August 2016: Your Checklist for Success

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

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

–Remember, the Girl Scout year begins October 1 – be sure to renew your membership for 2016-17! Volunteers due for a new background check will receive an e-mail reminder with directions.–

Psst…Girls’ Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits from the 2015-2016 year expire on September 15.

Summer of Service

Make a difference with the 2016 Summer of Service! Help show how Girl Scouts are changing the world, one community at a time, by tracking your troop’s service projects. 

Fall Product Program

Each year, troops and individual Girl Scouts are invited to participate in the Fall Product Program. This program gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to sell nuts, candy, and magazines to friends & family, to earn funds to customize their program! Your troop earns proceeds you can use to get the year started, and girls can earn individual Munch Money to use for programs, camp, items in the shop, and more.

  • Mark your calendars: Service Unit Product Chair (SUPC) training will be held on August 24. Register now! Details on troop training coming soon.
  • This year’s Fall Product Program will run from October 1 – 21, 2016.
  • BREAKING NEWS…. 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.

Upcoming Programming

Check out these upcoming activities for Girl Scouts! Psst…girls can use their Cookie Dough and other program credits to sign up for future activities that occur past September 15, as long as registration is submitted before September 15, 2016.

  • 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.
  • Find more events, plus program kits and field trips on our website.
  • Looking for fun outdoor activities to kick off your troop meetings? Download the new Art in the Outdoor badge sets for 99 cents each!

Just for Volunteers:

  • August 12-13: Grab some friends and head to Throwback Camp at Camp Sacajawea or Camp Tanglefoot – this event is just for women ages 21 and up. Register by August 8.
  • October 7-9: Annual Fall Leader Retreat at Camp Sacajawea. Details coming soon!
  • On your own time: Complete your online training, including Managing Troops & Groups and Leading Your Level.
  • Are you a new leader, or do you have new leaders joining your team? Register to take New Leader Orientation before working with girls.
  • Mark your calendar for our Circle of Creativity events, coming this fall! Circles are your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and GSGI staff to share ideas and learn from one another.

Gearing Up for Back-to-Troop

The beginning of the school year is one of the busiest times for Girl Scouts, with new members getting started, planning meetings for the year, and the Fall Product Program where troops can earn funds to get the year started! Here are a few tips to start your year smoothly:

  • Beat the rush by making sure your troop members are renewed for the 2016-17 year, and helping new girls and adults in your community get signed up! Leaders can renew girls AND add new girls through one easy online system – MyGS.
  • Has your service unit talked about a goal for girl and adult members? In order to help keep Girl Scouting available for all girls, please consider how your service unit can grow this year.

August To-Dos

  • Plan and host back-to-school registration nights for girls in your community.
  • Service unit teams, identify your Service Unit Fall Product Chair (SUPC), so we can help get those volunteers trained and ready!
  • Submit your Summer of Service project by September 30.
  • Submit your annual Troop/Service Unit Finance Report (PAST DUE)
  • Complete membership registrations for the 2016-17 year. Leaders and parents both have access to MyGS where you can register and pay the $15 membership dues by credit or debit card through our secure system.
  • Is your troop bridging to a new level? Remember to take Leading Your Level for the new program level.

Start Your Girl Scout Year Off Right at “Circle of Success!”

Can you believe it is almost time to start the next Girl Scout year? We want to help you have fun and start your year off right with our Circle of Success events, designed with you in mind! At these unique events, you’ll connect with your fellow Girl Scout leaders, hear from GSGI staff and share best practices with each other.

You’ll get the chance to customize your experience with 3 rounds of break-out sessions, each with options suiting almost any volunteer role (see below for more info). At Circle of Success, you can even experiment with new perspectives through hands-on activities – whether it’s trying out how to be an advocate, making a foil oven with the Ag Journey, or testing out your knowledge of where to find your best tools.

Locations are spread around the council – eight locations in all – so find the one nearest you today!

What types of sessions will be available? Here’s a roundup of the options you’ll have for your breakout session:

You Want Me to Look Where?

With all of the new technology, have you gotten frustrated on where your best resources or forms are? Or are you unfamiliar with how we share information with all volunteers? Do not fear – we want to help you succeed and start off on the right foot! In this session, we will show you the basics of several volunteer resources, such as The Bridge, Volunteer Toolkit, and much more. Best of all, we’ll have you learn through a fun, hands-on way with teamwork.

Kick Off the Year with Ceremonies and Traditions

Investiture, Rededication, and Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday are just a few of the ceremonies and traditions we will experience.  Come prepared to share traditions and ceremonies that your troops have tested and recommend to others.

