Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cookie Booths! How Your Troop Can Plan & Host One!




The Girl Scout Cookie Program has been transforming girls into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) since 1917, when Muskogee, OK saw the first-known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. 

Cookie Booths have been a common sales technique since the early 1950's, when Girl Scouts were setting up stands in the malls that were emerging across the country. 

At a Cookie Booth, Girl Scouts sell cookies at area venues – popular areas include area stores, their churches, local community events, etc. It's a great way for girls to practice their leadership and financial literacy skills while working together as a team. 



Council-Wide Cookie Booth Weekends:
February 24-26 - National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
March 4-6
March 10-12







Helpful Hints to Volunteers: 
(from the Volunteer Cookie Manual)



Where Can a Troop Have a Cookie Booth?

Troops can hold cookie booths at local businesses, their place of worship, community events, gas stations, etc.  Troops should contact all venues for permission before setting up their booth. 

Due to high demand for these spaces, Service Unit Cookie Managers will schedule the following venues: Wal-Mart, Rural King, Lowes', Flying J, Love's and Travel Centers. 

The information for these sites will be uploaded into eBudde as Council Booth sites, but troops can secure any other business or location in their own Service Unit area.  Troops must stay within their Service Unit jurisdiction; however that does not mean that troops have to stay in the town they are from.  

Selling in another Service Unit is only allowed with written approval - troops must fill out a form and submit with a seven day grace period for approval. Troops must also visibly display their troop number and service unit at their booth location. 


Enter Your Cookie Booths Into eBudde Starting Feb. 6

Troops need to enter their cookie booth information in eBudde under "My Sales."   Customers are looking for Girl Scout Cookies - help them and help your troop by making your cookie booth easy to find!  Information entered into eBudde helps GSSI direct customers to your booth, makes it easy for local media to share and lets people utilizes Girl Scouts' national Cookie Finder app to get cookies. 

Enter the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge for a chance to win up to $3,000! 


How to Order Cookie Booth Cookies 
  1.  Log in to eBudde 
  2. Go to the Transaction tab 
  3. Click Add a Transaction 
  4. In the Pickup box, choose a date and time. NEW - Cupboard Hours of Operation will now be shown when placing booth cookies. 
  5. In the 2nd Party box, Cupboard needs to be selected. In the next box, choose the cupboard in which you plan on picking up your cookies. 
  6. Enter your troop order. Make sure you put your order in as cases unless you are filling Goal Getter or Girl Delivery cookies. 
  7. Click Save/Print. Please take this receipt with you when you pick up the cookies



No Cookie, Cookie Booth

Troops can even set up a cookie booth without the actual cookies!   Use media coverage around National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend to collect donations to send cookies to the U.S. Military through Operation: Sweet Treats donations. There is no inventory to manage and sales count towards girl rewards and troop proceeds! 
  1. Contact your local place of worship or mom and pop stores in your community. You may not contact any businesses listed on the eBudde booth scheduler. 
  2. Set up the date and time to attend. 
  3. Customers support your troop and Operation: Sweet Treats; you collect funds for those donations at the booth. 
  4. Enter your No Cookie, Cookie Booth in eBudde as a non-council sponsored cookie booth. 

To get ideas on where to hold your cookie booth or to find out some best practices, contact our Product Program team at nutsandcookies@gsofsi.org or hop on Leaders Lounge to hear from experienced GSSI volunteers. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

GSSI Teams Excel at FIRST LEGO League State Tournament


Three Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois robotics teams excelled while competing among 64 teams participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Central Illinois State Tournament at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, January 28. 

FLL is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology, as well as teach them valuable life skills. Along with programming robots, teams are also evaluated on an elaborate research project, as well as how well they demonstrate FLL Core Values, which include teamwork, collective learning, active participation and gracious professionalism. After practicing and preparing for months, teams meet at regional qualifying tournaments to be graded on the three elements, with top teams advancing to state competition.


