In Girl Scouting, girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. In an enriching, girl-led environment where girls gain courage, confidence and character, girls: Discover their values and the world around them, Connect to girls in their communities and globally, and Take Action to make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout program, girls experience extraordinary leadership opportunities for travel, camp, skill-building, cultural exchanges and environment stewardship.


See how girls benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:


Overview of Girl Scouts

Why Girl Scouts?

Girls have unique needs. Girl Scouts understands that these needs are best met through programs designed specifically for girls, delivered in an all-girl setting, in a place where she can be herself and take on new challenges. Download Your Family Guide to Girl Scouting in Northern Illinois


Who Can Join Girl Scouts?

Any girl in grades kindergarten through grade 12 can join Girl Scouts. Members must pay the membership fee (financial assistance available*) and accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girls participate in Girl Scouts at different grade–levels:


  • Girl Scout Daisy, grades K-1
  • Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2-3
  • Girl Scout Junior, grades 4-5
  • Girl Scout Cadette, grades 6-8
  • Girl Scout Senior, grades 9-10
  • Girl Scout Ambassador, grades 11-12

*For information on financial assistance, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-925-3327.


Flexible Ways to Participate!

We know that today, girls have busy schedules. To ensure that Girl Scouts goes with everything, there are flexible ways girls can be a part of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of the USA has developed pathways to participation:


Troop – join a troop/group with girls and at least two adults in your area.
Camp – sign up for Girl Scout camp.
Series – join a short-term (4 to 6-week) series interest group.
Events – join to attend a council-sponsored event.
Travel – join to participate in a council-sponsored or nationally-sponsored destination.
(A Virtual Pathway is currently under development.)


Community Events

  • Discover-Center-Museum
  • RDSC
  • Mystery-Shop
  • Winnebago-Co-SWCD copy
  • Arts-in-Bartlet
  • Spotlight Youth Theater
  • SwissCottage

These organizations have purchased ad space on our website.* Please contact them directly if you have any questions. Their sponsorships help to support Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and, while we encourage you to consider these opportunities, GSNI is not responsible for program content.


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