June 2017: Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the May Checklist!

Need to download a copy of the June Checklist? Click here!


June At-a-Glance


Upcoming – For Girls, Troops, and Families

Summer 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!
Be sure to check out upcoming programs near you:

  • Camp Open Houses – From meeting the counselors to exploring the outdoors, to making a craft, there’s something for everyone at these great come-and-go events at each of our unique camps!
  • Zombie Events – Be Sure to Renew During Early Bird!
    • All girls who renew during Early Bird get FREE admission to one of our Zombie Bashes happening across the council! After girls renew, they can register for the event nearest them on our website.
  • Summer Camp Registration is Open!
    • Now that Cookie Dough has been sent, it’s the perfect time for families to register their Girl Scout for their best summer ever at camp!

Volunteer Resources

Early Bird

Early Bird Renewal ends on June 30! With new incentives – from a free exclusive event and patches, to “discounts” on adult registrations and a service unit reward – Early Bird Renewal is more exciting than ever! Renew your troop before June 30 for an awesome head start on the 2017-18 year. Learn more at gsgibridge.com/earlybird.

Circle of Success – Registration is Open Now!

Circle of Success events across the council are great opportunities to kick start the excitement for the new Girl Scout year, connect with other volunteers in your region, and share best practices & resources in the Girl Scout movement. Register now for the event near you on our website Event List!

Le Mars – July 24 Denison – July 25 Fort Dodge – July 27
Emmetsburg – August 1 Council Bluffs – August 3 Indianola – August 7
Clear Lake – July 31 Lenox – August 8

Mud Run Volunteers Needed!

We need your help at the Gimme S’more Mud Run on September 23! We couldn’t put on this exciting event without the help of our awesome volunteers. From staffing the registration tables, to helping runners stay hydrated and find their way, we have volunteer positions for everyone. Interested? Fill out our simple form at smoremudrun.com under “Get Involved.”

 

Troop Finance Reports

Don’t forget, Troop Finance Reports are due June 30! We’ve simplified the form to make it easy for you to complete. And remember, the $5 adult membership discount for Early Bird will only take effect once your Troop Finance Report is complete! Head to girlscoutsiowa.org/troopfinance to fill out your troop’s report.

Troop Catalog Update Forms

The new year is approaching! Be sure to fill out the Troop Catalog Update Form on our website to let us know about your troop this year, like your meeting details or a description of the activities your troop loves to do!

G.I.R.L. 2017 – National Convention

You’re invited to a one-of-a-kind gathering of girls and women from around the world. Come experience National Convention like you’ve never seen it before. From October 6-8, 2017, Girl Scouts will dominate Columbus, Ohio, and we want you to be a part of it! Unlike previous National Conventions, this year’s three day event is all about inspiring speakers, enlightening educational opportunities and the Hall of Experience. The business is taken care of earlier in the week. See all National Convention options in our Bridge post.

Summer Leadership Center Hours

From June 2 – September 1, all Leadership Centers will close at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. For updates on hours and closings, be sure to check our Hours and Locations page.

Outdoor Exploration Training for Volunteers!

We’re thrilled to offer awesome outdoor training opportunities at 4 different locations in the next year! Topics covered in the trainings will include: campfire basics, fire-building, outdoor cooking, campout first-aid (not a certification), camping 101, and so much more! Save the date for the training near you – registration will open later this summer:

Camp Joy Hollow (Westfield)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Camp Juliette (Marshalltown)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Camp Sacajawea (Boone)

Fri., October 20 – Sat., October 21, 2017

Camp Tanglefoot (Clear Lake)

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12, 2018


Girl Scout Q&A

Q: My troop plans to complete the Summer of Service hours.  Do I need to fill anything out?  How will they get their patch?

A: All troops completing their Summer of Service project hours should complete the Summer of Service Form located on our website.  If your troop donated at least 10 hours of your time, you qualify for cool Summer of Service patches, and can designate on the form whether you will be picking your patches up, or if you would like them to be mailed.

Q: Our troop earned a camp overnight during the Cookie Program – how do we book this?

A: To reserve your free overnight, please e-mail the following information to info@gsiowa.org:

  1. Troop Leader’s name and troop number.
  2. Preferred overnight dates and camp location of choice.
  3. Total number of people attending (girls and adults).
  4. Preferred building to rent (if you have a preference).

Please note our camp directors will be providing the programming for your outdoor badge.  We can’t wait to see you at camp!

May 2017: Your Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the April Checklist!

Need to download a copy of the May Checklist? Click here!


May At-a-Glance


Upcoming – For Girls, Troops, and Families

Spring 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!
Be sure to check out upcoming programs near you:

  • Living Like a Pioneer
    • NEW for Brownies/Juniors! Ever wondered what it would be to live like a pioneer? Join us in our very first overnight at Living History Farms, Living Like a Pioneer (June 2 – 3)!
  • Journey in a Day
  • G.I.R.L. 2017 – National Convention
    • Attention all Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Join your Girl Scout sisters from Iowa and across the nation to participate in the triennial Girl Scouts National Convention in Columbus, Ohio this October. Check out our Girl Scout Travel page for more info!
  • Summer Camp Registration is Open!
    • Now that Cookie Dough has been sent, it’s the perfect time for families to register their Girl Scout for their best summer ever at camp!

Volunteer Resources

Early Bird

It’s Early Bird Renewal time! With new incentives – from a free exclusive event and patches, to “discounts” on adult registrations and a service unit reward – Early Bird Renewal is more exciting than ever! Renew your troop before June 30 for an awesome head start on the 2017-18 year. Learn more at gsgibridge.com/earlybird.

