Archive for September, 2012

September 20, 2012

Fall Product Program YouTube Video Contest!

The Fall Product Program is not as well-known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, but it is just as important to Girl Scouts. Both programs teach girls important skills and help them earn funds for troop activities. In fact, proceeds from the Fall Product Program help troops fund activities and service projects that begin long before the winter Girl Scout Cookie Program!

GSNI wants to share this information with the community, so we’re hosting a Fall Product Program Video Contest! We’re asking girls to create a convincing, 1–3 minute video of “Why You Should Buy My Favorite Fall Product!” Entries can be creative, funny or artistic, but most of all they should convince the person watching to help their local Girl Scouts through participating in the Fall Product Program.

If you haven’t seen the video on our YouTube channel announcing the contest and how to submit an entry, you may click the following link:

If you are stuck on what to make your video about, remember you are showcasing your favorite Fall Product, whether its gooey-crunchy Deluxe Pecan Clusters or adorable Peanut Butter Bears. Talk about why you love them so much, and why we should, too! If you are unfamiliar with the entire Fall Product Program lineup, click the following link to see all the yummy goodness:

Another important point to mention is what you learn as a Girl Scout through the Fall Product Program! Girl Scout Product Programs are designed to teach girls 5 important skills for developing self-esteem and confidence in pursuing goals for a lifetime. These videos are limited to 1–3 minutes, so it would be best to speak to 1–2 skills you have developed through the Fall Product Program. The 5 skills are listed here:

Lastly, the community always loves hearing about Girl Scouts working hard toward their goals! How will you use your proceeds? How does community support contribute to that goal?

When you are ready to submit your video, visit the link to our YouTube Video Contest submission and post a video reply. If you are having trouble uploading to YouTube, you can visit the link below for assistance and troubleshooting:

As a quick reference, the following file formats are accepted by YouTube:

  • WebM files – Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codecs
  • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – Typically supporting h264, mpeg4 video codecs, and AAC audio codec
  • .AVI – Many cameras output this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM
  • .MPEGPS – Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio
  • .WMV
  • .FLV – Adobe-FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio

If you have any questions, please contact Alex, GSNI’s Website and Internet Manager, at

September 17, 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, October 27, 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 October 10. To register, contact Brooke Radford-Knight at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7147 or

September 12, 2012

GSNI Partners with NIU to Offer Engineering Workshops for Girls!

GSNI and The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) are teaming up to offer 12 Saturday engineering workshops and summer camp for all girls in 6-8th grades! Girls will work in small groups to explore various engineering projects including building simple electrical circuits, bridge building, chemical engineering and lean simulation. The girls will be assisted by NIU female faculty, engineering undergraduates and high school mentors.

Girls can apply for the program by completing an application form and submitting a copy of their last quarter’s report card and sealed letter of recommendation from a math, science or technology teacher. To receive an application, girls can visit Applications must be received by Monday, September 24. NIU will notify applicants of acceptance the week of October 15.

If accepted into this program, there is a program fee of $150 per registered Girl Scout or $162 for non-registered girls (includes the $12 GSUSA registration fee). The program fee includes all workshops, summer camp and optional bus transportation from a location to be determined to NIU Naperville Campus. For additional information about this exciting program and application form, please visit!