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What is GSNI


Juliette Registration


Girl Scout Program


Juliette Possibilities


Camp Information


Highest Awards


Product Program


Juliette Support


2019-2020 guide for J U L I E T T E S 1






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We are GSNI

GSNI Camps

We serve 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago.

17501 Streit Road Harvard, IL 60033

Contact all GSNI facilities at 844-GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463) Fax: 847-741-5667

Mary Ann Beebe Center

Camp Dean 46W253 Camp Dean Road Big Rock, IL 60511

Camp Far Horizons

GSNI Resource Centers & Council Stores

9702 S. Lost Horizons Road Hanover, IL 61041

South Elgin Resource Center

Rockford Resource Center

Camp McCormick

353 Randall Rd South Elgin, IL 60177

1886 Daimler RoadRoad 2820 McFarland Rockford, ILIL61112 Rockford, 61107

9995 N. Girl Scout Road Stillman Valley, IL 61084

Freeport Resource Center

Sugar Grove Resource Center

1834 S West Ave, Suite 21 Freeport, IL 61032

Lake Zurich Resource Center 499 Ela Road Lake Zurich, IL 60047 2

200 New Bond Street Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Rock Falls Resource Center 229 First Avenue, Suite 1 Rock Falls, IL 61071

What is GSNI? Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois At GSNI, we believe every girl can change the world! With us, Girl Scouts develop the independence and confidence to guide their own lives and make the world a better place. We put girls in the driver’s seat and encourage them to customize their own

experience! Every girl has the opportunity to unlock her own potential and be amazing through programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and the global community, and practical life skills.

Individually Registered Program - Juliette Girl Scout Girl Scouting can be custom-made just for YOU! Juliette Girl Scouts are girls who are Individually Registered Members. They are busy, independent, and self-confident girls who want to be part of something bigger than themselves! As an Indie Girl Scout, you can have an awesome time doing a Badge Explorer, choosing Big Book activities, giving community service, participating in Girl Scout Cookie and Fall Product Programs, attending local service unit activities, and going to camp. You’ll decide what activities you’ll join, what skills you want to learn, and which recognitions and awards you want to complete, all at your own pace. Any girl in grades K-12 can join Girl Scouts as an Indie Girl Scout. It’s a way to stay connected, complete badges or Journeys, and attend events in your area!

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

*Members may substitute for the word God in accordance with their own spiritual beliefs.

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

The Girl Scout Law


I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and Responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. 3

Juliette Registration Juliette Girl Scout Programs for all Age Levels Any girl in grades K-12 can choose her adventure in Girl Scouts! Whether she wants to sign up for an exciting series of events, explore the outdoors, or travel the world, each level has something just for her! Girl Scout Brownies earn badges and explore their community. Friendship, fun, and age-appropriate actvities begin individually and then move out to the community and wider world. While earning badges, they build skills, learn hobbies, and have fun!

How to Register as a Juliette at GSNI • • • • • • •

Register by visiting Click GIRLS JOIN! Then click GET STARTED TODAY! Enter basic information about your girl. Select Individually Registered Member • If you don’t see Individually Registered Member, click Unsure. • When the box pops up, enter “IRM”. Click Next to submit additional information. Submit payment to complete your membership registration.

If you are renewing a membership, log in through your MY GS account (located in the top right corner of the home page). Questions? Contact us at . 4

Juliette Registration Membership Dues

How to Register for Events

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), our national organization, requires a $25 non-refundable, nontransferrable annual fee to register as a girl or adult member. This payment goes directly to GSUSA headquarters in New York to provide program development and council support services. Registered members are covered by GSUSA’s accident insurance when participating in Girl Scout activities. Financial assistance is available for membership dues for girls who are unable to pay. In this way, we are committed to providing all girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. Parents, guardians, and other adults are also invited to become members of the Girl Scout Movement!

Registration and payment may be: • Completed online at activities, unless otherwise noted. • Mailed to: Rockford Rescource Center, 1886 Daimler Road, Rockford, IL 61112. • Called in to 844-GSNI-4-ME. • Hand-delivered to any GSNI Resource Center during regular business hours.

Financial Assistance

Event Confirmation

Financial Assistance is available to girls to provide for membership dues and official Girl Scout uniforms. Summer camp also has financial assistance available. A limited amount of event financial assistance is available and girl participants may request up to $15 twice per membership year for event financial assistance. Requests are considered in the membership year the event is being held, not the date submitted. If requesting financial assistance for an event, please submit a completed financial assistance request with the event registration form. The financial assistance request form may be found on www.

