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 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


*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!

Top 5 Reasons Juliette Gordon Low Should Be on the New $10 Bill

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:58am

Calling all Girl Scouts: The $10 bill is getting a makeover and we need you to help us convince the U.S. Department of the Treasury to choose Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low to appear on the new $10 bill.

Last month Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that a woman of historical significance would replace Alexander Hamilton on the new $10 bill. The redesigned $10 note is scheduled to roll out in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

There are hundreds of trailblazing women throughout American history who would make great choices to replace Hamilton. But here are five reasons we think the Treasury should choose Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low for the new $10 bill—and bring some Girl Scout green to the redesign:

  1. Juliette Gordon Low built the world’s largest leadership organization for girls. You can find our 59 million Girl Scout alumnae in the halls of Congress, on space shuttles, and at the helm of businesses small and large as they raise the next generation that will make the world a better place. Chances are, when you find a successful woman leading the way, she’s very likely to answer the question,“Were you a Girl Scout?” with an enthusiastic, “Yes, and it helped make me who I am today.”
  2. The Girl Scout Movement’s proud tradition of inclusion has left its mark on American history.From our earliest years—we were founded in 1912—girls of all colors were welcomed at Girl Scouts. The first African American Girl Scout troops formed in our first decade. Hispanic and American Indian troops joined them in the 1920s.Girl Scout troops desegregated before many other institutions in American society, building bridges between girls of different colors.
  3. Juliette Gordon Low didn’t believe in stereotypes. She believed in shattering them. Against the conventions of her time, Juliette Gordon Low traveled the world alone, visiting India and Egypt. She moved to Paris to study art, and tackled every challenge that came her way with both tenacity and grace, serving as a role model for thousands of girls. She encouraged them to study revolutionary topics like aviation, electrical systems, and other technical topics.
  4. Juliette Gordon Low believed all girls matter. Juliette Gordon Low, who was nearly deaf for much of her life, made sure early Girl Scout troops welcomed girls of all faiths, girls with disabilities, and girls from across the social and economic spectrum. She envisioned a world where a girl who came from an orphanage in Savannah could belong to the same sisterhood as a girl from one of the city’s most prominent families.Just as Gordon Low intended, the Girl Scout Movement remains open to all girls today.
  5. Millions of girls and women have made our country—and the world—a better place through Girl Scouts. Service has been at the heart of the Girl Scout Movement from the beginning. Today, 103 years later, Girl Scouts still make the world a better place every day. Our alumnae even report higher levels of civic engagement. The service of millions of girls of courage, confidence, and character has impacted generations, transforming countless communities.

As Juliette Gordon Low said, “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”

Help make history! Share your support for putting Juliette Gordon Low on the new $10 bill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #TheNew10 today.

Learn more about Juliette Gordon Low.

Get involved with Girl Scouts. Join, volunteer, or donate today.

Join. Shop. Camp. Eat.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:45am


Here’s The Scoop:
  • Any troop that has 75% of last year’s girls and adults registered by Sept. 30 will be entered in a drawing for a $50 ScOutfitters gift certificate! (one per region)
  • Any community that has 75% of last year’s troops registered will be entered in a drawing for a free weekend at camp! (restrictions apply)
  • Back To Scouts registration event – Come to our first ever Rain Gutter Sundae Party and eat ice cream from a gutter!  Join us on September 12 at the Fort Wayne Leadership & Learning Center and September 19 at the South Bend Service Center.  Bring a friend to register and receive the “Make New Friends” patch!  For more information contact Cheryl at 800.283.4812 x 302.

Help us prepare a great Girl Scouting program for 2016! When girls and volunteers register by September 30, it gives us an opportunity to begin planning programs and opportunities right away for the fall.  As you and your troop get ready for a new school year, we hope that you’ll celebrate your accomplishments together and make a commitment to learn and grow even more in Girl Scouts next year!

Click here to renew now!

Help Us Make More WOW!

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:59pm
Can you teach a girl new songs? Would you invite a friend to be a new role model? Won’t you help us find great people that want to inspire a girl?

How would you like to help girls uncover more of those special moments?  The moments when you realized that you could do pretty much anything you set your mind to.

