Let Your Voice Be Heard: Apply to Be an Annual Meeting Delegate!

Do you want to learn more about how the council is run? Would you like to have the chance to vote on council business for the upcoming year? Every year, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa holds an Annual Meeting to bring together delegates from across the council, board members, and staff to do just that!

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on April 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. via a teleconference. Any member 14 years of age or older is welcome to apply to be an official voting delegate, but all members are invited to attend the meeting. Delegates and visitors alike will be able to access the meeting from their own homes, and will not need to travel!

At the Annual Meeting, delegates:

1 Elect officers, board members at large, members of the Board Development Committee; and every three years, the delegates and alternates to the National Convention.
2Consider any proposed amendments to the bylaws.

 

3Provide input on key issues affecting the Council and the Movement.

4Consider any other business appropriate to come before the corporation in accordance with the process established by the board of directors.

It’s very important to us that every service unit and community can have their voices be heard in these decisions!

Interested in participating in this unique opportunity? Start the process of applying to be a delegate by contacting their Service Unit Manager.

We will be emailing delegate materials in early March, so make that call today!

Have any questions, or not sure who to contact? Email us at info@gsiowa.org.

Gearing Up for Girl Scout Week!

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Girl Scout Week – March 6-12

Are you ready to celebrate Girl Scouting this Girl Scout Week? Share these great ideas with the families in your troop about how they can celebrate! Need a printable copy? Download one here

What is Girl Scout Week?

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12. The Girl Scout Birthday commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This year we’re celebrating our 104th birthday!

What Does Each Day Stand For?

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Each day during Girl Scout week represents a different opportunity for Girl Scouts to interact with their communities.

March 6 – Girl Scout Sunday

Girl Scout Sunday gives girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. You can work with your church to see if Girl Scouts may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. We also offer Girl Scout Week Bulletin Inserts if you’d like to tell your religious organization more about Girl Scouts and faith — email us at info@gsiowa.org if you’d like a copy!

March 7 – Service to Family Monday

Girls are encouraged to give back to those in their family or in their home. Girls could take care of some pesky chores without being asked, or make dinner for their family (with supervision from a grown up).

March 8 – Service to Community Tuesday

This is the perfect day to work on a spring service project with your troop, or encourage girls to volunteer to help a community organization on their own!

March 9 – Health and Safety Wednesday

This is a great opportunity for girls to learn how to incorporate healthy living, exercise, stress relief, nutrition and FUN into their everyday life. Girls could try bringing a healthy snack to school, or take a nice long walk with the family dog!

March 10 – International Friendship Thursday

Encourage girls to learn more about cultures from around the world. Girls can find an international pen pal, or check out an educational documentary on another culture!

March 11 – Arts and Culture Friday

It’s the perfect time for girls to learn about how they can support the arts in your local community. Encourage girls to check out a local museum, or support performing artists by going to a concert or play!

March 12 – Service to the Planet Saturday and the Girl Scout Birthday!

What better way to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 104th birthday than making a difference in your community through conservation and ecology? Girls could contact your local parks department to see if they need any volunteer help, or plant a brand new tree to improve the environment in your neighborhood!

Girl Scout Week Patches

If your troop or service unit wants to do some fun activities or projects to celebrate, don’t forget to get your Girl Scout Week patches. You can order patches from our online store, stop by one of the council shops, or email us at info@gsiowa.org to order the Girl Scout Week fun patches of your choice!

Share Your Story

We’d love to hear about the amazing things Girl Scouts are doing to celebrate Girl Scout Week. Share your story with us!

Girl Scout Highest Awards: Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Bronze, Silver and Gold!

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. All three awards give girls the chance to do big things while working on an issue that’s captured their interests in a big way!

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa has a simple progression plan through the awards, designed to help volunteers support girls through their awards.


 

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is for Juniors (grades 4-5). The Bronze Award is often completed by a troop or group working together, but individual girls can also complete a project.


 

The Girl Scout Silver Award is for Cadettes (grades 6-8). The Silver Award should be completed by a small group (3-4 girls) working together, or by individual girls.


 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is for Seniors (grades 9-12), and is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and communities that girls are out there changing the world. By the time a girl put the final touches on her project, she’ll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and she’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

  • To get started, check out the Gold Award Checklist.
  • Girls, along with their adult leader/advisor, will attend a Gold Award training session (held monthly by conference call), and use the Go Gold app or website to track their project from proposal through final report.
  • Both the Gold Award Project Proposal and the Gold Award Final Report require approval.

 

FAQs:

Can a girl work on a Silver Award if she has not earned a Bronze? Or a Gold Award if she has not earned a Silver?

  • Yes, absolutely! Earning the previous level’s award is not a requirement. However, if you are pursuing your Gold Award without first earning a Silver Award, you will have to complete two Girl Scout Journeys instead of one.

What if the project requires earning money? What are the guidelines?

Is there training for the highest awards?

  • For the Bronze and Silver Awards, troop leaders, advisors, family, and friends guiding Girl Scouts through the awards should review the Girl Guidelines and Adult Guidelines, in lieu of a formal training session (found on the Bronze and Silver Award webpages). Your Troop Support team is available to provide feedback and answer questions throughout the project.
  • For the Gold Award, girls and their leader/advisor are required to attend a Gold Award training session. Training is held monthly via conference call.

Is there an approval process for the highest awards?

