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Hello Miss Student Council President, Miss School Paper Editor, Miss Band Leader, and Miss Team Captain,

 

Did you know that you know that you can be recognized in Girl Scouts for the leadership roles you have outside of our organization? You sure can! Take a look at the Silver Torch Award (for Cadettes), the Silver and Gold Torch award (for Seniors), and the Gold Torch Award (for Ambassadors). It’s true! To earn the award at your level, first complete one of your Journeys. Then, serve one full term in a leadership role.

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Today, GSNI Girl Leadership Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , talks about the Journey Summit Awards.

It’s that time of year again, when our fantastic Girl Scouts are setting their goals for the year. What will we do? Where will we go? Which badges? Which Journey?

 

Which Journey indeed! Each of the 6 levels have the opportunity to pursue 3 different Journeys, and if a Girl Scout completes all three Journeys at her level, she earns the Journey Summit Award. Six Summits - Eighteen Journeys - Unlimited Potential.

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Hey Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts!

 

Have you been counting the days until your meeting with our CEO Fiona to talk about what you want? We sure have been. Take a look at the dates and locations below to find the best time for you to meet with her to share your goals, interests, ideas, and opinions on what your council should offer for events. 

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Calling all Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassador Girl Scouts! GSNI is looking for your input!

We are forming a Girl Advisory Committee, comprised of girls from all over the council. In this committee, girls can share their opinions, ideas, and preferences with council staff. Do you have an idea for a super cool one-day event? Were you talking just last week with some friends about something new that you really, really want to do at camp? Do you daydream about an amazing travel experience? We want to hear it all!


Start sharing your ideas! Come to one of our introductory meetings to help build the committee that you want to be a part of!


October 7th, 2014—Informational Meeting—Sugar Grove Area—6pm
October 22nd, 2014—Informational Meeting—Rockford Area—6pm
November 8th, 8014—Informational Meeting—Western Area—10am
November 22nd, 2014—Informational Meeting—Crystal Lake Area—10am

 

Exact locations to be announced at a later date.

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Nominations are being sought for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a program sponsored by Prudential Financial. This program recognizes young people solely on their volunteer service. GSNI can nominate girls in grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12. Girls who have recently earned their Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards would be excellent candidates.

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With summer winding down, families are beginning to plan their back to school routines and get ready for Fall. For troop leaders and volunteers, it’s a natural time to start looking ahead to incorporate new activities into troop meetings – with the girls’ input of course!

 

Using the Healthy Habits Journeys companion booklets, it’s easy to find fun, practical ways to bring healthy living into the scouting experience for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The booklets contain tips and activities that correspond to the “It’s Your Planet – Love it!” Journeys. They are free to download and available in Spanish too!

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GSNI needs your help! We are still seeking volunteers to help at the 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and first-ever Samoa Fun Fest at Camp McCormick on Saturday, September 20. All volunteers will receive one FREE admission for their personal attendance to the Samoa Fun Fest and a complimentary lunch at the event hospitality area! Volunteers will also be entered into a drawing for several door prizes. Additionally, Thin Mint Sprint volunteers will receive one FREE box of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies!

 

Check out the opportunities listed below. To volunteer, contact 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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The following post is a message from Vice President of Membership, Volunteerism, and Program, Stacie Simpson.


As you kick off the new Girl Scout membership year, we know that you’re looking for educational and FUN activities to do with girls. Events are the perfect way to incorporate cooperative learning and learning-by-doing with a girl-led component.