By sharing your talents, stories, and time with us, you can inspire a new generation of Girl Scouts.

Join us for pizza and conversation and learn how you can help grow Girl Scouts across our council by joining us on
Monday, July 27th at the South Bend Service Center from 6:30-7:30pm; or
Tuesday, July 28th at the Fort Wayne Leadership & Learning Center from 6:30-7:30pm; or
Wednesday, July 29 at the First United Methodist Church*, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580 from 6:30-7:30pm.

You have the power to change a girl’s life, and we can’t wait to hear your story.

For more information please call Cheryl Ankrom at 800.283.4812 ext 302, or email

*Parking is available either in the church lot or the bank lot next door.

Believe In Her, Invest In Her

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:46am
A special message to all of our members, volunteers, and funding partners
at Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana- Michiana.

Here at Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) we want you to know how thankful and humble we are to call you our partners. Whether you are driving your daughter to and from Girl Scouts, organizing a troop meeting, or helping financially to support girls, you are a partner and we thank you!

All of us, here at GSNI-M, are invested in one or several ways because we know girls need us as mentors, financial supporters, and as an example of how working together for a good cause brings great rewards! Because of that, we are reaching out to you today and asking you to consider making a meaningful financial contribution to continue to help propel our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

What is the impact of your generosity?

  • Reach more girls
  • Create a larger positive impact in our community
  • Provide programing & volunteer support
  • Provide financial assistance
  • Change the future for a girl in our community

What does your dollar do?

  • $100 covers the cost of background checks for approximately 50 new volunteers
  • $500 will provide membership assistance for 20 girls
  • $1,000 provides week long resident camp assistance for 3 girls


Consider this, your investment can change the life of a girl who, without your help, may not have the opportunity to go camping, make friends in a safe environment, or discover her full potential. She needs you. She is the girl in your community who needs someone to believe in her enough to invest in her.

I invite you to become a proud funding partner of GSNI-M, today. To make a gift, please visit us at or by contacting a member of our Fund Development Team at 800-283-4812 or email

Any amount you give is greatly appreciated. Every dollar invested in GSNI-M helps a girl reach her potential! Thank you for all you do for your community. I hope we can count you as one of GSNI-M’s funding partners.

Believe in her, invest in her.

Yours in Girl Scouting,




Sharon Pohly

Gluten Free Cookie Order Form

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:12am

It’s that time again to place your Gluten Free cookie order for the 2016 Cookie Program. Please fax to 855-283-4812 or e-mail form to on or before September 15, 2015.



Trios – gluten Free, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Girl Scout Cookies

  • Made with real peanut butter, real chocolate chips, and certified gluten free whole grain oats
  • No artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, no palm oil and no hydrogenated oils.
  • Retail price $5.00 a package
  • Available in 5-ounce re-sealable foil pouch with 12 pouches per case


Your cookies will be entered into SNAP and will show up from the Gluten Free Cupboard.   All orders are due to the Council by September 15, 2015. No orders will be accepted after this date. If you have any questions email or call 260-422-3417 ext 130.   Please e-mail, fax or mail form to my attention.  Limited supply.

Venture Out!

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:05am
Venture Out!: An Excellent Outdoor Resource for Volunteers

Let’s face it—girls really enjoy the outdoors. In fact, Girl Scouts have been enjoying the great outdoors since our Movement began in 1912. And while our program has evolved with the times, one thing remains: the outdoors are an integral part of what makes Girl Scouts such a unique and dynamic organization for girls.

The reality is, though, that while girls want to spend time outside, not all volunteers are equipped to provide such memorable experiences. After conducting a survey, Girl Scouts discovered that many of our newer volunteers aren’t totally confident and comfortable when it comes to leading outdoor excursions. Whether they’re a bit unfamiliar themselves or lack the confidence to get creative and spearhead activities and events outside, one thing is clear: volunteers need resources.

The solution? Venture Out! With this new resource, new volunteers learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside through a fun, interactive outdoor adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Gone are the days when girls and volunteers miss out on the outstanding benefits of getting outdoors; Girl Scouts is now proud to offer a resource that helps Girl Scout leaders strengthen their outdoor skills as they instill confidence in their own troop members.

So are you ready to Venture Out! with us? Get started now!