Volunteer News 04-13
Volunteer Newsletter for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
R E T E U N L O V NEWs APRIL 2013 2013 Annual Dream Big. Live Loud. Meeting Saturday, April 20 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30) • West Des Moines Marriott Guest Share the dream and inspire her to change the world. Speaker Connect with Girl Scouts and Alumnae from across our Council as we conduct our Annual Business Meeting as well as celebrate and recognize our girls and volunteers! Register Online (Deadline to register is April 11) (girlscoutsiowa.org) by following the homepage links. You can register for and attend in either of the following ways: 1. Register and attend the live event an d luncheon in West Des Moines 2. Register to attend the business meeting only from 10 - 11:30 a.m. via conference call at your nearest Leadership Center in Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Mason City, or Sioux City. Delegates The Delegate Packet is now available for download on our website as well. If you are not a delegate, but would like to be considered for open spots, please email Diane Murphy at email@example.com. Order of the Day INSIDE: Girl Scout Spotlight.......2 Summer Camp ...............3 Product Program ...........4 B.I.G. ...................................5 Announcements ...........6 Spring Leader Retreat..7 Volunteer Opps..............8 Blog Entry .........................9 9:30 – 10:00 am Registration, Shop open, Exhibits 10:00 – 11:30 am Business Meeting 11:30 am – 12:00 pm Break/time to visit with old friends and make new ones! 12:00 – 12:50 pm Lunch and Guest Speaker 1:00 – 3:00 pm Graduating Senior, Gold Award, and Volunteer Recognition Mary J. “M.J.” Dolan M.J. Dolan currently serves as the Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT). Ms. Dolan is an attorney with 17 years of Iowa Education Law and Finance experience and 14 years of Association Management experience. Her prior work experience also involved healthcare, risk management, corporate trust services, and state government. Share the dream and inspire her to change the world. Girl Scout Spotlight maPLEtoN daIsIEs cELEBratE WorLd tHINKINg daY The Mapleton Daisies celebrated Girl Scouts 2013 World Thinking Day. The troop learned about malaria and how it affects children in different countries such as Asia and Africa. Did you know that 85% of children who die of malaria are under the age of 5? When the troop was asked about how they could help these children, the girls came up with good answers: give them medicine, buy mosquito nets. The girls decided to use BR L-R: Sophia L., Paige S., Jersey G., Rylee M. some of the funds earned through nut/cookie FR L-R Jasmine A., Alexis T., Olivia I., Dr. sales and buy 12 nets (one for each girl of the Jennifer Schenne, Emily H., Autumn B. troop plus our visitor) to give to 12 families Missing from picture: Ella G., Natalie T., in Asia. The nets cost $10 a family through Troop Leader: Sarah Schmidt. Gospel for Asia and purchases an insecticide mosquito net for families, one for each bed in their house. The girls are hoping this helps cut down, just a little, on malaria. With the help of a guest visitor, Dr. Jennifer Schenne, from the Burgess Health Center the girls learned about immunizations and how important they are. She talked about how lucky we are to live in the United States and told of her travels to Africa where she cared for children with malaria and what she saw there. We ended the meeting with a game of "mosquito tag", where there were two girls who were the mosquito's and three girls were given the "medicine" for malaria so they couldn't get out when tagged. It was a game to show the girls how easily malaria can spread and how easy it is to be infected. The girls enjoyed the game and had fun learning about malaria and how it affects children around the world. dEs moINEs rEgIstEr tItLE: NorWaLK duo HELPs gIrL scouts domINatE marKEt Norwalk Girl Scouts were featured on the front page of the Des Moines Register regarding cookie sales! This article was picked up by several national media outlets including USA Today and our own National Media Blog. As of the publication date of this article (March 14) "The Norwalk sisters have sold more than 1,300 boxes so far this year — including six boxes they’ve eaten themselves. They sold 752 boxes during the first quarter of 2012. The LeFleurs work mostly door-to-door, with Mom in the background, and use their share of each $3.50 box sale to pay for Girl Scout summer camp." Updated council note: The girls sold a total of 1,509 boxes of cookies this year! Wow! You can read the entire Des Moines Register article online here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130314/ BUSINESS/303140117/Cookie-monsters-Norwalk-duo-helps-GirlScouts-dominate-market?gcheck=1 DM Register Reporter Victor Epstein showing our featured Girl Scouts “the right way to eat a Girl Scout cookie.” (broken into pieces and plopped into a glass of milk!) Girls looking at a preserved reptile specimen. 