Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Girl Scout Silver Award Paperwork Due By Feb. 6

Girl Scout Silver Award paperwork is due by Feb. 6 to be included in the 2017 All That Glitters award ceremony on April 1 at Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. 

Please submit all forms to Courtney Schaefer at 

Introduced in 1980, the Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in grades 6-8 can earn. It is symbolic of accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities, as a girl becomes her best self and builds the world around her. The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

Girls typically spend a minimum 50 hours working on their projects, after the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and project approval.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dakota Smallie from Granite City Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Dakota Smallie from Granite City has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

The idea for Dakota’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Pontoon Beach Patchwork Garden, was sparked from a brainstorming session she had with a group of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The group discussed the issues of hunger and nutrition, and Dakota thought a community garden would be a great way to address both issues. In addition to starting and maintaining the garden, Dakota provided education on the topic to elementary school students as well as other Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. 

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Dakota learned important life skills that she will be able to use throughout her life. “The most important thing I have learned through Girl Scouting is that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to,” said Dakota.

Dakota is the daughter of Scott and Nancy Smallie. She is currently senior at Granite City High School and, upon graduation, plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. Dakota has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's a Good Time to THINK CAMP! Registration for Summer Girl Scout Camp Open Now!

Daydreaming of sunny days and warm weather?  You're in luck - you can start planning for summer camp now!  Girl Scout Camp registration is open! 

Girl Scout Camp is a fantastic place for girls to make friends, go on new adventures, enjoy the outdoors and just plain have fun! 

Resident Camp

This year GSSI has partnered with Touch of Nature (on Little Grassy Lake in Makanda) and Camp Ondessonk (in Ozark, IL) to give girls three amazing opportunities!  

Camp Ondessonk Week Long Camp 
July 16-22, 2017 (deadline 3/1)

Touch of Nature Mini Camp
July 26-29 (deadline 5/24)

Touch of Nature Week Long Camp
July 30-Aug.5 (deadline 5/24)

Day Camp

GSSI has 18 Day Camps taking place across our council this summer with a wide variety of fun themes including learning about nature, taking on STEM projects, living out popular movies and books and much more!