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!

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!