2 • VOLUNTEER NEWS GIRL SCOUTS GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE The Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society at Morningside College in Sioux City put on an event in which over 80 Girl Scouts attended. They worked on activities that explored lungs and human health, lab animals, and environmental sustainability. 2013 NatIoNaL YouNg WomEN oF dIstINctIoN Katie Jacobson of St. Charles, IA was recognized for the award at the National Girl Scout CEO Meeting on March 20. She also has been featured in the most recent edition of Justine Magazine! Her project recognized a need in her community and she worked to raise awareness of bats and their usefulness in the environment. Congratulations, Katie! You view Katie and other Young Women of Distinction on Justine's website here: http://www. justinemagazine.com/ content/teens-movemeet-young-womendistinction. Katie's Photo from Justine Magazine! ottumWa gIrLs roBotIcs sQuad Three members of the team, from left, Kassidi H., Kelsey G. and Nicole P. (excerpt taken from Ottumwa Carrier) The girls at Ottumwa High School have their own robotics team and are in the spotlight because they’re the only all-girl team in the state. They’re sponsored by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and they received a Scale-Up Grant from the Governor’s STEM initiative. Recently, the girls’ Team 4144 Engineer Imagineer won the Motivate Award and finished in 14th place in a recent statewide competition. The team designed the robot, built it and did the programming. “It’s a male-dominated event and we all accepted the challenge,” said team member Kelsey G. Read the entire article here: http://ottumwacourier.com/local/x2045491302/ OHS-all-female-robotics-squad-proves-theycan-compete-with-the-boys 2013 It’ FiresideSum rl S m Gi p! Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa welc Chats summer! Whether you’re a cam cout su m m e a c r Camp Tanglefoot Camp Joy Hollow Camp Sacajawea Family Fun Festivals Camp Directors Read all about our camp directors on our website under "Camp". 2013 Summer Programs and Registration Information Bring your whole family and visit one (or all) of our Family Fun Festivals and experience the fun you can have at Girl Scout Camp. We have lots of activities planned, including crafts, games, archery, and face painting. Depending on where you go, you might even get to climb, canoe, or meet one of the horses! There is no cost to attend. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. To register for the event that you would like to attend, please contact the appropriate Camp Director. Sunday, May 12, 1 - 4 p.m. Joy Hollow Westfield, IA JoyHollow@gsiowa.org Abbie Smith, Joy Hollow New tor! ir D ec Scheduled chats are as follows - watch our website for the most up to date locations and times. Accreditation Sta Camp Sacajawea, Camp Tanglef Apr 9 - Mason City (ACA) and meet their high stand 6:30 - 7:30health p.m. and wellness, operationa OurCenter camps have volu Mason Citypersonnel. Leadership professionals and have earned t 601 S Illinois Ave under all guidelines recommend information Apr 10 - Charles City about ACA, visit the www.acacamps.org. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 601 Milwaukee St Apr 15 - Sioux City 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sioux City Leadership Center 1515 Zenith Dr Apr 16 - Le Mars 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church 1430 7th Ave SE Laura Arrington, Camp Sacajawea Questions? Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Camp Sacajawea Boone, IA CampSac@gsiowa.org Saturday, June 8, 1 - 4 p.m. Camp Tanglefoot Clear Lake, IA CampTanglefoot@gsiowa.org us for Girl Scout Camp! We know activities and making memories Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is excited to announce our Camp Fireside Chats. These are a series of events throughout the council thismore spring that will For informatio allow parents and girls a chance visit our website at to learn about camp from the www.girlscoutsiowa.o directors themselves. The directors will be hosting these events, speaking about camp, and answering any questions. There will also be a favorite tasty camp snack to enjoy! Come learn all about camp and meet the camp directors at the event closest to you! Email us at any of the following: JoyHollow@gsiowa.org CampTanglefoot@gsiowa.org CampSac@gsiowa.org Julia Cira, Camp Tanglefoot VOLUNTEER NEWS • 3 Product Programs firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much for your participation and cooperation in the 2013 Cookie Program! We are done selling cookies for the year and we are busy tallying the results from the program. As we wrap things up, we have a few reminders and announcements for you. Recognition Orders & Cookie Dough Cookie Wrap-Up Meetings Recognition orders have been created and recognitions were shipped to Cookie Program Chairs on April 1. Cookie dough should be available for troops at the end of April. We want to learn how we can continue to improve the Cookie Program and use it to teach girls the 5 skills. During the months of April and May, the Product Program team will be traveling across our Council to hold Cookie Wrap-Up meetings. For more information about the meeting closest to you and to