Archive for October, 2011

October 20, 2011

Fall Product Program Girl Video!

Watch this great video of Girl Scout Cadette Meg B. as she talks about the benefits of GSNI’s Fall Product Program!

Remember, the Fall Product Program continues until October 28. If you aren’t approached by a Girl Scout, you can still e-mail your order to info@girlscoutsni.org. You can also donate snacks or magazines to our soldiers overseas. One $5 donation will send a tin of candy or nuts overseas, and four $5 donations will provide a magazine subscription to a man or woman serving our country.

Please consider joining our girls as they learn important business skills and strive to make the world a better place!

October 17, 2011

Girl Blogger Post!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to welcome Aubrey B. as one of our girl bloggers! Aubrey is 16 years old and a Girl Scout Senior. Since many GSNI Girl Scouts have witnessed bullying or have had to respond to a bully, we asked Aubrey if she has ever experienced bullying, and how she handled it. Here’s her answer:

Unfortunately, I was a witness to bullying while I was waiting for my mom to pick me up after school. I was waiting inside the school along with a male student I didn’t know. An administrator told us we could stay inside, but we couldn’t let anyone into the building. Two boys came to the door, and we told them we couldn’t let them in. They started saying nasty things to the male student who was waiting with me. I think they were picking on him, because he’s really nice and even tempered.

Eventually they left, and we thought they were gone. However, someone at another door must have let them in. They came and found us and began saying very rude and mean things to the male student. Then, they said they were going to beat him up. I started to defend him, because I knew what they were doing was wrong. They weren’t going to bully this student in front of me!

I got a chance to know the student when the two boys left the first time, and I wasn’t going to stand for it! I found out he had just recently moved to America from Russia and that he was just getting to know our culture and community. So, I wanted to help him as much as I could, because he was really nice, and it was the right thing to do. So, I stood up to the bullies.

The next day, I went into the principal’s office and identified the bullies. The principal watched the security tape, and she took care of the situation. I saw the male student I stood up for the next day, and he smiled at me! I haven’t seen him since, but I will never forget him or the bullies. I would do the same thing all over again if faced with a similar situation.

If you see bullying in action, please try and defend the victim. Don’t be scared into silence, because if you stay silent you aren’t helping the victim, just the bullies! Do what’s right even when it’s uncomfortable, because it pays off in the end. You may even make a new friend!

Thanks Aubrey!

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October 10, 2011

Girl Blogger Post!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to welcome Madelyn C. as one of our girl bloggers! Madelyn is 10 years old and a Girl Scout Junior. With the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary fast approaching, we asked Madelyn what she thinks Girl Scouts will be doing in 50 to 100 years from now. Here’s her answer:

I think Girl Scouts 50-100 years from now will be doing new, different and exciting things, like all the new technology we will have where they could make their own movie, put on plays, do digital science experiments and more!

There will also probably be more nature interaction with animals and plants. I do believe Girl Scouts will still be doing some of what we do today, such as selling Girl Scout Cookies, camping, earning badges, learning and making the world a better place.

Thanks, Madelyn!

October 3, 2011

Spotlight on Spring River Service Unit!

Spring River Service Unit volunteers are busy helping Girl Scouts learn about leadership through a unique service opportunity!

It all started in 2009 when no adult volunteers were available to take on the challenging job of planning the service unit camporee.

Troop Leader Jeannette Stromquist-Sheehan had been on the camporee planning committee in the past, so she knew how much work was needed to produce a successful event. She and her co-leader, Chris Lingelbach, presented the idea of planning the camporee to the girls in her troop as a way for them to earn requirements toward the Girl Scout Silver Award. The girls were very excited to learn they could plan activities specifically for the younger girls, as well as take the lead on such an important event.

The girls in Troop 3334 decided on the theme of It’s a Bug’s Life. The girls designed special Girl Scout Brownie and Girl Scout Junior badges with requirements which were accepted by the council. The troop worked together to plan activities for the younger girls as well as the volunteers who attended the camporee. After the event, the girls were rewarded by many of the younger girls who came up to give them hugs and thank them for planning such a fun event.

Since the girl-planned camporee was such a success, the service unit has continued the tradition. In 2010, Troop 3329 decided on a Fame theme which revolved around dance. This year’s camporee was planned by Troop 3079 with a Country Girl theme centered on the United States Flag.

The troop that started it all, Troop 3334, is again stepping up to the plate in 2012. The girls have decided on a S.W.A.P.S. theme which will stand for Sisters with a Passion for Scouting and line up with the Mission: Sisterhood Journey.  The troop plans to ring in Girl Scouts’ 100 Anniversary with activities on the beginning and basics of Girl Scouts and what they did in 1912.

GSNI salutes Spring River Service Unit for recognizing the importance of girls planning events for girls and locally supporting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!