First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers in a new video released today by Girl Scouts of the USA, for which she serves as Honorary National President. Every First Lady of the United States has served in this post since 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President. Mrs. Obama's video coincides with the launch of the organization's new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.


The campaign captures the fun of Girl Scouting with the theme "I can't wait to..." and girl-friendly grassroots promotions that will reach every community nationwide. With 3.2 million Girl Scouts and 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, parents, caregivers, and volunteers are vital to the organization's success.


"Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined."

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Discover the Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Sunday, October 6, 12:30–3:30 p.m., at the Crystal Lake Nature Center, located at 330 N Main Street. Activities will include sleeping bag races, making survival bracelets, hiking the nature center, and geocaching. During the open house, interested girls and families can stop by to experience a wide variety of Girl Scouting activities! To download the flyer for this event click here. For more information, please contact Emma Eschenfeldt at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7124, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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This summer, GSUSA representatives visited GSNI’s “My Best Elf Self” camp at Baker Community Center in St. Charles to see how girls enjoyed using Healthy Habits, a component of the It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey. The cameras were rolling as girls worked on WOW! Wonders of Water and learned about staying healthy throughout their lives.


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GSUSA has made the process of submitting and tracking the Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal and Final Report a lot easier with GoGold Web App! Instead of filling out the traditional paperwork, girls working on their Girl Scout Gold Award will document their progress and submit their project proposal and final report by using the GoGold App. Benefits of this web app include:

  • Keeping all of your information in one place

  • Ability to share progress on your award in one place

  • Get feedback from the Girl Scout Gold Award Volunteer Committee

  • Access to Girl Scout Gold Award resources to help answer your questions along the way

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GSNI is collaborating with OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center to produce a Pink Glove Dance Video on Sunday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 East State Street, in Rockford. The filming will take place in front of the hospital. In case of rain, it will be moved to the atrium. 



The Pink Glove Dance Video Competition is aimed at raising breast cancer awareness. Once the video is complete, it will be uploaded to the Pink Glove Dance website where people can vote for their favorite video. First place will receive $25,000; second place will receive $10,000, and third place receives $5,000 to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice that supports breast cancer research. GSNI and OSF have chosen American Cancer Society—Making Strides Again Breast Cancer to be the recipient of any support.


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