Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Earn the Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Earn the Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

Wow—talk about impressive! Girl Scouts everywhere are changing the world in meaningful ways. What can we say? It’s in our DNA.

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 working on an issue that’s captured your interest in a big way. Do you know a girl who is ready to be a part of this prestigious group of young women who are changing the world?

Learn more about the Highest Awards, and read on for an announcement about a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Attention Older Girl Scouts! As of October 1st, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is pleased to announce a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls may now complete final projects that benefit the Girl Scout community. In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Awards must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action:

  • The project makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond;
  • The project puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action;
  • The project includes provisions to ensure sustainability;
  • The project identifies national and/global links to the girl’s selected issue;
  • And the project inspires others.

This change does not impact girls who have already begun or submitted a project plan, since girls choose an issue first, and then add in the other parameters that will make it sustainable.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Annie Gilmartin, Manager of Highest Awards, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.


Girl Scout Go-Getters Conquer the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Girl Scout Go-Getters Conquer the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Girl Scouts are adventurous and have the courage to push through tough obstacles. We are go-gettersbold, honest, and determined to succeed. We are goal-oriented, ambitious, life-long learners who believe no challenge is too difficult – not even 26.2 miles!

On Sunday, October 7, the Girl Scout Go-Getter team of 12 men and women embodied that spirit as they persevered through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Interested in joining next year? Let us know!

Despite the fluctuating weather conditions, the team kept Girl Scouts front of mind to motivate them through the rain and finished strong – some running a marathon for the first time! And while preparing for the physical aspect of the marathon was no easy feat, our Go-Getters actively fundraised for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI). With their efforts, the runners have over $17,000 to date. But it’s not too late to show your support of the Girl Scout Go-Getter team and our council! Please consider making a gift of any size towards the Chicago Marathon.

Leading up to race day, the Girl Scout Go-Getter team connected over their passion for and dedication to GSGCNWI. Legacy runner and Brownie Troop leader, Amanda Kristo, had her troop sign the back of her shirt to remind her that they were with her on the course in spirit.


Check out a few of our Girl Scout Go-Getters proudly rocking their medals!

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Don’t forget, you can join the fun too! We are very excited to be hosting a team of 23 runners in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please contact Holly Johnson if you want to be a runner on or support in any way, this dedicated Girl Scout Go-Getter team!


A Letter From The CEO: Standing With All Girls on International Day of the Girl

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” (Paulo Coelho).

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Today, as we celebrate International Day of the Girl, I ask that we all consider what role we play in supporting, believing in, and advocating for ALL GIRLS, everywhere. Just like the United Nations, I know that girls MUST be at the table when it comes to addressing the issues that impact them.

As CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, I stand at the forefront of one the largest Girl Scout councils in the world. Through my work with our staff, volunteers, and the girls we serve, I have seen firsthand how Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership. Every girl already has what she needs inside to make the world a better place, and Girl Scouts provides a safe space that allows girls to tap into their potential, take risks, and persist through any fear of failure.

Girls hold the power to tell their stories, speak their truths, and believe in the value of their experiences. Time again, Girl Scouts demonstrate the courage, confidence, and character to lead by example. They take action to seize the future for themselves, their families, their communities, and beyond. It is our collective duty—myself, Girl Scouts, society, and YOU—to show young women how important they are today and as the resilient leaders of tomorrow.

The voices of girls and women matter and so does our work. It is a critical time for every single one of us to fight gender inequality. Help girls speak loudly and proudly, and rest assured that you can take it beyond just listening.

I encourage you to get involved with your local youth focused organizations and VOLUNTEER!

I encourage you to DONATE what you are able, to ensure that these organizations have what they need to help keep girls moving forward.

I encourage you to let the girls in your life know that organizations like Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provide a place and community JUST FOR THEM, led by them and that they can JOIN today.

I encourage you to STAND WITH GIRLS like I do. I BELIEVE IN GIRLS. I SUPPORT GIRLS. Do you?

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Yours in Girl Scouting,
Nancy Wright

Join Girl Scouts GCNWI Media Girl Team!

Join Girl Scouts GCNWI Media Girl Team!

Attention Seniors and Ambassadors!

Are you interested in social media, creating fun content, or serving as a spokesperson for other girls? Apply to join our first ever Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) Media Girl Team!

We are looking for a creative group of Girl Scouts to work with our Marketing Team. As an expert in all things Girl Scouts, you will help us showcase the amazing things Girl Scouts do in our council!

The GSGCNWI Media Girl Team will be our eyes, ears, and feet on the street as you work as a team and individually to generate and share new ideas and content. Plus, along with earning an awesomely colorful and super-cool patch, you will gather great experience for your future job or college applications. Join us and dip your toes in the world of content creation and digital marketing!