register, please go to our website and click on the homepage link. You may also call your nearest Leadership Center for more information. • Council Bluffs – Thursday, May 2 • Des Moines – Thursday, April 25 • Fort Dodge – Tuesday, April 16 • Mason City – Thursday, May 9 • Sioux City – Monday, May 6 If you are unable to attend a meeting in person, we'll be posting an online survey soon to gather your feedback. Note: Girls that have Girl/Parent Shortage Forms on file with the Troop Cookie Manager will not receive her recognitions until the balance is resolved. To view your recognition awards, please see your order card or look on our website in our Cookies & More section. Give us you Feedbarck! Cookie Recipes You may currently have a few boxes of cookies around your house. Below is a great recipe from one of our staff members! There are even more recipes on our baker's website and you can submit your own creations! www.abcsmartcookies.com/cookies_recipes.asp Lemonade Cookie Trifle by Christina Luther (staff member) Ingredients: 1 yellow cake mix (prepare as directed) 1 packages of instant cheesecake jello pudding mix (prepared with milk as directed) 1 package of whipped topping 1 box of Lemonades Girl Scout Cookies (crushed but leave 1-2 for garnish) 1 pint of blueberries (optional) Directions: Bake cake in cake pan as directed on package. Cool. Cut cake in 1 inch squares. Prepare instant jello pudding mix as directed on package. Crush cookies, leaving three for garnish. Use trifle bowl and layer: 1 inch of cake squares in bottom of bowl. Spread an inch layer of pudding over the cake. Sprinkle a layer of cookies. Spread a layer of whipped topping. Sprinkle some blueberries. Repeat process until last layer is whipped topping. Garnish with your remaining Lemonades Cookies and any remaining blueberries. Chill for at least one hour before serving Letter of Thanks 4 • VOLUNTEER NEWS [Troops], Troops 505, 468, and 174, lead by Jackie Giles, Cristin Kreifels, Rose Bass, Tonya Burger, and Sheila Chestelson of the Raccon River Service Unit, donated 5 cases of Girl Scout cookies to the 1034th CSSB. They received this letter (right) and photo (left) in return. Thank you so much for the Girl Scout Cookies. We are very happy with the thoughtfulness of those that participated and will certainly enjoy the treats you have sent. Thank you for your generosity and support of our soldiers! SFC Mark A. Johnson 1SG HHC 1034th CSSB Tigerhawk 7 We too cannot wait for our tour to end so that we may be home with our loved ones. Once again, Thank You. Soldiers, NCO's, and Officers of the 1034th CSSB. v/r do you BELIEVE in GIRLS ? we do! BIG Event! BIG Opportunity! BIG Fun! Join hundreds of girls from across Iowa for our biggest event of the year! Our annual Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) event features fun and informative stations on science, technology, and engineering! Weâ€™ll also be hosting many activity booths where girls can take part in craft projects, SWAPS, have fun with nature, and other general Girl Scout activities! Breakout sessions will cover exciting topics for all grade levels. Stage events will include dance, fashion, Miss Iowa, and live music. Come to our B.I.G. event, meet and connect with other Girl Scouts from across the state, and explore how to reach your goals with confidence and determination. WHEN: Saturday, 9/7/13 10 am - 3 pm WHERE: Hy-Vee Hall 730 3rd St Des Moines, IA 50309 COST: Girls & Adults: $10 (lunch included), Transportation available for $10 per person. DEADLINE: 8/16/13* Volunteers Needed! Please contact us by phone at 800-342-8389 or email email@example.com. *Registration deadline is 8/16/13. No registrations will be accepted after this date. You can register using our paper forms, online at girlscoutsiowa.org, or by VOLUNTEER NEWS â€˘ calling 800-342-8389! 5 announcements & reminders Programs, trIPs, outdoor actIVItIEs We have so many fun and exciting programs, trips, and outdoor opportunities that are available to girls of all ages throughout the remainder of this membership year! Make sure to check out what is available in your area either through your hard copy of the program book, or by flipping through the book on our website! You can register online or call for more information. VoIcEs: gIrL surVEYs WE NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL GIRLS! Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is honored to be one of 15 councils selected to participate in a study about how Girl Scouting benefits girls and how we can make Girl Scouts even better! Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will be able to use the information collected to directly improve the program locally for Girl Scouts. There are two easy steps to participate: 1. Register for the Girl Scout Voices Panel at: www. girlscoutvoices.org. • PARTICIPATE AND WIN! Girls completing this step will receive a “Girl Scout Voices” patch and the chance to be one of 60 winners of a $25 Visa gift card from Girl Scouts of the USA and be one of eight winners of $50 gift card from Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. 