Monday, May 23, 2016

Vote on 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program Rewards!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, parents and Girl Scouts who helped make Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' 2016 Cookie Program a success!   Now you can help pick next's year's prizes!  Please help your Girl Scout or troop members share their vote by June 6, 2016!



2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program Rewards






Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bailee Warsing from Granite City Nominated For Girl Scouts' National Young Women of Distinction Award

Bailee Warsing
Every year, ten exceptionally inspiring Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are selected as Girl Scouts' National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD). This honor is given to Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that ties into to a national and/or global issue. These young women are making a positive difference on the world! 

Girl Scouts named as National Young Women of Distinction are models of the movement's mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The program provides these young stars with the opportunity to be an inspiration to girls around the world. 

Each council can nominate three Girl Scouts for the opportunity to be selected to be a National Young Woman of Distinction.  This year, one of GSSI's nominations was Bailee Warsing from Granite City.


Watch Bailee's Nomination Video:



Bailee’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Raptor Residence, was to build a large residential cage for birds at Tree House Wildlife Center. In addition to working with volunteers and donors to raise $3,000 to build the cage, Bailee also tackled the issue of dangers of human expansion on birds and particularly an osprey who had been hit by a car in Granite City. As part of her project, she spoke to various groups about Tree House Wildlife Center and its efforts to rehabilitate injured birds. She spoke to students at Granite City High, younger Girl Scouts and community members.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spots Are Filling for Girl Scout Summer Camp! Sign Up Now to Reserve Your Place!




Spots are filling for GSSI Day and Resident Camps this summer!  Girl Scout Camp is a place where girls can have adventures, make new friends and have fun making memories that last a lifetime!  This year, GSSI has numerous camp opportunities for girls and their families to choose from: 




Resident Camp:


THIS JUST IN! Girl Scout Dudette Ranch at DuBois Center in Washington County
June 15-18, 2016
Cost: $300
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2016


Pony Tales (Brownies)
Junior Round-Up (Juniors)
Equestrian Superstars (Cadettes-Ambassadors)


Touch of Nature in Makanda

Mini Camp (July 26-29)
Cost: $250

Livin' Like Bigfoot (girls entering grades 2-3)
Water World (girls entering grades 4-5)
Choose Your Own Adventure (girls entering grades 6-12)


Full Week Sessions (July 31-August 6)
Cost: $375

Fairies, Gnomes and Wizards (girls entering grades 2-3)
Zombie Apocalypse Training 2.0 (girls entering grades 4-5)
F.L.O.W. - Future Leaders of the Outdoor World (girls entering grades 6-12)

GSSI Girl Scout Camp is also being held at Camp Onddesonk in Ozark this summer - the deadline has passed, but watch the program calendar for more collaborations!






Day Camps


Camp Wassatoga Holiday Adventures! (older girls)
June 6-10, 2016 from 8 am-4 pm in Effingham, IL

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
June 6-9, 2016 from 9 am-3 pm in Greenville, IL

Muggles, Magic & Mayhem (twilight camp)
June 6-10, 2016 from 6-9 pm in Highland, IL

Camp Wassatoga Holiday Adventures! (younger girls)
June 13-16, 2016 from 8 am-4 pm in Effingham, IL

Horner Park Day Camp
June 13-17, 2016 from 9 am-3 pm in Lebanon, IL

It’s Magical
June 13-17, 2016 from 9 am-12 pm in Cobden, IL

It’s a Scream!!! (twilight camp)
June 13-17, 2016 from 5-9 pm in Columbia, IL

Summer Olympic Games
June 13-17, 2016 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Freeburg, IL

Party in the Park (a new mini camp!)
June 15-17, 2016 from 9 am-12 pm in Cahokia, IL

Around the World
June 20-24, 2016 from 9 am-3 pm in Charleston, IL

Holiday, Holiday, Holiday!
June 20-24, 2016 from 9 am-4 pm in Waterloo, IL

Into the Woods
June 20-24, 2016 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Reconnecting With Nature(twilight camp)
June 20-24, 2016 from 4-7 pm in Worden, IL

Girl Scout Heritage Days 2016 (a new twilight camp!)
June 27-July 1, 2016 from 5:30-9 pm in Carlyle, IL

Hungry Games – Kitchen Chaos (twilight camp)
June 27-July 1, 2016 from 6-9 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Mini STEM Explosions 3
July 7-8, 2016 from 9 am-3 pm in Edwardsville, IL

Let’s Get Groovy! (twilight camp)
July 11-15, 2016 from 6-9 pm in Mt. Vernon, IL

Come Be a Super Hero Girl Scout!
July 18-22, 2016 from 9 am-3:30 pm in Edwardsville, IL

STEM Explosions 4: The Hammer of Thor!
July 25-29, 2016 from 9 am-4 pm in Edwardsville, IL