Camp Season is right around the corner! We want to make sure you have all of the information you need before the fun begins. Join us for a Camp Chat either in person at our Service Centers, on Facebook, or via webinar from Thursday, February 12 through Wednesday, April 1. Signing up is easy, just visit one of the links below to RSVP to one of these informational sessions. Camp Registration opens Tuesday, February 17 and we can't wait to see you out at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick! In the meantime, take a look at our Camphlet (Camp Pamphlet) to see what we have planned for 2015.
A camp experience:
Fees for camp cover only about 64% of the direct costs to provide the camp experience.
This past summer about 50 families needed financial assistance to pay the camp fee.
The average cost of a camp session is $250. We would like to raise enough on Giving Tuesday to send at least 10 girls to camp whose families cannot afford it
Your gift, of any amount, will help provide the camp experience for girls and financial assistance for families who need it. So on Giving Tuesday, please make a donation and Give the Gift of Camp. Thank you!
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host “Visit Our Fantastic Forest” from 9 a.m.–12 Noon on Saturday, September 13, at Camp Far Horizons, 9702 S. Lost Horizon Road, in Hanover. Girl Scout troops, families, and the public are welcome to visit Camp Far Horizons and enjoy a leisurely walk through nature. There will also be a geocaching scavenger hunt and hands-on activities for the whole family! Experts will be on hand to talk about healthy forest management and native plant species and to lead participants in invasive species removal.
It's time for Camp Service Days, again! The goal is to assist in preparing the camps for the winter by storing away summer equipment. Assisting at Camp Service Day is rewarded with a free night in a tent unit and ½ price for a lodge for one night. Deposit is still required but will be refunded following normal procedures.
Jumpin’ Jammin’ is a council-sponsored older girl camping experience designed for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops/groups and individually registered girls. At Jumpin’ Jammin’, a core staff of event assistants and adult volunteers are on hand to assist participants and lead a variety of theme-based program activities.
This year’s theme—CSI—will focus on activities and competitive challenges inspired by camp site investigation. Girls will be able to experience a new twist on outdoor skills, common camp activities, and problem solving. So round up your troop and friends because Jumpin’ Jammin’ is where you want to be!
Today, GSNI Camp Ranger, Guy Schmale writes about how GSNI is helping to grow more trees and the next generations of tree stewards with help from The Morton Arboretum.
Almost 50 Girl Scouts got to help plant oak trees as part of a pilot program this summer at Camp Dean, one of five camps owned by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). The plantings were led by Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Project Coordinator for The Morton Arboretum. Beth talked with the girls about many of the ways we benefit from trees and then walked them through the proper way to plant one. Beth’s outreach work, including her visits to the camp, is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
There’s a reason we call Camp Benson the 113-acre memory maker. You’ll have an opportunity to brave Camp Benson’s very own cave! This dark and cold hike is filled with all kinds of cool things, even stealthy bats. A trip down the 3-story-tall zip-line might be just the rush you’re looking for. Take a leisurely hike through the grotto, or climb aboard your sled and take the plunge down the 240-foot long Twilight Zone tube slide. If you have a desire for adventure, Adventure Camp Overnight is for you!
Being away from home can be hard for anyone. Why not help your camper feel special during camp this summer and send her a Pamper Your Camper Kit from GSNI? There are two types of kits available, a standard kit and one to send if your Girl Scout is celebrating a birthday while at camp.
Swimming. Archery. Learning new things. Making new friends. Memories to last a lifetime. These are all things that make for a great summer and are all things that are offered to girls at GSNI Camps. We wanted to make sure you were aware of the registration deadlines for our camp sessions this summer. Take a look at this handy chart found in our 2014 Resident Camp Guide:
Moving at the “speed of girls,” Girl Scouts brings the camp experience into the twenty-first century! According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.
Camp registration is still open. There are still openings in many sessions, but they are filling fast! Check out some of the available sessions:
Entering Grades 5-7
Movin’ On Up Camp
Entering Grade 6 (Note grade change from original camp book publication)
Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts
Entering Grades 8-10
You’ll Have a Splash
Entering Grades 2-4
Dedicated volunteer and Girl Scout mom, Aimey C. recently won the $100 gift certificate to Girl Scouts after taking our 2014 Parent and Volunteer Survey online. Aimey and her family had benefitted from program assistance from GSNI in the past, and like any Girl Scout would do, she wanted to pay it forward. Aimey donated her gift certificate to be used as a Campership for a girl in need in her area. Thanks Aimey! If you would like to help a girl near you go to camp this summer, make a donation to camperships here.
Our Girl Scout family believes that camp is for every girl. And yet, affording Girl Scout Camp is not possible for all girls, even though our council subsidizes the costs for every girl. Last year, we distributed over $10,000 in financial assistance to give more girls the opportunity to receive the great benefits of summer camp. We need your help to make this possible.
Did you know you could cook almost anything over the fire, even cake? During GSNI’s summer camps, we provide an opportunity for all campers to cook over the fire at least once. It might be breakfast, dinner, dessert, or even just a snack. Cooking over fire gives girls the opportunity to create and try new things. At camp, we use several favorite recipes including the one below! Come to camp this summer and enjoy a newfound campfire favorite. It’s sure to be delicious!
Where can you play tag with dye and decorate your buddy’s shirt while they’re wearing it? CAMP! Where will you see adults standing in front of a group wearing their bathing suit over their clothes with silly striped knee high socks and singing “The Penguin Song”? CAMP! Where can you try canoeing, crate stacking, archery, and the perfect s’more? CAMP! Where will you develop life skills including problem solving, conflict management, and teambuilding? CAMP!
Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into the open air. Under her leadership, the first Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid—many of them for the first time! GSNI stays true to Juliette’s vision by continuing to help girls learn new things, particularly at our camps.