How GSSI teams excelled at the FLL Central Illinois State Tournament: 



GIR! with the Research Award trophy


GIR! from Staunton won the Research Award, which FLL states “recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified. 


SWAT next to their presentation board detailing their project. 

SWAT from Troy was a finalist for the Project Award, for their excellent research project. 


Purple Robot Penguins getting ready for the robot game. 

Purple Robot Penguins was a finalist for the Core Values Award, which recognizes teams that exemplify “the fundamental elements that distinguish FIRST LEGO League” and include teamwork, active participation, friendly competition and gracious professionalism.





2016-17 FLL Season in Review

This year, 12 GSSI teams from Albers, Alton, Anna, Belleville, Chester, Mt. Olive, O’Fallon (4), Staunton and Troy participated in FLL robotics. GSSI’s metro-east robotics teams are sponsored by The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, which awarded GSSI a $25,000 grant to support GSSI’s STEM initiatives in Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair Counties. This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund focused on strengthening the Greater St. Louis community, where Monsanto Fund and Monsanto Company are headquartered.


Robotics teams are a vital part of GSSI's commitment to providing engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to girls in southern Illinois.  Other activities girls can explore includes wiring circuits, exploring forensics, conducting chemistry projects and more.  To ensure that even more girls have the chance to take advantage of these future-building opportunities, GSSI has integrated STEM activities into its outreach programs – which bring Girl Scouting to girls in underserved populations, such as low income neighborhoods, housing projects, rural communities and even detention centers.


About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

All About Goal Getter 2017



Goal Getter, the second phase of GSSI's Girl Scout Cookie Program, runs January 30-Feb.12 (between traditional order taking and Cookie Booths) and is intended to help girls reach their goals and desired reward level by allowing them to keep selling up to Cookie Booth weekends. Goal Getter cards will be distributed from the Troop Leader to the Girl Scout when the traditional order cards are turned in. 


All sales the girls make during this time period will go towards the rewards they can earn. Girls can use this opportunity to: 
  • Help themselves advance to the next reward level. 
  • Contact those customers they may have missed during initial order taking.
  • Brainstorm with their troop to find new customers. 
  • Promote the Gift of Caring program. This is an additional way to help Troops deplete their cookie inventory as cookies sold through Goal Getter are distributed out of Cookie Booth inventory. 


BONUS! Girls who sell an additional 25 boxes will be entered into a Service Unit drawing to win a Girl Scout Cookie Cart that holds three cases of cookies!  (Each Service Unit has one prize).


For more information about Goal Getter, please contact our Product Program team at nutsandcookies@gsofsi.org. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sarah Eversman from Swansea Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Sarah Eversman from Swansea has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Plastic Caps, Sarah wanted to improve her school’s landscaping and show the importance of recycling to the environment. According to Sarah, she collected over 400 pounds of recycled plastic bottle caps and had a bench made for her school. She and her dad built an additional wood bench for extra seating. Finally, she created two new flower beds at her school to finish off the new and fresh look. 

This Girl Scout Gold Award project was a rewarding experience for Sarah. “Through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I learned that anyone can make a difference in their community.”

Sarah is the daughter of Edward and Claire Eversman. She is currently a Senior at Belleville East Township High School. Sarah has been a Girl Scout for 7 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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Robotics Teams Headed to State Tournament



This Saturday, three Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) robotics teams will compete at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Illinois State Tournament at University of Illinois in Champaign: GIR! from Staunton, Purple Robot Penguins from O’Fallon and SWAT from Troy. 

FLL is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology, as well as teach them valuable life skills. Along with programming robots, teams are also evaluated on an elaborate research project, as well as how well they demonstrate FLL Core Values, which include teamwork, collective learning, active participation and gracious professionalism. After practicing and preparing for months, teams meet at regional qualifying tournaments to be graded on the three elements, with top teams advancing to state competition.

