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As you may have heard, we are excited to share an opportunity with GSNI Membership for girls to start selling Girl Scouts Sweets and Treats THREE WEEKS EARLY this year! The only requirements are: 

 

Once these two items steps are completed, girls can start selling on September 19 (or as soon as training has been received, if the Service Unit training date is after September 12). For a list of Fall Product Training dates and times, click here.

GSNI is looking for assistance with data entry from older girls and other volunteers. All data entry will take place in a Service Center, and if there are groups of girls, leaders/parents must stay to meet the girl to adult ratio. This is will be a great help to making sure we get all our information entered in a timely manner. Girls will also gain experience working in an office environment and with computers.

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With school starting and many girls going back-to-troop, you may be asking yourself if your Girl Scout needs a uniform. The answer is yes! Girl Scouts have been present and proudly identified by their uniforms and good deeds for over 100 years. While it’s true uniform styles have changed considerably over the years, the feeling of dignity and self-respect girls have while in uniform never fades. In fact, chances are if you ask an alumna about her most treasured Girl Scout memories, she’ll mention her badges, her handbooks, and her uniform. You can bet if she kept her vest or sash, she’ll want to show them to you! Girl Scouts of all ages have a special, time-honored attachment to the tradition of wearing a Girl Scout uniform.

 

So, why is a Girl Scout uniform so important? Girls who wear a uniform are easily identified as Girl Scouts while in the community. Whether serving at shelters, helping at the food pantry, or performing a flag ceremony for veterans, people in the community will be able to see the good things Girl Scouts do in their own neighborhoods. Uniforms also show girls they are part of something larger than themselves. When all the girls in a troop are in uniform, they feel inclusive, equal, and accepting of one another as sisters. Of course, the added benefit is a place where they can readily show their earned badges and award recognitions on the front and awesome fun patches and SWAPS on the back!

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GSNI recently received a thank you from the mother of Kesiime, a Girl Guide from Uganada who spent part of her summer at camp with GSNI. We wanted to share her words with you.

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Jumpin’ Jammin’ is a council-sponsored older girl camping experience designed for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops/groups and individually registered girls. At Jumpin’ Jammin’, a core staff of event assistants and adult volunteers are on hand to assist participants and lead a variety of theme-based program activities.

 

This year’s theme—CSI—will focus on activities and competitive challenges inspired by camp site investigation. Girls will be able to experience a new twist on outdoor skills, common camp activities, and problem solving. So round up your troop and friends because Jumpin’ Jammin’ is where you want to be!

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Today, GSNI Camp Ranger, Guy Schmale writes about how GSNI is helping to grow more trees and the next generations of tree stewards with help from The Morton Arboretum. 


Almost 50 Girl Scouts got to help plant oak trees as part of a pilot program this summer at Camp Dean, one of five camps owned by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). The plantings were led by Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Project Coordinator for The Morton Arboretum. Beth talked with the girls about many of the ways we benefit from trees and then walked them through the proper way to plant one. Beth’s outreach work, including her visits to the camp, is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

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Today, Thin Mint Sprint Committee Member, Kristen N. Campbell shares her thoughts on why you should run the Tough Cookie Trail Run at this year's 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint.

 

The Trail Run is soooooo easy! You just crawl up this big hill called Heart Attack Hill, jump over a few trees, dodge some deer, and collapse across the finish line. Ok, so its NOT easy, but it has to be one of the most fun runs I've ever done. It is challenging and well worth it! I don't do many trail runs and I don't run it for a time, I run it to survive it. The trail poses new obstacles every year because mother nature decides what the new challenges will be that year. I've done it at least 5 times and each year it seems fresh and new. My friend and I look forward to running this every year. Not your average course, so don't miss out on running the Trail Run! I've already signed up, so who's with me?

