Volunteer Training Events and Workshops

Empowerment Summit for Service Units

Empowerment Summit for Service Units

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | FREE!
Friendship Center
5100 Sunset Lane
Country Club Hills, IL

All Girl Scouts GCNWI Service Unit (SU) Team Members are invited to join us for a day of volunteer development.

At this event you will learn strategies and come away inspired to provide an excellent experience to as many girls, families, and volunteers as possible in your community! Recharge with your team, connect with old friends, and make some new ones with SU team members from across our council. 

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions tailored to each SU team volunteer will give you actionable information to have an awesome year ahead.

The content from Session 1 will be repeated in Session 2. When registering, select your first, second, and third preferences.

Be a Changemaker with Greater Good Studio (Sessions 1 and 2)

Required for Service Unit Managers (SUMs)

Join us for a lively and creative session with Greater Good Studio, a strategic design firm focused on teaching changemakers in organizations and communities to create solutions that improve society. With your involvement and leadership, Girl Scouts can help girls, families, and communities thrive in a changing world.

Girl Scout Champions! 

For Organizers, Recruiters, and Community Ambassadors

Learn tried-and-true tips for inviting new girls and adults to join Girl Scouts!

Data Quality and Insights

For Registrars

Dive into the world of Looker reports, our reporting software, where you can get up-to-date information at your fingertips 24/7! You will be able to quickly see membership registration status, background check status, information about your troops including the number of girls and their meeting locations, and so much more!

Troop Support

For anyone

Learn best practices for supporting NEW troop leaders and strategies to keep the fun going for leaders with older girls.

Product Programs

For SU Fall Product and Cookie Managers

Learn more about our Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Programs! 

  • What’s a Lemon-UP? 
  • Do you want to Leap Ahead this fall?
  • WOW, did you hear about the 2020 Cookie Program theme? 
  • Do you know about our Booth Committee?
  • Did you know that Girl Scouts GCNWI was NUMBER ONE in the country on DOC for the 2019 cookies season? Do you know what DOC is?
  • Did you know we have RVs?
  • Did you see the prizes girls get to take home with them?

You’ll learn the answer to these questions and SO MUCH MORE!

Register for the Empowerment Summit

Daisy Leader Daze

Registration is FREE through our Learning Portal (login required)

Choose the date and location that works best for you!

Saturday, August 24
Merrillville Gathering Place, GSGCNWI
8699 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Saturday, Sept. 7
Greene Wood Gathering Place, GSGCNWI
3155 71st Street
Naperville, IL 60540

A light lunch will be provided for those attending a full day of training. 

First and second-year Daisy troop leaders are invited to a day of fun training and enrichment to help you grow girls of courage, confidence, and character!


You may choose to attend a half or full day of training. 

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Daisy Grade Level training

This is also available through our Learning Portal (login required) if you're unable to attend the morning session. 

1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.: Afternoon Workshops

Three workshops will be taking place in the afternoon session:

  • How to Run Your Troop Meeting
  • Engaging Parents
  • Developing Your Troop Culture
Sign-up for Daisy Leader Daze »
(login required)

Leader Enrichment Activity Program header | LEAP 2019

Leader Enrichment Activity Program (LEAP)

Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2019
Camp Butternut Springs, Valparaiso, Indiana

Register through our Learning Portal (login required)
Save $5 when you
 register by July 15!

Leader Enrichment Activity Program (LEAP) is a program for adult volunteers who work with girls in Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

This weekend will give you hands-on experience in activities related to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Workshop options include:

  • Archery
  • Outdoor cooking and outdoor skills
  • Crafts
  • Nature games
  • Hiking
  • Service projects
  • STEM activities
  • Challenge yourself on the new climbing tower/zipline or high ropes adventure course
  • An offsite trip to the Indiana Dunes National Park and Meadowbrook Nature Preserve.

Popular sessions will fill quickly! Register early for the best selection.

Download the Basic Information Packet [PDF]

Register for LEAP through the Learning Portal »

(Login is required)

Full Weekend Cost: $52 includes meals and snacks, sleeping accommodations, and some workshop supplies.

Saturday Only Cost: $37 includes meals/snacks and some workshop supplies.

Registration closes September 8, 2019 or when the maximum of 110 participants has been reached. Limited financial aid is available. Due to limits on instructor/participant ratios, some popular sessions will fill before the deadline. Register early for best workshop selection.

Leadership Expo 2019 | Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Leadership Expo

Saturday, Oct. 5 in Tinley Park, IL or Saturday, Oct. 19 in Skokie, IL

This annual event brings together volunteers and troop leaders from across greater Chicago and Northweset Indiana. Attendees will receive insights and resources needed to be successful in their membership year and beyond, so you can continue to make a difference in the lives of girls.

Learn More about the Leadership Expo »