GIR! and SWAT qualified for the state tournament during the regional tournament held Dec. 3 at Henning Elementary School in Troy. In addition, SWAT won Top Table Performance Award and GIR! won the Champion’s Award for their overall top performance. Purple Robot Penguins qualified for the state tournament during the regional tournament held Dec. 10 at Carriel Jr. High in O’Fallon. The team also won the Champions Award. 

"The girls and volunteer coaches headed to state have a lot to be proud of," said GSSI STEM Program Manager Mary Buchanan.  "It takes a lot of dedication and teamwork to compete in FLL,and our teams have all put in time and the effort."  

This year, 12 GSSI teams from Albers, Alton, Anna, Belleville, Chester, Mt. Olive, O’Fallon (4), Staunton and Troy participated in FLL robotics. GSSI’s metro-east robotics teams are sponsored by The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, which awarded GSSI a $25,000 grant to support GSSI’s STEM initiatives in Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair Counties. This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund focused on strengthening the Greater St. Louis community, where Monsanto Fund and Monsanto Company are headquartered.

"It's great seeing all the confidence and leadership that the girls build, along with the technical skills that they learn.  Girls from our first year of having a robotics team have been reporting back to us how much these experiences have helped them be better prepared as they get ready for college and their future career paths." 


Robotics are a vital part of GSSI’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming, which continues to be a progressive and forward-thinking initiative that has grown exponentially in recent years. GSSI has dedicated staff and volunteers who develop the STEM program through research, collaborator cultivation, training and hands-on experience. GSSI strives to offer diverse and high-quality STEM programming, such as simple circuit wiring, programming robots, exploring forensics and more. To ensure that even more girls have the chance to take advantage of these future-building opportunities, GSSI has integrated STEM activities into its outreach programs – which bring Girl Scouting to girls in underserved populations, such as low income neighborhoods, housing projects, rural communities and even detention centers. 

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 13,000 girls and almost 4,500 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in southern Illinois. Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912. Today, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. Its sole focus is to meet the needs of all girls (ages 5-17) from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts, but they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. 

About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Receives Donation from GCS Credit Union




Thank you to GCS Credit Union for your donation that will help us continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  

Donations help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois continue to provide quality girl programming, adult training, outdoor experiences and financial assistance so that any girl can have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout, regardless of her family's financial situation. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Volunteers! Display Your Outdoor Skills Expertise with our Trained Leader Patch & Charms!



Through outdoor experiences, girls build self reliance and confidence, expand their horizons and experience the wonder of the natural world.  Not to mention - they have a great time with friends

You should be proud of all you do to help girls have fun and build new skills and leadership in the great outdoors!  Put your expertise on display with our new "Trained Leader" patch and charms set. 

To earn the charms, volunteers first must complete the certification for each subject.  Once completed, fill out the order form on our website to build your "Trained Leader" charm collection!  Then proudly display your patch and charms on your jacket or vest, on a tote bag you use for Girl Scouts - anywhere that makes you feel good about the amazing things you do for girls every day! 

Upcoming Adult Trainings:

First Aid/CRP/AED

Camping In

Camping Out

Archery





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Troop Camping Selected as Girls' Choice Badge Winner


Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is in and the next Girls’ Choice badge will be Troop Camping! What a great way to build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character.

Thank you to all the girls who voted and the adults who helped them do so. 

Badge requirements will be available for download on June 15, 2017; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August. Keep an eye out for the badge design poll, which will be open from February 13 to 17.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sarah Goldacker from Glen Carbon Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Sarah Goldacker from Glen Carbon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called An Old Spin on a New Trick: Teaching Art to Senior Citizens, Sarah wanted to share her love of art with others in the community in a way that would benefit their well-being. Having a desire to help the elderly, Sarah learned that art classes can help to cope with the onset of dementia. In the hope of relieving boredom and increasing cognitive ability by learning new skills, she knew that teaching art classes at nursing homes is what she wanted to do for her project. 

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Sarah learned that giving back to others benefits all those involved. “Through this project I not only found a way to give my art back to people, but I really grew as a person,” said Sarah. “My people skills are far better now that I’ve done this project, and I like to think I’ve made an impact on each person I taught,” she added.

