Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kayli Worthey from Neoga Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award





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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called The 3 Dangerous D’s of Driving, Kayli wanted to increase awareness of the dangers of drunk, drowsy or distracted driving to save lives and make the roadways safer for everyone. She decided on this subject for her Girl Scout Gold Award after a good friend of hers was killed in a car accident due to drowsy driving. Her project included three venues: a high school presentation for students, a community meal and Truck Stop events. She presented powerpoint presentations about The 3 Dangerous D’s of Driving at her local high school and through a community meal event. Her favorite part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project was the events she hosted at local truck stops where she passed out free fruit juice and coffee to travelers during holiday weekends. “At all of these events, I had people pledge to not drink, sleep, or text and drive while operating a vehicle,” Kayli added.

“Completing my Girl Scout Gold Award taught me to be persistent and that will lead to your success. I also learned that to be a leader, knowing how to delegate is a key part of the process. As much as you would like to be independent and handle everything yourself; it’s not always possible,” Kayli added.

Kayli is the daughter of Kyle and Angie Worthey. She will graduate from Neoga High School in 2017 and 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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

GSSI Alumna Nicolle Patton: How Girl Scouts Has Shaped Me



I have been shaped by many factors that have surrounded my life and Girl Scouts has been one of those. For 18 long years I was part of a sisterhood that has taught me skills to succeed in this world, has helped me discover some phenomenal things about myself, and best of all, let me share the amazing power of “Courage, Confidence and Character” and continue to spread the word of the Girl Scout Law, The Girl Scout Promise and everything in between. 

Growing up, I was always a very shy, introverted child, always wanting to be by myself and being the quiet one of the bunch, opting out of large group activities and just being the lone girl that I was. I was fine with that. It was something I was used to until I got convinced to join Girl Scouts.

There I was. Little five year old Nicolle. Clad in her bright blue Daisy vest with a few colorful petals, still considered the shy one of the bunch, but the difference was her Girl Scout sisters didn’t forget her. They pulled her along during troop games and always remembered to include her no matter what. That was a turning point for me.

Through their simple act of kindness, I started to shape myself more through the years. Even as more of my friends dropped Girl Scouts, I stuck to it. I felt like I needed to continue with it, not because of the awards I was receiving, but because of the knowledge and self-growth I was getting from it.

I felt myself growing to be a better person, a better-rounded person. Not to mention a more outspoken person. Those who knew me when I was younger were surprised to see “the new and improved me” you could say. I wasn’t afraid to say what was on my mind.

If I had an opinion, I was going to say it loud and proud. I enjoyed doing things I liked even though others might’ve thought it was ‘weird’ or ‘childish’ and I always stood up for what I thought was right, even if others thought it was wrong. I was my own person - Girl Scouts taught me it was okay to be and I will always express that wholeheartedly.

As I continued to grow up with Girl Scouts basically by my side, I learned so many things, starting with the many skills I learned from earning Brownie Try-Its. Putting activities I’d never done before into action and actually learning something and getting firsthand experience was amazing for me. It made me want to do more.

So I did. I went on and put all of these wonderful skills I learned to the test and started earning my Girl Scout Awards. Girl Scouts have three high awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each one has its obstacles and personal rewards whenthe project is done. For me, each of my projects have been near and dear to me and I’ve put in countless hours of community service, time and money to make my projects come to life. It’s paid off and when I look back at my scrapbooks, I can’t help but to smile at all the fond memories I have for each one.

I know a lot of people look up to me including my sister, Danielle, who’s also a fellow Girl Scout. I’m not going to lie, it’s rough, but even if the worst seems near, don’t fear. Keep going, keep persevering and keep going. You’re a Girl Scout. You’re supposed to be prepared for anything, right? Just take it in stride and keep moving forward because the best days are just straight ahead.

So, from one Girl Scout to another, the lessons you learn in this wonderful organization will continue to stay with you for the rest of your life and you’ll learn new things each and every day, no matter what age you are. So, don’t be afraid to try new things, say what’s on your mind, do what you want to do, because it’s your life and you’re in charge. It’s taken me awhile to figure that notion out, but I’m glad I did.

