April 2013


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In This Issue: April 2, 2013
Cookie Sales Extended Through April
Adult Recognition Deadline Extended to April 5
Summer Days Full of Fun
Early Birds
Way to Go!
Spring Forward with Your Troop
Shop 'Til You Drop
India, UK, and Your Back Yard
Take it to the Bank
Calling All Girls
Summer of STEM
Fun and Games for the Family
Share Your Soles
Ribbon 'Round Your Finger

Cookies Still Available

Do you know some customers in need of a freezer full of Thin Mints before Girl Scout Cookie season is over? No problem! Girl Scout Cookies will be available for purchase throughout the month of April, and donations for Gift of Caring will be accepted through Memorial Day! Customers can find cookies by downloading the Girl Scout Cookie app or visiting girlscoutcookies.org. If your troop is still stocking up as well, we've extended Cookie Cupboard hours through April 20! 




Adult Recognition
The Adult Recognitions Task Force has recommended, and the board of directors has approved, our 2013 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Awardees
Award recipients will be honored at the council Adult Recognition events, which will be held at four locations in our council during National Volunteer Week this April. Congratulations to all of the men and women being honored this year!
Registration Extended to April 5
Our Adult Recognition events are just around the corner, and you can register today!
April 13, 2013 - Georgios Banquets, Orland Park, IL, 12-3p.m.
April 16, 2013 - Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel, Lisle, IL, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
April 18, 2013 - Teibel's Restaurant, Schererville, IN, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
April 20, 2013 - White Eagle Banquets, Niles, IL, 12-3 p.m.

Summer Essentials
Girls Grow at Day Camp  
Registration for summer camp opportunities is open! 
Click the cover to view the full guide.

Encourage a girl you know to spend her summer with us at day camp! Day camp opportunities occur Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at locations in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Girls who are in 4th grade and above will have the option to stay overnight at a camp.


While at day camp girls will discover their independence, make new friends, and practice skills that will last a lifetime. She could start a photography portfolio, investigate forms of energy, perfect her skills as a camp gourmet, and much more! Each of our program options features a fresh, fun theme, sure to pique any girl's interests! 

New this summer we're offering even more specialized programs, day camps at Juniper Knoll and Butternut Springs, and new bus stops added to our schedule.  


Register for day camp by visiting register.girlscoutsgcnwi.org. If you have questions, please contact us at camper@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.


We're always looking to inspire other families to attend camps, so please share your experiences! Take a quick survey to provide feedback or send your stories to gsmarketing@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.  




Early Registration
Early Registration Opens April 15 
Early registration for the 2013-14 membership year is coming to your service unit this month and will last April 15 - June 28, 2013. 

Check out what's new!
  • eSubmit offers adults and volunteers paying with credit, debit or PayPal accounts the opportunity to submit registration electronically. This process is convenient, safe and easy!
  • Quick Start Guides are available for parents to ensure they have all the information needed to register using eSubmit.
  • New incentives are available for troops participating in early registration and all members participating in Family Partnership. Individual girl patches will continue for all Girl Scouts who register by June 28.
  • The eSubmit webpage is the place for all your registration needs: links to eSubmit forms; fillable PDFs for those paying by cash or check; copies of all registration forms; and a FAQ section to help with this new process. The webpage will launch April 15. 
  • GSUSA Membership Fees have increased to $15 for annual members and $375 for lifetime members. If you want to become a lifetime member for $300, please use the eSubmit process or hand-in your form and paperwork by Sept. 1. 
Get the inside scoop at your April and May service unit meetings or at www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/eSubmit, starting April 15.

Still have questions? Contact us at eSubmit@girlscoutsgcnwi.org or 855-ILOVEGS, ext. 6720  


100% Club
Congratulations to the following service units for reaching 100% or more of their girl membership goals: 284, 286, 290, 505, 703, 710, 723, 724, 742.
Congratulations to the following service units for reaching 100% or more of their adult membership goals: 101, 109, 265, 275, 286, 290, 291, 297, 325, 462, 505, 508, 509, 526, 529, 530, 532, 534, 537, 541, 548, 552, 612, 613, 631, 633, 705, 706, 710, 716, 724, 749.
For Adults
2013 Survivor Brazil
Enjoy a weekend (June 7-9) of outdoor training and enrichment when you sign up as a team or as an individual to participate in this year's Survivor Brazil. Can your team solve the clues and obtain the skills to survive the Amazon? Don't miss Saturday night's tribal council and carnival!

Participants who join us at Camp River Trails will receive a T-shirt, program and training supplies, lodging and a Friday evening snack. Meals will be included for Saturday and Sunday. 

