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world r u o y to January 2012

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Inside: Cookie Program 2012 .................... 2-3 Girl Scout Stories................................ 4 Save the Date....................................... 5 Summer Camp Peek.......................... 5 Websites for you ................................. 6

Girl Scouts of the USA is declaring 2012 the Year of the Girl. We are working to break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading in their own lives and from achieving success in business, technology, science,and virtually every other walk of life. Together, we can get there. To learn more, visit



Cookie Program 2012

Get your Cookie Bu f siness o

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What can a cookie buy?

The Experience of a Lifetime. Earn money for cool stuff - travel - go to camp! Take your skills to the next level. Think about it... GOAL SETTING - You’ll never regret ramping up on this skill. No more last minute science projects... having the money you want to buy those great jeans... getting to go to the camp you choose...

DECISION MAKING - Be able to decide how to use your babysitting money, choose how to give back to your community. What decisions are you making now that will affect your future?

MONEY MANAGEMENT - Do you know where your cash is going? Keep tabs on it and make it work for you! If you can handle a checking account, who knows what else you can handle!

PEOPLE SKILLS - If you can relate to people, your world opens up wider than ever before. What a great program to be able to practice those skills!

BUSINESS ETHICS - So, you want a job in the future? People trust the Girl Scouts, and they trust you as a

Girl Scout. Using correct business ethics now (keeping promises, being honest and fair, respecting your customer, and more) will go a long way in your future!

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops can opt out of recognitions and cookie dough. Individual girls in those troops that sell 700+ packages can receive an iPad2! See your order card for more details!

See page 3 for more information on why these skills matter!

KEY DATES FOR THE COOKIE PROGRAM JANUARY 7—13: Cookies delivered to service unit delivery stations


JANUARY 13—MARCH 4: Cookies NOW! JANUARY 14—MARCH 4: Cookie Booths APRIL 2—6: Cookie Dough Swipe Cards distributed

It’s our 100th Anniversary... selling 100 cookies is a snap... but, who will set the goal of selling 1,000? What about 10,000? Think big, this year is historic for Girl Scouts... make your cookie business historic too! Set your goal today... make it happen!


Cookie Program 2012


Gaining skills in the Cookie Program can help me get a job? When employers interview job candidates, they all look for the same things. This is true whether the employer is a bank, high-tech company, university, hospital, publishing house, car dealership, accounting firm - or even the local pet store! Employers want: •

Someone who can set goals and meet deadlines. Blowing a deadline can mean blowing a deal!

Someone who works well with others. Who wants to deal with strife and complaining in the workplace? Not the boss!

Someone who understands customers. It doesn’t matter whether the “customers” are hospital patients, TV viewers, or other companies—every business has to know its customers and what they want.

Someone who can influence others. This doesn’t just mean selling a product. Employers want people who can sell ideas, pitch projects, make deals, and convince other employees to help out.

Someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable. Kind of goes without saying—or it should!

Fun facts and links for your sale: The shortbread box is a specially designed 100th Anniversary box. what a better cookie to highlight than the one that started it all!

Set goals. Track progress. Play games. Get valuable cookie sale information.

Cookie Trivia: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

In the 1920s and 30s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities. The first documented council-wide sale of commercially baked cookies took place in Philadelphia in 1934. The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale was held in 1936. Over the years, cookie varieties have come and gone in response to changing consumer tastes. However, the only modification to Shortbread has been a “facelift” in 1979 when the cookie’s traditional Girl Scout service mark was replaced by a more contemporary service mark. Since the 1930s, a number of companies have baked Girl Scout Cookies. Today there are two Girl Scout Cookie suppliers. ABC has been an officially licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker for over 70 years. Top sellers in order are: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites®, and Peanut Butter Patties. All of ABC’s Girl Scout Cookie varieties are cholesterol free. For every box of Girl Scout Cookies you buy, more than two-thirds of your purchase prices stays right in your community. By eliminating the carton on Thanks-A-Lot cookies, Girl Scouts® of the USA and ABC Bakers are taking over 150 tons of paperboard out of the waste stream. Saves enough paperboard to fill 14 garbage trucks. Yields energy savings equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline. People who may be following diabetic diets can enjoy ABC’s Girl Scout Cookies by using dietary exchange rates on our Nutrition Facts page and listed on our order card. All of ABC’s Girl Scout Cookie varieties have a trans fat value of zero grams per serving. Our Thanks-A-Lot™ Girl Scout Cookies speak five different languages! Our cookies are made with pure vegetable shortening and all eight varieties are kosher. Kosher certification is provided by the Orthodox Union Rabbinical supervision. Each package is marked with the circle UD emblem. When eaten in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet, ABC Girl Scout Cookies are satisfying treats that are good for consumers and good for Girl Scouts! ABC does not use any artificial preservatives in our Girl Scout Cookies. 3^


Girl Scouts: Making the World a Better Place Elaine Kushkowski

Ally Jo Lloyd

The mission of Girl Scouts is this: “To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Last summer I spent three weeks at Camp Tanglefoot as a Counselor-in-Training, and this experience was an incredible way to end my summer with new, lifelong friends, and use all I have learned in my nine years as a Girl Scout. Being involved in Girl Scouts has inspired me to make the best of all situations, be a leader, try new things, have an open mind, and know the importance of friendship and creativity. At camp, where I someday want to be a counselor, the values of hard work, integrity, and kindness are other integral pieces of Girl Scout character. In the words of Gertrude “Buzz” Fick, the first camp director at Tanglefoot, “I surround myself with excellent people.” For me, these excellent people are all of the girls and women I have met and been inspired by through Girl Scouts.