Circle of Success – Save the Dates

Circle of Success events across the council are great opportunities to kick start the excitement for the new Girl Scout year, connect with other volunteers in your region, and share best practices & resources in the Girl Scout movement. Save the date for the event near you, and keep an eye on The Bridge and our Event List for more info:

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Summer of Service

Let’s show the world how much Girl Scouts can do this summer! If you help us reach our goal of 2017 hours of service, everyone who participates will receive a Summer of Service t-shirt. Give at least 10 hours as a troop, and you’ll earn a patch! Find out more at girlscoutsiowa.org/summerofservice.

Virtual Roundtables in May

We have some awesome virtual roundtables coming up in May for our volunteers! We’re holding two sessions about Summer of Service and two sessions especially for Cadette/Senior/Ambassador troop leaders. We hope you’ll join us for these opportunities to share ideas – check out the Event List for more info!

Troop Finance Reports

Don’t forget, Troop Finance Reports are due June 30! We’ve simplified the form to make it easy for you to complete. And remember, the $5 adult membership discount for Early Bird will only take effect once your Troop Finance Report is complete! Head to girlscoutsiowa.org/troopfinance to fill out your troop’s report.

Screen-Free Week Program Kit

Pssst…. Screen-Free Week this year is from May 1 – May 7, and we have a program kit for your girls! Learn more about the benefits of Screen-Free Week and download the kit here!


Your Girl Scout Shop

Starter Kits are Back!

Visit any of our council shops for our build-it-yourself Starter Kits – perfect for new Girl Scouts and bridging members! When you spend at least $30 on essential items (qualifying uniform, insignia, and books) for one grade-level kit, your Girl Scout will receive a FREE BAG. [This is an in-store offer; similar promotions can be found on the online shop, but details vary.]

Cookie Dough Can Be Used at the Camp Trading Posts!

Did you know that families can use Cookie Dough and Munch Money at the Trading Post at camp? From blankets and shirts, to bandanas and bracelets, girls can snag a keepsake to remember their summer.


Girl Scout Q&A

Q: When will cookie recognition items be in?

A: Cookie recognition items will be sent to each Service Unit Product Chair (SUPC), and should arrive in the beginning of May. SUPCs will separate orders and get them to troops. We appreciate your patience as we anxiously wait for items to arrive so the girls can enjoy the recognitions they worked so hard for!

Q: What if one of my troop families says they didn’t receive their Girl Scout’s Cookie Dough information?

A: When checking your e-mail for the message with Cookie Dough information, be sure to have families check their inbox as well as junk, promotional, social, and spam folders.  If after checking they still don’t find the e-mail, please have them send a message to info@gsiowa.org and a member of our Customer Care team would be happy to help.  Be sure to check out the Cookie Dough, Munch Money, & Program Credit Policy Guide, which can be found in the Forms section of our website, to see how Cookie Dough can be utilized this year!

National Convention – G.I.R.L. 2017

G.I.R.L. 2017 – the triennial Girl Scout National Convention – is a one-of-a-kind gathering of girls and women from around the world. Girl Scouts is taking the lead by working with high school girls across the nation to plan the multi-day event for all girls and those who care about them.

The event in Columbus, OH will bring together more than 10,000 people—Girl Scout members, supporters, speakers, entertainers, and exhibitors—to inspire girls to get active in their communities and build a better world.

G.I.R.L. 2017 will feature:

  • Life-changing conversations about issues affecting girls, women, and all of us
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Chances to learn crucial lessons and skills to implement in girls’ communities
  • Amazing friendships and connections that will last a lifetime
  • Incredible fun and excitement!

Excited? We are!

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa council staff will be attending G.I.R.L 2017 and we want you to come along! Here are some ways you may choose to attend:

  • Girls in Grades 6-12: Register for council sponsored trip! We’ll need a minimum of 10 girls and the registration deadline is May 31. For costs and details visit our website. Chaperones will be provided by the council.
  • Families: A Girl Scout & her parent/guardian may opt to plan their own trip to G.I.R.L 2017. Cost of travel and expenses will be on your own. Register here for the event, and then let us know! We’ll send you information on our hotel block so you can stay with the group if you’d like to share hotel costs.* Feel free to book on your own as well. (This is a great option for girls who aren’t yet in Grade 6.)
  • Volunteers and Adults Age 19 and Up: You can register to attend as well! Cost of travel and expenses will be on your own. Register here for the event, and then let us know! We’ll send you information on our hotel block so you can stay with the group if you’d like to share hotel costs.* Feel free to book on your own as well.

For family trips and adults attending on their own, please be aware that these are not an official Girl Scout trip; therefore you won’t be covered under Girl Scout insurance for your travel.

*All hotel rooms have 2 queen size beds will have a minimum of 2 people unless those traveling together would like to share a bed.  We will be staying at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbus, OH. Cost is approximately $87-90 per person/bed.

We hope we’ll see you there!

2017 Girl Scout Cookie Wall of Fame!

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WOW – the 2017 Cookie Program was a record-breaking year, with girls setting goals and smashing them left and right. We’ve heard such amazing stories, from girls gaining the confidence to speak up in public for the first time at a booth sale, to girls aiming for earning the iPad so they can donate it to a children’s hospital for those in need.