A confirmation will be emailed to all participants shortly after the closing registration date. If you have not received a confirmation three days prior to the event, please contact Customer Care at 844-GSNI-4-ME or

Registering online is the fastest way to ensure your spots are secured! Paper registrations are entered in the order they are received, and there my be a delay in this process during peak times. Registrations much be received by the deadline date. No spots will be held without payment.

Event Cancellation If an event does not meet the minimum registration by the deadline date, GSNI reserves the right to cancel the event. Participants will be notified via email.

Please remember the best way for girls to fund their own experience in Girl Scouts is through participation in the Girl Scout Fall Product and Cookie Programs. For more information, call 844-GSNI-4-ME.

The Girl Scout Uniform Uniforms are an important part of the Girl Scout experience, connecting girls to Girl Scout traditions, displaying their accomplishments, and creating memories to last a lifetime. Girls want to look and feel their best when

representing Girl Scouts. Uniforms must be worn for parades, flag ceremonies, and official occasions, and are encouraged whenever possible. You can purchase sashes or vests, and insignia from one of the rescource centers. Financial assistance for uniform components is available for girls that qualify.

Visit one of our rescource center locations to purchase uniforms, starter kits, and much more! Our Resource Specialists are here to help! Or shop online by clicking SHOP in the top-right corner of 5

Girl Scout Program

What is the Girl Scout Program? At Girl Scouts, girls have tons of fun, make new friends and go on fantastic new adventures. Our program centers on something called the Girl Scout Leadership Experience - a collection of activities and experiences girls have as they complete journeys, earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, and do Take Action projects that make a difference.



Girl Scout Program

Our Four Focus Areas By combining these skills, we’re developing independent, confident girls who build a better world. Practical Life Skills Travel & Global Community ⏵⏵ Between all the fun and adventure, Girl Scouts are learning critical life skills in everything they do. They’re preparing for a positive, healthy, and independent future. ⏵⏵ Includes Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, Cooking, DIY (Do It Yourself), and Adulting.

Outdoor Activities & Adventures ⏵⏵ In the outdoors, girls learn and practice important skills, experience unforgettable adventures, triumph through individual and group challenges, and get inspired to care for the environment. Each new adventure boosts a girl’s confidence! ⏵⏵ Includes Outdoor Skills, Environmental Education & Action, Outdoor Adventures, and Aquatic Adventures.

⏵⏵ Girl Scouts love to travel and explore the world—from field trips as Daisies to globetrotting adventures as teens. Girls love exploring different places and cultures, either up close or from afar. They’ll tackle unique challenges and social justice issues from around the world and be inspired to make a difference. ⏵⏵ Includes Travel (Local, U.S., International, Service), Understanding Cultures, and Global Issues.

Career & Interest Exploration ⏵⏵ Each girl’s interests and hobbies are as unique as she is. Thankfully, there’s a world of possibilities to explore through Girl Scouts. Girls delight in trying new things when they’re young and start exploring potential careers as they get older. For girls, the future is bright! ⏵⏵ Includes The Arts, STEM, Career Exploration, Entrepreneurship, and History & Traditions. 7

Juliette Possibilities


Start the fun with Programs-in-a-Box! Juliette Girl Scouts can check out one of our many Programs-ina-Box from our Resource Centers to help complete a badge or even just to make planning and prep easier! During the summer of 2018, GSNI updated and revamped many Programs-in-a-Box. To see a full list

of what we offer, and to make a reservation for pick up and drop off, visit, contact Customer Care at 1-844-GSNI-4-ME, or email

Juliette Service Projects Camp Service Days Free Event | Registration required Camp Dean, Big Rock, and Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley Enjoy a day at camp and help us prepare the property for the season ahead! Families are invited to join other camp fans in making a difference to the Girl Scout outdoor experience. Activities may include sprucing up buildings, assembling/disassembling platform tents, or assisting in storing camp equipment. You are welcome to bring you own sack lunch to enjoy on our camp grounds. Camp Service Days are a great way for girls to serve at the council level! Camp Service Days are on the same days (back-to-back) as our Camp Open Houses!


