On Thursday, July 11, we joined our programming partner, WTTW and PBS Kids, to bring Nature Cat to the Daisy and Brownie day campers at our Camp Greene Wood for a day of nature-fueled fun!
Nearly 170 girls were given the opportunity to interact with Nature Cat himself and participate in a WTTW-curated wind-direction activity while learning with their fellow camper friends. Girl Scout fun was had by everyone!
Activities like these at the GCNWI summer day camps are so wonderful because they provide opportunities for girls to meet new friends, learn outdoor skills, and grow in courage, confidence, and character. By experiencing the great outdoors, these girls become environmental stewards!
Continue to follow along to meet more Gold Award Girl Scouts throughout this blog series!
For her Gold Award project, Denise intersected her passion for biology and computer science by building an interactive biology review app geared toward high schoolers. Her goal was to inspire other people, especially girls, to explore STEM fields for themselves. The app is called BioGirl and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store!
Lucy’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of access to appropriate food and veterinary care for pets in lower-income homes. Out of these concerns, Lucy worked with Michelle Duca, founder of both Kibble Kitchen Pet Food Pantry and the Feline Community Network to keep pet-owners suffering from economic crisis from relinquishing their pets by providing free pet food until the owner is able to afford care.
Victoria Ann F.
For her Gold Award, Victoria Ann started Meeples for Peoples, an after-school club dedicated to donating, sharing, and playing board games. Students gather every other Thursday to learn and teach new games, make friends, and practice communication and social skills. She has donated over 140 games!
Alexis K. F.
Alexis K. dedicated her Gold Award to something near and dear to her heart. When visiting her aunt in the hospital before she passed away from cancer, Alex noticed many patients covering their heads with uncomfortable wigs or hats. For her project, she created silk head coverings, enabling women to feel comfortable and beautiful while undergoing treatment.
Madison was on a mission to save Monarch butterflies from future endangerment. Her rising passion for environmental stewardship resulted in her Gold Award project. In partnership with her community, Madison increased the number of milkweeds in her neighborhood by planting the butterfly habitats around the local elementary school and retirement home.
Emma Caroline G.
Emma’s Gold Award project encompassed a message of self-worth, self-love, and self-respect. Her Inspiration Walls, murals painted in the girls’ and boys’ bathrooms at her school, began as an attempt to raise students’ self-confidence. These hopeful messages remain painted in the school’s common area bathrooms, so visitors, staff, and students can continue to view them.
Kimberly G. noticed many of her high school peers struggling to find time for extracurriculars. Her Gold Award project provided a fun and individualized solution: bullet journals, notebooks to be converted into personalized planners, habit trackers, and calendars. In her Bullet Journal Club, students organized their schedules, practiced time management, and felt empowered to plan the future.
For her Gold Award, Krystyna gathered a team of community members to tear off the deteriorating plywood siding and gutters on a mobile unit located on the property of St. Alexander Parish in Palos Heights, IL. Together, they replaced old materials with new house wrap, wood siding, and gutters, so the unit can be used for years to come.
Dina’s Gold Award focused on providing music programming for schools with limited resources. Her program, “Music in Motion”, involved collecting recorders and xylophones, while creating a curriculum for reading and playing music. Songs ranged from beginner to advanced to encourage participation.
Dannielle J. H.
For her Gold Award, Dannielle worked with the LifeSpring Foundation to make purses for women and stuffed animals for children who are going through tough times. She wanted to nurture, comfort, and shine a light of hope for people who are struggling.
Heart of Gold
Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.
All three awards give you the chance to do big things while supporting an issue you care about. You might plant a community garden at your school, or inspire others to eat healthy foods for your Bronze. You might advocate for animal rights for your Silver, or build a career network that encourages girls to become scientists and engineers for your Gold. Whatever you choose, you’ll inspire others and yourself along the way.
As you earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and beyond. The possibilities are endless.
Even more fun, adventure, and friendship. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what your girl and her troop might choose to do. Check out the Badge Explorer with her to see all the possibilities.
And as a massive bonus, the longer your girl sticks with Girl Scouting, the more she’ll get out of it. Studies show girls who participate in Girl Scouts for three or more years are significantly more likely to:
have a positive sense of self,
be civically engaged,
achieve higher education and income,
have healthy relationships,
and feel satisfied with their lives.
