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  • Have S'more Fun with the Return of Girl Scout S'mores!


  • Why Girl Scouts, Why Now?


    23 NEW badges are joining the Girl Scout lineup, which means even more opportunities for girls to explore the world around them and learn outdoor and STEM skills through the world’s best leadership program for girls.

  • 5 Camp Songs Every Girl Scout Should Know


  • How the Girl Scouts Are Preparing the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs


    Girl Scout Cookies do more than satisfy your sweet tooth - each purchase helps Girl Scouts worldwide gain leadership, decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics, and so much more.

  • 5 Reasons Why a Gold Awardee is Your Best Hire


    Gold Awardees are not only making a lasting impact in their communities, they're building real-world skills to prepare them for a successful future.

  • This is why I love Girl Scout camp


    Home...well, home for the next six days.

    Only to return a year later for six more days.

    Home isn't simply where you live, but where your soul is most drawn to.

    The place where your breath slows and the feeling of peace envelopes you.

     

    "Are you afraid of spiders?"
    "No."

    "Are you afraid of the dark?"
    "No."

    "Guys, I just saw a mouse!"
    "Not this year too!"

    "Quick someone grab the broom...open the door!"
    "Wait, where did it go?"

     

    We rise to the sun, to the call of birds. Hues of green light retracting off of the dust in the air. The calmness of the moment paralyzes your body and electrifies your scences. For a second you're a part of that moment, but the question is inevitable: to stay floating in this bliss, or to come back to earth. Someone else awakens and the moment is over. The days blend with the nights. Just as crisp as a breeze and for a split second it's there and then it's gone in a whirlwind. The lake kisses the sand as the sun decends from the sky. The sounds of horses and laughter blends to cicadas and spring peepers. Almost as effortlessly does the mosquito extract blood from your vein does the purple haze of night seduce you into sleep. The thought of tomorrow morning floats just out of reach to grasp.

     

    The dawn of the last day slowly approa...



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  • Relevant and Resonant: Girl Scouts Ranks #2 on World Value Index


  • Quick Action Earns Local Girl Scout National Medal of Honor


    When 9-year-old Morgan's diabetic mother became unresponsive one day last year, she stayed calm and confident, and her actions helped to save her mother's life.

  • SYLVIA ACEVEDO NAMED PERMANENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA


    BREAKING: Sylvia Acevedo named permanent Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA.

  • Interim Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo shares what it was like to be one of the first females to study industrial engineering


  • Are you ready for your girl to start kindergarten?


    Have a girl in your life who’s starting kindergarten this fall? Set her up for success before she even walks into the classroom! Girl Scouts can help you (and her) navigate this new chapter with expert tips and activities sent straight to your phone. Text DAISY to 59618 or visit girlscouts.org/daisy for more info on raising awesome girls. Text STOPGS to unsubscribe and HELPGS for help. Message and data rates apply. It’s never too early to unleash her inner leader!

  • Special Announcement!


    We are happy to announce that not only are the camps starting to thrive and bloom with spring, but some of our buildings have gotten new names! We are happy to share those names with you and hope that you will start to use them in your troop discussions about visiting camp! Here are the new names:

    Camp Soni Springs

    The multi-purpose center will now be known as The Shawadasee Lodge in honor of Camp Shawadasee.

    Camp Ella J. Logan

    The dining hall will now be known as The Lodge. The new troop house will now be knows a The Singing Hills House in honor of Camp Singing Hills. The Singing Hills House has two sides, each available for reservation by a troop. Those sides will be known as Tanglewood and Tuliptree.

    Anxious to see The Singing Hills House? You can stop out at Camp Logan on Saturday, May 6. An open house of the building will be available between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. No RSVP is necessary. There will also be opportunities before and after the Adult Recognition on May 21.

    Is your troop looking for a way to celebrate our new building? Check out our gift registry for great ideas of ways you can contribute something to our new building. You can purchase online, find the registry at any Target store, or print off the registry and find something similar at another store. All gifts are appreciated, but please include a gift receipt just in case!

  • Your Voice Counts!


    At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

    This April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs. Please note, this is a really important opportunity for all girls to fill it out and submit their input. Please encourage your parents to participate as well. This will allow us to be able to let leaders know their troops’ results and work with you to improve the quality of your troop program. Please talk to your troop support person if you have any questions.

    The Your Voice Counts survey will close on April 30. Be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. If the survey is not completed you will also receive email reminders throughout the month of April. As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count! Got questions or issues with taking the survey? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org

  • A Special Request for Cadette Troop Leaders


    Cadette Troop 20418 of the Peaks of Piedmont Council is reaching out to Girl Scout Councils across the country to help them make their Silver Award reach as many people and be sustainable as possible, and they have sent us this message:


    Dear Girl Scout Council,

    For our Silver Award, Troop 20418 of the Peaks to Piedmont Council (North Carolina) came up the concept of the "Benefit Bash." Hosting a Benefit Bash is a way to benefit your community while having fun with your friends.

