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Ways to Give


Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is proud to serve over 18,000 girl members and 4,000 adult members annually. The support of our local communities makes it possible for us to provide outstanding services and programs to our registered members. While the annual cost to become a registered member of Girl Scouts is $15, the actual cost to the council to provide one year of Girl Scouting to one girl is $391. This cost includes background checks and safety and leadership training for volunteers, maintenance of accessible camp properties and service centers, and subsidized fees to keep programs attainable and cost-effective for every family. Additionally, we provide membership assistance to over one-third of our membership and $30,000 in campership assistance annually.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois offers several ways the community may support our organization to help girls realize their dreams and become tomorrow’s leaders. Friends of Girl Scouting may make a gift to one of our annual appeals, attend a special event, or contribute an item from our wish list. To learn more about these giving opportunities, click on the menu bar for additional information. Take advantage of online giving and make a gift today!

To discuss additional giving opportunities, please contact Kate Peters, COO, Fund Development, Marketing & Communications, at 217-523-8159 ext. 1618.


Marian "Gabby" Kneer was Camp Tapawingo's inaugural camp director, debuting in 1956 and presiding until 1969. Camp Tapawingo's aquatic center is over 20 years old and is in need of major renovation. GSCI seeks funds to assist with the renovation and renaming the center in honor of Gabby.



Each year, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois provides over $70,000 in membership assistance to local girls to cover the $15 membership dues required by GSUSA to become registered members of Girl Scouts.  Your support makes it possible for us to cover this fee for financially disadvantaged girls who want to join the time-honored tradition of Girl Scouting. For every $15 you donate, you are giving the gift of Girl Scouting to a local girl. Please make a donation today so that we never have to turn a girl away from Girl Scouting. 


Send-A-Kid to Camp

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois believes that every girl should have the opportunity to attend summer camp, and we proudly offer campership assistance so that every girl may experience the unique joy and excitement that Girl Scout summer camp provides. During the summer months, hundreds of girls will have the opportunity to ride a horse, learn archery, climb a rock wall, visit a museum, or go hiking thanks to our Campership Assistance Fund. We provide $30,000 in campership assistance each summer. Help us continue our Campership Assistance Fund by making a donation today! 

Wish List

In-kind gifts are gifts of property or services that are contributed to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.  In-kind gifts may include equipment, materials, supplies, and services to benefit our many girl programs or special event fundraisers. Your support through a gift in-kind helps us to further our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois welcomes contributions of new or gently used equipment and supplies. For more information about how you can make an in-kind contribution, please contact Kate Peters at 217-523-8159 ext. 1618 or Below is a current wish list of items needed:

Current Wish List

Property Maintenance 
Wrench sets - Standard and Metric
Socket sets - Standard and Metric
Complete tool box sets that would include the wrench sets and socket sets
Window A/C units
Regular chainsaws
Wet/Dry Vac
Small boat motors
Pie Irons
Sod and grass seed
Printers, copier, scanner units for camp (small)
Blue print storage hangers
Flammable Liquid storage cabinets

Camp Tapawingo Supplies
Bunk beds with under-bed storage and mattresses
Elevated bleachers for the indoor riding arena at Camp Tapawingo
Cooking equipment for indoor cabin kitchens (camp quality cooking sets which includes coffee maker, mixing bowls, table service, cookie utensils, and pans)
Fire rings (large group fire ring, unit fire rings, benches, and gravel)

Program Supplies
Aluminum pie pans
Baby jar lids
Beads and jewels
Bic pens (regular straight/no click)
Board games
College rule notebooks (70-100 sheets)
Construction paper
Heavy duty foil
High SPF sunblock
Hula hoops
Fabric dye
Floral tape
Low DEET bug spray
Paint brushes
Permanent markers
Plastic buckets
Plastic dishwashing tubs
Scrapbook paper
Shaving cream
Sidewalk chalk
Silk flowers
Storage containers
Swimming noodles
Wood matches
Ziploc bags, gallon size

Camp Supplies and Equipment
Archery supplies
Backpacking packs
Conference room dry erase boards
Ice machine
Industrial use vacuum cleaners
Laminating machine
Microwave ovens
Outdoor cooking equipment
Picnic tables
Pop up tents
Refrigerator with ice maker
Sleeping bags
Supply cabinet

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.