Fall 2019 Camp Far Horizons | Sat, October 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.) Mary Ann Beebe Center | Sun, October 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m. Camp Dean | Sat, November 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.) Camp McCormick | Sun, November 3, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

Spring 2020 Mary Ann Beebe Center | Sat, April 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.) Camp Far Horizons | Sun, April 26, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m. Camp Dean | Sat, April 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.) Camp McCormick | Sun, April 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Open House 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

Juliette Possibilities

Council Sponsored Trips & Events Council-Sponsored Events

Events*(Led by or Managed by GSNI Staff with Volunteer

(Led by Preferred Partners)


Preferred Partners are businesses, organizations, and experts in our communities that offer quality events and activities designed specifically for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and offered only to Girl Scouts. Preferred Partners offer programs in two ways: ▶▶Scheduled dates listed in the purple section of Big Book* ▶▶Customized dates scheduled directly between the Preferred Partner and the service unit

These are large events which serve 200 plus participants, such as: ▶▶Cookie Kick-Off ▶▶Camp Explorers ▶▶Choose Your Adventure (Fall Festival) ▶▶Summer Resident Camp ▶▶Thin Mint Sprint ▶▶Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts

Council-Sponsored Events (Led by GSNI Staff and/or Volunteers and open to all Girl Scouts in the Council)

▶▶Programs and events scheduled in Big Book* ▶▶Resident camp and council-sponsored day camps* (Summer camping opportunities planned and led by staff.) There is more information, in the purple section of Big Book.

* To participate in these opportunities without belonging to a troop, simply register as an individual member.

Fun Fact: 80% of girls demonstrated interest in and knowledge of travel, including going to new places, a desire to meet new people, learning things, exploring new interests while traveling, and knowing how to plan for a trip.

Destinations Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate travel adventure for Juliette Girl Scouts, ages 11–18, although age requirements vary from trip to trip. Each year, Destination sponsors (Girl Scout councils and travel groups) offer different trips providing amazing opportunities for girls! Girls will make Girl Scout friends from all over the world as they experience inspiring, life-changing travel within the United States and abroad. Girls submit their applications and are approved by event sponsors. Whether girls are interested in cultural experiences, conservation efforts, career exploration, or participating in a service project, check out the GSUSA Destination web page! Travel opportunities will be posted by midSeptember, 2018. Round 1 applications are due midNovember, 2018, and final Round 2 applications are due the beginning of February, 2019. Keep an eye on GSNI’s social media posts, service unit meeting notes, and GSNI emails for exact dates. For more information, email 9

Camp Information GSNI Camping Opportunites Girl Scout Camp

Day Camp

Girl Scout camps offer many ways for girls to gain independence, try new skills, make new friends, and create memories for a lifetime! Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois operates four camps: Mary Ann Beebe Center (Harvard), Camp Dean (Big Rock), Camp Far Horizons (Hanover), and Camp McCormick (Stillman Valley).

If campers are ready to come home after a full day at camp, then Day Camp is the perfect option! Each camp offers exciting activities for the week, including nature exploration, arts, and swimming. Our trained staff is available to guide girls through all the camp activities for their level!

Resident Camp

Volunteer-led Camps

Our resident camps offer a variety of fun experiences and adventures for girls! Trained camp staff will provide opportunities for campers to participate in swimming, arts and crafts, cooking over a campfire, and hiking! Campers will stay overnight in sleeping cabins and explore camp during the day!

Trained GSNI volunteers create GSNI-approved day and twilight camps throughout the council! Activities could include forest exploration, outdoor cooking, archery, swimming, and more! Volunteer-led camps are often a great opportunity for Program Aides to help out, too!

GSNI Camps

Camp McCormick

Camp Dean Camp Dean has 160 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and prairies for campers to explore! Located in Big Rock, about an hour west of Chicago, it offers a unique camp setting for girls that is far enough for adventure and independence but still feels close to home. Facilities include three program centers, platform tent and sleeping cabin units, grassy sport fields, outdoor pool, private pond, trails, creek, dining hall, health center, and camp office.

Camp Far Horizons Camp Far Horizons is near the Mississippi River in Hanover, about 30 minutes southeast of Galena, and has over 235 acres of woods and many nature trails. Camp facilities include a main lodge (heated), craft and nature tents, archery range, crate stacking, rappelling tower, and gaga ball pit. Girls sleep in screened-in platform tents in units that can shelter from 12–36 girls. Each unit is equipped with a wash stand, running water, latrines, and a fire ring.

For detailed descriptions for each GSNI Camp, visit: 10 Camp McCormick encompasses almost 400 acres of woods and meadows and is located a few miles south of Rockford, about an hour and a half northwest of Chicago. Camp facilities include an outdoor pool, indoor pool, showers, hiking trails, covered wagons, Adirondacks, and platform tents. All units have latrines and washstands. Camp McCormick also features indoor heated lodging such as Friendship Center, Troophouse, and Greenwood.

