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This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Thin Mint Sprint (TMS). In honor of this milestone, GSNI is planning to celebrate in a big way! Special festivities are already being planned to make the 10th Anniversary TMS the most memorable one yet. All the traditional races you’ve come to love will still be on the program, with even more activities being added! Mark your calendars now for TMS on Saturday, September 20, at Camp McCormick.

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GSNI is excited to introduce the Bling Your Booth Contest for 2014! The theme for the contest is how Girl Scouts do a "World of Good" by incorporating any of the 5 Skills of the cookie program—goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills—into a community cookie booth! Troops may submit one entry per cookie booth location per troop.

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We have been alerted that an online flyer is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies. It is based on a wealth of misinformation. First and foremost, the mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will not tolerate special interest groups linking its name to any political issue in order to advance an agenda, nor will it tolerate individuals and organizations that misuse its name and/or brand. That said, we aim to supply our Girl Scout family with all information and materials necessary to deliver the truth to our supporters.


In light of multiple articles alleging Girl Scouts has ties to certain organizations, here are some key facts to consider.

  • Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. Girl Scouts has not endorsed any political party or politician.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe these are matters that are best discussed within the family.
  • We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

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National Girl Scout Weekend (NGSCW) is February 7–8, 2014! This is a great opportunity for troops to promote their upcoming booth sales by distributing the NGSCW Cookie Season flier or by asking to post the fliers in local businesses. It’s easy! Just download the Cookie Season flier from GSNI’s website and fill in your cookie booth information.

 

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GSNI's new service center and council store is now open, at 229 First Avenue in Rock Falls! The Rock Falls Service Center is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. GSNI will host an official Ribbon Cutting on Friday, February 7, from 4–6 p.m., and a family-style open house on Saturday, February 8, from 12 Noon–4 p.m. All GSNI members are invited to attend! The open house will include a jewelry-making craft for girls, information on camp and upcoming local programs, as well as the opportunity for girls to register as Girl Scouts! The council store will be open and a local Girl Scout troop will be selling cookies to the public. For more information, contact the Rock Falls Service Center at 815-997-5100.

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