February 2018: Your Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the January Checklist.

Need to download a copy of the February Checklist? Click here!

Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

Upcoming Programs

We're excited for a brand new year and what we have in store for you! Be sure to check out the events calendar for more.

  • Girl Scout Day at the Capitol – (Grades 4-12; March 28; Des Moines) Learn all about our state legislature and explore the Iowa State Capitol!

  • London 2019 – (Grades 9-12; July 9-15, 2019) Reserve your spot for this amazing trip – you can use your Cookie Dough to help you get there!

Upcoming Troop Events at Camp

There's some summer camp fun coming up for the WHOLE troop:

  • Troop Camp at Camp Tanglefoot – (4 Sessions: Aug. 6-7, Aug. 7-8, Aug. 8-9, Aug. 9-10)

  • Troop Camp at Camp Sacajawea – (June 30 – July 1)

  • Troop Campout Cookie Incentive – If your troop sells a total of 5,000+ packages of cookies during the 2018 Cookie Program, you’ll earn a troop overnight at camp! Overnight dates will be available August 6-10 at Camp Tanglefoot or August 9-14 at Camp Sacajawea.

Volunteer Resources

Save the Date for Circle of Excellence - April 14 in Council Bluffs

We want to bring everyone together for a wonderful spring celebration of the amazing things you've accomplished this year. Please save the date for this year's big event, which will be held on April 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs! Watch for more details next month.

Check Out Our New Facebook Group, Just for Volunteers

Psst..Head to the Official Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leaders Group for exclusive announcements like new cookie booth sale locations in Smart Cookies (we’ll announce them in the group as soon as they’re available)!

Become a Delegate for the Annual Meeting!

This year’s Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Annual Meeting will be held on April 3 at 6:30p.m. via teleconference. Any member 14 years of age or older is welcome to apply to be an official voting delegate! Learn more about serving as a delegate on the Bridge, and reach out to your Service Unit Manager to apply!

World Thinking Day - February 22

On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. (That’s one big celebration!) World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing the same activities. The 2018 World Thinking Day theme is “Impact.” Making an impact means having a strong effect on something or someone. Check out Girl Scouts of the USA’s World Thinking Day resources at girlscouts.org/world_thinking_day

Upcoming CPR/First-Aid Trainings

Need to complete your first aid/CPR training? We have a few scheduled trainings coming up across the council:

Building Girl Scouts

Thank You for Participating in Our Winter Membership Campaign!

Thank you to all of the troops who participated in our winter membership campaign! If your troop added a new girl between December 1 and January 31, keep your eye out for the Bring a Friend patches that will be mailed to your entire troop during the month of February! Please send questions to info@gsiowa.org.

If your troop added a girl or volunteer during the campaign, keep an eye on the Official Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leaders Group on Facebook on February 7, when we’ll post a video announcing the four winners of the $50 gift cards.

Girl Scout FAQ

What is my smart cookies login?

Each Troop Product Manager (TPM) needs to first complete their Troop Product Manager Agreement Form so we can enter the troop into Smart Cookies. Once the troop is uploaded into Smart Cookies, the TPM will receive an e-mail with their login information. Please allow 7 business days for this process. 

Make sure to add noreply@abcsmartcookies.com to your email contact list. If you have an email address ending in @hotmail.com, @msn.com, @outlook.com, or @live.com you MUST mark noreply@abcsmartcookies.com as a Safe Sender/Approved Contact before you will be able to receive the Smart Cookies registration email with login. Logins are always email addresses, and if the volunteer has more than 1 troop and/or service unit they will still have the same login for each of those. Once they enter in their login name and password they will then be directed to choose which troop/role they want to log into. 

A new girl just joined my troop. how do I add her into smart cookies?

Upon receiving the girl’s membership renewal or registration, the council will automatically upload the girl into Smart Cookies. Please note that uploads are completed weekly.