Mary Ann Beebe Center Located between Woodstock and Harvard, Mary Ann Beebe Center has nearly 300 acres of wetland, prairie, and woods. There is a small pond, yurt, covered wagons, and Adirondack units. There is plenty of open grass area for large numbers of pitched tents. All units have latrines and water.

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Juliette Highest Awards LEADERSHIP














Girl Leadership Community Leadership







Girl Scouts can follow one or both paths of our leadership programs. Each path builds skills in different types of leadership. 4–5

Junior x x



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Ambassador x x x x x x


Other Awards

Community Service Bar

Torch Awards

Girl Scouts who are very active make a difference in their communities. To earn this award, girls choose a community organization to work with (check with Customer Care for approved organizations), receive instructions, and complete at least 20 hours of service.**

There are two steps to earn this award – complete one journey and serve for one full term in a leadership position.

Service to Girl Scouting Bar

GSNI is excited to offer two new organized service events for Girl Scouts this year: ▶▶ Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Making Hunger the History of Tomorrow at Feed My Starving Children ▶▶ Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Global Youth Service Day at Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Girls at this level often volunteer to help at special events at the service unit or council level with younger girls or other special projects. Once a girl completes at least 20 hours of service, she is eligible to earn this award. **

Silver Torch

Gold and Silver Torch

Gold Torch

Summit Award This award is earned by completing three Journeys in a level.

Bridging Award Girls earn this award by completing two steps— Pass It On and Look Ahead.

Days of Service new

Safety Award Each Girl Scout level has its own set of requirements to teach girls how to stay safe at home, at school, and in their community. As girls get older, they share what they have learned with younger girls and develop safety plans to share with families and friends.

** hours of service girls use to earn these awards must be separate form those used towards other awards.

Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards The Girl Scout Bronze Award, Silver Award, and Gold Award are Girl Scouting’s highest honors. To receive these awards, girls must meet requirements and complete special projects benefiting their communities. As girls pursue their awards, they put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action!

The Girl Scout Bronze Award This award recognizes Girl Scout Juniors who have gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in their communities!

The Girl Scout Silver Award Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, gives girls the chance to show they are leaders who are determined and dedicated to improving their community. Cadettes can begin to work on their Girl Scout Silver Award once they complete a Cadette Journey.

The Girl Scout Gold Award The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn! It focuses on a personal journey through leadership skills and service. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are eligible to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. This prestigious award gives young women an advantage when applying to colleges and for financial scholarships. Gold Award Girl Scouts are also raised one rank in any of the U.S military branches! 11

Juliette Product Program Girl Scout Product Programs for Juliettes Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offers two annual product programs that Indie Girl Scouts can fully participate in: • Girl Scout Fall Product Program • Girl Scout Cookie Program Juliette Girl Scouts will receive program materials, take orders, submit orders, and pick up products for delivery at her service unit or local GSNI Resource Center. Juliette Girl Scouts can also earn recognitions, such as fun patches, S’more Cash, Cashew Cash and Cookie Dough(in lieu of troop proceeds)—vouchers which can be used to support Girl Scout service projects, activities, and other girl-led adventures!

All cookie proceeds remain local! For every box of cookies sold by a GSNI Girl Scout through the cookie program, approximately 50% supports all GSNI council programs and properties, 22% supports local troops through troop proceeds and girl rewards, and 28% covers the cost to the baker for cookies, delivery, software support, and marketing development.

Stay connected with GSNI


Juliette Support Team

We are your support team!

There are 112 Girl Scout councils within the United States that are a part of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is your local council with staff to provide support and services to you and other girl and adult members council-wide.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois can be contacted at 1-844-GSNI-4-ME or at As a Girl Scout member, you are also part of a Girl Scout service unit. Your local service unit is designed to serve the Girl Scouts within either one large community or several smaller communities together. Many service units host events in their area which Juliette Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend! My service unit name is __________________________________________ My service unit number is __________ My service unit contact is _______________________________ Contact Information _________________________

My Juliette Girl Scout Journal This journal belongs to ______________________________________________________________________________ Ideas and interests I would like to explore as an Juliette Girl Scout: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Programs and activities I would like to experience as an Juliette Girl Scout: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Badges and Journey Awards I am interested in earning as an Juliette Girl Scout: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ways I would like to connect with my community and make a difference: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ How I hope to make the world a better place: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________


My Girl Scout Story Adventures I did!

Events I Attended!

Awards I Earned!

Goals I Achieved! 14

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Juliettes Guide for 2019-2020  

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Juliettes Guide for 2019-2020