October 2017: Your Checklist for Success

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

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


October At-A-Glance

October 1: The new Girl Scout year begins!
October 1-20: 2017 Fall Product Program
October 14: Outdoor Exploration Training at Joy Hollow
October 20-21: Outdoor Exploration Training at Sacajawea
October 31: Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday & deposits due for the 2018 Savannah Bound trip


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!

  • G.I.R.L. in Science (Grades 4-12) - Check out this hands-on interactive program on October 14, in partnership with DuPont Pioneer! Join G.I.R.L.s and meet experts at DuPont Pioneer who will showcase their fun and exciting careers in SCIENCE!

Savannah Bound 2018 (June 9-16, 2018) - Registrations Due Oct. 31

Don't forget to register for Savannah Bound 2018 by October 31! What better way to celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's birthday than by signing up for this trip? You’ll experience the culture of Savannah, GA, walk in the footsteps of Juliette, and feel what her life must have been like. Savannah is full of southern hospitality, and any Girl Scout walking around in her uniform is greeted like a celebrity. Register today!

Travel Informational Webinars - Savannah, GA and London

Still on the fence about signing up for the Savannah Bound 2018 or London 2019 trip? Join us for one of several upcoming informational webinars, where we’ll talk about what you can expect, what the cost covers, and so much more!


Volunteer Resources

Renew Your Membership By October 31 to Unlock a Girl Scout Superhero T-Shirt!

Girls and adults who renew their Girl Scout membership (or register for the very first time) before Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on October 31 will get the chance to order an exclusive shirt!

(Available in girls', youth, misses, & unisex sizes: Girl/Youth Cost: $10; Misses/Unisex Cost: $12)

2017 Fall Product Program - A Great Way to Earn Funds to Start Your Year!

Whether your troop has been rocking the Fall Product Program for years, or if you’re just getting started, we’ve got resources lined up to help you get started on October 1! The Fall Product Program gives girls and troops the opportunity to sell magazine subscriptions and very popular nuts and candy in order to earn funds to help their troop kick off their year. This friends and family sale is conducted both face-to-face and online. Learn more on the Bridge.

  • Training: Check out the training recordings at gsgibridge.com/fallproduct!
  • Permission Forms: Have parents fill out the Product Program Permission Form for each girl in your troop (one form covers both the Fall Product Program and the Cookie Program). Forms will remain with the troop, and need only be turned into the council in the event of a shortage
  • Product Volunteer Agreements: Sign your product volunteer agreement for each of your volunteer roles!

Circle of Creativity - Save the Dates

As we kick off the new year, join us at regional Circle of Creativity events – these mini training retreats give you the opportunity to talk about new ideas with volunteers from your area! More information to come in October with specific sessions and registration details.

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

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

Leon – November 28        West Des Moines – Nov. 30

Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday with our Birthday Party Kit and Heritage Patch Program!

Juliette Gordon ‘Daisy’ Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was born on October 31! Learn about Juliette and celebrate impact she has on the lives of Girl Scouts today with two program kits – the Juliette Birthday Party Kit and Juliette Heritage Patch Program - found on our website at girlscoutsiowa.org/program-kits.

NEW: Equipment Checkout Form

Need a bridge for a Bridging Ceremony? Or a parade banner for a community festival? Take a look at our new Equipment Checkout Form to see the resources available at your local leadership center for troop check-out!


Building Girl Scouts

Bringing Girl Scouts to More Girls!

We’d love to help host a recruitment event in your area! Email us at info@gsiowa.org 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!


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: How do I get my Nut-E login to manage my troop's Fall Product Program?

A: There are two steps that must be completed before you’ll receive your Nut-E login for this year. One, make sure your volunteer membership is renewed for the 2017-18 year. Two, make sure you’ve filled out the Troop Product Manager Agreement Form for this year.

Please allow up to 7 business days from when you submit your agreement to when you receive your login. If you still haven’t received your login after 7 business days, please contact us at info@gsiowa.org.