Archive for April, 2012

April 25, 2012

Geneva Girl Scouts to Take Action for the Environment this Arbor Day!

GSNI’s Geneva Service Unit will take part in a tree planting ceremony outside of Geneva City Hall, 109 James Street, this Arbor Day—Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Girl will help shovel soil to plant a tree and install a marker to commemorate their efforts as part of a dedication ceremony.

The tree planting ceremony is the final step in the Service Unit’s “Geneva Forever Green” service project. Inspired by a 100th Anniversary Girl Scout exhibit at the Geneva History Center, 16 troops in the Service Unit pledged to be a part of a Take Action Project benefitting their community. The girls decided to help the community recover from the tree devastation caused by Emerald Ash Borer Beetle (EAB) infestation.

The goals of the project were to plant at least one tree on a public parkway in Geneva and inform the community about the EAB problem and how to stop it. Girls achieved these goals by collecting change for 100 good deeds/acts of kindness in the spirit of the Girl Scout Promise and Law and/or donating a portion of their troop Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds to the tree fund.

Girls also created posters for a public display to inform others of the EAB problem and encourage them to take action and participated in additional Forever Green initiatives developed by Girl Scouts of the USA, including reducing plastic waste, creating rain gardens and participating in Earth Hour.

Working together, girls were able to accomplish these goals and donated enough money to plant several trees on public parkways! The Geneva Forever Green Tree the girls will plant at City Hall will be a long standing symbol of their success.

Great job, Geneva!

April 23, 2012

GSNI Awarded LEGO® Education Showcase Grant!

GSNI will be building models depicting Girl Scouts—The Next 100 Years! on Saturday, April 28, using LEGO creativity! Starting at 11 a.m., we’ll host a LEGO Education Showcase Event in conjunction with our Centennial Event at NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb!

The Showcase Event is a customizable building activity that sparks creativity in participants by allowing them to use their imaginations to create LEGO models around a theme. The theme for this event is Girl Scouts—The Next 100 Years! in honor of the Girl Scout 100th anniversary.

“By hosting a LEGO Education Showcase Event, we are offering Girl Scouts and community members the opportunity to work together to explore and build what they think Girl Scouts will be doing in one hundred years,” said our own Pam Schnecke, Program Specialist/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for GSNI. “We will also encourage girls to become part of or form a LEGO Robotics Team.”

The LEGO Education Showcase Grant was made available through Education Blueprints Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers, and students. Only 100 LEGO Education Showcase Grants were available nationwide.

About the Centennial Celebration – In honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting, we’re hosting a family-friendly Centennial Celebration on April 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will be providing interactive entertainment that includes music, dancing, prizes and more! BMO Harris Bank is proud to support our Centennial Celebration as sponsor of the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew. The event will also feature a live stage performance by pop music sensation Savvy, stars of the TV series “The Wannabes” on STARZ Kids & Family Channel! State Street Dance of Geneva, Illinois, will be choreographing a dance designed especially for the event, celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary.

Admission includes parking, performances and all activities:

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Play zone with DJ, inflatables and photo booth
  • Hands-on activity zones including environmental, financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), healthy living and Girl Scouts through the years
  • Girl Scout Forever Green Service Project—GSNI is teaming up with Goodwill Industries and The Fabric Center of Morris, Illinois, to increase the use of reusable bags. Participants can stop by the GSFG station to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt. In fact, they can make two—one to take and one to be distributed to Goodwill shoppers. Participants may bring their own T-shirts if they prefer!

Vendors include an American Girl® booth with an American Girl-themed craft and doll raffle. BMO Harris Bank will also help kids learn about financial literacy through a life-size board game based on their Helpful Steps for Parents program – a free, online tool for parents to teach their kids how to be money smart, accessible 24/7. Additional vendors include Brookfield Zoo, Brunswick Zone, Discovery Center Museum, Kane County Cougars, KeyLime Cove, Magic Waters, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Raging Waves and more!

Kid-friendly, interactive booths will also feature Girl Scout history, community groups, and exhibitors. The Girl Scout Shop will be open and have a wide variety of items for sale including an event T-shirt and patch.

Tickets are $10 per person; $12 per person day of event. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Shops. Tickets purchased at the Girl Scout Shops can either be purchased in person or by phone. Tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the will call window on the day of the event. All ticket sales are final. Event sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, KishHealth Systems, Shaw Media and WTVO.

For information, visit our Centennial Celebration page at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/centennial.html.