Save $5 if you register by April 7! Learn more>>>
Spring Forward
Are you a leader going to the next level with girls in your troop? Our
Spring Forward event, April 26-27, provides participants with great ideas for bridging activities, as well as grade-level training about requirements for bridging. Training will take place on Saturday with an optional overnight on Friday. 

While at Camp Palos, leaders will also participate in outdoor cooking, a scavenger hunt, a service project, and other workshops designed to help with the move into the next level.

Registration closes April 15. Learn more>>> 
Shop Around

Moving Up

Is your troop bridging this year? Our NEW Complete Bridging Kits make it easy for leaders to get ready for upcoming events! These kits are available for each level of bridging and include a certificate, star and disc, bridging fun patch, official bridging award and a Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, along with a free envelope and journey bag! Purchase your Complete Bridging Kit and receive $4 off the price of the Girl's Guide! 
Don't forget that April 22 is Leaders' Day! We have plenty of great gift ideas for leaders and co-leaders, along with patches to celebrate this important day. Be sure to stop by our online shop to see all of our upcoming extended hours, sale items and more! 

Travel Opportunities
Camping in the UK
See London and PAX Lodge, and experience WINGS 2014 with sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world! 

Participants will tackle global issues, take on team challenges, and conquer the survival zone during this girl-led adventure scheduled for August 2014.

Start planning today! Open enrollment has begun!
Learn more>>>

Southwest Expedition
The Chicago Lighthouse, an organization assisting the blind and visually disabled, is teaming up with Global Explorers to offer a truly unique leadership travel program featuring rafting on the San Juan River, camping at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and visiting the Navajo Nation.

The program is specifically designed to combine sighted participants with travelers who are blind or visually impaired (ages 15-19). Girls Scouts are invited to join this adventure! 

When: July 22-30, 2013

Day Tripper
Chicago is a major tourist destination and business center. How do tourists and locals manage the hustle and bustle of traffic, commuting and sight-seeing? Join us for this day-long travel experience as you visit a Chicago hostel, learn to navigate the CTA and visit attractions of your choice! 

When: April 27
Where: Hostelling International, Chicago
Who: Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors
Cost: $12/girl - $10/adult

India Workshops
No need to hop an airplane to learn about the fascinating Indian culture! Hear folktales from India's past, learn Bollywood routines, eat delectable cuisines, get a henna tattoo, or try out some yoga moves.


When: May 5; 1-5 p.m.

Where: Journey World, Chicago 

Who: Girl Scout Juniors-Ambassadors  

Cost: $20/person
: 160023


More India workshops and events>>>



Money Smart Week
Take part in Money Smart Week 2013 with these exciting new events that will help girls become financially savvy! 
Badge to Business
Entrepreneurship at your fingertips! In partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), this interactive workshop puts you in control of your future. Meet real-world female entrepreneurs, learn what it takes to succeed, and hear from teens who have soared to new heights!

When: April 20; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Journey World, Chicago
Who: Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors
Cost: $10/girl
Code: 61001

Money Savvy Girls
Learn the basics of money with this hands-on workshop! What are buying power and comparison shopping? What's the best way to manage your allowance? Join us to find out all of these things and how to become a responsible consumer in the future!  


When: April 23; 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: North Shore Community Bank and Trust, Skokie, IL
Who: Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors
Cost: $3/girl
Code: 61023

Power Lunch
What's the coolest thing about working in a bank? Want to take a stroll through a money vault? Dine with some cool, professional women working in the banking and finance industries. Join us for an intense and inspiring afternoon focused on leadership. 


When: April 27; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: North Shore Community Bank and Trust, Skokie, IL
Who: Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors
Cost: $3/girl
Code: 61022
Girl Opportunities
Savannah Shuffle 2.0
Join us on the road to fitness with a virtual walk to Savannah, Ga. Track mileage while earning your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, discover how to fuel your body with healthy snacks and hydration. Materials will be mailed after registration and payment; all individuals or groups will receive daily journals, a step counting poster, leader materials, and patches.  
Code 47037$18/person (water bottle, bag, pedometer)
Code 47888$12/person (Girl Scout pedometer)  

Dream of landing on the moon, exploring the surface of Mars or shooting past asteroids. Experience a Solar System adventure with hands-on activities, a special theater show, and award-winning exhibits. Join us for the evening or stay overnight.  

When: May 3-4
Where: Adler Planetarium, Chicago  
Who: Grades 1-6
Cost: Evening - $30/person; Overnight - $55/person
Code:Evening - 365323; Overnight - 365313

Lifelong Fitness
Participate in aquatic exercise, track, table tennis, wall climbing, badminton, bags, and tennis! Be sure to wear athletic clothing and shoes, and pack a sleeping bag, pillow, swimsuit and towel. Patch and pizza dinner are included.  


