October 2018: 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! Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Sioux City)

  • October 4: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Altoona)

  • October 7: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Ankeny)

  • October 8: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Indianola)

  • October 10: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Johnston)

  • October 13: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Ames)

  • October 15: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Mason City)

  • October 19: Fall Product Program ends

  • October 25: Troop Leader Academy – Foundations (Oskaloosa)

  • October 31: Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday!

Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families

Upcoming Programs

Be sure to check out the events calendar for even more programs – tons of new ones are being added for this fall!

Outdoor Programs

Summer camp may be over, but there are still plenty of great opportunities to explore the outdoors and check out our camp properties over the fall and winter months! Be sure to check out the events calendar as they’re added in the coming months.

Travel with GSGI 101 Webinars

On October 30, December 4, and January 29, we’re offering webinars to help Girl Scouts learn about the travel opportunities GSGI has to offer! We’ll also go over the sign-up process, fundraising, who can attend, paperwork, and any questions you might have. Register for one of the webinars in our Event List!

Program Event Registration Updates - New Login Will Make Saving Your Info Even Easier!

Starting this fall, when members register for a Girl Scout event from our event list/calendar, you'll be asked to login as part of completing your registration. This will save your data, streamline the registration process, and make submitting camp payments much easier! If you've registered from programs before, simply use your email address, and use the "forgot password" option. You can also create a new account, and your registration history will be saved! Note this is a different system from the MyGS account you use to manage your annual Girl Scout memberships.

Volunteer Resources

The Fall Product Program is Underway - Instant Incentives, Rolling Start Date, and More

It’s not too late to get started and participate in the Fall Program! From a rolling start date (anytime starting in September), to instant incentives for girls AND volunteers, and more. Be sure to bookmark gsgibridge.com/fallprogram for all the info you’ll need for a great Fall Program, including training recordings and FAQs! (And don’t forget to fill out your Troop Product Manager or Service Unit Product Chair Agreement if you’ll be managing the Fall Program for your troop or service unit! You can find the links to those forms on The Bridge.)

Troop Leader Academy - In-Person Volunteer Training

We're announcing our brand new Troop Leader Academy in-person volunteer training sessions! The first session in the series - Foundations - is being scheduled across the council for this fall. Whether you're just getting started as a troop leader, or you're a seasoned expert, we hope you'll join us for this interactive training session all about running a Girl Scout troop. (Note: An online version of Foundations is currently in development.) Register for a session near you on our Event List.

The New Girl Scout Year Starts October 1!

Make sure all of the girls and adults in your troop have renewed their memberships and are ready for a fantastic new year!

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/to-do.

Official Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leaders Group on Facebook

We hope you’ll join us in this Facebook community just for volunteers, which is another tool for you to connect with other leaders, share ideas, and even ask questions of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff. Head over to the Official Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Leaders Group for more! 

Building Girl Scouts

Want to Host a Recruitment for Your Service Unit or School? We Can Help!

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

Super Saturday - October 20

All Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa shops will be open on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – it’s the perfect time to stock up on supplies for the year!

Fall Hours Are Back!

All Leadership Centers will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Each Leadership Center will also remain open until 6:00 p.m. one day per week (Council Bluffs on Mondays, Des Moines on Thursdays, Mason City on Tuesdays, and Sioux City on Wednesdays).

Girl Scout Q&A

Q: How do I get my UNIFY 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 2018-19 year. Two, make sure you’ve filled out the Troop Product Manager Agreement Form (which can be found on The Bridge) 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.