Why You and Your Girl Scout Should Run in the Thin Mint Sprint


On September 21, 2013, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host the 9th annual Thin Mint Sprint at Camp McCormick. There are a number of races being offered and will be a great event for the whole family. Let’s talk about why you and your Girl Scout Family should participate.


Help Your Girl Scout Complete a Journey


Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can all participate in a healthy habits Journey focusing on building healthy habits that can last a lifetime.


Daisies can tie running the 100-Yard Dash to an activity in Between Earth and Sky. One activity talks about Energy Balance, the balance of energy in and energy out. After reading the story about Lupe’s flower-power car, Daisies can talk about what they need to eat to run a successful race.


Brownies, working through their Wonders of Water Journey, can think about their Energy Balance pledge and who can help them fulfill their pledge. While preparing to participate in a race in the Thin Mint Sprint, Brownies and their supporters can discuss how to keep energy balanced while training.


Finally, while working on their Get Moving Journey, Juniors can continue to focus on what Energy Balance means to them, but also discuss what snacks would help fuel their bodies while participating in the Thin Mint Sprint.


Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts are not left out. These girls can put to use what they’ve learned about Energy Balance by participating in the Thin Mint Sprint. Additionally, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts can be examples for the generations of Girl Scouts before them by running a race in the Thin Mint Sprint.


Earn a Patch


Running in the Thin Mint Sprint can earn Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts a patch through GSNI’s Marathon Patch Program. It works like this:

  • Register for an event at Thin Mint Sprint and indicate that you wish to participate in the Marathon Patch Program.
  • Visit www.girlscoutsni.org/events/tms
  • Download the Marathon Patch Running Log
  • During your training for the Thin Mint Sprint, run and log a total of 26 miles
  • Turn in your running log at time of check in to receive your patch


What a feeling of accomplishment, to run the length of a marathon in preparation for Thin Mint Sprint and you’ll have a patch to prove it.


Family Fun in the Community


What better support can you give your Girl Scout than participating in the Thin Mint Sprint? By running alongside her you are showing that you support her healthy habits and are being an example for her later in life. Get the whole family involved in the 2-Mile Family Fun Walk/Run and enjoy a day out at Camp McCormick. If you are a more serious runner, feel free to participate in any of the other chip-timed events. Thinking of trying out the Thin Mint Sprint 8K? Click here for an 8K training guide.  The Thin Mint Sprint is a great opportunity to enjoy an active day outside with your family.


For race details and registration information, visit http://www.girlscoutsni.org/events/tms. We hope to see you and your Girl Scout at Camp McCormick on September 21!

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