Get to know these future leaders and find out more about the Girl Scouts in the slideshow below.
When you think about the Girl Scouts, the first thing that comes to mind is probably your favorite cookie. We love cookies too (Samoas and Thin Mints for us!), but now we're seeing the organization in a whole new light. With all of their global travel and leadership programs - the Girl Scouts has a fresh new batch of opportunities.
Read some firsthand experiences from current G-Scouts and get the scoop on everything the organization has to offer.
Joanne Dynak, 14
"I am a freshman at Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois. I've been a Girl Scout for nine years. Through the Girl Scouts, I've taken part in a variety of camps and activities, including skiing, sailing, horseback-riding, swimming, yoga, and surviving alone in the woods!
My favorite experiences have been a trip to Washington D.C. and CAMP CEO, a camp-based leadership development experience that connects teen Girl Scouts with Chicago's most accomplished women. Being a part of the Girl Scouts has taught me how to be a confident leader, build a strong character and become a great public speaker.
Most of all, I love meeting so many new people, visiting exciting places, and participating in the amazing programs that the Girl Scouts offer."
Pictured: Joann Dynak (middle)
Alison (Ali) Jablonsky, 17
"I am a senior at Mount Assisi Academy in the Chicago area. Even though I've done (and still do) a trillion different activities, no activity has helped me to establish dreams the way Girl Scouts has (and still does).
Girl Scouts has let me see what is possible instead of just what is visible; extreme inner strength to keep going no matter what obstacles get in my way, and, most importantly, the knowledge of knowing I cannot do it alone. Because of these skills, I know that after college I can be a superhero to inner-city teens by teaching them the power of words as an English teacher."
Pictured: From Left Jaleesa Woodside; Maria Wynne (CEO, Girl Scouts of Chicago & NW Ind.); Whitney Sims-Rucker (standing over Maria Wynne); Ali Jablonsky (pink shirt); Natasha Tharwani (far right).
Natasha Tharwani, 16
"I am a junior at New Trier High School. I have learned many different things as a Girl Scout for the past 11 years. All of the activities I have participated in have truly given me confidence in myself. I know that if I want to go out there and get something, I am going to go and do just that.
There will be nothing stopping me and aiming for my goals. Girl Scouts also has given me the courage to try new things, and make new friends. And, it has truly built my character.
The characteristics I have learned through Girl Scouts such as compassion, kindness, service, leadership, organization, creativity, just to mention some, have helped me become the person I am today."
Pictured: Natasha Tharwani
Whitney Sims-Rucker, 18
"I am a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. I have been a Girl Scout for 13 years. Girl Scouts has taught me leadership, communication (i.e. listening), and the importance of community service.
In Girl Scouting, I have had the opportunity to travel to places including California (Joshua Tree National Park -- rock climbing); and Georgia as a delegate at the 50th National Convention in Atlanta. I was also named a National Young Woman of Distinction in 2008."
Pictured: Whitney Sims-Rucker