September 2015: Checklist for Success

Welcome back to a brand new Girl Scout year! The checklist below will give you the information you need to help your service unit have a smooth start to fall.

New for Troops

□ The new Opportunity Catalog makes it easier for girls and adults to sign up for Girl Scouts based on their zip code! Need to edit your troop’s information in the catalog? Email info@gsiowa.org.

□ Your Troop Support Team – the K-5 and 6-12 Troop Support Managers — are excited to provide the support and guidance you need in order to lead your troop!

□ Forms – find new, simplified forms on our website for all of your activities, product programs and more! Use the Event/Activity/Trip Checklist to see all your planning steps at a glance, and be sure to fill out our new Overnight/Trip Application if you and your Girl Scouts will be away from home for one night or more.

□ Troop First Aid/CPR Support – Does your troop have an adult member certified in First Aid and CPR? Have that individual select the Troop First Aid/CPR Support position on the Opportunity Catalog.

Fall Product Program (October 2-23)

□ A Product Program Permission Event link was sent to the parents of all Girl Scouts currently registered for the 2015-2016 year on August 27. If you know anyone who missed their email, have them register for this event to give their permission for the Fall Product Program!

□ Service Unit Product Chairs and Troop Product Managers: Be sure to fill out your agreement forms to opt-in to your roles for the 2015 Fall Product Program!

□  SUPCs will receive troop materials between August 13 and September 4, and a training to help you get ready for this year will be held September 3. Interested in becoming the SUPC? Email us at info@gsiowa.org.

New Girl Scouts

□ Do you need some ideas about how to get girls excited about Girl Scouts? Check out our special training webinar on August 31 at 6:30 p.m.!

Planning Service Unit Events

□ Did you know that service unit events and activities can now be shared across the council on our website, AND be open for online registration using Cookie Dough & Munch Money? Check out our website for more info.

Don’t forget!

□ Remind troops to hold a parent meeting!

□ Get to know the families of the girls, plan for upcoming activities, and find additional volunteers for the troops.

Cookie Dough expires September 15. Cookie Dough can be used for purchases in the council shop and registration for events and travel opportunities.

□ Troop and Service Unit Financial Reports are past due. You can find the report on our website. 

Coming Soon

□ Volunteer Toolkit – A new and fully customizable web app that helps you quickly plan and organize your troop’s activities (and so much more)!

□ How to view your 2016 Troop rosters.