GSNI is happy to announce that we have a new website. This site is also the new home of our blog. You can see the new site at www.girlscoutsni.org and keep up to date with the news at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/about-us/news. Please join us at our new website!
GSNI has successfully trained over 40 people in USA Archery Training! These people are now certified in Level 1 Archery Facilitating, so they can facilitate archery training in any location. If you are interested in participating in our next Archery Training visit our website. The next training date is May 5 at Camp Far Horizons.
Congratulations to the newest Level 1 Archery Facilitators:
|Aimee Van Cleve||Denise M Mercuri||Louise Catheryne Glon|
|Amy Goze||Donna L Riggs||Michelle A Grossman|
|Angela J Mcmeel||Elizabeth Casanova||Nancy Kownick|
|Angela M Rankin||Elizabeth K Molyneaux||Noel Ikow|
|Anne Victory||Heike Volkhart||Sandra A Tegel|
|Annemarie Hocking||Jennifer J Hoffmann||Sonia Haase|
|Becca A Ketter||Jennifer Lynn Foust||Suzi Zinzer|
|Betty Szwankowski||Jill M Smith||Verenice A Flores-Toledano|
|Brenda K Carlson||Jolea Kalvin||Vicky Ann Kosydar|
|Carol S Ayars||Kathryn Kuecker||Victoria L Kilgore|
|Carolyn Wolf||Katrina Hallam|
|Carrie Miller||Kelly Kading|
|Cathleen Fritts||Krista Kooistra|
|Danette A Whyte||Linda M Strohschein|
In our ever-changing global economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girls Scouts helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.
Girl Scouts is committing to the financial empowerment of American girls. Our shift from simple fundraising to financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. The current economic recession and resulting awareness of how important financial literacy is for all youth—especially girls—has given our approach a real charge.
Recently, the Girl Scouts Research Institute conducted a study, titled Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy, to see how this shift from fundraising to financial education has impacted girls. Here are some quick findings:
- Girls see little difference between genders when it comes to financial capability, with seven in ten saying that both men and women are equally likely to be financially responsible (73 percent) or in a lot of debt (72 percent).
- The vast majority of girls (94 percent) would rather make their own money than rely on their parents, and 80 percent would rather make their own money than marry someone who would support them financially.
- Nearly all girls say it is likely that they will have jobs or careers they enjoy (98 percent); be able to provide for their families (96 percent); and own their own homes (95 percent) one day. They are similarly optimistic about obtaining college degrees (96 percent); being able to retire comfortably (92 percent); being able to save a lot of money (90 percent); and making a lot of money (87 percent).
- Girls primarily say they learn about money and finances from their moms (85 percent), dads (61 percent), teachers or guidance counselors (20 percent), financial classes in school (14 percent), and friends (12 percent)
- Nine in ten (90 percent) girls say it is important for them to learn how to manage money, and 88 percent say that it is important to set financial goals.
The financial education girls receive through the Girl Scout program empowers girls to become financially sound and successful women. Thank you for your support of these programs; be it through volunteering, by supporting a Girl Scout or by purchasing Girl Scout Products. For a full look into this study visit the Girl Scouts Research Institute.
We want to introduce you to GSNI’s Camp Directors! We will be posting these introductions to help you meet our camp staff. Meet Laura “Chai” Bumba, Camp Director at Camp McCormick!
Hi! I’m Laura “Chai” Bumba, Camp Pathway Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Camp Director for the 2013 resident camp season at Camp McCormick. This will be my second summer as camp director for GSNI and I am truly looking forward to another stellar summer. If you know only one thing about me, remember this: I LOVE camp! Camp combines adventure, independence, responsibility, teambuilding, and so much more in an atmosphere of pure FUN! While I still consider myself a camper at heart, it is my greatest pleasure to have found an occupation that allows me to share this experience with others. Beyond the image of campfires and s’mores, summer camp offers the opportunity for people of all ages to disconnect from technology and reconnect with others in the great outdoors. Nothing compares to the camaraderie of making new friends or the sense of accomplishment after creating your first fire!
This past Thursday, April 11, GSNI LEGOlettes team was invited to appear on WGN’s Morning News Show to talk about their experience competing with robots during National Robotics Week. You can watch the entire LEGOlettes segment on WGN’s site. Congratulations girls!
