Monday, February 27, 2017

Girl Scout Cookies: Two Council-Wide Cookie Booth Weekends Yet to Come!


National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (Feb. 24-26) was a blast!  GSSI Girl Scouts hosted booths all over southern Illinois and customers were so excited to get their hands on their favorite tasty treats. 

The fun isn't over! There's still time for your troop to sign up for a Cookie Booth, pick up some extra cases or add another selling date to your schedule! 

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. 



Remaining Council-Wide Cookie Booth Weekends:
March 4-6 (troops - place orders by 2/28)
March 10-12 (troops - place orders by 3/7)


*Please note that troops can host cookie booths outside of these dates, as well.  Cupboards, however, will not be open, so plan accordingly.



Cookie Booths Are a Great Way to Boost Sales for the 
GSSI Troop Cookie Challenge



If GSSI reaches its council-wide goal of selling 1,025,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year, troops will receive special prizes if they meet the following goals:

Troops must sell over 100 boxes more than they did in the 2016 Cookie Sale. NEW troops can qualify if they reach a per-girl-average (PGA) of 130 PLUS an additional 100 boxes. (For example - 5 girls x 130 PGA = 650 boxes plus the extra 100 to qualify means the troop would have to sell 750 boxes.)
Troops must be in good financial standing with GSSI.

After meeting the council-wide goal, troops that meet these troop goals will receive one custom large tote bag will be given per troop and all the girls selling will earn 100 years of Girl Scout Selling Cookies!! 






All About Girl Scout Cookie Booths


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: 

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 use Girl Scouts' national Cookie Finder app to buy 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

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. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

GSSI's OOPS! Robotics Selected as Connect Award Finalist at FIRST Tech Challenge State Tournament


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' OOPS! Robotics was selected as the Connect Award 3rd place finalist at  the the FIRST Tech Challenge Illinois State Tournament on Feb. 24-25 at Elgin Community College. 


FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, in an alliance format against other teams. Teams design, build and program their robot using a variety of programming languages and sound engineering principles, then plan strategies for competition. Awards are given for competitive performance as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

The Connect Award is presented to the team that most connects with their local STEM community. To win, a team must submit an engineering notebook with a strategic plan which highlights the team's goals and the steps they will take to reach those goals.  The team must also provide clear examples of the connections they have been developing within engineering, science and technology communities. 

Oops! Robotics is coached by Kristi Smith and Mary Buchanan of O'Fallon and consists of middle and high school girls from Belleville, Granite City and O'Fallon.  Team members are Katherine Buchanan, Mary Buchanan, Mackenzie Butchee, Allie Huller, Kimberly Melton, Chloe Schlosser,  Kailee Schlosser, Amber Smith, Leah Walton, Allison Zaiz and Megan Zaiz. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GSSI's "100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies" Troop Challenge: What You Need to Know





100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies- GSSI Troop Cookie Challenge

If GSSI reaches its council-wide goal of selling 1,025,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year, troops will receive special prizes if they meet the following goals:

  • Troops must sell over 100 boxes more than they did in the 2016 Cookie Sale. NEW troops can qualify if they reach a per-girl-average (PGA) of 130 PLUS an additional 100 boxes. (For example - 5 girls x 130 PGA = 650 boxes plus the extra 100 to qualify means the troop would have to sell 750 boxes.) 
  • Troops must be in good financial standing with GSSI. 

If GSSI meets the council-wide goal, troops that meet the troop goals listed above will receive one custom large tote bag will be given per troop and all the girls selling will earn a unique "100 years of Girl Scout Selling Cookies" patch.

For more information, please contact GSSI's Product Program team at nutsandcookies@gsofsi.org.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Emily Baima from Collinsville Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award



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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Mammal Enclosure, Emily built an enclosure to aid in the rehabilitation of small mammals at TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Based on the needs of the center at any given time, the enclosure could also be used to accommodate temporary or permanent residents. Emily knew how TreeHouse Wildlife Center relied on volunteers for projects, and her project would be a worthwhile contribution that would benefit the facility for years to come.

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Emily learned the importance of following through with a project to achieve the end result. “I learned that persistence pays off,” said Emily. “Projects don’t always go as planned, but if you take initiative to solve a problem, the end result is worth it,” she added.

Emily is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Baima. She is currently a senior at Collinsville High School. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Emily 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.

