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GCNWI Signature Events

GSGCNWI Signature Events are our largest, most popular programs! Meet Girl Scouts from all around the council at events tailored to what you like. 

World Thinking Day | STEMapalooza | Global Youth Service Day | Turbo Trefoils | International Day of the Girl | Monster Dash | Day of the Dead | My Dream Life | World Centre Thanksgiving | Badge Bashes

World Thinking Day

Feb. 23 & 24, 2019 | All Ages

Did you know that as a Girl Scout, you are a part of a worldwide sisterhood? Girl Scouts USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which includes girls from 150 countries! Younger Girl Scouts will learn about some of these countries by using their five senses. Older girls will take part in a cultural dinner and conversation. 

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Mar. 23, 2019, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | All Ages

The 8th annual STEMapalooza Science Expo is back! Dive in to fun hands-on STEM activities, check out tons of different STEM organizations and museum booths from across Chicagoland, and enjoy one-of-a-kind live science shows and demos.STEMapalooza fun patch included with registration.

Learn more and view exhibitors

Register for STEMapalooza through our Program Website »

STEMapalooza After Party

Mar. 23, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 6 - 12)

Older Girl Scouts can meet inspiring women CEOs and entrepreneurs who turned their passions into professions. Girls will get to listen to the amazing stories of successful women in STEM, ask questions and interact with them in small groups, and enjoy refreshments and a chance to mingle. Bring your questions and your dreams and prepare to be inspired. Don't miss your opportunity to speak with some incredible women in STEM!

Register for the STEMapalooza After Party »


Global Youth Service Day: Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Apr. 27, 2019 | All Ages

Music and hairnets and saving lives together! Join us to feed kids all over the world for Global Youth Service Day, a Global Action Day where girls all over the world serve together and help each other!

Register for each of the locations below through our Program Website:

Aurora Global Youth Service Day »

Libertyville Global Youth Service Day »

Schaumburg Global Youth Service Day »

Turbo Trefoils

May 4 and 5, 2019 | All Ages

Join us for the 5th Annual Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Turbo Trefoils Derby. Design the council's fastest car with your troop, friends or family! Buy your car kit in Girl Scout stores starting February 2019 and have 10 weeks to work on them. Come out to the Derby to race your car, meet other Girl Scouts and have a field day with your family. Register early! Custom patch and T-shirt included!

View All Turbo Trefoil Events on our Program Website »

International Day of the Girl Celebration

Check back next year for the 2019 Day of the Girl events!

Celebrate International Day of the Girl (IDG) with other Girl Scouts from around the council at our annual events!

In 2018, girls earned the Global Action Award by focusing on the 17 Global Goals like taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat and improving people's health. The program was interactive, fun and educational!

Monster Dash

Check back for the 2019 Monster Dash!

In 2018, participants were dressed in their Halloween best for the 4th annual Monster Dash Fun Run or Walk at Camp Greene Wood!

Day of the Dead Celebration

Oct. 27, 2018 | All Ages

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.

The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Join us as we celebrate one of the oldest traditions in Mexico that dates back to the Aztec period. Girls are invited to paint sugar skulls, make their own papel picado (paper banner), view Ofrendas (Altars), and have their faces painted like a Catrina.

Stop by our Vernon Hills Gathering Place to view altars from Oct. 27 - Nov. 2

Register for Day of the Dead Celebration »

My Dream Life

November 10 | Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes

Do you wish you could be an adult just for ONE DAY? Then you should attend My Dream Life!

At this fun, interactive adventure, Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes (Grades K – 8) will get to try out different careers, then gain experience at earning, saving, and spending “money” all in the Dream Life world we create!

You will get to:

  • Open a bank account to keep your money safe;
  • Interact with real-life professionals while you determine your dream job;
  • Earn a paycheck and plan how you spend your money;
  • Then relax with a well-earned vacation!

Plus you’ll receive a fun patch and other fun swag! This signature program is presented by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and RSM, a global financial firm.

My Dream Life for Daisies and Brownies »

My Dream Life for Juniors and Cadettes »

World Centre Thanksgiving

Nov. 17 | All Ages

Did you know that as a Girl Scout, you are a part of a worldwide sisterhood? Girl Scouts USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which includes girls from 150 countries!

Celebrate this global sisterhood by cooking meals from where the WAGGGS World Centres are located: Mexico, Switzerland, Africa, England, and India. After we cook, we will eat the food that all of the cooking sessions have made. During this program, you will work toward your Cook badges (Snacks, Simple Meals, New Cuisines, and Dinner Party).

Register for each of the options below through our Program Website:

Africa World Centre Thanksgiving »

England World Centre Thanksgiving »

India World Centre Thanksgiving »

Mexico World Centre Thanksgiving »

Switzerland World Centre Thanksgiving »

Badge Bashes

Multiple Dates | Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes

Want to earn 3 badges in a day? Join GSGCNWI for a Badge Bash near you! With multiple locations and badge workshops, you'll be sure to have a badge-earning good time!

View All Badge Bash Events on our Program Website »