Thursday, June 22, 2017

2016-17 Girl Scout Bronze Award Recipients

The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout in grades 4-5 can earn, was created by a troop of Girl Scout Juniors from an individual council and introduced in 2001. It requires a Girl Scout Junior to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be. Girls typically spend a minimum of 20 hours working on their projects, after the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and project approval.

Congratulations to the following girls from Southern Illinois who earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award during the 2016-17 school year.

Kaylie Adams
Lauren Amlung
Aliayah Anderson
Hope Angle
Morgan Angle
Isabella Armoussou
Mackenna Ashby
Josephine Athy
Chelsea August

Elizabeth Back
Ava Baldwin
Keara Barlow
Chelsea Beck
Emma Berg
Jaci Bethel
Franki Boente

Katelynn Bone
Callysta Borders
Tess Brummer
Brianna Brunner
Elise Burk 
Loralei Burress

Ella Burton 
Lylah Calhoun
Leah Cartright

Alyssa Crossin
Mackenzey Dalla
Kylie Davis
Monica Davis
Paige Dickhaut
Ellie Doolittle
Jada Dougherty 
Savannah Downey

Hannah Eade
Reagan Easter
Leah Edwards
Caitlin Eggemeyer
Courtney Ellis
Emma Ellis
Karleigh Ellis
Melissa Ellis

Brooke Ferguson


Samantha Gibbs
Lia Goedken
Leah Goins
Nevaeh Greer

Mia Hardimon
Norah Hardin
Mia Harness
Delaney Harrison
Kaitlyn Hart
Monique Hart
Madeline Healey 
Olivia Heine
Olivia Hemmerle
Adaline Hendricks 
Kyia Henrichsmeyer
Leanna Henson
Makenzie Hillard
Halle Hites
Jayci Hopkins
Madison Hopkins
Kailee Hubbard

Alayna Jarvis
Adrienne Jines
Madison Jockisch
Maggie Johnson
Sanaa Johnson
Lily Jurgena

Alaina Kao
Allison Kessel
Emma Kilpatrick
Chloe Kious
Morgan Korves
Faith Kossina
Kendra Krause

Marissa Lager
Kylie Lee
Haley Linafelter
Sarah Linafelter
Sophie Lingle

Kerringtyn Malley
Maggie McGuire
Julia Melosci
Sarah Mensing 
Ashtyn Mewes
Kyra Miller
Cheyenne Missey
Livia Montgomery
Lily-Marie Moss

Katie Mueth
Raistlin Noll

Melia Oestreich
Abigayle Owen
Emma Owens

Emma Patrick
Gabriela Patterson
Margaret Paty
Kiersten Pedigo

Ava Rahman
Claire Rantanen
Helen Rickard
Vivienne Runnalls
Ireland Rushing
Isabella Russell
Savannah Russell

Rhylee Sauerbrunn
Riley Scheibel
Marlo Schiber
Rachel Schiber
Allie Schrumpf
Emily Schrumpf
Olivia Schulz
Jansen Scrivner
Jaelynn Sebring
Eleanor Sedabres
Mallary Shipley
Catherine Shortal
Abigail Showmaker
Kensall Sigafoos
Annsley Silvia
Melinda Smith
Mikayla Straight
Alexandria Summers
Hannah Summers 
Cheyene Sumner

Grace Taylor 
Audrey Thompson
Corrinna Tutterow

Julia Venus
Peyton Vest
Deseray VonBurg

Morgan Waller
Alayna Walton
Katie Weaver
Hannah Webb
Autumn Whelan

Sophia Yankey

Laine Ziegler

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Introducing GSSI Customer Care

You may have noticed there's a new team at GSSI responding to your e-mails and phone calls: Customer Care. 

What is Customer Care?  
It's a new department of GSSI staff that is equipped with the tools and information necessary to help answer most questions and resolve most issues on your first contact with the council office.   

Need help navigating the registration system or have a question about an upcoming program?  Customer Care is there for you.  Looking to place an order with the shop or reserve a camp?  Customer Care can help.  Customer Care can even walk you through opening and closing a troop checking account, renting a van or taking out non-member insurance. 

Parents - Customer Care has your needs covered too!  They can help renew your daughter's registration, transfer to a new troop, or answer questions about her product program or an upcoming program she's attending. 

In the rare case that Customer Care is not able to assist you, then you will be quickly forwarded to the staff person who is an expert in that area. 

You can reach Customer Care at 800.345.6858 or      

More Improvements Coming Soon!
Revitalized customer service is just one way GSSI is striving to make your experience with Girl Scouts even better.  See more about the CEI (Customer Engagement Initative) and the positive changes it will introduce:

Three key technology tools support the initiative – Volunteer Systems fueled by Salesforce, the Volunteer Toolkit, and a new Web Platform.

Volunteer Systems
A best-in-class membership and customer care database that is fueled by Salesforce, which also includes the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, a digital marketing tool to help communicate with volunteers and parents. Volunteer Systems will roll out in August 2017.

Web Platform
Launched in April 2017, GSSI's new Web Platform offers upgraded functions and improved data security.  You can still find our website at, but with some updates and new features. You will notice that our new website looks very similar to other Girl Scout websites across the nation, for a uniform brand experience.  It is also the gateway for the NEW Volunteer Toolkit, which is coming soon

Girl Scouts' Volunteer Toolkit (or VTK): helps volunteers access the information and resources they need through their personal computers or mobile devices, and stay better connected to troop leaders and parents. It makes forming and maintaining a troop easier than ever before, which means more time spent on girls and less on administrative tasks. Volunteers can plan out a whole year of impactful activities to ensure their girls receive the best Girl Scout experience possible. 

The Volunteer Toolkit will offer sample K-5 badge-based year plans, K-5 journey-based year plans and help making meeting plans. It focuses on the pillars of our program where we know girls benefit most, especially in a girl-only environment: the outdoors; STEM; life skills and entrepreneurship.  While VTK attends to the needs of K-5 troop leaders, parents and girls to start, Girl Scouts plans to expand the reach to girls and adults participating in delivery models beyond the troop, and to middle and high school girls.

The Volunteer Toolkit will be available through our website,, after the Volunteer Systems and new Web Platform are in place. 

About CEI
Through implementation of CEI, including significant process improvements, staffing alignment and training, and technology tools, Girl Scouts is improving volunteers’, parents’ and girls’ experiences, making it easier and less time consuming for volunteers to effectively complete tasks. For the first time, Girl Scouts is investing in shared tools and technology that will empower us to dramatically improve the Volunteer and Girl Experience. From joining and getting oriented, to managing a troop and renewing membership – being a volunteer will be easier, more manageable and more enjoyable. This results in an enhanced Girl Experience.

The ultimate goal of CEI is to provide girls with exciting, meaningful and impactful experiences and to ensure every girl who wants to participate in Girl Scouting, can do so, with a caring adult to support her.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Girls' Choice Troop Camping Badges Available for Digital Download

Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is Troop Camping.  And, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . .

The 2017 Girls' Choice badge requirements are now available for digital download. What a great way to kick off the summer and build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character.

Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls’ Choice badge, and then the Brownie Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.

So head on over to the Girl Scout Shop today for your digital downloads; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August.  They’re chock full of opportunities for her to take the lead like a Girl Scout and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And we can’t forget all the adventure, fun, and excitement great Girl Scout memories are made of!