Our History and Counties Served
The merger of Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council, Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council and areas of Girl Scouts of Singing Sands Council and Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council was part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s national realignment to strengthen the Movement. It has created high capacity councils capable of providing more opportunities for girls, enhanced service for adult volunteers and enhanced outreach to underserved populations and stronger community partnerships.
Guiding the realignment efforts were the Council Realignment Committee (CRC). The Board of Directors of each existing council appointed representatives to serve on the CRC. Its membership included the Board Chair and CEO from each merging council and one additional appointed Board member from each council who offered the skills and expertise needed to guide the local council realignment efforts.
The CRC developed a merger plan and a governance structure for Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana. The framework for the governance structure is contained in the Bylaws of GSNI-M. The realignment of these four councils represents today, girls residing in 22 counties, geographically representing 20 counties in the northern one-third of Indiana and two counties in southwest Michigan.
To ensure our membership accessibility and visibility, the GSNI-M Council headquarters is located in Fort Wayne, in the northeast part of Allen County, with service centers located in South Bend, in the northern part of St. Joseph County and Logansport, in the northeast portion of Cass County. Program Properties include Camp Ella J. Logan, located in Syracuse, IN; Camp McMillen in Huntertown, IN; Camp Soni Springs in Three Oaks, MI; and Camp Wildwood in Logansport, IN. Access to these service centers and program properties reinforces the commitment to providing community-based and community-connected programs and services that meet girls’ needs.