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There’s a reason we call Camp Benson the 113-acre memory maker. You’ll have an opportunity to brave Camp Benson’s very own cave! This dark and cold hike is filled with all kinds of cool things, even stealthy bats. A trip down the 3-story-tall zip-line might be just the rush you’re looking for. Take a leisurely hike through the grotto, or climb aboard your sled and take the plunge down the 240-foot long Twilight Zone tube slide. If you have a desire for adventure, Adventure Camp Overnight is for you!

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Are you looking for a great one-day volunteer opportunity? If so, consider volunteering at GSNI’s 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and first-ever Samoa Fun Fest on Saturday, September 20. There are many exciting volunteer opportunities! Plus, volunteers receive one FREE admission for their personal attendance to the Samoa Fun Fest and event hospitality area! Thin Mint Sprint volunteers also receive one box of complimentary Girl Scout Thin Mints. Check out the opportunities below, and send your top picks to Lynn Momberger at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7111, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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CALLING ALL JUNIORS! CALL ALL JUNIORS! Are you ready to kick-off your Girl Scout Junior year? Well, let’s start by working on your Junior Journey, Get Moving. Join the Fermilab Lederman Science Center and their FUN-tastic Science program while they help you get started with three (3) badges from your Get Moving Journey. You will learn how to be a detective, how to create an animal habitat and how to be an engineer plus so much more! Fermilab will be bringing in several Professionals to help you start your Product Designer, Animal Habitat and Detective Badge all within 2 days.

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Thanks to EVERYONE for your help with the Spring Re-Registration push. The campaign ended on June 15, but we calculated results on June 20 to allow a little wiggle-room for providing additional customer service to our members.

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Have you heard? You don't need to be an official delegate to attend convention. Whether you're an alumna, volunteer, staff, or just a big believer in all the great things Girl Scouts do, you're invited to Girl Scouts' 53rd national convention! We're looking forward to welcoming you to spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16–19, 2014. (Select events—Girl Scout History Conference 2014, Board Chair/CEO learning sessions, and Girl Scout University sessions—start a few days prior to the full convention kickoff.)

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GSUSA, in partnership with WAGGGS and Dove, recently launched Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative. Combined with It's Your Story—Tell It! Journey materials, the Free Being Me curriculum helps girls define beauty for themselves and boost their self-confidence in the process. Girls are invited to create PSA videos that show what they think beauty is and that celebrate the qualities that make them unique!

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The GSNI Emissary Network provides girls with a chance to be in the spotlight. We asked some of our members to share what the program means to them. Today we have Amy Hoening talking about how the program has impacted her daughter, Grace.

 

Grace has enjoyed representing an organization that she believes in. She really liked the meal at Giovannis where she was able to lead people in a STEM project. She also liked being on the news. Most of all, whatever the assignment she just liked being an example of Girl Scouting.

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GSNI will be offering a sampling of Girl Scout Brownie Activities at Aurora Township Youth Center located at 313 Gale Street in Aurora on Mondays from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. from June 30 until July 28th. Girls entering second and third grades are invited to join us as we explore Girl Scout traditions, participate in team building games, learn about water conservation, and find out what makes each of us unique. Hope to see you out there!

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July might be right around the corner, but summer is not over by any means! See what fun we have planned!

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Singer-Songwriter Olivia Dvorak was the keynote speaker at this year's Young Women of Distinction Event on June 8, 2014. She was so inspired by the event that she wanted to write a thank you to the girls who were honored. She wrote:

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A family that camps together, makes a s'more together!

Check out these family camp options:

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There's still time to add some fun into your summer! Don't miss out on these exciting summer events! 

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Are you going indoor camping this summer? Join us for an Indoor Overnights Training Webinar. Required for all adults wanting to take their girls on an overnight with modern facilities. You will explore the progression needed to ready girls for an overnight trip, when girls are emotionally and physically ready to spend the night away from home. You will discuss planning the trip, paperwork, safety and activities for girls in the outdoors. Log-in details will be sent via email.

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