When: May 4-5

Where: Rush-Copley Healthplex, Aurora, IL

Who: Girl Scout Brownies-Ambassadors 

Cost: $35/girl - $5/adult
Code: 47050


Explore STEM
STEM Summer Day Camps 
Whether she's soaking up sun or taking over the kitchen, she'll have a blast this summer exploring STEM! Camps run 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and you can choose from 3- or 5-day programs at a variety of locations! 

Fun with the Sun will get girls baking s'mores in a solar oven, making UV light detector jewelry, and more! If the kitchen is her laboratory, she can join us for Kitchen Science, where girls will experiment with common household items to create extraordinary solutions! Fun patch and snacks are included with both camps. 
Learn more >>>

EPA Art Contest
Our partners at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invite youth in grades 3-8 to participate in the Asthma Awareness Poster Contest in recognition of Asthma Awareness Month. 
Learn more>>>
Go Green with
Mt. Prospect
The Mt. Prospect Park District is offering two great ways for the whole family to go green! e-Cycle old electronics April 19-20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. On April 20, 1-3 p.m., the whole family can celebrate Earth Day by gardening, recycling and going green with hands-on activities! 

Where: Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL
Call 847-298-3500 for more information.

Flying High
The Chicago Area Ninety-Nines are hosting a Girl Scout Aviation Day for Juniors and Cadettes! Exciting sessions about aerodynamics, preflighting a plane, the history of women in aviation, careers, and more! Patch and light snack included.


When: April 27; 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Chicago Executive Airport, Wheeling, IL 
Cost: $15/girl - $12/adult
Code: 322123


Star Parties
Join us for our Third Annual Star Party! We'll be gathering at Conway Observatory and Camp Greene Wood for a picnic and telescope viewing! The whole family is invited to join us for this star-studded event! 


When: May 18; 6-9 p.m.
Where: Conway Oberservatory, Lowell, IN; Camp Greene Wood, Woodridge, IL
Cost: $10/child; $5/adult
Code: Conway-1031113; Greene Wood-1031123

Bring the Whole Family
Family Cruising
Bring your whole family or come with your troop as you cruise Lake Michigan on the Spirit of Chicago, and enjoy your favorite foods at the lunch buffet! On May 11 there will be music and dancing while you cruise by Chicago's impressive skyline. Boarding begins at noon at Navy Pier, and the cruise will last 12:30-2:30 p.m. The cost is $39/person, and you can register online with code 260113.

Chicago Rush Arena Football
The Chicago Rush are pleased to invite the families and friends of Girl Scouts to the game on May 19, 2013. Girl Scouts will receive a Chicago Rush patch, participate in pre-game festivities and in-game promotions, and enter into scout-exclusive raffles. Learn more>>>
Dancing Horses
Family and friends can enjoy the show at Dancing Horses Theater on June 15 in Delavan, Wis. See the live performance, meet exotic birds, visit baby animals, learn to train a horse, and take a backstage tour! Cost is $25 per person if driving and $30 per person if you choose bus transportation from the Vernon Hills Gathering Place. Register online using code 321473 if you're driving or 321483 with bus transportation, departing Vernon Hills at 8:15 a.m. 

Girl Scout Night with Chicago Cubs
Join us for the 4th Annual Girl Scout Night with the Chicago Cubs on July 30, 2013! The Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to all Girl Scouts, their families, friends and alumnae. For every ticket sold through this program, $3 will be donated back to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. All participants will receive a commemorative patch, and the first 1,000 participants will have the opportunity to take part in a pre-game parade on the warning track. Learn more>>>
Opportunities to Give Back

Share Your Soles 

Make a difference by collecting gently worn shoes for children and adults in some of the most impoverished places in the world. Girls of any age can contribute to this cause; directions for the patch program and shoe drive will be sent after registering online with code 760063. Learn more about this Chicago-based organization online. 


Camp Crew Weekends 

Show our camps how much you care; join us as we prepare for the next camp season! We'll be putting up platform tents, moving cots and mattresses, cleaning, painting, maintaining trails, counting equipment, and more! There will be projects for all skill levels, so come ready to work! Lodging and food are included.


April 12-14, 2013

Camp Juniper Knoll - 930026

Camp Butternut Springs - 930027

Camp Pokanoka - 930029



Don't Forget

Something Missing? 

Let us know what kind of information you'd like to see in upcoming newsletters. More programs? Volunteer opportunities? Council updates? Girl news? We'd love to get your insight! Simply send a message to Natalie Hughes at nhughes@girlscoutsgcnwi.org


Special Girl Scout Prices on Firewood

As part of an environmental clean-up project to encourage healthier forest growth, Camp Palos is selling firewood at Girl Scout prices. These deals are just in time for camp fires to warm up chilly fall nights. Call 312-533-1984 for more information.

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Chicago, Illinois 60603