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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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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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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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Girl safety is our top priority, especially when it comes to inclement weather at camp. During these recent storms, girls have been kept inside or moved to a lower level of a camp building, depending on the issued warnings. GSNI follows specific safety protocols designed to keep each camper and staff member safe and secure for the duration of the camping season. In the event of a severe storm, please remain calm if camp staff doesn't immediately answer or return phone calls, as their first responsibility is the safety of the girls. Staff will return phone calls or e-mails at the earliest possible opportunity.

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The safety of our campers and volunteers takes priority over anything else and due to the likeliness of severe winds and intense storms and our lack of indoor/underground shelter the Aztec Twilight Camp at The Hollows in Cary, IL will be cancelled for this evening, Wednesday, June 12. Twilight Camp will resume tomorrow as scheduled.
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Volunteers throughout the council plan and carry out a variety of Day/Twilight Camps. The following list includes the volunteer run camps for 2013. Adult volunteers are the key to success for each volunteer run Day/Twilight Camp. If you enjoy working with children, we encourage you to volunteer. Volunteers are needed for 1-5 days. Your help is vital to ensure the success of these camps. If you are able to volunteer, please Felicia Dupczak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Congratulations to Sarah P. for winning GSNI’s Camp Top Ten Contest! Below you can read her Top Ten Favorite Things about Camp:

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With camp season right around the corner, let us introduce you to Mary George, Camp Director at Camp Dean.

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GSNI CampWith warmer temperatures beginning to be the norm in the forecast, there is no better time to think about camp. Girl Scout Camp can be a wonderful experience. Just ask Emma, who recently submitted her entry for our “Top Ten Reasons I love Girl Scout Camp” contest.

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GSNI is hosting a contest all about camp! Have your happy camper submit a list of the top ten reasons why she loves Girl Scout camp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . She will be entered to win over $100 in Girl Scout camping supplies! Girls will be credited for their lists and featured on GSNI’s blog and social media. This contest is open only to members of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. All entries received before Friday, May 31, 2013 will be entered.