Sarah is the daughter of Don and Debra Goldacker. She is a senior at Edwardsville High School. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Art and Design. Sarah has been a Girl Scout for 13 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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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 girlawards@gsofsi.org. 

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.


Friday, January 13, 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

GSSI Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 12


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will award a scholarship to two GSSI Graduating Girl Scouts who stand out in Girl Scouts, leadership, school and service to the community. In addition to these two scholarships, as part of a staff campaign, GSSI Staff will award one additional scholarship! 

To be eligible, girls must be a registered Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating high school in 2017. You must also fill out the scholarship application and have one person fill out the reference form and submit  by February 12, 2017. Applications and reference form can be mailed or dropped off to either GSSI office or e-mailed to girlawards@gsofsi.org.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Girls' Choice Badges Are Back! Voting Runs Through Jan. 22!



Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re so excited! This year, girls can choose their favorite badge topic from four new and exciting options. And for the very first time, there will be a Girls’ Choice badge for our littlest (and sometimes mightiest!) Girl Scouts. That’s right—Daisies will get a Girls’ Choice badge of their very own. 

Girl-led programming that speaks to and nurtures girls’ interests and skills (they have so many!) is at the very core of Girl Scouts' mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. We want each girl to know the world is hers, and so we give her countless opportunities to unleash that inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who will take the lead to change the world. 

Here are this year’s choices:

• Troop Camping
• Outdoor Cooking
• Water Around Us
• The Secret Life of Plants 

The poll is officially open, so go on and vote now for your favorite badge topic. Voting is open through January 22. We can hardly stand the suspense! 

Once the winning topic is selected, girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge—awesome! The design poll will be open from February 13 to 17, so stay tuned.

For now, we ask you to encourage every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote. We need every adult standing with us to make sure girls take advantage of this very important opportunity to create their own Girl Scout experience and make their voices heard. It’s such an important part of the magic and leadership potential that Girl Scouts unleashes in girls every day.

Tuesday, January 10, 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 19 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!  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Invite a Friend to Girl Scouts, Get a $50 Gift Card



Girl Scouts' Invite-a-Friend promotion runs until Jan. 31!  

You still have time to invite a friend to do something incredible - to start a new Girl Scout troop and change girls' lives!   Everybody wins!  You get a $50 gift card to spend in Girl Scouts' online shop and your friends' new troop gets and awesome resource kit.  Best of all, girls get a fantastic new role model! 
Has your friend joined Girl Scouts as a troop leader and started a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop? Great!  You're ready to redeem your award!

When you double the friends, you double your prize: $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) for each friend. 

Questions? We're here for you. Email us
Please review official Terms and Conditions 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Get the News You Need on GSSI's Blog!




The News You Need
Get all the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois news you need right here on the GSSI Blog!  Along with our website, www.gsofsi.org, our blog is the best place to find the most up-to-date information, breaking news, great Girl Scout stories and more!










Around the Council 


Share what your troop has been up to for our "Around the Council" & "Around the Council in Photos" feature!  Share photos, information including troop number, level and area, and a few sentences describing recent experiences. E-mail to Communications & Marketing Manager Erin Johnson at ejohnson@gsofsi.org.  It's a great way to share tips and ideas with your fellow Girl Scout troops, as well as let the community know what amazing things Girl Scouts are doing in their area!










Don't Miss Upcoming Programs & Volunteer Trainings


Watch our online program calendar to see all of the great program and adult training opportunities we have to offer!











Social Media


Connect to the GSSI community through social media!  Here's where you can find us:

Facebook 
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Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
LinkedIn
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Daisies, Brownies & Their Families Invited to Life Sized Puppetry Performance at McKendree




Girl Scout Daisies & Brownies, along with their families and troop leaders are invited to attend a life sized puppetry performance by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia on Feb. 11 at the Hett at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.  GSSI reserved seating is in the first six rows of the auditorium! 
An imaginative blend of puppetry and striking scenic effects bring to life children's storybook favorites by Eric Carle, including "The Very Hungry Catepillar," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," and "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me."  See Video

Girl Scouts who register through the council will have a "Meet and Greet" with the cast and puppeteers after the performance and will receive a special Girl Scout Hett activity patch and Brown Bear slap bracelet.  

