Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
We are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scout programming prepares girls to take the lead and change the world!
With Girl Scouts, girls do more than they ever thought possible, dream bigger dreams, and—oh, yeah—change the world. Bet you didn’t think rock climbing or selling cookies would do all that, did you? Girl Scouts are big thinkers, ground breakers and role models. When she’s a Girl Scout, she is a G.I.R.L.—Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader. Our program centers on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of activities and experiences to earn badges, become entrepreneurs, travel, explore the outdoors, do action projects and more.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves more than 15,000 girls and nearly 4,000 adult members annually in 38 counties from six service centers. We also offer an extensive membership assistance program.
Programs & Outreach
Our outreach programs partner with approximately 90 schools and community organizations to provide underserved girls in grades K-12. Through these partnerships, Girl Scouts can deliver unique programming in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), financial literacy, the arts, outdoor education, and health and wellness. GSCI served over 1,100 girls through STEM experiences this year.
Gold Award Girl Scouts
Open to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls (and the most difficult to earn). Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders who work on a broad range of the most challenging problems facing our world today. After completing their Gold Award, girls may also be eligible for college scholarships.
Locally, girls develop lifelong leadership skills at Camp Tapawingo in Metamora. This 640-acre property features a first-rate equestrian center, high and low ropes adventure courses, an archery range, hiking, boating and a variety of camping options and summer camp each year. The property is also available for public rental. 1,608 girls attended over 100 sessions of resident, day and weekend events during the summer.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest all-girl business and financial literacy program in the country, as cookie sales teach girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. 7,557 girls participated in the world’s largest girl-run business. Since 2010, GSCI has donated over 375,000 boxes of cookies to our military.
How to Help
Financial Support: Friends of Girl Scouting may contribute a financial gift through our annual appeals, by attending a special event, or by contributing an item from our wish list. Visit getyourgirlpower.org/give.
Volunteer: Nearly 4,000 volunteers give of their time, talent and treasure and are an integral part of the Girl Scout experience. Professionals, parents and community members are invited to join us to build girls of courage, confidence and character by visiting getyourgirlpower.org/volunteers.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
3020 Baker Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703-5918
Pam Kovacevich, CEO