Who could want more? Invest in her future and secure her spot for the next Girl Scout year!
Just because it’s summer and your Girl Scout troop isn’t meeting doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with Girl Scouts! Read about the many fun programs and events girls of all ages can take part in this summer—with or without your troop! Below are a few highlighted programs, or you can view all of the summer programs for your age group!
If you aren’t already a Girl Scout, that’s OK! To join in on this summer fun, you canbecome a Girl Scout today for only $35, and your membership will be valid all the way through Sept. 30, 2020. That’s nearly a year and a half of fun ahead!
Have a Sleepover Safari at Brookfield Zoo!
August 30– 31 | Brownies–Ambassadors (Grades 2–12)
See what happens after hours at the Zoo! Your whole family is invited to the Brookfield Zoo for a summer sleepover! You’ll get to go on a night hike around the zoo, examine real skulls, and make treats for the animals to enjoy.
Registration includes all activities, breakfast, and a fun patch!
Various Dates and Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)
Girls need a safe space where they can just be themselves, a space with an incredible view where they can relax and try new experiences. That place is Girl Scout camp! Our council offers summer camp programs at eight locations in Illinois, Indiana, and even Wisconsin.
Girl Scouts will get to participate in a wide variety of program activities including hikes, crafts, and the opportunity sing songs by the campfire.
Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL All ages!
Enjoy a weekend at camp with the whole family! Fourth graders and older can try archery. You’ll stay in platform tents, screened-in cabins, or bring your own tent! Learn more and register for Family Camp!
You & Me: Summertime Fun
Weekend of June 21 and Weekend of July 19 | Camp River Trails, Sheridan, IL All ages!
Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and female guardians: spend a weekend at camp with your Girl Scout at a You & Me Camp Weekend! Each year we celebrate with a different theme, and this summer’s theme is “Hogwarts: Journey to the Forbidden Forest.” “Swish and flick” your way to summer fun with your girl! You’ll have your choice to stay in a lodge, prairie cabin, or screened in platform tent. Learn more and register for You & Me Summertime Fun!
Community Resource Listings
Ongoing Dates in Various Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)
Ongoing Dates in Various Locations | Daisies–Ambassadors (Grades K–12)
Girl Scouts have a rich history of giving back to their communities. Be a part of this tradition by participating in a service project over the summer. We have a few options that you can complete on your own. View Service Projects on our website.
Bring Her to a Daisy Party!
Various dates and locations | For girls entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in Fall 2019
Let’s kick-off your Daisy year with a summer party! You’ll get to meet other Daisy Girl Scouts, play games, have a dance party, and learn all about the Girl Scout Promise and Law. You’ll even get a fun patch to add to your apron or sash! We can’t wait to show you how fun Girl Scouts is! Learn more and register for a Daisy Party!
FREE Summer Drop-In Days across the council!
Various Dates in Various Locations | For Daisies–Cadettes (Grades K–8)
Stop by our Gathering Places throughout the summer for a FREE Drop-In Day! You’ll have fun with themed activities, meet other Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff! Learn more and register through the links below.
Love Harry Potter? Bring your friends and family & come join us to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday! You’ll get to make potions, play quidditch, drink butterbeer & more!
Don’t Let Her Miss Out!
Girls must be current Girl Scouts to participate in these fun activities! To join in on this summer fun, you canbecome a Girl Scout today for only $35, and your membership will be valid all the way through Sept. 30, 2020. That’s nearly a year and a half of fun ahead!
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, more than 500 Girl Scout adult
members gathered for the annual council meeting, and to celebrate the service
and tenure of dedicated Girl Scout volunteers!
With this year’s council theme being Action Speaks
Louder, Nancy Wright, CEO, gave a riveting State of the Council
keynote, sharing details about the work that has been done over the past year,
and more importantly, the strategic work of the council for the current year
and beyond. Board President, Kathy Scherer followed and with the help of girl
board representative, Colleen Christian, installed new officers and directors
to the Board of Directors.
Several stand out, celebratory moments from the day
Heidi Gannon and Marlene Knapp were added to the
Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Hall of Fame.