April 16, 2012

Superstars Needed!

Can you act, sing and/or dance? Want to star in a music video that says “NO” to bullies and “YES” to friendship and acceptance? Here’s your chance!

GSNI is casting local girls, ages 11-16, for roles in our upcoming rock opera video! Interested girls should have backgrounds in music, theater or dance. In-person auditions will be held in May 2012 with a video shoot in June 2012.

Auditions are open to all girls, not just Girl Scouts. If selected for a role, girls will be expected to attend all rehearsals and video-recording sessions and register as a Girl Scout to perform. Girls appearing in the video will receive exciting Girl Scout program opportunities and have the opportunity to participate in a Girl Scout Journey Series!

Open auditions will be held:

  • Saturday, May 5, 1-5 p.m., Elgin Service Center – Lower Level, 12N124 Coombs Rd., Elgin, IL 60124
  • Saturday, May 12, 1-5 p.m., Rockford Service Center – Lower Level, 2820 McFarland Rd., Rockford, IL 61107

Please come prepared to read a script and sing a song of your choice without accompaniment. For more information or to schedule an alternate audition date, please e-mail pr@girlscoutsni.org.

This video is sponsored in part by our friends at Comtech Corporation.

April 11, 2012

It’s a Girl-Led Centennial Celebration!

Hey there, I’m Shannon, and I’m helping plan parts of the 100th Celebration of Girl Scouting this year.

I’m a Girl Scout Ambassador and a girl member of the 100th Celebration Planning Committee for GSNI, as well as the Girls’ World Forum Planning Team. These are both really big events our region is planning for the celebration, and it’s absolutely amazing to be a part of them.

I hope every Girl Scout and volunteer out there realizes how much history they are making over this year. There isn’t any other way I’d want Girl Scouts to make their biggest impression yet!

What most girls don’t realize is how much time and organization goes into these events before they can even happen. You have to start planning months in advance, and you eventually work your way down to every nitty-gritty detail. Even though it takes a very long time, it is such a great opportunity that I’m glad to have had.

I want to end by saying that Girl Scouts has made me who I am over the last ten years, and I’m glad I made the decision to stick with it even when my friends weren’t.

So, Happy 100th Celebration of Girl Scouting!

April 10, 2012

Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew & Teen Pop Group Savvy To Headline GSNI Celebration!

In honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting, GSNI is hosting a family-friendly, open to the public, Centennial Celebration on April 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. We hope you’ll join us!

The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will be providing interactive entertainment that includes music, dancing, prizes and more! BMO Harris Bank is generously supporting GSNI’s Centennial Celebration as sponsor of the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew.

The event will also feature a live stage performance by pop music sensation Savvy, stars of the TV series “The Wannabes” on STARZ Kids & Family Channel! State Street Dance of Geneva, Illinois, will be choreographing a dance designed especially for the event, celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary.

Thanks to a LEGO® Education Showcase Grant, made available through Education Blueprints Association, you’ll be able use your imagination to create LEGO models depicting the theme of “Girl Scouts—The Next 100 Years.”

Admission includes parking, performances and all activities:

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Play zone with DJ, inflatables and photo booth
  • Hands-on activity zones including environmental, financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), healthy living and Girl Scouts through the years
  • Girl Scout Forever Green Service Project—GSNI is teaming up with Goodwill Industries and The Fabric Center of Morris, Illinois, to increase the use of reusable bags. Participants can stop by the GSFG station to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt. In fact, they can make two—one to take and one to be distributed to Goodwill shoppers. Participants may bring their own T-shirts if they prefer!

Vendors include an American Girl® booth with an American Girl-themed craft and doll raffle. BMO Harris Bank will also help kids learn about financial literacy through a life-size board game based on their Helpful Steps for Parents program – a free, online tool for parents to teach their kids how to be money smart, accessible 24/7. Additional vendors include Brookfield Zoo, Brunswick Zone, Discovery Center Museum, Kane County Cougars, KeyLime Cove, Magic Waters, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Raging Waves and more!

Kid-friendly, interactive booths will also feature Girl Scout history, community groups, and exhibitors. The Girl Scout Shop will be open and have a wide variety of items for sale including an event T-shirt and patch.

Tickets are $10 per person; $12 per person day of event. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Shops. Tickets purchased at the Girl Scout Shops can either be purchased in person or by phone. Tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the will call window on the day of the event. All ticket sales are final. Event sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, KishHealth Systems, Shaw Media and WTVO. For information, visit our website at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/.