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With school starting and many girls going back-to-troop, you may be asking yourself if your Girl Scout needs a uniform. The answer is yes! Girl Scouts have been present and proudly identified by their uniforms and good deeds for over 100 years. While it’s true uniform styles have changed considerably over the years, the feeling of dignity and self-respect girls have while in uniform never fades. In fact, chances are if you ask an alumna about her most treasured Girl Scout memories, she’ll mention her badges, her handbooks, and her uniform. You can bet if she kept her vest or sash, she’ll want to show them to you! Girl Scouts of all ages have a special, time-honored attachment to the tradition of wearing a Girl Scout uniform.

 

So, why is a Girl Scout uniform so important? Girls who wear a uniform are easily identified as Girl Scouts while in the community. Whether serving at shelters, helping at the food pantry, or performing a flag ceremony for veterans, people in the community will be able to see the good things Girl Scouts do in their own neighborhoods. Uniforms also show girls they are part of something larger than themselves. When all the girls in a troop are in uniform, they feel inclusive, equal, and accepting of one another as sisters. Of course, the added benefit is a place where they can readily show their earned badges and award recognitions on the front and awesome fun patches and SWAPS on the back!

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GSNI recently received a thank you from the mother of Kesiime, a Girl Guide from Uganada who spent part of her summer at camp with GSNI. We wanted to share her words with you.

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Jumpin’ Jammin’ is a council-sponsored older girl camping experience designed for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops/groups and individually registered girls. At Jumpin’ Jammin’, a core staff of event assistants and adult volunteers are on hand to assist participants and lead a variety of theme-based program activities.

 

This year’s theme—CSI—will focus on activities and competitive challenges inspired by camp site investigation. Girls will be able to experience a new twist on outdoor skills, common camp activities, and problem solving. So round up your troop and friends because Jumpin’ Jammin’ is where you want to be!

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Today, GSNI Camp Ranger, Guy Schmale writes about how GSNI is helping to grow more trees and the next generations of tree stewards with help from The Morton Arboretum. 


Almost 50 Girl Scouts got to help plant oak trees as part of a pilot program this summer at Camp Dean, one of five camps owned by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). The plantings were led by Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Project Coordinator for The Morton Arboretum. Beth talked with the girls about many of the ways we benefit from trees and then walked them through the proper way to plant one. Beth’s outreach work, including her visits to the camp, is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

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Today, Thin Mint Sprint Committee Member, Kristen N. Campbell shares her thoughts on why you should run the Tough Cookie Trail Run at this year's 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint.

 

The Trail Run is soooooo easy! You just crawl up this big hill called Heart Attack Hill, jump over a few trees, dodge some deer, and collapse across the finish line. Ok, so its NOT easy, but it has to be one of the most fun runs I've ever done. It is challenging and well worth it! I don't do many trail runs and I don't run it for a time, I run it to survive it. The trail poses new obstacles every year because mother nature decides what the new challenges will be that year. I've done it at least 5 times and each year it seems fresh and new. My friend and I look forward to running this every year. Not your average course, so don't miss out on running the Trail Run! I've already signed up, so who's with me?

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