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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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Registration is now available online for GSNI’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition event! You’ll want to register prior to April 15 for guaranteed seating.

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Register soon for these exciting programs!

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An important part of camp is making new friends! However, your camper may feel more comfortable coming to camp if a friend attends with her. If your camper and her friend want to attend resident camp together, follow these steps:

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Meet the GSNI Girl Scouts who are traveling on a destination this year! Our first profile is of Charlotte S. who is looking forward to meeting new people on her travels. Take a look!

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It can be easy to think about Girl Scouting as a local activity that girls participate in to learn leadership skills and improve the community around them. In fact, Girl Scouting can be all that AND show girls how they are connected to the global community.

Diane Saber, Global Action Volunteer for GSNI and Lifetime Girl Scout Member, writes about how to incorporate global awareness into Girl Scout programs. Today she focuses on how to getting involved in destinations.

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Don't miss out on this fantastic event put together by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois! 

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Claire Leininger, Girl Scout Historian, shares her thoughts of her visit with Barrington Girl Scouts. You can view photos of her visit here.

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Congratulations to the winners of GSNI's 2014 Goal Getter Contest! Following Initial Sales, the Goal Getter Contest was offered to encourage girls to obtain more orders.  A minimum of 20 orders from 20 different customers was required to enter the contest.  These girls have won a Razor E100 Electric Scooter.

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It can be easy to think about Girl Scouting as a local activity that girls participate in to learn leadership skills and improve the community around them. In fact, Girl Scouting can be all that AND show girls how they are connected to the global community.

  

Diane Saber, Global Action Volunteer for GSNI and Lifetime Girl Scout Member, writes about how to incorporate global awareness into Girl Scout programs. Today she focuses on how to get young Girl Scouts to think about travel. The second post in her series will focus on getting involved in destinations.

 

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GSNI wants to hear from you! We are looking for audio or video clips, no longer than 30 seconds, responding to one of these prompts:

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This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Thin Mint Sprint (TMS) to be held on September 20, 2014 at Camp McCormick. In honor of this milestone, GSNI is planning to celebrate in a big way! GSNI is currently recruiting energetic volunteers to help with the activities and races—girls and adults!

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Girl Scout Voices is an opportunity for you and your girl to share your thoughts and feelings about experiences in Girl Scouting. This feedback helps Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois shape and improve our programs and services to all of our girl and adult members.

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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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