My name is Nicolle and what I’ve learned in my years in Girl Scouts is no matter what, the eternal sisterhood of Girl Scouts will be instilled in each and every girl and what they get out of it is entirely up to them, but what I got out of it was a whole new development. I became stronger, more vocal, more independent and most of all, more me. 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cecelia Cowell from Red Bud Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award




Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Cecelia Cowell from Red Bud has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Got Safety?, Cecelia addressed the issue of safety in her community, but more importantly increased community members’ knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. As part of her project, she helped implement information on the Yellow Dot Program for Red Bud. Cecelia helped to educate citizens and make them more aware of safety responses by speaking to various groups and distributing safety information at various community events. “Even if one person is saved by my Girl Scout Gold Award project, then I know I have made a major difference,” Cecelia said.

Cecelia is the daughter of Sandra Cowell and the late Harold Cowell. She is a 2016 graduate of Red Bud High School and 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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GSSI 2017 National Convention Delegates




2017 Convention & 54th National Council Session

Every three years, Girl Scouts from all over the country gather at the Girl Scout Convention & National Council Session to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future. The 54th Convention will take place Wednesday, October 4 – Sunday October 8, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, we will engage in important strategic conversations about the future and provide exciting educational opportunities for girls and adults. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce the following girls and adults will represent GSSI as National Convention Delegates and National Convention Alternate Delegates. 

GSSI’s National Convention Delegates

Amber Grace Carroll - Fairview Heights, IL (girl member)
Girl Scout member for 8 years
Council Delegate
Participated in beta testing for Virtual Girl Scouts

Rowan Dothager - Staunton, IL (girl member) Girl Scout member for 10 years
GSSI Board of Directors Ex-Officio Girl Member
Earned Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Awards and Program Aid
 

Sarah Drury-Dothager - Staunton, IL
Girl Scout Lifetime Member; member for 10 years
Troop leader, FLL Coach and Mentor, Service Unit Manager, Council Delegate and Day Camp Director

Karlene Hoefener - O’Fallon, IL
Girl Scout member for 23 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Gold Award Advisor, Camp Friends Committee, Day Camp PAT Trainer, Property Planning Assessment Committee and Troop Product Sales & Treasurer, and Day Camp volunteer

Sheila Jolly-Scrivner - Bluford, IL
Girl Scout member for 11 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Service Unit Manager, Registrar and Day Camp volunteer

Susanna Mills - McLeansboro, IL
Girl Scout Lifetime Member, member for 29 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Service Unit Manager, Facilitator, Juliette Gordon Low Society member

Cheralee Vohlken - Greenville, IL
Girl Scout member for 9 years
Troop leader and Council Delegate

Jennifer Whitehead - Carbondale, IL
Girl Scout member for 8 years
Troop leader and Council Delegate

GSSI’s National Convention Alternate Delegates

Penny Pejka - O'Fallon, IL
Girl Scout member for 29 years and Juliette Gordon Low Society Member
Service Unit Treasurer and Registrar, Council Delegate, Assistant Troop Leader, Camp Friends Committee and Day Camp volunteer
Connie Schott - Godfrey, IL
Girl Scout member for 16 years
Troop Leader, Council Delegate and Day Camp volunteer



Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Girl Scout Golf Classic Players and Sponsors Needed


  Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will hold its 28th Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Country Club on May 15. This year’s Girl Scout golf classic features for the first time the Million Dollar Shoot-Out where four lucky golfers will have the chance to make a golf shot for $1,000,000.

    “We are excited to be hosting our golf classic at Sunset Hills Country Club and very excited about the Million Dollar Shoot-Out,” said Tricia Higgins, GSSI Communications and Development Manager.  “We encourage you to come out and support our Girl Scout Golf Classic,” Higgins said, adding, “We are still looking for more golf players and teams and have many wonderful corporate sponsorships still available.”

    During the past 27 years, the Girl Scout golf classic has raised more than $825,000 to support girl program development, girl financial assistance and to maintain and improve Girl Scout camps.  GSSI provides a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience for over 12,400 girls and nearly 5,000 adult volunteers in southern Illinois. 

