February 2019: Your Checklist for Success

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

Need a printable copy of the February Checklist? Download one here!

February At-A-Glance

Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

Upcoming Camp Programs

  • 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.

Camp is hiring!

Do you know anyone you would think would make a great camp counselor? We're looking for unit leaders, counselors, lifeguards, ropes course staff, and health center staff to help make this summer an amazing one!  Applicants must be at least 18 by June 1, unless they have completed the CIT program at camp. Head over to girlscoutsiowa.org/camp-employment for more information and to apply!

Volunteer Resources

The 2019 Cookie Program is here

Are you excited for the 2019 Cookie Program to begin on February 1? We sure are! Be sure to bookmark gsgibridge.com/cookieprogram for all of the resources you'll need to have a great program! We'll continue adding resources as cookie season continues.

Registration is open now for the 2019 circle of excellence event

Join us on Saturday, April 13 at the Sheraton West Des Moines for our annual spring celebration of everything we love about Girl Scouts and the volunteers that make it happen. Bring your best SWAPs and enjoy a brunch buffet, an exclusive custom patch, and more! 

Maggi Thorne, four-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor and Girl Scout Alum will give a keynote speech, and we'll celebrate our go-getting and innovative girls and volunteers with special recognitions. Register under “Events” on our website!

Become a delegate for the annual meeting

This year’s Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Annual Meeting will be held on April 2 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! 

Memory books are available now

Be sure to check out our set of exclusive Girl Scout memory books, available for each grade level! These lovely books can help girls and their families capture the fun and memories each year, including all badges earned, a spot for autographs from their Girl Scout sisters, a place for Cookie Program memories, ways to memorialize their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects, and more! Head to gsgibridge.com/home-page-feed/memory-books to order yours today, or stop by your local council shop.

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

winter membership campaign update

Thank you to all troops who participated in our Winter Membership Campaign! If your troop opt-ed in and added two new girls, up to two troop leaders will receive a Girl Scout-branded sweatshirt (which should arrive by March). If you selected the option to pick up your sweatshirts at a Leadership Center, keep an eye out for communication from your Regional Recruitment Manager or a member of our Recruitment team about pick up.

awesome community events happening in your area? let us know!

Have any school or community events in your area that Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa should attend? Contact us at info@gsiowa.org – we would love to join in!

Girl Scout FAQ

Q: What is my smart cookies login?

A: 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. 

Q: a new girl just joined my troop. how do i add her to smart cookies?

A: 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.