Here’s a huge shout out to this year’s super sellers, who certainly put the BIG in the “world’s biggest girl-led business” with the number of packages they sold this year:

3000+ Packages

Lillian K . – Troop 40195

2000+ Packages

Brooklynn S . – Troop 324

1500+ Packages

Alexis K . – Troop 40057
Shaye C . – Troop 902

1000+ Packages

Jemma M . – Troop 558
Breanna S . – Troop 30258
Haley F . – Troop 1031
Tammy B . – Troop 1132
Savannah B . – Troop 10230
Natalie M . – Juliette
Zoey A . – Troop 40116
Brooke T . – Troop 30309
Meissa E . – Troop 1006
Caitlyn R . – Troop 757
Jayla I . – Troop 10082
Pyper W . – Troop 1014
Hailey N . – Troop 40053
Molly C . – Troop 40111
Sydney H . – Troop 757
Madisyn N . – Troop 31080
Taylor W . – Troop 1823
Allison H . – Troop 757
Eimear D . – Troop 2220
Delaney B . – Troop 169
Nevaeh E . – Troop 20023
Addyson S . – Troop 565
Hailey R . – Troop 30254
Roxanna A . – Juliette
Katie S . – Troop 40056
Christine W . – Troop 161
Ariana K . – Troop 602
Erika F . – Troop 10351
Emma H . – Troop 237
Alexis J . – Troop 568
Teyla V . – Troop 20172
Genevieve T . – Troop 788
Tara M . – Troop 10141
Mandy J . – Troop 31080
Malynda B . – Troop 30191
Annabelle C . – Troop 21029
Hailey G . – Troop 252
Kaley C . – Troop 236
Evony B . – Troop 7096
Abby H . – Troop 116
Adysen J . – Troop 40002
Sienna C . – Troop 1196
Grace P . – Troop 30174
Cheznie M . – Troop 40017
Allison S . – Troop 10265
Samantha C . – Juliette
Soulee N . – Troop 604
Kylie P . – Troop 30057
Chloe B . – Troop 10118
Gracie J . – Troop 1046
Harper N . – Troop 10230
Emma B . – Juliette
Diana E . – Juliette

900+ Packages

Chasity C . – Troop 469
Kaylie B . – Troop 30067
Zoella K . – Troop 217
Ashlee S . – Troop 420
Erica J . – Troop 10217
Zoey B . – Troop 7234
Dylan M . – Troop 30418
Ukume P . – Juliette
Cassandra H . – Troop 10311
Rae-Lynn M . – Troop 20238
Addison C . – Juliette
Brianna L . – Troop 30020
Addison S . – Troop 1031
Madison S . – Troop 522
Grace P . – Troop 563
Lauryn W . – Troop 152
Miranda G . – Troop 1006
Hannah S . – Troop 218
Lauren J . – Troop 40057
Cecelia G . – Troop 40572
Laila S . – Troop 40572
Mackenzie W . – Troop 217
Lily D . – Troop 293
Kamryn K . – Troop 320
Maren M . – Troop 547
Brooke C . – Troop 764
Madeline P . – Troop 1006
Raygin O . – Troop 10273
Hailey S . – Troop 20281
Khloe N . – Troop 31043
Mckenzie S . – Troop 30191
Annabelle L . – Troop 470
Charlie L . – Troop 40195
Kaitlyn H . – Troop 30119
Kaylee K . – Troop 205
Gabriella G . – Troop 151
Zoey B . – Troop 30231
Heather N . – Troop 10309
Fiona D . – Troop 125
Kayla V . – Troop 30438
Megan V . – Troop 31074
Edie M . – Troop 40525
Elizabeth F . – Troop 590
Natalie P . – Troop 21029
Madelyn D . – Troop 10082
Alayna C . – Troop 1033
Maia A . – Troop 747
Fiona S . – Troop 169
Abby H . – Troop 764
Elizabeth W . – Troop 6880
Mylie B . – Troop 7129
Loren F . – Troop 20324
Aeriana S . – Troop 40195

800+ Packages

Derika A . – Troop 42
Sophia H . – Troop 10204
Joni K . – Troop 527
Trinity S . – Troop 7096
Emma W . – Troop 30231
Hallie C . – Troop 793
Makayla L . – Troop 10067
Ellie K . – Troop 10036
Lily B . – Troop 502
Merayna V . – Troop 10007
Morgan Z . – Troop 10206
Madison B . – Troop 40505
Brittany S . – Troop 10217
Abbigail M . – Troop 469
Claire B . – Troop 1906
Madalynn G . – Troop 1006
Lily R . – Troop 10144
Avery M . – Troop 20135
Josephine H . – Troop 550
Sarah T . – Juliette
Kaitlyn H . – Troop 757
Braylynn B . – Troop 774
Monica D . – Troop 40506
Kylie D . – Troop 252
Darah S . – Troop 1031
Breezy O . – Troop 30406
Sicily S . – Troop 1459
Maggie T . – Troop 30317
Maddy W . – Troop 91
Emili O . – Troop 742
Abby W . – Troop 807
Hailey C . – Troop 10007
Jocelyn M . – Troop 40606
Bria F . – Troop 7129
Harmony S . – Troop 40257
Morgan S . – Troop 10217
Kennedy W . – Troop 276
Ashlynn B . – Troop 420
Leia B . – Troop 30145
Adriana J . – Juliette
Breckyn N . – Troop 20563
Shaelyn N . – Troop 30438
Macy P . – Troop 40003
Madyline T . – Troop 44
Hayden F . – Troop 1033
Christina P . – Troop 51
Claire L . – Juliette
Addison H . – Troop 10311
Addyson S . – Troop 40341
Kelsey P . – Troop 176
Syriana S . – Troop 40053
Serena I . – Troop 420
Paisley W . – Troop 20161
Alexxia R . – Troop 40006
Essa J . – Troop 78
Alexis H . – Troop 44
Julia L . – Troop 78
Maizy I . – Troop 78
Kristina M . – Troop 99
Haylee T . – Troop 107
Elizabeth F . – Troop 161
Mia R . – Troop 462
Lily W . – Troop 469
Emily E . – Troop 598
Laura L . – Troop 683
Destiny W . – Troop 703
Keely R . – Troop 730
Jayda S . – Troop 744
Kylee F . – Troop 788
Mackenzie C . – Troop 912
Ali P . – Troop 1053
Samantha A . – Troop 2220
Elizabeth R . – Troop 7002
Chloe A . – Troop 10273
Maggie H . – Troop 10273
Felicity R . – Troop 10302
Bianca S . – Troop 20179
Alexis R . – Troop 40114
Haedyn M . – Troop 40511
Lian A . – Troop 40572
Paige V . – Juliette
Leah C . – Troop 76

