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Angela B., age 13, Alex K., age 13, and Kaity M., age 13, of Girl Scout Troop 421 took a big step towards earning the Girl Scout Silver Award at the April 2015 Crystal Lake City Council Meeting when the mayor officially approved their proclamation to declare April 26–May 2 as Pay It Forward Week in Crystal Lake. The girls' goal is to increase local kindness by encouraging others to do good deeds without asking for anything in return, except that the recipients do something kind for someone else.


The girls formulated their project plan after their troop did a random act of kindness for the Crystal Lake Fire Department. The girls baked cupcakes and delivered them with a thank you note. "They had a blast doing it and felt that the fire fighters really appreciated it," says Kim Becker, Troop 421 Leader. The girls started researching ways they could use random acts of kindness in earning their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6–8) can earn. Eventually, they decided to create a Pay it Forward project.

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Have you checked out our Council’s Pinterest page? On it you will find craft ideas, information about famous Girl Scouts, and information about upcoming Girl Scout Programs.

On the Girl Experience board you will in particular you will find many programs for girls of all ages. There is a map feature so you can see what is close to home or you might see a program offered a bit further away and decide it is time for a road-trip.

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If you have been to Mary Ann Beebe Center (MABC) recently, you may have seen that the bridge across the pond is closed. We have closed the bridge for safety reasons. Parts of the structure are rotting and we are working with an engineer to determine the cost of repair and possible plan of action.


In the meantime, we recognize that many troops use the bridge at MABC as part of their bridging ceremonies in May and June. While the bridge won't be usable during this time period, we recognize that a bridge is a vital part of this ceremony. Therefore, GSNI Rangers will be building a temporary small wooden bridge for use during this time and setting it up in a scenic location. This temporary bridge will be available for use from May 1st.

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When it comes to being smart about money—Girl Scouts rule! These dedicated female entrepreneurs are responsible for annually (and successfully) running the largest financial literacy program for girls in the nation, the Girl Scout Cookie Program! So, it’s no surprise they want to share important financial information with girls and women during this Money Smart Week, April 18–25, 2015. 
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will offer a fun, interactive events for all girls—not just Girl Scouts— Cost is $2 per girl; free for adults and all programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Registered Girl Scout troop leaders are welcome to attend an informational help session on troop finances during the girl program.

Our thoughts are with those affected by last night’s tornados which hit northern Illinois, specifically the communities of Rochelle and Fairdale. 


During times of such tragedy, Girl Scouts have always been ready and willing to help. Today is no different. We have received requests from many asking “how can we help.” At this point emergency personnel are still accessing the damages and organizing relief efforts. We are sharing some of the immediate needs we have found below.