2. In May, girls complete a brief "Help Make Girl Scouts Even Better" survey about their experiences. • PARTICIPATE AND WIN! Girls completing step 2 will receive an “I Was Heard!” patch and the chance to be one of 60 winners of a $25 Visa gift card from Girl Scouts of the USA. Note: Responses are confidential. Surveys are solely for research purposes related to Girl Scouts of the USA. Girls will not be marketed to, solicited or exposed to any form of advertisement as a result of participating in the series of surveys. Girls under the age of 13 will need parental/guardian permission which is included as part of the registration. 2013-2014 EarLY BIrd rEgIstratIoN Early Bird Registration is a great way to re-register and eliminate the rush in the Fall. Having your troop commit during Early Bird also helps you as a leader know how many girls you will potentially have in order for you to start preparing for your next membership year. Watch for more information to come soon! Early Bird Registration will run May 1 - June 15, 2013. National Membership Dues Increase For the 2013-2014 membership year, the national dues for each membership will increase from $12 to $15. The last dues increase of $2 went into effect on October 1, 2009. The $2 increase as well as the new $3 increase was determined by vote at the 2008 National Council Session. At $15, membership remains a great value. We look forward to delivering the best possible service and products to our girls, their families, and all of our members. As always, financial assistance for membership dues is available for girls who qualify. Look for flyers and information about Early Bird Registration, incentives, and patch soon! sHoP We have so much great gear in our five Girl Scout council shop locations and online! Shop our April sale for 20% off bridging items including*: • stars • discs • rainbows • wings • bridging certificates *Only items listed are included in the sale, no exceptions. Sale ends May 31, 2013 summEr oF sErVIcE Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will once again be participating in Summer of Service. It is an opportunity for us to take three months time and make a real difference! It's a great time to start talking to your girls/ troops about things that you can do to help improve your local community. We'll be tracking your hours so, look for more information soon! 6 • VOLUNTEER NEWS Spring Leader Retreat Our Spring Volunteer Retreat is a single day of sessions to enhance your experience as a volunteer and making a difference in a girl’s life. If you would like to make a weekend of it, and don’t mind sleeping on mattresses on the floor, plan on spending the night Friday and/ or Saturday night. Relive your younger days with slumber party 101 Saturday evening. We will have a Scout’s Own Ceremony on Sunday morning before going our separate ways. Engage in easy, meaningful and fun learning and enrichment opportunities. Network with old friends and new or just relax and enjoy the Springtime. Traveling for this See a preview of the sessions we’re offering on the back t r a in in g? of this page. Registration is now open on our website – overnight Stay www.girlscoutsiowa.org a Tanglefoo t Camp t on Frida y or Saturd ay night! Camp Tanglefoot, Clear Lake Saturday, April 27 Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. First session begins at 8:15 a.m. Cost: $15 (includes meals) Help today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders girlscoutsiowa.org 800.342.8389 VOLUNTEER NEWS • 7 Spring Leader Retreat Sessions MOVIN UP (see pg. 7 for retreat details) Movin Up is a session designed for experienced adult volunteers who are moving up as their troop bridges to the next level. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is currently offering the following courses for your leadership enhancement. We are available to add trainings to our schedule. Please note that a minimum of 5 participants are needed for Standard Trainings (New Leader and Grade Level Essentials) and 10 for our First Aid/CPR training. Please speak to your Girl Services Manager regarding locations and time possibilities. All trainings, along with more information about the trainings, are listed and updated on our website. New Leader Toolkit (FREE) Prerequisite: GS101 (Online Orientation) This session is required for all new leaders. Let us help you get started! 4/2/13; 6 - 9 pm Experience Church, 3800 E. Douglas, Des Moines Grade Level Essentials (FREE) Prerequisite: GS101 (Online Orientation) and New Leader Toolkit This session is recommended for volunteers who work with a Troop. 5/11/13; Juniors; 9 am - noon Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 N Sheldon, Ames 5/11/13; Cadettes/Seniors; 9 am - noon Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 N Sheldon, Ames Standard First Aid/CPR Training Classes ($30) Prerequisite: None 5/4/13; 9 am - 3:30 pm Broadway United Methodist Church, 11S First Street, Council Bluffs 4/6/13; 9 am - 3:30 pm Sioux City Leadership Center, 1515 Zenith Drive, Sioux City 4/13/13; 9 am - 3:30 pm Des Moines Leadership Center, 10715 Hickman Rd, Des Moines 6/8/13; 9 am - 3:30 pm Des Moines Leadership Center, 10715 Hickman Rd, Des Moines Basic Outdoor Awareness (BOA) (FREE) Prerequisite: New Leader Toolkit Basic Outdoor Awareness (BOA) is the prerequisite for several other trainings including all outdoor sessions. 