    The simple steps are as follows:

    1) Choose a charitable organization you want to impact;

    2) Contact them to find out their needs;

    3) Host your bash by iniviting friends over and asking them to bring donations for the organization or plan a service based project based on the needs of the organization.

    The biggest part of our project is outreach. By spreading the idea of The Benefit Bash we hope others will be inspired to host their own and that this concept will be sustainable.

    It is the request of Troop 20418 that your council share this email and attachment with the leaders of all Cadette troops in your council. This would be an important help for our outreach goal. We hope that if other Girl Scouts hear about the Benefit Bash they will host their own and then their guests wo...



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  • G.I.R.L. - 54th National Convention!


  • "Make Your Own Badge" Site Shutting Down in June: The Why & the How


  • State of Girls


  • Awesome Opportunities for Girls!


    The Gloria Barron Prize

    The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites applications for its 2017 awards. The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Each year, 15 winners will receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education. The application deadline is April 15. Find more information and apply here.

    The Congressional Award Program

    The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. This award is given to youth ages 14 to 23 who complete a given number of hours across each area. To date, over 7.4 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of the Congressional Award program and there are currently over 45,000 youth enrolled. Hours accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout activities can be counted toward a candidate’s goal as long as activities are in compliance with the award program guidelines. (Please note that hours accumulated by Girl Scouts prior to registering for the Congressional Award do not count.)

    Youth can earn up to six different ho...



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  • Volunteer Recognition: What it is and why you'll want to participate!


    What is Volunteer Recognition, you ask?

    It’s a program unique to Girl Scouts that honors YOU, our volunteers, and there are two different types of awards with this program:

    1. The first type are awards that you can nominate another volunteer for. If there is a volunteer in your troop or Community that goes above and beyond to deliver an awesome Girl Scout experience, this would be the perfect way to show your appreciation.

    • The process is easy. Check out the different awards on our Awards & Recognitions page, download, fill out, and send the nomination form to forms@gsnim.org by March 3. Don't forget the letters of recommendation. We will review all nominations and contact you when complete.
    • Did you know you can also nominate local community partners for the Community Award to recognize their support and service to Girl Scouts? These nominees don’t have to be registered Girl Scouts, by the way.

    2. The other type of awards are ones you apply for yourself. So, if you’ve completed all your essential learning, you can submit an application for the Trained Leader ID Pin. You can also apply for Years of Service or Membership Year Pins (at five-year intervals).

    Let’s say you’ve nominated Susie Scout for the Appreciation Pin and her nomination was accepted. Yay! Susie Scout will then be formall...



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  • Local Girl Scout Alumnae Turns 100


    In my role with Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, sometimes I get to participate in some of the most extraordinary opportunities. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts from Troop 46783 to celebrate the 100th Birthday of a special lady.

    I met the girls and their leaders at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. Mariana Reed was the VIP in this special occasion. Photos surrounded the room of her growing up, her involvement in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in World War II, and her recent visit to Winchester, IN for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts celebration. The Randolph County Historical Society had used Mariana’s own Girl Scout uniform as part of the display for the 100th Anniversary memorial.

    The girls asked Mariana what her favorite Girl Scout memories were and she replied that she always enjoyed hiking and the outdoor activities best. I watched as the girls faces lit up, nodding eagerly as they too agreed that this is currently one of their favorite things to do as a troop as well. One of the girls asked if Mariana ever went on any trips with her Girl Scout troop. Mariana’s eyes lit up and she sat a little straighter as she told us of her adventure to the White House to meet First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. She told us of how her troop was invited by special invitation to visit. They formed a horseshoe in the White House meeting room and First Lady Lou shook each girl’s hand. Mariana showe...



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  • Girls' Choice Badges: We Have A Winner!


  • Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout cookies!


    From the very first bite, Girl Scout cookies have held a special place in American's hearts. Let's celebrate these amazing cookies and all of the great experiences they provide for girls!

  • Tune In To See Girl Scouts Build A Better World


  • Girl Scouts & Netflix Are Joining Forces In A Big Way!


  • Girl Scouts to participate in 90th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!


  • Do You Know What Makes Your Day Great?


    Today I walked into the office with phone calls to make and meetings to set up. My name is Jill La Fountain, I am the Director of Advancement here at GSNI-M and I have the pleasure of seeking investors, people like you, to help support the mission of Girl Scouts.