A Brilliant Start with the Fall Product Program

This session will introduce the Fall Product program, which gives troops and girls a great opportunity to earn funds to start their Girl Scout year! We’ll give an introduction to the program and review what’s new for the 2016 year! This session is for new and returning volunteers alike. (Note: This is not a full training on the program, simply a sneak peek.)

Building Better Product Programs

Product Volunteers know that running the largest program in the council is no easy task. We want to hear your thoughts, ideas and dreams on how we can help tailor the Cookie Program (and Fall Product too!) to better fit the needs of busy families and volunteers. (Note: This session is geared toward returning volunteers & parents.)

Delivering Fun with Purpose-Ag Journey and Outdoor Badges:

You don’t have to be an expert scientist or an agronomist to do fun and educational activities with your girls using the Ag-Journey!  This new supplemental curriculum to our “It’s Your Planet – Love It!” is an exciting way to help us bring new opportunities to girls across our council. Join our Ag-Journey gurus for some hands-on activities directly from the curriculum, discuss strategies to engage girls, and discover additional STEM resources to enhance their learning experiences! The Ag-Journey patch, along with a line-up of our Girls’ Choice badges, will also be on display for you to view. We’ll also have a list of ideas on what you and your girls can do to earn these badges so be prepared to channel your creative energy with us!

Growing the Movement through Recruitment

I volunteer…So can you!  Come and role-play how easy recruiting a new leader can be.  Be yourself.  Be a Girl Scout.  Visit our display table, and see innovative, fun resources and materials available for you to use at a recruitment event for girls and adults in every zip code.

Team Girl Scout!

You love your girls! You just wish their parents would return permission slips, arrive on time for meetings, and volunteer at cookie booths, too!  How can you get the entire family to be engaged, excited members of Team Girl Scout?  Our panel of experienced Girl Scout Leaders will answer questions and talk about how they keep their troops informed and involved.

Still need convincing? Here are three more great reasons to attend Circle of Success:

  1. Many opportunities for prizes and surprises.
  2. Connect with a new Girl Scout sister from outside of your community.
  3. Spark a new idea or two to incorporate with your troop.

We hope to see you at Circle of Success soon, and later this year at “Circle of Creativity” events to give you a mid-year boost!

July 2016: Your Checklist for Success

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

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

Annual Troop/Service Unit Finance Report – PAST DUE

Thank you to all of the troops and service units who submitted your annual Troop/Service Unit Finance Report by the June 30 deadline!

If you have not yet completed this required form, click here for an online or PDF version.

Need help? Email us at info@gsiowa.org, or give us a call at 800-342-8389.

Circle of Success

It’s almost time to start the next Girl Scout year! We want to help you have fun and start your year off right with our Circle of Success events. Connect with your fellow Girl Scout leaders, hear from GSGI staff and share best practices with each other!

Fall Product Program

Each year, troops and individual Girl Scouts are invited to participate in the Fall Product Program, which gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to sell nuts, candy, and magazines to friends & family. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Troops earn proceeds they can use to get the year started, and girls can earn individual Munch Money, which can be used for programs, camp, items in the shop, and more!
  • This year’s Fall Product Program will run from October 1 – 21 (training information coming soon).
  • We are looking to identify the Service Unit Fall Product Chair (SUPC) in each service unit. If you are interested in helping leaders in your area have a great Fall Product Program to start off the year, please let us know!

Summer of Service

Make a difference with the 2016 Summer of Service! Help show how Girl Scouts are changing the world, one community at a time, by tracking your troop’s service projects.

Register for Fall Activities

Don’t forget that girls’ Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits from the 2015-2016 year expire on September 15, 2016!

  • Programs are fun, AND they’re the perfect way to spend extra credits from Product Programs. We have exciting activities all across the council this fall — keep an eye on our event list for the latest information. New events are added frequently!
  • Psst…girls can use their credits to sign up for future activities that occur past September 15, as long as registration is submitted before the expiration date.

Summer Clearance Sale

Another great way for girls to spend their remaining Cookie Dough and Munch Money is at the Girl Scout Shop! Now through July 18, you can find some of the lowest prices of the year during our Semi-Annual Clearance.

Visit our online store and use the promo code “CLEARANCE” to get another 50% off clearance items through July 18!

July To-Dos

  • Start planning back-to-school registration nights for girls in your community.
  • Service unit teams, identify your Service Unit Fall Product Chair (SUPC), so we can help get those volunteers trained and ready!
  • Remind parents that Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits expire September 15!
  • Submit your Summer of Service project by September 30.