October 2016: Your Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the September Checklist.

Need to download and print a copy of the October Checklist? Click here!


October At-a-Glance


Upcoming – for Girls, Troops, and Families

  • Circle of Excellence:
    • Each spring, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa celebrates our volunteers at the annual Circle of Excellence event. We want to make the next event epic, and we need your input. Please take our survey to tell us what you think would make a great event! This survey is open to both volunteers and families.
  • Travel:
    • Did you know that the council and GSUSA offer trips for girls in grades 4 and up? Check out our Travel page for more information – our Chicago trip for girls completing grades 4 or 5 this year is open for registration!
  • Fall/Winter Events:
    • Troops and Girl Scout families can view and register for events around the council from the Events Calendar on our website. You can also find program kits and field trips online!
    • Don’t miss out on these two new programs – each with a special patch and bag included:
      • October 14: Science Explorers – An evening of side-by-side learning at the Science Center of Iowa for both girls and adults led by STEM experts.
      • October 29: Incredible Women in Science – Take a tour through the DuPont Innovation Center and enjoy a series of hands-on experiments with women scientists at DuPont Pioneer.
  • Program Aide Training:
    • Do you have Cadettes who would like to share their knowledge and develop leadership skills? Encourage them to sign up for the next Program Aide Training in Council Bluffs on October 8.
  • Fall Product Program:
  • Juliette Product Program Participation:
    • Does your Juliette want to sell Fall Product? Let us know by filling out the Juliette Parent/Guardian Agreement Form. (Juliettes are individually registered Girl Scouts, an option for girls who choose not to join a troop or cannot find a troop that works with their schedule/location.)
  • Summer of Service Wrap-up:
    • Troops and girls that completed a Take Action project or helped in your community this summer, please complete the Summer of Service Form by November 1. We want to hear how girls are making a difference!

Volunteer Resources

  • Fall Leader Retreat:
    • Register for the annual Fall Leader Retreat by October 2. Get all of your trainings done, network with other volunteers, and have a blast at Camp Sacajawea October 7-9!
  • First Aid/CPR:
    • Time to renew your First Aid/ CPR Certification? Check out the following opportunities.
  • Virtual Roundtables:
    • Our virtual Roundtables are held each month by conference call. Register for the date and time that works for you, and call in from work or home to chat with other leaders about ideas and best practices!
      • October 5 & 13 – New Leader Roundtable
      • October 18 & 27 – Brownie Leader Roundtable
      • Check out the calendar for more sessions
  • Volunteer Agreements:
    • If you are a Troop Leader, Troop Product Manager, Service Unit Manager, or Service Unit Product Chair, be sure to submit your Volunteer Agreement Form. Product volunteers, once your agreement is complete, you’ll receive an email with your login for Nut-E, so you can manage your troop or service unit’s Fall Product Program!
  • Troop Catalog Update Form:
    • Have you completed a Troop Catalog Update Form, showing your troop’s meeting information for the year? We’d also love to know if you’ve got room for a few new members! Girls are waiting, all across the council.
  • Troop Finances:
  • Planning Your Parent Meeting:

Your 2016 Fall Product Program Guide

This post will be your one-stop Fall Product Program resource! You’ll definitely want to bookmark this page — we’ll continually update the post with the most up-to-date information to help your 2016 Fall Product Program go smoothly.

Kick-Off the Program with Drake Women’s Volleyball

Registration is open for the first-ever Fall Product Program Kick-Off on Saturday, October 1!  Activities will include: Zip to your Goal, CEO by Design, Sample What You Sell, “Show Your Spirit” Nail Salon, and on court activities led by Drake Athletes before you watch the game!

The women of Drake Volleyball know about setting goals, working as a team and making decisions just like girls do in Girl Scouts.

Families and troops can register online now!

Getting Set Up for the Fall Product Program

We need just you to complete just a few short steps to ensure you’re ready for the 2016 Fall Product Program. Links to agreements and trainings are below to help you get started.

Fall Product Program Resources

This is your one stop shop for all things Fall Product. Updated guides for the 2016 program will be listed here so you get everything you need in one place!

Shout Outs – Links to all Shout Out Product Program Newsletters will be added to this Bridge post.

