Explore the World Through Girl Scout Destinations

Every summer, Girl Scouts from across the USA travel to Costa Rica and Panama to Girl-Scouts-Destinations-Scubaparticipate in Girl Scout-exclusive programs with Outward Bound Costa Rica. One of these is titled Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure—an unforgettable experience featuring wildlife conservation learning, exciting outdoor activities, and even scuba diving certification! Part of Girl Scouts’ Destinations program and the ultimate experience for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts, Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure is perfect for bold and courageous lovers of animals and the outdoors.

This life-changing experience is supported in part by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, which helps girls grow as leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship—efforts that positively affect their communities and the world.

Girls who’ve experienced Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure have also shared that learning about wildlife on their Destinations trip inspired them to help others protect and conserve wildlife back home. And as noted in the Girl Scout Research Institute resource Four Ways Girl Scouts Builds Girl Leaders in the Outdoors (2019), having outdoor recreational experiences in early childhood strongly and positively influences people’s environmental attitudes, values, and behaviors, with activities like hiking and camping cultivating a sense of responsibility for nature.

Going on a Girl Scout Destinations trip is an incredible way girls can develop love and respect for the environment—as they discover new places, jump into challenges, learn a ton, and make awesome lifelong friends. Learn more about Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure and many other Destinations, including how you can apply to go on the trip of a lifetime!

New Destinations are announced every fall. Apply now for summer 2020!

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The Girl Scout Difference of Giving

2019 #GivingTuesday

It’s #GivingTuesday!  When you donate to Girl Scouts, you power unique and amazing Giving.pngexperiences for girls in our communities—experiences that broaden their worlds, teach them essential life skills, and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership.

December 3rd marks the 8th annual #GivingTuesday, a very special day of global giving celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable season following spending days Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

The Girl Scout Difference of giving is evident every day. Volunteers give their time and talent to lead the next generation of leaders. Girls in turn find and give their voice to lead for themselves, their sisters, and their communities.

Give in advance now or on the day of #GivingTuesday. You can also give on the day at #ILGive. And be sure to follow our Facebook page for special updates throughout the day.

Make a difference and give to The Girl Scout Difference. Because when you give to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Girl Scouts give back.


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We Thank YOU!

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, a time for family gatherings and holiday meals.  A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  A time for us to give back to our fellow man, as well as your community.

At Girl Scouts of Central Illinois we are so fortunate to have awesome volunteers that help us move our mission in Girl Scouting forward. We could not do what we do with girls without our volunteers.  Being a volunteer adds a tremendous amount of value to what we are accomplishing with our girls and program.

There are as many reasons to serve as there are people who serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act. It’s an opportunity to advance in all areas of your life.  Here are a few of the things you can gain when you give your time and yourself:

  • Connect with your community.
  • Share your skills and gain new ones.
  • Develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Promote a worthwhile organization or cause that is important to you.
  • Feel needed and valued.
  • Experience something new that you may not otherwise be able to do.

We give thanks for all our volunteers, past, present and future. We appreciate you opening your heart and sharing your time and talent with our organization. Our volunteers are our shining stars! You truly do make a difference in the lives of girls.

Volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois can be so rewarding and at the same time giving a girl the gift of your talents to help her become the leader she will be now and in the future.

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Happy Birthday Juliette!

Happy Birthday Juliette! Founder of Girl Scouts, born October 31, 1860

JGL.jpgIn 1912, Juliette Gordon Low (1860–1927) founded Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that today serves millions of girl members and alumnae, and reflects the arc of her remarkable life.

An ardent believer in the potential of all girls and the importance of fostering their individual growth, character, and self-sufficiency, Juliette is credited with establishing and nurturing a global movement that has changed the world.

Telephoning her cousin to tell her “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” This was the beginning of Girl Scouts in 1912.

From that first gathering of a small troop of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls, Juliette broke the conventions of the time – reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

Using her innate talent for fundraising and public relations, combined with her vast network of friends and supporters, she led Girl Scouts with a passion and determination – ensuring it was, and always would be, an experience that was “girl-led.”

Juliette died January 17, 1927, at her home in Savannah, Georgia, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Girl Scouts of the USA is 2.5 million strong who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with program from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of  leadership, adventure, and success.

Our Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


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Girl Scouts Highest Awards: Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable – and it’s only available Goldthrough Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond. 

Silver AwardThe Girl Scout Silver Award allows Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change. 


BronzeThe Girl Scout Bronze Award encourages girls to take action with others to improve their  communities, Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.



As you earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and beyond. The possibilities are endless.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois highly recommends you join us for an Award Chat the first Monday of each month. During the Award Chat you will learn the basic information on each award. Award Chats are free but registration is required. To register, visit the Events Calendar.


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Help the JGL Birthplace Win Preservation Funding!

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The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a finalist in Partners in Preservation, a program of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

You—yes, you!—can help the birthplace continue its important work to preserve the site while ensuring it meets the needs of 21st century girls. Your votes will help the Girl Scout organization address preservation and accessibility needs at the birthplace and raise awareness about the transformative work taking place there.

Vote daily for the birthplace through October 29, 2019!

Known as the “front door” of the Girl Scout Movement, for more than 60 years the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace has helped visitors from all over the U.S. and world learn about the life of an incredible woman who in 1912 founded the largest, most powerful, and most successful girl leadership development program in the world: Juliette Gordon Low.