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Location: The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
Cost: $7 for girls & siblings (includes "Meet & Greet", activity patch and slap bracelet) and $15/adult
Deadline: Jan. 19

Register online through the links above or fill out a paper registration form and return to:

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
E-mail: programregistrations@gsofsi.org
Fax: 618.629.0685
Mail: #4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

For more information, please contact Program Manager Carolyn Miener at cmiener@gsofsi.org or 618.692.0692, ext. 1113. 


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

GSSI Council Shop Update: January 2017






It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!!!
Check out our new cookie merchandise! GSSI has lots of new merchandise for girls and adult volunteers. Stop by a retail shop soon or browse our virtual catalog. (Insert link to Virtual Catalog http://catalog.girlscouts.org/doc/gs_southern_illinois

GSSI Council Shop Hours
GSSI Council Shops are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday thru Thursday

Shop/Office Closed
The shop & office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Online Shop
You can always shop for your Girl Scout merchandise 24/7 online! Even though these sales go through the National Warehouse, the council still receives revenue from all the sales.


Mobile Shops
Several areas are running Mobile Shops at their events. You can too!!! If interested in a running a Mobile Shop at your local service unit or regional event, please contact one of the Council Shop staff members listed below.


GSSI Council Shop Contact Information:
Corporate Service Center: Beth Ross: 618-692-0692, ext. 1129 e-mail: bross@gsofsi.org
Regional Service Center: Linda Quinn: 618.242.5079, ext. 2115 e-mail: lquinn@gsofsi.org



Monday, January 2, 2017

The Girl Scout Cookie Program Starts Jan. 7




This year marks the celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies! Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off the iconic cookie program January 6-8 during the first Cookie Booth Weekend of the season. At these Cookie Booths, customers can purchase cookies directly from troops set up at local establishments throughout southern Illinois. From Jan. 7 to Jan. 28, Girl Scouts will take orders for the delicious treats--which will be delivered in late February. To get connected to a Girl Scout in your area, please call 800.345.6858 or visit http://bit.ly/CookieFinder. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Booth Weekends will be held from late February through March. 

In addition to cookie booths and traditional orders, girls will also be able to sell Girl Scout cookies online through a safe, interactive platform called Digital Cookie. 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.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls and their communities. Girls develop five valuable skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. They also earn money to support activities, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp and to travel to destinations near an far. In addition, proceeds from the program help GSSI recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, maintain camp properties and develop and deliver quality program activities for girls.

The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when a troop from Muskogee, Oklahoma baked cookies and sold them in the high school cafeteria to fund a service project. Starting from its momentous, first known sale, Girl Scout cookies have gone on to become an indelible part of American pop culture and history. Today, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Kick Off the New Year With Girl Scouts' Brand New Anthem: "Let Me Shine"





Ring in the new year to a new tune!  

This summer Liz Rose, songwriter and two-time Grammy award winner, and Emily Shackelton, singer/songwriter on the popular TV show Nashville, combined their awesome skills to write “Watch Me Shine,” our new, inspiring Girl Scout anthem.  

With the help of three remarkable girls from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and their mom, Juliet Shavit (cofounder of Breakthrough Music and business producer on the song), Liz and Emily (the vocalist on the song) were able to make “Watch Me Shine” come to life to inspire millions of girls around the country—amazing!

We hope that “Watch Me Shine” will inspire you to lead like a Girl Scout, and awaken the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in you, regardless of your age, gender, or background. There’s an opportunity for anyone and everyone to get involved!

Download “Watch Me Shine” Now: iTunes | Amazon | Google Play | Girl Scout Shop