Volunteer Awards: Let’s Celebrate YOU!

Here at Girl Scouts, we value a culture of appreciation and strive to ensure our volunteers feel respected and valued for their service and contribution. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

We need your help in order to recognize amazing volunteers at our BIG Circle of Excellence recognition event this spring

Here are the easy steps to nominate a volunteer for some well-deserved recognition:

1. Read through the Volunteer Award descriptions to find which award best fits your nominee. Can’t decide which award fits best? Don’t worry, there’s an option on the nomination form to let the award committee decide.

2. Gather any materials required for the nomination (depending on the award, this may include recommendation letters). Be sure to give us exciting examples of how they have had an impact on the girls, other volunteers, and troops.  Letters from the girls themselves are fantastic!

3. Fill out the Volunteer Award Nomination Form online by February 17, 2017!

4. Join us for the Circle of Excellence event this spring! We’ll post more information about the event to our online Event List, but save the date for an afternoon of fun:

Circle of Excellence

Where: Ames (Location TBA)

When: April 22 (Time TBA)

Last year we presented 48 volunteer awards, including one Honor Pin and four Man of the Year awards — let’s aim higher this year! Will you help us recognize at least one amazing volunteer for each of the 11 awards we offer? We want to celebrate YOU, Girl Scouts!

Want to be more involved in the volunteer award process? We’re looking for award committee volunteers! If you’re interested, email info@gsiowa.org with the subject line “Volunteer Award Committee.”


2017 Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

It may be cold outside, but you can’t help but think warm thoughts when you see all of the awesome summer camp sessions set for 2017!

Check out the sessions on our Event List, and be sure to use the “Advanced Search” to help you find the sessions you want. You can filter by the grade level your girls will enter in the fall of 2017, filter by the camp location, or search for a favorite session by keyword!

Early Registration Discount

If you register (and pay just the deposit) for an overnight camp session before February 1, 2017, the system will automatically take $35 off the price listed on our website! (Note: this does not include day camps or adult-and-me camps.)

Camp Books

The camp/program book will be on its way to families’ mailboxes soon, and PDF versions of the camp sections will be uploaded here to our Summer Camp page soon!

Have any questions? Email us at info@gsiowa.org, or give us a call at 800-342-8389!


Change Lives AND Win a Prize with our Winter Membership Campaign!

We’re doing a “cool” winter membership promotion here at GSGI! Will you help us spread even more Girl Scout cheer this holiday season (and enter to win prizes in the process)?

The Basics:

For every girl and adult volunteer you add to your troop between December 1 and January 31, you’ll earn an entry into a drawing for one of five $50 gift cards!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How can I open my troop up for additional spots on the Opportunity Catalog?

You can open up more spots in your troop by filling out the Troop Catalog Update Form on our website.

  • How can I promote the openings in my troop within my community?

If you’d like flyers to post around town or send out through the schools, you can request them on our website through the Recruitment Flyer Request Form.

  • When will the winners be announced? 

We’ll do the drawings LIVE on Facebook after the promotion is over! The date is TBD, but keep an eye out for more information.

  • Do I need to do anything once the new girls/adults have registered? Or will you pull that information for me?

You don’t need to do anything! We’ll pull a report at the end of the winter membership drive that will tell us how many new girls and adult volunteers you added to your troop between December 1 and January 31.

  • Is there a maximum number of girls/adults we can add to our troop?

As long as you’re within the ratio of girls to adults outlined in Volunteer Essentials, the sky is the limit!

  • Are there any limitations on where we can choose the gift card to be from?

The gift card should be used for troop supplies, outings, celebrations, etc. Therefore, it is limited to those establishments and companies that are appropriate for girls and families.

  • What if a girl or adult registers before January 31, but is still waiting to hear back about financial aid after the deadline?

They will qualify! We won’t keep a new girl or adult from counting if you’re waiting on us!

  • What if I added new girls/adults earlier this fall?

Thank you for sharing the Girl Scout experience with new girls and/or adults! The dates for this campaign are December 1 through January 31, so any girl or adult with a new membership dated within that time frame qualify.

P.S. – Do you know about the Volunteer Invite-a-Friend initiative? You can find out more on the Bridge. For each friend you invite to start a NEW Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop, you receive $50 to spend in the online Girl Scout Official Store and your friend receives $50 in new troop resources!

Want to participate? We’re here for you. Email us at info@gsiowa.org!