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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois delighted local girls with the announcement that the highest level reward in the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program would be a trip for two to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! Announced at the beginning of cookie season, the first-time-ever reward is for girls who set their goals high and sell 2,500 boxes of cookies or more. Several girls are close to this reward level while many others are on their way to earning enough to finance a summer camp session, a community service project, or a troop trip.


One example is Girl Scout Marissa D. of Streamwood who has sold over 2,500 boxes of cookies to earn the Disney trip. She was very close to the Disney reward level and shared this news with a customer. The customer offered to purchase enough cookies—a value of $100—to help her reach her goal. Now, Marissa is going to Disney!

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The following message was sent out to Service Units and Troops via eBudde earlier today, but we wanted to share it with everyone:


Good afternoon,
We wanted to update you on the status of extending booth sales for one week. There will not be an official extension. There are a couple reasons we've decided NOT to extend booth sales through March 29.


1) We only heard back from a very small percentage of troops indicating they would like to hold a "My Sales" booth for an additional weekend. Most of those that were in favor would only be in favor if we could guarantee availability of all varieties.

2) Due to the national shortage and our regularly scheduled sale dates, the baker and therefore; the council, cannot guarantee to have all cookie varieties in our cupboards to cover the additional weekend.


If however, you were one of the troops that said yes and can arrange a "My Sales" location for the extended weekend (March 27-29) we would approve the site but only with the knowledge that the cupboards would not be open and the money would still need to be deposited first thing Monday, March 30 because the final bank sweep would not be delayed.


Thank you,
Your Product Program Team

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ (GSNI) cookie baker, Little Brownie Bakers (LBB), is currently experiencing a national shortage of Thin Mints and Samoas! Whoa! That’s big news!


Because of this, GSNI is also experiencing a shortage. We are working closely with LBB and are eagerly anticipating delivery of these cookies to the council at the earliest opportunity. Booth sales will continue as planned throughout the rest of the cookie program!


Although we are disappointed with the national cookie shortage, the good news is that cookie sales are up this year, thanks to our amazing girls! We especially appreciate all the hard work our leaders, volunteers, and parents do to support them in achieving their cookie goals! If you have any questions, please call 800-925-3327, Ext. 7250.

At GSNI, we know that our volunteers make it possible to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. That's why we are so excited to tell you about our upcoming training workshop, S.T.E.W. Christina Kirsch, Volunteer Support Specialist, and Chris Alsip, Volunteer Trainer and S.T.E.W. Committee Planner will tell you all about it below. 


From Christina:


Even though the temperatures still slip below zero, a thought of spring is coming our way. You may notice that we have changed our outdoor trainings a bit. In the fall, we introduced Indoor Overnight Trainings as a face-to-face training. In addition, we have added interactive activities in our trainings to give a better understanding of Adult/Girl planning. These classes will be held in the spring as well. We have a better scheduling process with our outdoor facilitators to schedule Outdoor Overnight Trainings in advance and with registration opening the same time each year. This schedule will help all of our volunteers plan for the trainings they will need to take their troop camping.

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Camp Season is right around the corner! We want to make sure you have all of the information you need before the fun begins. Join us for a Camp Chat either in person at our Service Centers, on Facebook, or via webinar from Thursday, February 12 through Wednesday, April 1. Signing up is easy, just visit one of the links below to RSVP to one of these informational sessions. Camp Registration opens Tuesday, February 17 and we can't wait to see you out at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick! In the meantime, take a look at our Camphlet (Camp Pamphlet) to see what we have planned for 2015.

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