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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host a VolunTEA Party on Saturday, May 17, from 2–4 p.m., at YWCA of Rockford, 4990 E. State St., in Rockford. This free, informational gathering is open to the public and designed to highlight unique volunteer opportunities with the organization. The event is designed to match up potential volunteers' specific skill sets—such as event planning, trip coordination, and mentoring—with girls and adult teams that would benefit from their expertise.

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A day a Great America is always a good time. This year, the amusement park is hosting four Girl Scout Days:

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • Sunday, June 22, 2014
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014
  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
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At Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, we recognize that adults enjoy collecting patches along with the girls and we are now making a vest available to display your patches. However, we do want you to be aware of the following:

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Don't miss these exciting programs! 

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Dedicated volunteer and Girl Scout mom, Aimey C. recently won the $100 gift certificate to Girl Scouts after taking our 2014 Parent and Volunteer Survey online. Aimey and her family had benefitted from program assistance from GSNI in the past, and like any Girl Scout would do, she wanted to pay it forward. Aimey donated her gift certificate to be used as a Campership for a girl in need in her area. Thanks Aimey! If you would like to help a girl near you go to camp this summer, make a donation to camperships here.


Our Girl Scout family believes that camp is for every girl. And yet, affording Girl Scout Camp is not possible for all girls, even though our council subsidizes the costs for every girl. Last year, we distributed over $10,000 in financial assistance to give more girls the opportunity to receive the great benefits of summer camp. We need your help to make this possible.

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This week is all about Re-registration here at GSNI. We have Internet Cafés set up throughout the council to help get you all ready to go for a year of fun in 2015. ANYONE who registers for the 2014 – 2015 year between now and June 15 will receive a Fun Patch. However, this is where it gets really exciting, we have great rewards for Service Units too! Just take a look:

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All GSNI Girl Scouts are invited to attend the annual Stateline Scout Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 7, from 7 a.m.–1 p.m., at the corner of Chapel St. and Main St. in Rockton, Illinois. Prizes will be awarded in each Girl Scout/Boy Scout age group, for Girl Scout vs. Boy Scout competitions, along with hourly attendance door prizes.

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On Sunday, June 8, GSNI will acknowledge the achievement of twenty extraordinary women who have achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouts, The Girl Scout Gold Award. We are happy to announce that the keynote speaker for this event is Musician Olivia Dvorak. Olivia was chosen as keynote speaker because of her drive to follow her dreams and make her life her own.

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Today, GSNI Alumnae Alexandra Fleig, writes about her experience at the Girl Leadership Institute (GSLI) two years ago.

 

Two years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Girl Scout Leader Institute, GSLI, in Houston, Texas that was part of the Girl Scout National Convention. I went with a great group of girls and chaperones that met before the event to get to know each other, to work on our take action project for GSLI, to make S.W.A.P.S., and to get information about how to choose the activities we would be doing while at GSLI and other information about it. Before we left we ranked activities for every day that sparked our interest and when we got to Houston we got a schedule with the activities we got. My favorite session was one where we learned about astronauts and did tests like they would go through before they could go into space. It was really fun!! On top of all the sessions we got to participate in, there were speakers that came in and talked to us as whole, the speakers were very inspirational.

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Have you registered yourself or your Girl Scout for the 2014-2015 year? What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to register for the upcoming 2014–2015 Girl Scout membership year. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to register over a summer already hectic with camp and vacation, or in the fall when school and extracurricular activities are taking up so much time. Register now, and you’ll continue to have access to important local and global Girl Scout events and opportunities!

 

If you are unable to access the internet or would prefer one-on-one assistance with registering, join us at one of our Internet Cafes! Dates, times and locations are listed below:

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Troop #559 is working on their World of Girls Take Action Project and asks for your help to support local organization WINGS.

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Did you know you could cook almost anything over the fire, even cake? During GSNI’s summer camps, we provide an opportunity for all campers to cook over the fire at least once. It might be breakfast, dinner, dessert, or even just a snack. Cooking over fire gives girls the opportunity to create and try new things. At camp, we use several favorite recipes including the one below! Come to camp this summer and enjoy a newfound campfire favorite. It’s sure to be delicious!

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Where can you play tag with dye and decorate your buddy’s shirt while they’re wearing it? CAMP! Where will you see adults standing in front of a group wearing their bathing suit over their clothes with silly striped knee high socks and singing “The Penguin Song”? CAMP! Where can you try canoeing, crate stacking, archery, and the perfect s’more? CAMP! Where will you develop life skills including problem solving, conflict management, and teambuilding? CAMP!

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Summer is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about fun in the sun! Six Flags Great America is again offering discounted tickets for Girl Scout Days. Tickets are available at all six GSNI Council Store locations. Tickets are only $31 each. Hurricane Harbor requires an additional fee to be paid at the park. Tickets must be purchased in person. GSNI will not mail tickets. Six Flags Girl Scout Day or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Girl Scout Day patches are also available for $1 each.

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Council's Own Badges are developed around particular themes in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To earn the badges, girls are required to complete a number of activities for their level along with other activities involving the community. Council’s Own Badges are available to troops, groups and individually registered Girl Scouts.

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by Katie Sullivan. Katie is GSNI’s Girl Leadership Specialist who focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). You can contact her at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7137, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Did you know Brownies can earn an award while bridging from Brownies to Juniors? The Bridging Award is an optional award troops can earn while moving to a new level in Girl Scouting! Before the Brownie bridging ceremony, girls will take a step back and teach younger Girl Scout sisters about their Brownie experience. Next, they’ll learn from a troop of Juniors about what they have done and the awards earned as Juniors. Here’s how to earn the award:

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Girls who have earned the award showcase the absolute best Girl Scouting has to offer. What better way to inspire the young leaders of tomorrow than by taking your Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, or Senior to GSNI’s 2014 Young Women of Distinction (YWD) event? Daisies and Brownies will be in awe, spending time with these amazing girls and seeing what they’ve accomplished. Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors will gather helpful insights and ideas for their future Gold Award projects and mingle with girls who have already blazed the trail before them!

Today, Katie Reifsteck, leader of Troop 5055, shares the story of how Girl Scouts in her troop celebrated Girl Scout Week.

 

Our troop has 6 girls, all 4th graders. Each year we set aside time to talk about Girl Scouts, who we are and what we mean, what we can do in the world to make it a better place.

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