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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Receives $10K Grant From Community Foundation

The Beacon-News
Letter To The Editor

Grant Helps Girl Scouts Renovate Camp Dean

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois would like to extend our gratitude to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for a $10,000 grant that has enabled us to renovate one of our facilities at Camp Dean in Big Rock, IL. We also thank all of the individual donors to the Community Foundation that help make grants like ours possible.

Camp Dean serves girls (both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts) from 6 through 17 years of age from throughout the greater Aurora area, including its west and northwest suburbs.

The camp can accommodate up to 100 girls and adults at a time; approximately 1,200 Girl Scouts utilize Camp Dean each year for summer resident camp, day camp and troop camping experiences. Camp Dean offers the beginning camper the opportunity to explore nature, learn new skills and have fun in a group of her peers.

Camp Dean is fully accredited by the American Camping Association, a distinction that only one in four camps seek and earn, and indicates the highest standards of health, safety and program quality.

Thanks to this grant from the Community Foundation, we were able to provide much-needed updates to the Foxes Den, which serves as our nurse’s office, First Aid cabin, and houses program staff during the summer camp season. Kitchen facilities in the Foxes Den are used primarily for storing girls’ medication and first aid supplies, which are administered by the Registered Nurse during day camps and summer camps.

Money received from the Community Foundation was used to install new countertops and cabinetry that is more easily sanitized to meet Health Department standards, new and improved lighting, and safer and more efficient electric and plumbing fixtures.

All of these improvements will help Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois provide girls at Camp Dean with a safe and fun camp experience for years to come! For more information on the Community Foundation, visit


Vicki Wright, CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Sugar Grove Service Center
200 New Bond, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 897-1565

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Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

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Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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