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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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GSNI has three scholarship opportunities for registered high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2014. Scholarship applications are due

  • The 2014 Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship ($500) is for girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. (8 available)
  • The 2014 Girl Scout Ambassador Scholarship ($500) is for girls who are current high school seniors. (2 available)
  • The 2014 Vicki Wright Scholarship ($2000) is for girls who are pursuing an education degree or non-profit management degree. (2 available)
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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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Every three years, Girl Scouts gather together at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate the Girl Scout Movement, celebrate accomplishments, and chart the future. The 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention will be held October 16–19, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

GSNI is seeking candidates for the position of 2014-2017 National Council Delegate to represent GSNI at the National Council Session. Applicants must be Girl Scout adults or girl members at least 14 years of age or older.

 

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Don't let the cold weather stop your girls from meeting their goals! Cookie Club is the fastest, easiest way for girls to reach high goals. This password protected website specially designed for girls, makes it safe for them to send emails asking for cookie promises or online cookie orders. Cookie Club helps girls reach their goals, find new customers, involve family members and achieve higher cookie sales!

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Vacationing customers. Snow drifts. Polar Vortexes. Girl Scouts are faced with many challenges while collecting Girl Scout Cookie orders. Because of that we want Girl Scouts to show us HOW they are selling Girl Scout Cookies this season. What creative ways have Girl Scouts come up with to face the obstacles in their way to achieving their cookie sale goals?

 

Participate in GSNI's Cookie CEO Challenge by sending in a photo or video of your best creative selling idea in action! If your idea is voted as the best, you will receive credit for 25 extra boxes to go toward your rewards!