GSCI has just been accepted as an AmazonSmile organization! What does this mean you ask? This means that anyone who shops on the extremely popular site of Amazon can give back to GSCI in the form of a donation when they shop.
In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. The first time you visit the site, you will be asked to select a charitable organization – please choose GSCI. For eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to GSCI. Start your shopping now!
Online Forms Now Available!
For your convenience the following forms are now available to be completed and submitted online:
Property Improvements Throughout the Council!
Girl Scouts Participating in Google's "Made with Code" to Inspire Girls to Try Coding
Google recently announced an exciting new initiative—and Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to be part of it. Made with Code aims to change the way girls think about coding and inspire them to consider careers in computer science. The Made with Code program is:
In addition, GSUSA will be launching a Made with Code Girl Scout webpage just in time for back to school. The page will feature additional resources to help volunteers and parents facilitate Made with Code with their girls and to connect the program to our Girl Scout Leadership Experience. These resources will be available in September.
Girl Scout Day at the Capitol
Thousands of Girl Scouts from across the state traveled to Springfield recently, taking part in a yearly tradition of visiting the State Capitol.
State Senator Toi Hutchinson and Miss Illinois 2013 Brittany Smith had the opportunity to speak with the scouts in front of the Lincoln Statue, honoring their tradition of community service and offering their advice on setting high goals and working hard to accomplish them.
The Girl Scouts began their day by marching from the Prairie Capital Convention Center before getting a chance to tour the Capitol and meet with legislators.
GSCI Now Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association
GSCI is proud to announce that our Equestrian Program and Equestrian Center has been accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association. Accreditation means that GSCI voluntarily requested CHA to review our equestrian facilities, program and management to deem it as meeting CHA and equine industry safety and operational standards. Additionally, our Equestrian Program Coordinator, Ann Bower, is certified at the highest level of instructor given by CHA in both the Western and English riding disciplines. Not only are we proud of this accreditation but GSCI can now host CHA Instructor Certification Clinics at our Equestrian Center. The purpose of Certified Horsemanship Association is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. CHA is also recognized by GSUSA as an accredited horsemanship instructor training organization.
Exciting changes have been made to our eRegistration system! The upgrade to the system is now complete. Our eRegistration website is now a new, family-based registration system. Our Frequently Asked Questions Guide may assist you with many procedures.
A few details you should know:
As part of the upgrade, all existing accounts (usernames and passwords) will be deactivated. Following the upgrade, all adults will be required to create a new online account to gain access to the system. If you so choose, you can reuse your old username and password when creating your new online account. With your new online account, you will be able to manage yourself, your family, and/or troop(s), depending on your current participation status. For example, a troop leader who has a daughter participating in Girl Scouts will be able to manage both his or her family and troop(s) with a single login.
If you have not activated your eRegistration account, this is a great reminder for you to do so.
Parents: One person per family will be designated as a Family Manger. This role will be assigned by the system according to the first listed parent or guardian (labeled "Guardian 1") on the child's account at the time of the upgrade. Only the Family Manager will be able to view and manage the accounts of children and family member(s) from his/her own login. The Family Manager designation can be changed by contacting the council.
Accounts for girls under the age of 18 must be managed by a Family Manager; girls under the age of 18 will no longer be able to login under their own name. The adult listed second on the child's account (labeled "Guardian 2") will become part of the family, and he or she can either activate and manage the account or allow the account to be managed by the Family Manager. Guardian 2 will see the guardian relationship with his or her child, but will be unable to manage their child's activities or memberships.
Troop Leaders: Troop leaders with an online account can manage their troop(s) and troop members online. No data will be lost during the upgrade, and leaders will be able to manage their troop(s) and their own accounts as soon as the new eRegistration account is created.
How to Create a New Online Account for the eRegistration System
Step 1: Go to our eRegistration site and click the "New Online Account" button on the right hand side of the screen.
Step 2: Enter the information as requested. This basic information will allow the system to search for your record and check if you already exist in our database.
Step 3: One of the following will apply:
If the system finds you in the database, you will see the following message: Congratulations! We found you in the online system. Please go to your email and follow the instructions to activate your online account. Please follow the instructions to complete your account activation.
If you receive the following message: We have found you in the system, but in order to continue please contact us,please follow the instructions and contact the council. This message generally appears when there is no email address on record, or if there is a potential but unconfirmed match.
If the system does not find you in the database, you will be prompted to provide additional information to create your profile.
If you need assistance, please contact our Help Desk for assistance at 888-623-1237 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Dear Mr. President' Contest Winner Amanda Breeden
GSCI congratulates Amanda Breeden, a Girl Scout from Normal and a member of the Teen Leadership Board, for being chosen as a winner in the “Dear Mr. President” contest! “Dear Mr. President” is part of the Girl Scouts Speak Out series, in which GSUSA asked girls to submit public service announcements on key national or global issues. Amanda’s PSA, titled “What Do YOU See?” focuses on the need for tolerance in an increasingly diverse country.
“My entry embodies the idea of accepting the human race as a whole, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political ideology, age, or ethnicity,” Amanda says. “It sends the message that we could grow so much as a country and as a world if people were to just embrace diversity instead of fear it.” In Amanda’s ideal world, she says, women and men would be paid equally, and women would be allowed to make their own health decisions. “This uses the entire population to its fullest potential, allowing everyone to be happier, healthier, and more prosperous.” She also hopes to see diversity incorporated into government positions, so today’s girls can become even more inspired to grow into the next generation of leaders.
Amanda has been a Girl Scout for ten years, and describes herself as being very passionate about women’s rights, politics, equality, and humanitarian efforts. She, along with her mother and younger sister, have been very involved in Girl Scouts since they joined—along with serving on the Teen Leadership Board, she is a girl member of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Board of Directors, a leader-in-training and a program aide, and has previously earned Bronze and Silver Awards. Her favorite Girl Scouting memory is her time spent representing her council as a delegate in the Girls’ World Forum in Chicago last summer, where she met girls from 90 different countries as they learned how to take part in reaching the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Amanda says was interested in entering the “Dear Mr. President” contest as a way of continuing to voice her opinion—“even though (young girls) can’t vote, we can definitely make a difference,” she says.
To view Amanda’s winning entry, go to speakout.girlscouts.org. Congratulations, Amanda!
Girl Scouts . . . The Studio
Go behind the scenes with your favorite writers and illustrators to find out how they work – and to get a few tips to make your own work shine!
GSUSA's The Studio is a showcase for inspiring storytellers of all kinds, who offer an inside look at how they do what they do. New authors will be added every month, so keep checking back! GSUSA plans to expand the site to include other artists, as well as the ability for girls to upload their own work. Their goal is to create a community of girls who can share their creative work with others and learn from professionals working in a variety of creative careers.
Experience The Studio!
Be the Voice of Girls
The Girl Scout Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures.
To join the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network and be a voice for girls, log on to www.girlscouts4girls.org.