     For 27 years, the Girl Scout golf classic has played an important role in funding girl programs and providing opportunities and financial assistance so all girls can participate in Girl Scouting.  We hope you will help Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by becoming a Girl Scout player or sponsor!

      2017 Girl Scout Golf Classic presenting sponsors include (it’s not too late be a presenting, contact us if you would like to be a sponsor too):

o    The Korte Company

o    Siemer Milling Company

o    Strano & Associates Real Estate, Angie Zahn Managing Broker


      Additional golf classic sponsorships include:

o    Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

o    Silver Sponsor ($2,500)

o    Bronze Sponsor ($1,500)

o    Daisy Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Dinner Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Million Dollar Shoot-Out Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Tee Sponsor with team ($850)

o    Lunch Sponsor ($750)

o    Team (Foursome) $700

o    Beverage Cart Sponsor ($500)

o    Bucket Raffle Sponsor ($500)

o    Cart Sponsor ($500)

o    Longest Drive Sponsor ($500)

o    Tee Sponsor ($200)

Note:  All sponsorships include opportunity to provide a goody bag item.







Friday, March 10, 2017

Send a Box of Girl Scout Cookies to an American Military Member



Last year, GSSI was able to donate 18,869 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to current military members and veterans.  We are so grateful to be able to share our appreciation for these American heroes through the generosity of our customers.
Show your appreciation for the U.S. Military by sending service members Girl Scout Cookies! 

You can make your gift by donating through Digital Cookie (find a participating Girl Scout) through March 19 or at an area Schnucks through April 2. 

GSSI will then send all of the donated cookies to military organizations to distribute, including to military members serving overseas. 

Just a few of the very special "thank yous" that we received:





  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Johannah Comish has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Bridges to a Better Tomorrow, Johannah updated and repaired the waterfall area of Silver Lake. During her project, she stabilized a small footbridge, added a safety railing to a larger bridge, sanded and stained a picnic table and fixed the hand rail for the rock stair case. In addition, she added a trash can for the clearing.

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Johannah hoped to positively impact the community and younger Girl Scouts and promote spending more time outdoors. Johannah included a clean-up day as part of her project as well. Thanks to her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she helped to keep the park well-maintained and improved park guests’ safety and comfort. “I care deeply about the conservation of our national parks, and although Silver Lake is no Yellowstone, I believe change starts at home and I am proud to have completed this project to help my city,” Johanna said.

Johanna is the daughter of Brian and Kathryn Comish. She is a senior Highland High School and 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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and Schnucks Markets Announce Community Service Partnership Benefiting Military Personnel




Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) and Schnucks are teaming up to bring a sweet treat to military service members. Beginning on March 8, for every $4 donation a Schnucks customer makes to Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois through a Scan & Give campaign at checkout, a box of Girl Scout Cookies will be gifted to the USO of Missouri. The promotion is running in all 100 Schnucks locations and seven additional Girl Scout councils are participating. The three-week promotion ends on April 2, 2017.

“Schnucks continues to be very supportive of Girl Scouting and our mission of building future leaders,” said Kelly Jansen, Director of Product Program. “This promotion allows the community to support Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and potentially offers more members of our community the opportunity to provide a favorite national treat to our brave military service personnel.”

“We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Girls Scouts throughout our trade areas,” said Joanie Taylor, Schnucks director of community relations. “As a company, we are dedicated to exploring new and different ways to partner with community groups, and this Scan & Give with the Girls Scouts and the USO is an excellent example of this commitment.”

To make a donation at the checkout, customers select a slip from the register tear pad and give it to the cashier to scan. The donation amount will be added to the customer’s bill. Store patrons have the option to donate in three different amounts up to $20.




In additional GSSI is holding a council-wide Cookie Booth Weekend on March 10-12 at local venues like shopping centers, gas stations and places of worship, etc. 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. 

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. 

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, March 6, 2017

How do you like it ? How do you like it? S’mores S’mores S’mores



Who wants some S’mores Cookies??? 
We thought they were all sold out, but we estimate that we have approximately 40 cases of S’mores left over from our In-School Scouting program cookie sale. Roughly 15-20 Troops will have a chance to purchases 2 cases of these S’mores cookies if the troop orders 20 cases of cookies at their local cupboard (must have been ordered this past Sunday, March 5 through Tuesday, March 7 at midnight). 