My troop visited Washington D.C. for a week and one of our leaders told us that whenever we saw a soldier in uniform, we had to go up and shake his or her hand, and say, “Thanks for serving our country.” As a student in Middle School, it was really hard to work up the confidence to walk up and say thanks to a complete stranger, especially when no one else would do the same. When I did work up the confidence to complete our task, the soldiers looked at us in almost complete shock, which made our job harder because I thought I was doing something wrong. One of the soldiers started talking with us. He told us about his family and friends and generally entertained us while we were waiting for our plane. He had been shocked that young people like us had said, “Thank you,” to a soldier. He told us that most adults don’t have that kind of confidence or courage. Before he got on the plane he told me this, “I fight for my country even when they don’t want me to fight and meeting you girls has given me hope that I’m not fighting in vain, but I’m fighting for girls like you. Thank you. And keep doing what you are doing.” His words have stuck with me throughout my life and to this day I still go up to every soldier and say, “Thank you.” Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to do what I think is right even if no one else does it.

Graduating Seniors: Call for Senior Information Graduating Senior Girl Scouts, we’d like to feature you in the spring/ summer Connect newsletter. Please submit the following information, as well as a picture*, so we can highlight your achievements! Information must be received by April 30, 2012. Don’t wait, send it today! 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 or mail your information with picture* to: Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa ATTN: Connect Newsletter 1515 Zenith Drive Sioux City, IA 51103


*All pictures become the property of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Digital pictures preferred.




Mark Your Calendar Capitol Girls – February 8, 2012 (application deadline is January 11).

For 9-12 grade girls. Have you ever wondered how state government really works? Head to capitol FEBRUARY the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, February girls 8, and spend the day learning what it's like to be a lawmaker in Iowa. An application can be found in our Pathways book on page 61, on our website (, and on ISCW’s website (www. Applications should be submitted through the ISCW (emailed to Apply to be a part of this amazing, one-of-a-kind, experience! The application deadline is January 11, 2012.


Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Celebration – March 17, 2012

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will hold its Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon, and 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 17 at the Prairie Meadows Ballroom in Altoona, IA. Celebrate the “Year of the Girl” with us as we reflect on Scouting’s past and take a look forward into the next 100 years. We will honor outstanding volunteers, salute Gold Award honorees, and commemorate excellence in Girl Scouting. Watch for more details soon. If you would like to help with this once in a lifetime celebration, contact Pat Grote at MARCH


Girl Scout Day at the Capitol – March 17, 2012 MARCH


For girls in grades 4-12. Come to this fun day at the Capitol to learn how government works in our state and what you can do as an Iowa Citizen to stay involved! We'll learn about the Capitol building and explore the State of Iowa Historical Building. Comfy walking shoes and a camera are a must for this day! Register by Friday, March 2.

Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) - March 31, 2012

Come together with hundreds of girls of all ages across Iowa for our biggest event of the year! The 2012 theme MARCH is Forever Green as we celebrate our 100th year! B.I.G. will feature fun science, fabulous technology, and engineering feats for everyone! We’ll also showcase dance clinics, fashion shows, live music, Miss Iowa, a teen lounge, live demonstrations, projects, and much more! Join us at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny! Register by Friday, February 24.


100th Anniversary Camporee - Camp Sacajawea - May 18-20, 2012 MAY


For girls in grades K-12 and adults. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting and the 50th anniversary of Camp Sacajawea! Join us as we take a look back through the decades. Dance, camp, craft, and explore your way through each time period. You can register for one or two nights. Register by Friday, April 27.

100th Anniversary Camporee - Camp Tanglefoot - August 18, 2012

For girls in grades K-12 and adults. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting and the 65th anniversary of Camp Tanglefoot. Activities AUGUST throughout camp include the high and low ropes courses, water activities, outdoor cooking, face painting, arts & crafts, an international flag ceremony, archery, displays of Girl Scouting through the years, and much more! You can register for the day and have the option to spend the night at camp on Friday or Saturday as well. Register by Friday, July 27.


Get ready for Summer Camp 2012! Books will be in the mail in January. Look for all of the information also on our website Register before March 16 and receive a $10 discount! We are also looking for enthusiastic summer camp staff. Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of girls this summer - or do you know someone who does? Summer camp staff must be 18. Contact us for more information. Joy Hollow Camp Sacajawea Camp Tanglefoot

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