700+ Packages

Mya S . – Troop 328
Caylee F . – Troop 324
Brooklynn G . – Troop 31080
Sidnie C . – Troop 40606
Bindi P . – Troop 40116
Kinsey S . – Troop 7142
Meredith H . – Troop 1823
Anna R . – Troop 1033
Natalie T . – Troop 1823
Mekenzie H . – Troop 40098
Jazmine W . – Troop 345
Hailey M . – Troop 40341
Alyssa S . – Troop 40053
Jayden P . – Troop 30406
Zoey G . – Troop 375
Hailey B . – Troop 590
Kaylee K . – Troop 906
Jazabella M . – Troop 864
Jasmine S . – Troop 40341
Jatelyn S . – Troop 31080
Natalie M . – Troop 40406
Sophia M . – Troop 321
Jayden G . – Troop 1823
Katelyn D . – Troop 40019
Chloe D . – Troop 66
Carrie B . – Troop 324
Miracle H . – Troop 22
Jordyn B . – Troop 324
Khaidencey G . – Troop 337
Kelci P . – Troop 592
Chloe B . – Troop 654
Josalyn A . – Troop 764
Adalie D . – Troop 7096
Alanah H . – Troop 10273
Giana G . – Troop 40082
Alyson D . – Troop 40116
Bailey Z . – Troop 40341
Jayla R . – Juliette
Brynn H . – Troop 237
Sydney G . – Troop 490
Hailey V . – Troop 583
Gracie B . – Troop 30068
Gwendolyn G . – Troop 1002
Poppy M . – Troop 480
Marissa S . – Juliette
Ava S . – Troop 40341
Hailey C . – Troop 91
Hailey C . – Juliette
Avalon J . – Troop 234
Hanna M . – Troop 40341
Lisa H . – Troop 20417
Hailey E . – Troop 246
Paislee E . – Troop 10311
Emma W . – Troop 30075
Allie W . – Troop 7267
Sophia F . – Troop 40606
Madelyn B . – Troop 907
Ashley L . – Troop 40098
Adeline O . – Troop 1018
Taylor S . – Troop 30067
Cheyenne G . – Troop 161
Corinne D . – Troop 446
Alayna W . – Troop 498
Winifred S . – Troop 40161
Emerson G . – Troop 40408
Julietza R . – Troop 80
Violet F . – Troop 872
Julianne T . – Troop 7142
Grace D . – Troop 10284
Kayla H . – Troop 20415
Dayla M . – Troop 78
Briely S . – Troop 175
Grace S . – Troop 175
Lydia K . – Troop 175
Madison S . – Troop 175
Molly F . – Troop 175
Lilian W . – Troop 215
Tionna H . – Troop 215
Kierstin S . – Troop 237
Abagail M . – Troop 337
Adriana S . – Troop 337
Addi H . – Troop 340
Jesalynn H . – Troop 411
Alison V . – Troop 420
Harlynn J . – Troop 906
Phoebe W . – Troop 1823
Abygail E . – Troop 7002
Kaelee H . – Troop 7129
Alyssa S . – Troop 10458
Aliviah B . – Troop 10499
Shaelynn P . – Troop 30104
Tori W . – Troop 30104
Lauren L . – Troop 30119
Kalie P . – Troop 30284
Lakayah L . – Troop 30395
Delaynee S . – Troop 40111
Addison A . – Troop 40161

