Volunteer Cookie Cupboard/Jar Resources

**Please note: This post contains resources for the volunteers who are running the Volunteer Cookie Cupboards and Jars during the 2017 Cookie Program. If you are not helping run a cupboard or jar, you can ignore this content.**

Resources for Volunteers Running Cookie Cupboards and Jars

Printable Tools for Troops

Meet Your Support Teams!

We’ve heard from many of our volunteers that you want to know more about the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff who can help you with questions about all things Girl Scout. Here’s an introduction to your support teams, and what topics they can help you with!  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to check out a map of the council regions, too.

Customer Care

Are you looking for information about product program permissions, troop activities, or camp? Ready to register for an event or find a new volunteer opportunity?

Girl Scout volunteers and parents can always contact our dedicated Customer Care team at 800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org. This team will find an answer to your questions, or direct you to the person who can best serve you!

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Troop Support

Are you a brand new leader? Is your service unit planning an event this year? Trying to plan ahead for a troop trip or make the most of the Fall Product and Cookie Programs? Your Troop Support team works with troop leaders and service units to help set you up for success!

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Placement

Looking for assistance in getting members placed in troops? Need to complete your volunteer registration and background check? Meet the team who helps our new and returning Girl Scout members find their way!

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Recruitment

Interested in getting more girls and adults involved in Girl Scouts? Planning a service unit recruitment event? The Recruitment team works across the council to ensure more girls have an opportunity to experience fun and leadership development in Girl Scouts.

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Council Map

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  • Lime Green – North Central
  • Orange – Southeast
  • Blue – South Central
  • Pink – West
  • Grey – Outside Council

And more!

Looking for books, uniforms, or fun Girl Scout gear? Visit the council shops located in all Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leadership Centers.

For a full list of GSGI staff, visit our website. If you are not sure who you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact Customer Care at 800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org

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!

6 Ways to “Connect” for World Thinking Day 2016

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As a Girl Scout, you are part of a special network of girls that stretches across the world. On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD)—that’s one BIG celebration!

World Thinking Day is not only a great opportunity to rally the global sisterhood around a particular theme—it’s also a chance to support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action globally.

The theme for 2016 World Thinking Day is “Connect” — here are 6 great ways that you and your troop can gear up to “connect” during your celebration.

  1. Volunteers – join us for one of the upcoming World Thinking Day & Global Action Roundtable calls on January 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or January 28 from 12:00-1:00p.m.! We’ll talk about the celebration, explore related badges, view available resources, hear from experienced volunteers, and share ideas with each other.

  2. One of the themes this year is connect with “me” – Help your troop get to know themselves better by encouraging them to keep a “happiness diary” for a week – or even a month! Before they go to bed each night, have the girls write down three things that made them happy during their day—or draw pictures of them! On World Thinking Day, look back and what your troop has written and celebrate everyone’s wins.

  3. Connect with friends – Connection is friendship and friendship is happiness. So what makes a good friend? Connect with someone you care about, make a new friend, and explore the relationships that matter to you. You could hold a “Bring a Friend” event with the girls in your troop or group. Plan an outing—like a trip to the park—and have each girl bring someone new to join in the fun.

  4. Connect with the world – Look wider and see how you can make a difference in the places you care about. Your troop could learn about another country that is home to Girl Guides or Girl Scouts. Then, with your troop or group, celebrate its culture. You might dress up in costumes, sing songs, or make traditional foods from the country!

  5. Gear up for your celebration! World Thinking Day and Global Action awards are available in our council shops and online

  6. Connect, share and celebrate – Share your WTD 2016 adventure and connect with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. Send us your story here!

Gearing Up for the Cookie Program!

Cookies are coming! February may seem far away, but it will be here before we know it. We want to make sure you and your troops are prepared (and excited) when the program starts — here’s a breakdown of some resources to get you and your Girl Scouts started.

Volunteer Trainings

This year, we’re once again offering several convenient training webinar opportunities that you can attend right from the comfort (and warmth) of home.

Cookie Program Basics (for New Volunteers): This live webinar will give new Troop Product Managers (TPMs) an introduction to the Cookie Program. All volunteers are welcome — register using the links below!

  • December 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • December 11 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • December 12 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • A recording of this training will be added to this post on The Bridge by December 19.

Cookie Program Refresh (for Returning Volunteers): This recorded training offers a brief breakdown of what’s new this year.

Service Unit Product Chair Training: This training is designed to provide Service Unit Product Chairs (SUPCs) with the information and support you need in order to help the troops in your area have a successful program. If you missed the SUPC training earlier this month (or if you would like a refresher), you can view the recorded version on our Volunteer Learning Portal.

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Cookie Kick-Offs

Did you know that Girl Scouts who attend the awesome Cookie Kick-Off events sell on average over one full case more cookies than girls who do not? Join us for a day of hockey and cookie fun, and help the girls in your troop dream bigger!

On January 16, we’ll be taking the ice with three local hockey teams in Mason City, Council Bluffs and Des Moines. Girls can show off their skating skills (or learn for the first time), earn their snazzy Cookie Pin, have a blast with broomball, and learn about the 5 Skills from older girls right in their community!

Parents and families can even join for the hockey game afterward, and participate in some great on-ice events throughout the night.

It’s going to be a great day, Girl Scouts – we hope we’ll see you there!

Want to spread the word? Check out the “Events” tab on our Facebook page and invite the Girl Scout families you know to these great kick-offs!

The Top 4 Reasons to Love New Online Training!

We are so excited to offer new online training opportunities for volunteers! Here’s why you should be excited too:

  1. Do it on your time! Whether you have free time at night or early in the morning, these new trainings will be accessible 24/7.
  2. Train in easily-digestible pieces! You don’t have to do any of the trainings in one sitting. Have 20 minutes free each evening? No problem! You can stop and start your course wherever you would like.
  3. Review information whenever you want! After you finish the course, you can return to review information weeks or months later for a quick refresher.
  4. Train from home. Now there’s no need to go out after relaxing at home. You can’t beat training while rocking some cozy pajamas!

Excited and ready to get started? 

The first course, Managing Troops and Groups, is live on our learning portal (which you can access from our website). The first time you visit the learning portal, you will need to take a minute to create a new account for yourself on this site

Psst…to make things easier to remember, use the same email and password you use for the MyGS Member Community.

Once you create your account, you’ll immediately receive an email with a link to confirm your account. Simply click that link, and you’re all set!

We’ll continue updating our learning portal with new trainings as they are developed — be sure to check back on The Bridge for new course announcements. We look forward to creating a set of convenient resources to help you make the most out of your volunteer experience!

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

Happy Training, Girl Scouts!