Training

Fall Product Program Rallies

Program Guides

  • Troop Product Manager Guide – This guide includes a calendar of important dates, details on the program, and other helpful information to help troop volunteers manage the Fall Product Program.
  • Service Unit Product Chair Guide – Containing information for service unit volunteers, this guide includes a calendar of important dates, details on the program, and other helpful information to help manage the Fall Product Program.
  • Family Guide – This guide includes information to help families support their Girl Scout in the Fall Product Program, including goal-setting recognition details, a calendar of important dates, and helpful resources.
  • Juliette Guide – This guide is designed to help Juliette (independently-registered) Girl Scouts and their parents/guardians manage their program.

Nut-E

Nut-E is the website where you will manage all aspects of product and recognition ordering. You can access Nut-E at ashdonfarmsnute.com – once you have submitted your agreement form (see above), are registered as a volunteer and have a valid, current background check, you will be uploaded into Nut-E and emailed your login information.

Access the Online Program

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Girls and families can use the button above to set up their online store for the Fall Product Program.

Troops can also use the button above to set up their online account to be able to track their girls’ orders and design their own MyPatchCreation™. (Remember, if your troop has a total of at least $225 in online sales, the Troop Product Manager will actually be able to receive the MyPatchCreation™ they designed!)

And More-

Remember, girlscoutsiowa.org/fallproduct is your portal for all the information you may need for a successful Fall Product Program!

Keep an eye out for more great information and resources soon. Happy Fall Product Season!

2017 Cookie Rally Planning Guide

While the 2017 Cookie Program is still a few months away, we wanted to give service unit event planners the resources you need to prepare a super fun Cookie Rally for your community! This post will be your one-stop Cookie Rally shop – check out the great resources below and links to our activity Pinterest page (which will be updated even further) for activity ideas to customize your rally.

What is a Cookie Rally? Learn more here!

How do I plan a Cookie Rally for my service unit?

Step 1: Let us know you’re planning to have a Service Unit Rally by submitting the Cookie Rally Event Request & Patch Order Form. To ensure you receive cookie samples and recognitions before your event, please submit this form by November 18, 2016.

Step 2: Check out our step-by-step planning guide to help you iron out all the details of your rally!

Step 3: Choose the activities girls will complete during your rally! We’ve collected suggestions from cookie bakers and volunteers, as well as cool ideas from outside our council and put them all on our Cookie Rally Pinterest board. Feel free to pick, choose, and customize the best activities for your area.

Step 4: Host your rally! Collect feedback using the Girl Evaluation Form and keep these to help you plan for next year.

Step 5: Send us feedback using the Cookie Rally Evaluation.

Cookie Rallies are a great way for girls to come together and learn all about goal setting and other business skills before they become a part of the biggest girl-led business in the world. If you have any questions about holding the best rally ever, email us at info@gsiowa.org or give us a call at 800-342-8389!

It’s Back to Troop Time – Let’s Get More Girls Involved in Girl Scouting!

It’s Back to Troop time and your recruitment team is charged and ready to go! We have some new resources for you this fall as you welcome more girls into Girl Scouting.

How to Talk About Girl Scouts

You – our amazing volunteers – are our biggest advocates! To support you in your efforts to bring Girl Scouts to more girls, we’ve developed this “How to Talk About Girl Scouts” presentation to help you feel more confident in planning and facilitating recruitment events. It walks through what to expect, what to bring, and some ideas on what you can say during your event.

New Flyer Options

When you select Recruitment Flyer Order Form in the Forms section of our website, you’ll see we have simplified your options and given you the ability to preview before you order! Here’s a look at the style options you’ll be able to choose from when you order:

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How Can We Help?

Remember, your Recruitment Team is always a call or email away for additional support!

Do you know of a school event where Girl Scouts should have a presence? Contact your Recruitment Manager with the details.

Here’s to a fabulous Girl Scout year!

Find Your 2016 – 2017 Shout Out Newsletters : Your Product Program Resource

Shout Out! Newsletters are your weekly resource for Product Program news! Need to glance at a previous edition? Use the links below:

2016 Fall Product Program: 

Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Receive the Shout Outs?
All volunteers can subscribe to the email list using this simple sign-up form! If you know someone who isn’t receiving the Shout Outs, send them this link to get them signed up.

Meet Your Support Teams!

We’ve heard from many of our volunteers that you want to know more about the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff who can help you with questions about all things Girl Scout. Here’s an introduction to your support teams, and what topics they can help you with!  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to check out a map of the council regions, too.

Customer Care

Are you looking for information about product program permissions, troop activities, or camp? Ready to register for an event or find a new volunteer opportunity?

