Thursday, February 23, 2017

Girl Scout of Southern Illinois Summer Camp 2017

Girl Scout Camp gives girls awesome opportunities to build confidence, take on new challenges and develop a deep appreciation for the great outdoors.  

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois offers a variety of resident camp and day camp options for girls to chose from!  Each one promises new friendships, lots of fun and adventures to help boost her belief that she can do anything she puts her mind to! 

GSSI Resident Camp 2016

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   (the deadline has been extended until 4/1!) 

Touch of Nature Mini Camp: grades 2-3  4-5  6-12
July 26-29 (deadline 5/24)

Touch of Nature Week Long Camp:  grades 2-3  4-5  6-12
July 30-Aug.5 (deadline 5/24)

Resident Camp Details & Registration

GSSI Day Camp 2016

Day Camp

The 2017 GSSI Day Camp lineup is listed below.  Click on the name of the camp to read more about it.  There you will find all the details, including fees and who to contact to get signed up.  Now, let’s go camping!

Camp Wassatoga – A Decade of Fun!
June 4-10, 2017 (days and times vary depending on age) in Effingham, IL

Muggles, Magic & Mayhem (twilight camp)
June 5-9, 2017 from 6-9 pm in Highland, IL

Project Funway
June 5-8, 2017 from 9 am-3 pm in Greenville, IL

Reconnecting With Nature (twilight camp)
June 5-9, 2017 from 5-8 pm in Worden, IL

Party in the Park – Mini Camp 2
June 7-9, 2017 from 9 am-12 pm in Cahokia, IL

Let’s Travel with the Movies
June 12-16, 2017 from 9 am-12 pm in Cobden, IL

Ocean Adventures
June 12-16, 2017 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Freeburg, IL

Adventures of Science
June 15-17, 2017 from 9 am-3 pm in Mt. Vernon, IL

Are You Courageous Enough to be a Girl Scout?   
June 19-23, 2017 from 9 am-3 pm in Lebanon, IL

The Divergent Quest  
June 19-23, 2017 from 9 am-3 pm in Charleston, IL

Hungry Games – Cookie Edition (twilight camp) 
June 19-23, 2017 from 6-9 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Journey to Neverland 
June 23-25, 2017 from 10 am Friday-3 pm Sunday in Farmington, MO

The Great Outdoors (twilight camp!)
June 26-30, 2017 from 5:30-9 pm in Carlyle, IL

Nature Girl
June 26-30, 2017 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Mini STEM Camp
July 6-7, 2017 from 9 am-3 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Girl ScOUT of this World Fun
July 10-14, 2017 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Edwardsville, IL

July 10-14, 2017 from 9 am-4 pm in Waterloo, IL

STEM Camp 5: Destined for ∞+
July 17-21, 2017 from 9 am-4 pm in Edwardsville, IL

NEW! Nature Detectives
July 24-28, 2017 from 9 am-23 pm in Centralia, IL

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 24-26

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will join other Girl Scout councils across the country February 24-26 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017, celebrating all the fun, learning, and excitement Girl Scouts have experienced selling cookies for 100 years. 

To celebrate, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will kick off its spring Girl Scout Cookie Booth Weekends.  During Cookie Booth Weekends, troops across southern Illinois set up shop at local venues including shopping centers, gas stations, places of worship and at community events.  Girls work together as a team to sell cookies directly to customers, while developing their abilities in goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.     

GSSI Troop #224 hosts their very first Cookie Booth.

Additional council-wide Cookie Booth Weekends will be held March 4-6 and March 10-12. Area troops may continue to hold cookie booths through the end of spring.

Find a local Girl scout cookie booth by visiting or using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free for iOS or Android phones or mobile devices.

In addition to cookie booths, customers can order Girl Scout Cookies online through March 19 using Girl Scouts’ safe, interactive Digital Cookie platform.  Digital Cookie combines traditional sales activities with today’s technology to help girls learn more about online marketing and ecommerce.  Girls are able customize their personal sales website and then use e-mail to invite friends and family to order cookies from the comfort of their home.  Customers can choose to have cookies delivered to them or to purchase cookies to send to American military members.  Find a troop participating in Digital Cookie near you.
When a girl participates in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she learns essential life skills, her confidence soars and her leadership skills develop in powerful everyday ways.  Every sale is one more opportunity for her to lead, speak up and discover her true potential.  Funds raised by the Girl Scout Cookie Program power new adventures and enriching activities such as troop travel, summer camp and community service projects.  In addition, proceeds from the program help GSSI recruit and train adult volunteers, deliver quality programs, maintain camp properties and provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Sponsors First All Girl Scout LittleBits Global Chapter

Girl Scouts has always introduced girls to new and exciting programs that enhance their knowledge and skills, piquing their interests in new activities and ideas.

Today, Girl Scouts is leading the way in engaging girls in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Not only do girls get to investigate possible career paths for their futures, but they also develop valuable skills such as problem solving, innovation and collaboration.

GSSI offers girls a variety of STEM programming, including hosting robotics teams in three leagues and holding two STEM-themed summer day camps. Regularly occurring STEM programs give girls hands-on experience in activities such as plant and animal science, aerospace and rocketry, physics and chemistry, engineering, geology, coding, forensics and more.

One recently introduced GSSI program is littleBits. Headed by STEM Program Manager Emily Stanley, littleBits design challenges offer girls the chance to learn about the engineering design process and develop critical thinking skills.

littleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that allows girls to create prototypes and inventions. With the growing interest in the STEM field in the scouting community, the littleBits program is a wonderful way to introduce those girls to these certain fields of interest while building their love for the program and field through these hands on activities. Currently, GSSI is the first and only Girl Scout sponsored littleBits Global Chapter.

“Any girl that is interested in finding her inner inventor can try her hand and play with the littleBits”, said Stanley. “Not only are these programs a wonderful way for the girls to start learning how to use the blocks and get a feel for them, but they’ll also get hands on experience and actually build a prototype out of recycled materials and take it home at the end of the day.”

Stanley added, “GSSI has seen remarkable growth in the number of girls served through our STEM programs. In 2009, we served just over 1,200 girls in STEM. In 2016, we were up to 3,000.”

Following this trend, she expects interest in the new littleBits program to continue grow.  Recurring programs featuring littleBits design challenges are being planned for the future and GSSI Day Camps will also be offered the opportunity to use LittleBits for their programming.

To learn more about GSSI’s littleBits program or other STEM activities, please contact Emily Stanley at 800.345.6858 or

Recent photos of GSSI Girl Scouts taking part in a LittleBits Design Challenge:

Feature by GSSI Intern Nicolle Patton