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Some great improvements are coming to our online registration site! Whether you’re using it for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, the following updates will make using this system easy:

 

  • You can manage your whole family with a single login
  • You can see all of your family’s activities, regardless of registration method
  • You can see all orders placed online on behalf of your family
  • You can manage membership renewals and new memberships for your whole family
  • You’ll enjoy an improved search functionality 


All of these upgrades will be available beginning Tuesday, August 13. We hope this makes your family’s Girl Scouting experience smoother and more fun!

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Congratulations to our Going Green incentive winners! These winners were chosen through a random drawing of all GSNI Girl Scouts who registered online for early registration by June 21, 2013

 

Two more drawings are coming up! Register online today to be eligible! In each drawing, five winners will be selected in each of GSNI’s service units. Families will be notified with certificates via postal mail.

 

Drawing Date

Register ONLINE by

Coupon Values

Be included in:

October 4

October 1

$20 coupon

2 Drawings

December 6

December 2

$20 coupon

1 Drawing

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GSNI is pleased to announce a sweet addition to our program offerings, Dessert in Jars! In this program, girls will learn about cookbooks and how they are produced, make a project from the book, Dessert in Jars, and explore the chemistry behind the ingredients in the recipe. The girls will get to eat some treats too!All of the supplies are included in the fee and each girl will also get to take a cookbook home with them so they can make more treats for their family and friends. Don't wait! To register, click on the date of your choice below! 

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The Girl Scout Volunteer Experience, a series of trainings by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, is being offered throughout the end of July and the start of August. Attending this event will  ensure you are all ready to go for the 2013 – 2014 membership year.

 

We thought it would be great for you to hear from some GSNI volunteers about the benefits of attending a Girl Scout volunteer training session.

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Does your girl love the spotlight? Does your girl want to be a star? If so, attend a Summer Casting Call with her to learn about the Girl Scout Emissary Network!

 

The Emissary Network consists of Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors trained in public speaking and poise. Emissaries are on call to represent GSNI in the media and at community networking events. New opportunities for the 2013-2014 membership year include girl bloggers, social media networkers (girls 13+), and event photographers!

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GSNI is sad to hear about the passing of Juliette Gordon Low's niece, Margaret Gordon "Peggy" Seiler. Below is a statement from GSUSA National CEO, Anna Maria Chávez.

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GSNI Troop 5302 completed their Bronze Award with their Take Action Project: Friendship Inside Out! Keep the Chain Reaction Going. Troop Leader, Jenna Leverton, describes their project:

 

"Many of the girls in this troop have been a victim of bullying, so they decided to do something about it! They started with a chain of kindness at school. They made posters to put in every classroom. When someone witnessed a random act of kindness, they would take a slip of paper from the poster, write down what they saw and return it to the poster. The girls then collected the slips of paper weekly and made them into a chain link that was displayed in the school. Their peers really took to the idea and as of today there have been 742 random acts of kindness witnessed!

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Girl safety is our top priority, especially when it comes to inclement weather at camp. During these recent storms, girls have been kept inside or moved to a lower level of a camp building, depending on the issued warnings. GSNI follows specific safety protocols designed to keep each camper and staff member safe and secure for the duration of the camping season. In the event of a severe storm, please remain calm if camp staff doesn't immediately answer or return phone calls, as their first responsibility is the safety of the girls. Staff will return phone calls or e-mails at the earliest possible opportunity.

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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.

 

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Girl Scouts Invited to Take the World Water Monitoring Challenge on National Public Lands Day, Get a FREE Water Test Kit.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) is partnering with National Public Lands Day (NPLD) to encourage water monitoring on U.S. public lands.  WWMC has reserved 100 basic water quality test kits for FREE distribution to groups that participate in both WWMC and NPLD in 2013 (one kit per group).

 

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Families, friends, and community members gathered on Sunday, June 9, to celebrate GSNI’s Young Women of Distinction! Over 160 people were present as ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, along with nine scholarship recipients, were honored for their achievements. Attendees could view displays of the girls’ Gold Award Projects and watch videos of the girls discussing their projects and the positive impact Girl Scouting has had on their lives. 
 

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Kari Henneken
Communications Assistant
Elgin Service Center
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Has your girl ever wondered what it would be like to be a Girl Scout? This is her chance to learn all about being a Girl Scout at the Girl Scout Experience, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. She’ll spend a fun and exciting day exploring new activities, participating in camp games, and making new friends! This event is open to all girls in kindergarten through fifth grade.
 
The Girl Scout Experience is June 26, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Parents may drop off girls from 8:45–9:15 a.m. at Wheeler Park, 822 N. First Street, in Geneva. Advance registration is available for only $5, if received by June 19, 2013. Registration is $7 the day of the event. Girls should bring a sack lunch and water bottle. To ensure safety during activities, girls should not wear open-toe shoes. For more information or to register, contact Christina Kirsch at 630-897-1565, Ext. 7182, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
The safety of our campers and volunteers takes priority over anything else and due to the likeliness of severe winds and intense storms and our lack of indoor/underground shelter the Aztec Twilight Camp at The Hollows in Cary, IL will be cancelled for this evening, Wednesday, June 12. Twilight Camp will resume tomorrow as scheduled.
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Volunteers throughout the council plan and carry out a variety of Day/Twilight Camps. The following list includes the volunteer run camps for 2013. Adult volunteers are the key to success for each volunteer run Day/Twilight Camp. If you enjoy working with children, we encourage you to volunteer. Volunteers are needed for 1-5 days. Your help is vital to ensure the success of these camps. If you are able to volunteer, please Felicia Dupczak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spend the day with volunteers from across the council to share your experiences in Girl Scouting and learn about all that’s available to girls. Complete an official training like GSLE: Getting From Here to There, 3 Processes: One Powerful Program, or Take Action Projects 101. Options also include enrichment sessions featuring website and social media, and travel opportunities.

 

Network with other volunteers, share your experiences, discover new resources, and energize yourself for the new Girl Scout membership year!

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The world is always changing, and Girl Scouts tries to keep up with the new situations and challenges that often accompany these changes. We work hard to make sure our organization is relevant to today's young women and that we are fulfilling our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

 

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Congratulations to Sarah P. for winning GSNI’s Camp Top Ten Contest! Below you can read her Top Ten Favorite Things about Camp:

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Jean Henn
Program Assistant & Campsite Coordinator
Elgin Service Center

 

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Below is a statement from, GSNI CEO, Vicki Wright regarding the 2014-2015 Cookie Program: