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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.


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


Five Steps to Earning Your Ranger Patch


Do you have a family or troop trip planned to a National Park? Make sure to earn your Ranger patch while you’re there. This awesome program allows you to both explore the parks and help keep them beautiful!

So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It’s simple!

  1. Choose a National Park Service site. Visit Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
  1. Imagine Yourself in a National Park. Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
  1. Contact the park and make a plan. Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
  1. Go to the park and Have Fun! If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
  1. Share the experience. Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #gsoutdoors (don’t forget to tag @GirlScouts) and you can be part of the largest Girl Scout photo collage in the world!

Ready to learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger? Click here to read FAQs!

GSUSA Plans Membership Dues Increase in 2017/2018 Membership Year

As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, Girl Scouts has spent over a century preparing girls for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

As the Girl Scouts continues its mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world and ensure that they have the resources to support our mission.  Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members. Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.

Last year, GSNWGL introduced a $5 council service fee. Membership dues are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. The council service fee provided vital, additional revenue to assist our Council with the increasing costs to deliver Girl Scout programming locally and will remain in place, bringing the total cost of membership to $30. The adult membership dues will be $25. Our Council does not now and will not in future add service fees to adult membership dues.

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Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting a huge success!

Last weekend our Council hosted the Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. The Leadership Conference brought together older girls and adult volunteers for a day of learning, networking, and, of course, fun in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We heard inspirational words from Kerry Kincaid, the Eau Claire City Council President, as well as past Gold Award recipients. Girls and adults took part in fun sessions ranging from learning to play Kubb (a Nordic lawn game), to belly dancing; as well as educational sessions about Girl Scouting’s highest awards, trip planning, team building, and more.

At the Annual Meeting stewardship and finance reports were presented, adult volunteers were recognized and received awards, and the new GSNWGL board of directors were elected. This year’s Annual Meeting was themed “Girls Change the World” in honor of the Gold Award centennial. Make sure to check out this video about the history, impact, and future of the Gold Award!

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