This year, Partners in Preservation is marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment by providing funding for historic buildings and sites dedicated to women. As the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low was paving the way for women in leadership before the 19th amendment was passed.

Visiting Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace is an essential part of the Girl Scout experience—right up there with selling cookies, camping, and exploring STEM. Together we can ensure that Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy remains vibrant for future generations of girls and visitors from around the world!

Don’t forget to vote every day through October 29 for the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace—and help us spread the word!

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Making Girl Scouts Part of Your Family

You probably already know that Girl Scouts can help your girl be happier, healthier, Girl Scout Family
more successful in school, and more satisfied with her life. But it’s not just your girl who benefits when you join—Girl Scouts makes family life better.

Make Her Experience Memorable
Want to play a meaningful role in her Girl Scout experience, but not sure where to start? Consider this the ultimate cheat sheet for all-star Girl Scout parents—no matter how busy you may be! And remember when you help with her troop, you’re not only doing her troop leader a favor but a

  • If You Have 15 Minutes a Week, offer to…
    Organize and manage the calendar for troop snacks or carpools. There’s no need to provide goodies or buckle up the girls every week yourself! Simply helping other parents sign up and commit to future meeting dates will make meetings go smoothly for everyone.
  • If You Have 30 Minutes a Week, offer to…
    Manage troop communications for the troop leader. This can mean anything from sending texts to parents to confirm meeting dates or to update them with changes to the schedule, maintaining the troop’s social presence, or organizing an old-fashioned phone tree in case of an emergency.
  • If You Have 45 Minutes a Week, offer to…
    Take photos or videos at meetings and Girl Scout events. Leaders are often too busy to document every exciting moment, so your help will likely be well-received. Just be sure all girls have signed photo releases and they’re on file with your council before snapping and sharing images.
  • If You Have 1–2 Hours a Week, offer to…
    Lead part of a troop meeting or guide girls through earning a specific badge. You can introduce them to a topic that you have special expertise in or explore a new activity and learn alongside the troop!
  • If You Have 2–3 Hours a Week, offer to…
    Take on the role of cookie volunteer for your girl’s troop. You’ll be playing a key part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which raises funds for troop activities and teaches girls financial skills, how to be confident when speaking publicly, and how to make decisions and collaborate as a group.

No matter how you contribute to your girl’s troop, seeing you play an active role in her experience will give her a sense of pride—don’t be surprised if when her Girl Scout friends start to admire and appreciate you, she sees you in a whole different light! Plus, getting involved gives you something special that you’re part of together, which in our busy lives, is worth its weight in gold.


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What Adventure Awaits Your Troop?

Let’s jump start your year with a guide to all things Girl Scouts. We’re busy planning the leadership experiences that you rely on from Girl Scouts to help deliver the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Within the pages of the Adventure Guide you will find information on phenomenal programs, large all-council events, camping opportunities, product sales programs and just about anything else you might need to get your troop moving in the right  direction!

We have created a short video on helpful hints on how to register for programs? 


Learn more about all the adventures your troop can participate! Starting planning your Girl Scout year today! Our events calendar can help you with your planning.

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30-Minute Learning Sessions – Leader Chats

GSCI has developed 30-minute learning sessions for our leaders and volunteers. Leaderleader Chats support our volunteers to make the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. It is a great way to help leaders plan and stay organized throughout the year! Be sure to participate each month from your computer to explore different topics in a 30-minute webinar. These chats will take place on the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. You can register for these chats via DoubleKnot, and a link to the webinar will be emailed to you one week before the Leader Chat as well as a reminder one day before the Leader Chat.

October 2019 
Who runs the world? GIRLS!  What does girl-led look like? GSLE, Classroom/Troop management tips.

November 2019
Money, Money, Money.  Money matters – ACH, Troop finance basics, end-of-year tips.

December 2019
Creating a Girl Boss.  Financial literacy.

January 2019
How to Marie Kondo your Cookie Sale.  How to organize your cookie sale.

February 2019
How to STEM: Don’t think you know how to lead STEM activities? Join us for some quick and easy tips!

March 2019
Level Up: How to Bridge like a Girl Scout

April 2019
Camping, Hiking and Fires, Oh My!: Taking girls outdoors

May 2019
On the Road Again: Travel safety, GS trips

June 2019
GIRL TV: Opportunity for girls to talk about accomplishments and community service ideas.

July 2019
What’s new? New Badges/Journeys available

Have questions, need assistance contact Customer Care or 888-623-1237



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8 Ways for Troop Leaders to have a Successful Year in Girl Scouts!

Getting back to school also means that girls and volunteers are getting back to their Volunteerstroop. Whether you have been a Girl Scout leader for years, have been with one troop for a little while, or are just starting, it can be tough to know where to begin. We asked Girl Scout troop leaders, parents, and volunteers what their best tips are for launching the new troop year, and their answers did not disappoint!

Use your support system. Connect with the service unit in your area so you know when its meetings will be. GSCI conducts all kinds of training for leaders to assist you with your troop. We have a monthly Leader Chat that is 30 minutes once a month (the 2nd Thursday of the month) and covers all types of subjects. Talk to other Girl Scout leaders, get information about what’s happening locally, and build your support network. Call us to help you find seasoned leaders in you area.

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