September 2017: Your Checklist for Success
September 15: Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits expire
September 30: Summer of Service ends!
October 1: The new Girl Scout year AND the Fall Product Program begin!
Upcoming - For Girls, Troops, and Families
Video Resources from Girl Scouts of the USA
- Outdoor Songs & Games - This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games.
- Introduction to Fire Building - To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.
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!
Savannah Bound 2018 - Registrations Due October 31
GOOD NEWS on Savannah! We made an OOPS on the August Checklist for Success. Deposits for Savannah 2018 are actually due on October 31, not October 1. That means you have some extra time to register!
Cookie Dough, Munch Money, and Juliette Program Credits Expire September 15 - With Exceptions!
- Girls who were in grades K-4 for 2016-2017 will have all unused program credits (Cookie Dough and Munch Money) rolled over as Troop Credits to use for one additional year.
- Girls who were in grades 5-12 for 2016-2017 will be able to keep any and all unused program credits for future use as long as their membership for the 2017- 2018 year is renewed by September 15.
For full guidelines on how Product Program Credits can be used by girls and troops, please see the Cookie Dough, Munch Money and Juliette Program Credits Policy Guide.
Renew Your Membership By October 31 to Unlock a Girl Scout Superhero T-Shirt!
(Available in girls', youth, misses, & unisex sizes: Girl/Youth Cost: $10; Misses/Unisex Cost: $12)
Join us at camp for some campfire basics and a day full of outdoor training! Topics will include fire building, outdoor cooking, campout first aid (not a certification), Camping 101 and more! We're looking forward to great discussion about Girl Scouts in the Outdoors!
Camp Joy Hollow (Westfield) - October 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Camp Sacajawea (Boone) - October 20 at 6:00 p.m. – October 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Camp Juliette (Marshalltown) - May 5, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Camp Tanglefoot (Clear Lake) - May 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. – May 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Ready for the Fall Product Program?
The Fall Product Program is a great opportunity for troops to earn funds right away to support their awesome Girl Scout year! Find all the info you need to get started on October 1 at gsgibridge.com/fallproduct
Ready for Exciting New Badges and Journeys?
New Journeys and badges are here! These new Journeys and badges not only make timely additions and enhancements to our existing girl programming but also create a more robust experience, including Take Action projects, for subject areas that are most compelling to today’s girls—science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and outdoor activities. Learn more on our website, and check out the new program content in the Volunteer Toolkit today!
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 on 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
Troop Catalog Update Form
The new year is approaching! Be sure to fill out the Troop Catalog Update Form on our website to let us know about your troop this year, like your meeting details or a description of the activities your troop loves to do!
Building Girl Scouts
Bringing Girl Scouts to More Girls!
We’d love to help host a recruitment event in your area! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.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
New Shop Hours
We’ve updated our shop hours based on your feedback! Each Leadership Center will be open until 6:00 pm one night per week, we're back to being open until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and select Super Saturdays will feature shops open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Learn more on our Hours and Locations page.
Girl Scout Q&A
Q: How can I see what girls are in my troop this year?
A: Volunteers can view their troop roster via their MyGS account! Simply navigate to the “Troops” tab in MyGS, change the drop-down year to “Next Year” to see the girls who are currently registered for 2018. After October 1, the 2018 roster will appear in the “Current Year.”