  • For the Bronze Award, troops/girls submit a notification that they are starting a project, through the Bronze Award Project Plan. This is a notification, not an approval. When the project is complete, let us know by filling out the Bronze Award Final Report.
  • For the Silver Award, troops/girls must have their projects approved before starting the project by filling out the Silver Award Project Proposal. Approvals or revisions will be received within 4 weeks of submission. When the project is complete, let us know by filling out the Silver Award Final Report.
  • For the Gold Award, projects are reviewed by the Highest Awards committee twice. Before beginning a project, girls submit the Gold Award Project Proposal, which will be reviewed within 4 weeks. When the project is complete, the Final Report will be reviewed for approval within 4 weeks. All work is submitted via the Go Gold App or website. Gold Awards must be completed, including final review, by September 30 of the year that a girl graduates high school, so please allow approval time accordingly.

Can my project directly support Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa?

  • Bronze Award projects may be used to support Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, including our camp properties. Silver and Gold Award projects must reach an audience beyond Girl Scouts.

Note: troops and girls who have started their highest awards under previously-posted steps for highest awards should complete the projects as previously approved. If you have any questions, contact us at info@gsiowa.org!

March Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the February Checklist, which features an awesome winter membership incentive.

Need a printable version of the March Checklist? Download one here!

Nominate an Amazing Volunteer

  • We need YOUR help to recognize the wonderful things volunteers are doing across the council.

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Girl Scout Week

  • Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12.
  • Celebrate Girl Scout Week on March 6-12, 2016. 
    • If your Girl Scout group would like to share a Girl Scout church bulletin with your place of worship, email us at info@gsiowa.org.
    • If your Girl Scout group would like to share a Girl Scout week proclamation with your mayor, please email us at info@gsiowa.org.
  • We’d love to see how you’re celebrating Girl Scout Week – share with us on Facebook!

Girl Scout Cookie Program

  • The Troop Product Manager Checklist is a great resource to help you finish up the program!
    • March 1 – First ACH sweep of 40% of troop balance due. This includes Initial Order and any additional cookies received through February 19.
    • March 3 & 4, March 10 & 11, and March 17 & 18 –
      • Super Cupboards are open for Order Pickup from 8am – 6pm.
      • Volunteer Cupboard days and hours vary.
    • March 27 – Transfers & Troop Recognition Orders must be complete.
    • April 3 – Girl Shortage Forms are due (if needed).

Volunteer Roundtables

  • New! Volunteer Roundtables are opportunities to learn and share ideas with volunteers across the council – all from the comfort of your home! Keep an eye on upcoming topics on the event list (Tip: Click “Advanced Search” and then “Adult Training” to easily find training and roundtable opportunities).
  • Bridging: Join us at one of the following Volunteer Roundtables to learn more about bridging ceremonies, celebrating girls moving from one level of Girl Scouting to another:
  • Daisy Age-Level: Attend one of these calls to talk specifically about Girl Scout Daisy troops (Grades K-1).
  • If you would like to lead as a volunteer expert on one of our upcoming calls or suggest future topics, please e-mail info@gsiowa.org.

To-Dos

  • Join us for Girl Scout Day at the Capitol on March 15. Girls will enjoy a tour of the Capitol and our State Historical Building, learn from the experts about how an idea can become a law, learn how to be an active citizen, and get the chance to meet with representatives!
  • Let girls and families know Summer Camp registration is open!
  • If you’ve added two or more girls to your troop since January, email us at info@gsiowa.org, including the names of the girls who joined the troop, your preferred email and phone number, and the total number of “Bring A Friend” patches needed. Your Troop will be entered to win a spa party package!
  • If you, or a girl in your troop/service unit age 14 or older, would like to represent your service unit in the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Annual Meeting on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. (by conference call), please let your Service Unit Manager know. If you don’t have a Service Unit Manager, email us at info@gsiowa.org. Delegate names are needed by March 5.
  • Mark your calendar for Circle of Excellence events to celebrate another wonderful year in Girl Scouts:
    • Sioux City (morning) and Council Bluffs (afternoon): April 2
    • Mason City (morning) and Fort Dodge (afternoon): April 16
    • Des Moines (morning) and Oskaloosa (afternoon): April 23

Learn How Easy Doing STEM Activities With Your Troop Can Be!

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You don’t have to be an expert scientist to do fun and educational activities relating to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with your Girl Scouts.

We’re thrilled to offer a brand-new hands-on training to volunteers to help you feel confident when your troop tackles STEM projects – at a cost of just $5!

What will the training be like? 

SciGirls is an Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM. Local educators are invited to participate in a hands-on, minds-on Professional Development Training hosted by the Science Center of Iowa. We welcome you to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind speed, lighting up a room with dough creatures, and much more!

Participants attending this workshop will:

  • Learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM
  • Experience hands-on STEM activities
  • Learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven
  • Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences
    for all kids.

When and where will the trainings take place?

  • February 20: 8:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Deadline to register: 2/15
  • March 22: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ames Public Library. Deadline to register: 3/17
  • April 2: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Deadline to register: 3/28

You can register for one of the three scheduled training dates using the links above.

How can I spread the word to other volunteers?

We’ve created a flyer with all of the important information about these awesome training opportunities. Feel free to email it  or print it to hand out to to other volunteers who might be interested.

We hope to see you soon at one of these unique workshops!