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

pARTy OUTDOORS
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 www.girlscoutcookies.org 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
estanley@gsofsi.org


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




Feature by GSSI Intern Nicolle Patton

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program: Cookie Delivery Basics




What should I expect at cookie delivery?


Each delivery site is a slightly different, but here are the basics:
  • Arrive at your assigned or chosen time.
  • Be sure to use a vehicle large enough to hold all of your cookies at once. See the chart below for general guidelines on how many cases will fit in your car. Please note that this is accurate if your car is free of car seats, strollers and the like. If you need multiple vehicles to pick up your order, be sure to arrive and get in line together.
  • You are required to get out of your car and count the cookies as they are loaded. Your troop is responsible for the cookies that you sign for.
  • If there is an error, notify a worker immediately. If you get home and find an error, contact your Service Unit Product Manager.

How much will my car hold? 

Compact Car: 1-35
Standard Car: 35-50
Standard Wagon: 50-75
Standard Pick Up: 100
SUV/Mini Van: 75-150
Standard Van: 150-200


Why are receipts important? 

  • Providing a receipt each time cookies exchange hands keeps a record of who is financially responsible for those cookies.  Protect yourself, protect your troop and protect your Girl Scouts - always give a receipt.
  • Always date the receipt; include the troop number and girl’s name.
  • You and the parent should sign the receipt.  Keep one copy and give the other to the parent.

Delivery to Girl Scouts and families
  • Follow these easy steps to ensure a successful delivery to your parents and girls!
  • Notify parents of the date, time and location that they can pick up their order.  Give yourself enough time to get home, unload the cookies and prepare the orders.
  • Sort all cookies and orders before you let any parents pick up cookies.  This will help you identify a problem with your order before anyone picks up.
  • Prepare cookie receipts for each girl.  When parents pick up, have them count and verify their order.  Complete a receipt for every cookie transaction.  Provide each girl with a money envelope with their balance and the date it’s due.
  • Remember, parents are responsible for all cookies that they sign for.  You must write a receipt each and every time cookies or money exchanges hands.  Keep your receipts in a safe place with the parent permission slips.
  • If you have a girl with separated parents, be sure that the parents pick up their separate orders.
  • You should collect money from the girls for their initial order within two weeks.
  • At this time, you can collect the girls’ Goal Getter cards so you can pick up their orders at the cookie cupboard.

Delivery to customers
  • It’s important to deliver the cookies to the customers as soon as possible.  Booth sales begin February 24, 2017, and if customers see that other people have their cookies before they do, they may be upset.
  • As girls deliver cookies, they should collect any remaining payment at that time and put inside their money envelope.
  • Checks should be made payable to the troop.
  • Check out GSSI's website for helpful resources and marketing materials for girls.
  • All cookies are $4 per package, except for Toffee-Tastic and S’mores which are $5 per package, and they should not be sold at any other price.
  • Girls should turn in money to troop leaders often and shouldn’t hold a check for over a week.  The troop leaders should make frequent deposits.
  • When girls deliver cookies, they should ask the customers if they would like to order additional packages as the ones they ordered are likely to be gone within a short time.  They can also promote upcoming cookie booths the troop is hosting. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Caitlin Lloyd from O'Fallon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Caitlin Lloyd from O’Fallon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Suite Dreams, Caitlin worked with The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis. She repainted two rooms at the facility in bright colors to make the atmosphere cheerful and hopeful. She also organized groups to make fleece blankets and held a book drive that collected 500 books for the organization. Last, Caitlin built a bookcase so that the books that were donated were easily accessible for the residents.

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Caitlin learned valuable life skills that she will be able to use throughout her life. “I definitely learned the importance of persistence and dedication,” said Caitlin. “There were times when I felt the project was overwhelming and I might not finish. However, I took each part one step at a time to stay on schedule,” she added.

Caitlin is the daughter of Matt and Kristen Lloyd. She is a junior at O’Fallon Township High School. Caitlin 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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OOPS! Robotics Wins Motivate Award, Qualifies for State Tournament



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois robotics team, OOPS! Robotics, won the Connect Award and was a finalist for the Motivate Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament at Decatur Hope Academy on Feb. 11.  The team also advanced to the FTC Illinois State tournament, which will be held Feb. 24-25 at Elgin Community College Spartan Events Center.  


FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, in an alliance format against other teams. Teams design, build and program their robot using a variety of programming languages and sound engineering principles, then plan strategies for competition. Awards are given for competitive performance as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.


The Connect Award is presented to the team that most connects with their local STEM community. To win, a team must submit an engineering notebook with a strategic plan which highlights the team's goals and the steps they will take to reach those goals.  The team must also provide clear examples of the connections they have been developing within engineering, science and technology communities. 

The Motivate Award is given to the team that best exemplifies the essence of FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm.  The team must demonstrate respect and gracious professionalism throughout the tournament and be able to articulate the individual contributions of each team member.

In addition to their achievements at the Decatur regional, OOPS! Robotics also qualified for the Missouri State Tournament earlier this season.  That tournament will be held March 4 at Missouri S&T University in Rolla. 

Oops! Robotics is coached by Kristi Smith and Mary Buchanan of O'Fallon and consists of middle and high school girls from Belleville, Granite City and O'Fallon.  Team members are Katherine Buchanan, Mary Buchanan, Mackenzie Butchee, Allie Huller, Kimberly Melton, Chloe Schlosser,  Kailee Schlosser, Amber Smith, Leah Walton, Allison Zaiz and Megan Zaiz. 


OOPS! Robotics receives funding from Afton Chemical, Christone Enterrpises, Best Buy, Boeing,  The Monsanto Fund and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming is an important component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  GSSI provides girls of all age levels with the opportunity to participate in engaging STEM activities that include writing code, wiring circuits, conducting physics and chemistry experiments and more.  The organization is always looking for community and business partners to help girls gain exposure to and experience with these growing fields. For more information, please contact Program Manager Emily Stanley at 800.345.6858, ext. 1111 or estanley@gsofsi.org. 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Your Troop Can Host a Girl Scout Cookie Booth!




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 (troops - place orders by 2/15)
March 4-6 (troops - place orders by 2/28)
March 10-12 (troops - place orders by 3/7)







Helpful Hints to Volunteers: 


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 

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 use Girl Scouts' national Cookie Finder app to buy 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. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Girl Scout Week 2017 is March 12-18



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will join nearly 3 million Girl Scouts throughout the United States in celebrating the 105th Anniversary of Girl Scouting March 12-18. 

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will celebrate the 105th anniversary by participating in a variety of local activities and events. Girl Scouts often celebrate the occasion in their communities by participating in such events as flag ceremonies at their schools, birthday party celebrations and community service projects with their troops while others will create displays highlighting Girl Scout history.

2016 Girl Scout Week Proclamation Signing in Du Quoin

“The Girl Scout law and mission statement both focus on making the world a better place and during our 105 year history, our girls and volunteers have continued to live by this standard,” said Sarah Durbin, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. “Girl Scouts are passionate about making their communities and the world a better place, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience gives them the courage, confidence and character to follow their dreams,” Durbin added.

Girl Scout Sunday (March 12) kicks off Girl Scout Week and is when many Girl Scouts receive special religious recognition awards for researching and exploring their religious culture and practices. Many girls will proudly wear their Girl Scout uniforms to their religious services to kick-off the week’s events. 

“Girl Scouting is committed to being a vital part of our communities. During Girl Scout Week, we salute and thank all those who continue to offer their support to Girl Scouting. The positive influence Girl Scouting has on young people is dependent on our dedicated volunteers and supportive community members,” said Durbin. “During Girl Scout Week, we renew our commitment to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to grow strong and realize her full potential. But we need your help! We invite everyone – men and women – over 18 to volunteer with Girl Scouts. You don’t have to be a troop leader; even if you can only donate one hour of your time once a year, you’ll be making a great difference in the lives of girls.”

Granite City Girl Scouts in 1947

It’s been 105 years since the first Girl Scout troop meeting, and Girl Scouting has evolved from 18 members to nearly 3 million nationwide. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA 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. 

After returning to the United States from England, Juliette Gordon Low made a historic phone call to her cousin in March 1912, “Come right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight.” The “something” was Girl Scouts, and the first group of girls embarked on Low’s vision. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl. At a time when many girls’ paths in life were limited to their social standing, Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun, while exploring new interests and contributing to society. 




The mission of Girl Scouting states: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the world's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives - like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.