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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

28968758891_56e455385d_oGirl Scout Cookies have been around a long time – 100 years to be exact. In the early days, girls took orders and baked their own cookies, then in the 1930’s, when the sale had grown, commercial bakers were introduced and the Girl Scout Cookie Program became what it is today, the world’s largest girl-led business.

Whether you’re a first time cookie novice or an expert #cookieboss, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a fun, engaging way to learn new things, connect with the community, and fund your Girl Scout fun! So, celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Cookies by setting goals, hitting the pavement door-to-door selling, and sampling our newest cookie, the Girl Scout S’mores Cookie!

Our new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie is a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a yummy crème icing and finished with a delicious chocolatey layer. This cookie is inspired by the S’mores origin story. The first Girl Scout recipe for the yummy treat known then as “Some Mores” was first published in 1925 in an issue of The Girl Scout Leader.

Are you a Girl Scout volunteer looking for resources? We have everything you need.

Are you a parent looking wanting to help their #CookieBoss? We have you covered.

Or are you ready to buy some Thin Mints but don’t know a Girl Scout? We have a hotline, a cookie finder, and apps for that.

Inauguration Day: Reflecting on Girl Scouts’ History of Civic Action

Via GSblog

On Friday, January 20, approximately 75 Girl Scouts from the Nation’s Capital council will voluntarily march in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade, as the council has done over the past 100 years. As part of this unique experience, these girls will gain insight into the time-honored democratic tradition of a peaceful transition of power. Then, the very next day, Saturday, January 21, women and girls, including Girl Scouts, from across the country will descend on Washington to participate in the Women’s March and similar events in communities across the country.

At Girl Scouts, our Movement is made up of individuals who hold political beliefs and convictions as varied as our nation itself. And because every girl has a home at Girl Scouts, every girl in our Movement is allowed her own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and political ideology. Our fundamental value is empowering girls to be leaders in their own lives. By helping them build the courage, confidence, and character to lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them, Girl Scouts supports girls as they become catalysts for change who strengthen their communities.

Of course, we are a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that by law cannot take positions on political candidates or parties—and we take this very seriously.

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Office Closure

Due to hazardous weather conditions Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes offices and shops in Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Wausau are closed on January 17, 2017. All GSNWGL offices and shops will reopen on January 18.

Offices and Shops Closed January 16, 2017

MLKDayIn 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described Girl Scouts as, “a force for desegregation.” In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day all GSNWGL offices and shops will be closed.
This day has traditionally been a day of community service for individuals, businesses, and Girl Scouts and we encourage all Girl Scouts to go out into their community volunteering and learning.

HappyHolidays2016Holiday Break

All GSNWGL offices and shops closed for holiday break so our staff can spend quality time with their family and friends.
All offices and shops will closed December 26 – January 2 for break. See you next year!

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.

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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.


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