We’re moving on to new hikes!

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 2:47pm

Our last day at the Deahl Court location will be Friday, November 13, and the last day ScOutfitters Retail store will be open is Saturday, November 14. Staff will be available on Monday, November 16 & Tuesday, November 17, by appointment only.

Be sure to come see us at our new location beginning Monday, November 23, and enter through the rear entrance off Franklin Pl.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or reach any staff member during this transition please call us at 1.800.283.4812.

More impact + fun prizes. Invite a friend to volunteer and win!

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:44am

Invite a friend to volunteer with Girl Scouts and get $50 to shop ‘til you drop at our online store. Your friend gets a gift, too! Learn more.


As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun new experiences every day. You’re their biggest fan, their guide, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you to impact even more girls.

This November, invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, and everyone wins!

Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize… $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome!

Once your friend joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, head on over to girlscouts.org/inviteafriend to claim your prize.

Offer ends 12/1/15.

5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Juliette Gordon Low

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:37am

While much of the country is thinking only of costume parades, pumpkin carving, and sugary sweets this weekend, for 2.8 million girls and women members worldwide, October 31 has much bigger significance: It is the birthday of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Born on Halloween in 1860, Juliette, known to friends and family as “Daisy,” would grow up to create the largest girl leadership organization in the world. Inspired by her visit with Boy Scouts founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell in 1911, Low had a very specific, and somewhat controversial, vision for Girl Scouting. It would be welcoming to ALL girls, regardless of class, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or level of ability — an ideal that remains a cornerstone of the organization today.

So, enough with the history lesson, and on to some fun trivia!  Here are five things you probably didn’t know about this unique, amazing woman.

1. As a teenager, Low was the captain of what sports team?

(A) Basketball, (B) Swimming, (C) Archery, or (D) Rowing.

2. What special feat did Low perform every year to celebrate her birthday?

(A) Pulling a rabbit from her bonnet, (B) Standing on her head, (C) Climbing a tree, or (D) Singing an aria from her favorite opera.

3. What activity or activities did Low’s first Girl Scout Troop have to do in secret, behind a wall of curtains, to avoid public scrutiny?

(A) Playing basketball, (B) Learning first aid, (C) Learning to tie knots for camping, or (D) All of these.

4. Which prestigious award was posthumously given to Low in 2012?

(A) The Nobel Peace Prize, (B) Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, (C) the Presidential Medal of Freedom, or (D) the Public Welfare Medal.

5. As a young child, Juliette and her cousins formed clubs to produce what items for a poor family living in their town?

(A) Baked goods, (B) Toys, (C) Linens, or (D) Clothing.


  1. D, Rowing
  2. B, Standing on her head
  3. A, Playing basketball
  4. C, Presidential Medal of Freedom
  5. D, Clothing

Want to learn more about Juliette Gordon Low’s fascinating life? Here are a few suggestions: GirlScouts.orgBiography.comYouTube.

Girl Scouts on the Move!

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 2:08pm

As many of you know our South Bend Service Center offers substantially more space than we need, and lacks the visibility that we want, so we have begun the search for a new home that truly fits the needs of our brand, staff and volunteers.  However, as of today sale of the South Bend Service Center is complete and CLOSED!  We will remain in the building for a short while longer but are very excited about this new adventure and are continuing the search for the right location to call home.  We will continue to share updates as soon as they are available on the status of our future service center!

Top 10 Reasons for Fall Product Program

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:10pm
  If you want a fantastic way to start your year, and earn start-up funds for your troop, consider the Fall Product Program! Here are the top 10 reasons YOU SHOULD participate.

10. Getting started is easy! Fill out appropriate form on our website.


9. It’s way more fun than NOT participating.


8. Where else can you learn about the Life of a Cashew?


7. You can earn really cool prizes!


6. Everything you need to know is on our website.


5. Your troop can use proceeds for fun things like…canoeing.


4. You get to sell English Butter Toffee.


3. You can design your own Participation Patch.



2. You will learn leadership and business skills so you can be whatever you want to be!


1. The mascot is Gabi the Giraffe!

Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts partner to fight against global poverty

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:32pm

October 5, 2015




Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

That’s the message being delivered by your local community Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, which have launched a drive to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana at 10008 Dupont Circle Drive, Fort Wayne, or at the Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America at 8315 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Both are open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM weekdays. In addition you can drop shoes off at Auctions America, 5536 County Road 11A, Auburn on Saturday October 24th from 9:00 AM until noon. The shoe drive will wrap up on Monday October 26th.

The shoes that the Scouts collect will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.

“The Scouts are supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives,” said John Gliot, Executive Director for the Anthony Wayne Boy Scouts. Scouting is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.”

Soles4Souls will convert every used pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic.   Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed over 200,000 new pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented. The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty.  Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being.  Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school.  And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.

“The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don’t wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill,” said Gliot. “Give those to us, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us.”

Girl Scout and Boy Scout drop-off information:

Between now and October 26th, bring your used shoes of any kind to:

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana
10008 Dupont Circle Drive East
Fort Wayne

Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
8315 West Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne

For more information, please contact John Gliot, 260-432-9593

The Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America provides character development, citizenship training and leadership growth opportunities to youth throughout eleven counties of Northeast Indiana. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

About Soles4Souls®

Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.  Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.