    Every day I receive mail but the most wonderful mail we receive here at the Council is from the girls who are impacted by our donors. This morning, I had the pleasure of opening a very large thank you note from Dakota, a girl who was able to experience camp because of some financial assistance available through the council, made possible by donors. This note was large, colorful, and a work of art! It made my heart swell looking at each piece of her handmade mosaic glued on the paper to form the words “thank you!” Dakota clearly took a long time to make this and think about how special her time was at camp. Her handwritten note, pictures of friends, and the incredibly decorated envelop reminded me of why it is so important to keep reaching out to people and share with them why Girl Scouts continues to have a positive impact in our community. Dakota knows!

    There is not much more that makes a donor happy than to see the impact of their investment so I wanted to make sure to share this with you and join Dakota in saying thank you for making girls dreams come true!

    Our donors are people, like you, who believe that every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. Our donors are Girl S...



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  • This Is How We S'more—Happy National S'mores Day!


    We’re excited to announce that today, National S’mores Day, we’re celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies by introducing the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. That’s right! We’re combining two iconic Girl Scout traditions—s’mores and Girl Scout Cookies, joining legendary classics like Thin Mints® and Caramel deLites®!

    And it gets even better! As a nod to the different ways people “s’more,” the new variety includes two versions: a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating and a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The cookies will be the first new addition to the Girl Scout Cookie lineup since 2015.

    Now that we’ve told you how we s’more, we want to know—how do you s’more? Yesterday we asked our Facebook and Instagram fans the same question and we collected our favorites:

      Our Scout doesn't like hers toasted at all! Loves the campfire and songs, then pops the "raw" marshmallow right into her mouth.....yum! – Jeanne L. We put a roasted marshmallow between 2 Thin Mints. We also use Samosas & Tagalongs! So gooooood. – Autumn T. Charred and with a peanut butter cup! – Robyn S. We got a book out of the library all about s’mores with tons of recipes with different spins on s’mores. But we didn't do a single one! Turns out we are s’more purists. All we want is marshmallow, chocolate & graham crackers! – Shoshana K....


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  • Six Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award Through Community Service Projects


    Six girls in the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana council earned the prestigious Gold Award in a ceremony Sunday, July 31, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Warsaw. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities – and beyond. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award.

    The girls and their projects include:

    Anastasia Kelsey – Anastasia partnered with LaPorte High School agriculture students, FFA and others on the “Plant a Tree” project. The goal was to beautify the high school campus by cutting down dead ash trees, grinding up the stumps, and planting a variety of new trees to lessen the effect of future pest epidemics.


    Dana Kilbourne – Dana’s project was to make the Prairie Vista Elementary School entrance more welcoming. With help from volunteers, she power-washed the bricks and sidewalks, painted paw prints on the sidewalk, repaired and painted benches, and painted two poles to honor the National Blue Ribbon School award.

    • Guendolyn Mark – Guendolyn got the idea for her project after a Robotics Team visit to a sensory room. This is a place where people who have trouble communicating and get stressed can go to calm down. She worked with engineers and other students to design a sensory room for use by special education students....



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  • Hear It From a Girl Scout: From Gold Award to Internship


    In collaboration with Alcoa Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA has provided six Girl Scouts since 2013 with the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available to Gold Award recipients who complete Gold Award projects related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Kaitlyn Kanis of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana received the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship in 2013 and is now an intern at Alcoa Lafayette Operations. Check out her story and what she has to say about her experience in Girl Scouts.

    Tell us about your STEM-related Gold Award project and your experience in Girl Scouts.

    For my Gold Award, I chose to complete a project that incorporated an environmentally friendly solution to a major problem in my community. Growing up, I was very athletic, and our town had a very well-organized Little League system and a beautiful community park where we could play. However, the mosquito population was about enough to prevent members of the community from attending games or making use of the park, which is in a very wooded, wet area. I also grew up spending my summers living at a state park near my house because my parents volunteered for the Department of Natural Resources, and the time I spent here instilled in me a desire to conserve our resources and tr...



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  • Girl Scout To Give Gift To Etna Green In Honor of Volunteer Firefighter

    A bench honoring a longtime Etna Green firefighter was recently presented to the town council by Girl Scout Morgan Ousley, Troop 10068, near warsaw for her Gold Award project.

    The 17-year old Warsaw Community High School student decided to construct a plastic bench in tribute to her great-grandfather, Claude “Red” Davis, a long-time volunteer firefighter and community advocate, and her great-grandmother Betty Davis, who raised not only her own children but also her grandchildren, and was loving and giving to her neighbors and community as well.

    Morgan presented the idea for her Gold Award project to the Etna Green Town Council many months ago.  The council approved and Ousley began collecting plastic bottle caps and lids.  She collected approximately 400 pounds of plastic by putting cardboard donation boxes out for community donations.  The caps were ground into fine particles, melted down and then poured in a mold to create the bench.

    She hopes her project helps prove to the community that a change in habits can have a broader impact.  Repurposing plastic from bottle caps not only reduces solid waste reaching the area’s landfill, it produced a comfortable bench that is also weather resistant and maintenance free.