Archive for March, 2012

March 28, 2012

GSNI Joins 2012 Earth Hour Initiative on March 31!

GSNI will join Girl Scouts nationwide as they celebrate Earth Hour ( “Our girls should be thrilled about participating in a meaningful global initiative that makes a positive impact on the environment,” said Vicki Wright, our CEO. “It’s also a significant lesson in teamwork and giving back to our community.” Members of GSNI can support Earth Hour by turning lights off from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Girl Scouts across the country are also taking activities beyond the hour by installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified or other energy-efficient light bulbs in homes, schools and businesses during the month of March.

The Earth Hour collaboration is only one part of Girl Scouts’ broader commitment to environmental sustainability. Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) (, the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, involves three key projects: 1) using reusable water bottles and bags to reduce plastic waste; 2) planting and maintaining rain gardens at schools, homes and other sites; and 3) participation in Earth Hour events and installing ENERGY STAR qualified or other energy-efficient light bulbs. Participants are also encouraged to take an online pledge ( stating their yearlong commitment to GSFG efforts.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. This year, Earth Hour is asking participants to go “Beyond the Hour” by committing to an action, big or small, that they will sustain for the future of our planet. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

Initially a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global movement in which hundreds of millions of people from every continent join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting and improving the planet. Since its inception, Earth Hour’s iconic “lights out” event has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks switch off their lights, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Forbidden City in China.

March 26, 2012

Be a Friend, Not a Bully!

Sometimes it can be very hard for girls to stand up for what they believe in or say what they really think when bullies are around. GSNI plans to empower girls with “Be a Friend, Not a Bully” on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at McHenry County College, 8900 US Hwy 14 in Crystal Lake. The workshop will be facilitated by volunteers from the McHenry County College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

This girls-only event will teach girls how to stand strong against bullies. Girls will receive tips on how to stand up for their beliefs and how to help themselves or others who are being bullied. Participants will see how American Girl Chrissa Maxwell deals with the “Mean Bees” at her new school during a screening of An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. Girls will also take the SHINE pledge and create cool accessories to show they won’t stand for bullying.

The program is open to all girls in grades 2–3. Program fee is $10 per girl; $3 per adult and includes a No Bullying patch, pizza and a drink. There is an additional one-time $12 fee for non-Girl Scouts. This fee registers participants as Girl Scouts, allowing them to participate in this program, as well as many others. Registration deadline is April 4. To register, contact Brooke Radford-Knight at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7147 or

March 23, 2012

GSNI To Extend Cookie Booth Program!

In appreciation of overwhelming community support during Girl Scouts’ 100th year, GSNI has decided to extend our local Girl Scout Cookie Booth Program! The program was originally scheduled to end on March 18, but has been extended until April 8. The extension allows community members added opportunities to purchase cookies at area locations and helps our troops earn increased funding for exciting projects throughout the year!


Girl Scout Cookie Booths are the final phase of our Girl Scout Cookie Program and allow people to buy Girl Scout Cookies through direct sales to the public. All booth locations will accept cash and checks payable to Girl Scouts. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale for only $4 a box.


Locating the Closest Cookie Booth

Girl Scout Cookie fans can find nearby Girl Scout Cookie Booths by using a free Cookie Locator mobile app—now updated to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012! The highly rated Cookie Locator App can be downloaded for free by simply calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from a mobile phone or by searching for “Cookie Locator” in the iPhone App Store or Android Marketplace. Customers can also visit and use the cookie locator on the homepage.


About Cookie Program Proceeds

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program directly benefit girls in northern Illinois, supporting Girl Scout programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance and programs in underserved areas. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds as discretionary funds for troop activities. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.


About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their futures. To millions of girls, Girl Scout Cookies provide an opportunity to travel, explore science and math, and learn about a career. Because not only are these cookies great, but they are at the center of the largest business and economic literacy program for girls!


The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills:

  •  Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Money Management
  • People Skills
  • Business Ethics


Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls participate in carefully developed, age-appropriate cookie activities that help develop these skills that they can apply throughout their lives. Even the youngest Girl Scouts gain self-confidence and poise by learning how to greet customers and offer cookies for purchase. As girls grow, emphasis is placed on getting to know their product—ingredients, calories—to designing innovative and creative marketing strategies and tools. Girls learn to plan, set goals, build teams, speak up, make decisions, solve problems and manage resources. Over time, the skills girls gain set them on a path to be leaders, in their own lives and in their communities.


