In 2009, four Girl Scout councils merged to form Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI): Girl Scouts – Fox Valley Council, Green Hills Girl Scout Council, Girl Scouts – Sybaquay Council, and Girl Scouts – Rock River Valley Council. Now, we’re nearly 20,000 strong—15,000 girls and 5,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Our girls develop leadership skills in 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago.
GSNI is plugged into our community! We provide quality resources, support, and training to each of our 42 geographic service areas—which we call service units. Each service unit is made up of dedicated (and amazing) volunteers who act as a team to provide Girl Scout activities, events, and programs to each local community. Many service unit volunteers are also troop leaders who work directly with the girls to achieve all the benefits the Girl Scout Leadership Experience has to offer! Girl Scouts is a safe place for girls to be accepted and inspired. We are committed to strict standards regarding criminal background checks for adult volunteers and follow all of Girl Scouts of the USA’s Safety Guidelines.
GSNI has five Resource Centers located in South Elgin, Freeport, Rockford, Lake Zurich and Oswego; four camp facilities located in Stillman Valley, Big Rock, Hanover and Harvard. Each Resource Center has its own Council Store, meeting and hoteling space for staff.
GSNI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which includes Associate Directors who are girl members of Girl Scouts. Each year GSNI holds an annual meeting where voting members, girls and adults aged 14 and above, elect the council’s governing body.