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Did you know that 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award? If you are thinking about earning yours, Erin has some great tips on how to be successful! 

Hi! My name is Erin McDermott, and I selected restoring a prairie and installing a butterfly garden and sitting area for my Girl Scout Gold Award project. I learned many lessons along the way that I would like to share with other Girl Scouts starting their own projects.

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Trefoil Talks are back in July! 



What are Trefoil Talks?

Trefoil Talks are webinars that will present information targeted to each Girl Scout level. During each Trefoil Talk, our Senior Vice President of Girl Experience, Stacie Simpson, will walk you through a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for that Girl Scout level and then talk about some of the events we have coming up. Stacie also wants to hear from you and will be there to answer your questions.

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is partnering with Techbridge's Role Models Matter Project to offer targeted training to women working in the fields of science, technology, and engineering who want to be role models for future generations. Volunteers will receive free training and resources to help them become role models and do not have to be registered Girl Scout adults to take the Role Models Matter Training, nor volunteer with Girl Scouts after receiving training. This training is also open current Girl Scout volunteers.


Techbridge will generously provide grant funds to GSNI for up to the first 90 volunteers who register and take the training by the end of June 2015. To register, contact Pam Schnecke at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7140, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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At GSNI’s Annual Meeting, on April 25, 2015, GSNI announced a new Volunteer Recognition Award – The Hall of Fame Award. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a lifetime commitment to the Girl Scout Movement within Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and beyond. In the past, this award was known as the “Courage, Confidence, and Character Award”. Recipients of this award have supported GSNI Girl Scouts in a variety of ways including advocating for Girl Scouts in the community, volunteering in a variety of roles and financially supporting GSNI. No more than two individuals shall be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a given year. Presentation of the Hall of Fame award will be done at the Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition event. In addition, The Hall of Fame Award can be given posthumously.

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We have some good news and not so good news about camp to share with you today.

Let’s get the not so good news out of the way, first. After much consideration, a decision was made to cancel the sessions of Desserts Galore (6), Duct Tape Creations Part 1 (7a), and Duct Tape Creations Part 2 (7b) taking place at Camp McCormick. All of the families have been notified of these changes. Please know that this is never an easy call to make and we never do so lightly. We always want to offer as many fun opportunities for girls as we can.

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