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Being away from home can be hard for anyone. Why not help your camper feel special during camp this summer and send her a Pamper Your Camper Kit from GSNI? There are two types of kits available, a standard kit and one to send if your Girl Scout is celebrating a birthday while at camp.

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Summers can be busy. That’s why we’ve made it easy to send your Girl Scout to camp with everything she’ll need to have a great time. Use this order form to order the following:

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Swimming. Archery. Learning new things. Making new friends. Memories to last a lifetime. These are all things that make for a great summer and are all things that are offered to girls at GSNI Camps. We wanted to make sure you were aware of the registration deadlines for our camp sessions this summer. Take a look at this handy chart found in our 2014 Resident Camp Guide: 

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Moving at the “speed of girls,” Girl Scouts brings the camp experience into the twenty-first century! According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.

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Camper paperwork and balances due on June 1. Paperwork and balances can be dropped off at any GSNI Service Center Store. If mailing paperwork, please return to the Elgin Service Center, Attn: Emily Hall, 12N124 Coombs Rd., Elgin, IL 60124. Campers MUST have paperwork turned into council prior to their camp session. If you are unable to return camp paperwork and payment by June 1, please contact Emily Hall at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7132 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Camper paperwork and balances due on June 1. Paperwork and balances can be dropped off at any GSNI Service Center Store. If mailing paperwork, please return to the Elgin Service Center, Attn: Emily Hall, 12N124 Coombs Rd., Elgin, IL 60124. Campers MUST have paperwork turned into council prior to their camp session. If you are unable to return camp paperwork and payment by June 1, please contact Emily Hall at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7132 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Camp registration is still open. There are still openings in many sessions, but they are filling fast! Check out some of the available sessions:

 

Experiment Extravaganza
Camp Dean
June 22-27
Entering Grades 5-7

 

Movin’ On Up Camp
Camp McCormick
July 16-18
Entering Grade 6 (Note grade change from original camp book publication)

 

Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts
Camp McCormick
July 13-18
Entering Grades 8-10

 

You’ll Have a Splash
Camp Dean
July 24-26
Entering Grades 2-4

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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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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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Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into the open air. Under her leadership, the first Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid—many of them for the first time! GSNI stays true to Juliette’s vision by continuing to help girls learn new things, particularly at our camps.

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GSNI Camps Dean and McCormick are getting a face-lift! Six new sleeping cabins are being installed at Camp Dean to replace several aging tent units. The sleeping cabins will be in Cherry Hollow and include screen windows with roll down coverings, framed wood walls and ceiling, and electric lighting!

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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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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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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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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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With camp season right around the corner, let us introduce you to Mary George, Camp Director at Camp Dean.

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GSNI CampWith warmer temperatures beginning to be the norm in the forecast, there is no better time to think about camp. Girl Scout Camp can be a wonderful experience. Just ask Emma, who recently submitted her entry for our “Top Ten Reasons I love Girl Scout Camp” contest.

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GSNI is hosting a contest all about camp! Have your happy camper submit a list of the top ten reasons why she loves Girl Scout camp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . She will be entered to win over $100 in Girl Scout camping supplies! Girls will be credited for their lists and featured on GSNI’s blog and social media. This contest is open only to members of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. All entries received before Friday, May 31, 2013 will be entered.