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Young Women of Distinction (YWD) is GSNI's special way to honor Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, along with girls selected to receive a Girl Scout Scholarship. The 2014 event will be Sunday, June 8, at Giovani's in Rockford.

Girl members interested in attending YWD have the opportunity to enter a lottery for free attendance! While all age levels are encouraged to enter the lottery, girls and troops who have completed and submitted their Girl Scout Bronze or Silver Award final report paperwork between April 16, 2013, and April 15, 2014, and Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors will be given first priority. Please note all girls attending must be accompanied by a paying adult. Girl Scout Gold Award and scholarship recipients do not need to enter the lottery.


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GSNI has three scholarship opportunities for registered high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2014. Scholarship applications are due

  • The 2014 Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship ($500) is for girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. (8 available)
  • The 2014 Girl Scout Ambassador Scholarship ($500) is for girls who are current high school seniors. (2 available)
  • The 2014 Vicki Wright Scholarship ($2000) is for girls who are pursuing an education degree or non-profit management degree. (2 available)
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This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Thin Mint Sprint (TMS). In honor of this milestone, GSNI is planning to celebrate in a big way! Special festivities are already being planned to make the 10th Anniversary TMS the most memorable one yet. All the traditional races you’ve come to love will still be on the program, with even more activities being added! Mark your calendars now for TMS on Saturday, September 20, at Camp McCormick.

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GSNI is excited to introduce the Bling Your Booth Contest for 2014! The theme for the contest is how Girl Scouts do a "World of Good" by incorporating any of the 5 Skills of the cookie program—goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills—into a community cookie booth! Troops may submit one entry per cookie booth location per troop.

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We have been alerted that an online flyer is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies. It is based on a wealth of misinformation. First and foremost, the mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will not tolerate special interest groups linking its name to any political issue in order to advance an agenda, nor will it tolerate individuals and organizations that misuse its name and/or brand. That said, we aim to supply our Girl Scout family with all information and materials necessary to deliver the truth to our supporters.

In light of multiple articles alleging Girl Scouts has ties to certain organizations, here are some key facts to consider.

  • Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. Girl Scouts has not endorsed any political party or politician.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe these are matters that are best discussed within the family.
  • We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.