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WOW! offered through Girl Scouts, Sage YMCA

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is partnering with Sage YMCA to offer a Journey Camp to all girls in second and third grade. During the camp, girls will learn about water celebration and conservation in WOW! Wonders of Water or their sisters around the world in "World of Girls. The camp will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 8-12, and July 15-19, at Sage YMCA, 701 Manor Road in Crystal Lake.

Girls should bring their own refillable water bottle.

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Camp registration is $82 per registered Girl Scout; $94 per non-registered Girl Scout. The additional $12 registers girls as Girl Scouts and allows them to participate in this program and others throughout the summer!

Families should visit www.sageymca.org to download enrollment forms, medical health forms, and releases which must be submitted at registration. Interested families may also register their girl for camp online at www.girlscoutsni.org. Limited financial assistant is available for qualified participants. Please contact MaryBeth Markwell at (847) 741-5521, ext. 7112, or mmarkwell@girlscoutsni.org.

This camp is partially funded through the McHenry County Community Foundation. Funding supplies girls with Girl Scout Journey books, supplies, and financial assistance for participants.

About Girl Scout Journeys

Girls now have three series of National Leadership Journeys to choose from: "It's Your World -- Change It!," "It's Your Planet -- Love It!," and "It's Your Story -- Tell It!"

On every Leadership Journey, everything girls do -- whether it's performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals, or learning to protect the planet's water supply -- is aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout Keys to Leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action.

A girl "discovers" her special skills and talents, finds the confidence to set challenging goals for herself, and strives to live by her values. This includes being proud of where she came from as well as where she's going. A girl "connects" with others, which means she learns how to team up, solve conflicts, and have healthy relationships. These skills help her in school right now and prepare her for any career she chooses in the future. A girl "takes action" and makes the world a better place, learning a lot about her community and the world along the way

About Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves over 18,000 girls and 5,500 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 how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call (800) 242-5591.

About Preferred Partners

Sage YMCA is one of GSNI's Preferred Partners. GSNI often works with outside organizations to provide programming to local girls. When an organization chooses to partner with GSNI, they have visibility to over 23,000 girls and adults and thousands more parents across 16 counties in northern Illinois aligning with the largest organization for girls in the world!

There are three ways businesses and organizations partner with GSNI:

Preferred Partner -- Programming is associated specifically to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and offered only to Girl Scouts.

Community Service Opportunities -- Projects or actions that benefit the community, giving girls a greater understanding of their local and global communities. Through community service, girls begin to understand issues in their community and work together toward improvement.

Community Offering -- Events or activities that are open to the public, or provide a discount or special offer to Girl Scouts. These events enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and support the Girl Scout mission.

To learn more about how easy it is to become a community partner by offering activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, contact Stacie Simpson at (815) 235-8777, ext. 7148, or ssimpson@girlscoutsni.org.

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