The pilot year for the GSGCNWI Media Girl Team will take place during 2019. Girls who apply will be expected to complete the following:  

  • Attend at least three GSGCNWI events or programs over the course of the year (this could include programs like STEMapalooza, Cookie Rally, camp, or something you or your troop already has planned);
  • Sign a photo release;
  • Allow GSGCNWI full rights to use any content you create for marketing purposes. You’ll get to keep everything you create to build your own portfolio, too!

As a member of our Media Girl Team you may:  

  • Help run social media campaigns and takeovers;
  • Create concepts for digital ads and campaigns;
  • Write blog posts;
  • Gather stories of other Girl Scouts, including conducting interviews;
  • Make short videos about your experiences as a Girl Scout;
  • Join the marketing team for brainstorming sessions;
  • Champion our GSGCNWI social media accounts, encouraging others to follow, like, comment and share;
  • Represent GSGCNWI at council programs and events.

If you think you are the perfect fit, fill out our online application! 



Be prepared: Below are the application questions you’ll be required to fill out in 200 words or less for each question.  

  1. How did you hear about this opportunity?
  2. What are you most interested in?
  3. What made you excited about our Media Girl Team opportunity?
  4. What would you hope to learn or gain from this opportunity?
  5. Tell us about your experience with social media, writing, advertising, and other related skills.
  6. Describe how girls your age use social media in their everyday lives. What are the positives and negatives to social media?
  7. What is your dream job or passion project that you want to pursue in the future?
  8. Tell us about an experience where you felt empowered because of Girl Scouts.
  9. Tell us something interesting about yourself!

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Leader 411: Kick-Start This New Membership Year Right!

Leader 411: Kick-Start This New Membership Year Right!

The New Volunteer Essentials is Here!

Have you ever wondered, “I wish I had a Girl Scouts GCNWI encyclopedia?” Well, look no further!

Volunteer Essentials offers you a wealth of information about:

  • Girl Scouts as a movement and a tradition
  • Volunteer skills and competencies
  • Our Program offerings
  • Keeping girls safe
  • Taking trips and hosting events
  • Managing troop finances

And so much more!


It’s Fall Product Time!

Start your Girl Scout year off right! It’s Fall Product time! If you haven’t already heard from your Service Unit Fall Product Manager about the upcoming Fall Product Program launching Oct. 1, you will be soon!

We have new products for customers to enjoy and rewards that girls will love. Customers can order their products online, and girls earn money for their troop!

Never hesitate to contact our Product Program Team with questions about our Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program: 855-456-8347 (ext. 6722).

We look forward to working with you this year!


Plan A Custom Program for Your Troop!

If you’re searching for a new way to make your troop meetings more fun and exciting or are having a hard time finding a GCNWI program that fits into your schedule, our custom programs are for you!

You can plan a custom program for your troop, group, school, or service unit—it’s easy! Just browse our custom program options, pick a date, and start scheduling.


Plan Your Whole Troop Year in a Snap!


The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is your go-to place for everyone within your troop to see important information about meetings and activities!

Parents have read-only access to meeting agendas in the VTK which easily allows them to stay up-to-date on everything their daughter is enjoying in Girl Scouts.

Learn more about how the VTK can save you time with the Year Plan and Meeting Plans.


Celebrate International Day of The Girl with GCNWI!

Celebrate International Day of the Girl 2018 with Girl Scouts from around the council on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Camp Greene Wood!

You will earn the Global Action Award by focusing on the 17 Global Goals including taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat, and improving people’s health.

This day will be interactive, fun, and educational for all ages!

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors Registration »

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Registration »

Bring Our Retail Shop to You!

📦 Daisy Dads Deliver
Wanted: Dads (and moms, uncles and aunts, grandpas and grandmas, sisters and brothers) who would move mountains for their Girl Scout…or maybe just a few pallets of Girl Scout products.

Volunteer for just a few hours and make a difference!

Sign-up to help »

Have a question? Don’t be shy!
Contact us for more information.

Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girls One Step at a Time

Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girls One Step at a Time

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is proud to have a group of athletes running the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of our council. These runners have dedicated their time and effort in support of our organization, both with intense physical training and fundraising.

Each of our runners has a connection to Girl Scouts. Whether as a Girl Scout troop leader, a Girl Scout alum, a volunteer, or a proud Girl Scout dad, they all have one goal in mind—to support Girl Scouts GCNWI by running 26.2 miles.

Our participants have been jogging for miles and raising funds for many months in preparation for next week’s race on Sunday, October 7. Will you help them cross the finish line?

Here’s how you can make an impact

Donate now to help our runners meet their fundraising goal!

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 7, any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and cheer on our Girl Scout Go-Getters. See some true Girl Scout spirit in action! Please contact Holly Johnson for details.

