March 2018: Your Checklist for Success

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

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


Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

Upcoming Programs

Be sure to check out the events calendar for tons of programs – with new ones added frequently!

  • 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

Register Now 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. Register now 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, SWAPs, celebration, and so much more. Visit girlscoutsiowa.org/excellence to reserve your spot, and check out a special hotel discount good through March 13.

Girl Scout Week is Almost Here - March 8-14

Girl Scout Week, celebrated each March, highlights the birthday of the Girl Scout movement on March 12! Check out our program ideas for this special week on our website at girlscoutsiowa.org/program-kits

There's Still Time to 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!

Bronze Award Recognition at Circle of Excellence

If your troop has completed your Bronze Award, we’d love to recognize you at Circle of Excellence on April 14! Girls will be presented with a certificate and one troop member can describe their project.  Be sure you have completed your final report, and register each troop member at girlscoutsiowa.org/excellence. Registered Girl Scouts may attend for free, non-members will need to also register and pay $15.

Early Bird Renewal Information Coming Soon

Early Bird dates and incentives will be announced soon! We can’t wait to tell you the exciting news about another exclusive event and 2019 Early Bird patch – stay tuned for all the details.

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.

Graduation Cord Information Coming Soon

Last year, we started the tradition of giving graduating Girl Scouts a green cord to wear – with their school’s permission – to their graduation ceremony. We’ll be sending information to families in the next few weeks with directions on how they can receive their cords!


Building Girl Scouts

Kindergarten Round-Ups

Is your school hosting a Kindergarten round-up? We’d love to attend and help a new Daisy troop get started! Email info@gsiowa.org with those opportunities.


Girl Scout FAQ

I’m planning a booth sale for the last weekend of the Cookie Program – how can I “check-out” and return cookies for this?

If you are having booth sales the last weekend of the Cookie Program (March 16-18) you may choose to return up to the amount of your Planned Order. You may return at the time of pick-up or the following Monday, March 19. 

Here are the steps for returning cookies after the last weekend:

  1. Schedule a booth sale between March 16 and 18 in Smart Cookies.
  2. Pick up your Planned Order on March 15 or 16.
  3. Return any cookies left from that order on March 19 (you cannot return more cookies than were picked up).
  4. The Cupboard Manager will take care of all Transfers in Smart Cookies.