600+ Packages

Anastacia H . – Troop 1030
Makenna S . – Troop 40260
Haley K . – Troop 20104
Anora H . – Troop 980
Brooke O . – Troop 30191
Felicity E . – Troop 696
Claire S . – Troop 10020
Addison F . – Troop 40160
Isabel F . – Troop 1033
Peyton R . – Troop 40523
Hailey M . – Troop 347
Isabella M . – Troop 31080
Lucy M . – Troop 40002
Marissa M . – Troop 40606
Elizabeth M . – Troop 10118
Peyton F . – Troop 40051
Miley H . – Troop 125
Kylie L . – Troop 493
Briona R . – Troop 20417
Johanna M . – Troop 1031
Brelee B . – Troop 25
Alyssa L . – Troop 236
Taylor T . – Troop 393
Olivia N . – Troop 591
Angel H . – Troop 633
Aubrey M . – Troop 427
Mariah-Delanaya B . – Troop 20038
Eden B . – Troop 217
Sienna G . – Troop 755
Alexis W . – Troop 772
Shaye M . – Troop 772
Briley S . – Troop 10007
Olivia B . – Troop 10204
Maddison S . – Troop 40111
Madelynn F . – Troop 20023
Andrea R . – Troop 40094
Breana N . – Troop 712
Alexa C . – Troop 717
Alivia G . – Troop 31039
Laci R . – Troop 40406
Courtney J . – Troop 162
Leah B . – Troop 7129
Katherine C . – Troop 806
Kylie M . – Troop 256
Kayla B . – Troop 30273
Faith D . – Juliette
Allyson M . – Juliette
Sami B . – Troop 1033
Stella B . – Troop 264
Kamryn L . – Troop 40144
Ashley S . – Troop 40350
Piper G . – Troop 505
Karalynn C . – Troop 7226
Shyla H . – Troop 30216
Taylor B . – Troop 30273
Raven S . – Troop 40350
Caeddance B . – Troop 462
Megan L . – Troop 40606
Angela O . – Troop 96
Brooklyn V . – Troop 101
Janessa S . – Troop 10019
Emma C . – Troop 519
Lillian S . – Troop 7129
Addison C . – Troop 40341
Lelah G . – Troop 40341
Kathleen W . – Troop 609
Emily G . – Troop 40082
Mikayla R . – Troop 20036
Keiran M . – Troop 256
Autumn S . – Troop 324
Emma H . – Troop 561
Addison D . – Troop 7216
Lilly C . – Troop 1033
Alyssa G . – Troop 807
Jordan R . – Troop 40408
Kaitlynn C . – Juliette
Cienna F . – Troop 52
Madison Y . – Troop 78
Sophie O . – Troop 100
Isabella J . – Troop 158
Reese W . – Troop 158
Paige P . – Troop 160
Ella F . – Troop 169
Margaret T . – Troop 169
Carly C . – Troop 171
Kylee J . – Troop 215
Alyson D . – Troop 602
Erinne M . – Troop 730
Stormy K . – Troop 730
Yessenia B . – Troop 744
Sarenidy B . – Troop 764
Ellison F . – Troop 872
Sophia B . – Troop 1010
Olivia C . – Troop 1031
Abigail D . – Troop 1044
Emilie M . – Troop 1512
Emma T . – Troop 7149
Rilynn N . – Troop 7234
Jade F . – Troop 10007
Abigail P . – Troop 10031
Star S . – Troop 10273
Amelia W . – Troop 20238
Aubree K . – Troop 20238
Paisley T . – Troop 20412
Brylie D . – Troop 30083
Isabelle B . – Troop 30438
Teagan M . – Troop 31043
Brylee E . – Troop 40082
Abygail H . – Troop 40111
Savannah S . – Troop 40144
Andreyah L . – Troop 40195
Haleigh W . – Troop 87
Isabelle L . – Troop 286
Brianna M . – Juliette