With 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. Here’s her list:
1. meeting new girls
2. the helpers… No-name, shrimpy, lizard, rainbow
3. writing on t shirts at the end
4. campfire fire making
5. repeat after me songs
6. camp names
7. playing frogger
8. taking a midnight hike with our leader to the fridge
9. road trip
Take a look at a list of programs available for you or your Girl Scout! GSNI offers a wide variety of programs for every girl. Registration is available online, by clicking on the session title or by visiting our website.
|Counselor-in-Training I||Dean||June 23-July 3||10-12|
|Six Days: Five Camps||McCormick||June 23-28||9-12|
|Taste of McCormick||McCormick||June 23-26||4-6|
|Cowgirl Up!||Dean||June 30-July 3||6-8|
|Creek Stomping||Dean||June 30-July 3||2-4|
|Taste of McCormick||McCormick||June 30-July 3||2-4|
|McCormick or Bust||McCormick||June 30-July 3||4-6|
|On Belay!||Dean||July 7-12||7-9|
|Splash ‘n Sports||Dean||July 7-12||5-7|
|Night Owls||McCormick||July 7-12||6-8|
|On Belay!||Dean||July 14-19||6-8|
|Camp Dean Day Camp||Dean||July 15-19||1-5|
|Have Backpack, Will Travel||McCormick||July 14-19||8-10|
|Mission H2O||McCormick||July 14-19||3-5|
|Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts||Dean||July 21-26||8-10|
|Night Owls||Dean||July 21-26||5-7|
|Artist Delight||McCormick||July 21-26||3-5|
|Survivor||Dean||July 28-Aug 2||5-7|
|Artist Delight||Dean||July 28-Aug 2||3-5|
|Outdoor Sampler||McCormick||July 28-Aug 2||3-5|
Information for this year’s annual meeting has been sent out. The event will be held on April 27, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University. For more information CLICK HERE to download the Call to Meeting booklet. (Note: the Call to Meeting Booklet has been revised since it was originally posted and mailed. Please download for the latest version. Thank you.)
Online registration is also available by clicking HERE.
We hope to see you there!
Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA) National Board of Directors has voted to increase annual Girl Scout Membership Dues to $15 beginning in 2013–2014. Every dollar of the membership dues is sent to GSUSA and provides accident insurance covering members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training and services to councils.
The updated fee will be incorporated into the online registration process with 2014 early registration beginning on April 1, 2013. The slight increase will allow GSUSA to provide higher-quality services and resources to members via more efficient learning and tools for delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, as well as technology that makes joining Girl Scouts fast and easy! At $15, membership remains a great value!
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is sensitive to the continuing economic challenges that affect many in our council, and realize that this $3 increase may be a hardship for some. No girl will be denied access to Girl Scouting for financial reasons. Financial assistance is available and provides confidential, need-based support to individuals seeking Girl Scout membership.
GSNI recently received e-mails from Girl Scouts and Girl Guides requesting connecting with Girl Scouts in our council! Please read the emails below and contact the writer, if you are interested in the opportunity!
My name is Jennie Barton. I am a Troop Leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails). I have a Daisy Troop and a Brownie Troop. We are working on Flat Daisy and Flat Brownie project. We are looking for Daisy and Brownie troops in your area that might want to participate in this adventure with us. Could you please forward this information to troops in your council? We would like to get troops from all Councils to participate.
The Flat Daisy and Flat Brownie come from the children’s book “Flat Stanley”. It is the story of a young boy who gets flattened and mailed around the world. Our troops have made a Flat Daisy doll and a Flat Brownie doll. We will mail the doll and her journal to the troops interested in participating. They can do activities with her, then place pictures, badges, and stories into her journal. She is then mailed to the next troop. Troops will be able to see what adventures she has had along the way.
Troops that are interested would need to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email. Here is my contact information:
Jennie Barton, Troop 1680
Thank you for helping us to meet our goal of reaching every council,
Hi! I am a Girl Guide from Rugeley in England. My town is twinned with Western Springs in Cook County. I would like to find a Girl Scout Unit that I could get in contact with – my guides are interested in making friends from around the world. I recently went to the Centenary camp in New Jersey, which was absolutely amazing. I would really like to get in contact with a troop from there.