We celebrated the following GSUSA honorees:
Christine Alfred, Thanks Badge
Melissa Young-Bridgeforth, Thanks Badge
Christina Robinson, Honor Pin
Tonya Belcher, Appreciation Pin
Scott Bennett, Appreciation Pin
Dawn Brook, Appreciation Pin
Cori Chojnacki, Appreciation Pin
Keth Goodman, Appreciation Pin
Starr Hochbaum, Appreciation Pin
Johnson, Appreciation Pin
Kizman, Appreciation Pin
McClendon, Appreciation Pin
McCoy, Appreciation Pin
Mitchell, Appreciation Pin
Mosshamer, Appreciation Pin
Skogsberg, Appreciation Pin
Stewart, Appreciation Pin
Two staff members were honored with the
D.A.I.S.Y. (Dynamic and Incredible Staff of the Year) award: Peggy Brothers, AVP, Camp Program and
Property and Jenny Waszak, HR Director.
We celebrated the dedication and action of 30
Service Units who received the President’s Award—this is a record number of
Service Units earning the award!
Also, part of the celebrations were volunteers
who’ve provided service to Girl Scouts from 5 to 60 years! A record number of volunteers received their
5 and 10 year pins at this year’s event.
Guests enjoyed continental breakfast, empowering
music, a photo montage of awardees, cupcakes and time to reconnect with Girl
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Annual Meeting such
a great success. We remain grateful for all our staff and volunteers who make
the Girl Scout world a wonderful place to work and serve!
This has been a year for girls to unleash their power and BREAK
They are practicing leadership and backing up what they SAY with what they DO. At Girl Scouts, girls are tapping into their potential every day.
Girl Scouts continue to run the largest girl-led business in the world. The leadership skills they learn today last a lifetime as they chase their dreams and champion issues. This year they even broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD with the help of their famous cookies.
And that’s not all they’re breaking…
Girls are breaking barriers in STEM. They are breaking away from screens and getting outdoors. And they are breaking the silence and using their voices for change.
This year has also been a time to celebrate women leaders and role models. Women of courage, confidence, and character are breaking stereotypes and disrupting the status quo.
From Girl Scout alums who are famous faces to Girl Scout alums who are newly elected Congress women, these women paved the way so girls can BREAK the highest glass ceiling yet!
And they will. Because girls are today’s hope and tomorrow’s leaders.
May your new year and our future be as bright as our girls!
Happy holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts GCNWI.
Get festive with these Girl Scout ORNAMENTS or CHARMS, some of which you can customize.
Don’t know what specifically to get your Girl Scout? GIFT CARDS are a great choice!
Give the Gift of Lifetime Membership
When you give someone LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IN GIRL SCOUTS this holiday season, you’ll give a one-of-a-kind gift that helps drive meaningful change today and build a better world for us all tomorrow.
And from now through December 31, 2018, you’ll receive a free tote bag that you can wrap and put under the tree—— or keep for yourself! Order by December 18 and you’ll get it in time for Christmas.
With your $400 contribution, you can honor a special person in your life and champion girls in a big way—— something that’s always been important but feels all the more vital today. We can’t do it without you! And if the person you’re honoring is a former Girl Scout between the ages of 18 and 29, the cost is just $200.
Spend Quality Time with Your Girl Scout on a You & Me Trip
Grab your mom, grandma, or favorite female adult friend and board the GSGCNWI coach bus to Door County, WI, or St. Louis, MO, in July 2019!
Each trip includes accommodations for two nights, multiple meals (and ice cream!), activities, and the chance to explore and shop. Approximate cost is $300 per person and is dependent upon number of participants. Registration closes February 28, 2019 or until trips are sold out.
There’s no better way to welcome Girl Scout Cookie season than by attending the Cookie Rally! Join Girl Scouts and their families from across the council on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Allstate Arena! READ MORE ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHTS as well as how you, when purchasing tickets, CAN EARN PRIZES FOR YOUR TROOP!
Spend a Night at the Museum
Join us for a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry after everyone has gone home! On Friday, Jan. 18, Girl Scouts have the chance to explore the museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits, participate in special science activities, and create your own science toys. Be sure to complete a scavenger hunt for a special fun patch! There are opportunities for everyone!
Discover the inner workings of a world-class opera company! See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit, and then journey backstage where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life.
Use promo code GSTOURS19for discounted tickets ($10), valid for all Public Backstage Tours during the 2018/19 school year. Girl Scouts will receive a fun patch at the end of the tour!