500+ Packages

Danica I . – Troop 558
Sierra L . – Troop 40297
Jordan B . – Troop 20409
Ella K . – Juliette
Justice K . – Troop 10528
Suzanne W . – Troop 933
Joy A . – Troop 20418
Jozelyn R . – Troop 502
Natalie W . – Troop 20408
Ireland U . – Troop 30001
AnnaLeigh S . – Troop 40056
Brianna H . – Troop 286
Adelynn H . – Troop 20266
Journey I . – Troop 30057
Katherine H . – Troop 222
Elyssa H . – Troop 479
Katie H . – Troop 1002
Hannah A . – Troop 55
Morgan L . – Troop 558
Allyson H . – Troop 20033
Alissa P . – Troop 674
Alyson D . – Troop 20058
Clara M . – Troop 347
Azlyn A . – Troop 10154
Delaney A . – Troop 20151
Natasha R . – Troop 40003
Miranda Q . – Troop 121
Jordyn C . – Troop 20460
Kiara P . – Troop 30287
Jazlyn L . – Troop 296
Peyton B . – Troop 30416
Olivia S . – Troop 1103
Rowyn B . – Troop 7102
Iviana S . – Troop 40207
Londyn U . – Troop 30287
Taylor M . – Troop 39
Jaeda L . – Juliette
Ryelan K . – Troop 40053
Brooklyn D . – Troop 103
Adrianna M . – Troop 10083
Kadence W . – Troop 443
Elizabeth L . – Troop 1018
Eleanor L . – Troop 1459
Natalie S . – Troop 443
Emilie R . – Troop 1002
Isabelle G . – Troop 215
Madailein W . – Troop 256
Abigail V . – Troop 1072
Trinity V . – Troop 493
Sophia C . – Troop 40424
Maycia W . – Troop 1035
Emilee P . – Troop 1823
Aileah G . – Troop 10030
Lydia O . – Troop 10032
Jayda L . – Troop 10309
Sophie M . – Troop 1072
Keturah C . – Troop 30345
Rylee B . – Troop 40116
Ava S . – Troop 864
Kelsey H . – Troop 237
Lillian H . – Troop 7267
Dalani Y . – Troop 31039
Ariana C . – Troop 344
Mariah L . – Troop 7013
Peyton H . – Troop 7145
Hadley S . – Troop 10380
Ellie W . – Troop 103
Freedom R . – Troop 336
Rylie H . – Troop 563
Kimberly S . – Troop 40572
Magan B . – Troop 1823
Lilly S . – Troop 494
Hayden R . – Troop 7145
Blain H . – Troop 7259
Audrey P . – Troop 293
Nora M . – Troop 379
Haylee M . – Troop 411
Grace C . – Troop 591
Larissa K . – Troop 602
Sophia L . – Troop 602
Anna H . – Troop 609
Aubrey M . – Troop 744
Abigail C . – Troop 1049
AnnaLyssa C . – Troop 1049
Audrey W . – Troop 2220
Sarah H . – Troop 20206
Kayleigh P . – Troop 20405
Jocelyn M . – Troop 30187
Mahkenzie M . – Troop 30187
Patience V . – Troop 30418
Addisen T . – Troop 31093
Ava W . – Troop 40017
Sadie B . – Troop 1173
Serenity S . – Troop 39
Zayley M . – Troop 40009
Jaynie F . – Troop 30159
Taylyn A . – Troop 58
Piper N . – Troop 590
Regan B . – Troop 443
Madalyn F . – Troop 30145
Faith P . – Troop 10063
Zoey A . – Troop 40094
Daphne H . – Troop 7096
Autumn S . – Troop 30258
Alexis M . – Troop 685
Cheyenne C . – Troop 788
Damerica S . – Troop 40009
Izabella C . – Troop 42062
Desiree B . – Troop 1039
Emma S . – Troop 21000
Malaina E . – Troop 42
Cameron K . – Troop 10078
Kamea V . – Troop 30215
Erin S . – Troop 30270
Sabrina H . – Troop 558
Emily L . – Troop 40094
Jesse P . – Troop 40134
Morgan S . – Troop 10083
Jessa F . – Troop 10566
Grace J . – Troop 30231
Lillian E . – Troop 335
Sadie J . – Troop 1031
Gracie K . – Troop 1033
Madison N . – Troop 21
Katelyn L . – Troop 30345
Katie D . – Troop 40005
Anaelise S . – Troop 7142
Sarah V . – Troop 268
Brianna G . – Troop 580
Alexa A . – Troop 328
Cheyenne W . – Troop 256
Natalyee S . – Troop 527
Piper P . – Troop 1205
Maliyah F . – Troop 1459
Charity S . – Troop 44
Emma K . – Troop 7002
Maizsyn M . – Troop 1044
Gracie F . – Troop 92
Clara S . – Troop 1067
Olivia J . – Troop 40094
Mari D . – Troop 188
Emma H . – Troop 30003
Aleisha T . – Juliette
Cecilia D . – Troop 906
Alathea V . – Troop 1205
Mackenzie R . – Troop 604
Chloe R . – Troop 648
Kinley D . – Troop 872
Aubrie H . – Troop 324
Haley M . – Troop 1033
Lillian D . – Troop 10006
Riley B . – Troop 10351
Brooklynn A . – Troop 30159
Addison W . – Troop 10128
Addison W . – Troop 30387
Makenna W . – Troop 2
Madison D . – Troop 103
Olivia A . – Troop 272
Alyson R . – Troop 20230
Kali L . – Troop 30387
Audriana B . – Troop 40406
Caitlyn S . – Troop 30345
Jordan B . – Troop 40297
Cheyanne P . – Troop 229
Sophie P . – Troop 452
Miranda L . – Troop 7216
Kiersten P . – Troop 30302
Emma J . – Troop 40160
Kristin W . – Troop 462
Kaycie R . – Troop 542
Olivia O . – Troop 20052
Starlyne H . – Troop 40002
Olivia S . – Troop 40341
Khloie M . – Troop 604
Ellie W . – Troop 31039
Madalynn B . – Troop 40013
Delaney T . – Troop 40086
Bristol Y . – Troop 7149
Georgia M . – Troop 198
Kayley B . – Troop 276
Danielle B . – Troop 763
Mia D . – Troop 2220
Allyson C . – Troop 31034
Adelyn H . – Troop 10019
Kate K . – Troop 20052
Grace W . – Troop 491
Cordelia F . – Troop 683
Haylee R . – Troop 20281
Julianna G . – Troop 40207
Aimee M . – Troop 40406
Emily C . – Troop 96
Cassiopeia G . – Troop 654
Cayley M . – Troop 774
Kaylee C . – Troop 7234
Elizabeth M . – Troop 30010
Gracie F . – Troop 40116
Vicky R . – Troop 40606
Meredith D . – Troop 47
Adelae J . – Troop 96
Annelise J . – Troop 96
Reannen Q . – Troop 121
Autumn C . – Troop 171
Allison O . – Troop 217
Johanna S . – Troop 293
Gracie B . – Troop 335
Reese O . – Troop 337
Cadence T . – Troop 420
Shantel L . – Troop 431
Elley W . – Troop 468
Josephine T . – Troop 584
Solene M . – Troop 602
Meara W . – Troop 604
Lily S . – Troop 629
Gretta Y . – Troop 717
Sabrina G . – Troop 744
Alexandria K . – Troop 757
Madison W . – Troop 757
Brooklyn O . – Troop 778
Callie E . – Troop 814
Jasmine P . – Troop 814
Riley S . – Troop 814
Lexi J . – Troop 816
Faith M . – Troop 1003
Savannah W . – Troop 1014
Ariana C . – Troop 1046
Lauren P . – Troop 1046
Gwendolyn P . – Troop 1138
Annika H . – Troop 7142
Lyra L . – Troop 10160
Zoe B . – Troop 10273
Emma G . – Troop 10458
Hannah G . – Troop 10458
Samantha C . – Troop 10458
Gabriella B . – Troop 20412
Camryn A . – Troop 20458
Andersyn S . – Troop 21026
Nichole P . – Troop 30114
Maliyah P . – Troop 30136
Delanie R . – Troop 30231
Faith H . – Troop 40017
Angel S . – Troop 40417
Azaria G . – Troop 40606
Kelsey K . – Troop 40711
Shelby L . – Juliette
Autumn S . – Troop 40425
Leelia V . – Troop 1033
Arryn M . – Juliette
Olivia S . – Troop 597
Lilly C . – Troop 600
Lyla B . – Troop 616
Allison V . – Troop 66
Emily C . – Troop 807
Kinzi P . – Troop 870
Katlyn M . – Troop 20531
Nessa B . – Troop 30179

 

 

New For Summer 2017: Shoshone Village Troop Rental!

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NEW this summer: we have limited availability for rentals (Girl Scout members only) at Shoshone Village in Camp Sacajawea (near Boone)!

Shoshone Village will be available for troop rentals from July 6 – July 25, 2017! Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 2-night minimum rental; capacity: 24
  • 4 Hogan-style cabins (6 camp cots each) and a Mandan Lodge.
  • Two food options: Fire circle to cook meals and daily ice delivery OR pay for meals at the camp dining hall.
  • Drinking water & electricity available.