4/15/13; 6:30 - 9 pm Fort Dodge United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St, Fort Dodge 4/18/13; 6 - 9 pm Experience Church, 3800 E. Douglas, Des Moines 8 • VOLUNTEER NEWS TRAVEL WITH GIRLS Join us as we learn the basics for group travel including planning, itineraries, transportation, budgets, group dynamics, safety, insurance and more. LEADER ROUNDTABLE This is an opportunity to join with other volunteers to discuss the topics you have preselected. DEEPER INTO AGE LEVEL TRAINING – A FOCUS ON BADGE WORK Leaders will have the opportunity to look in depth at the badges associated with each journey at their age level. OUTDOOR SMORGASBORD This session will feature different ways to engage the girls in your troop in the planning and preparation of easy dishes using at least three different cooking methods. TAKE ACTION PROJECTS What is a Take Action project and how can our girls take a service project to the next level? BOA Get the extra tools you need to guide your girls in the directions they wish to go. HIKING Explore Camp Tanglefoot and learn the basics of hiking at the same time. ARCHERY 101 We will cover the basic fundamentals of archery-basic form, positive coaching techniques, equipment, how to select good bows and arrows, how to string a bow, etc. GIRL SCOUT TRADITIONS (SONGS & GAMES & CEREMONIES) Join us as we explore the history, the back story and learn some traditions that you can share with your girls. BEYOND NATURE This training is designed to help leaders in making outdoor activities educational and exciting for Girl Scouts. ORIENTEERING Orienteering is the sport of navigating in the woods with a map and compass. Learn the basic skills of the sport, and how to introduce it to your troop at a local event. SLUMBER PARTY 101 SATURDAY EVENING Let’s go back to our younger days. Unwind Saturday night as we have sing around, makes smores, share some crafts and maybe tell a story or two. greater Iowa Blog: We have had some excellent things happening throughout our council and have written about them on our blog. If you'd like to be a guest blogger, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! Click our homepage link to get to our blog site. Urbandale Troop 541, leader Dee Richards, creatively explored the Wonders of Water Journey! Here is an excerpt of their blog entry posted on our blog on March 6, 2013. Water is life. This is what the Troop 541 girls have been learning this year, in their second year as Brownies. They’ve learned that, while water is lots of fun in its different forms, it’s also a resource that can easily become in short supply. And it’s a resource that’s vital to life - ours, animals’, and plants’. As such, we have to love it. Protect it. By protecting it, we help to sustain life. There are many ways we can do this. Many ways we can have an impact. And we begin with One… We looked for small ways we could make an impact - as one, in our own homes. The girls showed that they loved water by turning off the water while they brushed their teeth…until it was time to rinse; by re-using leftover water in drinking glasses and bottles to water plants and give pets a drink; by catching rainwater in buckets…to water our flowers later; and by being careful to keep our water “clean”… getting garbage into its proper place. We then look a little further outward and move on to Community… The girls teamed up as a troop to make an impact outside their homes. They participated in a “clean the creek” event at Walker Johnston Park, where they pulled garbage from inside and alongside the creek. They trudged through cold, ankle deep water, through brush that left them covered in burrs, and continued excitedly on to get more. They knew they were doing a good thing and had a blast doing it. These girls are amazing! They then got others involved in protecting and loving water. The girls built a list of water saving ideas for their school mates, and then in smaller teams created beautiful posters for their schools. They incorporated their saving ideas, as well as the Girl Scouts “Love Water” design, and some of their own creativity and artistry into the posters. They were so proud of their creations and eagerly took them to their school principals to hang up for their school communities And then finally we make our impact on the World… Several times in the first few months of the journey, we talked about people in other parts of the world. Not everyone enjoys the ease we do of getting clean water from our faucets. Many have to search for water. For miles and hours. Every day. And many times, this water makes them sick, or even kills them. In fact, one child dies every 20 seconds from drinking this unclean, unsafe water. We watched a video showing people scooping water from puddles and ponds. This water was very dirty. After a borehole well was installed in their village, they had much better water. We also enjoyed a visit from our friends Lucy and Ashley, who visited us last year to share stories of