Girl Scout volunteers and parents can always contact our dedicated Customer Care team at 800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org. This team will find an answer to your questions, or direct you to the person who can best serve you!

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Troop Support

Are you a brand new leader? Is your service unit planning an event this year? Trying to plan ahead for a troop trip or make the most of the Fall Product and Cookie Programs? Your Troop Support team works with troop leaders and service units to help set you up for success!

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Placement

Looking for assistance in getting members placed in troops? Need to complete your volunteer registration and background check? Meet the team who helps our new and returning Girl Scout members find their way!

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Recruitment

Interested in getting more girls and adults involved in Girl Scouts? Planning a service unit recruitment event? The Recruitment team works across the council to ensure more girls have an opportunity to experience fun and leadership development in Girl Scouts.

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Council Map

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  • Lime Green – North Central
  • Orange – Southeast
  • Blue – South Central
  • Pink – West
  • Grey – Outside Council

And more!

Looking for books, uniforms, or fun Girl Scout gear? Visit the council shops located in all Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leadership Centers.

For a full list of GSGI staff, visit our website. If you are not sure who you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact Customer Care at 800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org

September 2016: Your Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the August Checklist.

Need to download and print a copy of the September Checklist? Click here!

September To-Dos

  • The Girl Scout year begins October 1 – have you and all troop members renewed your membership for 2016-17? 
  • Be sure to opt into your volunteer roles by completing your volunteer agreements! Click here for the links to fill out agreements Troop Leader, Troop Product Manager, Service Unit Manager, and Service Unit Product Chair.
  • Update your troop’s meeting information and open spots by submitting the Troop Catalog Update Form.
  • Remind girls and parents that Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits from the 2015-2016 year expire on September 15, 2016.
  • Submit your Summer of Service project by September 30. 
  • Submit your annual Troop/Service Unit Finance Report if you haven’t already (PAST DUE).
  • Plan and host back-to-school registration nights for girls in your community.
  • Is your troop bridging to a new level? Remember to take Leading Your Level for the new year!

Upcoming – for Girls, Troops, and Families

  • Your troop can still make a difference in your community through the Summer of Service! Submit your project details by September 30.
  • View Events on our website to find tons of upcoming activities for Girl Scouts. You’ll find events for all ages, plus special discounts, and options for the whole family. Click an event from the list or calendar to find the green Register Now button. Register before September 15 to use Cookie Dough, Munch Money, or Juliette Credits from the 2015-16 year.
    • Psst…Keep an eye on your mailbox – members will be receiving the Fall Program Guide in the coming weeks!
  • Don’t miss out on these exciting programs:
    • September 17 – Tour De Lake – this bicycle cruise around Clear Lake is open to Girl Scouts, families, and the general public
    • September 24 – Gimme S’More Mud Run – take a challenge of our second annual muddy obstacle course at Camp Sacajawea. Open to Girl Scouts, families, and the general public.
    • November 25 – Disney on Ice – girls of all ages are invited to join us at Wells Fargo Arena for dinner and a show!
  • All girls have the opportunity to develop skills and earn rewards through the Fall Product Program from October 1 – 21. The Fall Product Program gives girls and troops the opportunity to sell magazine subscriptions and very popular nuts and candy in order to earn funds to help their troop kick off their year. This friends and family sale is conducted both face-to-face and online.

Volunteer Resources

  • Fall Product Program: Whether your troop has been rocking the Fall Product Program for years, or if you’re just getting started, we’ve got resources lined up to help you kick-off the year! Remember, each service unit will receive $10 per troop that participates in the Fall Product Program, and will receive an additional $10 if at least 1 Juliette Girl Scout participates!
  • Training Opportunities: Share ideas, get your questions answered, and meet your Girl Scout volunteer sisters by participating in these training opportunities for volunteers!

Girl Scout Q&A

What is the Opportunity Catalog?

  • The Opportunity Catalog, or Troop Catalog, is our online listing of available troops and volunteer positions open across the council. Each year, thousands of new girls join Girl Scouting, and we want to welcome every girl with open arms!
  • To update your troop’s information, please fill out the Troop Catalog Update Form with your troop’s meeting details and number of available spots. Leaders can also fill out this information through MyGS, on the “troop” tab.
  • Every time a new girl signs up for your troop, leaders will receive an email notification so that you can reach out to your new members.