While at Shoshone Village, you can enjoy:

  • Adjacent trails, including creek access.
  • GaGa ball and the Ag Journey Garden.
  • Choose from a few camp activities to schedule with your troop (see pricing guide).
  • BYOP – Bring Your Own Programming. (Be sure to plan some fun things to do – you’ll be able to schedule a few activities in main camp, but Camp Sacajawea will not schedule your entire stay.)

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Need some ideas for food during your camp out? Check out our Two-Night Outdoor Cooking Plan!

*Please note: The summer Shoshone Village rental at Camp Sacajawea is not available for use for the troop rental Cookie Program recognition. Troops who earned this recognition may still rent Shoshone, but must register and pay the associated fees.

Reserve your troop’s spot at Shoshone Village today!

Once you register, contact campsac@gsiowa.org to request and schedule activities!

Psst…Interested in renting one of our other camp properties in the fall, winter, or spring? Be sure to check out our rental guides for more info on buildings, amenities, and availability – you can even book online now!

Shoshone Rental FAQ:

What are our food options? Follow our troop cookout guide or eat meals in the camp dining hall ($8/person/meal). If you choose to cook out, we’ll provide ice for your coolers, or you can use the refrigerator in the Mandan Lodge.

Can we bring adults/children who aren’t Girl Scouts? No, please make sure that all children attending are registered Girl Scouts and all adults have registered as a Troop Volunteer or Leader. Anyone who arrives with the group and is not a registered Girl Scout will not be permitted to stay.

Is there electricity? Yes. Each cabin has lighting, a ceiling fan, and an outlet. The Mandan Lodge also has electricity.

What is the water availability? There is a red water pump and a hand-washing station in the middle of this unit. The water from these pumps is delicious and safe to drink.

What is the bathroom availability? The bathrooms at Shoshone Village are port-a-pottys.

What are Hogan-style cabins? They are 8-sided cabins built to resemble Native American hogans. Each Hogan holds six camp beds.

What is the Mandan Lodge like? What does it include? The Mandan Lodge is built to resemble a Native-American Mandan. Built into the side of a hill, the Mandan is a large round building with a fire pit in the center. Large screened windows at the top of the building act as a vent for the smoke from the fire pit. Tables and chairs for 24 people are set up. There is also a refrigerator and water spigot inside.

Are firewood or fire-starting supplies provided? We will provide your troop with firewood, however we ask that you bring your own matches.

Can we bring additional people if we bring our own tents? Yes, however this may restrict some of the activities your group is able to participate in. We are only prepared to accommodate 24 people at the pool, low ropes course, high ropes course, and meals in the dining hall.

Can I only rent for 2 nights? Two nights is the minimum rental; we are not able to accommodate one-night rentals. If you want to stay a little longer you are more than welcome to! Each additional night is $50.

What about resident camp? Will we be in the way? No, Shoshone Village is separate from main camp, with its own driveway. You and your group will get a full orientation from a camp staff when you arrive regarding troop rental boundaries.

How do I register? Before registering you must know the number of girls and adults who will be attending and what your meal plan will be. Then, you can go online and reserve Shoshone Village! Be sure to reach out to campsac@gsiowa.org to schedule your additional activities.

When do we get to use the pool and other activities? Before arriving at camp, you will get a schedule of your stay with activities and times. Activities in main camp are only open to your group during your scheduled time, as the resident campers will be using them. All activities planned by your troop should take place at Shoshone Village or on an approved trail.

Can we do all the activities during our stay? We recommend your group pick one or two activities to do during your stay (see the pricing guide above). It may be difficult to accommodate more due to time constraints.

What if I need to cancel the rental? Just like a regular camp property rental, if you call us to cancel at least one week prior to your rental date you will receive a refund. If it is less than a week until the time of your rental, no refund will be issued upon cancellation.

When is my payment due? Payment for the rental reservation is due at the time of reservation. Payment for additional activities is due by June 14.

Can we use Cookie Dough? As with a regular camp property rental, you will not be able to use individual Cookie Dough or other Product Program Credits. You can, however, use your troop proceeds from the Product Programs.

Who can we contact in case of emergency? Your group will receive a safety and guidelines orientation when you arrive, and an emergency procedures document will be left with you (including contact information).

Your 2017-18 Early Bird Renewal Guide

It is almost Early Bird time! Your Girl Scout troop can get a head-start for another great year by renewing your Girl Scout membership for 2017-18 starting April 15. Girls and adults can earn special incentives through Early Bird registration. Why wait?

Early Bird Dates: April 15 – June 30, 2017

Why Early Bird?zombies

  • Exclusive Event! We’ll be hosting super-fun zombie-themed events all across the council this summer – FREE for girls who register during Early Bird!
  • Exclusive T-Shirt! Girls and adults who register for the awesome zombie events will be able to order an exclusive zombie t-shirt for $5. EarlyBirdPatch
  • Patches! Every girl who registers during Early Bird gets a cool custom patch.
  • Get $25 for 5! Your troop will get $5 off the adult registration for up to five adult volunteers.
  • Service Unit Fun! If your service unit renews 50% of your Girl Scouts (girl members only) during Early Bird, the service unit will get a $25 gift card to use on something fun for an event!

Early Bird Checklist

  • This year it’s super easy to Early Bird – simply renew the returning girl and adult members in your troop for the 2017-18 year! Membership fees for 2017-18 are $25.

Ready to Get Started?

Check out our handy step-by-step guides, based on how you would like to renew your troop:

We’ve even made a handy fillable flyer you can use to let your troop families know what your Early Bird plans are!

Other Year-End Wrap-Up

As many troops start planning Bridging Ceremonies and Court of Awards events, it’s also a great time to wrap-up a few administrative items that will set you up for success in the fall:

  • Troop Finance Report (Due 6/30/17) – We’ve simplified the Troop Finance Report so it’s easy for troops to report on their finances (we’re required by the IRS to make sure we keep proper records of funds on file).
  • Service Unit Finance Report (Due 6/30/17) – Service Unit Managers: we’ve also created a simple form for reporting on the finances of the service unit bank account!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why are Girl Scout membership dues increasing to $25?

