March 2019: Your Checklist for Success

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

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

March At-A-Glance

Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

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 for more information and to apply!

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.   

Volunteer Resources

The 2019 Cookie Program Has Been Extended!

Based on feedback from volunteers and the record-breaking snowfall and polar temps across the state, we will be extending the 2019 Cookie Program by one week, making the last day for selling cookies March 24! Read more about the specifics in the February 21 Shout Out. 

Register 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!

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 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!

Girl Scout Week is Almost Here - March 10-16

Girl Scout Week, celebrated each March, highlights the birthday of the Girl Scout movement on March 12! Coming soon: check out our program ideas for this special week on our website at

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 to see the items available in your area.

Graduation Cord Information Coming Soon

A few years ago, 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

winter membership campaign update

Troops that opted in to our Winter Membership Campaign and qualified by adding two new girls to their troop between November 1 and January 31 have earned up to two Girl Scout-branded sweatshirts for troop leaders! Sweatshirts should arrive no later than mid-March (in sizes requested when the troop opted in). Your local Recruitment Manager will be in touch!

Is Your School Hosting a Kindergarten Round-Up?

We’d love to be there! Contact your local Recruitment Manager at, and we’ll look into attending to talk to incoming girls about Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout FAQ

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, GSGI will automatically upload the girl into Smart Cookies. Please note that uploads are completed weekly. If you don’t see a girl in Smart Cookies who is a current member, please reach out to us at