Welcome to the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ website. Our campaign slogan for the 2015-2016 membership year “I can’t wait to….” so aptly captures the anticipation and excitement that is Girl Scouting. We just can’t wait to roll out new programs, expand opportunities and open doors for our girls and volunteers who, in turn, just can’t wait to join in the fun and adventure that is Girl Scouting! From the over 1,300 girls who participate in our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to almost 1,000 girls and volunteers who descend on Camp Torqua in one weekend for the Haunted Halloween events, (including the new Zombie Run), the consensus was – Girl Scouting is for all girls everywhere! We also have many new, fun and challenging outdoor experiences planned for our girls.
On October 1, 2014, we celebrated another milestone - we completed our 5th year as Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, and almost 103 years as a national Girl Scout movement. Our commitment to building girls who will shape the future of our nation is stronger than ever and your participation and support continues to be critical to our success. Working together, we are helping our girls in southern Illinois recognize and achieve their full potential.
I am pleased to report that we have seen an increase in our girl membership, our STEM programs continue to expand to reach more girls and more schools and we had 35 robotic teams compete at the local and state level. In keeping with this commitment to expose girls to STEM and obtain a competitive advantage in the workforce, we launched virtual Girl Scouting and prepared our girls and volunteers to participate in Digital Cookie.
GSSI had a 25% increase in Individual and Corporate giving and thank all our generous donors and supporters for their confidence in our programs and services. We also received 2 major grants – the ‘Imagine Your STEM Future’ from AT&T and renewal of our Challenge and Change grant from USDA – you can read more about both in this report.
Our In-School Scouting served over 1,500 girls from underserved areas in our community, and, thanks to numerous grants we were also able to expand STEM programming in East St. Louis schools. Over $150,000 in Financial Assistance was also provided so that all girls, regardless of their financial circumstances, could benefit from Girl Scouting.
We are committed to providing an exceptional fun and rewarding Outdoor Experience for our members and rolled out an ambitious plan for the future – a plan designed to get more girls and volunteers from all parts of our council to experience the joys of camping and learning about the environment. Our resident camp has seen declining attendance over the last few years and a decision was made to replace resident camp with these progressive camping and outdoor experiences.
We attribute our successes and accomplishments to the almost 4,500 dedicated volunteers who give so willingly of their time and talent and our generous donors who provide much needed resources. On behalf of our girls and our Board of Directors we thank you and look forward to our continued partnership.
Villie M. Appoo
Chief Executive Officer
The Girl Scout Mission:
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The Girl Scout Promise:
On my honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country,
to help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.