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Girl Scouts to host anti-bullying program Oct. 27

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Sometimes it can be very hard for girls to stand up for what they believe in or say what they really think when bullies are around.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois plans to empower girls with "Be a Friend, Not a Bully" on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 US Hwy 14 in Crystal Lake.

The workshop will be facilitated by volunteers from the McHenry County College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

This girls-only event will teach girls how to stand strong against bullies. Girls will receive tips on how to stand up for their beliefs and how to help themselves or others who are being bullied. Participants will see how American Girl Chrissa Maxwell deals with the "Mean Bees" at her new school during a screening of An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. Girls will also take the SHINE pledge and create cool accessories to show they won't stand for bullying.

The program is open to all girls in grades 2--3. Program fee is $10 per girl; $3 per adult and includes a No Bullying patch, pizza and a drink. There is an additional one-time $12 fee for non-Girl Scouts. This fee registers participants as Girl Scouts, allowing them to participate in this program, as well as many others.

Registration deadline is October 10. To register, contact Brooke Radford-Knight at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7147 or

About Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in grades K through 12 are engaged in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls develop leadership potential by participating in age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them. Activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem. For more information on 100th anniversary activities, or how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit or call 1-800-242-5591.

About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.