GSGCNWI Announces New and Emerging Locations
New Girl Scout locations are on the horizon to better serve our members and families in South Cook County and Indiana!
Over the course of several years, Girl Scouts GCNWI has sold several owned spaces in Merrillville, Homewood, and County Club Hills as part of our evolving master property plan initiated more than 10 years ago in collaboration with volunteers, property experts, and staff. The previous buildings and locations were no longer serving us well, so we are opting for leased spaces in high-traffic locations instead.
Homewood Science Center, Illinois: Now Open
We recently opened our “satellite” Gathering Place location within the Homewood Science Center (HWSC) for members in our South Cook County communities. Our lease agreement with HWSC means it is a shared space with the science center and is available to Girl Scouts on a scheduled basis. Generally, the space is available to troops Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Prescheduled programming will be held once per month on a Saturday or Sunday (watch our website for details). Recruitment events and parent meetings can take place 5-8:30 p.m. once per week. Cookies will be available January through March from the HWSC. Retail operations will be available on Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Camp Palos, Illinois: Now Open
This location within Camp Palos is open and ready for use! All Girl Scout activities will be available on a scheduled basis with details coming soon. Retail will be available for pick up only.
Schererville, Indiana: Coming Soon
We just signed a 7.5-year lease for a 3,328-square-foot-space at 702 US Highway 41, Schererville. Currently, we are working on plans to build out the space and expect to open around January 2023. The space will accommodate a variety of services including retail, office space, training, programs, events, service unit meetings, troop meetings, and Girl Scout Cookie Program support.
Camp Butternut Springs, Indiana: Coming Soon
Our beautiful camp will serve as a satellite Gathering Place for families and volunteers in Porter County, Indiana, and the surrounding areas once we finish up a few more improvements. More information will be available soon.
Burbank, Illinois: In Negotiations
We are in final contract negotiations to lease a 2,500-square-foot space in Burbank on 87th Street near Cicero Avenue and anticipate opening in January 2023. All Girl Scout activities will be available at this location to serve families and volunteers in our South Cook communities.
More details regarding all “coming soon” locations will be shared on social media, our website, and in our newsletters as soon as they are available. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.