November 2017: Your Checklist for Success

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

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

November At-A-Glance

November 13: Circle of Creativity – Sioux City
November 14: Circle of Creativity – Spirit Lake
November 16: Circle of Creativity – Ottumwa
November 20: Circle of Creativity – Charles City
November 21: Circle of Creativity – Rockwell City
November 27: Circle of Creativity – Villisca
November 28: Circle of Creativity – Osceola
November 30: Circle of Creativity – West Des Moines

Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

Upcoming Events

We're excited for a brand new Girl Scout year and what we have in store for you! Be sure to check out the events calendar while planning your new year!

  • Disney on Ice – (Grades K-12; November 24; Des Moines) Join us for a special pre-show event and then check out the amazing Disney on Ice!

  • Girl Scout Day at the Capitol – (Grades 4-12; March 27; Des Moines) Learn all about our state legislature and explore the Iowa State Capitol!

  • Capitol Girls – (Grades 7-12; February 8; Des Moines) Get a special in-depth look at government in this unique event at the Iowa State Capitol!

  • London 2019 – (Grades 9-12; July 9-15, 2019) Reserve your spot for this amazing trip!

  • 1991 Mansion Mystery – (Grades 6-12; December 1; Sioux City) Flash back to 1991 at this murder mystery dinner!

Volunteer Resources

New Program Content!

Have you heard about the new STEM and outdoor journeys and badges that are now available in the Volunteer Toolkit? Check out a roundup of the new content, and head over to the Volunteer Toolkit to see what’s available for your troop’s grade level!

Circle of Creativity - Register Now!

Registration is now open for this year’s regional Circle of Creativity events – these mini training retreats give you the opportunity to talk about new ideas with volunteers from your area! Check out the event listings for full details on the sessions and topics that will be covered – from working with the new program content, to completing a Journey book in a day, to managing cookie inventory. We hope to see you at an event in November!

Sioux City – November 13       Spirit Lake – November 14       Ottumwa – November 16

Charles City – November 20        Rockwell City – November 21        Villisca – November 27

Osceola – November 28        West Des Moines – Nov. 30

Online Volunteer Training

Still need to complete a volunteer training or two? We know your time is valuable. The majority of our learning courses are available online and accessible 24/7. Get started by accessing our Volunteer Learning Portal.

Service Unit Events - We Can Help!

Want to hold an event for Girl Scouts in your service unit area? We can help you gather registration info by listing it on our website – which also allows girls to use Cookie Dough, Juliette Program Credits, or Munch Money to sign up! Check out our Service Unit/Troop Events page on the website for more information on the requirements, and a link to the Event Listing Request Form.

Building Girl Scouts

Bringing Girl Scouts to More Girls!

We’d love to help host a recruitment event in your area! Email us at with your troop number and zip code, and we’ll put you in touch with the Recruitment Manager in your area. Need flyers to promote your troop or service unit recruitment? Check out the Recruitment Flyer Order Form on our website!

Winter Membership Campaign

Keep an eye out for more information on our “cool” winter membership campaign – more information to come in December!

Your Girl Scout Shop

Free Backpack with Starter Kit Purchase

Visit any of our council shops for our build-it-yourself Starter Kits – perfect for new Girl Scouts and bridging members! When you spend at least $30 on essential items (qualifying uniform pieces, insignia, and books) for one grade level kit, your Girl Scout will receive a FREE BAG. This is an in-store offer; similar promotions can be found on the online shop, but details vary. GSGI provides starter kits year-round, as long as supplies are available.

Girl Scout Q&A

Q: A girl in my troop earned the personalized t-shirt or earned a MyPatchCreation patch – how do we get those? 

A: Families who earned these custom items will receive an email to provide additional information on these pieces.