Posts tagged ‘100th Anniversary’

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!

February 16, 2012

Girl Scout “Cookie Locator” Smartphone App Gets a Makeover!

Girl Scout Cookie fans can now find nearby Girl Scout Cookie Booths in northern Illinois by using a free Cookie Locator mobile app—now updated to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012! Searching by GPS location or zip code, customers can find cookie booths in their neighborhoods, map the locations and even add them to their calendars. They can also get details about favorite cookies and discover their “cookie personalities.”

The updated 100th Anniversary edition includes new features such as:

  • Delicious recipes using Girl Scout Cookies
  • Inspiring videos showcasing real Girl Scouts
  • Sign-ups for booth sale alerts and council news
  • Foursquare check-in
  • Cookie Season countdown

Girl Scout Cookie Booths are the final phase of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and allow people to buy Girl Scout Cookies through direct sales to the public. All booth locations accept cash and checks payable to Girl Scouts. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale for only $4 a box. Girls will be selling cookies at various times on weekends at cookie booths inside area locations from February 24-March 18, 2012.

The highly rated Cookie Locator App can be downloaded for free by simply calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from your mobile phone or by searching for “Cookie Locator” in the iPhone App Store or Android Marketplace.

“The response has been great,” said Madelon Koerner, Director of Product Sales for GSNI. “Many people don’t know how to find Girl Scout Cookies, or they want more cookies than they ordered. Now, they’ll know where to go and when the booths will be open. Plus, the new app is a lot of fun to use!”

The application, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, uses either GPS or manually entered zip codes, cities or states to find cookie booths near the customer. The app will conveniently map those locations and add the sale information to the calendar. In addition to locating the booths, customers can learn about their favorite cookies, including nutritional value and ingredients. Cookie lovers can take a fun, interactive quiz to learn their “cookie personalities.”

Users will also be able to share sale locations, cookie information and their cookie personalities with friends on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail.

“The app is one more way that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls important business, leadership and technology skills,” said Vicki Wright, CEO of GSNI.

The Cookie Locator App was developed by Little Brownie Bakers (LBB) of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2011.

Other Ways to Locate Cookies
If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, you can e-mail, and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout. 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 outreach programs. 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.

September 29, 2011

Dedicate a Flower on Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Float!

Be a part of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012! The spectacular float, designed and decorated by Girl Scouts, will celebrate our centennial anniversary and be viewed by an international audience of more than 50 million!

Girl Scouts hopes all girls, adults, staff and volunteers will want to join in the excitement and ride “virtually” on the float. For a $5 donation, which will support the float, anyone can make a Float Flower Dedication and specify a name of their choice to be put on the float and “ride” the parade route. People have dedicated flowers for their daughters, troop leaders, volunteers, and mothers or in memory of a loved one–the possibilities are endless!

Please consider joining in on this unique opportunity and telling your friends too! Visit this website or to get your name on the float or make a dedication in honor of a Girl Scout, alumna, troop leader, family member or friend today. And don’t forget to watch the Girl Scouts’ float live on January 2, 2012, in the Tournament of Roses Parade! For questions about dedications, please e-mail

September 23, 2011

Girl Blogger Post!

Megan is 13 years old and a Girl Scout Cadette.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to welcome Megan K. as one of our girl bloggers! Megan is 13 years old and a Girl Scout Cadette. With Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary on the horizon, we asked Megan how the roles of women have changed since 1912. Here’s her answer:

“Roles of women have changed greatly since 1912. We have gone from being in a gilded cage to being at the forefronts of science, math and politics. It is quite an accomplishment.

Barbara McClintock, who I learned about while working on the Me-dia Journey, is one of them. She received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983, the first woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in this category, for her work on genetics, her discoveries stemming from research on maize. 

She discovered genes could move within a chromosome. Her groundbreaking research was ignored and discredited until the ’70s and ’80s when technology led to her conclusion being proved and no longer discouraged. She had even stopped publishing for some years, since no one was interested in her work. She kept working though, and at this site, you can see more about her. She is one of many women scientists who have changed our world. At The Smithsonian there are many more.

As you can see, woman’s roles have changed a lot in the past 100 years, making the world a better place.”

Thanks, Megan!