Archive for March, 2013

March 8, 2013

Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women's DayInternational Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s. The theme has changed along the years to reflect different issues facing women in the world. However, the main focus has remained on the leadership women have in economic, political, and other social achievements.

Girl Scouting has been proven to make a difference in the lives of girls around the world, making them into the leaders of tomorrow. Take a moment to read some quotes from recent study titled, Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference by Girl Scouts of the USA to see how we are doing just that.

  • My experience as a Girl Scout made me a better, more confident person and showed me ways how to make the world a better place. (13 year old Girl Scout, Massachusetts)
  • Girl Scouting has created new opportunities for me to try new things, make new friends, and learn how to lead! It has been a great opportunity for me to help the world, one thing at a time! (12 year old Girl Scout, Ohio)
  • I enjoy being around other girls from many cultures, and learning to work together for the betterment of our schools, and community. (12 year old Girl Scout, Nebraska)
  • Girl Scouts is a place where I know I can be myself and speak what’s on my mind. Girl Scouts has allowed me to see my real self and not be afraid to show who I really am. (12 year old Girl Scout, Massachusetts)
  • Our troop leader is a great influence for us and teaches us things way above our age. (11 year old Girl Scout, California)

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud make an impact in our local community by working to achieve our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This International Women’s Day, you can help by volunteering your time, making a contribution, or joining our membership.

Looking for ways to get involved? Click the link to learn how you can help celebrate International Women’s Day Online!

March 7, 2013

Register for Your Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

iPad MiniGSNI and Girl Scouts of the USA Research Institute (GSRI) are partnering to provide opportunities for girls and adults to share their thoughts and feelings about their Girl Scout experiences through a unique website at

To participate, girls and their parents can complete an initial registration survey to help GSNI send relevant, age-appropriate surveys in the future. Information provided on these surveys is important to help us understand how to create the best possible programs for all Girl Scouts.

Girls ages 12 and under will need a parent to sign them up, and girls 13 and over can do it themselves. Registering on will take 5-10 minutes and will ask for basic personal information. This website is managed and protected by Girl Scouts of the USA; your information is never shared with any third party, and it is always kept separate from your daughter’s future survey responses to protect her anonymity.

Every Girl Scout who signs up on by March 31, 2013 AND completes a survey in April 2013 will automatically receive a new Girl Scout Voices patch and be entered to win one of four iPad Minis, a stay at camp, Journey books for their entire troop, or one of four gift certificates for the Girl Scout Council Store. You must register on Girl Scout Voices by March 31 in order to receive the survey in April, so it’s the only way to be eligible for all the great incentives! Sign up on, today!

For more information, please contact Emily at survey or (815) 962-5591, Ext. 7216. 

March 1, 2013

Announcing GSNI’s 5 for Five! Contest

5 for Five! Contest

This year, GSNI is pleased to announce our 5 for Five! Contest, running during Cookie Booth Season from March 1 through March 24, 2013. When a customer purchases five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies at a Cookie Booth, they will be given a raffle ticket to win 25 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. The customer will be directed to our website to enter the contest. Entries must be submitted via our website by March 29 at 12 Noon . A drawing will be held at 1 p.m.  on March 29 and winner announced via our website and social media shortly thereafter.

The 5 for Five! Contest is designed to support the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Happy Cookie Booth Season Everyone!