How to get S’mores Cookies: 
Place your cupboard order in the Transaction tab in eBudde by Tuesday (3/7) at midnight. For those troops that have already placed a cupboard order from 3/5-3/6, but ordered less than 20 cases, you can either adjust your order if you have not picked up your cookies or place another cupboard order totaling 20 cases cumulatively to be eligible.  See more on placing cookie booth orders...

GSSI will gather all Troop orders and will draw the lucky winners and notify those Troops immediately. 

Troops MUST pick up their 20 case order PLUS the additional S’mores cookies (22 case minimum) by the end of this upcoming booth weekend (March 10-12). Booth cookies will be paid for on March 29, but can be sold anytime through the end of May. 

The Product Program Department will be on the road Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9 to deliver those cookies to the cupboards of the winners. If your troop is drawn for the chance to purchase S’mores cookies, please do not plan on picking up your cupboard cookies prior to this Friday, March 9. 

All cupboard cookies are non-returnable. 


For more information, contact our Product Program team at nutsandcookies@gsofsi.org. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Girl Scout Week 2017



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. 

“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) 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.” 




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.

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. 

Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Girl Scout Camp Life Coming Soon!






Girl Scout Camp gives girls amazing opportunities to go on exciting new adventures while feeling the love for the great outdoors.  This summer, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is offering three Resident Camp opportunities and 19 Day Camps!   Camp Life helps a girl tackle challenges with a supportive sisterhood cheering her on - building her capacity to step out of her comfort zone with confidence. 

GSSI's Girls' Week at Camp Ondessonk in 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


Day Camp 2017


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

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Shelby Tingley from Granite City Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called "Homing the Homeless Birds," Shelby wanted to help birds that had their nests destroyed. She noticed that nests being built on or around people’s homes were often knocked down by the residents, so she decided to build houses in trees to provide a safe place for the birds. Shelby researched and built five bird houses and also taught other Girl Scouts how to make bird houses. She then enlisted the help of other Girl Scouts to monitor the bird houses and keep seeds nearby. Her hope is that the birds will find the safe haven she built next spring.

Shelby credits Girl Scouts and her Gold Award experience with providing her great leadership skills. “The most important thing I have learned through Girl Scouts is to not be afraid to try new ideas to achieve my goals,” said Shelby. “It has taught me how to be a great leader and an empowering woman,” she added.

Shelby is the daughter of Penny Tingley. She was a Girl Scout for 10 years and completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project her Senior Year.  She was a 2016 graduate of Granite City High School and currently attends Hickey Vet Tech Institute. 

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, March 2, 2017

March 7 is the Deadline for Volunteers to Order Girl Scout Cookies for Cookie Booths in Southern Illinois!

GSSI CEO Sarah Durbin (center) visits a Cookie Booth hosted by Troop #751

2017 is the 100th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies!  Girl Scouts all over southern Illinois have been celebrating n by hosting Girl Scout Cookie Booths in their communities.  Fans of Girl Scouting and cookie lovers alike have been lining up to get their hands on their favorite flavors.  (Note: Please help your adoring fans find your Cookie Booth by adding it in eBudde - instructions can be found in this article). 

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. 





The fun isn't over - your troop can order cookies to host a cookie booth through March 7!

March 10-12 is the last Council-Wide Cookie Booth Weekend!  Area Cookie Cupboards will be open. 

Troops CAN still host a cookie booth through the end of May - in fact, additional cookie booths are a great way for troops to earn extra funds for special activities and travel. However, there will be no additional orders for cookies placed with our baker after March 7 and cookie cupboards will not be scheduled to be open, so plan accordingly and order cookies by that deadline. 


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



GSSI is within reach of meeting it's council-wide goal of selling 1,025,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year!  If that happens, troops will receive special prizes if they meet the following troop 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 goals will receive one custom large tote bag per troop and all the girls selling will earn unique "100 years of Girl Scout Selling Cookies" patches! 



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 during Council-Wide Cookie Booth Weekends. 


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.



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


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! 



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.