Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will be closed Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

We will move to summer hours from:
May 31 to September 2

Summer hours are:
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to noon

Five Steps to Earning Your Ranger Patch

CampRecruitment_SM_16Do you have a family or troop trip planned to a National Park? Make sure to earn your Ranger patch while you’re there. This awesome program allows you to both explore the parks and help keep them beautiful!

So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It’s simple!

  1. Choose a National Park Service site. Visit Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
  1. Imagine Yourself in a National Park. Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
  1. Contact the park and make a plan. Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
  1. Go to the park and Have Fun! If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
  1. Share the experience. Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #gsoutdoors (don’t forget to tag @GirlScouts) and you can be part of the largest Girl Scout photo collage in the world!

Ready to learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger? Click here to read FAQs!

GSUSA Plans Membership Dues Increase in 2017/2018 Membership Year

As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, Girl Scouts has spent over a century preparing girls for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

As the Girl Scouts continues its mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world and ensure that they have the resources to support our mission.  Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members. Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.

Last year, GSNWGL introduced a $5 council service fee. Membership dues are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. The council service fee provided vital, additional revenue to assist our Council with the increasing costs to deliver Girl Scout programming locally and will remain in place, bringing the total cost of membership to $30. The adult membership dues will be $25. Our Council does not now and will not in future add service fees to adult membership dues.