Write A Will Day

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 1:36pm

It’s a personal question but it is really important.

Do you have a will?

The Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana, GSNI-M and two attorneys from Barrett McNagny will be here at the Girl Scouts LLC to offer you a *basic will, free of charge if you name Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana as a beneficiary. You may choose to leave a gift of any amount. A minimum gift is required in order to have your *basic will drafted for free.

To participate, call Theresa Brady at 1-800-283-4812 ext. 127 to set your appointment! It is suggested you attend the informational meeting on October 5th from 5:00pm to 6:30 pm at the GSNI-M LLC prior to your scheduled appointment. At your private appointment, you will meet with an attorney to discuss the preparation and content of your Will. Be prepared to inform the attorney of the charitable gift you wish to make in your Will. The Will and the gift will take effect upon your death. For your meeting, take with you a completed intake form, available at the information meeting and in our offices, to assure that your lawyer has complete information.


Information Meeting PRE Write a Will Day at GSNI-M LLC

Monday, October 5th, 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm with Craig Finlayson


Appointments accepted at GSNI-M

Tuesday, October 20. 12:00 pm –   4:00 pm with Trisha Paul
Friday, October 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with Craig Finlayson


For more information about Write a Will Day and other locations check out www.pgcni.org


*Note, clients will not be walking out with a completed will on write a will day. Once the attorney gathers all of the information needed, they will draft the will and will set another appointment with the client to complete the process. Anything beyond a basic will is to be charged to the client. However, the basic will is free if the client names Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana as a benefactor to a part or percentage of the estate funds.

Camp Rental Prices to Change

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:54am

Do you love your camp? Have you ever experienced the magic that a different camp has to offer? If so, and even if not, please note that effective October 1, 2015, camp rental costs may increase, or decrease to help establish parity among all GSNI-M camp sleeping/rental facilities to help encourage troops to explore all of our camps council-wide.

This increase or decrease is designed to create consistency among rental facilities based on capacity and sleeping/bedding accommodations at each of our 4 camp properties. Also factored in to the total camp pricing is each property’s number of modern bunk buildings, a modern structure with floor space for sleeping, gathering space, and outdoor seasonal units.

The new pricing structure will allow us to offer fair and consistent pricing to all renters. While camp rental fees in no way cover the entire cost of maintaining our camps, these funds do help to defray some expenses related to the maintenance of properties, as well as facility upgrades, utilities, cleaning, and staff support.

We are also finishing up a project to create a picture notebook for each camp that will show you what each of the other camps offer. And did you know that each camp property is just a short drive from major attractions? Camp Soni Springs is just a stone’s throw from the Warren Dunes, Lake Michigan, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish country! Camp Wildwood is very close to the International Circus Hall of Fame and Indiana Beach, Camp Logan is a short distance from Amish Acres, and Camp McMillen is a short drive from Pokagon State Park (Toboggan Run), Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park (which is now GS approved) and so much more!

Troop Leader Support is Here!

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:04pm

New for the 2015-2016 Girl Scout Troop year, GSNI-M will have professional staff assigned to each grade level to support and mentor troop leaders. One thing we will be doing is calling leaders and checking in with them to make sure they are on the right path, offer assistance, and gather information. Although we will be focusing on new troop leaders, we’ll still check in on experienced leaders from time to time. In the meantime, if you have any questions feel free to call us.  We’re here to help you!

Soon leaders will also begin receiving a monthly e-newsletter specific to their grade level with tips on implementing the best Girl Scout practices for their girls!  Make sure we have your email address.

We look forward to working with troop leaders to ensure the best Girl Scout experience for every troop!

Introducing the new Troop Support Team: (please note that some of these staff have other responsibilities that are not listed here)











Abby Schoonaert – Daisy & Junior









Jean Orcutt – Brownie











Nanette Yarde (beginning September 2015) – Multi-grade troops;  Troops are multi-grade if 75% or more is not made up of one level









Christina Castro – Cadette, Senior & Ambassador

5 Camp Songs Every Girl Scout Should Know

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:46am

Camp season is finally upon us! While many are loading up their overnight bags, preparing their favorite fireside snacks, and picking out their favorite swimsuits, we’re all about the camp songs that’ll be ringing in the air all week long. To prepare our campers for the ultimate sing-along session, we asked our Facebook audience for the best Girl Scout camp songs. Here are the Top 5—check them out and see if your favorite is among them.

Oh, and happy singing!


Download the lyrics to Kookaburra here.

Download the lyrics to the Brownie Smile Song here

Download the lyrics to Linger here.

Download the lyrics to Princess Pat here.

Download the lyrics to Make New Friends here

The 2017 GS Convention is in Columbus, Oh!

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 9:11am

As you’ll see, Columbus is a vibrant metropolitan area with a lively arts and entertainment scene, great shopping, one of the country’s most innovative food scenes, and a wide range of professional sports teams. It’s also home to Ohio State and Big Ten sports, and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), where they make science fun for kids and where more than one million Girl Scouts have participated in the COSI Camp-In.

There’s always something fun happening in Ohio’s capital city, and in October 2017, that fun will be our next Girl Scout convention. So mark your calendars now to join us in Columbus!

Learn more!