Meet the New Girl Scout Cookie!

For the 2020 Cookie Program we are introducing a new cookie to our lineup! Meet Lemon-Ups, the newest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie menu! Inspired by real girls in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and created for all Girl Scout Cookie Lovers, these new lemon cookies are positively fun. Just like G.I.R.L., each cookie has something bright and motivating to say.

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Additionally, all your favorites are back and ready for purchase!

  • Somoas – a crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with dark chocolaty coating.
  • Tagalongs – crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
  • Do-Si-Dos – crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.
  • Trefoils – delicate tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.
  • Thin Mints – crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating made with natural oil of peppermint.
  • Girl Scout S’mores – crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling.
  • Toffee-Tastic – rich buttery cookie with sweet crunchy toffee bits.

Our cookie sale begins February 7, 2020 and runs through March 21, 2020.

When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re powering amazing, year-round experiences for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) extraordinaire in your community who sells them—that’s right, proceeds stay local and are reinvested in girls!

Big picture: as a cookie customer, you’re actually helping the next generation of female entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful—teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook. Beyond that, you’re actually narrowing the gender gap in entrepreneurship by nurturing girls’ skills early and often. How awesome is that?

Click here to view all the Girl Scouts Cookies available!

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Give Back in the New Year!

It’s the New Year’s resolution to end all New Year’s resolutions, and it’s so, so Girl Scouts! This year, do things a little differently, and resolve to give back to yourself by giving back to others. That’s right. We’re calling for a resolution of service! Because when you help others, you just can’t begin to imagine how much good it actually does for your own soul. VolunteersIt’s really the best kind of win-win.

And it doesn’t have to be anything big. In fact, it’s really the accumulation of all the small ways we can be of service to others every day that can make our lives significantly brighter and more meaningful, while helping us feel more connected within our communities. In 2020, what do you say we all resolve to make the world a better place, together, by committing to practice these powerful and simple acts of service to others as often as possible?

  1. Be kind, particularly to those who are not exactly your cup of tea, so to speak. It might be hard, but it will be meaningful.
  2. Be gentle with the environment. Avoid littering, recycle, and regularly sign up for community cleanups. The more we do to keep the outdoors in good shape, the more we can all enjoy it!
  3. Show compassion. Sometimes that’s the greatest gift we can offer someone.
  4. Practice good manners. “Please” and “thank you” go a long way in making others feel appreciated and respected.
  5. Be helpful as much and as often as possible. Help create a sense of community wherever you go.
  6. Listen more. Sometimes all people truly want is to be heard, and to know they matter.
  7. Volunteer once a month—or more if you can. Learn about volunteering with us—it’s important work and so much fun!
  8. Give out lots of compliments, just because. Make someone’s day with the simplest acknowledgement of a great smile, a fun outfit, or an inspiring talent.
  9. Speaking of smiling, do it more often. It makes everyone feel good—even you!
  10. Leave notes of encouragement for family, friends, and coworkers. The right words can always make a day brighter.
  11. Forgive someone who has slighted you, even if you don’t feel they deserve it. It might move them to show the same compassion to someone else.
  12. Hold the door open for someone and give them the gift of feeling special, even if just for a few seconds.
  13. Strike up a conversation with a shy person and help them come out of their shell a little. Just because they’re not one to initiate conversation doesn’t mean they don’t have a story they’d like to share.
  14. Reach out to a friend you know is going through something hard and offer to spend time with them, or just listen. People won’t always reach out for help, but they will often accept it with open arms when it’s offered.
  15. Bake some goodies for an elderly neighbor, and hand-deliver them. Sit and chat a while. Let them share stories and feel the joy of friendship.
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Happy Holidays!

Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year of Happiness in a World of Peace!

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G.I.R.L. 2020!

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For three days, girls will dominate Orlando, Florida—and we want you to be there! On October 23–25, 2020, thousands of girls and their supporters from around the world will come together for G.I.R.L. 2020  in Orlando, Florida.

Hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, the mega event will provide attendees with unforgettable experiences as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities—connecting with some of the most influential women in the world along the way. So awesome!

The next year is going to be a truly amazing one for Girl Scouts, and one of the highlights of the year will be G.I.R.L. 2020—our national convention, 55th National Council Session, and the largest girl-led event in the world—in Orlando next October 20–25. Girls, women, families, and supporters from across the globe will come to Orlando to celebrate the infinite power of girls and their limitless potential to change the world. 

Orlando is an amazing platform to showcase the power of Girl Scouts. A hub of innovation in tech, aviation, aerospace, and digital technology, it’s a city that will spark girls’ imagination and offer a host of exciting experiences. And as a rocket scientist, I have to say I’m very excited that it’s right down the road from Kennedy Space Center!

Planned by a team of 25 Girl Scouts from across the Movement—our incredible G-TEAM—G.I.R.L. 2020 is all about offering girls opportunities to lead the conversation around key issues, network, share unforgettable experiences, get inspired by some of the most influential women in the world, and tap into their G.I.R.L. spirit—their inner go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader.

During our week together in Orlando, delegates who have been elected by their councils will work together to chart the course for our Movement’s next three years. They’ll participate in a democratic and engaging governance practice that will lay the foundation for an even brighter future for Girl Scouts, while immersing themselves in a 21st-century leadership development experience designed by girls, for girls, and with girls at the center.

I am so excited today to officially kick off our “Countdown to G.I.R.L. 2020.” This special event will be a galvanizing moment for the Girl Scout Movement—and we need YOU to join us to make it all happen. Registration for G.I.R.L. 2020 opens in January 2020 with discounts and special incentives for those of you who act quickly, so be on the lookout for more information coming soon.
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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

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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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