Kenya. Last year they told us about a book shortage there; this year they told us about all the children who get sick there. From bad water. To better understand why this water makes many people sick, we decided to take a closer look at our own water system. What happens to our water to help keep us from getting sick, too? We visited and toured the Des Moines Water Works plant and learned about the extensive, careful process of pulling water from our community’s rivers, cleaning it, and transporting it to our homes. DMWW staff gave us plenty of eww’s, ahh’s, and wow’s as they told us about each part of this process. They even took us inside their science labs, where we learned about the culprit behind the sickening, or killing, of so many people in other parts of the world. Bacteria. We saw microscope magnified images of some of these live creepy crawlers, and learned that chlorine helps to kill them to make our water safe to drink. The tour was definitely a fascinating, worthwhile learning opportunity for all. The girls are learning to be great leaders of tomorrow through their journey experience. To read their entire blog entry and learn more about their experiences view our blog through our home page link. To let us know about your experiences with Journeys or anything you have done with your troop this year, email us at email@example.com. VOLUNTEER NEWS • 9 troops With graduating seniors 10715 Hickman Rd. Des Moines, IA 50322 Leadership Center Locations: Council Bluffs, IA Des Moines, IA Fort Dodge, IA Mason City, IA Sioux City, IA All graduates will be recognized in the next issue of the Connect newsletter. Please have all seniors submit the following information, as well as a picture* to firstname.lastname@example.org! Information must be received by April 30, 2013. This is what we’d like to know: • • • • • • • • Name Address, City, State & Zip Phone Number, Email or way to contact you High School Years in Girl Scouting and Troop # Most Memorable Experience in Girl Scouting Plans for the future ( job, college, major, etc.) Did you earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? If so, what was/were your project(s)? Answer these questions and email your information and picture* to email@example.com or mail your information with picture* to: Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, ATTN: Connect Newsletter, 1515 Zenith Drive, Sioux City, IA 51103 girlscoutsiowa.org *All pictures become the property of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Digital pictures preferred. SAFET Y GUIDELINES Group Camping: Safety Activity Checkpoints Volunteer News is published four times annually as a service to the volunteers of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Articles, photos, and suggested topics are welcome. Chair: Martha Krone CEO: Jamie Boersma www.girlscoutsiowa.org 1860 Madison Ave, Ste 3 Council Bluffs, IA 51503 712-328-2338 800-422-2093 10715 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-278-2881 800-342-8389 112 S 3rd Street Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-573-8141 80-798-8141 601 S Illinois Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 641-423-3044 800-657-5853 1515 Zenith Drive Sioux City, IA 51103 712-255-0187 800-746-8947 Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared by packing just enough gear, supplies, and clothing that are appropriate for the weather, sleeping situation, and cooking meals. Girl Scouts advocate for the Leave No Trace method of camping, which involves leaving a campground the way it exists in nature, free of garbage and human impact. Caution: Girls are not allowed to use firearms unless 12 years and older and with council permission; girls are never allowed to hunt or go on high-altitude climbs. Girls are also never allowed to ride all-terrain vehicles or motor bikes. Camping with Girl Scout Daisies: Under the leadership of an adult, a Daisy troop may participate in an occasional overnight camping experience. Daisies who have completed kindergarten may independently participate at day camp and in resident camp experiences lasting up to three nights. Daisies who have completed first grade may independently participate in resident camp experiences lasting four or more nights. Know where to camp. Girl Scout camps, public, private, state, and national parks and sites deemed appropriate by local and state authorities. Connect with your Girl Scout council for site suggestions and for information on using a non-council-owned site. Search for campground locations by location at Reserve America. Include girls with disabilities. Communicate with girls with disabilities and/or their caregivers to assess any needs and accommodations. Learn more about the resources and information that Global Explorers and Wilderness Inquiries provide to people with disabilities. The entire Safety Guideline can be found on our website under Adults > Safety Guidelines or by going directly to this site: http://www.girlscoutsiowa.org/safety-guidelines.cfm. Girl Scouts and Social Media Like us. Follow us. View our videos. View our albums. Go to www.girlscoutsiowa.org to find the links to our social media sites.