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Did you know you could cook almost anything over the fire, even cake? During GSNI’s summer camps, we provide an opportunity for all campers to cook over the fire at least once. It might be breakfast, dinner, dessert, or even just a snack. Cooking over fire gives girls the opportunity to create and try new things. At camp, we use several favorite recipes including the one below! Come to camp this summer and enjoy a newfound campfire favorite. It’s sure to be delicious!

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Where can you play tag with dye and decorate your buddy’s shirt while they’re wearing it? CAMP! Where will you see adults standing in front of a group wearing their bathing suit over their clothes with silly striped knee high socks and singing “The Penguin Song”? CAMP! Where can you try canoeing, crate stacking, archery, and the perfect s’more? CAMP! Where will you develop life skills including problem solving, conflict management, and teambuilding? CAMP!

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Summer is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about fun in the sun! Six Flags Great America is again offering discounted tickets for Girl Scout Days. Tickets are available at all six GSNI Council Store locations. Tickets are only $31 each. Hurricane Harbor requires an additional fee to be paid at the park. Tickets must be purchased in person. GSNI will not mail tickets. Six Flags Girl Scout Day or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Girl Scout Day patches are also available for $1 each.

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Council's Own Badges are developed around particular themes in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To earn the badges, girls are required to complete a number of activities for their level along with other activities involving the community. Council’s Own Badges are available to troops, groups and individually registered Girl Scouts.

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by Katie Sullivan. Katie is GSNI’s Girl Leadership Specialist who focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). You can contact her at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7137, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Did you know Brownies can earn an award while bridging from Brownies to Juniors? The Bridging Award is an optional award troops can earn while moving to a new level in Girl Scouting! Before the Brownie bridging ceremony, girls will take a step back and teach younger Girl Scout sisters about their Brownie experience. Next, they’ll learn from a troop of Juniors about what they have done and the awards earned as Juniors. Here’s how to earn the award:

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Girls who have earned the award showcase the absolute best Girl Scouting has to offer. What better way to inspire the young leaders of tomorrow than by taking your Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, or Senior to GSNI’s 2014 Young Women of Distinction (YWD) event? Daisies and Brownies will be in awe, spending time with these amazing girls and seeing what they’ve accomplished. Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors will gather helpful insights and ideas for their future Gold Award projects and mingle with girls who have already blazed the trail before them!

Today, Katie Reifsteck, leader of Troop 5055, shares the story of how Girl Scouts in her troop celebrated Girl Scout Week.

 

Our troop has 6 girls, all 4th graders. Each year we set aside time to talk about Girl Scouts, who we are and what we mean, what we can do in the world to make it a better place.

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Today’s blog is brought to you by Kathleen Baylis, Girl Leadership Specialist with GSNI. You can reach her at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7156, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Girls, have you wanted to develop your leadership skills, travel, and make the world a better place? Do you care about the issues of teen violence, healthy relationships, basic needs such as hunger, poverty, homelessness, and natural disaster relief, inclusion/diversity, self-image/body image, education, and the status of women? Then you should consider applying to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI). GSLI is held in conjunction with the Girl Scout National Convention, October 16–19, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Don't miss out on these exciting programs! 

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by Katie Sullivan. Katie is a Girl Leadership Specialist- who focuses on STEM with GSNI. You can contact her at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7137, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Do you know a Daisy who is ready to finish first grade? Is she excited to continue her Girl Scout Experience? Now is the time for her to bridge from Girl Scout Daisy to Girl Scout Brownie! She can earn the optional Bridging Award, just by following two simple steps.

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Did you know girl and adult members can now re-register for Girl Scouts online? GSNI is currently offering our popular Spring Registration feature! Now is the perfect time to register for the upcoming 2014–2015 Girl Scout membership year. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to register over a summer already hectic with camp and vacation, or in the fall when school and extracurricular activities are taking up so much time. Register now, and you’ll continue to have access to important local and global Girl Scout events and opportunities!

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Congratulations to Jennifer Vu of Lake Barrington for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award! Jenny created resource centers at Home of the Sparrow to help homeless children establish a foundation for a better education. Her project included donating educational materials and iPads with educational apps. The goal of the resource centers was to help children gain confidence and show them how they can improve in school.

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Please join us in honoring our outstanding volunteers at GSNI’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event! The event takes place during GSNI’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, in the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom, 495 Airport Road in Elgin. Volunteers who were nominated and selected to receive an award will be recognized with Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, and President’s Award.

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Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into the open air. Under her leadership, the first Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid—many of them for the first time! GSNI stays true to Juliette’s vision by continuing to help girls learn new things, particularly at our camps.

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 Register soon for these exciting programs!

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We are so proud to announce GSNI Girl Scouts who have earned the distinction of selling over 1,000 boxes of cookies during the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program! With the support of family, friends, neighbors, and loyal cookie customers, these girls have used the five skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program to succeed! Please join us in congratulating the following girls on this exceptional achievement:

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GSNI Camps Dean and McCormick are getting a face-lift! Six new sleeping cabins are being installed at Camp Dean to replace several aging tent units. The sleeping cabins will be in Cherry Hollow and include screen windows with roll down coverings, framed wood walls and ceiling, and electric lighting!

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GSNI Girl Scouts who complete a special survey through www.girlscoutvoices.org will be entered in a drawing for the following prizes:

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