December 2018: Your Checklist for Success
December 4: Service Unit Product Chair Cookie Program Training (noon and 6:00 p.m.)
December 4: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations: Des Moines
December 5: Juliette Parent/Guardian Cookie Program Training (noon and 6:00 p.m.)
December 6: Troop Product Manager Cookie Program Training (noon and 6:00 p.m.)
December 10-11: Council shops closed for inventory.
December 12: All Leadership Centers closed for an all-staff meeting.
December 13: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations: Sioux City
December 13: First Aid/CPR Training – Story City
December 13: First Aid/CPR Training – Council Bluffs
December 24 – January 1: All Leadership Centers closed for the holidays.
Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families
Upcoming Camp Programs
Mom & Me Winter Fun – (Grades K-5: January 26; Camp Sacajawea) Moms and Girl Scouts: head to Camp Sacajawea for a day of crafts, s’mores, and outdoor winter fun.
Tanglefoot Winter Day Camp – (Grades 2-8: December 28; Camp Tanglefoot) Girls: spend a day over winter break at Camp Tanglefoot!
Planning ahead for spring break? Check out Spring Break Camp at Camp Sacajawea! Overnight from March 17-20. We'll try out making campfires, playing GaGa ball, and going on outdoor adventures! Register by March 6, 2019.
Travel with GSGI 101 Webinars
On December 4, and January 29, we’re offering webinars to help Girl Scouts learn about the travel opportunities GSGI has to offer! We’ll also go over the sign-up process, fundraising, who can attend, paperwork, and any questions you might have. Register for one of the webinars in our Event List!
Program Event Registration Updates - New Login Will Make Saving Your Info Even Easier!
Now, when members register for a Girl Scout event from our event list/calendar, you'll be asked to login as part of completing your registration. This will save your data, streamline the registration process, and make submitting camp payments much easier! If you've registered from programs before, simply use your email address, and use the "forgot password" option. You can also create a new account, and your registration history will be saved! Note this is a different system from the MyGS account you use to manage your annual Girl Scout memberships.
Cookie Program Training Time is Here!
Are you ready for the 2018 Cookie Program? Be sure to sign up for a training webinar for your role - whether you're a Service Unit Product Chair, Troop Product Manager, or Juliette Parent/Guardian - to prepare for the best Cookie Program yet! Find your training on our Event List. Want a sneak peek at everything new and exciting for the 2019 Cookie Program? Be sure to check out the 2019 Cookie Program Info Sheet under Forms on our website!
Badge Essentials Sheets for Every Grade Level
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to plan your Girl Scout year! We’ve put together Badge Essentials guides for each grade level, to help you see a full list of badges and Journeys and where you can find their requirements. See our Badge Essentials Bridge page to download the sheet for your grade level.
Volunteer Award Nominations Open Until February 1!
Check out our website at girlscoutsiowa.org/volunteer-awards for descriptions of all the awards our volunteers can receive, and start your nomination letters today! Nominations are due February 1, 2019. We'll honor the award winners at Circle of Excellence in the spring.
Updates to Silver and Gold Award Requirements
Girl Scouts of the USA has announced that starting this year, Girl Scout Silver & Girl Scout Gold Award projects may now benefit the Girl Scout community. In order to make sure that this doesn't dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl's project, Silver & Gold Awards must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action (found on our highest awards Bridge page). This change does not impact girls who have already begun or submitted a project plan.
Gear Up for Spring with a Camp Rental
Camp isn't just for summer! Facility rental is available nearly year-round (except when Summer Camp is in session) for our four camp properties, and offers a great opportunity for your troop, group, or family to get together and enjoy the outdoors! Spots are filling up fast for spring – reserve a spot for your troop to enjoy the beauty of camp by visiting our Camp Rentals page.
Planning for World Thinking Day
Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day - February 22 - is a day of international friendship and speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 146 different countries make a global impact and think about their fellow Scouts on this special day. Head over to our More Things to Do page to request instant access to World Thinking Day planning tools!
Building Girl Scouts
Opt-In to Our Winter Membership Campaign = Earn a Super-Cool Sweatshirt!
We wanted to offer you a chance to spread the adventure and learning of Girl Scouts, while also earning yourself (and another leader) a super-cool sweatshirt! Simply opt-in using the Winter Membership Campaign Opt-In Form (under Forms on our website) and add at least two new girls to your troop between November 1 and January 31 to earn a sweatshirt for you and a co-leader!
Your Girl Scout Shop
Winter Shop Hours
All Leadership Centers be open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday this winter.
Upcoming Closures: All shops will be closed December 10-11 for inventory. All Leadership Centers will be closed on December 12 for an all-staff meeting, and closed December 24 - January 1 for the holidays.