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Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc. (GSNWGL)

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Brief Agency Overview:
Juliette Gordon Low had a dream. In March 1912, when she brought that first group of girls together in Savannah, Georgia, she wanted them to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them—and she wanted them to do it together. They blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. They played basketball. They hiked, swam and camped. They learned to tell time by the stars. And most importantly, they shared a sense of adventure and a belief that they could do anything. And just like Girl Scouts do across the country and around the globe today, they offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to improve their corner of the world.

Our Council, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL), was formed in 2008 as part of a nationwide organizational realignment. Formerly six separate Councils now comprise GSNWGL, which partners with over 5,000 volunteers to serve nearly 16,000 girls in 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our programs continue to offer the world's best leadership experience designed specifically to meet girls' needs.

Hours of Operation:
•    Troop meetings, council and Service Area events and camp times vary.
•    Schofield Service Center hours are as follows –
o    From September 2, 2017 - May 28, 2018: Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm.
o    From May 29 to August 31, 2018: Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm & Friday 8:30 am – noon.

Contacts:
•    Community Connect/Reaching Out Programs: Sarah Resch, Reaching Out Specialist - sresch@gsnwgl.org or (920) 955-3434
•    Troops/Membership/Adult Volunteer Opportunities: Jamie LeBlanc, Membership Engagement Coordinator, jleblanc@gsnwgl.org or (920) 955-3367
•    United Way Main Contact/Allocation/Reporting: Laura Martens, Fund Development Manager, lmartens@gsnwgl.org or (920) 955-3382

List of programs, descriptions, eligibility requirements and costs of each:
GSNWGL focuses on troops, outreach programs (Reaching Out) and camps to make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) accessible to girls. We seek to provide programming to girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each program age level fosters increased skill-building and responsibility through activities designed to develop a girl’s leadership skills. There are six program levels: Girl Scout Daisy (K-1), Girl Scout Brownie (2-3), Girl Scout Junior (4-5), Girl Scout Cadette (6-8), Girl Scout Senior (9-10) and Girl Scout Ambassador (11-12). Although troop membership is still the most common way to participate in Girl Scouting, girls who are unable to participate in troop activities can sign up as individual Girl Scouts. Individually registered members (Juliettes) receive leadership programming through Service Area events, council-wide events and/or our eTroop closed Facebook group.

Troops remain the most popular way for girls to be involved, they group girls together to participate in activities over the course of a year. Girls traditionally travel, go to events, earn badges and complete community service projects. GSNWGL provides financial aid for membership fees, council program fees, troop dues and uniform costs for any girl who cannot afford to participate. Girls are given the option to participate in as many or as few programs they wish. Financial aid is available by application and special attention has been given to make the process private and easy to complete. Here are some of the cost ranges for typical Girl Scout activities:
•    Troop Dues            $5 - $15 (decided by each troop)
•    Membership            $5 - $25 (depends upon amount of aid requested)
•    Council Program        $10 - $35 (per program)
•    Uniform Package        $51 - $72 (depends upon the girl’s program level)

In addition, we offer Reaching Out – Community Connect, to ensure that all girls have access to Girl Scout programming. In the Marshfield area, this program is offered in collaboration with Youth Net. We incorporate partner sites to provide 2nd through 9th Grade girls with an introduction to Girl Scouts through 12 program sessions. This program serves girls who have barriers to participation in traditional troops. In addition to Community Connect, United Way dollars also allow us to again provide financial aid, supplies and additional staff support needed to send 3 girls to Camp Birch Trails, our resident camp located in Irma, Wisconsin.

Girl Scouting also includes camp opportunities. Girls can participate in day or resident camps with a focus on the out-of-doors and environmental education. Camp gives girls the opportunity to try different activities such as swimming, archery, paddle boarding and hiking. Camps are appropriate to the age, interests and abilities of the girls. They combine the fun of outdoor education, exercise and skill building activities with leadership development. If a family needs financial assistance to pay for camp, they can apply for aid through GSNWGL. Here are some cost ranges for Girl Scout camps:
•    Day Camp            $190-$225
•    Short-term Overnight Camps    $120-$210
•    Day Camp Horse Programs     $225-$210
•    Resident Camp            $210-$380
•    Wilderness Trip Programs     $290-$720

Volunteer Opportunities:
Be the troop leader that supports her every week—the one that watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident. Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts.
Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun. For more information visit http://www.gsnwgl.org/en/for-volunteers/ways-to-volunteer.html

Street Address: 3511 Camp Phillips Road
Mailing Address: 3511 Camp Phillips Road            
City, State, Zip: Schofield, WI 54476
Phone: 888-747-6945
Fax: (920) 734-1304
Website Address: www.gsnwgl.org
Email Address: info@gsnwgl.org