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Office Closure for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving2016Just a friendly reminder that all GSNWGL offices and shops will be closed November 23 through 25 for Thanksgiving. Our offices and shops will re-open on Monday, November 28.



#GivingTuesday 2016

gt2016Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29. Here are some amazing reasons to give to Girl Scouts on #GivingTuesday:

  1.  We never turn a girl away. Our robust financial assistance program provides membership fees, troop dues, uniform pieces, as well as program and camp assistance.
  2. Our Reaching Out Programs bring Girl Scout programs to girls where they are. These programs focus on the traditions, STEM, positive relationships, and more!
  3. Girl Scout themselves give back! Community Service is a cornerstone of our movement. Whether it’s Kindergarten Daisies singing at nursing homes, fourth grade Juniors planting flowers in downtown planters, or high school Girl Scouts working toward their Gold Award by creating a prom dress closet for girls in need – Girl Scouts care about the community.

Believe in the power of Girl Scouting this holiday season and give to GSNWGL!

Talking to Girls When They Need Reassurance

CaptureAny time there are large changes, girls can feel the need to discuss their anxieties and ask questions. They need reminders that they are safe, valued and in control when perhaps they feel otherwise. We’ve put together a resource to guide you if your Girl Scouts need reminders that they are awesome and they are going to be okay.

Girl Scouts is a safe space where adults care about girls and provide opportunities for them to share, learn, experience and grow in a supportive environment. (Continue Reading…)

There’s a Girl Scout Leader in You!

Are you a leader in your field and in your minivan? Do you manage spreadsheets, grocery lists, team projects and toddlers? Then guess what? There’s a Girl Scout Leader in You!

The 2016-2017 membership is bringing all sorts of fun your way for girls, families, and volunteers. When you join or renew this year you and your girls will have access to programs throughout our regions like Stem-stravaganza, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Girl Scouts Investigate or The Bluebird Project! Plus, you won’t want to miss being a part of the 100th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies! The brand new S’mores cookie already has people excited  so get ready to rock those cookie booths in 2017!

At Girl Scouts, we can’t deliver without the energy and awesomeness of adult volunteers like you. And we are always looking for new leaders to help us bring leadership programming to girls through fun activities, programs, and experiences. Coming this Spring, being a volunteer with us is easier than ever! We’re investing in those who help us bring Girl Scouting to girls through our Membership Engagement Initiative. Our new system will mean a streamlined website, easier registrations, an online toolkit just for leaders, plus at-a-glance opportunities for troops and volunteers. Make sure you sign up for our newsletters so you won’t miss any of the good stuff coming your way!

There’s a Girl Scout Leader in You. Make it official!

This Is How We S’more – With Cookies!

UntitledWe’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®/Samoas®, the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies will be carried in select markets during the 2017 cookie season.

And it gets even better! As a nod to the different ways people “s’more,” the new variety includes  a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. 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.
  • Burnt Marshmallow between a Lemonade and a Thanks-A-Lot!! Yummy! – Suzanne L.
  • Perfectly brown and bubbly, dark chocolate and cinnamon grahams. – Kathleen R.
  • Browned, not charred. With peanut butter and dark chocolate. I roast, my daughter puts crackers, etc. together – we make a perfect team. – Nicole M.
  • Rotisserie style. …lightly brown all over. – Kristin S.
  • You let it catch on fire let it burn for a little bit, and then you get it gooey and crunchy. – Elizabeth N.
  • With a lot of friends. – Kathleen P.


A#GSClosedll GSNWGL offices and shops will be closed tomorrow (August 9) for our annual all-staff meeting. See you Wednesday!




#ShopInventoryJust a friendly reminder that our shops will be closed July 28 and 29 for inventory! See you on Monday!




Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Ruth Sternfels Gresham

Girl Scouts is celebrating the centennial of its Highest Award this year, and we’re super excited to feature some of its recipients! We sat down with Ruth Sternfels Gresham, a recipient of Girl Scouts Highest Award, who is also celebrating her centennial birthday in July.

Here’s what we learned…

Ruth became a Girl Scout when she was 12-years-old and remains a proud Girl Scout today. She’s been a teacher, mother, an avid volunteer, donor, and supporter of numerous organizations in addition to Girl Scouts, including the Salvation Army, her hometown elementary school, and local museums.

You can read more on GSUSA’s blog!

We here at GSNWGL can’t get enough of our local Girl Scout hero’s story. That’s why we sat down with her for a long form interview.  Here’s Ruth’s Girl Scout story, as well as, her insights on the world, and her trail blazing spirit!

She’s ready for sleepaway (resident) camp!

Is your daughter a pro at slumber parties? Does she love trying new things and having fun? Does she want to spend every summer moment with her friends?

Then she’s ready for sleepaway (resident) camp!

CampRecruitment_SM_2We know it can be tough for a parent to send their daughter to resident camp. But we know what we’re doing. Our camps are filled with highly-trained, energetic staff who will lead campers in safe, girl selected activities all week long. She’ll sleep, eat, and play in awesome outdoor and indoor facilities that are well cared for. Your daughter will try new activities and foods, she’ll explore the woods and waters of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, learn some amazing new skills, and she’ll make friends along the way.

Girls tell us that camping was their number-one most memorable outdoor experience in Girl Scouts. Attendance at Girl Scout resident camp supports girls’ leadership development. Girls who attend camp are better at overcoming challenges, learning skills, and working together effectively.

GSNWGL offers incredible resident camps all summer long and we can’t wait for your daughter to join us! Check out our Camp Guide for a complete listing of this summer’s sessions.

SummerHours2Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will be closed Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

We will move to summer hours from:
May 31 to September 2
Summer hours are:
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to noon


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