Our Runners

Check out our runners’ pages to learn more about them and why they are running for Girl Scouts GCNWI.

Brewer, Rebecca: Girl Scout Volunteer and Troop Leader
Brown, Dominique: Leader of Two Troops
Bullock, Alison: Girl Scout Alumna and Supporter
Culligan, Clara: First Time Runner and Girl Scout Silver Award Recipient
Inabinet, Anna: Girl Scout Supporter
Kristo, Amanda: Brownie Troop Leader and Legacy Go-Getter Runner
Lichon, Becky: Girl Scout Supporter
Linnihan, Erin: Girl Scout Supporter
Merchant, Noreen: Active Girl Scout Leader and Girl Scout Alumni
Nieto, Donny: Proud Girl Scout Dad
Pironti, Jill K: Adult Member and Troop Co-Leader
Prado, Angelica M: Proud Girl Scout Mom
Rice, Katie: Girl Scout Supporter
Sarchett, Brian: Girl Scout Supporter
Shuba, Matt: Girl Scout Supporter
Wallace, Angela: Girl Scout Supporter

Destinations Spotlight: Space Camp

Destinations Spotlight: Space Camp

It was Saint Augustine who wrote “The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” So why not open a new chapter?

While Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provides amazing travel opportunities, for those interested in different travel experiences should explore Girl Scouts Destinations. 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 Hunstville, Alabama, one to the Costa Rica rainforest and one all the way to Europe! We hope you enjoy the stories from Space Camp attendees Maysa, Simone and Emma and become inspired to take a trip yourself.


On June 17th, I flew to Huntsville, Alabama to attend Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Center. I am so glad I found out about this camp thanks to Girl Scouts Destinations. From the activities and missions to the trivia and fun facts, Space Academy was a great opportunity and the experience inspired me to see space careers differently and take action to make the world a better place.

During my week at Space Academy I was involved in so many exciting projects including space missions, rocket launching, and special theme nights. I had two space missions; a lunar mission and an orbiter mission. During the lunar mission, I was in the Orion capsule as LMS 6. During the orbiter mission, I was in mission control in the position FOO. The missions were very important learning experiences and we earned points for Commanders Cup based on our team’s successful execution of them. The missions helped me understand the importance of the different roles individuals play in a space mission and also the tremendous responsibility one takes on to fill these roles. We also launched rockets that we built and designed in groups of four. This project helped us get to know our teammates and be creative. My teammates were sister Girl Scouts from all over the world. They came from many different places, including New Zealand, Canada, and almost every region of the U.S. With us all being Girl Scouts on a Destinations trip, we got to do a special swap party that allowed us to get to know each other and share some special things about where we all came from.

Going to Space Academy inspired me to see something differently. Specifically, before this destinations trip, I had no idea of the many careers in space exploration and at NASA beyond being an engineer or astronaut! There are all kinds of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) careers that are needed at NASA, including chemists, botanists, even teachers! My destinations trip to the US Space and Rocket Center inspired me to continue to take action as a Girl Scout and as a student who loves math and science. Taking action in this case means taking advantage of every opportunity available for me to learn all I can about STEM. Currently, I aspire to be a biochemist. As a biochemist, I would make the world a better place with my work by exploring chemical compounds and molecules of different organisms and how they react in various combinations. Biochemists have very important jobs that include research to find cures for diseases as well as solving simpler problems like how to make safer and more effective beauty products.

I am very grateful for the scholarship that helped make this Destinations trip possible for me. Thanks to Girl Scouts, I continue to be inspired to follow my dreams. I would love to do another Destination and see what else I can learn and discover. Learn more about the scholarship here.


For my destination, I went to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The trip taught me many things about outer space, the devices used in space, and what people do there. Prior to this trip, I thought the only people who went into space were astronauts who collected different samples and  bring them back to earth. Now that I was able to experience space camp, I learned that people who go into space are scientist who doesn’t just collect samples, but actually do experiments and others from different fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) also get to go into space. This trip has allowed me to see things as a puzzle and each person/item is a piece.

Once again THANK YOU for this wonderful opportunity.


This trip inspired me to see different careers of the women in STEM careers. Before, I used to think that it was great that we had so many women in the STEM field, but it wasn’t until my trip to Space Camp that I got a better understanding of their careers and learned about my passion for mine.

Now, because of all the smart women I met, I realize, that it is good that we have so many women in STEM, but we need more. The Space Program in the U.S.A could benefit so much from having more women involved. So many women, in history (from the Space Program), played a pivotal role in helping the U.S. get to the moon and beyond. Some examples are Katherine Goble Johnson and Mary Sherman Morgan. I feel that with more women in NASA, the program will speed up, and help us to get to Mars and beyond much sooner!

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

Learn more about the 2019 Space Camp Destination, click here.