scout Zara S. from Troop 20438 with Officers from Chicago Police Department District 12

Girl Scout Zara (pictured above) donated over 500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Emergency Rooms at Rush Hospital, University of Illinois at Chicago, La Rabida, Stroger, and the 12th District of the Chicago Police Department. The cookies were very appreciated and she even got a few shout-outs on social media!

Troop 65646 recently dropped Girl Scout cookies off to local fire and police stations, as well as EMS drivers! The rest were donated to soldiers and airmen at a local COVID-19 testing site.

Another group of Girl Scouts, Troop 47027, has proudly supported Hillside Pantry in Evanston, IL, in this special time of need, and recently donated six cases of cookies to the pantry that serves over 1,500 people each time their doors open! Great job, girls!

Troop 75462 (pictured at the very top of the blog) has put on a donation drive to help support essential workers, and their hard work has resulted in 100 boxes of cookies donated to essential workers! They are still working toward another 50 box donation–– awesome!

In partnership with Jimmy’s Charhouse in Elgin, Girl Scout Troop 25536 generously donated their cookie profits to help provide lunch for Sherman Advocate of Elgin’s Emergency Department. What a great (and delicious) way to say thanks to the community!

Here’s just one more shout-out from Lakeview Pantry celebrating some very generous Girl Scouts:

Do you have a super story to share with us about service, virtual troop meetings, or something you’ve been doing just for fun? We’d love to know! Share with us on social media or on our website!