Girls also have the opportunity to give back to their community through the Girl Scout Cookie Program with the Gift of Caring. Girls can choose from offering customers the chance to purchase cookies for the military or for a community organization designated by the troop.


For more information on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit

March 20, 2012

Camp Like a Girl – Girl Scout Camp Registration Open to All Girls!

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she did so with an appreciation for the environment and the skills girls learn through outdoor recreation. Now 100 years later, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is delivering a unique camping program for all girls that incorporates Low’s love of nature along with adventures for girls in 2012!


Today’s Girl Scout camp experience includes things your grandmother did—such as taking nature hikes, canoeing and swimming, along with things relevant to today’s girls such as acting, electrical engineering, traveling and…swimming—some things never change! Prospective campers are encouraged to register as soon as possible since most sessions fill up quickly. Registration is available online at


Prospective campers are encouraged to attend camp open houses at:

Camp McCormick – Stillman Valley, IL

Saturday, May 5, 3–5 p.m.


Camp Dean – Big Rock, IL

Sunday, May 6, 1–4 p.m.


For more information, please contact Felecia Dupczak at 630-897-1565, Ext. 7161, or


2012 camp highlights include:

Imagine Engineering                                           

June 17-19; $175

Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley, IL

Girls entering 6-8 grades

July 15-17; $175

Camp Dean, Big Rock,IL

Girls entering 6-8 grades

Forensic scientist, electrical engineer and environmental scientist—sound like interesting careers? Girls will learn how to extract DNA from a banana, build a switch and make a simple fountain.



Deep Sea Divers                                                    

June 17-22; $400

Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley, IL

Girls entering 8-10 grades

Love the water and want to do more than swim? Girls will spend the week learning to snorkel and SCUBA dive with trained diving instructors.



TechBridge Thrill Camp                                      

June 17-22; $280

Camp Dean, Big Rock,IL

Girls entering 5-8 grades

Girls will be able to experiment with making “simple” machines before taking on a project to create the ultimate thrilling theme park!


Casting Call                                                            

June 24-26; $200

Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley,IL

Girls entering 4-6 grades

Lights! Camera! ACTION! Girls will try their hands at different acting styles, including improve and storytelling, before taking a trip to see a local play!


Windy City Woman                                               

June 24-29; $450

Camp Dean, Big Rock,IL

Girls entering 7-10 grades

Girls will explore the city of Chicago by day and Camp Dean by night. Campers will board the train each day and venture off to the city to visit a museum, see a play, eat at the Taste of Chicago or discover other awesome city attractions. Session fee covers train and admission fees!


Canoes, Kayaks and Rafts                                

July 8-13; $350

Camp Dean, Big Rock,IL

Girls entering 8-12 grades

Girls will start off their week by practicing a paddling stroke on the Camp Dean pond before heading out on an overnight rafting trip. Campers should have canoeing/kayaking experience and be comfortable in deep water.


Trail Blazers                                                                       

July 8-13; $425

Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley,IL

Girls entering 4-6 grades

July 22-27; $425

Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley,IL      

Girls entering 6-8 grades

Girls will saddle up three times at White Pines Ranch to learn riding, grooming and other horse care. After riding, girls will be able to participate in all other camping activities.


Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Outdoor Program

Research has confirmed camps build skills necessary to prepare youth to assume roles as successful adults. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ camps provide a safe environment for girls and families to enjoy traditional camping activities such as swimming, archery, crafts, and nature exploration along with specialized programs including environmental awareness.


Camp Dean

Camp Dean has 160 acres of wetlands, woodlands and prairies for campers to explore. Located in Big Rock, Illinois, about an hour west of Chicago, Camp Dean offers a unique camp setting for girls that is far enough for adventure and independence but still feels close to home. The facilities include four program centers, grassy sports fields, pool, private lake, trails, creek, dining hall, health center, camp office and more.


Camp McCormick

Camp McCormick has over 400 acres of wood and meadows and is located a few miles south of Rockford in Stillman Valley, about 1 ½ hours northwest of Chicago. Camp Facilities include a central dining hall, outdoor pool, showers, craft building, health center, hiking trails, covered wagons, Adirondacks and platform tents.