We know your fall calendar is already filling up – between troop meetings, school field trips, weekend family trips, plus the usual work and play. GSNI understands that, especially during the start of school, you don’t have time for anything extra. That’s why the majority of our events are scheduled in October or after. Starting September 15, you’ll be able to browse council-sponsored events in two convenient ways:

  • The pdf guide on our website (hover over “About Us” and click “Publications”). This 12-page pdf shows you each event in chronological order and includes the basic info. You’ll also find detailed information about how to register, our cancelation and refund policies, and more. It’s also the easiest way to print out the information and bring it along to a troop meeting or share it with a friend. [NOTE: The pdf guide has been posted as of today, but online registration will not open until September 15, 2014]
  • The online activities catalog on our website (“Click Here to Register,” then “Activities”). The catalog is so convenient because it’s totally searchable! You can filter by grade, county location or date range to find an event that works for you. This is the same place you can find volunteer trainings and events. 
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GSNI, on behalf of GSUSA, is inviting adult Girl Scouts from our Movement to serve on the WAGGGS World Board committees of Finance, Fund Development, Audit and Risk, Governance, Strategy and Planning, and Human Resources, as well as in several World Board working/task groups. Here are some important details:

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Trainings can help you make the most of your Girl Scout Year! Registration deadlines are coming up quick for the trainings listed below. Don't miss out! 

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host “Visit Our Fantastic Forest” from 9 a.m.–12 Noon on Saturday, September 13, at Camp Far Horizons, 9702 S. Lost Horizon Road, in Hanover. Girl Scout troops, families, and the public are welcome to visit Camp Far Horizons and enjoy a leisurely walk through nature. There will also be a geocaching scavenger hunt and hands-on activities for the whole family! Experts will be on hand to talk about healthy forest management and native plant species and to lead participants in invasive species removal.

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We hope you are enjoying your Labor Day Weekend. When GSNI Council Stores reopen on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 we will be operating under new hours. Check them out! 

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Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for photographs of girls taken inside or outside the White House, as well as pictures of Girl Scouts with military men and women dressed in uniform. Photographs submitted need to be original, high-res photographs (rather than low-res images downloaded from the Internet or Facebook), 300 dpi, and a minimum of 1500 x 2100 px. Images submitted will be used for a convention video and potentially for general social media use and other general print needs. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "Military" or "White House" in the subject line.

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It's time for Camp Service Days, again! The goal  is to assist in preparing the camps for the winter by storing away summer equipment. Assisting at Camp Service Day is rewarded with a free night in a tent unit and ½ price for a lodge for one night. Deposit is still required but will be refunded following normal procedures.

 

If you would like to perform a service project at one of our camps, contact Charlie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your project idea. To register, click one of the links below:

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Today, Thin Mint Sprint Committee Member, Kristen N. Campbell shares what to expect while running races that are part of this year's 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint.

 

What to expect when running the Trail Run:
1. Running, walking, climbing, jumping
2. Gravel, dirt and grass trail
3. Possible deer
4. Very large hills up AND down
5. Beautiful scenery and views of Camp
6. Water station strategically placed after very large UP hill
7. Smack in the face from a branch
8. High five from everyone that finished!

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Do any of these sound familiar?

  • “I’m having trouble logging into my account, forgot my username and password, can you help me login?"
  • “The portal is not recognizing my answers to the security questions.”
  • “I can’t see my Troop Roster, I have a meeting tonight and need to know, etc.!
  • "I’m trying to login and the page is saying “found me in the system” and I should contact you.”
  • “I tried to create a new online account and was supposed to get an email but I have not received it yet, help!”

 

If you ever find any of those sentences as thoughts in your head, the GSNI Registration Help Desk can help! Members of the GSNI Registration Help Desk Team can be reached at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7110. 

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As you may have heard, we are excited to share an opportunity with GSNI Membership for girls to start selling Girl Scouts Sweets and Treats THREE WEEKS EARLY this year! The only requirements are: 

 

Once these two items steps are completed, girls can start selling on September 19 (or as soon as training has been received, if the Service Unit training date is after September 12). For a list of Fall Product Training dates and times, click here.

GSNI is looking for assistance with data entry from older girls and other volunteers. All data entry will take place in a Service Center, and if there are groups of girls, leaders/parents must stay to meet the girl to adult ratio. This is will be a great help to making sure we get all our information entered in a timely manner. Girls will also gain experience working in an office environment and with computers.

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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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