A: As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, we continue to evolve our unique leadership program and implement new technologies and ways of work to enhance the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents. To ensure we have the resources to support this work, the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA has made a decision to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members.

Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement including: accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, research, resources, training, and services to councils. You can find more information on the fee change in GSUSA’s Membership FAQ.

Q: What if I renew during Early Bird but can’t make it to one of the zombie events. Can I still get an exclusive t-shirt?

A: We will have additional shirts available (while supplies last) for members who renew during Early Bird to purchase for $5 if they cannot attend one of the events.

Q: What is required to qualify for the Early Bird incentives?

A: All girls registered by June 30 for the 2017-18 year qualify for the Early Bird incentives, including the free patch and exclusive event! For the $25 for 5 Adult incentive, troops must also submit the annual Troop Finance Report on time.

Q: What are the different ways that I can renew my troop?

A: There are a few different ways that your troop can renew during Early Bird:

Q: If girls in my troop renew through Early Bird, how will they register for their exclusive event?

A: Once girls have renewed through Early Bird, they can register for the exclusive Zombie Event in their area! While registering, just make sure that they select the “Free – Early Bird Renewal” price level or the “$5 Early Bird Renewal with exclusive t-shirt” price level.

Q: How do we get the “$25 for 5” to use for adult renewal?

A: Troops will be reimbursed after paying the full membership dues amount. Troops must complete the annual Troop Finance Report (on time) before reimbursement.

Q: How will we know if our service unit reaches the 50% renewal mark to earn the gift card? 

A: We’ll track service unit Early Bird participation, and reach out to Service Unit Managers once their service unit reaches 50% girl renewal. Participation numbers will be tracked as of April 1, 2017.

Q: How can we get the word out to our troop families what our Early Bird renewal plans are?

A: We’ve made a fillable flyer that prints two-per-page! You can type the info your troop families need about Early Bird, print them, and hand them out at your next meeting.

Have any other questions? Give us a call at 800-342-8389, or email us at info@gsiowa.org— we’re here to help!

April 2017: Your Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the March Checklist!

Need to download a copy of the April Checklist? Click here!


April At-a-Glance

  • April 4: Final auto-withdrawal for the 2017 Cookie Program takes place.
  • April 11: Deadline to register for Circle of Excellence.
  • Mid-April: Early Bird Renewal Kicks Off.
  • April 21: Deadline to sign up for Junior FIRST LEGO League.
  • April 22: Circle of Excellence.
  • April 22-29: Money Smart Week.
  • April 29: Tent Set-Up Day at Camp Tanglefoot.

Upcoming – For Girls, Troops, and Families

Spring 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!
Be sure to check out upcoming programs near you:

Outdoor Skills Videos

Here are some great outdoor skills videos to help your troop get ready to go outdoors this spring!


Volunteer Resources

Early Bird Renewal is Coming!

  • In mid-April, Early Bird membership renewal will kick-off! From an exclusive event and free t-shirt for girls who renew their membership during Early Bird, to troop and service unit incentives, there’s a whole lot to get excited about. Keep an eye on The Bridge and the April Volunteer Newsletter for more information!

National Girl Scout Convention – G.I.R.L. 2017

  • Every 3 years, Girl Scouts of the USA holds a Triennial business meeting.  This year the business meeting will be in Columbus, Ohio, and will be followed by the interactive activities in an event called G.I.R.L. 2017.  It is a one-of-a-kind gathering of girls and women from around the world. Girl Scouts is taking the lead by working with high school girls across the nation to plan the multi-day event for all girls and those who care about them. The event will bring together more than 10,000 people—Girl Scout members, supporters, speakers, entertainers, and exhibitors—to inspire girls to get active in their communities and build a better world.
  • Check out all the news at the G.I.R.L. 2017 website – from here you can see what is being planned and register for the event. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can also register to join the council on a travel opportunity to the event! You can take a look at the 2014 National Convention in Salt Lake City in 2014 here on YouTube!

Volunteer Recognitions at Circle of Excellence

  • We are thrilled to report that more than 70 volunteers were nominated to receive special recognition this year!  Many of these will be awarded at the Circle of Excellence event on April 22 in Ames.  It is exciting to see peers nominating each other for their dedication! Registration is open now for Circle of Excellence – the event will be FREE for all current Girl Scout members (girls and adults), and $15 per non-member – please note that registration is still required for all, even if you do not need to pay a registration fee. Register now on our website Event List! (Registration Closes April 11.)

Share Your Year-End Celebrations With Us!

  • The Cookie Program has flown by, and that means that troops and service units will soon be planning end-of-year celebrations. We would love to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your girls! Please share with us the date, time, & location of your service unit Court of Awards, Bridging Ceremony, or end-of-year event by emailing info@gsiowa.org. We can’t wait to hear from you! Please let us know if you have any additional end-of-year questions. Thank you for all that you do!

Girl Scout Q&A

Q:When will our troop’s final auto-withdrawal for cookies be taken out of the troop bank account?

A: The final auto-withdrawal will take place on April 4, 2017. Troop proceeds will remain in your troop bank account.

Q: When will my troop receive our cookie Recognition Orders?

A: Troop Product Managers will receive Recognition Orders from your Service Unit Product Chair by the end of April.  Cookie Dough will be sent to each family directly.

Q: What can Cookie Dough & Munch Money be used towards?

You can find the new Cookie Dough, Munch Money, & Program Credit Policy on the website and in the Cookie Program post on the Bridge!