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GSNI CEO, Fiona Cummings, shares her thoughts on this holiday season.


We will all be celebrating the holidays in different ways and for different reasons, but one thing is for sure; this is the time of year that many people, and especially the Girl Scouts, remember those who are less fortunate, and seek to make these individual’s lives just a little bit better.


I have been asking around our Council for examples of the wonderful things that volunteers and girls are doing at this time of year to help others. Here are just a few inspiring answers.

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A camp experience:

  • Develops skills, knowledge and self-confidence through exciting, challenging and fun activities such as canoeing, kayaking, archery, hiking, outdoor cooking, and horseback riding
  • Enhances teamwork and social skills through community living and group play
  • Strengthens self-reliance and independent living skills by being away from home
  • Provides exciting and enriching opportunities for personal growth
  • Develops an appreciation for nature and the environment


Fees for camp cover only about 64% of the direct costs to provide the camp experience.


This past summer about 50 families needed financial assistance to pay the camp fee.


The average cost of a camp session is $250. We would like to raise enough on Giving Tuesday to send at least 10 girls to camp whose families cannot afford it


Your gift, of any amount, will help provide the camp experience for girls and financial assistance for families who need it. So on Giving Tuesday, please make a donation and Give the Gift of Camp. Thank you!

Please click here to Give the Gift of Camp now.

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Yes, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is going beyond the booth and offering more ways to buy cookies and support girls' learning than ever before.


And the best part is that Digital Cookie helps take the five essential life skills girls learn through the traditional cookie program to a whole new level—introducing critical lessons about online marketing, application use, and ecommerce to more than one million excited Girl Scouts, in real-time.

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Starting this month GSNI CEO, Fiona Cummings, will be talking directly to our membership and public through this blog. Here is her first post.


With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I wanted to share with you what I am thankful for so far this Girl Scout Year.


It has been such pleasure to meet so many girls, volunteers and parents that make up GSNI at the Meet the CEO events that have been happening around the council. At our most recent event in Rockford, over 200 people came out to visit. I enjoyed hearing about all the Journeys and activities that our Girl Scouts want to do and about their favorite Girl Scout experiences. Have you made it out to a Meet the CEO event yet? The next Meet the CEO will be at our Sugar Grove Service Center on January 29, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Keep an eye on our webpage as there are more planned around the council. Girls who meet me, even get a patch!

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Can you believe it is almost Cookie Time again?! Time to start learning people skills, decision making, business ethics, money management and goal setting through the Girl Scout Cookie Program! In today's post we pull together some important information to get the ball rolling. Mark your calendars now! The 2015 Cookie Dates are here! 

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The Fall Product totals have been calculated and the results are in! On behalf of the Product Program Department and the entire staff, we’d like to congratulate the girls that earned the title of “TOP SELLERS” for GSNI’s Sweets & Treats Sale!

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We trust Girl Scout volunteers. You bravely dive into challenges, blaze trails with your girls, and tackle tough issues. It's why we want your take on how we can make Girl Scouts better in your community. Each community is different; each girl is different! We want to make sure every Girl Scout supporter—including all volunteers, parents, and girl members—gets a say in how Girl Scouts should be active in their neighborhood.


We'd like to see you at an upcoming Town Hall Meeting! Meet Fiona Cummings, our CEO, ask questions, and get on-the-spot answers. Plus, you'll be one of the first to learn about exciting new Girl Scout program developments in your area. Reservations are not required, and all Girl Scout supporters are welcome! Here are the dates:

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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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