April 2018: Your Checklist for Success
Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families
Be sure to check out the events calendar for tons of programs – with new ones added frequently!
Living Like a Pioneer Girl Overnight – (Grades 2-5; June 1-2, Des Moines) Spend the night at Living History Farms!
Laura Ingalls Wilder Heritage Trip – (Grades K-6; June 8; Sioux City – South Dakota) Discover the prairies of South Dakota and explore the Laura Ingalls Wilder house!
Summer Camp is Almost Here!
There are tons of camp sessions for every interest this summer! And don’t forget, girls can apply their Cookie Dough towards their dream adventure at camp. Learn more at girlscoutsiowa.org/summercamp
All graduating seniors who attend Circle of Excellence will receive a cord to wear on graduation day! If you know a graduating senior who can’t attend the event, encourage them to stop by any Leadership Center or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to get their cord to them.
Early Bird Renewal: April 15 – May 31
It’s almost Early Bird time! From an exclusive (and adorable) free Early Bird patch, to free Unicorns & Dragons events across the council, to $5 reimbursement for up to 5 adult renewals, there are tons of reasons to take advantage of this year's awesome Early Bird renewal - from April 15 to May 31! Be sure to check out The Bridge for more info on how you can renew girls (with permission) using Cookie Dough or Troop Credits, and get a sneak peek of the Unicorns & Dragons event dates/locations!
There’s Still Time to Register for Circle of Excellence – April 14 in Council Bluffs
Bring your best SWAPs and join us for a wonderful spring celebration of the amazing things you've accomplished this year. Registration closes April 6 for this year's big event, held on April 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs! It will be a day of music, celebration, and so much more. Visit girlscoutsiowa.org/excellence to reserve your spot!
NEW: Updated Money-Earning Project Guidelines
You asked, we listened! We've updated the guidelines for money-earning projects to make it easier for troops, service units, and individual girls to raise money for trips, service projects, and more. Check out our new "How To" page on The Bridge for more info, including how you can now utilize tip nights and online fundraising!
Troop Finance Reports Due June 30
Be sure to start gathering your troop’s financial info for the membership year so far! The simplified Troop Finance Report (required by the IRS) is available on our website under “Forms,” and will ask for your current bank statement and some general details on your finances this year.
Planning Events, Service Projects, or Trips This Summer?
The weather is getting warmer, and it’s time to start planning any projects your troop may choose to do over the summer! Be sure to check out the Troop and Service Unit Activities page on The Bridge if you need help, and tell us what you’re up to at girlscoutsiowa.org/yourstory
Bridging Ceremonies are Fast Approaching!
It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is only a few months away – and that means it’s time to think about Bridging! Is it time for your troop to change grade levels? Be sure to check out the Volunteer Toolkit or your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to complete the two steps required to Bridge to the next level. Psst…Looking for a bridge to check out for your Bridging Ceremony? Head to girlscoutsiowa.org/equipment to see the items available in your area.
Outdoor Exploration at Camp Tanglefoot (For Volunteers!)
Join us May 11-12 at Camp Tanglefoot for a mini-retreat full of outdoor training – from fire-building to basic campout first-aid. Registration is open on our website.
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Spring Shop Hours & Super Saturdays
Each Leadership Center is open until 6:00 p.m. one day per week this season! Council Bluffs on Mondays, Mason City on Tuesdays, Sioux City on Wednesdays, and Des Moines on Thursdays. There are also two Super Saturdays coming up this spring, when shops will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: April 21 and May 19! Be sure to check out the Hours & Locations page on our website for up-to-date information on hours and closures.