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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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There’s a reason we call Camp Benson the 113-acre memory maker. You’ll have an opportunity to brave Camp Benson’s very own cave! This dark and cold hike is filled with all kinds of cool things, even stealthy bats. A trip down the 3-story-tall zip-line might be just the rush you’re looking for. Take a leisurely hike through the grotto, or climb aboard your sled and take the plunge down the 240-foot long Twilight Zone tube slide. If you have a desire for adventure, Adventure Camp Overnight is for you!

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Are you looking for a great one-day volunteer opportunity? If so, consider volunteering at GSNI’s 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and first-ever Samoa Fun Fest on Saturday, September 20. There are many exciting volunteer opportunities! Plus, volunteers receive one FREE admission for their personal attendance to the Samoa Fun Fest and event hospitality area! Thin Mint Sprint volunteers also receive one box of complimentary Girl Scout Thin Mints. Check out the opportunities below, and send your top picks to Lynn Momberger at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7111, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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CALLING ALL JUNIORS! CALL ALL JUNIORS! Are you ready to kick-off your Girl Scout Junior year? Well, let’s start by working on your Junior Journey, Get Moving. Join the Fermilab Lederman Science Center and their FUN-tastic Science program while they help you get started with three (3) badges from your Get Moving Journey. You will learn how to be a detective, how to create an animal habitat and how to be an engineer plus so much more! Fermilab will be bringing in several Professionals to help you start your Product Designer, Animal Habitat and Detective Badge all within 2 days.

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